This week this spotlight of NBC’sshined on innovations in learning–the stuff we focus on everyday at Getting Smart. Pearson launched a new site, filled with tools, tips and guides to help parents navigate their children’s journey from PreK to High School. And in the .
At Getting Smart, we are happy to continue to shine that well deserved spotlight on the interesting developments in education every week with the top 10 stories in EdTech.
Blended Schools & Tools
1. Hot off the epress. This week our team published the ebook,. The ebook brings together the best parts of the featuring updated sections and new forewords. Governor Jeb Bush introduces the new ebook saying, “Blended and online learning offer a new universe of content, opportunity and differentiated instruction, truly placing the student at the center of the learning experience.” “Navigating the Digital Shift”, visit the DLN Smart Series site or download it from Amazon, and soon from iTunes or Google Books.
2. Blended case studies. Check out two new case studies on schools leading the way in the shift to digital:
Keeping Tabs on Tablets
3. Not just about the device. The iPad challenges of LAUSD hit the media hard this week and Amplify Education’s specially designed Android wasn’t immune to challenging program launches either. “Dumbo drops don’t work,” as Frank Catalano notes in “”, “Tech just can’t be imposed. It has to be integrated.” The education community is seeing a , but we keep hearing the little voice in our heads saying the device alone isn’t the answer, it is how you prepare your teachers and what students do with it that counts. Still unsure how to accomplish that? See the new and updated .
4. Smart leadership. If you haven’t had a chance yet, be sure to read Tom’s post this month,After a couple days of considering best practices and new opportunities, the experts outlined a 10 point plan to make leadership preparation more effective. In “ , Tom highlighted the great work School Leaders Network is doing to helping principals go from good to great.
5. Adding to their cart.is doing some shopping and picked up an interesting new item, , the math instruction startup that provides K-12 personalized math curriculum. Looks like those Kindles might be moving from English class over to Math class, too.
6. Raising funds. Gobstopper has come a long way since we first shared a candy bar with them at SXSWedu last year.to accelerate the development of its interactive digital reading platform for teachers and students.
For the Core
7. The results are in.and found three-fourths of them think the Common Core State Standards will improve students’ abilities to reason and think critically. Only 8% say Common Core will have a negative impact on the classroom as schools retool to comply with the new standards.
8. Adding to your playlist.created to help teachers and parents of students find the best standard-aligned videos and games available on the web. Teachers can easily create playlists of videos to share with students and fellow teachers.
Teachers and Tech
9. Run, don’t walk! As if we didn’t have enough motivation already,is definitely at the top of “Must See Schools” list! Not only are they , they are at the leading edge of professional development for their teachers, too. Read how Library Media Specialist, Laura Fleming introduced to the NMHS staff, a digital badge professional learning platform with “a pinch of gamification.”
Higher, Deeper, Further, Faster Learning
10. We finish with the tale of The Three MOOCs:
Hopefully the big bad wolf will leave them all alone and let them continue to contribute to providing access to high quality education for all.
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