“57% of districts do not believe their school’s wireless networks currently have the capacity to handle a 1:1 deployment.”
Tim Unwin takes a good swipe at the concept of digital natives (http://unwin.wordpress.com/2014/08/10/the-damaging-mythology-of-digital-natives/) following the publication of Ofcom’s latest Communications Market Report.
It is well worth a read – for example he suggests that “These differences [between natives and immigrants] are in large part structurally determined, rather than merely a factor of age.”
Couple of interesting back to back pieces in the chronicle this week:
Can Universities Use Data to Fix What Ails the Lecture?
By Steve Kolowich
“In a culture of accountability, universities call on technology to collect information about student participation in the classroom.”
And of course the comments fly back and forth, and a majority of them seem, IMHO, to miss the point. The point being what it takes to make someone a better teacher. Educator is probably a better word.
Many traditionally minded instructors appear to want to put every sort of course and content into one neat little box. While this is certainly expedient, it doesn’t address the nuances of the varied content OR students.
A few resources via the TeachThought blog and YouTube:
“6 Ways To Support Students Without Internet Access At Home”:
If you are new to the thinking around flipped (better termed “active learning”) classrooms, this is worth a read:
From the staff at the TeachThought blog.
The folks who brought you TED have created a site that facilitates your repurposing any YouTube video as a lesson.
Plenty of examples, and you can click on the “Take the TED-Ed tour” button underneath the big graphic for a brief rundown:
Interesting article with some common sense comments from Larry Ragan and Brian Redmond at Penn State.
“Ragan explains: “Our research leads us to believe that active teaching and responsiveness is the primary skill set that faculty need to have to be successful online, and one of the most challenging. The challenge is in the transition from the face-to-face environment to the online environment.”