This article looks at the advancements in tutoring through the use of computer technology. Many studies have shown the benefits of tutoring on early-development and later school success, but some schools have trouble getting tutors to their classrooms. Tutors, who work with students through the computer, can give these schools and students the advantage they need. Find more about this article.
Recently, superintendents in Connecticut met to propose solutions to meet the needs of a changing student population, ever-expanding technology, and growing influence of a global economy. The results included both broad-spectrum goals, such as aligning education with how students learn, and specific elements, like allowing access to school materials year-round and for extended hours. The proposal stresses that these changes must be part of ongoing transformations, not simply a one-time modification.
The full report includes 12 key themes, such as:
-Raise the Bar
-Make it Personal
-Start with Early Childhood
-Make it Personal by Design
-Retool Assessments and Accountability
Utilizing technology in the classroom is not a news. However, an entire school district doing away with textbooks and replacing them with laptops for the all 2,600 student is newsworthy. The attached article outlines the hurdles and accomplishments that one school district overcame to replacing the traditional textbook with laptops for students in grades 5-12.
This blog provides several links to reports regarding research about the benefits of using technology in the class room.
An Education Weekly article examines the different ways that iPads are used in schools.
iPads offer benefits that laptops do not. For example, the battery life of an iPad is 8-10 hours. Furthermore, it weights just over a pound, which makes the iPad much more portable than a laptop. The screen size that an iPad provides allows for more Web use flexibility than a smartphone.
Virginia, as part of the “Beyond Textbooks” initiative, purchased 350 iPads for its 4th, 7th, and 9th graders. The computers will be distributed to four counties which will test the educational value of the device in social studies class rooms.
Jamestown Elementary in Arlington, Virginia, has 60 iPads for the 550-student K-5 school. The school also uses netbook computers and iPod touch devices.
Bill Donovan, 4th grade teacher, uses the devices as part of a math exercise. He has students travel between different workstations. Some of the workstations use iPads, iPad touches, or laptops, and others just have pencil and paper.
The article outlines several other schools’ programs and questions whether using an iPad for educational purposes is just a fad.