By Elijah Mercer, CEI Education Policy and Communications Intern The main issues with Common Core in Arkansas are nothing new. A lack of computers for testing in high-need regions, the struggle between state versus government take over of education, and teacher instruction tied to test scores are common issues across America. Governor Beebe, however, argued that Common Core presents an opportunity for the state: the urgency to increase Internet bandwidth to make resources ava
By Suzan Mullane. Well, three cheers for Bridging-Apps and its creator Sami Rahman! BridgingApps is a website where educators can explore recommended vetted lessons. Rahman’s Review of Lesson Apps are not only described in detail given a visual simulation, but ranked in quality given 1 to 5 stars. Quality control counts; our students demand it. Special education teachers, speech therapists and the students who have used them are involved in assigning the star quality. Here’s
Notability is one of several iPad apps for taking notes. Notes can be hand-written, with or without a stylus. You can import pics from the iPad library or the web. Notability also lets you open PDFs and annotate them to fill out forms or to mark. Docs can be printed or shared. The program does not import video (unlike Pear Note). The features are intuitive and the layout allows for tabbing, automated lists, and ‘paper’ and font changes. You can imbed audio while taking notes.
The test scores of girls living in an insecure region of Pakistan saw a dramatic rise after they began using SMS to communicate with their teachers from the safety of their homes, with their parents’ permission, during school breaks. After four months, the percentage of girls who achieved an A level on literacy examinations increased from 27 percent to 54 percent. Likewise, the percentage of girls who achieved a C level on examinations decreased from 52 percent to 15 percent
If you are not on board the technology train, it has left the station, I encourage you to get students involved in making decisions about the technologies that they believe will be the best purchases. Of course guidelines are needed, but instead of the rule of “no mobile devices,” for example, it might be wiser to consider how mobile devices can be used to support learning. Whether it is for calculations, research, communication, presentations, writing, websites, or data sto