Change into passive voice

Sentences are given in the active voice. Change them into the passive voice. 1. I write short stories. 2. All children watch cartoon programs. 3.… Continue reading
from English Grammar


Why Technology in Classrooms Doesn’t Always Boost Education Results

Technology Research and News

A recent Wall Street Journal Article is attracting attention. It found (gasp) using computers doesn’t give you better test scores. Technology in classrooms means little. Here’s why:

OECD report about technology

“The report suggested that “we have not yet become good enough at the kind of pedagogues that make the most of technology; that adding 21st century technologies to 20th century teaching practices will just dilute the effectiveness of teaching.”

Report results are based on an assessment in 2012 that tracked students in more than 40 countries and surveyed them on computer habits and conducted both written and digital tests.

On average, seven out of 10 students in countries surveyed use computers at school and students average at least 25 minutes a day online. In some countries, like Turkey and Mexico, about half of the students don’t have access to a computer at home.

The survey found that students with more exposure to computers do better, on average, than those with little exposure to computers, but the OECD cautioned against drawing conclusions based on that result. The data could simply reflect that school systems that invest in technology also invest in better teachers and draw on students from a higher socio-economic class, who tend to do better in school.”

The Wall Street Journal, “Technology in Classrooms Doesn’t Always Boost Education Results, OECD Says”


How do you teach with tech? WHAT DO YOU DO WITH IT

You can’t get smarter just rubbing Einstein’s head. If he were still alive, you’d have to talk to him. You’d want to interact to improve.

Technology in the Closet

Before I became a high school teacher, I taught teachers how to use technology. I’ll never forget my discovery about edtech.

I was lost in the building. I opened the door to the closet instead of the conference room. The closet was full from bottom to top with computers in boxes.

I had just been working in a poor school with few computers. But this closet was full. When I asked if the teachers could have them, I was told they stockpiled them at the end of the fiscal year. They would figure it out. Over a year later when I went back and peeked, the closet was still half full. Nobody figured it out.

I discovered that HAVING technology means nothing. You have to:

  1. Have technology in the classroom,
  2. Students must have access, and
  3. Teachers must know how to teach with tech.

Using Technology in Ways that Improve Classroom Learning

It is not about what you HAVE but what you DO with what you HAVE.

Unless you HAVE NOTHING — and then you don’t even HAVE a chance. And that is unfair.

Technology is here. It can make a massive difference if you HAVE the know-how to teach with it effectively.

Edtech Professional Development Must Amp Up

I went to a recent professional development about differentiated instruction. It was one day of lecture. I couldn’t believe it.

We need PD! But teacher training must model what we’re teaching. 
  • When I teach collaborative writing, we write collaboratively.
  • When I do a workshop on global collaboration, we collaborate globally.
  • When I do a workshop on differentiation, I differentiate.

To do otherwise is not only hypocrisy, but it is also a royal waste of money.

And that is where we are.

A gulf yawns between the haves and HAVE NOTS.

I would argue this.

Good Technology Access + Good Technology Pedagogy = Improvement 


Good Technology Access + Bad Technology Pedagogy = No Improvement


No Technology Access = No Improvement

And the latter two in this list aren’t much different. It is more than technology access. It is how we teach with what we have.

It would be like giving new customer care reps an awesome new system and not training them. But it happens each and every day in our schools. This report is no surprise. It just validates what many in education technology have been saying all along.

If you’ve got the technology, let’s talk about good teaching with it.

The post Why Technology in Classrooms Doesn’t Always Boost Education Results appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog.

from Cool Cat Teacher Blog

MATH FREEBIE ALERT: Awesome Foldables and Downloads from Sarah Hagan [Link]

Link Post MATH FREEBIE ALERT: Awesome Foldables and Downloads from Sarah Hagan
Math = Love Blog

sarah-haganSarah Hagan is one busy math teacher from Oklahoma. Her site has:

  • Foldables
  • Templates
  • Bulletin Boards
  • Graphic Organizers

If you know any math teachers, this is one of those sites that is a MUST SHARE! Just scanning her site, I see Frayer models, integer operations work mat, downloadable mathematical research projects, college algebra real number line project, order of operations graphic organizer. All ages here.

Here’s where to follow her:

Tell every math teacher you know! Awesome! (What are your favorite places for freebies?)

Free Math resources from Sarah Hagan

Free math resources from Sarah Hagan

The post MATH FREEBIE ALERT: Awesome Foldables and Downloads from Sarah Hagan [Link] appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog.

from Cool Cat Teacher Blog

If You Don’t Know these 22 Things About Computer Security, You’re Headed for Trouble

Friendly Technology for Beginners

We bank online. We buy things on our computers. Everything from our wills to our accounting software is on our home computers. But one drive around a neighborhood with my phone looking for hotspots, and I can see dozens of homes ready for a hacker to steal their information.

Copy of Edit Yoursef (1)

We live in a high-tech world. Too bad more people don’t educate themselves about how to keep their home computers safe. We put in alarm systems. Do we purchase firewalls? Do we password protect our wifi and home computers? Do parents and kids share the same login ids? These are just a few of the 22.

Here’s a quick video with the 22 most common mistakes I’ve seen since beginning my work with computers in 1993. This is a beginning video that I also share with my students and their parents.

What did I miss? I’ve already updated the video once. Is there anything else that needs to go in there?

I know this is a very simple explanation, but my audience is beginners. I’d appreciate feedback before I share this with my students next week.

The post If You Don’t Know these 22 Things About Computer Security, You’re Headed for Trouble appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog.

from Cool Cat Teacher Blog