Will this sort of device be the breakthrough to move schools from a paper bound environment to a digital one? With Rupert Murdoch and Joel Klein involved, it has a shot.
For sale only to schools for now, the Amplify tablet comes pre-loaded with virtually everything a student will encounter during the school day, including all the textbooks, lessons, tests and e-books she might be assigned.
What's perhaps more significant, Amplify will give teachers the ability to both monitor and control what students do with the device. Teachers can conduct lessons with an entire class or small group and can instantly see what websites or lesson areas students are visiting. A teacher dashboard allows them to take instant polls, ask kids to "raise their hands" virtually and, if things get out of hand, redirect the entire class with an "Eyes on Teacher" button that instantly pushes the message out to every screen.
With an agenda that Arne Duncan, the secretary of education, has described as a “quiet revolution,” the Obama administration has pushed rigorous new standards for a majority of the nation’s public schools as well as requirements that states and districts evaluate not just schools but individual teachers, in part by assessing their ability to improve student scores on standardized tests.
But some critics suggest that at the same time the administration has gotten tough on teachers and set higher standards, it could be allowing states to set new, unambitious goals for how quickly students must reach those standards, particularly poor and minority students.
President Obama honored the National Teacher of the Year and the other finalists at the White House on April 24th.
President Obama honors Rebecca Mieliwocki, a 7th-grade English teacher in California's Luther Burbank High School, as the 2012 National Teacher of the Year, and thanks all the finalists for their hard work and dedication each and every day in the classroom. April 24, 2012.
Dr. Salman Khan of the hugely popular Khan Academy says he isn't looking to take over teahcers jobs, but to offer a resource. He was interviewed at the National School Board Association (NSBA) conference.
Dr. Salman Khan's Khan Academy got the "60 Minutes" treatment this weekend. Khan has garnered worldwide fame for his 3,000 and growing YouTube instructional videos in a wide range of subjects - but mainly those tough and thorny ones such as math, science, technology, etc..
Scholastic Inc, the publisher of children's books and other products, is launching the beta version of its children's e-book app on March 6th with the official version debuting in the fall - in time for the lucrative holiday market.
Scholastic Inc. is developing an app called Storia, which includes around 1,300 e-books and multimedia e-books that can be bought directly from the publisher or from retailers. Such favorite picture series as "Clifford the Big Red Dog" and "Ready, Freddy!" will be in digital format for the first time. The app also will feature games, quizzes, interactive stories, an e-dictionary and a virtual book shelf that kids can organize.
In the piece "Rethinking of assessment in the age of iPad" the author reports that school districts are turning to iPads to expedite and refine assessment of students. As with past technology advancements, the education of the staff and technical support are key.
Moving assessments onto mobile devices may open the door to quicker feedback for students and teachers as well as richer data, but without proper management of the devices and a strong infrastructure to support them, integrating the devices can be a challenge.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers - working under the umbrella of the Lifelong Kindergarten group - released Scratch in 2007. This taught youngsters how to assemble games and animations using simple colour-coded blocks of instructions.
Now they plan on releasing Scratch Jr this summer – but some of these toddlers won’t even be able to read and it’s opened up a debate on whether it’s too much too soon.