Feb 2016

Why Are We Unfair? 
Simon Jeynes – ISM
I’m sure you hate being treated unfairly.  I know I do. But I’m an adult so I have the ability to make choices in a pretty profound way. That’s not true for the children in our schools.
THE Journal’s expert panelists weigh in on education technology to give us their verdict on which approaches to tech-enabled learning will have a major impact, which ones are stagnating and which ones might be better forgotten entirely.

For educators differentiating instruction, social media tools embrace collaboration and global access to people and other resources. We give students a variety of learning experiences that incorporate the capability to:

  • Exchange ideas
  • Provide positive, constructive, and kind feedback
  • Provide avenues to connect content with our learners’ many different interests.
It’s easy to get confused when you set out to find apps that will best drive student learning. There are, after all, thousands of educational apps available in the iTunes and Google Play stores, and the number is growing weekly.
My predictions over the last few years have come true. It has been demonstrated that any classroom can implement blended learning and, when done well, get superior results. Personalized learning is now part of an increasing number of district and school strategic plans. Organizations like XQ Super School Project and the newly formed Chan Zuckerberg Initiative are continuing to push everyone’s interest in personalized learning.
So what’s in store for 2016?
“Squat! Squat! Squat! Higher! Faster!”
In the basement of the Duane Physics and Astrophysics building at the University of Colorado Boulder, a science demonstration is going on — but it looks more like a vaudeville act.
A lot has been made lately of bridging the gap between curriculum and IT. It’s an increasingly regular topic of conversation in my role as a K–12 education strategist, to the point where the words are almost scripted.
Why is the IT department treated as a separate entity in our schools? How often is something positioned as either a tech initiative or a curriculum initiative in your school or district? Why can’t it just be a school or learning initiative?