Ed-tech best practices: November/December 2012

Here are some of the ed-tech best practices featured in the November/December 2012 edition of eSchool News.

How to make “bring your own device” programs work for your schools, and how to assess your students’ reading skills without losing valuable instructional time to testing: These are among the best practices in educational technology use featured in the November/December 2012 edition of eSchool News.

The digital version of our Nov./Dec. issue is now available.

You can browse the full publication here, or click on the headlines below to read any of these highlights:

How to make BYOD work for your schools

Supporters of the “bring your own device” movement say students are more attentive and better behaved when they are encouraged to use their own mobile devices in the classroom, but educators face many challenges in making BYOD work in their schools.

We’ve talked with ed-tech leaders in a number of districts with BYOD initiatives, and here’s how they’re meeting these challenges…

How to have assessment without testing—and without losing valuable instructional time

Most educators can agree that frequent progress monitoring is critical to achieving a data-driven culture. However, under my direction at Cahuenga Elementary School in Los Angeles, we employed a different strategy for progress monitoring of reading skills development: We tested less.

Sounds counterintuitive, doesn’t it? Yet, our results demonstrate remarkable success—and they’ve led to a newfound focus on instruction…

Technology helps make speech therapy easier

With speech language pathologists in short supply, the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) of rural Glenn County, Calif., has turned to PresenceLearning to provide online speech therapy services for about 10 Willows Unified School District students.

SELPA Director Vicki Shadd said recent advances in web conferencing technology and great computer infrastructure at Willows Intermediate School have allowed students to work with a live speech therapist online. “Their response to it has been amazing,” Shadd said…

Why allow ed-tech access? ‘We owe it to our students’

Technology can be intimidating, and even frightening—but Eric Sheninger, principal of New Jersey’s New Milford High School (NMHS), says that educators must overcome their fear of putting technology into students’ hands.

Through efforts to create a paperless environment, a bring-your-own-device initiative, and the use of social media, NMHS teachers and administrators are integrating technology into all aspects of the school day—and these efforts are paying off. For these reasons, we’ve chosen NMHS as our “eSchool of the Month” for November/December; here are the keys to its success…

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