No Child Left Untableted

Feature article from The New York Times

Sally Hurd Smith, a veteran teacher, held up her brand-new tablet computer and shook it as she said, “I don’t want this thing to take over my classroom.” It was late June, a month before the first day of school. In a sixth-grade classroom in Greensboro, N.C., a dozen middle-school social-studies teachers were getting their second of three days of training on tablets that had been presented to them as a transformative educational tool. Every student and teacher in 18 of Guilford County’s 24 middle schools would receive one, 15,450 in all, to be used for class work, homework, educational games — just about everything, eventually.

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3 Student Tech Trends Teachers Should Know About

If you’re just settling into what will hopefully be a nice, long, and relaxing summer break, then congratulations. You deserve it. I’ll just sit here waiting for you to … okay, done relaxing? Let’s talk about some of the biggest student tech trends that students will be talking about when you head back to class in the fall. It’s important to stay up to date on what’s popular with students so you can know ahead of time what they’ll be looking for when the first bell rings. In other words, you’d better be prepared for an onslaught of tech this fall. I’m here to help, though. Fear not!

It’s important to know not just what connected teachers are looking at and tinkering with in terms of technology. You need to know what students are doing online, what technology they’re using, and how. So let’s get on with it so you can go back to sipping your drink by the side of the pool.

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