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In the most recent post in this series, we looked at how to define and identify high-quality use of technology in the classroom. Knowing what high-quality use looks like, however, is only the beginning of building a good strategy to get you there.

I often meet administrators who are concerned that their technology isn’t used effectively. More discussion usually reveals that their implementation strategy is mainly comprised of sending select teachers to workshops or having experts come to the school during staff meetings. Time and money also place significant restraints on the frequency and type of support afforded to teachers. …


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In my previous blog post I shared strategies for speeding up your technology adoption, an objective so many educators and education technology leaders share. Having a speedy adoption is fantastic, provided it results in high-quality use!

To understand what high-quality use looks like, I often refer to the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework, which describes how practicing teachers teach effectively with technology “….the ability to interconnect content with high-yield instructional strategies and having enough technology knowledge to determine how best to integrate it within that context.”

The “interconnecting” piece is key, and it’s important to note that not everyone can make these connections on their own Just because someone is strong with their content and their pedagogical and technological knowledge doesn’t mean they will be able to interconnect all three. Education technology users often need others to model and provide subject- and grade-relevant examples and ideas that demonstrate this interconnection. …


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If your work involves using classroom technology or supporting those that have it, then by now you will have experienced one of the greatest challenges in this arena. Beyond purchasing the right tool, ensuring it is used properly and produces optimal outcomes is a struggle that many school organizations face across the globe. In his article, “Technology’s Achilles Heel: Achieving High-Quality Implementation,” in the Journal of Research on Technology in Education, Gene E. …


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As U.S. president Donald Trump appoints Betsy DeVos, a flurry of comments ensue on social about what this could mean for education in the U.S.

If you recall Trumps education vision and read into Betsy’s Ed history, it paints a clear picture of what’s about to happen > a focus on giving parents more school choice.

Now although for the general public this sounds great, is definitely catchy for parents to get on board with and certainly helps for cases like the Garcias . . .

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. . .when you dig into what the research says about #schoolchoice and its overall impact on student learning, it paints a different picture. …


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Trying to peal the many layers of complexity in achieving excellence in our systems of education can make any normal human being go bananas…..but what if “bananas” could help us understand what it takes to create real change in our schools today? I spent the last 8 years exploring transformations in education systems across the globe and in this talk I share an understanding of the key components required in our pursuit of excellence in education….and yes…..I used bananas.

https://youtu.be/QPFIay1lcHk

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https://youtu.be/QPFIay1lcHk


Coding With The Kids.

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Every parent wants to provide the best experiences for their kids, especially in those early years. Spending so much of my time digging into what education is up to I can’t help but blend those two worlds. So what is one of the things people are talking about these days in Ed. ? STEM>coding and girls. So I searched what was out there and found a great way for them to get started. Check them out building their first program.

http://youtu.be/YoKxrs7rMhQ

The web-based software is called SCRATCH – an animation meets coding game from MIT Media Lab…the instruction and research behind it is solid and it’s free.

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Watching those shining eyes after they completed what they envisioned was magical….hearing how excited they were to share it with mom and the world made it even better.


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Reuters’ photographers recently published a photo series that highlighted students in their classrooms around the world.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/photo/where-children-learn-inside-classrooms-around-world-n436286

Some sat dutifully in rows, others wore crisp uniforms. Some students had that bright, eager look in their eyes of enthusiasm and excitement. They were ready for their school day, ready to learn. No matter where kids are around the world, the story is the same: Education is critical to a child’s success in life.

We live in a time of extreme stimulation. With everything from televisions, mobile phones, email, social media, and more, we are constantly receiving information. Our children are no different. They use the same technologies as we do – and often more frequently than we do, with more flair, know-how and less inhibition. They are growing up consuming and sharing – files, videos, games, anything digital. On any given day, American teenagers (age 13 to 18) average almost 9 hours and tweens (age 8 to 12) almost 6 hours’ worth of entertainment media daily (Common Sense Media Census, Fall 2015). …


Sitting in my soon to be renovated kitchen, I vividly recall conversing with the designers about my living room – it was not going to be that typical living room.

It was summer of 2012 and my family made it through 7 rounds of application, interviews, meetings, contracts….we were finally on our way to having our house renovated by the Property Brothers. When time came to discuss the details of the design, it took a while for them to wrap their heads around what I wanted in my living room. You see, for the last 12 years I spent time teaching in a high-tech math classroom and consulting for many of the high-tech school boards across Ontario. One thing was clear to me – it is easy for technology to trap us into passive consumption….but …

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Giancarlo Brotto

Passionate 4 redefining the way the world learns | Mining those that mine #education #edtech | Global Education Strategist http://smarttech.com

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