Monday, January 26, 2015

Tip of The Week: 4 Tech Skills Teachers Don't Need Anymore: January 26, 2015

Last week I posted about the upcoming trends in education. This week I am sharing the 4 technology skills that educators no longer need in today's environment (according to THE Journal, Jan/Feb 2015)..

You no longer need to:
  • Print documents or worry about disk space. Understanding how to take advantage of external drives and cloud space are the preferred and current methods.
  • Carry flash drives or a day planner (I'm guilty of this!). Using a digital calendar allows you the flexibility and mobility that is readily available on any device you carry.
  • Edit documents via email.  The current strategy is to use cloud computing (Google Docs, for example) to post work, share, review and edit..
  • Sign in with multiple logins.  Where appropriate and available, use the single sign-in to access online accounts..


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tip of The Week: 10 Major Technology Trends in Education: January 21, 2015

According to the THE Journal (launched in 1972 and the first magazine to cover education technology) and a recent survey done by Speak Up (representing more than 400,000 surveys from 9,000 schools and 2,700 districts across the country that included 325,279 students, 32,151 teachers and librarians, 39,986 parents, 4,530 district administrators and, new to this year’s survey, 1,346 community members), the top 10 trends in education are as follows:

  1. Personal Access to Mobile Devices
  2. Internet Connectivity
  3. Use of Video for Classwork and Homework
  4. Mobile Devices for Schoolwork
  5. Using Different Tools for Different Tasks
  6. Paying Attention to the Digital Footprint
  7. An increased Interest in Online Learning
  8. Gaming is Growing, and the Gender Gap is Closed
  9. Social Media in Schools
  10. What Devices Belong in 'The Ultimate School?'

The details of each trend can be found here:

Enjoy!