A New Wonderful Wheel on SAMR and Bloom's Digital Taxonomy

The buzz that the Modern Taxonomy Wheel generated over the last couple of weeks  has not yet died out and now we have a new updated wheel from the same guy Allan Carrington. I love Allan's work and I find it really interesting. His wheels come along in such a visually attractive way summarizing most of the apps and web tools we have been sharing here with you.

If you already had a chance to have a look at the previous wheel and compare it with this new one you will notice that Allan has brought about some new updates to the new wheel. There is now a particular shared focus on both SAMR model and Bloom's digital taxonomy to help teachers better leverage technology in their teaching.

If you are not familiar with what SAMR is all about, please read this post.

Now, Click on this LINK to get the poster as PDF.

Sioux City school technology director wins state award

SIOUX CITY | Efforts to expand technology in the Sioux City school district have earned Technology Director Neil Schroeder an award as one of the state’s top administrators.

Schroeder was named Iowa Technology & Education Connection’s administrator of the year Friday. The award is given to a principal, superintendent or other administrator who expands the use of technology in their district.
ITEC, which will give the award to Schroeder during its fall conference in Des Moines on Oct. 14, is a group that works with districts to expand technology in the classroom.

Shroeder was quick to share the credit for the district’s success.

“It’s kind of a humbling experience,” Schroeder said of the award. “I really don’t care who gets the credit for the award. This is an outgrowth of great administrators and great teachers.” <READ MORE>

Why High-Tech Teaching Is a Win for Everyone

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- When Lyndsey Winslett's daughter Ava was home sick last year for six weeks, the fourth-grader didn't miss a single lesson -- her smiling face was right there in class with her friends, pixelated on a computer screen. Thanks to Alabama-based Huntsville City Schools' 1:1 program, which supplies one laptop or tablet for every child in grades 1-12, Ava's teacher was able to dial her student right into the classroom via Skype.

"Every morning her classmates would look into the camera and say, 'Hey, Ava,' 'Good morning, Ava.' It was amazing," Winslett says. "When she finally made it back to school it didn't feel like she had been gone -- there was no tough readjustment or playing catch-up on missed lessons."

Increasingly, programs such as these are becoming more prevalent. Although many public schools in America are still struggling with budget cuts and classroom size, other school systems in Pennsylvania, California, Colorado and elsewhere are making the bold decision to put aside traditional textbooks in favor of laptops and e-readers. The goals? Improving students' grades and saving money for schools and parents.


Daily Adventures - Anthony Salcito's 365-day look at global heroes in education

“[The most exciting innovation happening in education today] is transforming to a student- centered ecosystem and realigning teachers’ pedagogy to completely support the personalized approach.” – USA

Leslie Wilson - USA
Oct 28

The next Microsoft Partners in Learning Virtual University webinar takes place on November 7th from 7-8 a.m. PST and 5-6 p.m. This session focuses on 1-to-1 Learning: The Next Wave, and features global experts including Leslie Wilson, Lord Knight, Neus Lorenzo and Pamela Livingston. The dynamic discussion will cover some of the most exciting innovations in 1:1 education today. For more details on this important dialogue, and to register, click here.

One-to-one education isn’t new. The first program calling itself “one-to-one” started in Australia in 1990, and the practice has been evolving – under many names — around the globe ever since. For Leslie Wilson, who spent over three decades as a teacher, principal and administrator, 1:1 learning is key to unleashing the potential of every student. And it was the inspiration behind the organization she founded, the One-to-One Institute.

The Institute is a national non-profit committed to bring 1:1 technology to K-12 classrooms. They offer professional training, consultation and a set of best practices to ensure that leadership, infrastructure and instruction are aligned to make 1:1 implementation not only successful, but also sustainable.

The mission of Wilson’s organization – to transform education – is undoubtedly ambitious, but it’s exactly this kind of big thinking that is moving the needle when it comes to education reform. Wilson believes that educators must be, “regaining a deep commitment and practice for students’ creativity and production, instead of regurgitation and consumerism.”

Wilson has a unique understanding of what’s working – and what isn’t – when it comes to education technology. She is part of the team of experts who started Project Red, a wide-ranging research initiative designed to examine the effectiveness of current efforts to integrate technology into the classroom. The results inspired the Project Red team to form a transformational learning community to help accelerate the progress in this key area of learning.

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