Teaching in Today's Tech-Powered Classroom
October 3, 2018
Conversations around technology in the classroom often start with the aspirational. What’s possible with technology tools? For this special report, our reporters chased a more concrete question: What’s really happening right now in classrooms with tech? The stories delve into the ways specific courses, such as music and journalism, have changed in recent years because of new digital tools, and what trends like "gamifying" look like in practice (hint: It’s not all high-tech). You’ll also find a look at how full-time tech coaches change instruction, a Q&A with a leader in ed-tech innovation, and first person accounts from teachers on what tech can and can’t do for their students.
- Teacher Preparation A Recording Studio for Every Student: Teaching Music Class in the Digital EraTeachers say new tech tools give young students more creative freedom in music classes, and offer older students who haven’t participated in band or choir an entry point into the subject.Teaching Q&A Q&A With an Ed-Tech Expert: Don't Focus on the ToolsIn an interview, Justin Bathon, an expert in how technology and education intersect, described the critical missteps schools and leaders make in implementing technology.Classroom Technology Keeping High School Journalism Class on the Cutting EdgeSnapchat, Twitter, and livestreaming are a regular part of life for high school journalism programs these days, which means teachers have to keep up with both the new technology and ethical considerations.Teaching Quests, Badges, and XP: How Teachers Are Using Digital GamesSome teachers are gamifying entire units of study, while others are assigning single games to reinforce specific concepts. The results, many say, are mixed.Professional Development To Improve Teachers' Use of Technology, Schools Try Hiring CoachesUnder a $6.5 million, Google-funded initiative, technology coaches and teachers work together to make classes more creative and collaborative.Teaching Opinion A Computer Science Teacher's Take on Tech: Start With RelationshipsTechnology can be powerful for learning and collaborating, but the most important community-building students do often doesn’t involve screens at all, writes computer science teacher Douglas Kiang.Teaching Opinion What Jimi Hendrix and Leonardo da Vinci Can Teach Us About Personalized LearningAll students have the ability to become self-taught experts, writes Mary M. McConnaha, and technology provides the tools.
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