This post is a debate article written by Mary Burns on July 12, 2012 in Distance Education for Teachers.
“Unfortunately, many models of distance education in poorer countries do little, in their current form, to help “develop” the kind of high quality teachers students need. This has less to do with technology. Rather it is the cumulative result of perceptions, understandings of change and an overly narrow focus on scale …”
One of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” as named by “Time Magazine” this year is educating students at William Burnett Elementary School, even though they have never met him.
Sal Khan is the voice behind Khan Academy, a free online tutoring site with a library of more than 3,200 video tutorials, interactive challenges and assessments available to anyone with a Gmail address from any computer with access to the web. Topics are virtually limitless; covering kindergarten - through 12th-grade math, science topics such as biology, chemistry and physics, finance and history, and the catalogue is growing on a daily basis.
At its core, the issues associated with mobile learning get to the very fundamentals of what happens in class everyday. At their best, cell phones and mobile devices seamlessly facilitate what students and teachers already do in thriving, inspiring classrooms. Students communicate and collaborate with each other and the teacher. They apply facts and information they’ve found to formulate or back up their ideas. They create projects to deepen their understanding, association with, and presentation of ideas.
Teacher collaboration can be an extremely effective way to both share and receive innovative teaching tips, strategies and information.
According to the Teacher Leaders Network, the following have been identified as six of the key attributes of effective collaboration:
“In the fall of 2010, I was selected to be a pilot 1:1 classroom in my district and gained a class set of laptops for my students to use as needed. In the two years since, I’ve realized that 1:1 technology can be an incredibly powerful tool in creating a classroom where learning is real. Here’s how:”