More than 20,000 attendees and exhibitors participated in the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in San Antonio, Texas. This was the first year the total number of attendees exceeded 15,000. Everyone was searching for ways to "embrace the extraordinary" for their students.
Naiku’s Teacher Team School Grants combine professional development and next-generation classroom assessment software to give K–12 classroom teachers the necessary information and tools required to successfully implement learner-centric assessment methodologies within a team environment.
In my last blog, we explored activities to help students “frame the system” rather than game the system in order to think critically about the rules that should govern their digital lifestyles. Now I'd like to discuss an activity that helps students develop digital citizenship skills by imagining new technologies. The goal is for students to take charge of their futures by inventing it. Digital citizenship is often approached from a reactive perspective in response to unwanted behavior like cyberbullying or cyberstalking. In contrast, this activity approaches digital citizenship proactively, casting students in the roles of leaders and “imagineers.”
Researcher and ELL expert Jim Cummins has identified three keys to success in teaching students who are just learning English:
• Engage students in their literacy by providing access to resources.
• Ensure that all teachers are prepared to scaffold their instruction across the curriculum.
• Affirm and value students’ background, culture, and identity.
Across the nation, many schools are using edtech tools to support their teaching of English language learners through these three tactics. Read Middlebury Interactive’s special report on how technology can help address the needs of English language learners.