A Plain English instructional model provides a framework around which educators and school leaders can discuss teaching and learning and the role of technology in pedagogy and instruction. … More A Plain English Instructional Model
What’s all the fuss about micro-credentials and digital badging? What are they and how do I earn them? What do they have to do with professional development? What’s this new iLearnMaine Educator Micro-credentials program from ACTEM and the DOE? Attend this session and not only discover answers to these questions, but get a head start … More Micro-credentials 101 – Workshop Resources
I have talked recently with several districts who made a device choice within the last year or two, based on device cost only, who are now running into challenges. How could schools select devices based on how the teachers will use them for creating quality learning experiences and based on a 4-year projected cost including all necessary supports, not simply on technical specifications, nor on any one-time purchase cost alone? … More Selecting a Learning Device: Maine’s Recommendation
Please stop calling it “digital content.” Content is a set of learning targets, and digital content is a PDF of your state’s learning standards. What might we call apps and online courses instead? … More Please Stop Calling It “Digital Content”!
It’s easy to find stories and reports in the media frustrated with technology in schools, promoting caution, or even advocating for banning tech. But to what extent to these look at how the technology was being used, consider desired learning experiences for students, or the support offered teachers? … More Ed Tech Research is Clear: Owning a Device Does Not Improve Learning
We have started asking Maine’s educators this question: What is an adequate learning device? – What should a learning device be able to do? What services or supports should come with it? What kinds of apps or peripherals would it need? What features and capabilities would the device have? … More What is an Adequate Learning Device?
With all Maine’s access to devices and broadband, our data show that students are stuck at using their devices for word processing, presenting and online research, skills we want students to develop, but by themselves don’t justify our investments in learning technology and connectivity. How can we help schools move beyond word pressing, presenting, and online research? … More Moving Beyond Word Processing, Presenting, and Online Research