Technology and Global Competency

Technology and Global Competency

In our current political climate with its intolerance, fear mongering, and misinformation, educational technology that is worth its salt must be steeped in social justice. #edtech is not valuable if it doesn’t level the playing field, promote compassion and understanding, or expand students’ horizons beyond the immediate and the local. In fact, the best uses of technology do all of these things in collaborative environments that unite students and teachers with a common mission and expand students’ viewpoints. Specifically, I…

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Investment in teacher salaries is just that – an investment.

Investment in teacher salaries is just that – an investment.

Time Magazine’s recent articles, “‘I Work 3 Jobs And Donate Blood Plasma to Pay the Bills.’ This Is What It’s Like to Be a Teacher in America.“ and “13 Stories of Life on a Teacher’s Salary” highlight what has been all too clear for those of us teachers working in a public school system and raising a family in the 21st century – teacher salaries in many school districts are simply not high enough to make ends meet. (1) The…

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STEAM for Social Justice

STEAM for Social Justice

by Adam Steiner As human society meanders toward a blurring of human and digital, intelligence and artificial intelligence, and virtual and authentic, our schools need to resist the urge to “go robot” and instead focus on timeless human qualities: creativity, compassion, and critical thinking. Technology, in particular, should not be directed toward skill practice or assessment even if it is a particularly efficient tool for these tasks. Technology should be used in collaboration with other frameworks including science, engineering, arts,…

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Fighting Climate Change with a Schoolyard Habitat

Fighting Climate Change with a Schoolyard Habitat

Guest post by Carla Shanahan, 6th Grade Science Teacher at Robert Adams Middle School in Holliston, MA Follow Carla on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ShanahanCarla Teaching Climate Change is critical to preparing the generation that is inheriting the world after we’ve hit the tipping point of the problem. As a school, we have embraced the U.N.Sustainable Development goals, and students have been incorporating them into our learning throughout the year. In addition,I have incorporated the impact of climate change into the Geologic Time…

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