– Students gain independence through technology
Special-education students at a New Jersey elementary school are using iPads, laptops and other technology to learn and communicate. “Using technology like this fosters independence and that’s what we want for all of our children, regardless of what grade they are in,” said Jill Troisi, a physical therapist and member of the district’s Assistive Technology Team. “We would rather provide students with a device than send them out of district to a private institution,” she added. Patch.com/Wayne, N.J. (1/30)
– How technology has transformed learning The emergence of widespread Internet connectivity, social networking and mobile computing all have contributed to the creation of a new type of learner, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. “These three elements together have changed the context of learning,” said Lee Rainie, director of the center’s Internet and American Life Project. Students today are more self-directed, more inclined to collaborate and rely on feedback from peers, and are better-equipped to obtain information, the article states. T.H.E. Journal
– A Parents Guide to Twitter and Education As more and more people join the world of Twitter (460,000 sign ups per day), school parents and teachers are more seeking this global social media tool. According to a recent Pew Internet Study, 84% of all Twitter users are between the ages of 18-49. Why is this important to school officials? The age range includes the majority of our school parents.