EDTech Talk Round Table 36 | If Only Custer Had Re-tweeted

Chris, Jamie and Michael discuss the five best excuses for not using tech and share their edtech tips.

Articles of the Week


  1. arcely a month ago, on August 27, the Los Angeles County Unified School District placed the first iPads in students’ hands at the outset of a $1 billion plan to give one to every single student in the nation’s second largest public school district ($500 million for devices, plus an additional $500 million for internet infrastructure upgrades, raised through construction bonds).
  2. School districts in Oregon have traditionally updated their curricula seven years after they originally adopt. For instance, if a district adopted a new math curriculum in 2000, new textbooks and all, it would have updated the curriculum in 2007 – if it could afford it. Other subjects would get updated in other years, in accordance with the seven-year rule.
  3. If you are a connected, networked educator (or even if you’re not), it’s easy to begin comparing yourself to all those online examples of excellence in ed tech. “Look at the way so-and-so is using blogging with his or her second graders!” or “I love how this person uses Skype to bring experts into their classroom!” It’s easy to be humbled by what you “see” others doing in your virtual network….What’s important to remember is that your colleagues did not get there overnight.
  4. Technology integration is the use of technology resources — computers, mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, digital cameras, social media platforms and networks, software applications, the Internet, etc. — in daily classroom practices, and in the management of a school. But how do you know if you are integrating successfully?
  5. www.edutopia.org edutopia.org
    Misleading, clever headlines serve their purposes. That is never more true than when HS Principal, consultant, author and instructional learning coach Ben Johnson speaks up in his response to the question, “What are the characteristics of an effective teacher?”

Tech Tips


  1. The Tweeted Times Twitter App edshelf.com
    The Tweeted Times is a real-time personalized newspaper generated from your Twitter account.
  2. These guides come in very handy for every teacher looking to better integrate technology into his/her teaching. They are very simple,developed in a step by step process, illustrated by pictures, diagrams, video tutorials, and examples, and concluded with a webliography containing links to a variety of other websites relevant to the topic under discussion. Needless to mention the pedagogical implications we include in the review of the web tools we feature in our guides.
  3. An easy way to find some of the most common apps that you can use on your iPad.




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