Representatives from two Lehigh and three Bucks County school districts are meeting this week to develop and share methods for using new technology in the classroom. The Bucks Lehigh EduSummit 2013 began today and runs through Wednesday at Southern Lehigh High School in Upper Saucon Township, organizers said.
"With collaboration being at the center of 21st-century teaching and learning, we are excited to provide an opportunity for educators in the Bucks and Lehigh County area to come together to share resources and ideas to enhance their classrooms," Southern Lehigh director of technology and elementary education Ken Jordan said.
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Pennsylvania’s Quakertown Community School District, Cajon Valley Union School District in California, and Arizona’s Dysart Unified School District are successfully using digital learning to improve teaching and learning, as highlighted in a series of video profiles conducted by the Alliance for Excellent Education. This series of groundbreaking interactive profiles demonstrates the effectiveness of the Alliance’s Project 24, which is an initiative that provides free resources to help school district leaders strategically plan for the effective use of technology in their efforts to improve teaching and learning and achieve higher college- and career-ready standards.
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In January, I wrote a piece about the Natick, Mass., public school district’s Digital Conversion, a program designed to transform and reshape how technology is used to improve its education system. For Natick, that meant issuing district-owned MacBooks to all of its students, grades 8-12, enabling a 1:1 blended teaching and learning environment with the goal of achieving college and career readiness for its students.
Nearly a year after Natick’s program was launched, the district is currently fielding rigorous, objective measures of its progress. In the absence of that data, there are no great disasters to report, which some might count as an achievement. But when you have an engaged student body that is doing everything from conversing with peers in Costa Rica through Twitter in a history class, to designing and producing their own online magazines, the result is a population of students developing skills that can easily be transferred into future careers. These are some of the fruits of Natick’s digital conversion so far.
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For the next two years, many educators in Idaho will spend time evaluating the utility of new devices, websites and applications in their school districts, thanks to a $3 million technology pilot involving 11 schools across the state.
More than 80 schools applied for about $20 million in funding to participate in the Idaho State Department of Education (ISDE) project, but the limited schools that were chosen represent a cross-section of the state that will allow officials to accurately evaluate the success of future widespread technology deployments, said ISDE Director of Instructional Technology Alex MacDonald.
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