Educators who want to become connected can start small, asserts Tomi Swanson, teacher and technology integration specialist in the Kasson-Mantorville School District in Minnesota. In this blog post, Swanson outlines four ways to get started, including creating Pinterest and Twitter accounts.
Some math students in Indiana are using Skype to access free, real-time tutoring from students at a local college. The Homework Hotline has been active for 25 years, but now, with face-to-face interaction, tutors say it is easier to verify student understanding.
There are four key principles needed by modern, influential human resources executives, says Josh Bersin of Bersin By Deloitte. "If there is anything you can do to make it fun, engaging, interesting and valuable for the employees in your organization, do it!" he writes. Bersin also emphasizes leadership development, workplace learning and leveraging HR's trove of data effectively.
With the Texas Legislature poised to allow concealed guns to be carried on state college campuses, University of Texas at Austin professor Javier Auyero fears the move may harm future recruitment of faculty. "Shouldn't I tell prospective students and faculty that I am, in fact, profoundly afraid and that they should think twice about coming to the University of Texas?" Auyero writes in this commentary.
The first Chief Diversity Officer Summit, held recently in Illinois, brought together university and corporate diversity experts to share ideas on research and best practices. Panelists discussed collaboration, talent development and other strategies colleges and businesses are using to boost diversity.
Organizational psychologists are finding ways to help employees across generations improve their emotional intelligence even if their motivations differ, writes Lori LaCivita. The role for human resources is in understanding the differences and minimizing conflict, she argues.
Giving students choices in what and how they write teaches them to take risks and improves their confidence as writers, middle-grades educator John DePasquale writes in this blog post. He describes how he guides students in developing their independence in deciding what to write and whether to write alone or with other students.
Students at a Missouri middle school organized a comic book convention to showcase their writing projects. In class, students wrote stories that they converted into a comic by drawing pictures or making stop-motion videos. "To have a kid understand that we're writing for a purpose, for an audience, helps them have more ownership of what they produce," teacher Brooke Nicoletti said.
Fifth-graders at a Wisconsin school create video announcements with iPads to tell the student body, staff and parents about the school. Students in each class are allowed to participate, and they work with the librarian at recess to write, record and edit videos on topics of their choice.
Higher-education IT departments must assess network usage on campus to create both good coverage and capacity as more students and faculty bring their own devices into the classroom, advises Aletha Noonan, vice president of higher education for CDW•G. Installing access points around campus and network monitoring can also help to avoid bottlenecks and identify areas that need maintenance, Noonan asserts.
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