The Highlands County School District in Florida is considering using e-readers to provide digital content to students, as schools make the transition to online resources under a new state law. "There are a lot of positives about eBooks (electronic books); it's just making that leap to being able to provide a device that you can afford for every student," district official Rebecca Fleck said. Officials also say they are concerned about students' access to the Internet at home, an issue one district solved by buying e-readers with 3G technology.
The rise of technology has meant tons of potentially hazardous detritus from computers, cellphones and other gadgets. While proper e-waste disposal is important, there are other things tech managers can do to produce less of it, such as making product longevity a variable during purchases and reusing or recycling components instead of discarding them, writes Candace Labelle, director of Computer Sciences Corp.'s GreenWay initiative.
Teachers are joining professional learning networks so they can share lesson plans, best practices and other information online. The networks allow interaction with teachers on sites such as Classroom 2.0, Edmodo and Twitter that otherwise might not occur. "You get a chance to see what some of the best teachers in the field are doing, and you can do it on your own time at home," said Florida teacher Kellie Viera.
High-school English teacher and school-technology integration specialist Nick Provenzano in a blog post offers suggestions for helping teachers with technology in the classroom. Making sure you have enough time to help, reaching out to teachers throughout the school building and including follow-up afterward are among his suggestions.
Students at a San Francisco high school are using Twitter as part of classroom lessons. A recent lesson had them sharing their thoughts and memories about the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Teacher Wendy Berkelman says social media gives students a tool to connect with such lessons by offering them a voice in the discussion.