All teachers in a Kansas school district are using iPads this year; they are learning to use the devices before they are issued to students in the next school year. Teachers received some initial training and now are expected to tote the iPads with them to meetings and district training, where the technology will be integrated into the format, said Volora Hanzlicek, assistant superintendent of Prairie Hills school district.
Holly Rocchetti, a fifth-grade teacher in Alexandria, Va., first used an interactive whiteboard two years ago and now considers it an integral part of classroom instruction. The benefits, she said in this article, include enhanced student engagement, classroom organization and improved teaching and learning. Rocchetti suggests that teachers new to the technology have a backup plan in case there is a glitch and to seek help from other, tech-savvy teachers.
Lawmakers in Indiana have given initial approval to legislation that would require every school to have an armed protection officer -- potentially a trained principal or teacher. The measure was approved by a House committee, but it is unclear whether the bill has the support of Gov. Mike Pence. Teresa Meredith, vice president of the Indiana State Teachers Association, said the bill fails to address issues of mental health and bullying.
Proposals that would change math and other graduation requirements for Michigan students have sparked conversations about flexibility in curriculum decision-making. One proposed change is to allow students to take two alternate math classes instead of Algebra II, which some say better meets the needs of non-college-bound students. The state board of education maintains that such flexibility already is available to students.
The increased use of classroom technology has forever altered the traditional classroom, notes Zachary Walker, a special educator and technology consultant. In this blog post, he suggests teachers keep in mind three things as they work to prepare the "Last Backpack Generation" to be successful. Among his tips are to be willing to fail in front of students, prioritize creativity, and begin to view the students as types of "co-teachers."