The use of handheld touch devices, namely Apple’s iPod Touch and iPad, in classrooms was associated with mild to substantial improvements in the communication skills of children with autism spectrum disorder, a study showed. These children’s levels of motivation, attention spans and social interaction increased after using the technologies, researchers reported at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association.
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“Put your wands away!” Professor Umbridge from the Harry Potter stories would tell the students at the beginning of each class. After a few classes when Professor Umbridge would make the announcement, “Put your wands away,” the students did not have to do anything because they never even bothered to take the wands out. Interestingly enough, I witnessed a similar experience in my own wizarding school, um, I mean just school. Forgive the allusion to Harry Potter, but there are just too many wonderful parallels.
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one are the days when teaching meant the traditional use of blackboard, chalk and pencils. Technology has a major role in the 21st century and schools are adopting it across the globe. While at one point in time, adopting technology into the classroom may have been perceived as stressful and forced for teachers and students alike, as it stands now, students aren’t just excited about using technology, teachers are excited and highly capable of utilizing its presence in the classroom. Technology is being seen as an aid to teaching by many teachers and they are enthusiastic about its use in education.
While we think poetry shouldn’t be saved for April, National Poetry Month is a great excuse to check out some of the new books in verse for kids and teens. This year, we discovered some gems for every grade level, from animal poems for kindergarteners to a Whitman-esque novel your high schoolers will devour:
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Marshall McLuhan, the 1960s media guru from the University of Toronto, had a lot to say about the impact of new media on both learning and culture. Of course, there were no mobile phones or tablet computers at the time that McLuhan wrote, but his insights were not just about the effects of specific media of his time. McLuhan had much to say about the impact of changing media at different periods of history on the way humans perceived and acted upon the world around them. Recently I reread several of McLuhan’s books, and reflected on what he might have said about mobile technologies if he was alive today.
end a list of your last dozen text messages to your high school English teacher and it’s easy to imagine him or her cringing at the sentence fragments, the misspellings, and, oh, the syntax.
Despite the many benefits of technology in schools, educators for years have lamented the hatchet job that email programs and mobile devices, from smartphones to tablets, have done on the English language.
If you’ve spent any time grading papers over the last half-dozen years, you’ve probably bumped into a few of the more egregious offenders—acronyms such as LOL (laugh out loud) and ROFL (rolling on the floor laughing) have been known to sneak into students’ formal writing. There’s a place for this brand of hurried shorthand—on Twitter and Facebook, for instance. But in a school-sanctioned book report? As part of a term paper?