Archive for December, 2010

FCC Hosts Generation Mobile with DCPS – DC Public Schools, Washington, DC

Monday, December 13th, 2010

FCC Hosts Generation Mobile with DCPS – DC Public Schools, Washington, DC.

There is a meeting of the minds on the future of Mobile technology use in the field of education. I believe the use of smart phones may be one way to reduce the digital divide among students. We are entering a new genreration that may not have the home computer but rather a computer in their pocket. Why then would we continue to cater to an established norm when the norm itself is in a transitional period? Dont for get to share your thoughts, the more conversation the better.

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Adults blame parents for education problems – U.S. news – msnbc.com

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Adults blame parents for education problems – U.S. news – msnbc.com.

There is always much discussion as to how to better student achievement. Too often teachers feel that they bear the sole responsibility of a child’s achievement. In the above article by Donna Gordon Blankinship she draws to our attention a change in this very attitude. As an educator I too have felt the blame from a concerned parent telling me that I was not meeting their child’s needs in the classroom. Most often in these type of situations a lack of student effort could also be brought in to the conversation and how about the parent accountability in making sure homework and assignments are done on time. There is more to a child’s education than the teacher at the front of the classroom. I encourage you to read the article above and leave a comment on your view in this debate.

Dec. 16 Free Web Chat on Improving Hispanic Education

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Taken from: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning-the-language/2010/12/dec_16_free_web_chat_on_improv.html

by: Mary Ann Zehr

Juan Sepúlveda, the director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, spent a good part of the last year and a half visiting communities and seeking advice on how education could be improved for Latino students.

One of the messages he heard during his travels is that educators and Latino advocates in communities want to see federal officials take action, as I heard him say at a summit on Hispanic education hosted by the initiative in October. One of his staffers later clarified to me that they don’t want to simply see more federal reports. For more on the summit see the article I wrote for Education Week about it.

Sepúlveda will be the guest for a live Web chat hosted by Education Week on Dec. 16 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Eastern time, to talk more about how the federal government can work with communities to improve achievement among Latinos. President Obama signed an executive order on Oct. 19 to support that effort as well. I’ll be the moderator for the chat. You can sign up for a reminder now. On the day of the chat, you can use the same link to submit questions. I encourage you to submit some questions or comments about how schooling for English-language learners can be improved.

For those of you who can’t participate live, a transcript will be available soon after the chat.