New COPPA rules went into effect on July 1st. Edtech providers are going to have to be more careful about their interoperability. The rules now hold any service provider responsible not just for what data they collect about minors, but also what any application channeled through the service’s interface collects.
We can expect that Google will be careful about what apps become available through channels like apps in drive, Google Play, and extensions through the Chrome store.
In the first post on this topic I shared how Lewison, Flint, and Van Sluy’s four dimensions of critical literacy can be enhanced when students use Google Apps under the guidance of a skilled educator, empowered by Hapara’s tools for Google Apps. In this second post I examine more specifically, how research supported literacy development structures that leverage peer learning, as identified in Fisher and Frey’s Improving Adolescent Literacy, translate into the world of digital student work.
The first major topic addressed in Fisher and Frey’s work is the value of peer learning. Adolescents development, in particular, is heavily … Read the rest →
I am obsessed with the work of Maria Montessori. The scientist observer mind that Montessori brought to the education of children, enabled her to construct social learning environments that would be the envy of any major corporate human resources department. Observing the Montessori pre-school my own children attended inspired me to restructure my high school science classroom to reflect some of the Montessori structures that allow for freedom of choice and encourage self-discipline in a supportive and structured fashion.
My partners in this transition have been my two co-planning colleagues, Ben and Allison, but also a class set of Chromebooks … Read the rest →
The Manaiakalani Project Evaluation
What us the impact of the Manaiakalani 1:1 Project on literacy teaching and learning?
Introduction: “The Hook from Heaven”
Manaiakalani (a Hawaiian word meaning “the hook from heaven”) is a multi-year e-learning and literacy project being run by a group of seven schools in a poor urban community in Auckland, New Zealand. The majority of pupils in these schools come from socioeconomically-depressed areas and Maori and Pasifika populations; demographic groups that are over-represented amongst New Zealand’s lower-achieving students. The project’s goal is to increase these students’ engagement and learning outcomes through collaborative e-learning … Read the rest →
This post discusses setting up Blogger for your school domain and the issues you should take into consideration to make it easier to use Blogger with Teacher Dashboard and to reduce your ongoing management effort.
If you have not seen it already, the Pt. England School in Auckland, NZ put together a great resource site with loads of advice and policies they’ve used to manage their 500+ blogs over the last few years. This is a must-read.
Using Teacher Dashboard Blogger views
Teacher Dashboard presents two views into student blogs: a Posts view and a Comments view.