Intel's Schools of Distinction: Learning from the Star Innovators
Since 2004, Intel has been honoring exemplary math and science programs through its annual Schools of Distinction award — and selecting one outstanding school each year to receive top recognition as a Star Innovator. What can we learn from these award-winning programs about successful STEM implementations? How do their approaches mirror those identified by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as characteristic of the highest performing education systems in the world?
Active Participation Is Key to Student Learning
Student response systems help teachers turn classrooms into places where students are engaged, fulfilled, and in control of their learning.
How Web-based Tools Change Teaching and Learning
Today's students are online and using Web 2.0 tools, and schools are beginning to capitalize on this phenomenon by integrating web-based tools in the classroom. Many believe that using technology is key to transforming schools into efficient and effective learning communities. This eBook will help you understand how valuable Web 2.0 technologies are and how we can help educators to use these tools to meet the challenges ahead.
Classroom Video: Tools and Strategies to Engage Students in Learning
This eBook is a guide to understanding student engagement, strategies that work, and how to use and integrate a particularly effective tool in this digital age: video in the classroom. Video is shaping the world around us. Students watch videos and should understand what they see and learn how to create effective videos. Addressing student engagement means turning tools for personal enjoyment into tools for engaged learning.
Keeping Students Safe Online: What Works
Educators today have to be concerned about students' online safety, as much as traditional curricular subjects. Recent research has shown that using fear-based instruction does not keep kids safe, or stop behaviors that put them at risk. So what does work? This guide is designed to help you navigate the issues, understand the risks, and learn the research behind how best to address the concerns about online activities for students.
A New Generation of Wi-Fi in K-12
School districts have gone online to improve student learning, professional development, data management, safety, and district-wide communications. To achieve all this, they must connect users' computers to a network – preferably, one that doesn't break the budget and is straightforward to maintain and grow. These networks require some smarts and enhanced features so they can be quickly provisioned and managed. They also need the performance to support the latest instructional multimedia applications. And, as their role becomes central to daily instruction and administration, they need rock-solid reliability. In short, districts require "business-grade" wireless networks. What does that mean? This eBook answers that question. It introduces you to a new generation of intelligent wireless networking that delivers the robustness of a business-grade network while remaining cost effective for cash-conservative K-12 installations.
Improving Student Achievement:
Professional Development and Informed Instruction
Providing teachers with
the means to affect and increase individual student achievement is a win-win for
everyone, and technology makes a big difference. It begins with online,
on-demand professional development and participation in a professional learning
community. Teachers learn about making data meaningful and using specific ideas
for timely intervention with their students. And it ends with teachers using
more effective methods to improve student learning and achievement.
Transforming Education: Turning Classrooms Into Collaborative, Interactive, and Efficient Learning Environments
teachers have more of a challenge than ever to manage their
technology-filled classrooms and make sure each student reaches his or
her potential. Luckily for them, the latest classroom-management
software includes applications that help with lesson planning and
student assessment. See how this type of technology can help you turn
your class into an efficient room filled with 21st-century learners.
Improving Learning Outcomes: Challenges and Solutions for 2010 and Beyond
face many daunting challenges improving learning outcomes and achieving
student improvement in their districts and communities. Schools and
school districts are asked—and are trying — to do more with less. In
this report, you'll find information and tools to plan your approach to
envisioning and implementing strategic change for your institution.
Preparing Young Children for a Lifetime of Learning
solid early-childhood education will help students develop the academic
and social skills they need to become strong learners. Using technology
to help children develop cognitive, social, and motor skills can help
them in upper grades and beyond. This eBook provides information on an
exciting new technology that allows teachers to reach different types
of learners and promote the necessary skills each child needs to be
21st Century Learning
world has seen significant change in the last few decades, and students
will require new skills. 21st century learning and the tools that make
it possible allow students to get the most out of their time in school
and help students get prepared for the world they'll encounter once
they leave school. What this means is that schools must provide the
knowledge, skills and expertise students need to succeed in work and
life in the 21st century – and the tools to build those competencies.
This eBook will explore why 21st century learning matters and which
technologies are best suited to move students and schools into the 21st
Wireless Networking for 21st Century Schools: Guide to Wireless Broadband and Wireless Local Area Networking
districts are leveraging the power of the Web to make a difference in
student learning, teacher professional development, administrator data
management, parental information, and district security. The use of
broadband technology and wireless communications are key factors in
delivering these opportunities. This ebook provides information on
effective and cost effective solutions to providing the high-speed
wireless access and applications required to enable anywhere, anytime
access to the latest tools to improve student learning, provide access
to data, and ensure safety and security - today and well into the 21st
A Guide to IT Automation: Managing K-12 & Higher Ed IT Systems Effectively
these uncertain economic times, K-12 school districts and universities
are looking to control costs wherever possible. IT automation — where
software helps to manage the routine, day-to-day tasks of IT
maintenance — can make the difference. This ebook will guide you in the
process of understanding IT automation and determining what the right
solution for your district should include.
Revolutionizing Education: What We're Learning from Technology-Transformed Schools
In this eBook, Project RED — a national research and advocacy effort — shares preliminary results from a survey of technology-rich schools and takes a look at what past research and current observation tells us about the keys to successful technology implementation. What do we know about curriculum reform or the leadership, funding and legislation changes that will allow technology to transform learning and schools, just as it has transformed homes and offices in almost every other segment of our society?
Keeping Students Safe Online: Managing CIPA Compliance, Acceptable Use Policies, Cyberbullying, and Filtering
The Web offers valuable resources and advantages to students, teachers, and administrators—but it also has the potential to present dangers. The critical issue is how to balance the benefits of the Web with the legal and ethical challenges it presents. This eBook will guide districts as they create solutions for protecting students and data.
Netbooks in K-12: Thinking Big by Thinking Small
Over the years, the question of how many computers per student or per classroom has emerged as a pivotal issue. Advocates for different perspectives agree that technology-enabled learning is important and the ideal is one-to-one computing and anytime, anywhere learning. In today's economic environment, school districts must budget wisely and get the most out of each dollar invested. One way to address student computing and anywhere anytime access is with netbook PCs. This eBook will explore the issues and showcase districts that have implemented successful and cost-effective programs.
A Guide to Software as a Service in Education: Increasing ROI and Efficiency with Cloud Computing
School districts are experiencing increased demands on their networks, infrastructure, and personnel at a time of budget constraints. IT directors must manage this growing phenomenon of too much IT stuff without enough staff. New technologies promise transformation of operational systems and educational processes, and many districts have discovered that software as a service (SaaS) – also known as applications that are "in the cloud", web-based, online, or on-demand-is a way to save time and money and improve services. This eBook will detail the benefits of SaaS and explain the details of why schools should consider SaaS to increase their technology return on investment, decrease the total cost of technology ownership, and improve operational efficiency.
Guide to InFormative Assessment: New Strategies for Using Information to Improve Student Achievement in the 21st Century
21st Century learning encompasses the idea that assessment is integral to teaching and learning as educators mine data for key information about individual student learning and use it to target instruction. InFormative Assessment solutions are assessments for learning that help classroom teachers as well as school and district administrators by providing educators with actionable information they can use to guide student learning. This ebook will present information for new and rapidly changing education environment, including details about innovative InFormative Assessment solutions.
Quick Start Guide to Where the Money is and How to Get it
Technology is an enabler of learning and funding for it is available for such things as professional development, online curriculum, and strategies that work. This Quick Start Guide will focus on new federal stimulus funds and other sometimes overlooked funding sources to help you find those dollars, get them, and put them to work in your district.
Using Technology to Improve the Graduation Rate: Effective and Cost Effective Solutions for Secondary Education
In an increasingly and globally competitive world, education is the key to advancement and people without high school diplomas are not likely to do well. This eBook provides insights and solutions for increasing high school completion and solving the urban dropout crisis in effective and cost-effective ways.
But Does It Work? Evaluating Our Nation's One-to-One Initiatives (a K-12 Blueprint eBook)
This eBook explores what we are learning from local, state-level and national research into the impact of one-to-one computing on students, teachers and schools. To what degree are these ambitious programs living up to their promise? How can they be improved? And how do we build evaluation into all our endeavors going forward so that we maximize results and improve understanding about what works and what doesn't when it comes to education and technology?
An Administrators' Guide to Interactive Learning: Whiteboards and High Performing Digital Classrooms
Students today are interactive learners; they spend much of their time at home engaging with information and other people online, creating content, learning, and sharing ideas. in classrooms that value such student creativity, students are encouraged to create original content and share the results using a variety of technology tools. Classrooms that offer the opportunities that engage students in interactive learning realize better results. This eBook provides guidance on planning for technology use, addressing the needs of the district's stakeholders, and describing the technologies that work and the support that makes them effective and cost-effective solutions.
Getting Started with Tablet PCs: A Guide to Innovation, Flexibility, and Mobility for Learning Digitally (A Digital Learning Environments eBook)
A Tablet PC is a unique type of computer that allows the user to "ink" his or her input – words, sketches, diagrams and even math and science notations - and have them saved digitally. It can offer teachers new solutions for teaching and engage students so they are excited about coming to class – or doing fieldwork – and learning. The key to innovation is in their flexibility and mobility. This eBook provides information about them and classroom examples that show how they are taking educational computing far beyond the capabilities of the conventional notebook and where they are making a difference in teaching and learning. We hope you will enjoy reading about this exciting new technology.
Education for the 21st Century: The Basics (A 21st Century Connections eBook)
Almost ten years into the 21st century, schools try to promote new ways of teaching and learning and then evaluate how well their efforts have led to results. New insights emerge from research and observation all the time. This eBook is designed to detail some of the aspects needed for students to learn new things in new ways so they can live and work in a changing world. We hope you will find it valuable as you work towards improving education in the 21st century.
Classroom Management in the Digital Age
Computers in schools have the power to enhance the classroom experience for both students and teachers. But the benefits can easily be lost to distractive elements such as games, instant messaging, and web surfing. Read this eBook for strategies on how to minimize distractions and maximize the educational potential of your digital classroom.
Web 2.0: From Curious to Competent
Web 2.0 tools play an increasingly important role in everyday life. Not only are people more connected, but they have more opportunities to find information, share ideas and be creative than ever before. Most educators who use some of the new, free, online tools to accomplish tasks find rich rewards. Yet many others are curious about how the tools work, and even more, what exactly they can do with them in the classroom to help their students learn. This eBook is designed to explore the reasons for using the most popular Web 2.0 tools and guide you as you explore the read/write Web on your own.
A Laptop Especially for Schools:
Introducing the Intel-powered classmate PC (A K-12 Blueprint eBook)
As the schools profiled in this eBook will attest, placing a rugged and kid-friendly computing device in the hands of every child for 24/7 use can have a transformative effect. Join us on a visit to eight classrooms where new, Intel-powered classmate PCs are part of a complete software and hardware solution that supports student-centered learning and opens up new worlds of possibility.
Securing Our Schools:
How to Protect from New Threats and Simplify Network Security
Are you overwhelmed by the time, energy, and money it takes to stay on top of monitoring your network traffic? Frustrated by the seemingly endless proliferation of Internet security threats? Read this eBook for advice and solutions on how to handle problems you face every day, from enforcing your AUP and archiving your email to countering spam, viruses and proxies.
Guide to Mobile Computing:
Creating Innovative Wireless Learning Environments
It's a wireless world. Schools are increasingly discovering the benefits of wireless mobile computing: the power to add new devices to existing networks without costly hard-wire drops, the freedom to create flexible learning environments, and the promise of narrowing the digital divide. From how to use innovative tools like next-generation tablet PCs and projectors to how to evaluate wireless systems, this eBook will guide you.
Funding Your One-to-One Vision (A K-12 Blueprint eBook)
Are you wondering if you can afford a one-to-one initiative, with budgets as tight as they are? Do you worry that you won't be able to sustain an existing program once your initial source of support runs out? This eBook explores some possible solutions to the funding challenge. Because when there's a vision, there's a way.
Do Our Students Measure Up?
How to Define and Assess Student Technology Proficiency
Are our students as tech savvy as we think they are? Sure, they can multi-task with iPod, cell phone, YouTube and MySpace, but can they design an effective presentation or create a graph in a spreadsheet? In order for schools to turn out graduates who are proficient in technology, institutions must first have an accurate means of measuring students' technology literacy. Read this eBook to understand how to accurately define and measure technology proficiency to guide your assessment efforts. Discover how districts are using Web-delivered authentic assessment tools to gauge student technology literacy, and how they are using the important data they gain to inform instruction and meet accountability requirements.
Taking One-to-One Computing to the Next Level
Laptop Learning Lightens Up; Simple Storage Solutions
One-to-one computing holds out the exciting promise of engaging students and empowering educators. Convertible notebook PCs, in particular, can be powerful tools to stimulate inspiration and interaction. This eBook contains suggestions on incorporating some of these new technologies into a 1:1 learning program. A true 1:1 computing solution is more than the computer, however; read this eBook for ideas on bolstering your program with industry expertise, effective software and responsive support.
Professional Development Through Just-in-Time Learning
Just-in-time learning provides a cost-effective, time-saving resource to address technology training and support. When learners can get the instruction they need when they need it and can repeat it as often as they want, they learn—and remember. In this eBook you will find tips on incorporating web-based software training and support into successful just-in-time learning programs to enhance professional development.
New students, new tools, new possibilities
Creating digital learning environments
Today's digital generation has access to music, video, images, information, and other people on demand. They create MySpace personas, YouTube videoclips, personal blogs, and podcasts. They communicate with cell phones and instant messaging. They hang out online — often on social networking Websites. It is no wonder that this generation expects personalization from education too. Download this new guide to Creating Digital Learning Environments that will help people in your district as they think through what teaching and learning should look like in the future and show them how to begin today to create the environment — with personalized learning — that students need.
Guide to Classroom Presentations
Harnessing the Potential of Interactive Technologies
Media Savvy for Today's Students and Teachers
Imagine a classroom where teachers and students interact freely and easily, expressing thoughts and explaining ideas. That's the kind of shared learning environment InFocus projectors can help you build. With big, bold images and bright rich colors, InFocus Learn Big projectors create excitement around a single focal point enabling you to command students' attention like never before. If you want to inspire, excite, entertain and (oh yeah) educate along the way, InFocus gives you the power to think BIG. Find out more about how InFocus projectors are inspiring a whole new generation of teachers and students at www.infocus.com/learnbig.
The Why and How of Interactive Whiteboards
Making a Difference: Tips and Tutorials for Purchase and Use
Interactive whiteboards have become popular in many classrooms, and the research shows there is positive impact on students with their use. This eBook is designed to help you decide what to do and how to do it. From how to use an interactive whiteboard to how to teach with one and even how to decide what you need and how to choose, this ebook will guide you. There is even research to help you learn what works in other places.
Guide to VoIP and Networking
Becoming Network and VoIP Savvy; The ROI of VoIP
So many of the great new ideas that come along seem to mean an increase in spending. So it is great when a new technology actually results in savings as well as efficiency. This eBook provides information on Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), a technology that provides a real cost benefit to school districts. Read this eBook to find out everything you will need to know about Internet telephony.
Keeping Students Safe Online
Securing the Learning Environment; Addressing the Challenges of Internet-Assisted Learning
It's all out there — the good, the bad, and the ugly — at the click of a mouse or press of a key on a computer, they can find it all on the Internet. The Web has revolutionized how we work and learn, but it has also created new challenges for school districts — in terms of student security and safety online.