ISTE will release Cell Phones
in the Classroom: A Practical Guide for Educators
in September. Author Liz Kolb
shares case studies that illustrate practical ways to use cell
phones for classroom projects,
homework, and communication with parents. The book includes sample lesson plans, tutorials for mobile-supported
web 2.0 tools, strategies for involving students without cell
phones, and planning and preparation tips. The book costs
$24.47 for members and $34.95 for nonmembers.
EduPlanet has launched an open source social learning
platform designed to transform traditional professional
development for K– 12 educators. EduPlanet features
institutes that blend digital age social networking technologies with online content to create a cohort-based design that
enhances peer learning. Expert authors and facilitators guide
and mentor participants. Educators engage in a social learning environment for review, shared practices, and reflection
to offer ongoing support for problem solving.
Hub International has released its new iPad case,
which is compatible with the
iPad 2. The HandStand2
brings Apple fans a rotational
accessory that allows users
to effortlessly spin the device
360 degrees for quick transition from landscape to portrait
viewing and back again. Users can use the iPad 2 while
turning it for optimal viewing and easy manipulation
of the touchscreen without accidentally launching apps or
randomly scrolling. An integrated iPad stand with a slight
incline allows for typing when placed on a stable surface.
MORE INFO: www.thehandstand.com
Casio America Inc. has
released a new family of
MORE INFO: www.casio.com/products
What Does It Mean to Read a Book?
Students are trading paperbacks and textbooks for smartphones, e-book readers, and
iPads. Annette Lamb, a professor at Indiana
University, writes about how mobile devices,
multimedia publishing, and social technologies are transforming the reading experience
inside and outside the classroom.
Solving a Puzzling Math Question
Should we focus math instruction on
computational fluency or real-world problem
solving? Math consultant Matt Kuhn argues
that technology can accomplish both by
allowing scaffolded computational fluency
through repetition and practice while engaging learners in meaningful problem solving.
Build Your Own Assistive Tech Toolkit
A plethora of assistive technology tools
abound in Mac and PC operating systems,
and many others are available free online.
Kelly Ahrens, a district technology director in
Rhode Island, outlines a method for building
a toolkit and offers advice on how to work
with the school IT department.
Should Students Use Their Own Devices in the Classroom? Debate this and other controversial issues at