Digital technology is likely to have an impact on writing, communication and story-telling. Co-director of the American National Writing Project, Elyse Eidman-Aadahl , describes in the video below, how writing and storytelling is evolving through the increased use of digital technologies. The video is part of a series from Edutopia called Big Thinkers on Education which includes videos from anthropologist Jane Goodall, Salman Khan who founded the Khan Academy, film directors George Lucas and Martin Scorsese and psychologist Daniel Goldman.
Connected Educators’ Month
The US Department of Education has announced that October 2013 is ‘Connected Educators’ month, dedicated to webinars, blog posts, ideas, discussions and more to increase awareness of the use of technology in teaching. Content is hosted on the Connected Educators website and discussions can be followed on Twitter using hashtag #ce13. Learn more here and here. To mark Connected Educators Month primary school teacher Rob Furman has written this article about the current state of technology and describes ‘a day in the life’ of pupils who have one-to-one access to technology. A related pinterest board for teachers wanting to build a professional learning network can be found here.
Student Engagement and Learning
Pupil engagement and motivation to learn has been a key issue in research on the use of educational technology. An American middle school teacher has asked 220 pupils what they felt motivated them to learn. The feedback showed that working with technology, in addition to working with peers, connecting school work with the real world and having choice were important factors.
Mandarin Lessons in School’s Language Curriculum
UCL Academy ,one of the schools participating in Tablets for Schools research, has chosen to include Mandarin lessons in their language curriculum, as part of a focus on providing ‘education for global citizenship’. Teaching website TES recently published an article on the teaching of Mandarin at UCL Academy .
The charity Ditch the Label released research this week suggesting that 69% of young people aged 13-22 have been bullied online. Facebook, Ask.fm and Twitter were found to be the most likely vehicles for cyberbullying. Commenting on the research on Twitter however, LSE’s Professor Sonia Livingstone questioned the robustness of the sample used in the survey which was recruited through social network Habbo Hotel’s cyberbullying report page; it could be argued that such a sample may be unrepresentative of all users of social networks.