5 things educators must know about blockchain

Well, maybe you don’t really need to know…or you just want to know…or maybe, you don’t really care, at all.

1. Blockchain? Is it a blockchain? the blockchain? Is it a noun? a verb? blockchain, shmockchain…

2. THE blockchain is often described as shared digital ledger. It’s a simplistic definition. But, that’s what it is…a ledger, a shared digital ledger.

3. Does the blockchain have anything to do with bitcoin? Yes, the blockchain was first defined in the original source code for Bitcoin. Exciting, huh? Continue reading “5 things educators must know about blockchain”

4 Considerations When Planning for New Technology

When planning a technology project or initiative in a K-12 school environment, there are four pieces that need consideration for a successful outcome. Every project does not necessarily involve all four pieces, but certainly some of them. Those four pieces are the school network, educational software or web resources, hardware or equipment, and professional development or training.

1. The School Network. The school network supports an enormous number of applications and services such as access to the Internet, video, audio, shared use of files and documents and storage servers, printers, and fax machines, and use of email and VOIP phones. This formidable collection of technology requires skilled network management personnel to keep it all running reliably. Being a school network administrator is literally the saying, Jack of All Trades, Master of None. A good network admin needs to know a little about a lot of things. Continue reading “4 Considerations When Planning for New Technology”

Instructional Strategies

The Anytown Public Schools (APS) provide all students with multiple pathways to optimize their potential for academic excellence, leadership, as well as social and emotional wellness. Teachers work from a rigorous curriculum that is aligned with state standards incorporating the common core, and they use multiple forms of data that informs innovative approaches to teaching. Student success is anchored in the high expectations of teachers who are part of a professional, collaborative culture that demands a continuous focus on instructional improvement. Continue reading “Instructional Strategies”

The Acquisition of Language and Literacy

Emergent Reader

The acquisition of language and literacy is a complex process that emerges over time in each child.  From a very early age, children are able to create sounds and communicate important information.  As children age, language acquisition increases to the point of fluency.  Educators play an important role in promoting literacy and language development, especially in preschool, Kindergarten, and elementary grades. Continue reading “The Acquisition of Language and Literacy”