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Using Google Sites to Increase Curriculum Implementation in the Classroom

Within the last year, over half a dozen current and former CLI districts have opted to organize their local curriculums using the new CLI Online Curriculum Library, a Google Site template. The benefits for districts using Google (now called G-Suite for Education) are widely known: free email accounts (Gmail), file storage (Google Drive), and file creation (Google Docs). One application that may be underutilized due to time or training constraints is Google Sites. Google Sites could easily serve as your district’s intranet, a closed network only accessible by those within your district.Read More

Learning Object Repositories as Classroom Resources

On the horizon for educators is a new resource just now beginning to take shape in some states. If you have not yet heard about “content repositories” or “Learning Object Repositories,” consider this E-hint your first introduction to a new kind of digital library. A Learning Object Repository is an idea birthed, in part, from the use of various software designed for online learning, each of which is referred to as a “Learning Content Management System,” or LCMS for short.Read More

Five Points for Evaluating Use of Technology in the Classroom

As an instructor, you realize that technology is here to stay. Most likely, technology has helped you with lesson planning and delivery, grading, and reporting.  Yet when software or apps are poorly selected, designed, or understood, when equipment doesn’t work, or when cellphones are abused for non-learning purposes, technology may seem more like a curse than a blessing.  When technology feels overwhelming, it is time to evaluate current practice and …Read More

E-books v. Paper Textbooks

Technology is an increasingly prevalent factor in the decisions being made by K-12 school districts. Schools have come a long way and many now use different types of technology for things like attendance, grade books, student records, and even classroom resources. One such resource is the student textbook. As book publishers evolve and dip their proverbial toes into new pools, they are beginning to produce increasingly sophisticated online textbooks, or …Read More

Backchannel Communication: A Positive Use of Technology in Education

For the purpose of this article, instructor is synonymous with presenter, teacher, administrator, or anyone leading a session. Participant is synonymous with student, learner, or anyone attending a session. Twitter, Facebook, blogs, chat rooms, instant messages, text-messages, e-mails — technology is fast becoming the way of the world. Why not embrace it and use it for higher-level learning and communication in education? Although many of the previously mentioned technologies have …Read More

Adding Technology to Bloom

It is safe to say that all educators are familiar with Bloom’s Taxonomy of Cognitive Domain (developed in the 1950s), since they likely studied it as undergraduate teacher education students. In recent years, they’ve probably been asked to consider the “levels of thinking” as they’ve worked with state standards and local curriculums. Some educators also know that Lorin Anderson, a student of Bloom, revised the taxonomy in the 1990’s (see …Read More

The Curricular Architecture that Embodies Both 21st Century Skills and Technology Literacy-Part 2

Part I of the previous E-Hint of this same title suggested there is more to creating a curricular architecture for 21st Century Skills and Technology Literacy than is typically understood. In that E-Hint are recommendations that: (1) there be a conscious effort to merge elements of 21st Century Skills and ISTE (Technology Literacy) Standards into a workable and mutually supportive construct; (2) such a construct be weighted in favor of …Read More

The Curricular Architecture that Embodies Both 21st Century Skills and Technology Literacy-Part I

The Curriculum Leadership Institute is different from most other organizations that support school improvement in that it does more than simply provide districts with the tools and strategies necessary to meet new and emerging initiatives. The CLI digs into the meaning behind currently popular projects because our goal is to help districts do more than just set up local programs to meet external expectations. An important part of our mission …Read More

How Can a School Produce and Manage All Those Data?

In an E-Hint titled, Schools That Break the Mold, two of the characteristics present in those schools were: Decisions based on data that result in changes in instruction. Frequent and ongoing monitoring of pupil progress. Those two characteristics require that the classroom teacher be able to input relative data quickly and easily and that the data be available to a variety of audiences in a timely manner. Of course, technology …Read More