Thursday, December 11, 2008

Connected Learning -- Your Toolbox

We're looking for partners to create Connected Learning (http://connectedlearning.wetpaint.com), a space to share resources and perspectives for teachers and parents. We'll focus on resources for Site Council, parents' advisory groups, teachers' planning for professional development, and free resources from the Internet for classrooms and homes. We're setting it up as wiki so you will be able to join and add to the mix. We should have it more fully populated by the new year, but come join and add if and when you have time.

All the best!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

More Internet, Worse Scores?

As noted in Education Week, Duke University researchers found with 4th-8th graders did worse on math and English tests with Internet access and computers at home. There was mitigation with parental support and instruction and with less instances of time online. http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/DigitalEducation/2008/12/reanalyzing_the_digital_divide.html

Is this surprising?

Even our fun side venture, http://www.ikidtools.com, showcases these thoughts with our interviews of 10-12 year olds about their Internet use. Homework? Nah...