…It’s All Going To The Cloud

Google Docs announced yesterday that it now supports editing Microsoft Office files through their cloud-based platform:

Read the article on Mashable.com »

Which reminded me of this:

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Read about iWork for iCloud on Apple.com »

So many options these days, still the question remains –

Where exactly is this “Cloud,” and how does it work again?

Oh, technology.

Teacher’s Guides To [Enter Any Technology] …Plus A Short Video

Yesterday I came across a very useful page on Edudemic that has aggregated, summarized, and linked several teacher guides on how to effectively combine technology and learning. The guide topics range from social media platforms such as Twitter to more general subjects like Keeping Students Safe Online.

It’s a solid resource for teachers and parents alike. Plus, at the bottom of the page there is a link to a great supplementary article, 11 Note-Taking Tips For The Digital Classroom.

If the idea of education is to prepare students for constructive adulthood, educators then need to learn how to properly integrate technology into curriculum so that students develop skills that are applicable in today’s fast-moving world.

Educational researcher Dr. Sugata Mitra briefly touches on this topic:

Dealing with Distraction in the Digital Age

I don’t think the enemy is digital devices. What we need to do is be sure that the current generation of children has the attentional capacities that other generations had naturally before the distractions of digital devices.

– Daniel Goleman


Earlier this month, Principal John Jordan ’80 emailed faculty members a very tech-relevant blogpost from Mindshift. In the post titled, “Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus,” author Katrina Schwartz discusses the impact of the digital classroom on student concentration. It’s a short piece – definitely worth a quick read.

Schwartz interviews author and psychologist Daniel Goleman who voices concern about the relationship between one’s ability to concentrate or focus and ability to empathize. She also mentions a Duke University study that found concentration to be the strongest predictor of future success of students.

How do we, as educators, maintain a learning environment both conducive to student concentration and technologically flexible?

Figuring out an answer is part of the ongoing learning process of the entire school community as newer technology only becomes more ubiquitous.