Conference Insights: Charters & Tech
The Learning Collective just returned from two conferences: the National Charter Schools Conference and . In fact, we may have been the only folks at both. Here are some takeaways:
- 2.1 million of the 55 million K-12 students nationally are in charter schools
- Lots of discussions on BYOD (bring your own devices) were happening at both conferences
- Many online teachers know their students better now than when those same teachers taught in traditional brick and mortar classrooms.
- Khan Academy will soon launch an improved suite of services and technical assistance for educators
- There’s an app for everything … including a good one for the Common Core
- There’s an increasing need for companies such as Junyo that help schools use data, across digital learning providers, to inform instruction
- Twitter is being used increasingly for teacher professional development
- There are a couple interesting new videoconferencing technologies: iSee is an interesting mix of video conferencing and virtual worlds … think Second Life with real-time video-based avatars. VGo is robot-based, mobile videoconferencing
- 1:1 computing is best if it’s a mix of devices – iPads, netbooks, etc.
- Portugal, Turkey and Uruguay have 1:1 national computing programs.
- With all of the apps available, the Texas Instruments graphic calculators are becoming obsolete