Iam a member of NCTE and get their weekly updates in my inbox. Of course, there is a section on technology (albeit small), so I thought I’d share what English teachers think are important enough to list in their weekly updates.
PBS recently conducted a survey that asked teachers if they want more access to classroom technology (DUH!). Not surprisingly and with the state of education budgets in this country, 2/3 of teachers report that budgets are the biggest barrier to incorporating technology in the classroom. To read the full article: http://educationviews.org/2012/01/23/national-pbs-survey-finds-teachers-want-more-access-to-classroom-tech/.
An introduction to the beginning of the “highlighting” feature we so love in e-readers: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/magazine/the-hand-held-highlighter.html?_r=1
And, hurdles to iPads in every classroom. We all want them; we all think they could positively impact our students. So, why aren’t they transforming education yet? http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/20/tech/innovation/ipad-wont-transform-education
If engaging students is what we really want in education (you know, creating the self-motivated, self-directed learner), then why aren’t we doing it?! http://thejournal.com/Articles/2012/01/20/OMG-Engaging-Students-on-Their-Own-Terms.aspx
And, finally, remember a week ago (I know things move fast in technology) when we talked about SOPA/PIPA? There were a few colleges who joined the hype and blacked out part of their websites, too. http://www.ecampusnews.com/policy/legislation/colleges-join-wikipedia-in-sopa-blackout-protests/