Magazine article Technology & Learning

Dear Administrator

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Dear Administrator

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Looking for leadership assistance? Leader's Edge columnist and former principal Susan Brooks-Young answers your burning questions.

Q. Our new state technology plan format requires that the district provide a separate scope and sequence for student technology skills. I thought the whole idea was to embed these skills into content-area teaching. Am I mistaken?

A. A well-written scope and sequence of the technology skills that students are expected to master at each grade level is a useful tool. It gives teachers a handle on the skills and knowledge incoming students should already have and helps them identify the specific skills that must be taught so students are prepared to successfully use technology as a learning tool in content-based activities. For more information about student standards, visit ISTE'S National Educational Technology Standards for Students (cnets.iste.org/students/s_stands).

Q. So many grant proposals now require that we cite scientifically based research. I can find reports and studies online, but how do I determine whether or not the results show "strong" or "possible" evidence that an intervention worked?

A. The U.S. Department of Education recently published a guide that can help you evaluate existing research. Titled Identifying and Implementing Educational Practices Supported by Rigorous Evidence, it can be downloaded free at the Department's institute of Education Sciences page (www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ies/ index.html). Look for "New Guide on Evidence Based Education" It's available in PDF and HTML format. …

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