Five Trends in Our NOW Classrooms Book Series

Five Tech Trends in Educational Technology for the 2017-18 School Year

Shifting trends in educational technology are hard to plan for so it was rewarding to see that the content in our soon to be released book series aligns with the vision of the leaders in the field of educational technology. In The Journal  article Watch Out for Coding, Immersive Tech This School Year The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has identified five technology trends for the 2017-18 school year.

These trends include:

  • Every student will need to know the basics of computer science coding
  • Learning feedback will happen in real time
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality will reach the classroom
  • There will be a bigger push for media literacy to identify fake news
  • More conversations about digital citizenship will be focused on being active global citizens

As we wrap up the editing process in our NOW Classrooms five-part book series this article hit home because each of these trends have been woven into our books from kindergarten through high school in specific classroom tested lessons. From coding to digital citizenship, we have created practical lessons for classroom teachers to bring these trends to students.

Coding

We wrote about coding in our k-2 book and that strand goes through the 3-5 book, the 6-8 book, 9-12 book and into our leadership guide. We don’t just write about why students should code we include specific lessons and curriculum connections at all grade levels. We agree with the ISTE article stating that coding is “the international language of problem-solving”. We take coding to the next level to help the classroom teacher bring coding into their classrooms.

Real Time Feedback

Throughout the series we have included specific ways teachers can provide feedback to students in real time using a variety of tools. The 27 NOW Classroom co-authors have written creative lessons using all types of technology tools including the Google drive applications. Each lesson has at least two curriculum connections including formative assessment strategies.

Virtual and Augmented Reality

Many of our author teams had a learning curve with virtual and augmented lessons but again k-12 we developed classroom tested lessons to support teachers. We agree with the article when they focus on the learning goal first before the technology tools. Each of our lessons begin with a student I can statement always keeping the learning before the technology.

Media Literacy

Historically media literacy education was left to the school librarian, but that is shifting to the classroom teacher in all curricular areas. Our authors have created lesson curriculum connections k-12 and in the 9-12 book we also wrote connections for the Career and Technology Education (CTE) teachers.

Digital Citizenship

One of our peer reviewers commented specifically how they liked that our digital citizenship lessons were not “focused on stranger danger approach”. In each book, we created lessons that are practical and future focused for students. Every lesson connects beyond the walls of the classroom using social media and other global connections.

These five trends and much more all focus on teaching and learning objectives first and then how do technology tools enhance the experience for students. The NOW Classroom series will be available starting in October 2017. Pre-order your copies today and keep your eye on our Twitter hashtag #NOWclassrooms as we share what these trends look like in the classroom.

 

Starting the Year with Intent

August 2017

Heading into a new year with intent…

Coming back to school as a veteran administrator has its benefits. You know where everything is, who is doing what, what people expect, and where your focus needs to be.  It also has its drawbacks: you know where everything is, who is doing what, what people expect and where your focus needs to be.  

This year I found myself stuck in a dull lull.  I can help others create a spark, but couldn’t quite find the spark I need to create an engaging opening day for staff.  

That is until today. I met with a colleague to plan a common thread that we are both focused on.  Within 30-mintues we were on a roll and my creative and engaging ideas began to creep back.

I was able to look at my other goals for the year with a new lens.  Working with others is an important part of how schools function.  

So how does this tie into NOW Classrooms?  Collaboration and Communication are the key components of any successful endeavor in school.  This year I will be journaling our adventure through collaboration and communication and how our 1:1 program is a key to our adventure’s success.

This year at Indian Trail we will be focusing on collaboration and communication with a focus on our Learning Resource teacher and Intervention Specialist and well as using SeeSaw to support growth and partnership with our parents.

Thanks for joining the journey!

Robin Brurbach

Principal Indian Trails Elementary School

Downers Grove #58