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National Ed Tech Plan 2016

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

This is the introduction to the latest version of the NETP:

The National Education Technology Plan is the flagship educational technology policy document for the United States. The 2016 Plan, Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education, articulates a vision of equity, active use, and collaborative leadership to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible. While acknowledging the continuing need to provide greater equity of access to technology itself, the plan goes further to call upon all involved in American education to ensure equity of access to transformational learning experiences enabled by technology.

You may download a copy and have a pleasant read. It is packed with great examples and is a very readable document. You WILL be hearing more about it.

Simulated Classrooms

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Today I participated in a webinar designed to share a new possibility in teacher education. As a technologist, I am often approached about the potential for using immersive virtual environments as a way of training teachers to interact with a classroom full of students.

The technology is becoming much more engaging and the experience of interacting with student avatars is very real, some would say “surreal.”

As a teacher, you can write on a virtual blackboard and interact verbally with the avatars. Note that there is a real human being behind the avatars following scripts designed to encourage or challenge the teachers.

I am not at all sure that future Colleges of Education will ever see these simulators as part of their training but that may because I was trained with real students in real classrooms. That said, aircraft pilots have had trainers for decades and nurses and doctors are using 100,000 dollar simulator mannequins that  bleed and breath at the push of a button in a control room, so it is not unreasonable that these simulators should be used to train new teachers in “high-leverage” practices.

Take a look at Elearning Trends to Follow in 2015

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

(Originally posted @ eLearning Trends to Follow in 2015 [Infographic],Posted November 18, 2014 by & filed under Opinion.- See more at:

Are you ready for E-Learning and all that it may bring?

Schools of the Future

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

I just saw this awesome video visually displaying the possibilities available with technology in [future] schools to support teaching and learning. Check it out…

Technology in Education: A Future Classroom by Daniel Nemroff

Unfortunately, I can not embed video with our version of WordPress 🙁

Apps that Rise to the Top for Teachers

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Michelle Luhtala, a librarian from New Canaan High School in Connecticut, has created an extensive list of apps (about 74 apps) that have been approved by educators around the country.  The list includes

  • 30 Hands
  • Adobe Voice – Show your story
  • Ask3
  • EverNote
  • Explain Everything
  • Knowmia & Knowmia Teach
  • Lightbot
  • Poems by Heart from Penquin Classics
  • Synphonizer
  • ThinkLink
  • World Lens

Curious? Want to know more? Go check out the entire list at The edWebET47 – The A List!