Highlights from European 1:1 Learning Institute


  • “Technology is not just a tool.  It is a set of skills that needs to be taught and learned.”  (Jeff Utecht, keynote, http://www.jeffutecht.com/).  His point is that the number 1 skill students in the digital age need is the “skill of search” to parse and excel in a sea of information. Academic ability in this area isn’t learned automatically or by students independently.
  • http://jeffutecht.com/euro1to1 — Jeff’s resource page.  The Google-a-day site (run by three teachers) to help us refine and improve searching skills is particularly impressive (example: http://agoogleaday.com/#date=2012-09-30).  As both a Google Educator and Apple Educator, he could be a good choice for the ASL Learning Institute.
  • http://www.diigo.com/  — By setting up an education account, teachers and students can create shared research collections, highlight and annotate online documents simultaneously and collaboratively, and take their research skills online to a new level.
  • Client-software mind mapping (like Inspiration) is being replaced by web-based solutions (like http://www.mywebspiration.com/, or http://www.mindmeister.com/ or even just http://prezi.com/).
  • Macbook Airs appear to be preferred to Macbook Pros for 1:1 deployments, because of size and weight issues.
  • Moodle is or has been dropped by several schools, being replaced with either Haiku or Google sites.
  • The ISTE NETS, or a variation of, is the most common standards employed for technology in international and independent schools for students (http://www.iste.org/docs/pdfs/nets-s-standards.pdf?sfvrsn=2) and they have standards for teachers and administrators as well (http://www.iste.org/docs/pdfs/nets-a-standards.pdf?sfvrsn=2).
  • One school has all HS teachers to integrate the ISTE NETS standards into at least one unit per semester.  These units and goals are identified in advanced, and the complete schedule is shared with tech coordinators and librarians in advance so they can plan, offer and arrange their support for the teachers.

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