Tampa Preparatory School embraces technology
Having spent a decade serving educators in audio and acoustics, I’m glad I still have the capacity to be awed when a school embraces technology 100 percent, and works for as long as it takes to make great choices for the greater good of all students.
Collaborative learning empowers students to take control
Research shows that collaborative learning empowers students to take control of their learning and facilitates higher-level thinking, but with new models come new challenges
Honoring education through the National Blue Ribbon Program
Forgive me as I butcher a borrowed quote from Shakespeare, but “...I’ve come to praise public education, not bury it”.
In 1982, The US Department of Education created The National Blue Ribbon Program, a celebration of high standards in which schools in each state are honored for their excellence.
In March 2014, Lightspeed Technologies joined the sponsors of the Maryland Blue Ribbon Program, which is steered by the steady hand of Dr. Darla Strouse, Executive Director of Partner and Recognition Programs, Maryland State Department of Education. I was lucky enough to be invited to the party mid-way in the yearlong celebration for the Blue Ribbon Honorees (which started the previous fall).
There are numerous criteria for a school to be honored, and a lot of public schools are up for consideration. No more than six may be chosen, however.
It often seems education gets a bad reputation in the news.
If you wanted to take a “glass is half empty” view, you might only see endless headlines and broadcasts focusing on the negative; budget cuts, teacher strikes, criticisms about shifting higher education standards-- the list goes on.
Teacher Enthusiasm was Exciting to See
Having recently attended the latest FETC (Florida Educational Technology Conference), I’ve renamed the 2014 version Fantastic Excitement, Teacher Commitment.
The reasons are simple, and simply wonderful. This was my eighth time at FETC. And this was the most exciting show with the most enthusiastic people I’ve met there in years.