Mobile Learning: Avoiding Common Pitfalls
To address the shifting trends and technology in mobile learning, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) launched refreshed materials for its Leadership for Mobile Learning (LML) initiative.
Performance-Based Test for Teachers Rolls Out
As the test, known as the edTPA, kicks into high gear in 2013-14 after two years of pilot testing, thousands more teacher-candidates will be expected to demonstrate those competencies to receive a teaching certificate. New York and Washington state plan to introduce it into licensing by spring. By 2015-16, seven states will make it part of teacher certification or use it to review their preparation programs.
University-based programs have been dogged by criticism—including from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and nongovernmental groups—and have been pressured to do more to hold themselves accountable. The edTPA, developed by the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity, with the help of state officials and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, is the teacher education field’s main response to those pressures.
But questions linger about whether the edTPA will galvanize widespread improvements in teacher preparation, as its supporters hope.
Good questions to help define your school/district’s technology vision:
- To what extent do you compare and align your school technology plan with other plans such as your school improvement plan?
- To what extent do you promote participation of your school’s stakeholders in the technology planning process of your school or district?
- To what extent did you disseminate or model best practices in learning and teaching with technology to faculty and staff?
- To what extent do you include the effective use of technology as a criterion for assessing the performance of faculty?
- To what extent do you participate in professional development activities meant to improve and expand your use of technology?