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07. 26. 2012

Tech in the Classroom :What Do Teachers REALLY Want?


What do teachers want in the classroom? A new survery reveals they want more technology, primarily so they can engage the students more and help them retain what they learn. The biggest hurdle to purchasing all the new tech - no surprise - is budget.

PBS LearningMedia has designed an infographic revealing “WHAT TEACHERS WANT” when it comes to classroom tech (pictured above.) All pretty obvious so far.

But PBS LearningMedia also created a a free, media-on-demand service for parents and teachers, which provides easy, instant access to tens-of-thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources including videos and interactives , ie.for the Interactive Whiteboard, plus audio and photos, and even in-depth lesson plans.

We gave it a spin and especially liked some of the videos with popular authors, such as Jerry Spinelli (creator of the wonderful Maniac Magee character) who explains to his youthful audience that sports and books are not mutually exclusive. He encourages kids to emulate Maniac Magee and read books as much as possible.

There's also a "PBS TeacherLine" which helps educators build a repertoire of teaching strategies and knowledge of "research-based instructional concepts" for the new school year.

The school year just got a lot more interesting.

Posted by Evan    Category: current affairs
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