For those of you who have been using productivity tools as early as a computer was placed in your classroom, you probably started using Microsoft (MS) Office tools. I was also one of these people. If you saw my blog about Google Apps for Education (GAFE) a few weeks ago, you saw how much I love GAFE. However, in the vein of being unbiased, I thought that it is only appropriate to explore, discuss, and compare MS online tools called, 365 Online (OL) to GAFE.
The 21st century is synonymous with the age of technology, and therefore has transformed education in ways that affect both teaching and learning. Implementing technology integration and new technology curriculum in K-12 schools is a major emphasis for principals and superintendents who also need to know how to prepare their staff for the necessary changes.
What does it take to be great? A device in the hands of every student is not the ultimate answer. To make technology come together in the classroom takes a teacher with a unique set of skills. Skills probably not covered in their teacher preparation programs. So what is the recipe for success? The answer can be complex and long. To be brief, I will break it down into 3 areas. We call it "The 3 C's" for teacher technology productivity. What are "The 3 C's" for teacher technology productivity? Let's take a deeper look.
Like all things Google, migrating your school to GAFE is easy. If you are a school administrator, simply Google: Google Apps for Education or follow the link to this site that will essentially walk you through the migration process.
I came across an article on ZDNet that is proclaiming that China has modernized its education system because it has installed 6,000 cloud service terminals in 300 schools. The article goes on to say that the project will save money and optimize resource allocation. I agree with the last part but I have a problem thinking that they have instantaneously modernized their classrooms with the installation of terminals.
So Cuba is now in play. This is fascinating to me. My entire life I have been told and indoctrinated into thinking that Cuba is bad. It’s Communist and so it’s bad. I’m wise enough to now know that it’s not the people that are bad but possibly the government. I guess that’s open to discussion now too. I know many Cuban Americans and they are not bad people at all. In fact their togetherness, family values and knack for cooking amazing food is very similar to my experience as an "American of Mexican Decent". They seem very much like me.