Archive for KristenSwanson SmartBlogs

In many schools and learning organizations, professional development is still an “event.” It’s something that happens a few times a year, imparting isolated chunks of information and strategy to educators. This type of learning is often not pervasive enough to inform everyday practice.

Social media has the ability to change that. And teachers are starting to take this to heart.[…] Continue Reading »

I grew up somewhere in the middle class. My dad barely achieved a high-school education, but he was a hard worker. We borrowed books from the library instead of buying new ones, and we rarely ate out. However, we always had “enough.”

As I continue to visit schools and cities to talk about education, I find fewer and fewer families who are able to reach a reasonable level of comfort.[…] Continue Reading »

Everywhere you look, kids are playing digital games. Whether it’s a game on a parent’s mobile phone or a student’s personal Minecraft account, many youngsters are engaging with games on a daily basis. These experiences have become an important thread within the fabric of youth culture.

However, many educators are still skeptical about the power of games for learning.[…] Continue Reading »

As fall festivities draw near and the weather cools down, many schools are holding parent-teacher conferences. Educators across the nation have strong feelings about the ways that educators and parents can work together for the benefit of children.

Last week, we polled SmartBrief on EdTech readers about their beliefs regarding the best ways that parents can support educators and school systems.[…] Continue Reading »

Adam Grant, in a new book called Give and Take, shares three profiles that typify most faculty rooms and work spaces:

Givers: People who help others without hesitation.

 Matchers: People who help others but expect reciprocation in return.

 Takers: People who mostly take from others.

And while common folklore may tell us that it’s a dog-eat-dog world and the “takers” finish first, Adam tells us that this just isn’t true.[…] Continue Reading »