Look to the Innovators
For the most part, K12 is just beginning to realize the potential of mobile technology. A 2009 study of 25 mobile learning initiatives worldwide by the Joan Ganz Conney Foundation Center chose them as having the greatest potential to revolutionize teaching and learning methods. But this technology has already arrived in some districts, whose leaders cite its ability not only to be more mobile than laptops, but more affordable, more reliable, and just as powerful. DA columnists Elliot Soloway and Cathie Norris inspired us this month to create a full Mobile Learning Guide. Senior Editor Angela Pascopella headed up this effort to offer a complete and unbiased look at a controversial subject in schools today.
Brave educational innovators are also tackling a new writing pedagogy—a shift from the traditional writing process to one that emphasizes the use of digital media. According to the popular YouTube video “Social Media Revolution,” if Facebook membership were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest. The expansion of social networks has altered higher education, the workplace and popular culture. Students are flocking to online networks in droves, and more writing by choice is occurring than ever before. Some school innovators are meeting young people where they are today. In “The New Writing Pedagogy,” we discuss how schools are addressing the challenge of this fundamental change in the nature of writing.
I’m proud that on a monthly basis DA is able to bring to light these as well other many innovations in the world of K12 education.
Best wishes this holiday season from the staff of DA!
Judy Faust Hartnett, Editor in Chief