Monday, October 25, 2010

Schools going Mobile, Students Embrace Kindle, and Male Teachers - This Past Week's News

Schools Open Doors to Students' Mobile Devices
...students returned from summer break to learn they were free not only to bring their mobile devices to school, but also to use them at their teachers discretion to connect to the school’s wireless network to do their work.

Education Week, Oct. 20, 2010

Kindles at High School Bring Praise, Surprises
Social studies teacher Kathy Biddle was giving a lecture recently when she noticed a handful of students fiddling with their Kindles...Biddle stopped her lesson. She scolded her charges, telling them to focus on what she was saying. She thought they were texting their friends or looking at Facebook. They weren't. The students were taking notes on Biddle's lecture, using a feature on the electronic book-reader called 'My Clippings.' They then instructed the rest of the class how to do it.

Education Week, Oct. 19, 2010

We need tool-savvy teachers
Quebec is fast becoming ground zero in the battle against high dropout rates among high-school students. The situation is particularly acute among boys, what with one in three male Quebeckers leaving high school without a diploma.

While opinions vary as to the cause, several critics point to the “feminization” of the classroom as the main culprit. The solution, they say, is to simply recruit more male teachers, even if it means creating quotas. But this is simplistic. What we need is a complete rethink.

Globe and Mail, Oct. 20, 2010

Mother's outrage makes school trips latest front in the nut-free fight
Following a parent’s complaint about teacher conduct on a school field trip, trustees at the Halton Catholic District School Board considered Tuesday whether to review the rules regarding parent and teacher chaperones.

Globe and Mail, Oct. 20, 2010

The endangered male teacher
A new study says male elementary teachers live in a steady state of anxiety, with 13 per cent reporting they had been wrongly accused of inappropriate contact with students. Part 2 of a six-part series.

Globe and Mail, Oct. 22, 2010