More and more classrooms are going digital. The classroom environment is changing to include more mobile devices and open education resources. The classroom teacher is becoming more and more a facilitator of learning as evidenced by teaching strategies that are changing the way we view the profession (think Flipped Classroom as an example). The student is attending class with a bigger thirst to understand why he or she has to learn something; wanting to make the learning more personal and relevant.
Imagine a world where student learning is not confined to any set schedule, location or method. A world with an educational framework that provides a student access to learning tools they need anytime, anywhere. Where the best technique of learning for the student is chosen by the student.
The 16th annual Powering Up with Technologyprofessional development day, held on Saturday November 10th, was a huge success with hundreds of Prince George's County Public School educators attending for professional development offerings from their peers and vendors.
When McKinney ISD began to look at a digital media solution in 2009, they were simply looking to move away from the old VHS and DVD formats. However, according to Lara Lindsey, Director of Instructional Technology for MISD, “Our goals evolved based on opportunities we saw in using the SAFARI Montage system.”
To all those we met at ISTE – Indianapolis, Thank you!
SAFARI Montage was proud to be among the most progressive vendors and partner educators in the country. To those who sat with us during the meet-ups, please remember the importance of enterprise-level thinking and systems deployment in education.
We look forward to working with you on infrastructure, content delivery and Learning Object Repository strategies, and most importantly, to being a resource for your teachers and students.
I had the pleasure of being in Florida last week with Joe Irby, President of BestQuest Teaching Systems, and attending the annual conference of the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Joe and I had a great time speaking with math educators from around the state and sharing many new and innovative ways to use BestQuest content on SAFARI Montage.
A show of hands please, how many of you are looking for resources for teaching with the Common Core? Well you are in luck, because all relevant content on SAFARI Montage has been aligned against Common Core State Standards for Math and ELA. In fact we have just posted a playlist here on SAFARI Montage HD Network that takes an example right out of the pages of the Standards themselves and brings it to life!
Mansfield ISD has been a SAFARI Montage customer since December 2010. Dr. Doug Brubaker, MISD Assistant Superintendent, Technology & Information Services, said that prior to implementing SAFARI Montage, most multimedia purchases were made at the campus level.
I spent a great day in Fayetteville, Georgia last week at the Georgia CTO Clinic presented by CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) and the Georgia CTO Council. The focus of the event was on the importance of a structured process for the transformation of education in the digital age.