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2015 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence

2015 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence

June 2628, 2015
Nashville, Tenn.

Invest in the power of great instruction and learn how to leverage it in classrooms and school districts.



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May 2015 | Volume 72 | Number 8

Teaching with Mobile Tech

Feature Articles

A Vision for Mobile Learning: More Verbs, Fewer Nouns

Julie Evans

For today's students, learning is a 24/7 enterprise.

How to Transform Teaching with Tablets

Tom Daccord and Justin Reich

Devices alone can't reboot classroom practice, but using tablets with a purpose can.

Five Tips for Managing Mobile Devices

Catlin Tucker

To embrace the diversity of devices, establish new norms for responsible use.

What's Behind Bad Behavior on the Web?

Elizabeth Englander

From trolling to priming to feeling a false sense of privacy—the trickiness of digital discourse.

Choosing Apps by Design

Jay McTighe and Tom March

How to use learning tools to acquire knowledge, make meaning, and transfer learning.

The Learning Potential of e-Books

Lotta Larson

The reading experience changes for the better when students strategically use e-books.

Special Topic / "Best Practice"—The Enemy of Better Teaching

Bradley A. Ermeling, James Hiebert and Ronald Gallimore

What research says about the elusive search for best practices.

Digital Backchannels: Giving Every Student a Voice

Jeffrey P. Carpenter

Backchannel communication ramps up the level of teacher-student interaction.

Going One-to-One, 2.0

Mark Warschauer and Tamara Tate

Recommendations for successfully implementing laptop and tablet initiatives.

Apps, Apps Everywhere: Are Any Good, You Think?

Larry Ferlazzo

The author selects his top-11 list of apps that add value to students' learning.

Teaching with Cell Phones

Lisa Nielsen and Willyn Webb

The cell phone—not just for calling anymore.

Columns / Departments

Double Take

Reviews, research, and relevant reads.

Research Says / Mobile Devices: Driving Us to Distraction?

Bryan Goodwin

Examining the research about multitasking.

Show & Tell: A Video Column / Three Lessons About Going Digital

Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey

How to help students concentrate, organize, collaborate. Watch the video.

Power Up! / Choosing the Right Device

Doug Johnson

Schools should calculate the TCO—total cost of ownership—for any technology purchase.

Principal Connection / Riding the Technology Wave

Thomas R. Hoerr

How to go with the flow without getting swept away.

One to Grow On / Mobile Tech: Great Potential, Great Challenges

Carol Ann Tomlinson

Mobile tech could blow open the classroom if we would only let it.

EL Takeaways

Nine Messages About Mobile Tech


In Pursuit of a Cell Phone Policy

Larissa Pahomov

From rigid to flexible to something of a mix—a teacher's rules on cell phone use have gradually evolved.

From Reluctant to Engaged

Kristin Webber

How students with special needs use mobile technology to engage with content and classmates.

Research Untethered

Joyce Kasman Valenza and Brenda Boyer

Librarians show how to guide students' research and make the most of digital resources.

EL Study Guide

Teresa Preston

InService Guest Bloggers

Tom Daccord, Justin Reich, Elizabeth Englander, and Catlin Tucker

Watch This Spot

In this clip from the Classroom Instruction That Works: Middle School DVD, a teacher guides his students in getting started using iPads to make videos.

EL Interview

Futurist Gary Marx looks at how technology is propelling institutions, education included, into a "reset."