From the Editor - Winter 2011

11/27/2011  |  STEPHEN MURPHY Editor-in-Chief
From the Editor
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We are very excited to present SEEN’s Technology issue! 

New technologies can be overwhelming for both teachers and students – despite that fact that students are often considered “digital natives” – so our articles focus on how teachers can use these technologies as tools to enhance and customize learning. With careful planning towards the ultimate goal of student learning, teachers can leverage technologies to make a positive impact on their students’ learning experience. 

We present some real world applications and benefits to using anything from mobile devices, social media, online learning, etc. For example:

Shannon C’de Baca is a high school chemistry teacher whose primary vehicle to reach students is the online classroom. Far from depersonalizing the learning experience, online learning – done properly – can enhance the experience for students, allowing each student to work at his or her own pace. Shannon stresses how critical the teacher-student relationship is to successful online learning. 

Marilyn Grady, a Professor of Educational Administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, examines the role of the principal in integrating technology into schools. The principal must act as the leader in his or her school and Marilyn provides some tips for principals on how they can become the champion of technology in their schools and provide support to their staff. 

We are also proud to introduce a new “Guest Column” in this issue: Deborah Aughey, an English teacher at Campbell High School in Smyrna, Georgia, outlines the ways that she uses technology to keep her students engaged and excited about learning and school projects. Moving forward, each issue of SEEN will enlist the help of an educator working directly with students to give his/her perspective and share best practices and ideas for your classrooms.

Shifting gears, we are lucky to have connected with Curtis Linton of School Improvement Network. Curtis outlines the Common Core State Standards in a concise, straightforward way and helps parse why these standards are being introduced, what exactly they are and how schools and teachers can seamlessly integrate them into their classrooms. Curtis will expand on the subject in the coming issues, as part of three-part series on Common Core. 

We continue to present the best resources for educators: from ideas to use in the classrooms, to professional development opportunities. 

As always, we want to hear directly from you!  Please visit www.seenmagazine.us to give us your feedback, your ideas and your requests. Or send me an email at [email protected]

I hope to hear from you soon.

Stephen Murphy

Editor-in-Chief

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