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We've been hunting down topics to cover for future #edchat discussions! Please help us out by proposing questions you'd like to see investigated! We'll add them to the twtpoll! We can't do this without your help!

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I would love a conversation about specific tech tools that match student needs or learning goals.
Yes...this would be great. I have been experimenting with wikis and nings and how I can use these to increase student engagement and enhance the learning and teaching environment.
I'm not sure if this has been done or not, but how to keep students motivated. And what kind of goals we can set for them (other than test scores) I have a hard time creating goals that aren't linked to some sort of test score. And only about 20~25% of my students actually care about tests.
How can we integrate career education into every subject area to prepare students for their work future?

How can we guarantee equitable access and use of technology to ensure technology literacy and to support meaningful learning for all students?
I would like to discuss how standardized testing should evolve to reflect digital elements and 21st Century skills. A paper and pencil test seems out of touch with what students should actually be doing in the classroom.
1 to 1 computing - how does it change the classroom?
Is FREE public education still a good idea?
I'm not sure if this is the kind of stuff covered in Edchat, but I thought I would pose a question I've asked before in other forums. I'm really curious how other techs/educators deal w/ CIPA compliance when it pertains to using Web 2.0/online tools.

Every district is different. Some have very strict policies that won't allow student to use such great educational online tools, such as Voice Thread, Wiki's, etc. While others see the educational benefit and use it w/out the appropriate filtering/monitoring taking place.

It's a big gray area and I just want to know how people deal w/ this issue, that comes up all the time.

For me personally, I have to make sure that whatever we use can be monitored before it gets posted up on the web. This is to ensure that no bullying/swearing takes place. This really limits some of the tools we can use. For example, I love Wikipedia and feel that it is safe for students to use. However, that technically is not being filtered. A student can post something very inappropriate on a monitored wiki. But, if that educator does not check their email stating that the wiki has been updated something inappropriate can be online for quite sometime.

These are the kinda battles I'm interested in learning how people are fighting.

Thanks!!!
One thing that I think impacts so many other areas we discuss is how assessment needs to change in order to see some of the improvements we're striving for. So a question could be:

What do effective digital portfolios look like, how should they be assessed, and what needs to happen to move this direction?
I would like to see an edchat discussion on these topics:

-Teaching ESL/EFL to adults in the professional workplace
-Can we use textbooks to teach business English? (As soon as they are published, they are outdated.)
-The legal/copyright implications of using news articles from the web
-Part-time teacher issues (health insurance, job security, etc.)
What are the primary skills of the ideal 21st century educator?
Thanks for proposing questions! We've been adding them to the polls! The topics for this week's #edchat questions were proposed by Steve Johnson!

We will continue to add everyone's questions to the polls!

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