Nan Austin Blog
Posted by Nan Austin on August 13, 2014
With the shift to Digital Davis, where every Davis High student has a laptop to use for the year, it seems like a good time to take stock of how well we’re doing overall on the technology curve.
Here are a few thoughts on technology – the learning curve of the cutting edge, if you will.
While many folks think of computers and get a reflexive twitch in their fists, this younger generation never has known floppy disks that opened only until they didn’t or the bone-chilling scream of someone who hit one wrong button and watched hours of work flash and disappear forever.
Posted by Nan Austin on August 6, 2014
Keynote speaker Alex Kajitani’s signature style of merging music with numbers to reach young students and improve their math skills was shared Wednesday at the After School Summer Institute, hosted by the Stanislaus County Office of Education.
Posted by Nan Austin on July 30, 2014
Lessons in courage and compassion still come on the field and in the pool as young athletes show sportsmanship, a sometimes rare quality in the professional sports world.
Posted by Nan Austin on July 23, 2014
Fair farm animals versus dittoed sheets: Two ways of learning lay out the hopes for hands-on, real-life Common Core lessons, compared with the assembly-line stress too many classrooms endured over the past few years. Here are some tips for parents on what to look for and ways to help their students thrive in the coming school year.
Posted by Nan Austin on July 16, 2014
It’s mid-July and summer is more than half over for schoolkids and teachers. Time to take those day trips to the beach or camp under the big trees.
Posted by Nan Austin on July 9, 2014
Results of a first-ever international test of 15-year-olds’ financial savvy released Wednesday shows plenty of room for improvement in U.S. schools.
Posted by Nan Austin on July 3, 2014
For Independence Day week, the nation’s growing confusion over Common Core standards seemed like a good topic to tackle.