Below you will find several white papers and articles that discuss the power of technologies in the classroom.

 

White Paper on Jane Schaffer Academic Writing Program Digital Writing Experience
This white paper describes the Jane Schaffer Application which allows a student or teacher to digitally go through each step of the Jane Schaffer Writing Method.  It lays out the benefits of digital learning and discusses cloud computing, SAAS application, application security, IT security, and the application process.

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A Case Study on “The Jane Schaffer Paragraph – developing organized writing across the curriculum”
The Jane Schaffer writing program is designed as a scaffolding technique to foster and enhance the clarity and organization of student writing. Students often struggle with the “blank page” and the Schaffer structure offers them a tangible and straightforward basis for clear, concise and insightful writing. The Schaffer format also provides for a common language to be shared across the curriculum and is meant to be used in every subject where writing is required. In middle school and high school, this common language is especially beneficial for students as they move through the IB programs.

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Schools Shifts from STEM to STEAM
3D printers, sophisticated software and other technologies are helping many schools incorporate the arts into their STEM curricula.

Students in DeSoto West Middle School’s iSTEAM3D Magnet Academy aren’t just learning about cities, they’re building one from the ground up — complete with running water and working lights. They’re using MakerBot Replicator 2 desktop 3D printers to create roads, homes and businesses that bring their imagined city to life.

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