Cory Olcott: New Advances in Educational Technology

Advancements in technology and education have gone hand in hand for centuries, and the modern classroom is no different. Technological advances have enabled schools to offer students new and exciting ways to learn while giving teachers and administrators an expanded set of educational tools.

Teachers have been able to utilize the Internet to give their students new opportunities in learning. Language instruction has been transformed by free and easy videoconferencing, giving students the chance to learn a language from a native speaker. Web sites with science experiment simulations, entire libraries of classical literature, and multimedia presentations also help teachers provide vital supplemental materials.

In addition to giving educators access to innovative teaching tools, technology has helped transform the way schools operate on every level. Real time assessment data gives teachers the opportunity to provide immediate feedback to students; programs can time how long each student spends on a given question, or quickly calculate which questions are giving students the most trouble.

About Cory Olcott:

Since returning to teaching in 2003, Cory Olcott has devoted himself to helping prepare the next generation of Americans for educational success. An alumnus of Northwestern University and Stanford University, he is currently pursuing his second Master’s degree at Harvard University’s School Leadership Program.


Cory Olcott: Skiing Tips for Beginners

Hitting the slopes for the first time can be intimidating. The chilly weather and mountainous terrain make for a difficult atmosphere for beginners but, follow these tips and you’ll be ready for your first ski trip in no time.

1. Make sure you’re prepared. Locate a ski resort with friendly slopes for beginners and buy lift tickets.
2. Have the right gear. While specialized clothes are available for skiing fanatics, a quick trip to your closet should provide everything you need; just wear a layer of warm, insulating clothing under snow pants and a winter coat. Your friends may offer the use of their skis, boots, and poles, but you should opt to rent gear at the resort, as they will have modern equipment that will fit you perfectly.
3. Get a lesson. Ideally, you will be able to schedule lessons before you arrive, but a crash course in skiing basics will be required, so prepare to spend the first part of your excursion with a ski instructor.
4. Be honest about your abilities. After you’ve learned the basics, be sure to stick to slopes you can handle, and be sure to stay adequately hydrated, rested, and fed.

About Cory Olcott:

A dedicated educator and administrator, Cory Olcott is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in School Leadership at Harvard University. An avid skier, he also enjoys traveling, swimming, and spending time with his two children.