Michele Haiken's eighth grade English language arts students are required to read an outside book every quarter. She who are eager to earn an " "A" " can read two outside books per quarter. For the students, that might mean a lot of extra reading and homework time, but for Haiken, a teacher…
Maybe you’ve heard of Minecraft. Or World of Warcraft, or Second Life. Maybe you’ve even heard that there are a few brave educators who are using them in their classrooms, with — gasp! — students. These educators know that 3D virtual learning environments are far more than mere games and that…
For as long as there has been school, there has been cheating. And in many ways, the advent of the digital age has made plagiarism and stealing answers even easier. Some teachers will tell you that trying to prevent cheating is an exercise in futility. While it’s true that you can’t police all…
There’s a Golden Rule when it comes to creating or reinventing a learning environment: The environment’s design must support student engagement.
Sounds easy enough, but educators must be aware of the pitfalls – like incorporating technology into the environment and then focusing…
Adult coloring books are the latest fad for a stressed out workforce looking to zone out with some easy creativity. Before that, it was smashbooking, or the craft of randomly layering photos, mementos and memories into a notebook on the spot. The recent Bible journaling trend isn’t as messy…
So you want to try flipped learning but don’t know where to begin? One subject that lends itself well to the adjusted pace and additional practice time that flipping offers is math.
In fact, one expert calls flipping math “the world’s biggest no-brainer.”
Is this the year you’re determined to do something drastically different in the classroom? Maybe you’ve been teaching for decades and a particular lesson needs a fresh coat of paint. Maybe you’re a new teacher looking for ways to…
As more schools go 1:1 and embrace bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives, the need to teach students — and educators — about digital citizenship is intensifying. In fact, the U.S. Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act emphasize the…
What could your students learn if you took them to the Great Wall of China? To the bottom of the ocean? To Mars? Or inside the human body?
With advancements in virtual reality (VR) technology, it’s not only possible to experience such places in precise 3D detail, it’s…