My sister, a first-year fifth grade teacher, just received a class set of iPads from her school district. When I heard this news, I was thrilled for her — after all, there is so much you can do! The possibilities are truly endless!
Sarah’s reaction, though, was filled with…
We all know it’s not about the technology but about what you do with it — or more specifically, what your students do with it to bolster critical thinking, collaboration and communication.
What’s not as easy to grok is knowing how to use ed tech to achieve that deeper…
Most classrooms today still share one similarity with classrooms of more than a century ago: rows and rows of desks.
“Often when I’m leading a session, I’ll show a picture of a classroom from 1950 – and then we’ll look around and realize we’re in a classroom like the one…
Virtual reality (VR) is on the verge of gaining a foothold in schools thanks to affordable viewers like Google Cardboard. And with…
Game-based learning traditionally involves either playing games, such as Minecraft, to master content or concepts, or using programs like Scratch or Gamester Mechanic to learn coding.
A third, less-talked-…
There are dozens of digital tools that are transforming reading in the digital age — and we’re not just talking about e-readers and tablets. Innovation in literacy-focused ed tech goes far beyond the format — whether it’s a physical book, a comic book, an ebook or audio — and focuses…
Minecraft is an extremely popular game for kids and adults. Whenever I mention the game to a new group of students, their eyes light up and they ask me, “You play Minecraft too?!” The buy-in is instantaneous.
The advantages of using Minecraft in the…
Ever read a Choose Your Own Adventure book? Or played a text-based game on a Commodore 64 or IBM clone? If the answer is yes, then you have experienced an interactive fiction (IF).
Interactive fiction reads like a story but…
As I was preparing to take the GRE a few years ago, I knew I needed to brush up on my math skills. Considering the best way to go about this, I vaguely recalled a friend telling me about Khan Academy, so I decided to give it a shot…