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…
This is an updated version of a post that published on June 24, 2014.
As maker education gains steam, many educators are looking for ways to incorporate making and tinkering into…
Four years ago, before the concept of flipped learning really took off, I wrote a blog post about flipping the elementary classroom. It resonated with a lot of people, and to this day it is one of the most-read blog posts…
Have you ever taught a science lesson on animal adaptations and wished you could show something more compelling than a photograph or labeled diagram in a textbook? Have you dreamed of teaching about fragile coral reef ecosystems by going for a dive and really looking closely at these…
Creativity is more important than ever in the innovation age, where it’s not so much what we know but how we use what we know.
At San Lorenzo Unified School District, our 12-hour teacher tech academies are centered on the 4 C’s: collaboration, communication, creativity and critical…
A challenge that science educators face is the need to create meaningful and relevant connections between their content and the scientific community. The task is neither new nor any more important than it was decades ago. In the past, teachers organized field trips or invited class speakers…
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…