There are dozens of digital tools that are transforming reading — and we’re not just talking about e-readers and tablets. Innovation in literacy-focused edtech goes far beyond the format — whether it’s a physical book, a comic book, an ebook or audiobook — and focuses on enriching the…
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…
"It's like they've been spoon-fed until now."
"How are they going to meet deadlines when they're adults?"
"What does it take to get students to think for themselves?"
Until recently, these were the words my colleagues and I would utter…
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…
Shhhhh. We’ve all been in classrooms where it seemed as though the kids just couldn’t be quiet. Frustrating as that may be at times, many educators see the value in student voice and want to help their students channel those voices for good.
Angela Maiers and the…
As an educator, I know there are teachers who are excited about technology, teachers who think it's an annoyance and teachers who fear it. But no matter where you are on the tech integration spectrum, the Common Core Standards affect you because they require you to use technology more…
Helping younger children stay safe while searching for valuable information on the internet can be challenging. Fortunately, there are search engines designed exclusively for kids that can reduce the risks of online information gathering.
Valerie Morrison, Stephanie Novak…
Three years after implementing a makerspace at their San Francisco school, Michael Matthews and his colleagues realized the space had a fundamental flaw.
“Students were creating amazing pieces of work and then assembling them on the floor. The space was defining what we could…