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Elevate learning with drones

Elevate learning with drones

07/27/2016

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When most people think of drones, they don’t usually consider the remote-control video cameras to be classroom tools. But Christopher Carnahan does. He uses them to teach math.

It started as a curiosity. Carnahan got a robotics kit that included an augmented reality drone and…

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Create standards-aligned activities with Pokemon Go

Create standards-aligned activities with Pokemon Go

08/03/2016

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Pokemon Go is a mobile, augmented reality game that requires users to get out and walk around with their smartphones. Users find Pokeballs at Pokestops, use them to capture Pokemon, add them to their Pokedex and “battle” on a team for control of a gym. On the surface it may not seem like a…

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Drones give students control of their learning

Drones give students control of their learning

08/09/2016

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It’s no secret that people excel at a task when they enjoy it. The concept of intrinsic motivation explains why kids will spend hours crafting tools and building structures in Minecraft regardless of the time commitment or math involved.

In their book …

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Inspire students with Olympic technologies

Inspire students with Olympic technologies

08/10/2016

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Every two years the Olympic Games offer a spectacle of skill, endurance and perseverance. They regale us with human interest stories and inspiration. They also serve as showcases for technologies that measure, display and entertain.

Many of these technologies find their way…

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Teach physics with the popular video game Portal

Teach physics with the popular video game Portal

08/23/2016

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Have you heard of Portal? It’s a fast, fun and extremely popular game — available via Steam for PCs or Macs — that’s relevant to a number of subjects…

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Schools have no choice but to personalize learning

Schools have no choice but to personalize learning

08/24/2016

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Personalized learning in schools is no longer a choice, but a necessity. After all, students are already personalizing their own learning. According to

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Minecraft + scrum = active, engaged literature circles

Minecraft + scrum = active, engaged literature circles

09/06/2016

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One is a new trend in classrooms. The other is a student favorite. The learning comes when they are combined to invigorate literature circles. 

What's the combo? Scrum paired with Minecraft.

Joe Beasley, a fifth grade teacher at Goochland…

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Uncover 4 hidden lessons in Pokemon Go

Uncover 4 hidden lessons in Pokemon Go

09/09/2016

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When it comes to Pokemon Go's place in education, Tanya Martin says it's all about balance.

She's met teachers who feel the game has no place in classrooms and have made signs warning students not to play on campus. On the other end of the spectrum are teachers who have…

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Connect your classroom to one gigantic sing-along!

Connect your classroom to one gigantic sing-along!

10/17/2016

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If you get into the randomness of National Blueberry Popsicle Day, the geekiness of Pi Day or appreciate the principle behind of National Courtesy Month, October may become your favorite month on the calendar. That’s when people like you celebrate…

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Learning from Pokmon Go: Three design principles for effective engagement

Learning from Pokmon Go: Three design principles for effective engagement

12/28/2018

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Just 30 minutes from downtown Seattle there’s a great mountain hike that leads to a takeoff point for paragliders. Over the summer, I was hiking it for the first time with my family. Of course we teach our kids not to talk to strangers…

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