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6 edtech tools to spark a love of story and boost literacy

6 tools to spark a love of reading

03/02/2020

Topics: literacy, Tools, devices & apps

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…

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Manage your Minecraft class

Manage your Minecraft class

03/17/2016

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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…

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A teacher helps two students using a digital tablet

5 surprising results of a self-paced classroom

11/05/2019

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"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…

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Students choose their own learning adventures with interactive fiction

Students choose their own learning adventures with interactive fiction

03/24/2016

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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…

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Reimagine your classroom with gamified learning

Reimagine your classroom with gamified learning

04/14/2016

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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…

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8 ways to empower student voice in your classroom

8 ways to empower student voice in your classroom

12/24/2018

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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…

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7 ways to address Common Core tech standards

7 ways to address Common Core tech standards

04/21/2016

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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…

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10 ways to nurture the top skills of the future

10 ways to nurture the top skills of the future

04/27/2016

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A recent report out of the World Economic Forum (WEF) says that over a third of the most important workplace skills will shift over the next five years. That’…

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4 safe search engines for kids

4 safe search engines for kids

12/28/2018

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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…

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7 tips for creating a learner-centered makerspace

7 tips for creating a learner-centered makerspace

05/11/2016

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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…

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