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Super-Awesome Sylvia's Arduino heartbeat pendant

Super-Awesome Sylvia's Arduino heartbeat pendant

02/13/2015

Topics: Makerspaces, STEM & STEAM, Video

Super-Awesome Sylvia started making and tinkering when she was 7, and like a lot of kids, she loves to try new things. One year after visiting a nearby Maker Faire, she and her dad were inspired to create a web show about making.

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Flipped classroom 101

Flipped classroom 101

02/05/2015

Topics: Flipped learning

There's a lot of talk about the flipped classroom in education circles these days, but what it boils down to is this: Flipped learning is a teaching technique that uses video assets as the primary means of delivering direct instruction to an individual — rather than lecturing to a group — so you…

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Documenting science with music videos

Documenting science with music videos

01/30/2015

Topics: Digital storytelling, Video

It’s generally a problem when students are dancing in a creek during science class. But not for middle school science teacher Brian Ravizza. He encouraged his students to sing and dance as part of a lesson where students created a music video to document their understanding of arthropods.…

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Sitka' 's Fab Lab gives students real-world skills

Sitka's Fab Lab gives students real-world skills

01/16/2015

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Digital Citizenship, Digital storytelling, Literacies, Makerspaces, professional learning, STEM & STEAM

To what extent and in what ways should digital technologies change career and technical education (CTE) programs in manufacturing? CTE teachers and administrators have been dealing with this question for decades, but recent changes in 3D design software and modern tooling, such as 3D…

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ISTE Standards: Preparing students for the digital age

ISTE Standards: Preparing students for the digital age

01/09/2015

Topics: Standards

Students expect technology to be embedded in their learning process. Yet understanding what technology integration is and recognizing what it actually looks like are two different things. To truly prepare kids for success in a digital world, educators need a common language for sharing ideas…

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Computational thinking boosts students' ' higher-order skills

Computational thinking boosts students' higher-order skills

12/05/2014

Topics: Computational Thinking

Technology has certainly made many tasks easier and more efficient. What once took hours or even months — capturing and analyzing data, typing documents, searching for information, and sending messages around the world, for instance — we can now accomplish in a fraction of the time with…

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Make music videos with your students for deeper learning

Make music videos with your students for deeper learning

11/25/2014

Topics: Tools

" "Never eat soggy waffles!" " I thought this mnemonic device for remembering the points on a compass would be enough for my second graders to learn cardinal directions. As it turns out, all it did was enable my students to mindlessly fill in north, east, south and west on the test I had…

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The do's and don'ts of pair programming

The do's and don'ts of pair programming

11/19/2014

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, STEM & STEAM

Even when you're lucky enough to have a 1:1 or BYOD program at your school, if you're teaching coding, you should ask your students to work in pairs. It might seem counterintuitive, but experts recommend pair programming

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Bring the learning to your students with iBeacons

Bring the learning to your students with iBeacons

11/13/2014

Topics: Mobile learning, Tools

Earlier this year I decided to set up learning zones, or geographical positions located around our school, where students could explore online learning experiences. But instead of sending students to these locations and asking them to complete an activity, I flipped it.

Using Apple'…

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What the E-Rate changes mean for your school

What the E-Rate changes mean for your school

10/23/2014

Topics: Advocacy

Last summer, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved some of the most sweeping changes to the E-Rate program since its launch in 1998. The E-Rate program, enacted as part of the Telecommunications…

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