The most important thing you'll ever do for your students
Sometimes as teachers we get so caught up in the information we must teach our students that we forget to spend time connecting with them and building relationships.
I've always been the teacher who ate lunch with my students, played with them at recess and spent time getting to know…
Is it OK for teachers to not know the answer?
With the Common Core nudging teachers toward projects that develop higher-order thinking skills, it's becoming less important to fill students with information and more important to show them how to find, gather and analyze it themselves.
Yet many educators still feel pressured to…
Explore empathy and storytelling with Ashley Judd
Technology certainly plays a role in equipping students for success in the digital age. We can use it to teach them skills that will serve them well as productive workers in the global marketplace. We can use it to meet standards, improve test scores and raise responsible digital citizens…
Ashley Judd: Never underestimate the value of encouragement
There are two kinds of learning: the kind you do with your head, and the kind you do with your heart.
One can lead to tremendous academic achievement, career advancement and material success. The other has the potential to make us fuller, wiser, stronger human beings.
Where passion, play and technology intersect
Educators have got to be some of the most passionate people on the planet. Take one look at the way they pour themselves into helping others, and it's hard to imagine a profession more infused with passion.
Why, then, isn't that passion rubbing off onto more students? Why do so many…
ISTE 2014 by the numbers
It's been a banner year for the ISTE Conference & Expo, with record-breaking registrations (3,500 more than we've ever had). Attendees from 67 countries around the world gathered to explore digital age learning, share ideas and discover the latest digital tools for educators.…
Get started with blended learning
Bringing technology into the classroom is the easy part. Integrating it seamlessly into a lesson plan is another matter.
Bridging gaps with blended learning
The transformation of learning and teaching doesn't happen by chance — nor does it happen by simply providing mobile devices, an internet connection, cool apps or interactive tools. Transformation happens when educators cultivate an environment that is learner centered, collaborative,…
Big History Project: Common Core-aligned and pretty cool
As educators work hard to implement the Common Core State Standards, they may have limited time to seek out standards-aligned resources that also deliver the cool factor students crave. Enter Big History Project, a free…
Use formative assessment to put students on a winning streak
I recently took part in a design workshop at a school that is shifting from traditional instruction to project-based learning (PBL). To kick off the day, teachers interviewed students about how they learn best and what they wish were different about school. Then teams…