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Teach students to learn from their failures

Teach students to learn from their failures

08/10/2015

Topics: Assessment, Gamification

By the end of this post, there’s a good chance that you may fail to get the point.

That’s because the education world — and society in general — falls short on understanding failure. Dictionaries define it as “not meeting a desirable or intended objective.” Thesauruses list it as…

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Use blogging for reflection and assessment

Use blogging for reflection and assessment

07/21/2015

Topics: Assessment, Digital Citizenship

When I introduced blogging to my high school physics students, they weren’t exactly ecstatic. I thought I had it all planned out perfectly. I outlined clear requirements. I had high expectations. At least once every two weeks, I asked them to post what they felt was the big idea for the unit…

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Test their knowledge using student-created videos

Test their knowledge using student-created videos

07/17/2015

Topics: Assessment, Standards, Video

Effective teachers continually assess their students’ learning. Although some types of assessments, like standardized tests, are mandated, educators can use many other forms of evaluation to check for understanding.

I like to assess my students in many ways. Following the…

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Is it time to give up on computers in schools?

Is it time to give up on computers in schools?

06/15/2015

Topics: Assessment, Education leadership, ISTE Conference & Expo

Yes, I know that asking this question in 2015 sounds preposterous, borderline Luddite. Sure, there are many terrific examples of 1:1 programs in K-12 schools across the country (You can even read lots of them at Scholastic Administrator…

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Flip your science classroom!

Flip your science classroom!

05/21/2015

Topics: Assessment, Flipped learning, Personalized Learning, Project-based learning

Now that the flipped classroom approach, and its logical next step, flipped learning, have become widely accepted, leaders in the field are examining how to best apply the model to specific subjects.

By definition,…

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Supercharge your classroom with social learning

Supercharge your classroom with social learning

05/18/2015

Topics: Assessment, Digital Citizenship, Personalized Learning, Project-based learning, Standards

It’s never too late to start.
Whether you’re focusing on the final stretch of this school year or already thinking of the next, your classroom will never be the same once you take the leap to social learning. Here are six reasons you should use social tools in the classroom.…

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Know the ISTE Standards for Coaches: Support learning with technology

Know the ISTE Standards for Coaches: Support learning with technology

05/13/2015

Topics: Assessment, Project-based learning

ISTE Standards for Coaches 2: Teaching, Learning and Assessments. Technology coaches assist teachers in using technology…

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Polling software just got better

Polling software just got better

03/19/2015

Topics: Assessment

Throughout my years of teaching and integrating technology, one thing has become clear: If a tool is difficult to learn and use — or exhibits " "wonky" " behavior — it will quickly get ushered aside, never to be used again. I have a personal passion for instructional technology, but I don't…

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Chart students' ' growth with digital badges

Chart students' growth with digital badges

02/26/2015

Topics: Assessment, Gamification

Remember turning in your grades at the end of the school year? Did Zack’s B in geometry tell you enough about his mastery of the Pythagorean theorem or the area of a rectangle? What about Laura’s state test scores? Did they fully represent who she was as a critical thinker and creative…

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9 resources for teaching digital citizenship

9 resources for teaching digital citizenship

12/23/2014

Topics: 1:1, Assessment, Augmented reality, BYOD, Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Digital Citizenship, Digital storytelling, Flipped learning, Gamification, Gaming, Makerspaces, Online learning, professional learning, Technology infrastructure, Tools

How can we teach kids to use technology responsibly when the technology is changing faster than we can keep up? How do we foster the values of good digital citizenship in students who are old enough to scoff at the “thou shalts” and “thou shalt nots”?

Grappling with these questions is…

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