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9 ways real students use social media for good

9 ways real students use social media for good

08/03/2017

Topics: Digital Citizenship

Think nothing good can come from encouraging students to use social media? Consider what these former students from Minarets and Design Science high schools in Central California are doing. I asked these students how they use social media as an academic tool and how that shaped both their…

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Use images to kick off digital citizenship conversations

Use images to kick off digital citizenship conversations

07/27/2017

Topics: Digital Citizenship

Digital citizenship conversations can be intimidating for students and educators alike. Students might worry their teacher or peers won’t understand their experiences. Educators may feel some trepidation over coming off as uninformed or out of the loop if they’re not using the same digital…

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Virtual afterschool program helps build STEM skills

Virtual afterschool program helps build STEM skills

07/18/2017

Topics: Coding & robotics, Digital Citizenship

When kids come home from school unattended day after day, chances are they’ll end up clocking quite a bit of screen time — whether on a video game, computer or other device.

But what if parents could harness that time to help their kids develop stronger STEM skills?…

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Engaging parents as school tech leaders

Engaging parents as school tech leaders

06/24/2017

Topics: Digital Citizenship, ISTE Conference & Expo

When students don't have technology access at home, they miss out on a lot of benefits — a crucial one being tech-savvy parents who can support their digital learning journey.

Schools can send kids home with technology, but where can they turn for help with their online…

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Learning happens in a zigzag  and that' 's OK

Learning happens in a zigzag and that's OK

06/24/2017

Topics: Assistive and adaptive technologies, Augmented reality, Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Digital Citizenship, Digital storytelling, Gamification, Gaming, ISTE Conference & Expo, Literacies, Makerspaces, Personalized Learning, professional learning, Project-based learning, Robotics, STEM & STEAM

Jad Abumrad is quick to say he doesn’t feel comfortable giving educators advice, and yet his career in radio touches on many topics educators are familiar with.

Tinkering. Curiosity. Messy experiences. Failing forward. Transformation.

Abumrad, host and creator…

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Minecraft + creative passion = innovative learning

Minecraft + creative passion = innovative learning

06/20/2017

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Digital Citizenship, Digital storytelling, Gaming, ISTE Conference & Expo, Literacies, Makerspaces, professional learning

It’s no secret that Minecraft taps into students’ passions. What better way to learn than by playing your favorite game?

But Minecraft doesn’t just fuel their passion for video games. Its design-oriented gameplay allows kids to explore a wide variety of interests within the…

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ISTE CEO shares his vision for ISTE

ISTE CEO shares his vision for ISTE

06/14/2017

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Digital Citizenship, Digital storytelling, Literacies, Makerspaces, Personalized Learning, professional learning

ISTE CEO Richard Culatta’s passion for innovation goes back to one of his first jobs when he was putting his degrees in Spanish teaching and educational psychology to work as the director of operations for a school in rural Guatemala.

Seeking new ways to bridge…

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Just a click away! Use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for PD

Just a click away! Use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for PD

06/05/2017

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

Many educators extol the benefits of Twitter as a tool for developing a professional learning network and engaging in professional development. But Twitter isn’t the only social media platform that educators can use to share with and learn from one another. Facebook and Instagram…

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Bring the feel of an edtech conference to your district PD

Bring the feel of an edtech conference to your district PD

05/26/2017

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

It’s imperative that schools have updated technology. But that technology is only useful if educators understand how to use it to enhance learning. That’s why good professional development is so important.

Good tech PD, however, can be difficult to pull off. If you want…

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