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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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Polarized? Not this student-created election!

Polarized? Not this student-created election!

05/24/2017

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

Our job as educators is not only to teach our students academic skills, but to train them in life skills to use kind words, unify and not divide, and promote civility, digital citizenship and responsibility. Regardless of political beliefs, it was challenging to pull this off…

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3 ways to bring student voice to digital citizenship

3 ways to bring student voice to digital citizenship

04/14/2017

Topics: Digital Citizenship

Allowing students to have a say in their own learning is becoming more common in classrooms all the time. But there's at least one more frontier in education that could benefit from student voice.

Digital citizenship.

As the definition of digital citizenship is refined, it's…

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What media literacy means in the age of alternative facts

What media literacy means in the age of alternative facts

04/01/2017

Topics: Digital Citizenship

Post-truth, alternative facts and fake news. Media has changed a lot since we began tweeting, but the last year has left media and its consumers in a crisis. A Pew Research study revealed that 62 percent of adults get their news from social media. We now live in a…

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Debunking 5 myths about kids and their tech

Debunking 5 myths about kids and their tech

03/28/2017

Topics: Digital Citizenship

Common Sense Education encourages educators across the country to talk with their students about the perils and possibilities of being online. But before you delve into the discussion, it’s important to shed any…

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