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Video poems add digital literacy to creativity and expression

01/16/2020

Topics: Creativity, ISTE Standards for Students, STEM & STEAM

As an artist, Tim Needles has always written poetry. So, as an art teacher, it was a natural for him to merge words with visual arts in his classes. One result is video poetry.

But what Needles has…

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What Works: Virtual safaris bring the wilds of Africa to the classroom

12/24/2019

Topics: Global Collaborator, ISTE Standards for Students

Every year, Stacey Moore’s third graders in Virginia Beach, Virginia, are transported to Africa where they ride along with a naturalist on safari.

It all happens virtually via WildEarth Kids and…

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students in a classroom participate in a livestream of a wildlife safari

Take students on a live wildlife safari

01/01/2020

Topics: Global collaboration, ISTE Standards, ISTE Standards for Students

Stacey Moore knew she couldn’t take her 30 Virginia third graders on safari in Africa, so she did the next best thing: She brought the safari to her classroom and connected her students to naturalists who…

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North Carolina Adopts the ISTE Standards for Students

09/10/2019

Topics: ISTE Standards, ISTE Standards for Students

Decision Will Empower Students and Harness Personalized Learning 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — September 10, 2019 — North Carolina’s State Board of Education recently voted to adopt…

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Engaging lesson plans that will make your students crave school

09/22/2019

Topics: ISTE Standards for Students, lesson plans

Is this the year you’re determined to do something drastically different in the classroom? Maybe you’ve been teaching for decades and a particular lesson needs a fresh coat of paint. Maybe you’re a new teacher…

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Innovative approaches inspire students to be creative communicators

Innovative approaches inspire students to be creative communicators

06/19/2018

Topics: Creative Communicator, ISTE Standards for Students, Knowledge Constructor

In my role as an edtech coach, I see student-created projects and authentic learning taking place in our schools every day. While collaborating with teachers to facilitate lessons, I’ve learned that the process is often considered more important than the product because this is where most of the…

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6 real-world NASA citizen science lessons any teacher can lead

7 NASA citizen science lessons any teacher can lead

04/26/2019

Topics: ISTE Standards for Students, NSSEC, STEM & STEAM

Even as a die-hard science geek, molecular biologist Melanie Peffer found her science classes painfully boring. It wasn’t until she started engaging in authentic scientific inquiry in real-world labs that she…

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Embed digital citizenship in all subject areas

Embed digital citizenship in all subject areas

09/21/2018

Topics: Digital Citizenship, ISTE Standards for Educators, ISTE Standards for Students

The ISTE Standards for Educators encourage teachers to “create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.” As a result of these learning experiences, the ISTE Standards for Students…

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Teach students to manage primary source overload

Teach students to manage primary source overload

09/20/2018

Topics: ISTE Standards for Students

Imagine you’re a seventh grader researching the history of segregation in the United States. Your teacher wants primary sources. You visit the Library of Congress website and type in “segregation.”

Your query returns nearly 10,000 results. Narrowing your search to “segregation…

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6 ways to help students manage their smartphones

6 ways to help students manage their smartphones

09/11/2018

Topics: Assessment, BYOD, Computational Thinking, Curriculum, Digital Citizenship, Flipped learning, ISTE Standards for Educators, ISTE Standards for Students, Learning spaces, Mobile learning, Online learning, Parent engagement, professional learning, Technology infrastructure, Tools

Helping students manage smartphone use might not seem like the type of subject that schools should be teaching. But given how widespread cell phone use is among teens and how broadly devices…

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