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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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Leah LaCrosse: You are an innovator and you have something to share!

Leah LaCrosse: You are an innovator and you have something to share!

05/22/2017

Topics: 1:1, BYOD, Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Curriculum, Flipped learning, Literacies, Mobile learning, Online learning, professional learning

Many of our presenters come to the ISTE Conference & Expo for the same reason that other attendees come: They love the engagement, learning from peers and electric atmosphere.

We asked a handful of ISTE 2017…

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6 ways edtech makes learning more accessible

6 ways edtech makes learning more accessible

01/17/2017

Topics: Assessment, Assistive and adaptive technologies, Literacies

After 40 years as a speech-language pathologist working with students with special needs, I've seen a lot of educational fads come and go. In fact, few tools get me excited anymore. But three years ago I stumbled across an app called…

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Game Day: Playful PD for teachers and students

Game Day: Playful PD for teachers and students

11/15/2016

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Digital Citizenship, Digital storytelling, Gamification, Literacies, Makerspaces, professional learning, Robotics, Standards, STEM & STEAM

Much like school itself, professional development days are often regarded as a waste of instructional time. But what if PD days could be fun and effective for both teachers and students?…

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9 ed tech tools to help boost essay writing

9 ed tech tools to help boost essay writing

11/10/2016

Topics: Literacies, Tools

Essay writing is an important skill, not just for English language arts, but across subject areas because it gives voice to students’ thoughts and ideas. You might not have the opportunity to teach writing in your science or social studies classroom, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help…

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Use ads to teach media literacy

Use ads to teach media literacy

11/02/2016

Topics: Literacies

With the U.S. is in the midst of what may be the most contentious election in modern history, the nastiness being churned out in the media, on social networks and during casual conversations has made many educators reluctant to discuss the presidential campaign in the classroom.…

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Google CS First ignites interest in computer science

Google CS First ignites interest in computer science

12/28/2015

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Digital storytelling, Literacies, Personalized Learning, STEM & STEAM, Tools

I am always looking for ways to inspire my students — especially middle school girls — to grow their knowledge and skills in STEM subjects, particularly in the realm of computer science. So it was a great find when I discovered Google CS…

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Global Read Aloud: The little idea that could

Global Read Aloud: The little idea that could

09/21/2015

Topics: Literacies

The big things always start with a spark of an idea. And so it was for Global Read Aloud, an intention that came to teacher Pernille Ripp in 2010 when she wondered what would happen if teachers around the globe read a book aloud…

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Tech integration tips for every type of learner and teacher

Tech integration tips for every type of learner and teacher

08/06/2015

Topics: Literacies, Tools

Depending on their training, experience and practice, educators can land anywhere on the ed tech integration spectrum. Some would place themselves on the “just getting-started” end of the continuum, while others are more seasoned and reside on the “expert” end.

No matter where…

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