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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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Encourage your discouraged readers!

Encourage your discouraged readers!

05/26/2015

Topics: Literacies

The 21st century is an exciting time of change. A great deal of that change is an outgrowth of the technological explosion. But our children have no concept of this “change” because technology has always been a part of their lives. 

In this digital environment, it is…

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Slideshow outlining E-Rate policy changes

Slideshow outlining E-Rate policy changes

01/22/2015

Topics: Advocacy, Digital storytelling, Literacies

The E-Rate program has been helping U.S. schools and libraries connect to the internet since 1997. The largest federal education technology program, E-Rate was authorized under the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and is overseen…

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Sitka' 's Fab Lab gives students real-world skills

Sitka's Fab Lab gives students real-world skills

01/16/2015

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

To what extent and in what ways should digital technologies change career and technical education (CTE) programs in manufacturing? CTE teachers and administrators have been dealing with this question for decades, but recent changes in 3D design software and modern tooling, such as 3D…

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Wegner' 's ed tech accomplishments get nod from Obama and peers

Wegner's ed tech accomplishments get nod from Obama and peers

01/14/2015

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

There she was in the White House, along with 120 other school superintendents, and there was President Obama, at the podium. And then there was this:

" "And then you got Mary Wegner, superintendent of the Sitka, Alaska, School District. Where's Mary?" " Obama said. " "She came a long…

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Should we teach computer science in elementary school? Yes

Should we teach computer science in elementary school? Yes

11/14/2014

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

We should definitely be teaching computer science (CS) in elementary school. Why?

The most common answer to this question is jobs — but not necessarily traditional computing or programming jobs. Our nation's current trajectory points to a lasting digital era, and we'll need people…

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No one does literacy quite like LeVar Burton

No one does literacy quite like LeVar Burton

06/30/2014

Topics: Digital storytelling, Literacies

You might call LeVar Burton one of the earliest ed tech adopters.

In 1983, just four years after the first ISTE conference (known as NECC in those days), he began using the prevalent technology of the day — television — to engage kids in reading. As host of the long-running show "…

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For love of reading: A conversation with LeVar Burton

For love of reading: A conversation with LeVar Burton

06/30/2014

Topics: Literacies

LeVar Burton of "Reading Rainbow" got his passion for reading from his mother, who was an English teacher. She passed her love for the written word to him by always reading in front of him. It was all about…

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Should schools monitor students' ' social media posts? No

Should schools monitor students' social media posts? No

06/09/2014

Topics: Digital Citizenship, Literacies

As any high school student will tell you, social media is often the primary form of communication for those under the age of 25. This may seem like a new development, but students who use social media are merely participating in the same types of social activities that teens in every…

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