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Turn your classroom into an active learning environment

Turn your classroom into an active learning environment

09/03/2015

Topics: Learning spaces, Makerspaces, Mobile learning

When an approach to learning and teaching earns a nickname or two, that’s often a sign the approach has worn out its welcome and is being replaced with a more relevant method.

Such is the case with “sit and get” or “sage on the stage,” the teaching method that chains…

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8 new apps to test drive in your classroom

8 new apps to test drive in your classroom

08/17/2015

Topics: 1:1, BYOD, Mobile learning, Tools

Kids tend to embrace apps, and thanks to initiatives and grants that bring mobile devices into the classroom, there are plenty of opportunities to use these mini-programs to amplify learning.

For educators, however, the challenge is finding apps that go beyond the cool factor to…

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4 AR tools to build executive function and engagement

4 AR tools to build executive function and engagement

07/23/2015

Topics: Assistive and adaptive technologies, Augmented reality, Learning spaces, Mobile learning, Tools

Imagine your classroom filled with purposeful, motivated, strategic, goal-directed learners. What would students be able to do? What would your classroom look like? What could your learners accomplish? Envision your students showing initiative by quickly beginning assigned tasks, knowing what to…

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Should we limit kids' ' screen time? No

Should we limit kids' screen time? No

07/21/2015

Topics: 1:1, BYOD, Digital Citizenship, Mobile learning, Online learning, Parent engagement

I'm a mom of two and an educator. And I have to admit something right here, right now: I get bored easily when playing with my kids.

I try to engage with the little ponies, the fairies and the Tonka trucks, and for a while, it all works out. Give me 20 minutes and I am super…

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Should we limit kids' ' screen time? Yes

Should we limit kids' screen time? Yes

07/21/2015

Topics: 1:1, Digital Citizenship, Mobile learning, Online learning, Parent engagement

We should limit children’s screen time but do so in a thoughtful, rather than reactive, way. The "right" amount of screen time can fall anywhere on a spectrum, depending on a number of factors, including the purpose and use of technology as well as the child's ability to use it in a mindful and…

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App smashing amps up the power of apps

App smashing amps up the power of apps

06/29/2015

Topics: ISTE Conference & Expo, Mobile learning, Tools

First graders can do it. And you’re probably already doing it without realizing it – app smashing, that is.

App smashing is using two or more apps that enhance the apps’ features in new, creative and often unexpected ways. This opens up a whole new approach to learning.…

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Support your 1:1 program with a student tech team

Support your 1:1 program with a student tech team

04/21/2015

Topics: 1:1, BYOD, Education leadership, Mobile learning

Leaders who understand the landscape of our digital world know that they must involve a school’s most important stakeholders in their 1:1 planning and decision-making process. That stakeholder group is students. From determining the right device to recommending applications, leaders must listen…

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Learn how to drive learning with mobile tech

Learn how to drive learning with mobile tech

03/20/2015

Topics: 1:1, Education leadership, Mobile learning, professional learning, Technology infrastructure

As an Algebra II teacher at Pittsburgh Perry High School, Kalpana Ramgopal wanted to integrate technology into her classroom. But she didn’t know which devices and apps would be a good fit for her students, much less how to use them in ways that were pedagogically sound.

After taking an…

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You' 've gone 1:1. Now what?

You've gone 1:1. Now what?

03/04/2015

Topics: Mobile learning

To bring technology to students, many schools are adopting 1:1 initiatives one device, usually a laptop or tablet, for each student.

While there is a lot of advice on how to go 1:1 in a classroom or school, Jennifer LaMaster, assistant principal at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in…

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Create your own mobile makerspace

Create your own mobile makerspace

02/25/2015

Topics: Makerspaces, Mobile learning, STEM & STEAM

Can old-fashioned craft supplies like pipe cleaners and toothpicks measure up to new and exciting classroom tech offerings like animation software and 3D printers?

Yes, says Laura Briggs, technology resource teacher/staff developer and coach for Loudoun County Public Schools in…

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