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Common Core: It' 's not what they know — it' 's how they' 'll use it

Common Core: It's not what they know — it's how they'll use it

12/29/2018

Topics: Standards

The Common Core is more than just the latest set of standards to follow. It represents a major shift in the way we teach and the way students learn.

It's no longer enough to work from a pre-determined set of knowledge and skills all students are expected to acquire. To truly…

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Digital equity starts with teachers-in-training

Digital equity starts with teachers-in-training

11/13/2018

Topics: Standards, Teacher prep

For teacher educator Nicol Howard, addressing digital equity issues starts long before K-12 students ever get close to a classroom.

One of the key starting places is the training those students’ teachers receive in their degree programs. But it’s not as simple as…

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Customize learning with Google Forms

Customize learning with Google Forms

08/31/2018

Topics: Advocacy, Assessment, Corporate innovation, Education leadership, Personalized Learning, professional learning, Standards

We know that students do not all learn the same way. Some need a great deal of repetition to learn new material while others can see it once and have it down. Some need absolute quiet to learn while others feel uncomfortable with too much stillness. One might prefer reading while another…

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9 lessons to boost media literacy

9 lessons to boost media literacy

08/01/2018

Topics: Literacies, Standards

Each year more of our students become tethered to electronic devices for communication, entertainment and information. This connectivity is a channel to knowledge, creativity and collaboration. But these devices also invite a barrage of media messages that students must learn to interpret.   …

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It's time to commit to digital citizenship!

It's time to commit to digital citizenship!

07/04/2018

Topics: Digital Citizenship, Standards

All she wanted was a new dress for senior prom.

But when 18-year-old Kristen Lane posted a picture of herself wearing her old prom dress on social media, hoping to sell it to raise funds, she received a relentless barrage of hateful comments about her appearance instead.…

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Find out how this 10-year-old became a digital citizen and empowered learner

Find out how this 10-year-old became a digital citizen and empowered learner

06/06/2018

Topics: Digital Citizenship, Standards

Kids are always listening – and learning. Sometimes when we least expect it.

That was the case with fourth grader Olivia Van Ledtje who overheard her mother reviewing some students’ Selfie Center videos and decided she, too, had a lot she’d like to share.

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Digital citizenship needs to be a group effort

Digital citizenship needs to be a group effort

03/12/2018

Topics: Digital Citizenship, Standards

A student shares his email password with a friend, who shares it with another friend, who sends an inappropriate picture to everyone in the students’ contacts list. It was a joke! But that…

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A new twist on cyberbullying

A new twist on cyberbullying

01/17/2018

Topics: Digital Citizenship, Standards

Over the years, I’ve worked hard to teach my students about appropriate online behavior. I’ve spent a lot of time teaching students to “do this” or “don’t do that” online. While I feel this method works for younger students, I’ve come to realize that high school students require a different…

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