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Supercharge your classroom with social learning

Supercharge your classroom with social learning

05/18/2015

Topics: Assessment, Digital Citizenship, Personalized Learning, Project-based learning, Standards

It’s never too late to start.
Whether you’re focusing on the final stretch of this school year or already thinking of the next, your classroom will never be the same once you take the leap to social learning. Here are six reasons you should use social tools in the classroom.…

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8 ways to establish shared vision

8 ways to establish shared vision

04/17/2015

Topics: 1:1, Learning spaces, Standards

When someone is dubbed a visionary, we tend to attribute it to bleeding-edge thinking or a knack for big ideas. Truth be told, visionaries share a number of characteristics such as openness, imagination, persistence and…

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Become a digital learning ninja in five easy steps

Become a digital learning ninja in five easy steps

03/13/2015

Topics: Augmented reality, Essential Conditions, Flipped learning, Makerspaces, Personalized Learning, Project-based learning, Standards

The grassroots effort that is Digital Learning Day started as a way to spread innovative practices and ensure that all students have access to high-quality digital learning opportunities, no matter where they live.…

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Is technology a gimmick in your classroom?

Is technology a gimmick in your classroom?

03/05/2015

Topics: Standards

I am guilty of using technology to trick students. When I began teaching in 1996, I decided to turn one of my traditional lectures into a PowerPoint. My ninth graders were captivated by the words scrolling across the screen, the little animated cave men and the fun slide transitions.

I…

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Online learning landscape becoming more regulated

Online learning landscape becoming more regulated

02/24/2015

Topics: Online learning, Standards

The growth of online learning in PK-12 education has exploded in the past decade. The model has expanded from districts offering a few credit-recovery or enrichment classes to programs that provide a full slate of virtual learning coursework from numerous providers around the country. 

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Creating meaningful learning experiences through video

Creating meaningful learning experiences through video

01/28/2015

Topics: Digital storytelling, Standards, Video

In today's digital world, one of the greatest powers we have is the ability to tell our stories — and share them with the world.

Teaching students how to tap into that power not only makes learning more meaningful, but it positions them to take their place in a digital society.

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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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ISTE Standards: Preparing students for the digital age

ISTE Standards: Preparing students for the digital age

01/09/2015

Topics: Standards

Students expect technology to be embedded in their learning process. Yet understanding what technology integration is and recognizing what it actually looks like are two different things. To truly prepare kids for success in a digital world, educators need a common language for sharing ideas…

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Top 10 EdTekHub posts for 2014

Top 10 EdTekHub posts for 2014

12/31/2014

Topics: Digital Citizenship, Makerspaces, Standards

We love year-end lists. Not only do they remind us of events that occurred or topics that emerged over the past year, they also show us patterns, context and insight.

When ISTE launched the EdTekHub, we set out to offer a smorgasbord of ed tech tips, trends, educator and student…

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Infographic: Technology maximizes Common Core success

Infographic: Technology maximizes Common Core success

12/24/2014

Topics: Standards, Technology infrastructure

As controversial as the Common Core State Standards are, they do provide a clear benefit: They present a prime opportunity for educators to bring their classrooms into the digital age.

To date, 43 states have adopted the Common…

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