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3 ways to engage introverted students

3 ways to engage introverted students

10/04/2016

Topics: Personalized Learning, Tools

I love discussing books even more than I love reading them. When I can’t figure something out, I do best by talking it through. I get more energy from whole class discussions than from any other teaching activity because I am an extrovert myself.

So, in a 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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Teach locally, share globally on a multilingual Twitter chat

Teach locally, share globally on a multilingual Twitter chat

11/18/2015

Topics: Gaming, professional learning, Tools

Global project-based learning allows students to collaborate with experts and other learners around the world. Hailed as way to…

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Twitter in the classroom? Make formative assessments fun with digital tools

Twitter in the classroom? Make formative assessments fun with digital tools

10/27/2015

Topics: Assessment, Tools

The emphasis on assessment in education isn’t going away anytime soon – and that’s a good thing, says Patricia Brown, elementary technology integration coach at Old Bonhomme Elementary School in Olivette, Missouri.

“Right now, there’s a lot of emphasis on data, a lot of…

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Learn something new with the ISTE Professional Learning Series

Learn something new with the ISTE Professional Learning Series

10/16/2015

Topics: Advocacy, Curriculum, Digital Citizenship, Digital storytelling, Gamification, Project-based learning, STEM & STEAM, Tools

Ready to learn something new? Expand your digital toolkit and explore new ideas for learning and teaching with the latest season of the ISTE Professional Learning Series. Presented by members for members, these free web events deliver new ideas and strategies right to your computer so you can…

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Flip reading assignments and make them interactive

Flip reading assignments and make them interactive

10/02/2015

Topics: Flipped learning, Tools

English language arts teachers often say they are the original flipped learning advocates. After all, they have always assigned books to students to read at home and asked them to come back the next day to discuss the readings in class.

They are absolutely right, of course. But…

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Know the ISTE Standards for Coaches: Create a digital portfolio

Know the ISTE Standards for Coaches: Create a digital portfolio

09/30/2015

Topics: professional learning, Tools

ISTE Standards for Coaches 6: Content Knowledge and Professional Growth

As educational practices have changed over time,…

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Better (and easy) ways to connect to parents

Better (and easy) ways to connect to parents

09/23/2015

Topics: Parent engagement, Tools

You hear it all the time: Kids are often more tech-savvy than their teachers. And these days, it’s not uncommon for their parents to be just as comfortable using new communications technologies. That’s why, if you want to stay connected with your extended classroom family, it’s…

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19 places to find the best OERs

19 places to find the best OERs

09/17/2015

Topics: Flipped learning, Mobile learning, Online learning, Project-based learning, Tools

The arguments for jumping on the open educational resource (OER) bandwagon are convincing.

For one, they bring down the high cost of textbooks, from as much as $150 per book per student to $0. Consider this impact in specialty subjects like music and art, where you could access…

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6 ways to use students' ' smartphones for learning

6 ways to use students' smartphones for learning

09/04/2015

Topics: BYOD, Mobile learning, Tools

Cell phones have had a checkered past in schools. When students first started bringing them to class, educators were fairly united in their opposition to the devices on grounds that they were a distraction and a means for easy cheating.

But thanks to an exponential increase in…

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