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9 ed tech tools to help boost essay writing

9 ed tech tools to help boost essay writing

11/10/2016

Topics: Literacies, Tools

Essay writing is an important skill, not just for English language arts, but across subject areas because it gives voice to students’ thoughts and ideas. You might not have the opportunity to teach writing in your science or social studies classroom, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help…

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5 ways to crowdsource ideas for choosing the right technology

5 ways to crowdsource ideas for choosing the right technology

10/14/2016

Topics: 1:1, Tools

In the spring of 2015, our school district passed a bond that included over $5 million for a student mobile device initiative. For the previous 4½ years, we’d been a 1:1 K-12 district with iPads as our device of choice. With the passing of the bond, we had an opportunity not only to…

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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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