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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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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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Tech integration tips for every type of learner and teacher

Tech integration tips for every type of learner and teacher

08/06/2015

Topics: Literacies, Tools

Depending on their training, experience and practice, educators can land anywhere on the ed tech integration spectrum. Some would place themselves on the “just getting-started” end of the continuum, while others are more seasoned and reside on the “expert” end.

No matter where…

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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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8 apps to get organized in the classroom

8 apps to get organized in the classroom

07/16/2015

Topics: Tools

If you are only now beginning to use iPads in the classroom, dipping your toe into the sea of mobile apps can be overwhelming because there are thousands to choose from. To get started, I recommend trying some apps designed to help you and your students get organized and become more…

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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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Take a video tour of the Expo Hall

Take a video tour of the Expo Hall

06/29/2015

Topics: ISTE Conference & Expo, Tools

If you’ve never been to an ISTE Expo Hall, you might think that, compared with the thousands of learning opportunities vying for attendees’ time at the conference, it wouldn’t be that much of a draw.

You would be wrong. This…

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5 ways to use the Apple Watch in your classroom

5 ways to use the Apple Watch in your classroom

06/19/2015

Topics: Tools

I have a confession to make: I am an Apple person. Always have been. I was a proud of owner of an Apple One back in 1980. I was at the 1984 Boston pep rally where Steve Jobs introduced the Macintosh, and I waited in line eight hours for the first iPhone in 2007.

I have also been…

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Enough tchotchkes! Get students making meaningful 3D projects

Enough tchotchkes! Get students making meaningful 3D projects

06/01/2015

Topics: Makerspaces, STEM & STEAM, Tools

As 3D printers increasingly find roles in schools, libraries and even homes, it is vital that educators provide challenging and meaningful projects. School administrators, trustees, superintendents and parents will not be impressed by an iPhone case downloaded from the internet to roll off the…

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