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A few of our favorite PBL resources

A few of our favorite PBL resources

03/10/2015

Topics: Project-based learning, Tools

Last week, we asked our social media followers to share their favorite resources for project-based learning. We got nearly two dozen responses from PBL advocates in our network.

Leading the mentions were online resources from Buck…

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Create and share your own videos and podcasts

Create and share your own videos and podcasts

02/19/2015

Topics: Flipped learning, Tools

The explosion of teacher-created open educational resources (OERs) has transformed the world of K-12 learning materials. No longer are educators tied to canned curricula. Now they can use an idea developed by a teacher in another state or even across the globe.

Maybe you have a great…

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Make math concrete with digital fabrication

Make math concrete with digital fabrication

02/03/2015

Topics: Makerspaces, Tools

For too many students, doing mathematics means just plugging numbers into a memorized formula to get an answer. And because they don’t understand the formulas they’re using, they often fail to use the right one.

Take a look at Isaac’s work below, for example. He is a fifth grade…

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10 tips for using social tools with students

10 tips for using social tools with students

01/02/2015

Topics: Digital Citizenship, Online learning, Tools

Teachers these days are eager to meet students where they are. And where they are is online — posting on social networks, playing online games, reading blogs, communicating with videoconferencing tools and more.…

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10 ways to get started with 3D printing

10 ways to get started with 3D printing

12/30/2014

Topics: Makerspaces, Project-based learning, STEM & STEAM, Tools

When I first watched a 3D printer in action, I went through a rapid progression of reactions:

I was mesmerized by the repetitive movements and the colorful objects it created.  I envisioned young students planning and creating 3D objects, then getting…

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Make music videos with your students for deeper learning

Make music videos with your students for deeper learning

11/25/2014

Topics: Tools

" "Never eat soggy waffles!" " I thought this mnemonic device for remembering the points on a compass would be enough for my second graders to learn cardinal directions. As it turns out, all it did was enable my students to mindlessly fill in north, east, south and west on the test I had…

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5 strategies for inspiring reluctant writers

5 strategies for inspiring reluctant writers

11/24/2014

Topics: Tools

" "Who likes to write stories?" "

I posed this question to a class of fifth graders and watched as only a smattering of hands raised. Many of their faces revealed their true feelings toward the topic: Noses scrunched. Scowls and grimaces surfaced. One child even scooted his chair…

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Bring the learning to your students with iBeacons

Bring the learning to your students with iBeacons

11/13/2014

Topics: Mobile learning, Tools

Earlier this year I decided to set up learning zones, or geographical positions located around our school, where students could explore online learning experiences. But instead of sending students to these locations and asking them to complete an activity, I flipped it.

Using Apple'…

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Choosing mobile apps for higher-order thinking skills

Choosing mobile apps for higher-order thinking skills

09/02/2014

Topics: Mobile learning, Tools

Discussions about mobile learning often center on the technology and its capabilities — which, to be sure, are impressive. But treating mobile devices as simply a novel tactic for classroom engagement is to overlook the golden egg: mobile technology's incredible potential for developing kids…

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Put me in, coach! I' 'm ready to teach with technology

Put me in, coach! I'm ready to teach with technology

07/21/2014

Topics: Standards, Tools

These days, ed tech coaches are in high demand, thanks in part to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which require educators to integrate technology into the classroom. Much like the…

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