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Learning Connections: Wallwisher, A Geeky Teacher's Dream Tool

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Wallwisher is my best friend. I realize this sounds terribly sad and geeky, but it’s not every day that a website comes along that is easy to use, innovative, collaborative, educational, and free. Beyond all that, Wallwisher is easy to moderate, and there are no ads. (I feel like I need to give…

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Learning Connections: What? Wikipedia in History Class?

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As some readers may guess, I get mixed reactions whenever I share that I use Wikipedia in my history classes. In fact, I use it for more than just reading assignments. I require my students to research and write an article for Wikipedia to become more responsible digital citizens. And it…

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LEARNING CONNECTIONS: Yes, Your Students Can Create Games That Land in the Apple App Store!

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It’s becoming increasingly clear that teaching facts is much less valuable than it was a short time ago. Since the advent of internet search engines and wikis, the information that educators have historically “taught” is now at students’ fingertips. This presents a paradigm shift that many…

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Learning Connections: Students Dig Up Dirt to Learn about Internet Safety

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Students Dig Up Dirt to Learn about Internet Safety

Students are dangerously unaware of the privacy implications of social networks.

Many of my students, for example, are stunned when I give them the facts: 87% of Americans can be positively identified from their ZIP codes,…

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Learning Connections: No Robotics in School? 4-H Can Help

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There’s no shortage of opportunities for young people to engage with robotics. They can participate in competitions, after-school clubs, summer camps, and even a few classes or mini-classes. But robotics activities can be expensive, often requiring pricey kits as well as…

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LEARNING CONNECTIONS: Coding in the Elementary School Classroom

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My goal as an educator is to lead my students to new ways of thinking, understanding, and communicating in a digital world. I know that if I teach my students basic coding, they will be on their way to learning those skills and have a good time doing it. But I didn’t expect this breathless comment…

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Let the Kids Do the Work

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I have a love–hate relationship with workshops. I love them because when I walk out, I am filled with creative ideas about how to become a better, more effective teacher. I hate them because too often I find that I don't have the time to successfully integrate the strategies I have learned. So…

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Learning Connections Widgetize Your Sites

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Next time you are driving down the road and listening to the radio, think about how amazing the technology is that brings voices and music to us. If you are like me, you take the technology for granted without thinking of the engineering, imagination,…

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Learning Connections Whiteboards Engage Autistic Students

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If you were to walk into a class for autistic students, you would see almost as many adults as children and very little interaction between students. Group instruction would consist of a teacher talking while other adults reinforce, and often interpret, the instruction…

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learning connections The Power of 10s

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U.S. National Metric Day is celebrated every year on October 10. After all, what better day than 10/10 to celebrate the international decimal system. This year, the holiday is taken to the power of 10, so to speak, because the year tags on an extra 10.

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