Coding: An Emerging Global Language

A new skill students are going to need to be globally competitive is coding. The terms coding  and programming are used interchangeably but are actually two different things. Coding translates the sequence of instructions created by programming. Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap on technology. They are working to educate, equip... Read More

TED-Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing

Most of us are aware of the popular TED Talks  (Technology, Entertainment, Design)  created to share “ideas worth spreading.”  This nonprofit organization now has TED-Ed, an interactive website that allows educators to share their lessons with anyone by recording their lessons and uploading them to the TED-Ed website. Animators and teachers work together to create exciting... Read More

A Few Good Apps are not Enough

Within the past few years schools have begun allowing students to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to incorporate student-friendly technology into the instructional day. Likewise, more and more schools and districts are choosing to purchase mobile devices such as iPads with their available funds, as opposed to textbooks and other print resources. What becomes the bottom line, though,... Read More

Apps, Apps and More Apps!

A teacher’s time is very valuable, but evaluating and reviewing educational apps is a task that is extremely important. With the number of apps out there today, many teachers wonder which are the  best to help their students meet their learning targets or which ones are better suited to address special needs children.  Maybe there are even apps that can be shared with... Read More

TECHNOLOGY USE

Digital technology use has exploded before my eyes.  Its changes have been faster than anything I have ever experienced.  Along with these changes comes the debate over the role that digital technology has in society, especially in schools. Aran Levasseur’s blog gives two perspectives for this debate.  One being Nicholas Carr’s book “The Shallows:  What the Internet... Read More

Technology and the Special Needs Child

As parents and teachers of special needs children know, it’s often a struggle to get the children to stay engaged in traditional learning activities.  Special needs children often have multiple challenges due to language, motor skills or other developmental delays. Today’s new technology with the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, and Android devices has much to offer.   But... Read More

Networking With Other Teachers

Do you ever find yourself wondering how another teacher approaches a problem similar to the one you are faced with solving? Have you ever wished to share your successes with other educators across the nation or globe?  Are you interested in  watching a teacher model a successful lesson or  introduce a strategy you were considering trying to engage students at high levels?... Read More

Tutorials…Watch, Practice and Learn!

While at the KASC Conference in September, I attended Scott McLeod’s session, “The Future of Learning”.  There were many web-based resources he shared, but one that really caught my attention was the Khan Academy.  This website provides tutorials in all academic areas and is expanding into the K-12  realm of education.  Although its intent is for student  tutorials... Read More

Using Twitter to Study History

What was it like to be a soldier at Gettysburg? What was that Freedom Rider feeling as she rode the bus into the segregated South? Students are finding out by reenacting historical events  with the  free on-line tool TwHistory – and finding out what it would be like if historical figures had Twitter.  TwHistory allows the students to dig deep – using original sources... Read More

Student Engagement with Interactive Media

In an age where students spend large amounts of time instant messaging and surfing the web, one teacher found a way to “steal some of their online minutes” by engaging his sixth graders in a multi-media slide show called VoiceThread.  Students can access a wide variety of topics ranging from students explaining how they solved two-digit plus two-digit addition problems to a... Read More

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