Hearing, Headphones, Health and Safety

A recent study cited by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that pedestrian accidents involving headphone use have tripled since 2004. In 116 accidents reported between 2004-2011, about two-thirds of victims were under 30, and more than half were …

Teaching Physics with a Computer

Remember playing with blocks and discovering how important an adequate base was for a tower or wall and how far you could extend a cantilever before it collapsed? A recent article in the New York Times questions early childhood education …

Top 5 Tech Gadgets to Support Learning at Home and in School

Integrating technology into learning is not something that comes naturally for many of us, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. Great parents and great teachers have a lot in common, perhaps most importantly, their passion for supporting growth among …

Let’s Teach Our Kids to Be Net Savvy

Back-to-school season is in full gear and students and teachers have settled into their routines for the year.  What does that mean for me?  Well, on a daily basis I manage an Internet safety program focused on giving educators, parents …

Educational Videos and YouTube Teachers

One year when my social studies students were studying the Middle Ages, I showed sections of Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V to give them an idea of what medieval warfare was like. I used a videotape. My video sources were a …

To Tech, Or Not To Tech

I took a semester course on the French Revolution at college. The professor was from West Virginia and lay in wait behind his country roots and accent as did Sam Irvin when he characterized himself a simple country lawyer. Woe …

Creating Global Learners: Projects and Resources That Knock Down Classroom Walls

With the technology we have today, a one-room classroom should no longer exist! All of our students are capable of being or becoming global learners.  We have the ability, using any, or all, of the Web 2.0 tools available, to …

“Why Run, When You Can , Jog the Web?”

“Why Run, When You Can, Jog the Web”

Get it?   Usually you run around the web looking for websites. With Jog the Web, you bundle what you want in one place and “jog” from site to site, well, sort of. …

Want to Help Students? Get Connected.

There is a group of educators out there that is working tirelessly to spread the word about technology integration. This group, of which I consider myself a member, believes that using educational technology tools in the classroom helps students in …

Embracing Technology in the Classroom

As a child of the 60’s, I grew up without a cell phone, the Internet, an Ipad, digital cameras, Twitter, computers, flip cameras, Facebook, I could go on and on. But as a 21st century teacher, I have embraced the …

The dying role of cable television in schools

Our local cable television company in the past month has encrypted its digital signals. Each receiver now needs a special decoder in order to see a picture. To honor its charter with the city -  that states it must provide …

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BFTP: Broadband

Original post July 18, 2009. This issue is as relevant and frustrating (or more so) than 5 years ago... Sigh. Johnson’s Law of Network Capacity: You can’t be too thin, too rich or have too much bandwidth. 2009 2014 …

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A hierarchy of technology in schools

A little learning is a dangerous thing                                     - Alexander Pope I start the first new job I've had in 23 years on Monday. …

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Evernote and Postach.io, A Match Made In Tech Heaven

…If I've said it once, I've said it quite a few times, blogging is an open reflection of learning and is a wonderful (and easy) way to share our learning. I have been blogging in this space for over 5

Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom

Developing The Question: Ask For A Sketch First, Ctd.

Kate Nowak, on my recommendation that teachers ask for informal sketches before formal graphs: I agree with everything you say here. However, I think you will get silent resistance on this because teachers don’t know what to do …

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8 Education Books For The Digital Age: The Connected Educator Series #CorwinCE

From The Shameless Promotion Department, I am proud today that I become a published author. My book, The Relevant Educator ships today. Below is a post (thanks to the most awesome Mark Barnes) about the entire Connected Educator Series from …

Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom

Training wheels and technology

How do you expect me to learn to use a computer when the keys aren't in alphabetical order? teacher in Computer 101 training circa 1993. Can learning to ride a bike teach us anything about learning to use technology as …

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Developing the Question: Ask For A Sketch First

This is a series about “developing the question” in math class. Here is a resolution: ask your students for a sketch first. I’ve been a bit obsessed with “Barbie Bungee,” a lesson on linear regression which you’ll find …

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Learning is Complicated

“Thinking about software as the primary way of solving problems (in any field) forces us to frame problems in terms that software is capable of addressing.”  - Paul Franz at _The Atlantic_. # Software isn’t really meant to take …

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Inviting Pre-service Teachers into the Social Media Conversation

Image from TechFaster This fall — in fact, tomorrow — marks my return to the classroom after a year-long sabbatical filled with many research projects, lots of writing, and quite a bit of travel. Like most teachers, I both …

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