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 …

Why Haven’t You Written?

A few months ago, Time Magazine posted an excerpt from a book by two Google executives explaining “nine insightful rules for emailing… like a professional”. At the top of the list: Respond quickly. Ok, I’m probably the wrong person to be …

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The Danger of “Good Enough”

Reply All is a new podcast I’ve been enjoying lately.  It’s a “show about the Internet.”  Their third episode featured Ethan Zuckerman, an Internet pioneer, apologizing for a very bad thing he did twenty years ago, a thing that …

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The 4 Es of tech workshops

There is an old story told about the King of Mars who sent a scout in his flying saucer to find out about American schools. When the scout returned, he reported that these "schools" were the strangest places. It was …

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One Hour, And No More

This week, many schools here in the overly-large school district have been participating to some degree in Hour of Code activities. Nationally we’ve seen lots of media stories around the event1 and tons of traffic on coding related websites. But what happens …

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A+ Job, CMCN14

This was supposed to be a brief preamble to a post about what I learned at a recent conference, but it ballooned into this long, glowing mash note to the conference itself. You should find some way to attend next …

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Allowing (And Accepting) Students’ Choices Is Hard

One of the really difficult things about giving students meaningful choices is that they will sometimes make horrible ones.  This isn’t a school problem, so much, as it is a democracy problem.  And I’ve met plenty of people who don’t …

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What else would you buy instead of tests?

In a recent exchange on the AASL Forum... David Loertscher: If there are 50 million students in U.S. schools and $ 2.5 billion is spent on testing, then, I think that computes out to $500 per student. Just think what …

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What Would You Do With A $1,000 Classroom Grant?

A reader asked me what classroom technology she should purchase with $1,000. My response: I’d install whiteboards on every vertical surface in the room. I’d make sure I had a good document camera. And I’d probably purchase video capture equipment, …

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When Programming Becomes Persuasion

It’s probably a month or two ago now that I was talking with my friend Ben about programming and some of the work that he’s exploring and that I’m involved in. # There’s a project in my school district, folks …

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3 elevator pitches

An elevator pitch, elevator speech, or elevator statement is a short summary used to quickly and simply define a person, profession, product, service, organization or event and its value proposition. Wikipedia  A value proposition is a promise …

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