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 …

Bundling and Re-bundling

I’m at the Knewton Symposium – an event focusing on the future of digital learning. This is the second year that I’ve attended. It’s a small event (last year had ~20 attendees, this year it’s closer to 60+). Knewton brings …

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A Better Definition Of “Personalization”

David Wiley: For me, personalization comes down to being interesting. You have successfully personalized learning when a learner finds it genuinely interesting. Providing me with an adaptive, customized pathway through educational materials that bore me out of my …

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Making Curation Easier With @IFTTT

…There is simply no end to the flow of information available on the Internet. When it comes to trying to organize it and do something with it you may run into some challenges. I know I regularly am looking for

Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom

Activators and Summarizers with Mobile Devices

This post first appeared in my "Kathy's Katch" blog for the Discovery Education Network and is re-posted here with permission.Activators and summarizers have been used in classrooms for a long time. We all have our favorites and students know …

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New home

I’ve finally (after 8 years) moved from Typepad to WordPress, and even more importantly, my own domain. Blame Jim Groom, that guy just wears you down until you say yes. Have tried a new theme, expect I’ll mess around …

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Go Naked for Education

I take on a lot. Depending on who you ask, probably too much. But when I’m passionate about something, it doesn’t feel like one more thing because it feeds my soul in some way. Last night I woke up in …

iLearn Technology

Rotonda West & Capturing Curiosity

Two anecdotes about curiosity, followed by a challenge: 1. Nana’s Lemon Water I facilitated a workshop in Atlanta a few weeks ago and a participant had one of these enormous Thirstbuster mugs. I asked, somewhat nervously, “Whatcha got in …

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Time to Kill This Long Summer Break

It’s been quiet recently here in Lake Wobegon the overly-large school district. Because, of course, it’s July, with most teachers and students on their far too extended summer break, a monumental waste of time, money, energy and learning that I …

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When’s the last time you cleaned your home(page)

My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.                                                        …

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If you could give your child a superpower, would you?

With great power comes great responsibility. - Spiderman's Uncle Ben Were you as a parent able to give your child a "super" power, would you do so? Let's take the ability to teleport - move from one location to another …

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