Infographics: The Art of Making Information Comprehendible

We read and hear a lot about carbon emissions these days. Steaks, lattes, and disposable diapers are translated into pounds or kilograms per unit of time. Carbon is a greenhouse gas and implicated in global warming. We’re urged to reduce …

Use Google’s Art Project to Create Virtual Field Trips

I can’t say for certain whether the folks at Google plan to take over the world – but I do know they intend to index every square inch of it.

Their latest effort, Art Project, Powered by Google, could …

The Robot Building Season Begins — And One Student Comes Up Big

On Saturday, January 8th, FIRST released this season’s FRC challenge called “LogoMotion.”  Once  the challenge is released, the students have six weeks to design, build, and test this year’s robot.  With all that must take place to design and build …

Educators Connect Digital Games to Learning

What I like about what Katy did with this article is that she showed games in the classroom that do not have to pivot on the “digital natives” argument. Kids like games, not all of them, but many kids are…

How technology will and won’t change schools by 2020

This was written by Larry Cuban, a former high school social studies teacher (14 years, including seven at Cardozo and Roosevelt high schools in the District), district superintendent (seven years in Arlington, Virginia) and professor emeritus of education at Stanford…

E-Book Loaded With Free Resources for Educators

In my experience, there are three things that bring us together as ed techies – our massive consumption of caffeine, our love for digital learning, and our ability to use the Internet to find free resources we can use in …

Virtual Journals: A New Twist on the Classroom Question Box!

I am currently teaching 6th grade math and decided I wanted a way to better communicate with my students by offering a safe way for children to ask questions, tell me their concerns or simply comment on whether or not …

RoboRaiders: Girl Power & Exciting Classroom News

During fall break, many students step away from school activities. But not the RoboRaiders.  Our team was busy preparing for our Kickoff Event where our primary sponsor, Johnson & Johnson, hosts an evening at their Skillman, NJ campus for all …

If You Can Type, You Can Add Video to Your Lessons

Educators are always on the prowl for new ways to engage students — and if you can engage them using multimedia technology, all the better.

That’s why online video tools such as Xtranormal are proving to be fun and valuable …

Online Education Opening the “Prior Learning” Floodgates?

The explosion of online learning has required plenty of flexibility from traditional bricks-and-mortar universities over the past 10 years.

During the past decade, many universities made the long and difficult trek from skepticism to grudging acceptance to an eagerness to

StackUp: Get professional development credit for Twitter edchats

What it is: StackUp is a really neat new web app that automatically scores online reading and learning. As you work online, StackUp captures data through the free web app and plugin which can be used on Mac and Windows …

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JIME, Ubiquity & OA models

I’m a co-editor of JIME at the Open University. It’s had a long tradition here, started in KMi it piloted open peer review, using it’s own software back in the late 90s. It has always been open access, and when …

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From Sentence Combining to “Revision Decisions”

Image courtesy of Stenhouse This week, I am happy to be one stop on the blog tour for Jeff Anderson and Deborah Dean’s new book, Revision Decisions: Talking Through Sentences and Beyond (Be sure to visit stops one, two, …

Digital Writing, Digital Teaching

Connecting to What, Exactly?

Last week, Educating Modern Learners published a piece I wrote about some of my worries about online communities and students.  The piece is called What We Don’t Talk about When We Talk about Connectedness.  Here’s an excerpt: # I …

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When’s the last time you asked?

    I love 30 second surveys. Amazing how much you can learn as a tech department.…

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Professional development to be excited about

If you’ve ever read a post on iLearn Technology and thought, “man! That is way cool, I wonder how they do that at Anastasis?” Now is your opportunity to find out! We are hosting our first education conference in February. …

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Everything I Know About Education, I Learned from Big Hero 6

Yesterday, Anastasis teachers took some of our students (we auctioned ourselves off to the highest bidder) to see Big Hero 6. It. Was. Brilliant. We give it two thumbs up and five stars. I loved the inventiveness, the curiosity, and …

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Encouraging Authenticity In Learning

…In the last several years, a major shift in instruction began to happen. Instead of students having access to handheld technology (tablet, laptop, etc) only part of the school day, more and more students began to have access when they

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Great Classroom Action

Coral Connor’s students created 3D chalk charts to demonstrate their understanding of trig functions: As a showcase entry we spent several lessons developing the Maths of perspective drawings of representations of comparisons between Australia and the mission countries- income, death …

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Eduball

I read Michael Lewis’s Moneyball over the summer (you’ve probably seen the Brad Pitt adaptation). It’s a great account of how stripping baseball down to the stats allowed a small team to compete against teams with much larger budgets. …

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