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

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 …

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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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News-O-Matic: New non-fiction delivered to your classroom every day!

What it is: Press 4 Kids, News-O-Matic is both a subscription-based app and a free daily email delivered in pdf format. News-O-Matic is a fantastic current event, news source for elementary students. It is a great resource for fresh, non-fiction …

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Predictions from 2003-04

“It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”   Yogi Berra   From a friend and colleague in an e-mail last week... As I attempt to purge my files, I'm running into all kinds of oldies but goodies. An example: …

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Social Media, Educational Research, and “Keeping It Real”

Join the KQED #TeachDoNow MOOC this summer! This summer, I’m participating in KQED’s #TeachDoNow MOOC, though I am just a little bit behind the game. I finally caught up on the week one webcast, and I have been checking …

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BFTP: When groups are necessary

I've long held a fairly jaundiced view of that holy-of-holies in our profession - collaboration. (See: A Few Words About Collaboration) Short version: collaboration should be considered a means of achieving a desired result, not the result itself.  I'm …

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Why do we question 1:1 effectiveness?

In his blog post Asking the Right Questions for Getting School-Driven Policies into Classroom Practice, professor Larry Cuban writes: Let’s apply these simple (but not simple-minded) questions to a current favorite policy of local, state, and federal policymakers: buy and deploy tablets …

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