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

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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MobyMax: Tablet + help differentiating instruction

  It’s always nice when new toys show up in the mail to review. Especially when they promise to help make your program more tailored to the individual, that I really like! What it is: MobyMax is more than just …

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Life, Actually

If things were going according to plan, right now I would be at the Virginia Beach convention center starting the second day of the VSTE1 annual conference. I would have arrived early on Saturday for set up and worked with a large …

Assorted Stuff

Discussion via bumper sticker

  No indictment for officer Wilson! Very sad day in America. How do I explain this to my black students? - Tweet by St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent, Valeria Silva. (See article here.) Superintendent Silva certainly has a …

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BFTP: Big projects and psychic wear and tear

It seems history repeats itself. Five years ago I was implementing some of the same changes in the Mankato School District that I am currently undertaking in my new district, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage. Our administrative team also spent a morning last week …

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Tech directors vs students – bet on the students

I'm a student. As a student, my school is one of my favorite places to be: I enjoy learning and find almost all my teachers to be agreeable. I'm also a programmer and an advocate of free speech. In that …

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Why a book?

Did I mention my Battle for Open book is out? I SAID DID I MENTION MY BOOK IS OUT. Ahem. Audrey Watters asks why a book, and it’s a question I asked myself with my last book. Here …

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Dec/Jan Ed Leadership colum: The Responsive Staff Meeting

My Power Up column in the Dec/Jan issue of Educational Leadership is now available online: The Responsive Staff Meeting. Is your high-tech school still providing paper agendas at its staff meetings? Are they still sit 'n git? Hmmmmm....…

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