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

Bloomin Windows

I recently received an HP ElitePad 1000 G2 for review, and decided to put it through its paces as I created a new set of Bloom's-related applications -- Bloomin' Windows.HP ELITEPAD 1000 I had not spent a lot of …

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Is air-conditioning the most effective educational technology?

As I've gotten older, I've found that getting out of bed, up from a chair, or off from any dead stop is increasingly difficult. Once in motion, I feel 20 years old again, but getting the momentum for forward movement …

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The Magical Properties of EdTech

Much has been written over the past year about the ill-fated 1-1 program in the Los Angeles Unified School district, which has now been suspended, scaled back and/or modified, depending on whose story you read. It began in the summer …

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Deliberate Optimism

Blue Skunk readers know that I rarely endorse anything. (See my Endorsement Policy). So if I am going to mention a product on my blog, I really like it. Debbie Silver's (and some other guys) book, Deliberate Optimism, …

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Stamping Out Great Teachers

I’m listening to Seth Godin’s Linchpin1 and early in the book he makes these observations about our education system and teachers. Why is society working so hard to kill our natural born artists? When we try to drill and …

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Norms for a Tech-Using Educator – Guest post

I challenged Blue Skunk Readers in last Monday's post to create a set of norms for educators to adopt when working with technology and technology departments. Librarian Christie Burke rose to the challenge by leaving this comment: First, I'd like …

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H&R Block Budget Challenge: Financial literacy and personal finance

http://www.hrbds.orgAs I recently wrote about in a Discovery Educator Network blog post, financial literacy is one of the important literacies for our students to acquire. Financial literacy, sometimes referred to as economic literacy, according to Atomic Learning…

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BFTP: I will as a teacher

I Will As a TeacherLet’s have a little competition at school and get ready for the future. I, as a teacher, will use a laptop and you will use paper and pencil. Are you ready…?… I can provide up-to-date

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Crunch time for the tech department

In every district I know, the week before school starts and the first couple weeks after the kids get back are crunch time for tech departments. Teacher computers needing to be set up, labs needing re-imaging, telephone numbers needing changing, …

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An unsung hero

 My aunt, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Geneva Gotsch, died yesterday, She was 84 years old. And she changed my life. Aunt Neva served in the Air Force for 20+ years. As a nurse, she flew Air Evac missions from Vietnam, …

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