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

Learn More About Chromebooks From Intel

Tech integration in the classroom has become a hot topic in recent years. Educators are presented with so many device options for the classroom, but recently, Chromebooks have gained momentum. More and more districts are moving to Chromebooks as a …

Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom

If You Need a Plan B, Maybe Just Go With That Instead

I dig technology when it’s used well and thoughtfully and purposefully.  Heck, sometimes I just dig shiny things.  But I have to say that what I like and what’s worth spending time on and with in a classroom are two …

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Real Work v. Real World

“Make the problem about mobile phones. Kids love mobile phones.” I’ve heard dozens of variations on that recommendation in my task design workshops. I heard it at Twitter Math Camp this summer. That statement measures tasks along one axis only: …

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Rorschach test of educational priorities: your school library

I visit quite a few schools and one of the first places I visit is the library/media center/learning commons. For me, it's a quick Rorschach test of a school's values and climate. The picture above is the elementary library at …

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SNAP Learning Close Reading System

Recently, SNAP Learning invited me to review their Close Reading Portfolio. Wow! I’m so glad they did! The SNAP Close Reading Portfolio is really great. What it is: SNAP Learning Close Reading Portfolio is a complete online program comprised of …

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Where is your data really most secure?

It’s just easier for hackers to profit by stealing information linked to credit cards swiped in physical stores, he said. Such data can be used to make counterfeit cards and presents fewer obstacles for thieves than information stolen from online …

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Five Reasons To Download Classkick

Before I get to the good, here’s the tragic, a comment from a father about a math feedback platform that I don’t want to single out by name. This problem is typical of the genre: My daughter just tried …

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I’m Not in Love with the Word Empowerment

I’m not.  I cringe when I hear it used lately.  And I say that as someone who used to have it on my resume.  Right up near the top.   # Because for me to empower you, especially when I …

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21st Century Bubble Sheets

When it comes to technology here in the overly-large school district, our little group often hears from schools about how they don’t have enough computers.1 Enough to do what? Student projects? Using Google Drive for them to collaborate? Something …

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Due diligence

One of my favorite expressions is "You can't guard against the arbitrary." No matter how well-prepared, how carefully planned, or how rigorously considered, stuff happens. The flight is delayed, the power goes out, the hard drive crashes, the road …

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