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

Simple rules for posting online grades

From the Orlando Sentinal story "Online gradebooks earn A for info, F for stress": Foster Starks checks his grades most every day on his phone, logging into a website where teachers at Celebration High post marks for …

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The Reinventing The Classroom Virtual Conference #reinvent14

This is a really awesome time to be in the classroom. From Bring Your Own Device to Web 2.0 tools to students connecting across oceans, there are some pretty incredible things happening with learning. The new Reinventing The Classroom Virtual …

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The only sane driver on the road

Did you ever notice how badly other people drive on the highway? Every person you encounter is either going at a snail's pace or doing some kind of Mad Max impersonation. The only person driving at the correct speed (exactly …

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Sphero: the coolest robot around

This week, the wonderful people at Orbotix sent me a Sphero to try out and play with. HOLY COW, I haven’t had so much fun with a new toy in a long time. The better part of today was spent …

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“Think About Your Favorite Problem From A Unit”

Bob Lochel, responding to commenter Jenni who wondered how, when, and where to integrate tasks into a unit: In my years as math coach, the most efficient piece of advice I would give to teachers is this: think about your …

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Bar Trivia for Math Teachers

The Desmos/Mathalicious happy hour in New Orleans on Friday was a great end to a long week of conferencing with math teachers, math ed professors, and the occasional vendor. My unofficial crowd estimate puts it at something like 50x the …

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Poster power on Twitter

I've noticed an increasing number of Tweeters are getting around the 140 character limit by using links to graphics. I worry that this may raise Twitter's level of discourse above its usual bumpersticker simplicity, requiring that nuanced views actually be …

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Learning and Programing With @GoSphero

A few weeks ago the folks over at Orbotix sent me a Sphero to try out. I had seen them before so when given the chance to get hands on I couldn't resist.…What is a Sphero?So as you

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One-To-One Technology ‘Is Really About Building Effective Relationships’

My thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for the invitation to respond to his EdWeek Teacher Blog question: What are the Dos and Don’ts of having a successful one-to-one computing (where every student at a school gets a device) program? Check out …

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BFTP: A better question

A weekend Blue Skunk "feature" will be a revision of an old post. I'm calling this BFTP: Blast from the Past. Original post, March 2, 2009. (Be sure to read the comments from the original post.) As …

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