Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

  • Are you a leader or a follower?…On Twitter.

    on Sep 12, 14 • in Ask a Teacher, Confessions of a Teacher, Opinion, Policy, Technology • with Comments

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    Are you a leader or a follower?  Me?  I’m a follower, and my students and I are very happy about that.  When I say I am a follower, I mean on Twitter.  I love Twitter.  I would not have said this a few years ago, because I thought Twitter was just a constant Facebook status.  Who needs to see a Facebook status updated in real-time?  I never really cared about people telling me they were buying a latte, working out at the gym, checking in to a sporting event, or even taking pictures of themselves

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  • Paper in a Paperless classroom

    on Sep 10, 14 • in Educational Apps, Policy, Social Studies, Technology • with Comments

    ipad

    You may know me as a proponent of 1:1 digital technology in the classroom. But I begin my year with two traditional forms of learning: face to face communication and lots and lots of paper. Earlier in the summer I retweeted this comment found through an #edchat: “I teach critical thinking not apps.” This is true in a sense. It simultaneously gave me both frustration and an “aha” moment.  True, teachers should focus on skills and not the latest gizmo or exciting novelty for their classroom, but let us not make the mistake of thinking that apps are

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  • Inspirational Educator – Garrett Lim, All-Star Teacher

    on Aug 8, 14 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Interviews, Stellar Educator of the Week, Technology • with Comments

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    Every teacher wants to be called an all-star, but not many get the trophy to match. Garrett Lim is one of those honored few teachers to be recognized by Major League Baseball as an All-Star, as he was the Chicago White Sox’s selection to the 2014 All-Star contest. We sat down with Garrett to watch him showcase his teacher’s home run swing.   Jake Miller, The Educator’s Room: What was it like to be named a People Magazine All-Star Teacher? Garrett Lim, Chemistry Teacher and Chicago White Sox All-Star: In one word, it was awesome

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  • 10 Traits of a Top-Notch Teacher Website

    on Aug 4, 14 • in Educator Professionalism, Featured, Management, Technology • with Comments

    Author Jake Miller's website, courtesy Jake Miller.

    According to a recent survey by eSchoolNews, students are using computers and the Internet more now than ever. A majority of students say that they use the Internet for homework help, learn from YouTube, use their mobile devices for instruction, and would like to try the flipped classroom method of instruction. And yet there are still teachers in our profession who haven’t updated their website since GeoCities went under or, worse yet, outright neglect an online presence. I’m here to help teachers build their websites into the best tool for them and their students by

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  • Last week of 1:1 iPad classroom

    on Jun 6, 14 • in Educational Apps, Instruction&Curriculum, Technology • with Comments

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    I have two block classes left for the school year, and I’m wrapping up some successes and challenges in the 1:1 iPad classroom. I learned that I love some educational transformations resulting from that ubiquitous access for all students.  No one  at our school was left out of an experience or left behind. No students lost their school work or asked for a second copy of a handout.  Any student who wanted paper copies or textbooks or some other technology could have it because it was their choice, not because they couldn’t afford other options.  Choice

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