Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

  • Field Trips are Better with iPads

    on Apr 23, 15 • in Educational Apps, Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Strategies, Social Studies, Technology • with Comments

    Field trips are better with IPADS(1)

    Every year I collaborate with colleagues to host a high school field trip to a local college campus. We explore art collections, tour the campus and give students time to explore the nearby downtown for a brief respite.  The goal of connecting artistic perspective to their interpretations of world history is tangential to the elation students enjoy with a day away from school. This encourages me to create a study planner for the art collections that guide students to and through analytical process without it seeming a chore.  This year, I made it user friendly for the iPad or any

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  • Why Schools Should Teach Social Media Etiquette

    on Apr 13, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Educator Professionalism, Featured, Opinion, Technology • with Comments

    Real Life Application(2)

    The most arduous day of my education career was a day centered on Facebook. I was completing my principal practicum, and just before my hours were finished, a student made a death threat on that social medium. I spent the day calling an array of high school students to my principal’s office, where I took testimony about what was said but more so about what was typed. Twelve hours and hundreds of pages of notes later, I knew that I no longer wanted to be a principal. But I also quickly came to the belief

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  • Outdated Practices With Google Docs

    on Mar 19, 15 • in Educational Apps, Instructional Strategies, Technology • with Comments

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    It is a relief to find a few digital tools that continuously serve learners despite the accelerated nature of change in technology. Google Docs allows me to meet the varied needs and writing levels of almost all students.   It gives me wings, allowing me to reach past classroom walls and time constraints, to converse and edit with undivided attentions to each and every individual. I have learned though that as applications update and modify over time, so must my teaching practice. There are wrong ways to use Google Docs. If the use is not transformative, if the

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  • Flipped Learning: My Apology to Veteran Teachers

    on Mar 6, 15 • in Current Events in Education, English Language Learners, Instructional Strategies, Technology • with Comments

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    Eight years ago, I walked into my first classroom armed with my English Education degree, an American Literature book, and the state Comprehensive Curriculum. The only experience I had was my student teaching, but I wasn’t worried thanks to a mentor teacher and my state comprehensive curriculum which I thought was the greatest thing since sliced bread. I had no idea what I was doing and I was handed a complete guide on what to do and how to do it. I was so thankful. I was mortified when I walked into the teachers’ lounge

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  • Net Neutrality and Educational Technology

    on Mar 2, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Educational Apps, Featured, Policy, Technology • with Comments

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    On February 26th, 2015, the FCC approved new rules involving net neutrality. This means that the neither government nor Internet service providers can inhibit access to and/or creation of online content. According to NPR, “the Open Internet Order helps to decide an essential question about how the Internet works, requiring service providers to be a neutral gateway instead of handling different types of Internet traffic in different ways — and at different costs.” For many, this is a major win. Free speech advocates, like the ACLU, find that the new rules will allow open access

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