Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

  • iPhones in the Classroom are Game Changers

    on Nov 13, 14 • in Current Events in Education, Educational Apps, Featured, Special Education, Technology • with Comments


    Dyslexic Students Becoming Independent with Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and Mac Devices Imagine constantly being presented with the printed word and not able to read it. Imagine being in class listening to the teacher, actively participating in class discussions, but then the teacher hands out a worksheet that you can’t read. Imagine the frustration of knowing the answers, but because you can’t read the test, you are unable to show how much you know and thus you keep making failing grades. Can you really imagine that? How would it make you feel? How would you survive

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  • 21st Century Classroom Management is… Fun?

    on Nov 6, 14 • in Management, Policy, Social Studies, Technology • with Comments


    Recently a veteran colleague and a teacher in training posed questions concerning classroom management and power struggles with students. Years ago the approach to dealing with students who test the boundaries of rules was quick and strict reprimand.  Students were graded on neatness, orderly and timely manners, for being quiet unless called upon. While there is value in forming these habits most current grading practices tend towards skills and content mastery only. Educators know that students do not necessarily sit still to learn. Research, experience and parents would that teachers spend more time teaching and

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  • Wait for it… Esther Earle’s Star

    on Oct 24, 14 • in English Language Learners, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Technology • with Comments


    I saw the book cover on the non fiction shelf at the library and was immediately hooked. This Star Won’t Go Out promised to fulfill the real world answers to questions swirling amongst YA followers of Fault in our Stars. The wonder and hopes that fans carry for the character heroes with terminal cancer will appreciate that Green’s FIOS dedication is Esther Earle, the star more amazing than anyone could imagine. Her story compiled from her own journals, her parents notes and reflections is a story of hope more than struggle. It is a book

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  • Why Should We Care About Virtual Education?

    on Oct 22, 14 • in Featured, Technology • with Comments


    The world of education is changing. Sounds cliché, but it is true. I am seeing that with my own eyes as I have watched my short 7-8 year career evolve from teaching in a traditional classroom with limited technology to now teaching through a virtual classroom. It is this changing world that has me fascinated with what the future of technology could be. Virtual education is something that is growing and changing education for better or worse. From flipped classrooms to fully online schools, this is a burgeoning field of education that needs to be

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  • Latest and Greatest Apps: Green Screen & Open Gallery

    on Oct 1, 14 • in Educational Apps, Featured, Fine Arts, Social Studies, Technology • with Comments


    Year 2 of 1:1 iPad classroom is in full swing. Students have their Apple I.D.s, their workhorse apps and access to the Haiku Learning Management Platform for online class resources. It has been a slow to transition back into work flow even though they are excited to game or text chat any moment a teacher leaves them with out direction.  I decided to manage a balance  of incentives with a high bar for product and performance. I want students to want to explore learning with as much interest in the text about as they are have in who is dating who

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