Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

  • 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


    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


    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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  • Open Your Doors to Learning

    on May 20, 14 • in Elementary Classrooms, Instruction&Curriculum, Technology • with Comments


    The winter was long here in Kansas.  When we finally got some spring air it was refreshing to open the windows and get outside.  Students and teachers can both benefit from getting out of the classroom. It’s just a space, the classroom.  Learning comes from the lessons, the questions, the educator, and the interactions among and with your students. If the activity you are doing does not require supplies, resources or technology, why are you indoors?  If students are reading or working without these supplies, go outside!  I have a classroom set of clipboards (garage sales

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  • Gaming and Education: They are not Enemies [Part 3]

    on May 8, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Technology • with Comments

    Online education and business concept.

    In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, I discussed the bigger picture of gaming in our students’ and children’s lives and how gaming can connect to education.  In this article, I discuss how gaming has affected my own son’s education. I’ve written previously about how my son began unschooling a year ago.  As a fairly traditional teacher at the time, it was a much bigger adjustment for me than it was for him. He’d already experienced so many difficult schooling experiences, that he moved quite smoothly through a period of what is generally

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