Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

  • Bus Fare – The View from ISTE2015

    on Jul 2, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Policy, Technology • with Comments

    Best Buy's ad space at ISTE2015

    In the day- and-a-half I have spent at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference in Philadelphia, I have come to a troubling, but inescapable, conclusion: Money Is An Issue. This is not news to anyone in education. In fact, it is such an obvious conclusion that any reader who has spent a day in a classroom might be saying, “Yeah? And?” Fair enough. But there is education money, and there is the amount of money that is at stake at ISTE 2015. Every space, surface, consumable, and activity at ISTE’s conference is

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  • CNN’S Soledad O’Brien Opens #ISTE2015 in Philadelphia

    on Jun 29, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Educator Professionalism, Featured, Professional Development, Technology • with Comments

    Soledad O'Brien opening ISTE2015

    You have seen her on CNN for a two decades. You might have caught one of her segments on HBO’s Real Sports, or NBC’s Today Show. But have you ever heard Soledad O’Brien talk tech? The anchor/documentarian opened ISTE’s 2015 conference on Sunday night with a powerful, passionate keynote, in which she talked about the intersection of race, poverty, education, and technology. O’Brien, whose Starfish Media production house makes and distributes documentaries on race, class, poverty, and other need-to-know issues, firmly believes that technology can close the achievement gap, but with a major caveat. “

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  • EdCampKS: Professional Development for YOU

    on Jun 24, 15 • in Educator Professionalism, Featured, Technology • with Comments


    Teachers are in the field every day teaching.  They use technology, adapt technology, and know what technology works with kids.  So attending a conference led by teachers is empowering.  Friday I attended EdCampKS. This conference was organized by teachers for teachers with presentations by teachers. The morning started with blocks of time scheduled on poster paper.  Some sessions had been pre-arranged and presenters were ready to go.  But there were also open blocks of time that needed filled.  As a group, teachers discussed successes they were having in their classrooms.  As sites, apps, resources and

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  • Take Your Apps Outside

    on Jun 10, 15 • in Elementary Classrooms, Instruction&Curriculum, Technology • with Comments

    take your apps outside

    I grew up in the 80’s with Atari, pong, and floppy discs.  I learned to code on a computer that actually took a tape.  I love technology and even though I have been in the classroom for 19 years I try to stay current.  There is something about “old school” though.  Holding a book in your hand.  Creating with paper and clay.  Going outside to play.  Here are some things you can do with your students that allow you to link activity and technology.  These apps can be used outside! Before taking technology outside, just

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  • Planning the Last Unit

    on May 22, 15 • in Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Strategies, Literacy, Policy, Social Studies, Technology • with Comments

    Planning your last unit

    This is the time of year in which students’ impetus to volunteer, join clubs, school wide activities, and community drives overrides the necessity to finish out a school year. Many justifications are given for not being in class — and how could I blame them? A record cold winter and delayed spring bloom kept students pent up indoors. Educators must balance learning with exposure to curriculum content, student progress with student awareness, and standardized assessment with school wide finals. Aside from this, I must concentrate on what role technology will play in a 1:1 mobile device classroom

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