Education Technology Tips For Students And Teachers
While many Austinites are busy planning their spring break getaways, I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of the best event to come through town. That’s right. I’m talking about South By Southwest…edu. In 2011, the wildly popular SXSW festival featuring music, film, and interactive technology, expanded to include an educational conference. Since its inception, the SXSWedu […]
Google’s no stranger to the education space. Teachers have been benefiting from the tools they create for years. Every time Google adds a new product or tool to their offerings, teachers get to work figuring out creative ways their students can benefit from it. Whether or not you’ve been using Google tools in your classroom […]
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We often write about how technology can help teachers, but sometimes it’s useful to take a step back and consider how teachers influence technology. As with other subjects, the knowledge and enthusiasm that teachers show for technology in the classroom will have long-term effects on students, and the nation as a whole. A tech-savvy nation […]
“How did you get your kids to do that?” It’s a question I often get from colleagues when they see a picture a student took in my digital photography class – a class I dub iPhoneography, as much for the ubiquitous accessory that many of my middleschoolers wield like an appendage as for the hipster […]
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Money is a necessary tool, but like any other, it can easily lead its untrained users into uncomfortable — perhaps even painful — situations. So why, then is, financial literacy an educational requirement in less than half of the states in the U.S.? Students deserve to approach life armed with the knowledge they need to […]
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You know about setting time aside for math and science and even arts and crafts. But have you ever thought of building a Genius Hour into the day? More than just a time for kids to play, Genius Hour is an opportunity for students to follow their imaginations and build creative confidence – an important […]
The Now Habit is a book written by Neil Fiore, Ph.D., who is a licensed psychologist, author, and former president of the Northern California Society of Clinical Hypnosis, which explores in depth a topic that teachers are far too familiar with: procrastination. In the book, the author goes into methods that professionals and students alike […]
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The mind: capable of vanquishing disease and traveling the stars. An infinitely complex symphony of chemical reactions, all working together in harmony to navigate the strange, eternally fascinating world we live in. Acquired knowledge, unquestionably, is the fuel responsible for powering mankind’s ascent to the top of the food chain. In light of this, there […]
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Hackers, phishing, pharming, spam, adware, spyware, worms, and viruses. With everything that can go wrong online, it’s a small miracle that the Internet is still such a popular resource. Schools are charged not only with educating students, but also with keeping them safe—and nowadays that means protecting them online. Some schools have very tight restrictions […]
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It’s not easy for students to stay on task these days. From Facebook to Instagram and Twitter to instant messaging to pop up, there are so many distractions. Some study aid sites even offer a ‘study break’ where students can take five minutes to check out the latest celebrity news. But it’s never really five […]
A person’s culture deeply impacts his or her way of thinking and learning; that presents a special challenge to educators because modern classrooms often have a beautiful mishmash of students from different backgrounds. How can you adapt and demonstrate cultural awareness in your teaching? The following resources may help. Pursue a Multicultural Mindset The […]
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In 2011, Edutopia published an article discussing how to combat plagiarism. Four years later, we are still looking for ways to fix this problem. In this article, we’ll look at how to identify plagiarism and how to prevent it. The Scope of the Problem The Edutopia post indicated that 55 percent of college presidents believe […]
Do you remember the joy that you felt as a student when you saw the teacher roll the TV into the classroom? Your students can experience the same joy when you show a film in your own classroom – and it won’t be because it’s a perceived distraction. In her recent Guardian.com blog post, Sarah […]
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As a volunteer ESL instructor and tutor, my methods have frequently been grounded in traditional worksheet and conversation exercises. Often, my older students are working towards dual fluency in English and technology, while my younger students are “native users” of computers and smartphones. English mastery—and more importantly, confidence—is still built on a solid foundation of […]
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It’s hard to imagine now, but there was a time when handing a student a calculator to work through algebraic equations caused many teachers and parents great consternation. It makes you wonder what type of pushback the creators of the abacus faced! In both cases, while the tools students were using may have been more […]
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