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5 Ways to Use StumbleUpon in Education

Author: Siobhan Tumelty
Posted: March 28, 2015, 2:00 pm

Whether you’re a StumbleUpon aficionado or have yet to get to grips with this awesome content discovery site, keep reading, because it has the potential to be of real benefit in your classroom. Whilst StumbleUpon isn’t the content discovery powerhouse it was back in January 2011, it’s far from had its day. It’s a powerful, […]

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How To Use Google Voice Commands In Google Drive

Author: Aiden Wolfe
Posted: March 27, 2015, 2:00 pm

Editor’s note: This is a revised version of an article we originally ran on March 22nd, 2014, updated to reflect the latest Google innovations. Since its inception, Google Drive has been a source of excitement for innovation-minded educators. However, as with any new teaching technology, you may find yourself thinking “it sounds intriguing, but will […]

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Roll Them In: Why TV is Still Essential Classroom Technology

Author: Pamela DeLoatch
Posted: March 25, 2015, 2:00 pm

Editor’s note: This is a significantly rewritten post we first ran several years ago, updated to reflect changes in technology and pedagogy. The best teachers understand that even a perfect lesson plan won’t help students learn if they aren’t engaged. Keeping students actively involved in classroom activities that stimulate thinking, encourage interaction and support collaboration […]

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6 Ways Social Media Can Change Your Classroom

Author: Amanda Ronan
Posted: March 24, 2015, 2:00 pm

Remember when schools had policies outlawing cell phones in the classroom? Teachers used to tell students, “Keep it in your locker, in your backpack, in your car, or at home, just don’t bring it in here. Your phone is a distraction.” Yet here we are, a handful of years later handing out laptops and tablets […]

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Questions and Impressions: SXSWedu 2015

Author: Amanda Ronan
Posted: March 23, 2015, 2:00 pm

Before the opening Keynote at SXSWedu 2015, Ron Reed, the executive producer of the conference, spoke to the audience. He asked attendees to do three things during the conference: Learn a lot, meet new people, and have a good time. Four days later, at the closing session, he checked in with the audience to see […]

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How to Be an Effective Ally to Parents

Author: Leigh Ann Whittle
Posted: March 21, 2015, 2:00 pm

It’s been said that it takes a village to raise a child, and the importance of a good parent-teacher relationship proves this adage true. Because parents and teachers exist in separate spaces, however, sometimes tension can arise, but it doesn’t have to be this way. We’ll look at ways that teachers can become effective allies […]

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7 Ways to Hack Your Classroom to Include Student Choice

Author: Amanda Ronan
Posted: March 20, 2015, 2:00 pm

For a long time, when educators discussed differentiating instruction and meeting students’ individual needs, they did so through the framework of Learning Styles. However, in the last few years the idea of student achievement being impacted by lessons taught to their particular learning style has been debunked. No scientific, educational research has proven the validity […]

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Does The New ClassDojo Have Mass Mojo?

Author: Mitch Fairchild
Posted: March 19, 2015, 2:00 pm

As a teacher, I’ve found my two hardest (and most frustrating) responsibilities are keeping students engaged while at the same time, keeping the lines of communication open between parents and myself.  I’ve been told that I’m a creative, high-energy, and enthusiastic educator, so you would think that might translate into students who would want to pay attention to my lessons and […]

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How to Crowdfund Your Classroom

Author: Amanda Ronan
Posted: March 18, 2015, 2:00 pm

If you’re like most teachers, you spend a crazy amount of your own money on your classroom. In fact, this Forbes article explains that teachers spend an average of $513 each year on classroom supplies, books, and their own professional development. A lot of teachers end up buying classroom materials for students whose families cannot […]

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Why Creativity in the Classroom Matters More Than Ever

Author: Kristen Hicks
Posted: March 17, 2015, 2:00 pm

In his popular TED talk, Ken Robinson made the powerful point that most of the students doing work in your classrooms today will be entering a job force that none of you can visualize. That talk is from almost ten years ago, so we already know he was right and can only assume he’ll continue […]

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5 Tech Implementation Challenges for Teachers

Author: Kristen Hicks
Posted: March 16, 2015, 2:00 pm

In all the excitement around what technology can do for education, the frustrations of the teachers faced with using it often get drowned out. Even educators who embrace the idea of using more technology with their students have found that it brings its share of challenges. And many of them feel powerless to address those […]

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4 Dystopian Novels to Get Students Thinking About the Technological Future

Author: Aiden Wolfe
Posted: March 14, 2015, 2:00 pm

Dystopian fiction, a genre established by literary legends such as George Orwell and Aldous Huxley. Undoubtedly, great works like Animal Farm, 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 exposed entire generations to more than just epic stories — they painted an all too vivid, prophetic portrait of what happens when the worst elements of human nature are allowed […]

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Can I Make a 3D Print of Myself? Musings on SXSWedu

Author: Amanda Ronan
Posted: March 13, 2015, 2:00 pm

Editor’s Note: The SXSWedu conference wrapped up on Thursday, March 12th. We had Amanda write this update for us mid-way through the conference, and she is currently wrapping up her thoughts for a piece to appear later next week. Stay posted! There’s a saying about Texas weather, “If you don’t like it, wait a minute.” […]

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SXSWedu 2015: Big Changes and Big Themes

Author: Leah Levy
Posted: March 11, 2015, 2:12 pm

I’m writing this on day two of SXSWedu 2015 here in Austin, and all I can say is: “Wow, this city has some great tacos!” Hot sauce aside, I’m happy to report the conference has been stuffed chockfull of fascinating discussions. Themes so far have been wide ranging, which is no surprise given that education […]

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Twitter 101: 5-Step Guide for Social Media in Education

Author: Sarah Muthler
Posted: March 11, 2015, 2:00 pm

If you aren’t using Twitter, chances are that you’re reluctant to adopt new technology. Or maybe you’ve used Twitter for years to keep up with friends but now want to use it in the classroom. Either way, you might be hesitant to ask colleagues for help. Fear not. We’ll guide you through the Twitter landscape […]

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