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PrepFactory: Making Powerful Test Prep Available to Everyone (it’s Free)

November 28, 2016

Top Notch SAT and ACT Preparation Doesn’t Have to Cost an Arm and a Leg (in fact, it doesn’t have to cost anything!). So admittedly, test prep isn’t quite as fun a topic as some of the other things we like to cover here, but it is a reality our students must face, and one […]

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The 12 Apps of Christmas 2016 (Fun Free PD Starts Dec 1!)

November 21, 2016

Sign up Now to Take Part in This Award Winning Free Professional Development Opportunity The third iteration of The 12 Apps of Christmas (#12appsDIT) will start on December 1st and will run online for twelve consecutive weekdays. To register for this award winning free, open, short, online Continuing Professional Development course, visit the course website at […]

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Slack: A Powerful, Private (Free) Team Tool That Educators are Adopting

November 16, 2016

Powerful Communication and Collaboration Features, Privacy, Device Independence, and Other Features are Bringing Slack Into the Classroom A few months ago I was introduced to Slack through my role as Community Administrator for the Flipped Learning Network. We started using the platform as a communication, content sharing, and engagement resource for the flipped learning community. At […]

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App Ed Review Roundup – Website Wrecking Ball: Add Some Quality Websites to Your Repertoire

November 9, 2016

A Potpourri of Highly Rated, Rubric-Assessed Websites to make Learning Fun (and Many More to Explore at App Ed Review) The school year is well underway, and students are engaging research, completing extended learning opportunities, and investigating the world wide web for information! At a time when students are using their information literacy skills to […]

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7 Reasons Why Mobile Apps Are Great for Vocabulary Boosting

November 7, 2016

Mobile Apps Can be a Highly Effective Way to Discover and Learn New Vocabulary Think about how lucky students are these days. They can use different technologies to access knowledge at any time. Teachers are constantly trying to introduce technology in the classroom, so they encourage the students to be creative with the way they […]

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10 Tools That Can Help Students With Case Study Analysis

November 3, 2016

Image Source A Range of Tools to Lend Efficiencies to Case Study Assignments Case study analysis is a serious work that often demands a lot of time and effort. Students need to go through a lot of information, to analyze it, to choose the suitable pieces, to make their own conclusions and to organize a […]

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Gsuite for Education vs. Office 365 for Education: Which Is Better For Your Classroom?

November 2, 2016

Which of These Evolving Productivity Suites is Best for You and Your Students? We can Help you Decide. Being a teacher is about making decisions. You have the responsibility of shaping young minds into knowledgeable and decent human beings that will positively impact the society we live in. To do so, you need to choose […]

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8 Techniques and Tools for Creating Lessons That Actively Engage Students

November 1, 2016

A Fresh Look at Ideas and Tools to Create Lessons & Assignments That Don’t Bore Students A couple years ago, I wrote the article 8 Engaging Ways to use Technology in the Classroom to Create Lessons That Aren’t Boring. This article offers dozens of powerful free tech tools, and ideas for using them to create […]

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The Skills Students Need to Write are Changing in this Web-Influenced World

October 24, 2016

7 Important Ways That the Web Has Changed Writing Skill Requirements Do a bit of research on the impact that the Web has had on writing, and you will find plenty of articles moaning about millennials and their use of ‘text speak’. It’s a shame that the conversation on this topic has been so rather […]

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A Lesson in Assessing Web Content Validity

October 20, 2016

A Lesson Using Kathy Schrock’s “5 W’s” to Evaluating Web Site Content I teach an introductory level technology course at The College of Westchester, focused on emerging information technologies and how these are impacting the workplace, society, and world around us. One of the vital topics we cover is how to assess the validity of […]

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