Making the case for Education Technologies

Flipped Classroom – The (1 Minute) Movie

January 12, 2014

The Flipped Classroom was a Hot Topic in 2013, for Good Reason The Flipped Classroom got a lot of attention in the media during 2013, and this shows no sign of abating as we move into 2014. And why shouldn’t it? When I work with teachers and introduce them to the concept of flipped instruction, […]

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8 Exciting Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning Approaches That Teachers are Embracing in 2014

January 5, 2014

The Future of Technology Integration in Instruction Lies in Engaging and Empowering Teaching Methods Like These. As we head into this new year I’m excited about the many instructional means and methods that educators are using technology to facilitate in 2014′s classrooms (both physical and virtual!). As the 2nd decade of the 21st century rolls […]

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Emerging Education Technology’s Greatest Hits of 2013 – Marking a Year of Transition

January 2, 2014

2013 saw Many Educators Move From Asking “Why Should I use Tech in the Classroom?” to “How can I use Technology Tools to Help my Students Learn?” It was my impression that 2013 bought a marked decrease in teachers questioning whether or not to integrate tech in their teaching and an increase in those who […]

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Sharing Student-Created Presentations About the Importance of 21st Century Skills

December 22, 2013

One of the Most Rewarding Moments as a Teacher is Seeing the Pride in Student’s Faces When They Present Something They Have Created. In the Emerging Information Technologies class I taught at The College of Westchester this Fall, the final project was the creation of a presentation that focused on a selected 21st Century skill […]

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7 Excellent Free Blended Learning Resources – Understanding the Whys and Hows of Mixed Mode Instruction

December 8, 2013

A set of Powerful Resources and Tools to Help Educators Understand Why Blended Learning is Vital and How to Develop or Improve Their Approach to it. “Blended Learning” has many definitions. Here’s one I really like, “Blended Learning is … a shift to online delivery for a portion of the day to make students, teachers […]

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10 Reasons Why Edmodo is an Excellent (and Hugely Popular) Digital Learning Platform

December 1, 2013

Edmodo is a Premier Online Learning Tool for K-12, for Good Reason. Do you Know Edmodo? I’ve been aware of Edmodo and respected its capabilities and popularity for a few years now, but recently my appreciation for this application’s utility and significance has really grown. During the recent Teaching and Learning with the iPad conference, […]

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Student Created Content is an Exciting and Inspiring Learning Tool that Teaches Many Skills

November 19, 2013

The Possibilities for Student Created Content to Play a Powerful Role in Education have Never Been Greater This last Friday and Saturday at the Teaching and Learning with the iPad Conference, I had the distinct pleasure of watching students at different grade levels present multiple types of media that they created. It was one of […]

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21st Century Technology Skills Are a Core Competency for Today’s Graduates

November 10, 2013

Our students need to be comfortable with the information technologies that are inextricably linked to the 21st century skills the work place requires, and teachers need to help pave the way. A May, 2013 Gallup Study, summarized in this article, “In the U.S., 21st Century Skills Linked to Work Success”, indicates that young U.S. adults […]

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Flipping the Classroom Facilitates Active Learning Methods – Experiential, Project Based, Problem Based, Inquiry Based, Constructivism, Etc.

November 3, 2013

No study can deny this – freeing up class time enables teachers and students to pursue Active Learning. In a recent exchange in the media, the USA Today news site sensationalized a study under way at Harvey Mudd College, using the headline “‘Flipped classrooms’ may not have any impact on learning“1. As the debate rolled […]

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Teaching Creativity – The Case for Mind Mapping

October 10, 2013

Mind Mapping tools can go a long way towards helping students make the connections that lead to deeper learning If thinking is about making connections between pieces of information, then creative thinking is making the connections that no one else has seen. However, when we tell students to find relationships between seemingly disparate ideas, we […]

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