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Awesome Free Science & Geography Virtual Field Trip – From the Rainforest to the Desert! April 8th

March 26, 2015

The Nature Conservancy Offers Another Online Field Trip Through Their Nature Works Everywhere Program Nature Works Everywhere gives teachers everything they need to start exploring and understanding nature around the globe with their students. In addition to free offerings that are always available online like, interactive games and lesson plans that align to Next Generation […]

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3 Research Findings to Inform K-12 Technology Investments

March 24, 2015

Using Evidence-Based Strategies to Drive the Deployment of Next Generation Learning Techniques Today’s students are studying and learning differently – a change confirmed by the widespread adoption of digital studying. Our recent study found that 81% of college students use mobile devices (such as smartphones and tablets) to study, the second most popular device category […]

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10 Brilliant and Inspiring Education and Technology Experts I Follow, and Why

March 23, 2015

Who are Your Favorite Education and Technology Bloggers and Writers? Like many of you, there are certain educators that I find frequently impact my thinking and teach me new things through their published works. Here I offer 10 of my favorites. Some of these passionate and informed minds have inspired me for years, and others […]

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Grammarly – Automated Proof Reading with Proven Results

March 17, 2015

Helping Students and Teachers Improve Student Writing Skills with Instant Feedback Grammarly is a powerful tool for teachers, students, and all types of writers. The Grammarly editor is an automated proofreader that corrects spelling mistakes and checks for more than 250 common grammar errors, finding up to 10 times more errors than your word processor! […]

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Why Deep Reading is Suffering as Technology Advances

March 12, 2015

I found this article thought provoking and worth sharing as I am a avid lover of books, in both paper and electronic format. What do you think? Is it not possible to deep read in an electronic book format? I find that reading on the iPad may come with a few distractions, but I also […]

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Standards Planner – Manage Lesson Materials and Resources in Minutes, Free and Easy!

March 3, 2015

Get organized AND get thousands of resources to aid with new national and state standards! Have you found it difficult implementing the common core or other national standards in the classroom? Does bookmarking and linking to different sites and material become tedious and inconvenient? Do you ever find yourself wishing all teaching materials could be […]

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Study Reveals Fascinating Possibilities for Video Gaming and Brain Development and Repair

February 24, 2015

Early Brain Development and Gaming: A New Study on Neurogenesis and Brain Connectivity Could a recent study by neuroscientist Simone Kühn reveal new ways of stimulating early brain development as well as a cure for the aging brain in later life? A study conducted at Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Charité University Medicine […]

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The Zombie Sheriff – A Teaching and Learning Love Story

February 22, 2015

Collaborating with Students, a Teacher Publishes a Novel and Everyone Learns Along the way My first passion has always been teaching students to think in new ways and to try different things, but I’ve never been able to shake a close second, creative writing. I’ve always somehow found time to write during my teaching career […]

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Education Technology Integration – You’re Doing it Wrong

February 8, 2015

Knowing What NOT to do can be as Valuable as Knowing What TO do Do you want to really get the most out of using technology in your classroom and courses? Or maybe you’re new or still in the early stages of adoption and want get ahead of the game by learning what NOT to […]

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The Importance of Teaching ‘Traditional’ Typing Skills in 2015

February 5, 2015

Even as technology continues to move forward, schools are discovering the value of looking backwards to older instructional methods that help teach students how to make the most of digital resources. In the 21st century, where “bring your own device” and computer-based learning are common themes in education, many students are already familiar with using […]

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