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Resources for Teaching Students HOW TO LEARN

May 27, 2015

Why do Schools Rarely Teach Students How to Learn? Schools are so caught up in teaching fundamentals like reading, writing, and good old “‘rithmatic”, as and knowledge required to pass standardized tests, but how often are they actually teaching students how to learn? Out of curiosity, I Googled, “schools should teach students how to learn” […]

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In Memory of Our Fallen Soldiers

May 25, 2015

Honor our Fallen by Helping our Veterans To my way of thinking, one of the best ways we can recognize Memorial Day and honor those who died while serving in the country’s armed forces is to help out a veteran. Here are a few ideas for how you can do so: Donate to a charity […]

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The Shocking Truth About Competency Based Education

May 14, 2015

The Rise of Regionally Accredited Competency Based Education in HigherEd I’ve been a fan of the idea of Competency Based Education since I first heard of it. It seemed like such a positive development and a step ahead in the evolution of higher education here in the US and abroad. But I figured it would […]

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Closing the Technology and Education Gap in the Developing World

May 7, 2015

A High School Student’s First-Hand Experience Illuminates the Potential That Access to Technology Has to Give Kids With Limited Resources a Chance to Learn The technology gap between a 17 year-old American girl and a much younger Ghanaian boy, in a remote village on the outskirts of the Volta, could not have been wider than […]

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Render and Manipulate 3D Virtual Images in ‘Real Space’ With zSpace

May 6, 2015

This Technology from zSpace is Just Amazing! How would you like your student to be able to strap on a pair of special glasses and see and manipulate detailed renderings of multi-layered objects in 3D? Sound a little too much like those faked holographic displays and other imagined technologies we see in movies that don’t […]

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App Ed Review May Roundup – Instructional “Helper” Tools

May 5, 2015

Looking for Rubric-Reviewed Apps to Help you be More Productive in the Classroom? This month we are examining a teacher’s best friend, instructional tool apps! The apps outlined below will help you with instruction while contributing to your productivity, pacing, and more. These instructional tools are just a few of our favorite teacher resource apps, […]

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5 Empowering and Inspiring Videos for Students, Teachers from Soul Pancake

April 30, 2015

Inspire, Amaze, Learn, Change, Grow, Laugh … Need a little lift to get you through the day, the week, and propel you through to the end of the school year? I’ve so enjoyed the videos from Kid President, I wanted to check out some other content from Soul Pancake. I was not disappointed. These folks […]

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Wonder: A Search Engine Fueled by Research Experts – Save Time, Learn Anything

April 27, 2015

Wonder … a Search Engine Unlike Any Other! Wonder is a very different type of search engine. Instead of computer generated feedback, a real human being who is an expert researcher will find the best sources for you, and send them to you within an hour! You can spend less time reviewing the overwhelming number […]

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We Have to Stop Pretending … #makeschooldifferent

April 21, 2015

Scott McLeod writes the blog Dangerously Irrelevant and I’ve followed him ever since I started EmergingEdTech back in 2009. This week, he wrote this post, “We Have to Stop Pretending“, and he challenged other education and technology bloggers to offer their spin on 5 things we have to stop pretending are acceptable in education today. […]

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8 Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Cycle

April 20, 2015

Examples of Applying the SAMR Model can Help Teachers Understand and Embrace it The SAMR Model for integrating technology into teaching, developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, has gained a good deal of exposure in recent years. “SAMR” is an acronym that stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition. The SAMR model provides a technique for […]

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