_ Miscellaneous Tools and Topics

Tell us how you Motivate Your Students and Win!

April 17, 2014

Getting Students to be Independent Learners is a big Challenge for Teachers Everywhere. How do you do it? Put a pizza or a smart phone in front of a high school or young college student, and they’ll probably jump at it! Motivation in action! You can probably think of things that would grab the attention […]

Read the full article →

Augmented Reality – The Coolest Instructional Technology You Haven’t Heard of?

April 15, 2014

AR Tools are Being Used Today by Creative Educators in Fun, Innovative Ways, but few Know About it (yet). Educators are always looking for new ways to enhance learning and expand the horizons of students in an engaging and interactive way. Gone are the days when class plans were based around exercises from a text […]

Read the full article →

It’s 2014 – Can You Text Your Students (Without Your Phone)?

April 13, 2014

Teachers and Administrators Should be Able to Communicate with Students Using Text Messaging (but NOT With Their own Phones). Not too long ago, a teacher said to me, “Why can’t we text our students? That’s how they communicate”. That stuck with me. Texting turned 20 years old in 2012 (wow!). According to ChaCha, way back […]

Read the full article →

What are Teacher’s Biggest Challenges in 2014?

April 8, 2014

First and Foremost on Teacher’s Minds – Getting Students to be More Self-Directed in Their Learning. On Sunday we published the first part of our recent survey results. Today we wrap it up with a look at responses to a question I posed asking about your biggest challenges. This question was not just about technology, […]

Read the full article →

How Digitally Enabled Educators are Using Technology and What They Want to Learn More About

April 6, 2014

Survey Results: Today’s Tech-Aware Educators are Focused on Engaging Students, Learning About New Tools, and Enabling Active Learning. Over the last month or so EmergingEdTech ran a survey seeking input from educators like you. The goal was to make sure we understand what you want to know about education and instructional technology, and what your […]

Read the full article →

3 Innovative Applications to Introduce the Power of Learning Coding to Young Students

April 1, 2014

Learning how to Program With Fun Tools Like These can Encourage Students to Take Control of Their Own Learning. Technology education for young students must constantly evolve to keep pace with the ever changing nature of the subject. Some basic computing skills are now standard curricula for elementary students in classrooms around the world. However, […]

Read the full article →

Bringing Together Learning Science and Technology to Envision “Education 3.0”

March 30, 2014

Sharing Reflections and Fun Takeaways from Dr. Jeff Borden’s Inspiring Keynote Presentation at NERCOMP 2014. Have you ever stumbled across an insight into how people learn that makes you stop and think, “Why don’t educators incorporate that into how we teach”? When educators come across unexpected information about how the learning mind, these revelations typically […]

Read the full article →

Gamifying the Classroom with Minecraft – the Possibilities are Powerful and Endless!

March 25, 2014

The Popular Virtual World Game is Gaining the Attention of Educators at a Quickening Pace, and For Good Reason. Minecraft is showing up with increasing frequency in education technology related social media and blog content. The gamification of education is a hot topic, ripe with possibilities for increased engagement and learning, and Minecraft is a […]

Read the full article →

Do Video Lessons Reinforce Learning, or Just Reinforce Pre-existing Incorrect Understanding?

March 20, 2014

What Goes on in a Student’s Mind as They Watch an Instructional Video may be Different Than you Think! Have you ever shown a video to a classroom of students and heard one or more of them say, “I already know this stuff”? While the video plays, these students are likely to daydream, surf their […]

Read the full article →

Competency Based Education (the Next Game Changer) – Can it Succeed on a Large Scale? (Part 2 of 2)

March 18, 2014

Competency, Proficiency, Mastery … by any Name These Programs Offer Exciting Potential for Education. In Sunday’s article, we briefly considered the exciting potential of Competency Based Education and considered some of the hurdles and barriers it must overcome to evolve into a larger scale success. Today we take a look at a couple of early […]

Read the full article →