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Newsela – Daily News Articles Customized at 5 Different Reading Levels

July 17, 2014

How cool is this? Real-World News from Major Publications offered at Different Comprehension Levels for Your Classroom! Have you ever wished there was a way to get current news translated so that students with different reading comprehension levels could understand them? Well, there is, and the basic service is free! Newsela is an innovative and […]

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Getting Students to Engage With Digital Learning Materials – 2 Good Strategies

July 15, 2014

Making Sure Students Really Watch, Listen to, or Read Online Learning Content is Often Cited as a Challenge in the Flipped or Blended Classroom “How do I make sure my students will watch the video?” When I discuss flipped teaching and learning with teachers who are just starting to learn about it, after they’ve had […]

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Enabling Students to Acquire Ownership of Learning – One Teacher’s Collaborative Approach

July 3, 2014

Professor Lorraine Mastracchio is the Senior Chairperson of Faculty and Curricula at The College of Westchester, where she teaches Office Technologies courses. Professor Mastracchio recently shared a great story about how she incorporated a collaborative assignment into one of her courses and how it positioned students to take further ownership of their learning. Below, with […]

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Education on the Go – How to Turn Your Phone into a Mobile HotSpot

June 26, 2014

Enable Learning Anywhere by Using Your Phone as a Wireless Internet Connection for other Devices When I was in grade school decades ago we would sit at our neatly arranged desks and listen to what our teachers taught us. Today, my 8 year old son sits at a round table for part of his school […]

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8 Unique Free Resources Students Can Use to Improve Their Writing Skills

June 19, 2014

Not the Usual Writing Tools and Resources … Any tool that is going to help you improve your writing skills is a good idea. After all, you cannot make a wheel without tools, so why not use them when you write? While tools like Dictonary.com and other straightforward resources are often suggested on sites and […]

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Connecting Parents to Their Children’s Teachers and Schools With Living Tree

June 17, 2014

Raising the Pride: Merging Education & Technology With The Heart Of A Lion! If you ever doubted the power “parent involvement” plays in impacting students’ own academic commitment, watch this awe-inspiring performance presented by Daniel Hand High School’s show choir “VIBE”: Ranked amongst the top twenty-five show choirs in the nation, the students participating in […]

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Understanding how Big Data can Help Improve Teaching, With 2 Examples

June 12, 2014

We’ve Been Hearing a lot About Big Data Lately, but What Does it Mean for Educators? Wikipedia defines Big Data as, “a blanket term for any collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data processing applications.” Okay, that’s nice. But how […]

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10 Proactive Steps for Schools to Limit Student Issues With Social Media

June 8, 2014

Educators and Parents are Faced With More Social Media Based Issues With Their Young Students Every Year. A Proactive Stance can Help. Recently I attended an orientation session for my daughter, in preparation for her entering 6th grade next year. During the session, the teachers did a great job of raising awareness of the growing […]

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Fulfilling the Promise of Education Technology: Veteran, Father of Four, Earns Degree While on the Road

June 1, 2014

WGU Leverages Technology to Offer Cost Effective, Competency Based Online Education That Enables People to Overcome Challenges and Change Their Lives This year, WGU Washington will graduate a record number of students at its third commencement ceremony, May 17 at McCaw Hall in Seattle. One of these students, Greg Grady, has a particularly compelling story. […]

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What Might the Future of Online Education Look Like? Imagining Several Scenarios …

May 29, 2014

Which way is Online Learning Going to go as the Years Roll by? Gradual Growth? Global Domination? Near Extinction? Ever found yourself wondering what the world of online education might look like a decade or two from now? Will it expand explosively and become the dominant approach to education? Will it fall by the wayside […]

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