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VocApp Flash Cards – Free, Easy to Set Up, Excellent Study and Learning Tool

November 12, 2015

“Learn Fast, Remember Forever” There are lots of well-tried flashcard apps out there, and you can find some real gems among the lesser known players in the flashcard market. VocApp is one of the many new apps that hope to compete with current leaders in their category (apps like Quizlet, Anki, and Memrise, to name […]

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Make a 3D Hologram With a Smartphone or Tablet – Pretty Awesome!

October 29, 2015

This can be a Great Project for Science, Math, Art, Technology Classes and More This is just so cool. My son Ian made one of these a while back and I’ve been meaning to share it here. I didn’t end up with good video of his, but there are plenty of them out there on […]

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10 Emerging Technology Predictions That Were Ridiculously, Famously Wrong

October 27, 2015

– Steve Balmer, Microsoft CEO, April, 2007 We Consistently Over-Estimate the Impact of Technology in the Short run, and Under-Estimate its Long Term Impact As I prepare for a plenary speech at the upcoming 2016 ICIET Conference in Los Angeles in January, I am reviewing the history of utterly failed predictions about what will NOT […]

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Creating and Using Meme Images in the Classroom

October 26, 2015

Have some fun! Get your ‘Meme’ on. It’s Probably Easier Than you Think. Well, to be clear, Wikipedia defines a Meme as “an activity, concept, catchphrase or piece of media which spreads, often as mimicry, from person to person via the Internet.” Creating something that is going to spread like wildfire is not easy, and […]

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Be Aware: Apps Students are Using to Hide Inappropriate Content

October 6, 2015

Tech Always has its Pros and Cons. Teachers Should be Aware of Both. I have to admit, I felt pretty unaware and uninformed when I stumbled across this. Like, “Where have I been?” How did I not realize this? I don’t have any interest in going down a sensationalist road here on the site. I […]

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Do Your Students Know That Published Authors Share Some of the Same Struggles They Do?

October 5, 2015

Successful Children’s Author Kate Messner to do Google Hangout for Grades 3 – 5 on Oct 20th. Did you know that published authors go through the same process as student writers when they are writing? We all do! We all have to brainstorm, research, plan, draft, and edit. Whether you are in 4th grade and […]

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3 Tech Platforms for Students to Practice Speaking Foreign Languages

September 30, 2015

Image source These Tech Tools can Help Fill the Void in Foreign Language Learning – Practicing Speaking the Language! Are you a student who is struggling to learn a foreign language? Or maybe you’re a teacher who teaches foreign languages? Every teacher knows that students who want to get up to speed on a new […]

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Good Tools for Teaching Students How to Evaluate Web Content Credibility

September 29, 2015

Source: Butler University Library, adapted from Meriam Library at CSU, Chico What are Your Favorite Tools and Techniques for Helping Students Learn how to Assess Web Content? One of my favorite lessons to teach is about evaluating the credibility of web sites and other digital content. I often start by showing the classic “Can’t Lie […]

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6 Common Misconceptions About Cognitive Assessments (and why Technology-Enabled Assessments Offer a Practical Solution)

September 22, 2015

Efficiently Measure Student’s Cognitive Strengths and Weaknesses and use This Information to Enable More Effective Teaching and Learning Despite all the talk about technology revolutionizing personalized learning, it still feels quite elusive and impractical to most educators. Even the most adaptive platforms don’t take into account that students need different approaches, not just more practice. […]

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Learning About Fire Safety is Fun With Sparky the Firedog

September 21, 2015

With National Fire Prevention Week (Oct 4 – 10) almost here, the NFPA is doing their best to make learning about fire safety fun for kids! Thanks to Sparky the Firedog and lots of creative tools and resources, helping young students learn how to prevent fires and stay safe is easy and enjoyable. The latest […]

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