_ Miscellaneous Tools and Topics

Is Competency Based Education the Next Game Changer on the Horizon? Can it Succeed?

March 16, 2014

This Innovate Model has Exciting Potential and is Gaining Momentum, but it Requires Embracing Change in Order to Succeed Many educators (myself included) are exciting about the possibilities that Competency Based Education has to offer. The idea of providing a more flexible approach to learning and degree attainment, when carefully implemented, is probably the most promising […]

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3D Printing – Coming to a Classroom Near you (Sooner Than you Think)!

March 13, 2014

3D Printing is less Costly and More Readily Available Then Most People Realize. Did you know that you can buy a 3D printer from Amazon.com for $1200 and start creating thousands of different items in your home or classroom today. Seriously – here’s a link to the FlashBorge 3D Printer on Amazon ($US 1,199.00 as […]

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Find and Review Curated Data for Education Technology Products in Minutes with the EdSurge Index

March 11, 2014

This (Free) Education Technology Product Index Offers Structured Reviews of Products as Well as Events, Grants, Jobs, and More. I love this idea. EdSurge reviews, databases, and categorizes education technology products (some free, some paid). When a consistent approach is used to do this, just imagine how useful can be! Heard about a new product […]

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Technology Integration Secrets of Award Winning Teachers

March 9, 2014

Wondering why some teachers succeed with technology integration more readily than others do? These award winning educators share many skills that helped lead to their success and recognition from peers. Have you ever wondered why some teachers find it much easier than others to effectively use technology in the classroom, having fun and improving outcomes […]

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Can the Inspiration for Learning be Captured and Empowered Through Technology?

March 2, 2014

Great Teachers Inspire Learning, but so do Ideas. How Can we Better Leverage Technology to Facilitate That? Encouraged by Audrey Watter’s recent post, The History of the Future of Ed-Tech, I just started reading Seymour Papert’s groundbreaking book Mindstorms. As I read about how Papert was inspired by gears at a very young age, I […]

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The Most Important Thing to Know to Prevent Technology Problems During a Lecture

February 23, 2014

What’s the single most important consideration in working to ensure a successful technology-enabled presentation? Have you ever been excitedly launching into a technology empowered lecture you spent hours developing only to run head first into something that didn’t work … leaving you floundering, lost in a sea of broken “teaching with technology” dreams? You had […]

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New Generation of Apps Make Reading Assignments More Productive and Enjoyable for Students and Teachers

February 6, 2014

These Reading Apps for Smartphones and Tablets are Ushering in big Changes in how we Read. The modern reading landscape stretches beyond the limits of an actual book made of paper. We’re surrounded by technological advances that can change the way reading occurs in our daily lives. Online reading, virtual classrooms, apps to keep us […]

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10 Teaching with Technology Mistakes You Want to Avoid Making

February 2, 2014

Knowing About These can Help you Avoid Them in Your Approach to Integrating Technology in the Classroom Are you tentative about how to go about integrating technology in your classroom? Are you already doing it, but want to make sure you’re doing the right thing by your students? Teaching with technology can be fun and […]

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The Minimalist’s Guide to Creating a Class or Course Web Site

January 30, 2014

Have you wished you had a web site to share assignments, links, discussions, and more, but always thought it would be too difficult to create one? It absolutely doesn’t have to be. Educators are increasingly turning to technology to improve their teaching, communication and organization skills. Having a web page to use to deliver and […]

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Collaborative Learning on Touchtables: Engaging Students with Group Work

January 21, 2014

These “Interactive Table Tops” Can be a Powerful Tool for Teaching, Learning, and Collaborating Multitouch tables, also known as “touchtables” or “interactive tabletops”, have been around for a while as a tool for collaborative applications in education, even before the current craze for tablets began storming schools and training centers worldwide. The idea of direct […]

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