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Professional Development

Game-based Social Skills Assessments: Making the Play for Better Emotional Health

July 20, 2014

Gamification and Social Skills Development can Work Hand in Hand to Improve Emotional Well Being and Outcomes Educators and parents are now seeing that games—long thought to be a waste of kids’ time—can be powerful learning tools. Games show promise in improving students’ problem solving skills, learning motivation and engagement, and their test scores. They […]

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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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Getting to Know the Makerspace Movement in Education

July 6, 2014

The Makerspace Movement is Making Waves in Classrooms Everywhere. So What’s it all About? I’ve been increasingly interested in learning more about the Makerspace Movement as a teaching and learning tool. Technology can certainly play a part in being a “Maker” as a student in a classroom, but it doesn’t necessarily have to. But even […]

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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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My Flipped Classroom – I Will Never Teach Another Way Again

July 1, 2014

Bay Path University Teacher Tom Mennella Provides a Detailed Look at his Flipped Course and how Students are Benefiting from This Instructional Model I saw Tom Mennella present on his flipped Genetics course at NERCOMP14 in March and was impressed with the clearly defined structure of his approach. I asked him to consider writing it […]

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Living in Beta and Moon Shot Dreams – Inspired Teaching With @FollowMolly

June 29, 2014

Lets Inspire our Students (and Fellow Teachers) to Dream Big and Embrace Technology to Empower Their Goals This week I had the pleasure and the privilege of attending FlipCon14 in Mars, PA (no shortage of alien and red planet jokes there let me tell you!). FlipCon14 was a blast. Hundreds of inspired, enthusiastic educators embracing […]

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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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Book Review – Teaching and Learning With the iPad: 20 Days to Expert

June 22, 2014

Educator, Administrator, Technology Leader David Mahaley Helps Teachers get to the Next Level With his Newest iPad eBook Are you using iPads in your classrooms and thinking about how you and your students can get more out of the experience? In April, Franklin Academy’s David Mahaley released a new eBook providing a structured approach to […]

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3 Minute Teaching with Tech Tip Video – Create Powerful Lessons in Minutes with Blendspace

June 5, 2014

Blendspace Makes it Incredibly Easy to Combine Web Pages, Files, Pictures, Videos, and Text into Lesson Materials, and it’s Totally Free! Would you like to be able to create online lesson content that includes web pages and resources, videos, pictures, your own digital content and more, grouped together in one online resource for easy access, […]

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5 Great Tips for Putting the Power Back in Your PowerPoint Presentations

May 27, 2014

Bring the Passion and Purpose Back to Your Presentations With These Helpful Ideas Are your PowerPoint slides the same ones you’ve been using for years? Are they boring? What do your students think about them? How about new presentations? Do you have to put together a new slide deck for an upcoming presentation? Do you […]

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