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Professional Development

December’s Favorite Education Technology Videos

December 16, 2014

New Monthly Feature Offers Hand Picked Videos About The Impactful Use of Technology in Education This month we launch a new feature – a monthly collection of great videos about the productive use of technology as an aid to teaching and learning! Our first video round up offers a mix of videos discussing technology in […]

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5 Ways to Share YouTube Videos Safely and Privately (Without the Distractions)

December 14, 2014

YouTube is a Powerful, Sure bet for Delivering Video Content, but What can you do About all the Distractions, and Privacy? Read on … Do you want to be able to use YouTube in your class, but are concerned about exposing students to the distractions that surround it? Worse yet, inappropriate content may be displayed, […]

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25 Fun Ways to use QR Codes for Teaching and Learning

December 7, 2014

So Many Fun Ways to use QR Codes in the Classroom! I’ve culled a bunch of ideas from different teachers who have shared their approaches to using this simple but powerful construct in the classroom. Once your students are equipped with a device that can read QR codes and they know how to scan them, […]

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The Power of Digital Storytelling, With Kathy Schrock (plus a Zillion Resources!)

November 23, 2014

Keynote Inspires Teachers to Leverage Storytelling to Create Engaging Lessons That Stimulate Learning “A story can put your whole brain to work. And yet, it gets better …” – The Science of Storytelling It was my great pleasure to meet the amazing Kathy Schrock this week, and to experience her wonderful keynote presentation, “Telling the Story: […]

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Book Review – Developing Interactive Teaching and Learning Using the IWB

November 16, 2014

Excellent Professional Development Resource for Interactive White Board Users Book: Developing Interactive Teaching and Learning Using the IWB: a resource for teachers. Hennessy, Warwick, Brown, Rawlins & Neale (2014). Open University Press. The various chapters in this printed publication in combination with the references to relevant research and the variety of the well-documented, related online […]

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APP ED REVIEW Roundup for November 2014 – Presentation Tools

November 11, 2014

Student Presentations are a Fun, Powerful Active Learning Tool Looking to spice up how your students present their work to their peers and you? After a review of apps, we have some app suggestions for you and your students! SlideIdea, Haiku Deck, Livestream, and Prezi each have a unique method for presenting information that your […]

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The Lecture is Dead! Long Live the Lecture!

November 2, 2014

The Lecture Will Always be Around, as it Should Be, but it Should Also Keep Evolving From time to time I’ve derided the long, staid lecture here on the site. That’s not to say that a lecture can’t be enthralling and highly educational, but too often, they just aren’t. I suffered through many of these […]

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Technology for the Core – Apps and Tools for the Literacy Curriculum Viewing Strand

October 28, 2014

A Wealth of Web and iPad apps to help with Teaching the Common Core Literacy Strands Dr. Melissa Comer and Dr. Leslie Suters are faculty members in the College of Education’s Curriculum & Instruction Department at Tennessee Tech University. They will be co-presenting the session “Common Core Literacy Integration with App Flows” at the 2014 […]

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8 Positive Findings from 4 Year 1:1 iPad Initiative

October 26, 2014

Student Use and Behavior Analysis Shows Positive Results from Methodical 1:1 iPad Program Implementation The Franklin Academy High School in North Carolina initiated a 1:1 iPad program at the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. Over the course of the following two years, the pilot was expanded to include all grades (9-12) in the high […]

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5 Ways NOT to Teach Like a Dinosaur

October 23, 2014

Are Your Lessons Interesting, Engaging, and Maybe Even a Little Fun? The days of overly long, bored-to-tears lectures are drawing to an overdue end. There are so many tools and techniques at our disposal to make learning more active and encourage more student participation and ownership of learning. Get students thinking, moving, and creating … […]

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