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Professional Development

20 Excellent Education & EdTech Books for Your Essential Summer Reading List

June 14, 2016

Image Source These Books Would Make Outstanding Additions to Every Educator’s Book Shelf Books have been one of the enablers of lifelong learning that have existed since long before the Web came along, and hopefully they will remain so far into the future. I’m an avid reader. I read mostly fiction, but I break it up […]

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11 Indicators of Excellence in Instruction (Flipped or Otherwise)

June 2, 2016

These Aren’t Just Essential Flipped Classroom Practices, They’re Characteristics of Quality Teaching in any Classroom In 2013, the Flipped Learning Network published an official definition of Flipped Learning. Along with this definition, the FLN defined these 4 Pillars of Flipped Learning, revolving around the acronym, F-L-I-P: The 4 Pillars of Flipped Learning are … Flexible Environment […]

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3 Great Reasons Why You Should Attend FlipCon 2016!

May 24, 2016

Save the Date: FlipCon 2016, July 19-21, 2016 On July 19-21, 2016 in Allen, Texas, the Flipped Learning Network will host the 9th Annual Flipped Learning Conference (FlipCon 2016).  FlipCon is a great opportunity for educators in K -12 and higher education to learn about and refine their Flipped Learning practices.   The conference will […]

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5 Ways for Teachers to Take Back the Computerized Classroom

April 26, 2016

Ever found yourself frustrated by the wall of technology between your students and your teaching? In this article, Steffen Hedebrandt provides 5 ways to take back the classroom and succeed with your teaching in a way that grasps your students’ attention. Teaching has changed a lot in the last 20 years. In the 90’s, we got […]

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Top 10 Ways to Increase Your Students’ Interest in a Subject

April 18, 2016

(Image Source) Look for Ways to Make it Relevant and Fun – You and Your Students Will Come out Ahead I’m always up for a reminder about the things we need to do capture student’s attention while learning about a new subject. And it’s a great way to start the week! – KW Making your […]

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It’s a Scan, Click, Explore World: 5 Great Tools With Customizable Feeds

April 6, 2016

(Example of Hootsuite Content Aggregator Content) Get Your Learn on in Just Minutes a Day! One of the wonders of the web-enabled world we live in is the ease with which we can get customized ‘news’ feeds. There are so many tools available that will let you define the specific sources, words or phrases, hashtags, etc., […]

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Technology Resources to Help Foster a Growth Mindset in Your Teachers and Students

March 17, 2016

“Growth Mindset” is Much More Than Just Another Buzz Word Your may have noticed the growing focus (pun intended!) on the power of the “growth mindset” in education in the last few years. Some have worked to debunk it, but a balanced perspective tells us that this is not to be ignored. Students tend to do […]

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An Open Request to all Fellow Techs: Let’s Remember to Keep it Simple

March 14, 2016

(Image Source) Keep It Simple (and Short) and You, Your Users, and Your Colleagues Will all be Happier Customers If you are part of the IT support staff for a school or for any other type of organization, no matter what your role is in the personnel structure, you’re still doing some kind of support … […]

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Understanding the Complexities of Fair Use, Creatively and In the Classroom

March 7, 2016

(Image Source) What is Fair Use? What Isn’t? Read on. Dawn Thomsen from the Lamp reached out recently to share some resources that can help teachers and students understand Fair Use. We were just discussing this in the Emerging Information Technology course I teach at The College of Westchester, so it really struck a chord. […]

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Exploring How Technology Caters to Your Students’ 8 “Multiple Intelligences”

February 24, 2016

(Image Source) Instructional Uses of Technology and Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory Work Hand-in-Hand Recent educational and psychological research studies have shown that the traditional one-size-fits-all approach to education is ineffective at best, and often detrimental to the learning process. When considering differences in how each student learns, teachers may reflect on the multiple intelligences theory developed […]

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