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There’s an App For That

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July 8, 2012
There’s an App For That

Zite http://www.zite.com/ Zite is a personalized magazine for the IPAD. You can select your favorite news sources or topics. Zite will build a magazine full of articles relevant to your interests. This app has a number of uses in schools. Teachers can use the app professional development. Their education topic and technology top-cs have excellent...
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Create Your Own STEM Textbook for Free!

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March 1, 2012
Create Your Own  STEM Textbook for Free!

The CK-12 foundation has introduced a new resource called the flexbook. CK-12 provides free access to textbooks for science, technology engineering, math and SAT review. They are now offering the ability to design your own “flexbook”. You can read more about this initiative here.  The web interface allows the user to select chapters from...
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Common Core Writing – Web-Based Instructional Resources

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February 21, 2012

Consider the following standard taken from the Language Arts Common Core Standard: Writing      “The ability to write logical arguments based on substantive claims, sound reasoning, and relevant evidence is a cornerstone of the writing standards, with opinion writing—a basic form of argument—extending down into the earliest grades. “        While there are a number...
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Flip the Classroom – Screencasting Resources

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December 12, 2011
Flip the Classroom – Screencasting Resources

Are you considering the implementation of the flipped classroom? The process of flipping the classroom involves a paradigm shift in what constitutes class work and homework. When a classroom is flipped the students receive direct instruction at home typically through the use of multimedia. When students return to class the next day they are...
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No Technology Until High School?

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October 24, 2011
No Technology Until High School?

This weekend there was an article in the NYTimes that spoke about the Waldorf School located in northern California. Below is a quote from the article: “This is the Waldorf School of the Peninsula, one of around 160 Waldorf schools in the country that subscribe to a teaching philosophy focused on physical activity and...
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Reflecting on our own school experiences.

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October 18, 2011
Reflecting on our own school experiences.

I recently attended a conference in which Charlotte Danielson was the afternoon keynote. Charlotte discussed the details of her framework for teaching. She also discussed her views on the overall evaluation process. While the session had a number of key points that were shared there was one topic that I believe is worth sharing. ...
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Web Based Inquiry Science Resource

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August 3, 2011
Web Based Inquiry Science Resource

The Technology Enhanced Learning in Science Foundation (TELS) is a funded consortium of seven universities, a non profit educational organization and several public schools around the country.  They have released a web-based tool for science instruction called WISE (Web-Based Inquiry Science Environment. Here is a snippet directly from their site: “WISE is a free...
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A Technology Integration Matrix – Developing our K-12 Neo’s

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July 23, 2011
A Technology Integration Matrix – Developing our K-12 Neo’s

The University of South Florida has published a technology integration matrix that is quite impressive. The matrix is to be used as a guide to initiate a paradigm shift with regards to how we infuse technology in the classroom. The matrix is an excellent resource for all k-12 teachers to not only assess where...
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Guided Reading Groups Cross State Lines

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May 20, 2011
Guided Reading Groups Cross State Lines

The students in Ms. Reichel’s grade 2 class at Briggs Elementary School have opened their classroom by partnering with another grade 2 class located in Tennessee. Ms. Reichel had previously hosted whole class video conferences with her class in which all of the students engaged in a series of questions, answers and discussions. Although...
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Awaken Your Curriculum With Skype Interviews

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May 19, 2011
Awaken Your Curriculum With Skype Interviews

Financial responsibility, goal setting, savings options and of course technology,  are just a few topics covered in a White Rock elementary school  fourth grade classes. Students in Mrs. McLeod and Mrs. Brzostowski’s collaborative classroom enjoyed learning about financial decision making using a program called “Feed the Pig”. Students worked in groups to create financial...
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