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Digital Transformation: 2 Proven Strategies for Uncovering the Why

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Enter “k12 digital transformation why” into Google and what you’ll see is a fair number of school districts undertaking digital learning initiatives driven by putting devices in the hands of all students – 1:1 and BYOD. And this is what seems to be the focus…the device, confirming what I see in many schools and school […]

Going Deeper with Google Classroom – Part 2 of 2

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Here are five more strategies for going beyond substitution with Google Classroom. There are five more in Going Deeper with Google Classroom – Part 1 of 2. Google Forms for Do Nows and Assessment Teachers should do this to get an immediate, clear picture of what students know. Teachers can use Forms in Classroom by […]

Why You Should Let Your Kids Play Video Games

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Most people are surprised to find out that I am a huge video-game nerd. I wow them with my extensive knowledge and collection of video games and I am proud to say that I am a gamer and that I still play games today. I plan on having my kids play video games, and I […]

Fomenting Imagination and Creativity in Students

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When I was little there was no internet. As an only child, I often found company in my own imagination. I remember trying to make a hot air balloon out of construction paper and a box, which clearly didn’t taken me up, up and away, but gave me many hours of entertainment. I look at […]

Ed Leadership with 1:1 Devices

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Education has definitely changed a lot in the last decade. Significant changes in the way we disseminate information to the students and how they learn and interact with the content. Teachers are finding engaging methods of teaching their content. Technology provides educators with so many new and exciting opportunities. Educational leaders are still walking around […]

My Teacher Doesn’t Teach

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As the Technology Lead at my school, I hear not only what is happening with technology from the teacher’s perspective, but also from the students. I always find it fascinating how kids see our lessons. Not too long ago, I had a conversation with a student who was complaining about one of his teachers. He […]

22 Resources for Teaching Science with Chromebooks

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1. Amoeba Sisters- https://www.youtube.com/user/AmoebaSisters YouTube videos on life science concepts- done with humor! 2. STEM- http://concord.org/stem-resources/grade-level/high-school STEM resources for high school students 3. BBC News-http://www.bbc.com/news/science_and_environment Current Science news. 4. Science Behind Hollywood- http://education.ti.com/en/us/stem-hollywood gets students excited about science through movies 5. PBS Science- http://www.pbs.org/topics/science-nature/ lessons, videos, activities on many topics 6. PhET- http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations/category/new simulations on […]

Digital Storytelling with Powtoon

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The PowToon Presentations Edu App is available in the Chrome Web Store. Students can easily sign in using the Google Plus single sign-on. I had students watch this YouTube video first on how to make a PowToon https://youtu.be/uxUJs7nHBmE. I gave students time to play with the different features of PowToon and become comfortable with it […]

Strategies for dealing with 1:1 discipline

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Taking away a device is not an acceptable approach to discipline in the 1:1 classroom. Some tips: Control when the student opens and closes the device. It’s a natural tendency to be bored and pull out your phone from your pocket and play with it. In the same manner, students don’t always intentionally open their […]

How to minimize distractions in the 1:1 classroom

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Monitoring a classroom full of students with electronic devices can be a daunting task. What can you do to keep students focused? Set rules and expectations. Set boundaries for when it is appropriate to be on the computer or tablet and when not. For example, if you are explaining something, you can say “lids down” […]