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Adding Empathy Into a Tech-Filled Classroom

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With the inclusion of technology in the classroom and the growing popularity of 1:1 or BYOD, teachers, parents, administrators, and policymakers have been asking what kind of people will this kind of technology dependence create. Many believe that people dependent on technology become disassociated with personal interactions and lose the ability to be empathetic with […]

Students View Themselves from a Teachers Perspective

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It’s easy for a person to see the world through their own eyes, but to be able to evaluate the world from a different perspective, allows them to better understand the world. Being able to analyze different perspectives is an important critical thinking skill. We watched a YouTube video titled: If teachers acted like students. […]

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 […]

3 Ways to Use Technology to Build Relationship with Students

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If someone were to ask you, what would you say is the number one thing that makes you an effective teacher? One word makes all the difference. Relationship. Oh, I know, I need to be tough in the first half of the year so I will have control of my class, right? Wrong! I am […]

Tools To Help Teachers Work Smarter: Part 2

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As promised, this is the second in a series of posts in which I’ll share ways for teachers to work smarter, not harder, using technology tools that will actually “save” you time. Today we’re going to take a look at setting up notebooks and tags in EVERNOTE. First of all, if you haven’t done so, […]

2 Timesaving Technology Tools for Teachers

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Teachers, I estimate that we only spend one-third of our time actually in the classroom teaching. Would you agree? Long after the students are dismissed, we spend our hours planning, marking, doing professional development and preparing materials for the lessons we planned. Technology is supposed to make things better, faster, and more efficient. It’s supposed […]

Student Autonomy in Assessment for Learning

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Education is no longer a practice that happens to a student, but one that happens with a student (Bayse, 2014). Promoting student autonomy continues to be an important aspect of preparing students for the future. Previously, I have investigated the benefits of student autonomy in project-based learning, digital tool selection, and the troubleshooting of technology. […]

One Project, Many Outcomes Through Project Based Learning

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My fifth-grade social studies teacher is to blame, or to credit, for the kind of teacher I am today. I couldn’t wait to get into her class. That was the year we would get to learn about the history of Alberta! I wasn’t the only one buzzing about it either. My classmates were excited too. […]

Yes! We Should Engage in the Practice of Social Media at School

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Teaching digital citizenship is a broad topic that as the name implies, demands that character education be addressed before one even enters the digital space. If a student doesn’t know how to behave responsibly in real life, then doing so online isn’t going to change that. As part of my studies in Digital Education Leadership […]

We have to stop pretending…

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Anyone who has read Scott McLeod’s blog knows that he is not afraid to challenge the status quo. A few weeks ago, he challenged his readers to join in answering: When it comes to education, what are 5 things that we have to stop pretending? The response has been inspiring. So, I’m happy to join […]

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