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Reflect with me for a moment to days in your classroom when students are giving presentations….ALL DAY!  Each a similar progression of slides presented by students anxious about speaking in front of their peers.  Do you find yourself wishing students were more focused on content than how a slide will zoom,…

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Students today are different than they were five or even 10 years ago. Their lives are flooded with technology and students want to use this tech to create in a variety of ways. Think about the times in your teaching career when you assigned an open ended project, meaning students…

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There’s nothing like seeing the name of your school scroll across the bottom of the TV screen when the snow starts to fall outside.  It means a day of sledding and hot chocolate!  But, not anymore.  In many states, schools are opting for e-Learning as a way of keeping up…

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SUMMER FOREVER...or don’t we wish! It’s that time of year again! July 4th has come and gone, the back-to-school signs have appeared in our favorite stores, and those beloved summer days are quickly coming to an end.  In the midst of the back to school madness, it’s easy to let…

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Continuous instruction during the winter months sometimes feels like climbing up a steep, snow covered hill while dodging oncoming sleds. We keep treading the snow covered incline, but slide back every few steps.

With record-breaking snowfall, many school districts around the nation are exploring options for a non-traditional school day during the winter months; whereby students receive instruction while off for inclement weather. Although this idea is meant to keep from extending the school year as well as provide more instructional continuity, the founding concept reaches far beyond simply making up a snow day. This Blended Learning model has the transformative power to change traditional teaching and learning. Through this transformation, learning becomes more student centered, more innovative, and without the laws of time and space.

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ThingLink continues to be my top app pick for both student explanation of learning and teacher created content. It works in a BYOD, iPad, Chromebook, or laptop environment, and is an excellent suggestion for creating student products outside of the classroom. It’s quick, easy, and user friendly. Create classes, add students, and manage their accounts with a ThingLink Teacher account, or have your students over the age of 13 create their own free accounts. 

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Engaging instruction, student centered learning, and a classroom foundation built upon creation is the goal of every educator. But, often the question is HOW do I accomplish this? How do I “change” my classroom, and design an atmosphere that is more beneficial for the many different ways students learn today?…

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Well, it’s that time of year again, the summer is winding down and school is back in session. Students are boarding the buses and spending their days in the classroom. Before long the homework will pick up, the assignments will get a little more rigorous, and the school projects will…

Mobile Networking

School leaders need to focus on their districts network capacity when planning for 1-to-1 and BYOD implementations.  Though goal setting and teacher preparation are critical to the impact of your program, the devices have to work seamlessly or you risk creating frustration instead of innovation.  One of the great challenges…

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