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Using blended learning to increase reading proficiency in early grades. With schools facing increasing pressure to have their third-graders read at grade level, technology can be a huge help.

Using blended learning to increase reading proficiency in early grades

A guest post by Stacy Hurst Each year the challenge remains for teachers in grades K-3 to effectively teach a classroom of students whose individual reading abilities and instructional needs vary greatly. To add to the challenge, a growing national emphasis on third-grade reading proficiency has highlighted the need for high-quality, individualized instruction in grades K-3.


The 20 Biggest Benefits of Blogging. 20 years ago, blogs didn’t exist.

The 20 Biggest Benefits of Blogging

Today, there are over 150 million of them. Still, I get a lot of puzzled looks when I tell people that having a blog is the single most important thing a business, cause, or person can do to advance online. Even though ‘blogging’ has hit it big, most people don’t get what makes blogging so powerful, helpful, and beneficial. To put an end to that, I’ve compile a list of the 20 biggest benefits of having a blog below.

TCEA 2016 Handouts. Webinars. 7 Ways You Can Be a Digital Citizenship Leader Recorded on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Learn seven ways you can be a digital citizenship leader from Susan Bearden, digital citizenship experts, and author of Digital Citizenship: A Community-Based Approach (Corwin Press, 2016).


Cultivating a Math Mindset Recorded on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 How can math teachers apply growth mindset principles? 6 Terrific Tools to Transform Your 2016. Tech Tools That Have Transformed Learning With Dyslexia. Fifth-grade teacher Kyle Redford remembers with emotion the day she unwittingly put an iPad in the hands of one of her 10-year-old dyslexic students, a day she called “a complete game changer.”

Tech Tools That Have Transformed Learning With Dyslexia

While the rest of the class was working in a writers workshop, she handed the student an iPad and told him to try and experiment with its speech-to-text feature. With minimal expectations, Redford figured that the newness and the boy’s curiosity would at least keep him busy during writing time, which he usually found frustrating. While Redford described the boy as “very bright,” he “couldn’t even compose a sentence to save his life” because of his dyslexia.

Any classroom assignment having to do with writing made him moody. What is Computational Thinking and Why Should You Care? Read more about it #edtechchat. Henry Jenkins - The Transmedia Generation: Spreadable Media, Fan Activism, and Participatory Learning. Technology Integration - Free Podcast by Edutopia. Alive_in_the_swamp.pdf. Thinking about Thinking Is Essential for Learning. Why Are They Disengaged? My Students Told Me Why. I used to think that when students were disengaged it was their own fault, and while sometimes that is still true, I have found in my years of teaching that a lot of the fault lies with me as the teacher.

Why Are They Disengaged? My Students Told Me Why

Yet, realizing that I may be the cause of my students disengagement is hard to swallow. It certainly has not done wonders to my self-esteem, and yet, there is something liberating about realizing that while I am a part of the problem, that also means that I can fix it. Or at the very least fix the things I control. Why relearning is the key to remembering. Oh! The Places You Will Go! Digital Pedagogy Inspired by Dr. Seuss. Miami Device 2014 TechChef4u Epic PD Recap.

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Comfortably 2.0: Creating & App Smashing with App Dice. I have to give all the credit for this awesome idea to Ryan Read.

Comfortably 2.0: Creating & App Smashing with App Dice

Ryan is an Integration Specialist in Illinois and boy does he have some great ideas! I ran across his #appdice idea while perusing my Twitter stream last Spring and was immediately intrigued. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 10 Excellent Platforms to Create your Classroom Website and Blog. There are several web platforms that allows users to easily create their website in a matter of minutes.

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 10 Excellent Platforms to Create your Classroom Website and Blog

We have handpicked a list of the most popular platforms to start with. Check them out below and if you have other suggestions, share them with us in the comment form below. Enjoy Platforms to create websites for your class 1- Google Sites. Free Essay Writing Guides and Samples. Best Apps and Websites for the Flipped Classroom. Basic introduction to programming using Light-Bot. Blended Learning 101: Junior School. Curation Tools. Share your own uses of curation tools or other great examples here: --Ideas for Using Curation Tools.

Curation Tools

Eric Patnoudes sur Twitter : "In other words, there's no app for #pedagogy... Sounds familiar :-) #edtech #edchat #edtechat #mieexpert15. Pinterest. Eight Stages in the Teacher Technology Journey. This framework is something that I've shared with district technology directors and coaches.

Eight Stages in the Teacher Technology Journey

If you're curious about having me meet with your team, please fill out the contact form at the bottom of this post. So AJ Juliani and I have started a new Classroom Questions series on rethinking professional development. Worth 1,000 Words: Finding Designing Visuals for Your Project. An infopic is a photo with text layered on top that is designed to communicate a message.

Worth 1,000 Words: Finding Designing Visuals for Your Project

The message might be a summary, quote, definition, notes, data, weblink, hashtag, or other informational tidbits. The information might come from a conference, workshop, activity, lesson, video, book, a conversation, etc. Infopics are often created on a smartphone or tablet because it’s easy to snap a photo and use a combination of apps to edit, enhance, transform, and annotate the picture. Edutopia. You've got every device under the sun in front of you.

Now what apps are you going to use? Here are the apps or app categories that I recommend you test for your school. Digital Storytelling - DigiLit. Drawing with the Pen tools. Digital Citizenship - Kids Internet Safety. Student Technology Conference. 5 Ways Technology Has Impacted Education. The following list of articles provide insight on some of the ways technology impacts today’s educational landscape. Topics include: challenges educators face incorporating digital tools; class to class Skyping; equity and inclusion in the digital age; characteristics of 21st century learning; and, epistemic games. Training Teachers to Integrate Technology This article talks about the training necessary for teachers as the shift is made from traditional teaching to 21st century learning. School administrators play a critical role in teacher’s successful integration of technology in the classroom. Teachers need the same sort of support and scaffolding to effectively make use of digital technology tools that our students need for effective learning.

Skype session with California school Students in Korea skype with students in California. Equity in Education and the Digital Age Nine Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning 21st century learning requires students to begin to connect globally.