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A.J. Juliani — Teach Different Today I turn 35 years old. And I couldn’t be more excited than I am right now to share my new book, The PBL Playbook. Over the past few years I’ve been lucky enough to work with teachers, instructional coaches, and school leaders all around the world, both face-to-face and online. Teaching is not always easy. I want to tell you a story. “What I know for sure is that you feel real joy in direct proportion to how connected you are to living your truth.” My good friend (and co-author) John Spencer, shared this on Twitter a few days ago: Teaching is an exhausting gig. The LAUNCH Academy: A Design Thinking Institute We still have a few more spots available for this summer’s live two-day design thinking institute in Philadelphia, PA (down on UPenn campus)! If you haven’t heard of Genius Hour or 20% time in the classroom, the premise is simple: Give your students 20% of their class time (or an hour each week) to learn what they want.

Pssst. How do you turn this thing on? | Essential Educator Posted on August 08, 2011 Print this entry The Utah Personnel Development Center (UPDC) has always felt that effective use of technology in the classroom can lead to improving student engagement and achievement outcomes. The Teacher Leadership Exploratory Consortium recently published the Teacher Leader Model Standards ( to illuminate and support the role of teacher leadership as a vehicle to transform schools for the demands of the 21st century learner. The fourth domain of these standards focuses on facilitating improvements in instruction and student learning. Is your district, school or department considering the purchase or acquisition of hot new gadgets or instructional technology tools in the near future? Using iPads to Teach Voca An Article from the Oregonian highlighting a SLP using an iPad to engage kids with speech, language and social communication delays, leading to improved pronunciation.

eTools for Language Teachers Sketchnoting (or visual note-taking)(Click here for a presentation called "Sketchnoting for Beginners". Click here to see my sketchnotes on Flickr.) She told me that she made them with an iPad app called “Paper by fifty-three”. Well, I immediately downloaded the app and my journey into sketchnoting began. Sketchnoting is simply a way to take notes in a more visually attractive way than bullet points. Silvia’s preferred app for sketchnoting is “Paper by fifty-three”, while I preferred FlipInk when I first started out because you can upload photos, type text, add lines for guidance, and change the thickness and lightness of your pen. When I began sketchnoting, I became frustrated because: I couldn’t figure out exactly how the apps workedI didn’t have a proper stylusI’m a terrible artist and I wasn’t sure that I had the skills to be proficient. Here is how I resolved my issues: When you open Paper by Fifty-Three or FlipInk, you will see some notebooks. (Quote by Kevin Honeycutt)

Technology Education Know-How » Blog Archive » Captivating Ideas for Writing with Cartoons After blogging about this before I’m sure you know by now that I’m a big advocate for using cartoons to get students writing. So, here we go again with more detail and more ideas. provides an easy tool for creating short comic strips. You can choose to have a 2, 3, or 4 window comic strip. I made this cartoon with this new tool. Why Comic Strips: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Strategies for Using Comic Strips: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. a. b. 6. 7. 8. 9. After reading this post, take a look at these TEKS and just imagine how you can use comic strips to teach these. If you have other ideas please leave a comment. After writing this post I felt like I may need some supporting documentation, so I turned to good ol Google. Wish I had this when I needed it!

A film-making Competition to Celebrate the Publication of My New Book Film in Action I’m delighted that my new book Film in Action has been published and is now available to buy at book stores or on Amazon. It’s a great honour to join all the wonderful authors in the DELTA Teacher Development Series and I hope that Film in Action will fit seamlessly into the series and enjoy the prestige that the other books enjoy worldwide. I would ask all teachers who use Film English to consider buying the book as the royalties which I will receive from sales will help to keep the website completely free. Writing the lessons and maintaining the site takes up a lot of my time and is very expensive, and unless a lot of teachers and directors of studies buy my books I will have no alternative but to start charging for the lessons. Teachers who have already generously donated will still have free access to the site. If you can’t afford to buy the book yourself, you could ask your school to buy a copy for your staffroom. Here’s an example of the type of video your students could create.

Half an Hour iPad Teachers Blog July | 2010 Right from fun songs to learn the ABCs to the ever-popular spelling bee, games and competition have helped us generate interest in what would otherwise be routine, but necessary memorization tasks. With mobile technology now able to handle a variety of game types, it’s not surprising to see a large number of educative mobile games to choose from as well. In the book, ‘Augmented Learning’, Eric Klopfer, Associate Professor of Education (MIT), argues for the untapped potential of mobile learning games which would leverage the strengths of a mobile platform, including “its portability, context sensitivity, connectivity, and ubiquity.” These features, Klopfer says, would make learning through mobile device games, ideal from elementary school all the way through college. The numbers speak Due in large part to the Apple iPhone, mobile games are now becoming increasingly popular, resulting in a new focus on producing innovative new technologies.

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