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A Holiday Gift to Teachers: The 2017–18 Top 10 Free Educational Technology Tools

Many educators are intrigued with the idea of using educational technology in their classrooms and with their students. And they want to move past the productivity stage to the point of truly enhancing their own teaching and their students’ learning through educational tools. However, there are so many tools available that many teachers feel overwhelmed. Additionally, educational technology tools sometimes require downloads or access to hardware and software licenses that the school may not have. After over a decade of working with teachers to improve their ability to infuse technology into the curriculum, here is my Top 10 list [...]

2018-08-18T04:59:36+00:00 November 29th, 2017|

Boosting the Power of Presentations to Enhance Learning

Think about the many PowerPoint presentations you have sat through. Add the PowerPoint presentations that you yourself have given. I am pretty sure the total is quite high. Now try and remember the most recent presentation you attended—and the key concepts that were presented. In most cases, you may remember the topic . . . if that. I doubt that you remember much else. I know that has often been my experience. But why? Unfortunately, the slide decks we create with presentation software (Microsoft PowerPoint, Apple Keynote, Google Slides, Prezi, and more) are too often driven by the features [...]

2018-08-18T04:59:41+00:00 April 13th, 2017|

Why All Students Should Learn How to Code in Elementary School

Maybe you are wondering why I stated that ALL students should learn to code. Well, besides the fact that coding, also called programming, is a skill set that students could use for a future career in a world that has a shortage of skilled coders and programmers, coding can help students in their other subjects, too—coding can improve soft skills like perseverance and problem-solving that we educators emphasize. Coding is especially beneficial to students who are struggling with reading and math. In addition, students often feel empowered when they can create digital media and share it with others instead [...]

2018-08-18T04:59:44+00:00 September 29th, 2016|

Support Students’ Summer Learning with Interactive, Web-Based Resources

Ahh . . . summer is here and for most students that means vacation, free time, swimming, and no more school work. For parents and teachers, though, there are concerns that students, while enjoying their summer freedom, will lose some of the academic gains made during the school year. Why should students learn over the summer? According to Cooper, a summer without learning means two months of math computational skills lost. For low income students, two months of reading comprehension skills are also lost. In addition, according to Entwistle and Olson, cumulative summer learning losses have consequences later in [...]

2018-08-18T04:59:45+00:00 June 22nd, 2016|

140 Characters or Less: Using Twitter to Enhance Your Personalized Learning Network

Believe it or not, Twitter joined the digital world approximately ten years ago. A decade is ancient when it comes to technology, and for many teachers, Twitter has not been a friend. How many times have you had to tell your students to get off Twitter over the years? And really, how much can a person learn using only 140 characters or less? The truth is, Twitter can support your Personalized Learning Network (PLN) and your professional development. It really can. First, let’s look at the definition of PLN. Sometimes referred to as a Personal Learning Network or a [...]

2018-08-18T04:59:46+00:00 March 22nd, 2016|