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5 ways to teach kids about the Declaration of Independence

Having sizzling burgers during the day and watching a lit up sky at night seem to be hallmarks of celebrating the Fourth of July. But if that’s all our kids…

How-to
What school leaders need to know about 9-1-1 operations

Beyond understanding the need to dial 9-1-1 in an emergency, many people are not familiar with how emergency dispatch works. Unfortunately, this is also true for many school administrators who…

Digital Issue Article
Six characteristics of great professional development (and great classrooms)

For nearly a dozen years I’ve traveled to various schools and districts to deliver professional development workshops and presentations. Over the years, I’ve also sat in on many ed-tech workshops…

How-to
Little-known ways Skype is great for teaching ELA

The current task for my doctoral course Curriculum Technology and Teaching is to explore a variety of compressed video alternatives in the classroom setting. The compressed video applications I tested were…

How-to
How Storify can be a new platform for students

With new innovations coming out of the wood work students are being given new tools to further their education.…

How Vine videos can improve the classroom experience

Instead of telling students to put their phones away, why not start using apps like Vine to enhance the classroom experience? With new ed-tech innovations entering the limelight every day,…

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How an iPad can transform music classes

It’s no surprise that many teachers and superintendents view music as vital for a holistic learning experience. According to a study by McMaster University, students who took one year of…

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One-to-one: Student-led, student-centered

Surprise, surprise! Decisions imposed on people suddenly, with no time to get used to the idea or prepare for the consequences, are generally resisted. It’s always easier to say No…

Opinion
Project-based learning done right

Two years ago, Kyle was a bored kindergartener at Parkside Elementary School in Coral Springs, Fla. “He wasn’t being challenged enough,” said his mother, Chris Beck.…

7 steps to authentic learning

Why authentic learning? There are so many reasons to choose from, some of the most important being: providing deep purpose for learning, empowering students, providing differentiation and choice options in…