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8 innovative ideas for the tech-strapped teacher

Slow internet? No devices? Here's how to make the most of limited classroom tech for next to nothing School districts in the United States spend billions of dollars each year to purchase technology for the classroom, yet the lack of technology and internet access in the nation’s public schools continues to be an issue. Often, a teacher who is faced with little technology in the classroom will feel overwhelmed and will resort to more traditional teaching methods. This article outlines strategies for teachers to increase the impact of the technology to which they are limited. I have purposely left coordinated and intentional...

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Texting with students can profoundly impact their success

A text message can have a profound effect on the ability of students to learn, according to some researchers at Hardin-Simmons University. Scott Hamm, director of online education at…

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5 apps for creative iPad storytelling

Narrative writing and storytelling skills are useful in nearly every discipline, from English language arts to science and history. Students that might not be able to explain their…

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District policy change could ban selfies

Whether by design or not, a proposed Wake County school policy change could ban students from taking pictures of themselves and others in school. One of the revisions to…

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FBI seizes L.A. school district records related to troubled iPad program

Fallout over the Los Angeles school district's $1.3 billion plan to provide iPads to every student intensified Tuesday with the revelation that the FBI is conducting a criminal…

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5 tips to create strong learning environments with iPads

EdTechTeacher’s first iPad Summit was held in Boston in November 2012, and one of the first magazine articles that came out about our the event was: “The iPads…

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New York Times launches in-school, K-12 subscriptions

The New York Times recently launched NYTimes.com In-School Access, a new digital subscription offering for K-12 institutions. The subscription offers full web access to NYtimes.com on any device…

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Google, gaming, and going mobile: Today’s 5 tech trends

A few years ago the education world found itself entranced by the iPad, a powerful tablet that promised to revolutionize one-to-one programs and revitalize teacher engagement with technology…

Part of the challenge for schools is that the federal e-Rate program, which provides telecommunications discounts to eligible schools and libraries, does not discount the cost of the data plan.

Can BYOD be a reality?

We have all heard the term BYOD/BYOT and many of us have even implemented such a program in our institutions. The thought of offsetting district expenditures by having…

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7 reasons digital equity is a social justice issue

Digital access and digital equity continue to present a challenge to educators. Meeting that challenge is more important than ever, because, as many stakeholders say, digital equity is…

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Digital textbooks a worthwhile frustration, Miami-Dade teachers say

Despite challenges, digital textbooks offer far-reaching benefits, according to educators No one is putting pen to paper in Nadia Zananiri’s ninth-grade world history class. Instead, every student is…

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Transforming Today’s Math Education

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Math can be a challenging subject for many middle and high school students—and schools and districts often struggle to find ways to improve math proficiency while sustaining student…

Mac to School

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Districts across the nation are facing a dilemma: How can you keep up with the changing landscape of expensive educational technology when budgets are tighter than ever? The…

Using Video to Transform Instruction

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Video is a powerful tool to help students learn—and a growing number of educators are integrating video into their instruction, either by using pre-existing video assets or by…

Controlling Costs, Boosting Efficiency Through Smarter School Management

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School and district leaders must be responsible stewards of public goods and resources—and this has never been more true than in today’s extreme climate of tight school budgets…

Teaching Essential 21st Century Skills

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Today’s students need more than just instruction in the core topic areas. They also need to learn key 21st-century skills that will serve them well in a globally…

How to Make Blended Learning Work

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Blended learning, in which students experience a mix of face-to-face and online instruction, is catching on in K-12 schools—and advocates of this approach say that, when done well,…