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Playlists for Learning

There are tools that make it very easy to create playlists for learning. You may think of music when I say playlist, but it is also a concept of creating set of resources for a lesson or unit. You can use the tools I describe here – BlendSpace and Symbaloo – to share access to […]

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New ISTE Student Standards

ISTE has launched a draft version of the new standards for students. Look them over and provide feedback. Right now they are in draft form and ISTE has a feedback mechansim on the page linked above. They are a departure from past standards. Each standard has clarifying details, but the broad headings are: Empowered Learner […]

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Tools, Tools, Tools

My husband is quite handy around the house and takes on projects big and small. Big – he has gutted rooms and completely redone them – floor, ceiling, lighting, walls – and small – he’ll fix that leaky faucet. His workshop in the basement has grown over the years and he has accumulated the tools […]

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Future Ready Learning NETP16

Today the US Department of Education released the 2016 National Education Technology Plan, Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education. The plan can be found at tech.ed.gov/netp and you can download the complete plan as a pdf or access by section on the web site. As the image above illustrates, the main components of the […]

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Students & Mobile Technology

Pew Research published a brief overview of their report, Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015. As expected, teens spend lots of time online and using social media, with 92% reporting that they go online daily. Most teens use more than one social media site (72%). As an educator, I read these stats and think […]

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The News

The weekend bombing in Paris and the recent bombing in Beirut are unavoidable topics. News of the events is on television news, for sure, but it is also online in every social media stream, where it may be accurate or not, and may be slanted. So our kids are hearing about it and some parents […]

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Quote Opportunities

I like to decorate my office with famous (and not so famous) quotes, and I change them out fairly often. Here’s the latest quote I have used to brighten my walls. Not sure who said it.  

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Accelerating Success with CoSN

The CoSN annual conference theme is Accelerating Success, and registration is now open. The conference in is Washington DC April 4-7, 2016. The theme captures the concept that a school culture that truly embraces digital options and that leverages technology will accelerate success for their students. But equally important, I think that when we join […]

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Big Rocks

Today is the first day of school for students here in my school district. For the past couple of weeks the schools have been hectic with educators returning to plan, prepare, meet, and collaborate to envision and organize an outstanding school year for those same students who will be arriving today. The sun rising on […]

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Why I Read

In the video below, kids were asked why they read, and they tell us. They have some great things to say about reading and how it helps them learn, evokes emotion, transports them, and more. Reading does “open a world of possible” and hearing others proclaim why they read may inspire your students to do […]

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