Blogs on Classroom Technology

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Autumn WareNovember 1, 2011

Cocooned in the safety of a library carrel, students can travel the world via Google Earth and see live video feed of the Doll's Festival in Japan. The haiku master Basho had to travel on foot for the same event, sleeping on hard floors in flea-infested straw. Today, students can peruse images of the English countrysides, full of the oxlips, nodding violets, and sweet musk-roses that inspired Shakespeare, without dampening their sneakers in dew or suffering the consequences of allergies. They can listen to the voices of strangers telling their life stories on podcasts and add their own stories to the voicethread of the world.

Cocooned in the safety of a library carrel, students can travel the world via Google Earth and see live video feed of the Doll's Festival in Japan. The haiku master Basho had to travel on foot for the same event, sleeping on hard floors in flea-infested straw. Today, students can peruse images of the English countrysides, full of the oxlips, nodding violets, and sweet musk-roses that inspired Shakespeare, without dampening their sneakers in dew or suffering the consequences of allergies. They can listen to the voices of strangers telling their life stories on podcasts and add their own stories to the voicethread of the world. Read More

Blake WiggsOctober 31, 2011

Throughout our first few months of team-teaching using Skype and a thirty dollar webcam to connect our two schools, we were extremely frustrated with our inability to incorporate Socratic seminars in World Dynamics. World Dynamics is a blended-curriculum course between two classrooms, twenty-three miles apart, where Earth Environmental Science, World History, and English I are taught simultaneously in order to give students a contextual understanding of the world.

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Ben JohnsonOctober 31, 2011

Updated 01/2014

If I had thirty iPads in my class, what would I do with them? How would I use them to help my students learn better and help me teach better? Perhaps a better question is what would I do with them that I could not do with other tools that are available and cheaper? Certainly iPads are cheaper than computers, desktop or laptop, and they are more mobile.

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Vanessa VegaOctober 25, 2011

People often ascribe technological devices with magical properties, as though the inert objects in and of themselves can bestow us with the capacity to be "better, faster, and more productive." In actuality, it is the people making and using technological devices to achieve shared goals that produce the seemingly magical results.

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Nicholas ProvenzanoOctober 21, 2011

I stumbled upon a quick and easy way to help teachers with technology in their classroom and I want to share with all of you. I'm sort of a busy body and have a hard time staying in my room before school starts. Once I have my class ready for the day, I love to walk around the building and say hello to the people I work with and the students I see.

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Audrey WattersOctober 18, 2011

Wiki is a Hawai'ian word meaning "fast" or "quick." As a technology platform, Ward Cunningham installed the very first wiki on the Web in 1995. That was two years before the word "weblog" was coined (and four years before that term was shortened to "blog"). Wikis predate Facebook and Twitter by roughly a decade. At sixteen years old, the wiki predates almost every other social media tool (other than email, of course, which historians of technology say turns 40 this year). Why then, in the face of rapidly changing technology -- all the new bells and whistles and Web 2.0 tools -- should we still use wikis?

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Andrew MarcinekOctober 12, 2011

It's easy to get caught up in the educational discourse throughout any given day. Everyone has his or her thoughts and ideas on what should happen next in the educational landscape. While discourse is healthy, personally, I like to see and hear about this discourse in action.

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Nicholas ProvenzanoOctober 7, 2011

One of the things I'm learning as a curriculum technology specialist is that I have to be careful about how many tools I share at any given time. I maintain a blog for my district called Provenzano's GPSTech Guide. Every week I send out my Tech Tuesday update to the district.

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Elana LeoniOctober 6, 2011

Yesterday, we lost one of the great minds of American history. Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, passed away at age 56. Whether you're a Mac or PC person, there's no doubt that Steve Jobs has reinvented how people use and continue to use technology to fuel innovation. By personalizing the computer and bringing technology to our pockets, Steve's innovations propelled all industries -- including education -- into the 21st century.

Yesterday, we lost one of the great minds of American history. Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, passed away at age 56. Whether you're a Mac or PC person, there's no doubt that Steve Jobs has reinvented how people use and continue to use technology to fuel innovation. By personalizing the computer and bringing technology to our pockets, Steve's innovations propelled all industries -- including education -- into the 21st century. Read More

Mary Beth HertzSeptember 28, 2011

More and more schools are bringing laptops, netbooks, and other mobile computing devices into the classroom. Here are some thoughts on these initiatives.

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