Blogs on Technology Integration

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Beth HollandAugust 15, 2013

Think about 2008 for a minute. Wikipedia was only two years old, and Facebook had only existed for four. I was supporting a research project with a group of sixth graders studying ancient history. Throughout the process, I asked student after student, "Where did you get this information?"

The stock response: "On Google."

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Kendra Cameron JarvisAugust 14, 2013

Teachers have a new obsession: Pinterest. With over 500,000 education pins pinned daily and 48.7 million users each month, Pinterest is fast becoming a go-to site for busy educators in search of lesson plans, book recommendations, classroom organization ideas and more.

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Jason BrandAugust 6, 2013

The Los Angeles Unified School District's recent decision to provide each of its 600,000 plus students with an iPad makes sense. The technology drumbeat is growing louder and louder. Training children to use the tools of their future is a must, and the LAUSD is smart to take a proactive approach.

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Monica BurnsAugust 5, 2013

Sometimes it's the little things that can prove to be powerful. The quick and easy action of taking a screenshot can transform how you use technology in your classroom. A screenshot is simply a picture of what is on the screen of your device. On the iPad, users press the home button and power button at the same time, and a snapshot of the screen is sent directly to the Camera Roll. Taking a screenshot is the perfect way to capture student work on mobile devices.

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Charlie SchofieldAugust 2, 2013

Let's face it. Teaching physics is not a walk in the park. With all the overwhelming formulas, strange symbols and abstract concepts, it takes a lot of effort for teachers to impart knowledge to their students -- especially if the students are kids. But in this age of new technology, teachers are given the opportunity to make teaching a little bit easier and a lot more fun.

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Monica BurnsJuly 31, 2013

Not every school has the resources necessary to take their students on an airplane . . . or spaceship. The iPad can bring the world to your students' fingertips in ways never before possible. Many national parks and museums have apps designed for onsite visitors. These navigational tools are also great for classrooms who can't make the trip. In fact, a variety of free apps can be used as virtual field trips so that children can travel the world from your classroom!

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Elana LeoniJuly 29, 2013

Ahh, summertime -- a time to relax and recharge. OK, well not really if you're an educator. In reality, educators are the most dedicated professionals I've met, and despite what the rest of the world may think, we know nobody really has summers off. But before summer officially ends and we start getting bombarded with back-to-school jingles, I thought I'd share some tips on how to make the most out of one of my favorite social networks: Twitter. Educators around the world use Twitter to become connected. And many people (including myself) credit Twitter as the best way to get on-demand professional development 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So how are people using Twitter, and how can you take advantage of it? Here are five tips to steer you in the right direction.

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Diane DarrowJuly 24, 2013

"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." - Albert Einstein

We do not need to teach creativity, but rather inspire its daily practice. Somewhere along the way, we simply forgot to honor this innate gift and how to access its power. Our role as educators is to encourage learning experiences that increase the ability to recognize and listen to our inner voice.

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Monica BurnsJuly 15, 2013

Back to school is the perfect time of year to establish routines and remind students about making healthy choices. Children of all ages should have an understanding of the impact of their decisions related to the food they choose to eat. There are a variety of games and resources to promote discussions about healthy eating and to help students make smart choices.

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Beth HollandJuly 11, 2013

Now that we are well into summer, thoughts turn towards the next school year. For many teachers, fall may bring a classroom full of new devices. While this is an exciting prospect, it could also be a paralyzing endeavor, particularly with the question: "Where do I begin?"

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