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Tips for Augmenting Whole-Class Discussions with Collaborize

Tips for Augmenting Whole-Class Discussions with Collaborize | Tech Integration (Edutopia) | Scoop.it

Blogger Todd Finley praises the Collaborize Classroom platform and how it can enhance language arts class engagement.

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The GlassLab: A New GBL Initiative

The GlassLab: A New GBL Initiative | Tech Integration (Edutopia) | Scoop.it

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller speaks with Michael John of the Games Learning and Assessment Lab (GlassLab) about the next wave of Game-Based Learning.

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How to Roll Out a 1:1 iPad Program

How to Roll Out a 1:1 iPad Program | Tech Integration (Edutopia) | Scoop.it

Equally as important to successfully implementing a 1:1 program is the social and curricular roll-out to your school community. Scaffolding student success with iPads went a long way toward building our positive learning community.

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Discipline and School Spirit

Discipline and School Spirit | Tech Integration (Edutopia) | Scoop.it

Summer is a good time for reflection, and I have been reflecting on why, after so much education research, and so many years of educational practice, we still seem to be struggling to find "what works." So my next two blogs will look back at the words of folks who have thought about social-emotional aspects of education, written about them, and created successful and effective efforts to promote them.

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High-Impact, Professional Development for Rural Schools

High-Impact, Professional Development for Rural Schools | Tech Integration (Edutopia) | Scoop.it
David Markus is Edutopia's editorial director, the father of three children in the San Francisco Unified School District, and a wanna-be history and phys. ed. teacher in a future life.
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Five-Minute Film Festival: Flipped Classrooms

Five-Minute Film Festival: Flipped Classrooms | Tech Integration (Edutopia) | Scoop.it

"flipped classrooms" help overburdened teachers differentiate their instruction to reach more learners, provide an avenue into more hands-on and student-driven learning during classtime, and shift the teacher's role from "sage on the stage" to learning coach and facilitator.

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Is the Cell Phone the New Pencil?

Is the Cell Phone the New Pencil? | Tech Integration (Edutopia) | Scoop.it
It is commonplace to bemoan the poor writing skills of students today. Yes, there is no question that writing effectively is difficult. Yes, it is true that we don't provide enough high quality writing instruction (writing is known as the "forgotten R"). And yes, the demands of a knowledge economy require excellent writing abilities. But the students we teach today write more than any generation in human history, and one reason for that is the pervasiveness of writing technologies in their lives.
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Differentiating Instruction Through Interactive Games (Tech2Learn Series)

Differentiating Instruction Through Interactive Games (Tech2Learn Series) | Tech Integration (Edutopia) | Scoop.it

Using tech tools and games acquired through grants and his own resourcefulness, second-grade teacher Robert Pronovost tailors math instruction to match students' individual learning styles. For more articles and videos about integrating technology in the classroom, visit our Tech2Learn resource page.

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How the iPad Can Transform Classroom Learning

How the iPad Can Transform Classroom Learning | Tech Integration (Edutopia) | Scoop.it

The micro-computer revolution of the 80's radically improved how teachers and schools carry on the business of learning. We now have iPads in classrooms that will not only improve it, but it has the potential to change the business of learning in schools.

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12 Reasons to Get Your School District Tweeting This Summer

12 Reasons to Get Your School District Tweeting This Summer | Tech Integration (Edutopia) | Scoop.it

Blogger and elementary principal Joe Mazza suggests (at least) 12 reasons why it's essential for school districts to open a Twitter account and start tweeting

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Use Project-Based Learning to Meet the National Educational Technology Standards

Use Project-Based Learning to Meet the National Educational Technology Standards | Tech Integration (Edutopia) | Scoop.it

In terms of project-based learning (PBL), the ISTE NETS, not only align, but can truly support a PBL environment.

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A Parent's Guide to Twitter and Education

A Parent's Guide to Twitter and Education | Tech Integration (Edutopia) | Scoop.it

Using a public social media tool like Twitter, parents and teachers have the opportunity to collaborate transparently in the best interests of kids.

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Social Media Guidelines

"When districts come to me to talk about developing the policies, I point to the work done at Kimmel Farm Elementary and the development of the Best Practices for Social Media Use as a model that can be replicated anywhere, at any level."

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Cheat Sheet for the First Days of School

Cheat Sheet for the First Days of School | Tech Integration (Edutopia) | Scoop.it

Jose Vilson suggests three simple habits to ease teachers' transition from summer vacation to the start of a new school year.

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What We Learned: A 1:1 iPad Reflection

What We Learned: A 1:1 iPad Reflection | Tech Integration (Edutopia) | Scoop.it

This past week at Burlington High School, we started rolling out iPads for incoming freshmen. During this process, I couldn't help but reflect on what had occurred over the course of a year.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Pinterest for Teaching and Learning

Five-Minute Film Festival: Pinterest for Teaching and Learning | Tech Integration (Edutopia) | Scoop.it

t's easy to be jaded when there's buzz about a new social network. Who has time to keep up with them all? And how many will explode on the scene with a bang, the hottest new thing, and then fizzle like Friendster? But I have to say that the eye-candy on the visual social bookmarking site Pinterest has caught my attention.

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Uncovering "Complex Text" in the Common Core

Uncovering "Complex Text" in the Common Core | Tech Integration (Edutopia) | Scoop.it
One of the critically mentioned components of the Common Core is the complex text.
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Ten Ideas for Teaching Teachers Technology

Ten Ideas for Teaching Teachers Technology | Tech Integration (Edutopia) | Scoop.it
I had never been to an "unconference" before, but when I heard the organizer of SocialEdCon Unconference introduce the event, I knew I was in for something new: "Write your ideas that you want to...
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Whole-School Project Builds Pride

Whole-School Project Builds Pride | Tech Integration (Edutopia) | Scoop.it
In rural Howe, Oklahoma, home to about 700 people, the school has long been the heart of the community. Students from pre-K through high school all congregate on the same campus. Now, thanks to the creative efforts of high school students and their teachers, the campus will be getting a facelift that should make local pride shine even brighter.
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Is the Cell Phone the New Pencil?

It is commonplace to bemoan the poor writing skills of students today. Yes, there is no question that writing effectively is difficult. Yes, it is true that we don't provide enough high quality writing instruction (writing is known as the "forgotten R"). And yes, the demands of a knowledge economy require excellent writing abilities. But the students we teach today write more than any generation in human history, and one reason for that is the pervasiveness of writing technologies in their lives.
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The Flipped Classroom: Pro and Con

The Flipped Classroom: Pro and Con | Tech Integration (Edutopia) | Scoop.it
According to the description on ASCD's page for the newly released book, Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day, by flipped classroom pioneers Aaron Sams and Jonathan Bergmann, "In this model of instruction, students watch recorded lectures for homework and complete their assignments, labs, and tests in class."
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Five-Minute Film Festival: Learn to Use Web 2.0 Tools

Five-Minute Film Festival: Learn to Use Web 2.0 Tools | Tech Integration (Edutopia) | Scoop.it
While many of you may be heading for the beach this week, it won't be long before you're ready to start exploring some new tools to help your students be better creators and collaborators when you go back to school in the fall. This week we published a new video on Nicole Dalesio, a fifth-grade teacher who uses all kinds of free technology tools in her class to keep her kids engaged, and it inspired me to go hunt down the best tutorials for all these great, free Web 2.0 tools.
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How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School

How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School | Tech Integration (Edutopia) | Scoop.it

Social media is fast becoming as ubiquitous as the air we breathe. In recent months, many schools and districts around the country have taken steps to create social media policies and guidelines for their students and staff. In my work with several districts to draft these documents, I have seen many approaches that work well, and some that don't.

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Six Examples of iPad Integration in the 1:1 Classroom

Six Examples of iPad Integration in the 1:1 Classroom | Tech Integration (Edutopia) | Scoop.it

Our teachers are not teaching to the iPad, nor are they teaching apps. They are teaching skills and assessing student learning in a more dynamic way.

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A (Very) Short Guide to Purchasing New Technology

A (Very) Short Guide to Purchasing New Technology | Tech Integration (Edutopia) | Scoop.it

"By answering these two questions, rolling out new technology in a district will be a much smoother process. Purchasing technology any other way is a recipe for unused equipment and wasted dollars."

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