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Linking to learning | March 27, 2014 >>

When it comes to managing the technology-infused classroom, I’ve found that the same strategies that work in a traditional classroom environment work in classrooms using technology. But, there are some specific steps you can take to ensure students stay focused and engaged in their technology work.

Linking to learning | February 6, 2014 >>

Tired of the expense and ever-present logos of commercial software? “Open source” software is a good option to consider, whether you’re looking for an alternative to Microsoft Office or a cheap photo-editing tool.

Linking to learning | December 19, 2013 >>

Exposing young students to technology is not without controversy. Many teachers believe students should first develop their fine-motor skills on pen and paper before they jump onto computers. Others feel that students already have too much exposure to technology and “screen time” today.

Linking to learning | October 17, 2013 >>

There are many online teacher communities that can assist educators looking for lessons, the latest news in our fields or just a supportive ear.

Linking to learning | September 5, 2013 >>

Teachers know the importance of allowing students to craft their own stories: those they retell, adapt or imagine. Using technology to add sound and images to a story can expand its power and reach.

Linking to learning | June 27, 2013 >>

Research paper assignments are not usually met with enthusiasm by my students. After the inevitable groans, I enjoy explaining what I was forced to do when conducting research in school.

Linking to learning | May 30, 2013 >>

Mapping skills are already integrated into social studies and science curricula, but web-based resources also bring new possibilities for using maps to create student projects like storytelling, research, data mining and design.

Linking to learning | May 2, 2013 >>

So you’ve built a rudimentary website for your classes. There are many ways to enhance your website to make it more useful and more visually appealing. Here are just three suggestions.

Linking to learning | March 21, 2013 >>

Whether you’ve been teaching two years or 20, there are many good reasons to put your teaching presence on the Internet and have your own website. And don’t worry: creating a website has gotten much easier thanks to Google Sites.

Linking to learning | February 14, 2013 >>

There are new tools for creating videos in the classroom that make the process easier and faster while still producing exemplary results.

Linking to learning | January 17, 2013 >>

Videos are a great way to engage the visual learner, but there are a few pointers to keep in mind when showing video clips to your students. Always preview the entire clip you plan to show from start to finish. You don’t want any surprises. Enhance the learning experience further by having discussion questions before, during and after the clip.

Linking to learning | November 22, 2012 >>

I used to be surrounded by paper: piles on my desk, reams in my bag, Xeroxes and printouts, folders, chart paper, Post-its, index cards ... the list is familiar to every teacher. My life looks much different today, however, after I drastically reduced paper use in my classroom through digital tools.

Linking to learning | November 1, 2012 >>

Teaching vocabulary is often seen as a necessary evil. There’s no doubt that vocabulary is a crucial skill, yet it’s often taught through repetitive exercises and rote memorization that leads to boredom for teachers and students alike. The resources below can breathe new life into the dreaded vocabulary lesson.

Linking to learning | September 27, 2012 >>

Looking for a new way to encourage your students to write and express themselves creatively? Microsoft Photo Story, a free program for Windows-based computers, allows students to combine images, text and voice-over to create a compelling narrative in a movie format.

Linking to learning | June 14, 2012 >>

The Internet has made available primary documents and multimedia material that can enrich and enliven the teaching of history. By studying the thousands of documents, letters, photographs and video and audio recordings of historic and everyday events archived on the Internet, students connect to the past in ways that were not possible 20 years ago.

Linking to learning | April 19, 2012 >>

Today, thousands of podcasts are posted on the Internet every week, and millions of listeners download them on their iPods, smartphones, computers and tablets. Podcasts are an excellent professional development resource for teachers, and the creation of a podcast can be a valuable and engaging classroom exercise.

Linking to learning | March 22, 2012 >>

The tablet computer, especially the iPad, brings new meaning to assistive technology as free or low-cost third-party applications make the tablet an excellent tool for teachers working with special education students. With Apple adding the touch screen to smartphones and the iPad, the computer now is also a tactile and kinesthetic experience.

Linking to learning | February 23, 2012 >>

Though it’s too soon to know if iPads will become widely adopted in schools, a major driver will be the availability of inexpensive apps (applications) that focus on the learning needs of students and the teaching priorities of educators. More than 20,000 education-related apps have been created for the iPad.

Linking to learning | January 19, 2012 >>

Fraser Speirs, an influential Mac developer and a technology director at a Scottish school, recently wrote in his blog speirs.org that “the iPad is not the future of education. It’s the present of education.” Apple CEO Tim Cook, who is promoting the use of iPads in schools, says his company believes that the tablet can “change the way teachers teach and the way kids learn.”

Linking to learning | November 24, 2011 >>

The era of children bearing backpacks stuffed with heavy textbooks may soon be over. Instead, they will open their leather binders and flick their fingers across the screens of their e-book readers. Those of you who already read using a Kindle, Nook or other electronic book reader understand the convenience, the interactivity and the easy portability of these devices.

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