Linking to learning

May 15, 2014

Using journalism-style projects

Technology has made it possible for anyone to become a producer, filmmaker or journalist. The equipment at school may be more basic than what professionals use, but the skills practiced are the same.

March 27, 2014

Keeping students focused

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.

February 6, 2014

Open-source software for educators

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.

December 19, 2013

Educational games for young students

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.

October 17, 2013

Online teacher communities

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

September 5, 2013

Digital storytelling

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.

June 27, 2013

Note-taking apps make pen and paper obsolete

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.

May 30, 2013

Online maps offer countless possibilities

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.

May 2, 2013

Enhancing your classroom website

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.

March 21, 2013

Creating a classroom website

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.

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