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technology in the classroom
Linking to learning | March 7, 2019 >>
Measure how Alaska’s glaciers have receded. See how a New York City block has changed since 1930. Trace Marco Polo’s journey through Asia. Google Earth is a powerful online tool that enables you to integrate mapping into nearly every subject you teach.
Linking to learning | January 3, 2019 >>
Explicitly teaching typing skills has gone out of fashion along with the typewriter, but the need to type fluently is still very much in demand. There are some excellent typing programs online that you can access with your class.
News stories | January 3, 2019 >>
New York City schools will receive another $383 million for new technology and needed improvements in the coming year, thanks to the Smart Schools Bond Act, a UFT-backed measure approved by voters in 2014.
Linking to learning | November 1, 2018 >>
There are many benefits to having a classroom website that your students and parents can view. With today’s tools, there’s no coding involved, and you can build a site that’s both functional and elegant quickly and easily.
Linking to learning | September 6, 2018 >>
When locating materials to use in the classroom, high-quality resources are a must. Many well-known and respected organizations have fully digitized their collections of primary sources and made them available free of charge, so they’re a great place to start.
Linking to learning | July 5, 2018 >>
While online technology courses are convenient, face-to-face opportunities are still important. Meeting and establishing connections with colleagues can help build community and allow for networking and camaraderie — outcomes not easily achieved when communicating over a screen.
Teacher to teacher | May 3, 2018 >>
In a 12th-grade ELA class, I turned a research unit on disaster and apocalyptic fiction into a podcasting unit and tasked my students, 65 percent of whom were English language learners, with becoming media makers for real-world audiences.
Linking to learning | May 3, 2018 >>
“Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer, should learn a computer language, because it teaches you how to think,” said Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple. He made that remark in 1995, but schools are now catching up with his line of thought.
Linking to learning | March 1, 2018 >>
Google Classroom is an online learning management system designed for schools. Let’s examine some of the pros and cons of using it.
Vperspective | March 1, 2018 >>
At one middle school in Queens, a unique program is fostering a culture of empowerment aimed at these young girls. Girl power is not only alive but vibrant at MS 125 in Woodside, thanks to Girls Who Code.
National education and labor news | January 4, 2018 >>
The Federal Communications Commission on Dec. 14 repealed “net neutrality” protections that ensured internet service providers would enable equal access to content and applications regardless of the source and without favoring or blocking products or websites.
Linking to learning | January 4, 2018 >>
You may be curious about how to integrate a 3D printer in your classroom. But aren’t they expensive, difficult to learn and only for the most tech-savvy teachers? The answer is no, at least not anymore.
Linking to learning | November 2, 2017 >>
When it comes to selecting texts for whatever subject we teach, reaching all students can be a challenge, to say the least. One solution lies in websites that offer high-quality texts at different reading levels.
Vperspective | November 2, 2017 >>
At Brooklyn Studio Secondary School, Career and Technical Education Coordinator Karen Mason and her advanced web-design students aren’t just dreaming about the future, they are living it.
Linking to learning | September 7, 2017 >>
This past June, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) unveiled new standards for educators that can serve as a roadmap to integrate technology in your classroom.
Linking to learning | July 6, 2017 >>
There’s no doubt gaming plays a huge role in the lives of children today. Many teachers have been wondering if gaming can be used for educational purposes. Is there a way to harness the popularity of online and video games to teach students real-world skills?
Linking to learning | May 4, 2017 >>
Compared to a video project, producing podcasts requires less technical expertise and allows students to practice similar higher-order skills, such as research, design and revision.
Linking to learning | March 2, 2017 >>
There are ways to measure learning that take advantage of technology — and make our lives as teachers easier.
Linking to learning | November 3, 2016 >>
So you’re thinking about assigning your class a book report. Consider the many alternatives.