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“Flipped” Classrooms: How Do They Work?

May 6th, 2013

by Jacquie McGregor In 2007, Jonathan Bergman and Aaron Sams, teachers at Woodland Park High School in Woodland Park, Colorado, came up with the idea of using PowerPoint to record their classroom lectures and post them online for students to review. Their …

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Using Technology: Second-Graders Inspire Their Teacher – and Each Other

April 12th, 2013

For second-grade teacher and blogger Erin Klein, technology in the classroom is always about responding to the world kids already live in. At least that is how it started, and how it evolved. Klein was teaching kindergarten when she noticed how her …

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IPads and Other Tablets in the Classroom: How to Get it Right

April 4th, 2013

Education technology leader Kathy Schrock has long believed all students should have their own devices. Schrock, a fan of portable technology since the days of the PalmPilot, argues that handheld devices and software have become so economical and widespread that schools finally …

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Cracking the Code: Should Schools Require Students to Learn How to Write Software?

April 3rd, 2013

By Brian P. Gatens There’s a part of my personality that naturally keeps an eye out for cultural shifts and trends. For example, I remember walking through the mall last summer and hearing a group of kids singing “Now here’s my number, …

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The Power of Social Media to Engage Students Online

March 11th, 2013

Teachers should want to be where students are engaging. Today that means being online, said Lisa Nielsen, New York City Department of Education’s director of digital literacy and citizenship. Nielsen is also the brain behind the Innovative Educator blog and co-author of  …

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4 Tips for Dealing with High-Demand Parents

March 11th, 2013

By Brian P. Gatens Sooner or later, all educators have to work with high-demand parents. I’ve found a few basic strategies can defuse tension and help teachers and parents find common ground when these situations pop up. Effective schools always have a …

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Teachers: Stand Up and Speak Out for Your Profession

March 7th, 2013

By Brian P. Gatens Ok, let’s cut to the chase. You’re not a victim. Yes, yes, the teaching profession has been battered and bruised these past several years. We’ve been swept up in an economic tsunami that has engulfed all public-sector workers. …

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Quiet in the Classroom: The Power of Introverts in Learning

March 5th, 2013

by Jacquie McGregor I came across a series of articles recently that made me rethink some of my philosophies as an educator. A great deal of my time as a teacher has been spent in music classrooms. Band, choir, orchestra, jazz band, …

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STEM Education and the Socioeconomic Construct: Overcoming the Barriers

February 22nd, 2013

by Jacquie McGregor “Everyone has a stake in improving STEM education. Inspiring all our students to be capable in math and science will help them contribute in an increasingly technology-based economy, and will also help America prepare the next generation of STEM …

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Lessons from Online Education for Brick-and-Mortar Schools

February 11th, 2013

by Jacquie McGregor The Center for Education Reform reports that in 2000, approximately 45,000 students were enrolled in online learning programs nationwide. By 2011, almost 2,000,000 students enrolled in online learning through K-12 school districts, with an additional 275,000 enrolled in full-time …

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Reading Strategies for Emergent Readers: Pre-Reading

February 4th, 2013

By Jacquie McGregor The implementation of Common Core State Standards calls for teachers and students to approach English Language Arts, including reading, differently than we have in the past. The core of CCSS philosophy is that reading should be a higher-level thinking …

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Twitter: Bringing the World into Your Classroom

January 31st, 2013

Illinois Teacher of the Year Josh Stumpenhorst has done something unusual in his sixth-grade language arts classroom. He’s let the world in. For many teachers, opening the classroom through social media networks like Twitter or Skype can be scary. But it doesn’t …

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Common Core and Technology: Can Schools Afford the New Standards?

January 30th, 2013

By Marcus A. Hennessy, CEA (ret.) Teachers and administrators in a lot of K-12 schools are wondering where they’re going to come up with the money to implement the technology components of the new Common Core State Standards. Schools’ budget dilemmas were …

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Thinking Critically About Common Core State Standards

January 22nd, 2013

by Jacquie McGregor In recent years, most educators have undergone intensive in-services and professional development courses devoted to understanding the Common Core State Standards, usually without a chance to examine the pros and cons. We’re also familiar with the problems the CCSS movement aims to solve: …

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There’s an app for that: Educators must plan for a successful launch

December 11th, 2012

Educator Randon Ruggles is a big fan of using apps for tablets and smartphones as educational tools, but acknowledges that they can be a source of frustration. “I see a huge disconnect with what could be done and what’s going on in …

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Gamifying Education: Think Differently, Start Small

November 30th, 2012

Gamification, that is in education applying game design thinking to non-game applications to make them learning the 3 Rs more fun and engaging, is more than just a buzzword, another task to check off. Experts argue that it can improve learning and …

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Five Activities to Celebrate and Teach Thanksgiving in the Classroom

November 16th, 2012

Although the celebration of Thanksgiving goes back to the days of the pilgrims, it did not become an official holiday until 1941. That is when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt officially proclaimed the fourth Thursday in November to be the official national day …

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Digital “Gamification” in the Classroom: A Growing Teaching Trend

November 15th, 2012

By Marcus A. Hennessy, CEA (ret) A middle school in New York applies The World of Warcraft (WoW) in-School Project to bolster at-risk students’ skills in digital literacy and leadership. The University of Colorado’s departments of Computer Science and Education, and its …

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Using Smartphones (and other PDAs) in Class: These Days, it’s Cool!

November 13th, 2012

By Marcus A. Hennessy, CEA (ret) A few years ago, as Blackberries, iPhones, and Androids began to flood the smartphone market, middle and high school teachers tended to discourage their students from using them in class. And for good reason: aside from …

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Teaching Critical Thinking Through Debate

October 17th, 2012

As the time draws near for U.S. citizens to exercise their voting rights, teachers have an opportunity to engage students in classroom discussions surrounding the presidential elections. Students must be taught to frame their knowledge with deeper concepts than what immediately surrounds …

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