Technological devices with internet access have been deployed in schools across the globe. Some educators see this as an opportunity to leverage technology to empower students in accessing, curating, and creating content. Still others are hesitant to place technology into students’ hands in the classroom. Teachers, administrators, and parents may express fears of cyberbullying and inappropriate media use. Educators may indicate that they do not feel comfortable using the technology themselves, much less introducing it to students.
Posted in Learning, Technology, edtech, Teaching, back to school, Admin
As student’s trickle back into freshly decorated classrooms, laughter fills the halls, and August 2019 comes barreling to an end...it can only be one time of year: Back To School. For the 2019-2020 school year, let’s go out on a limb! Let’s try a few new things. Let’s paint a bathroom door, teach meditation instead of detention, and play with legos in math class!
Posted in Learning, edtech, Teaching, Teacher ideas, 2019, learning games, back to school, meditation, legos
As teachers, we’re constantly looking for tools to enhance and extend learning and make our lives easier. Google provides a variety of unique resources that are perfect for exactly this. From scheduling, to sharing assignment information and updates with students and parents, to hosting guest lecturers, there are so many ways Google can help enhance your classroom and simplify your life as a teacher. Using Gmail for easy communication, Drive for information and document sharing, and Google Docs for easy creation of documents for classroom management are just a few of the creative ways that you can use Google in your classroom to improve structure and better support learning.
Posted in Learning, edtech, Chromebooks in the Classroom, Google Suite for Education, Teaching, Chromebooks, 2019, learning games, games
Social Emotional Learning Through Classroom Technology
From managing our schedules, to corresponding with parents and coworkers, to recognizing when we need to eat, our ability to complete the everyday functions of our lives relies on our own social emotional skills—such as communication, assessing our own needs, empathizing with others, problem-solving, and goal-setting. For students, these skills are gained and refined through social emotional learning, and technology can be useful in providing students and teachers with the tools and means to aid that learning.
Thank you to all who spread a little heart with us at ISTE last month at the GoGuardian Giving Tree. We are thrilled to share that we dropped off the check of $7,390 to Coded by: Kids yesterday in Philadelphia. Forgoing our conference giveaways this year will help Coded by: Kids prepare underrepresented young people to succeed as tech leaders through project-based learning and mentorship. We appreciate your heart-folding enthusiasm at ISTE and your understanding for why we didn’t give out swag this year. It’s an incredible feat to see this community come together to promote teaching, technology, and equitable opportunities through this effort, and we couldn't be prouder to share it with you.
Posted in events, edtech, conference, Teaching, Gratitude, Teacher ideas, 2019, Teacher Appreciation, iste