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9 Unique Ways to use Technology in the Classroom

Nina W. Nina W. March 11, 2019

Finding creative ways to use technology in the classroom can both make your life easier as a teacher and boost student excitement levels and engagement with lessons. From helping with communication among teachers and students (as well as peer-to-peer), to organizing curriculum calendars, to enhancing presentations and lessons with media and visuals, there is no limit to the ways to use technology in the classroom to create an enriched learning environment. If you’re looking for ideas of exactly how to use technology in the classroom to enhance learning, some examples include:
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Posted in Differentiated instruction, classroom management, edtech, Chromebooks in the Classroom, Digital Citizenship, Media Literacy, Whole Child, Teaching, Teacher ideas, trends, learning games

How to Block Fortnite in Schools

Nina W. Nina W. February 15, 2019

In fifth grade, I used to creep to the basement after my parents were sleeping to play The Sims on our computer until well after midnight, often on school nights with no concern for having to be up early for school the next day. In high school, I would go to the library and sit at the computer farthest away from the library information desk, turning my screen so that no one could see me logging onto gaming sites during my “research” periods, or trying to use proxy servers to get onto MySpace and AIM. These are the experiences that sit fresh in my mind as I find myself in this ironic-but-necessary position on the other side of the digital battle against accessing restricted content at school.

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Posted in Safety, Learning, Filtering, classroom management, edtech, Internet Safety For Kids, Chromebooks in the Classroom, Internet Safety, Digital Citizenship, Teaching, Chromebooks, 2019, Fortnite, games

5 Reasons to Teach Digital Citizenship This School Year

Nina W. Nina W. January 28, 2019

It’s a whole new reality of learning for students, with so much of their communication and education now happening online. Our responsibility as educators now extends beyond the classroom to a world within keyboards and html codes, and teaching students to navigate these digital spaces responsibly is a major part of helping them develop a healthy relationship with the world around them. Integrating digital citizenship into your classrooms is a vital part of this process.

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Posted in edtech, Internet Safety For Kids, Internet Safety, Digital Citizenship, Teacher ideas

Want to Provide Better Education? Don’t Compromise on Classroom Management.

Tamara Gordon Tamara Gordon November 26, 2018

Kids at computersEducation has been a hugely important part of my life for as long as I can remember. Even from the time I was a little girl—up through middle school and high school—education was all around me. I saw my mom working hard as she attended college, laboring tirelessly to get her Associate's Degree. I also have a great aunt and a great uncle who were teachers. And when I used to play as a child, I would play "school.” I honestly don't remember a time when education wasn’t a significant part of my life.

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Posted in Learning, Technology, classroom management, Classroom Management Solution, Digital Citizenship

Real or Fake News?

Marielle Gilbert Marielle Gilbert November 19, 2018

Fact Fake 1200 x 627px@2x-100 copyHelping students discern fact from fiction has never been more challenging. Here are four tactics to help.

The rise of digital journalism has made information more accessible, but also presented unique challenges. Research is no longer limited to the library; today, kids go online to scour the entirety of the internet. While students now have instant access to learning sources like Encyclopedia Britannica or The New York Times, they also have access to every online hoax, doctored image or conspiracy theory at their fingertips.

Meanwhile, “fake news” stories are being shared at an alarming rate, especially on social media: over half of Americans claim to regularly see fake news on sites such as Facebook or Twitter. Suffice to say, it’s never been more important to model media literacy to students and impart fact-checking skills. By helping children distinguish between what’s real and what’s fake news, parents and teachers can teach kids how to think for themselves, as well as gain a clearer understanding of the world.

Here are some helpful ways to teach kids about real or fake news sources, and give them the tools they need to decipher between the two.

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Posted in Technology, Child Safety and Protections Month, Digital Citizenship, Fake News, Media Literacy, Journalism
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