You’ve likely been reading about the importance of understanding and implementing technology into your classroom in an increasingly digital world, but trying to figure out how to integrate technology into the classroom can be a daunting task. With so much new technology and so many constantly changing edtech trends, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to start, especially for those of us who are less tech savvy. But do not fret! There are many ways to integrate technology into your classroom with ease, such as:
Posted in Learning, Technology, edtech, Chromebooks in the Classroom, Teacher ideas
Education 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.
Posted in Learning, Technology, classroom management, Classroom Management Solution, Digital Citizenship
Helping 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.
Posted in Technology, Child Safety and Protections Month, Digital Citizenship, Fake News, Media Literacy, Journalism
November is a time for festivity, seasonal treats, and family togetherness. November is also Child Safety and Protections Month: a critical time to reflect on children’s safety in and out of the classroom. This month, along with recipes and holiday shopping, school communities will meditate on topics that relate to children’s welfare, including their safety online.
Posted in Technology, Filtering, Internet Safety For Kids, Google Suite for Education, Child Safety and Protections Month
Reflections and insights gleaned from meeting with the American Association of Suicidology’s Youth Advisory Board.
Across American schools and campuses, there’s a rise of youth involvement with campus activism, philanthropy, and social causes — and mental health awareness is no exception. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with members of the American Association of Suicidology’s (AAS) Youth Advisory Board and to hear more about the impactful initiatives they’re working on to advance suicide prevention.
Posted in Safety, Learning, Technology, Suicide Prevention, American Association of Suicidology