Project Based Learning is More Than Just #EdTech

Project Based Learning is More Than Just #EdTech

I was touring our campuses today during summer camp and stumbled across a group of middle school students working on their catapult projects. Speaking with these students reminded me that Project Based Learning has been around for quite a while and it involves much more than just #EdTech. These students were actively involved the prototype model of PBL, improving their designs to make their catapults shoot further. This was your typical “dad made” type of…

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Stopping to Take a Moment…

Stopping to Take a Moment…

Some days are tough. It’s important to be able step outside of oneself at any given moment to reflect on the impact that we may be making on those around us. At the end of the day, it’s the relationships in our lives, with our family, colleagues, friends, and students that matter.  

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Make Cute Custom Icons in OS X

Make Cute Custom Icons in OS X

Custom Icons You Can Make in OS X “How do I make cute, custom icons for web shortcuts or folders on my MacBook?” This question actually comes up quite a bit. Though it is a simple process, it does require that you do certain steps in order. In this video tutorial, we create an image which is then saved as the new icon for a URL shortcut to Teachers Pay Teachers. This method can be applied to…

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K-12 Schools Need to Start Thinking About Creating Brand NameRecognition for the Future

K-12 Schools Need to Start Thinking About Creating Brand NameRecognition for the Future

K-12 Schools Need to Start Thinking About Creating Brand Name Recognition for the Future   Recent summaries predicting changes in education have emphasised the need for schools, mostly higher ed, to market and develop brand name recognition to keep recruiting students. In light of how Texas seems to be going, this seems prudent for K-12 as well if they are to maintain current student ADA funding. This article is two years old, but I think…

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Preconceived Stereotypes in Professional Development Training

Preconceived Stereotypes in Professional Development Training

Preconceived Stereotypes in Professional Development Training   With all the discussion in the media lately about prejudice, racism and bias, I thought it might be good to reflect on my own biases and preconceived notions when training others. The longer I work with groups of people the easier it is to develop preconceived notions. For technology training it’s not so much about race or gender as it is age. I’ve always assumed that if you…

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Why iMovie?

Why iMovie?

Why iMovie? At the 2014 TCEA conference in Texas, I presented a session called “Lights, Camera, Action! with iMovie” for the iPad Academy. I consider iMovie to be the “gateway drug” for instructional technology. I really like Apple’s iMovie to begin teachers’  journies into #EdTech for a variety of reasons.  So Why iMovie?   With so many video editing apps and programs available, what’s so important about iMovie? Simply stated, iMovie meets my 3 criteria…

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WhiteBoard HD – Free App Today 6/21/2015

WhiteBoard HD – Free App Today 6/21/2015 Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there! Today’s post takes a quick look at a free app for iOS, WhiteBoard HD. It sells for $1.99 normally, so it’s not very expensive. What makes this app cool is it’s simplicity. It doesn’t try to be all things to all people. It has some straight forward marker or animation tools, a few templates, and allows you to add…

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June 2015 Tech Tips

Tuesday’s Tech Tips June 2015 This edition of Tech Tips looks at resources with myHRW’s on-line textbooks, phasing out legacy XP computers, easy animated GIFs, and collaborative web pages in iOS and more. Tuesday’s Tech Tips June 2015

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Fun, Quick #EdTech Activity to Get Students to Think Critically

Fun, Quick #EdTech Activity to Get Students to Think Critically Here is a fun, quick activity to get students to think  critically. Although this is an ELA example, it can be done with any sufficient selection of text. Paste an entire chapter of text into Wordle. For this activity, I chose Chapter 5 of The Great Gatsby. Then generate the Wordle or have your students each generate a Wordle depending on your access to technology. The students…

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Easy #EdTech | Create Animated GIFs as Flash Cards

Easy #EdTech | Create Animated GIFs as Flash Cards

Easy #EdTech | AppSmashing to Create Animated GIFs as Flash Cards Creating animated GIFs is a bit old school by today’s #EdTech standards, but can still be a fun and easy activity for students. Websites like Gifmaker.me make creating these images easy and can be done on Macs, PCs, ChromeBooks, iPhones, iPads and Droids. The finished product can be used in other projects or shared in a variety of ways including Google Classroom, email, websites,…

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