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Tech Integration and Classroom Instruction

Tech Integration and Classroom Instruction

Pre- Reading My thoughts below are inspired by the following: Cast your NETS  by Andrew Vicars Really? Its my Job to Teach Technology?  by Jeff Utecht. My Thoughts I am a tech integration specialist, my title says my job is to integrate technology, presumably that means in the classroom. But I tend to think of myself more as an instructional or learning coach.  It has never been about the tools, but about the learning.  As educators I have always viewed …

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Khan Academy

Khan Academy

Khan Academy, started out as one individual making math videos to help explain difficult concepts, it has grown 2,100 videos, and includes exercises and assessment.  The mission, to provide high quality free education to anyone in the world.  Topics focus primarily on math and science from elementary trough college levels. There are other topics related to business, finance and a growing history section. This site is well worth directing your students to or adding to any web enhanced learning environment….

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Introduction to eBooks and eReaders

Introduction to eBooks and eReaders

It is hard to predict the future and even harder when it comes to technology. In my last post Getting Ready for eBooks I wrote about how we need to prepare for eBooks as they are becoming ubiquitous.  As a school we need to make sure we have the infrastructure to support a variety of web ready devices, a process for creating and distributing eBooks and support for staff in how to create and use eBooks and “eDocuments” for their…

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In the Spirit of the Season – Collaborate

In the Spirit of the Season – Collaborate

The following is a post by Becky St. Onge who is a fellow collaborator and learner. Aesop proclaimed “In union there is strength.” Margaret Meade said we should “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Vince Lombardi maintained that “individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” For centuries…

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Tag your it – Wordle

Tag your it – Wordle

Jen Wagner has tagged me with the Wordle meme begun by Lee Kolbert. I was also tagged by Martha Thornburgh. This works well with Teach 42‘s posts Day 27 and Day 28 of 30 days to being a better blogger where he referenced Lee’s meme. So here goes. I first used my RSS feeds, I have 4 feeds and I found it interesting that they produced different Wordles. One seemed to only show my first few posts about the MassCUE…

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Just Keep Swimming

Just Keep Swimming

In the last few weeks I have been trying to drum up business. Hoping to get teachers to work with new tools in the classroom, always a challenge as the year draws to a close. Anyway… I have been hearing more and more of the following lately. Why should I learn this tool, won’t there just be another one? What is ONE I should be using. There are too many tools what is the best one? I sympathize. I try…

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Changing the Learning Environment, Part 1

Changing the Learning Environment, Part 1

Ryan Bretag’s March post** …Aren’t Good Enough, really hit on something I have been struggling with myself. In my responsive post I listed some questions I am focusing on and will discuss with anyone who will listen. Here are my thoughts on my first questions. How do we get teachers/administrators to use and see the value of these tools for themselves and their students? (In my opinion Hurdle #1) First let me preface that the educators who ‘get it’ sign…

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