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The most important skill for students is to say "no" more

Can you code? Speak a second language? How high is your IQ?<p>There’s much debate on what students need most to succeed in an increasingly competitive world. The challenges of automation, globalization, and political upheaval leave out the fact that we’re living an age of information …

Education

Comment on Overhauling How We Teach Our Kids in a World of Accelerating Change by Whirled Peas

I have worked as a Montessori educator for the last 30 years. Not only have we addressed all of these issues for almost a century, but research shows …

Education

How to use Dictation on Mac

<b>Updated March 2017:</b> Added information about choosing different languages with Dictation and dictating punctuation and formatting.<p>If you have mobility …

13 Things You Can Do with MacOS Sierra You Couldn't Before

MacOS Sierra is here and available for everyone —well, at least anyone who owns a Mac made in the last six years. If you’re wondering what’s new in …

11 Hidden Tips, Tricks, And Hacks For Making The Most Of Google Docs (And Also Sheets And Slides)

If you’re just using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides to write and share documents, you’re doing it wrong. The online office suite is packed with hidden features that go way beyond tracking changes. To see how you can make the most of these products, I spoke to Ritcha Ranjan, product manager for …

8 Waterproof Cases for Your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s

Waterproof protective cases are are truly life-saving accessories for your iPhone. We've rounded up the best picks for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s.<p>Some waterproof cases will not only add bulk to your iPhone, but also affect the audio quality of its earpiece and speaker. The compromise is necessary in …

Make Your Facebook Profile More Private in 6 Easy Steps

Managing Facebook’s labyrinthine privacy settings is an ongoing challenge, not least because the options available to users are constantly changing. …

7 Great Tools to Create Digital Mashups in Class

December 19, 2015<br>One way to creatively integrate technology in classroom learning is through engaging students in media activities that involve the …

Education Technology

How to use Apple's most innovative iPhone app of the year

Apple's most innovate app of 2015 is one you may have never heard of: Workflow.<p>The app's tag line is "powerful automation made simple." It's like a Swiss army knife for completing complicated tasks, which the app calls "workflows," on the iPhone or iPad.<p>For example, you can use Workflow to make …

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EasyBib Writing Center

While much of the research around strategies for teaching English Language Learners focuses on those who are just beginning their study of English, …

4 Great New Google Docs Templates for Teachers

November 21, 2015<br>A few months ago, we shared with you six popular Google Docs templates to use in your instruction but those were in the old template …

3 Awesome Chromebook Tools to Annotate Web Content

November 22, 2015<br>Here are some good Chrome extensions to use on your Chromebook to annotate webpages. You can use them to highlight portion of a web …

Review: Mophie Juice Pack Reserve for iPhone 6/6s & Power Reserve 1X external battery

Battery maker Mophie's latest portable charging accessories are compact, convenient and durable, making them an easy recommendation for anyone …

Gear & Gadgets

Why Ed Tech Is Not Transforming How Teachers Teach

—Charles Mostoller for Education Week<p>Student-centered, technology-driven instruction remains elusive for most<p>Public schools now provide at least one …

Why Did Google Drive Go Down?

The disruption occurred for several hours this afternoon, but the reason remains unclear<p>Is Google Drive down for you? Us too. The company's online storage option became inaccessible around 2:55 p.m. EDT today and has been wonky ever since, affecting the related Google Docs and Google Sheets web …

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Google Tricks That Will Change the Way You Search

Google Search's learning curve is an odd one. You use it every day, but still all you know is how to search. But the search engine has plenty of …

Back up iPhone photos with new share sheet for Google Drive

Both the Google Drive and the Google Photos app for iOS have an auto backup feature. I take so many screenshots and useless photos, however, that I prefer an ad hoc approach where I upload only a select few photos as the need arises.<p>The Google Photos app is handy for creating albums on the fly, …

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How to beam YouTube to the big screen using El Capitan

Ever wish you could watch all those great <i>Key & Peele</i> or <i>Inside Amy Schumer</i> clips from YouTube on the big television in the living room?<p>Sometimes the small screen on your MacBook just isn’t large enough to contain all that hilarity. It’s times like these that you’ll want to send video to that massive …

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Seven ways education can benefit from technology

LanguageUndefinedTemplate: Mid-advancedAuthor: Colin HegartyTags: future of educationedtechvideoArticle content: Yesterday we explored the idea of …

Education Technology

Google Keep Is Now Available on iPad

September 25, 2015<br>Google Keep is finally available in the App Store for iOS devices. It took almost two years for Google Keep to make the move to …

4 Great Wikipedia Tools to Use with Your Students

September 26, 2015<br>The use of Wikipedia in education is a controversial topic with a polarizing effect in the education community. Without getting …

What’s so great about Google Drive? And why should my students be using it?

<b>I have fallen in love with Google Drive.</b> But it was not love at first sight.<p>Our relationship was slow to get started. First, Google Drive was like …

Education Technology

Convert Your PDF's to Google Docs - Teacher Tech

This Google Docs tip tells you how to convert a photo or PDF into a Google Doc. Earlier I blogged on annotating PDF’s being a bad lesson plan. I had …

7 things I learned about Gmail working at Google

My first day at Google in 2011 felt a bit like joining Hogwarts: you’re excited and not entirely sure what you’ll be doing!<p>I was happy to do anything and learn in the process! For the next two years, I was lucky enough to train Google employees on Gmail and to pitch Gmail to companies of all …

5 Classroom Tools to Measure Student Learning

Quizizz<p>Much like Kahoot, Quizizz allows teachers to gather evidence of student learning in a fun, gamified environment. When teachers create …

10 Reasons to Love Google Docs — SitePoint

Google Docs is like Mary Poppins’ magic purse. Underneath your standard cloud-based word processor fare is a seemingly endless supply of tricks, …

Trade your writing pad for your iPad and take notes in Whink

Do you take a lot of notes at work or school using your iPad? Do you sometimes like to type, but other times prefer to handwrite your notes? Are you …