Technology for Teaching & Learning

By Cyndi Kuhn | DED 318 Class for Pre-Service Teachers at Kansas State University

Prepping students for future computer science jobs

The economy is rapidly feeling the impact of advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, which allows computers to make decisions, …

To err is human - and a powerful prelude to learning

<i>Once a month, this column</i> <i>will examine the insights that science offers about the way people learn, and how such findings could influence schools.</i><p>Most …

It puts kids to sleep. And just so ya know . . . that’s a bad thing. (Plus 18 ways to make it better)

Shocker. Lecturing to students puts them to sleep.<p>Who could have guessed?<p>Well . . . I should have. But I didn’t. During my first few years as a …

Teaching

Yoink is the macOS Shelf Utility I Want on iOS Too

At WWDC, I was disappointed that the iOS 11 announcements didn't include a shelf where content can be temporarily parked. When Federico and Sam Beckett made an iOS 11 concept video earlier this year they included a shelf, which felt like a natural way to make touch-based drag and drop simpler. I …

Mac App Store

12 secrets of teachers who trimmed 10+ hours off their workweeks

One of the questions a lot of teachers like to ask 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club members is:<p><b>“What exactly did you learn to do differently through the</b> …

Time Management

iOS 11 Tips: Two-Factor Authentication Replaces Two-Step Verification

A little over two months ago, I wrote a Tips article covering Apple’s Two-Step Verification and Trusted Devices. This is a very important weapon in constant battle to protect your accounts from unauthorized access, and I highly recommended that anyone reading this who is not already on iOS 11 …

iOS

ISTE 2017: Digital Initiative Pays Off for Kansas Students and Teachers

• ​A 1:1 initiative was designed to increase student engagement and drive academic achievement.<br>• Mobile devices created opportunities for learning beyond …

Education

Using Augmented Reality for Writing Prompts

Here’s my new post for LitLife’s blog about using augmented reality as a literacy tool! Check out LitLife’s blog for more posts and literacy tips. …

Augmented Reality

Students Say They Are Not as Tech Savvy as Educators Assume

A love for avocado lattes and Snapchat filters are just a few of the stereotypes following Millennials these days. But students are now pushing back …

Education

Google developed a school curriculum to help kids fight trolls and hackers

Google is launching an educational program designed to teach kids about phishing, internet harassment, passwords, and other internet safety issues. Called “Be Internet Awesome,” it includes a classroom curriculum and a video game called <i>Interland.</i> It was developed with help from teachers, YouTube …

Internet Safety

25 Dollar Store Teacher Tips You Prob Haven't Seen Yet

Helpful ideas no matter what grade you teach!

Hacking

Inspired by Dwayne Reed: Welcome to Room 108

Every year teaching at Positive Tomorrows in Oklahoma City, my students informally find a song that they love and brings us together as a class. This …

Review: Satechi Type-C Pro Hub, the hub Apple should have made

When Apple unveiled the 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, I wasn’t so sure I was ready to go all-in on USB-C. I’m not against using dongles, but the idea of having to carry multiple around was not appealing.<p>After spending a week with the Satechi Type-C Pro Hub, it has quickly become a staple …

Laptops

Apple AirPods- Take Two

I’ve been using my Apple AirPods for around two weeks now, so I have gotten a pretty good feel for how they work at this point, and have figured out more of their strengths and weaknesses. All things considered, the experience has still been very good overall.<p><b>The AirPods are by far the best</b> …

Why schools are like my daughter’s terrible Art!

I’m not a bad parent or nasty but thinking objectively, my 9-year-old daughter’s latest painting from school is a shockingly bad piece of art. It’s …

5 Alternative Uses of Microsoft PowerPoint (Because it’s Not Just for Presentations!)

When you hear the word PowerPoint, you likely think of one thing: presentations. Yep, the tool is most commonly used for giving an audience something …

Benefits of Using Backchannels In Your Classroom

Over the years I've introduced a lot of teachers to using tools like Padlet, TodaysMeet, and Socrative in their classrooms. All three of these tools …

How I Welcome Newcomers to Online Teacher Professional Development (a/k/a the #MTBoS) and How You Can Too

Here is the promise:<p>There is a community of math educators that meets online at all hours of the day. They trade support and resources and many of …

Apple adds 4 new tutorials to ‘How to shoot on iPhone 7’ video series

Apple earlier this month launched a new website and video series focused on helping users get the most out of their iPhone cameras, and today the company has further expanded the series with four new how-to videos…<p>Apple has added four new tutorials to its “How to Shoot on iPhone 7” website: how to …

IPhone 7

The rise of visual communication at work

The way we communicate is constantly evolving with the the biggest shift currently being the move towards visual communication.<p>What used to take a sentence to say can now be communicated using a single gif or emoji. And importantly, what used to take 30 seconds to read and digest can now be …

Language

5 Ways to Use Padlet in School

Padlet is a versatile, collaborative tool that I’ve been using for years with students in my classroom and teachers in my workshops. Over the last …

Education Technology

16 Great iPhone Photography Tips via Apple

Many of us rely on iPhone as our primary camera, but no matter how great (or not) you are at photography, who couldn’t use some advice on taking even …

We Ask Teachers

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked educators from around the country to share their most transformative edtech moments. We discovered …

educate-kansas

Learn How Venice Works - And Take a Virtual Tour Through It

The Amazing Race is one of the few television shows that I try to catch when new episodes air. This week the show was in Venice. Watching this week's …

Keeping it in proportion

I’m constantly amazed with the amount of wonderful learning you can enjoy if you follow the right people. For my This Week in Ontario Edublogs post, …

Three Free Speech-to-Text Tools

Last week during Practical Ed Tech Live I answered a request for free speech-to-text tools. If you missed the broadcast, I suggested Dictation.io and …

Education Technology

Clips: Hands-on with Apple's hip new video app!

Clips opens on the live viewfinder screen so the world is instantly open to you. It's not Snap or Insta — it was made by Apple's video team and not …