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Excellent Tool to Teach Students about Digital Citizenship and Digital Literacy ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

April 22, 2015

Digital Compass is a new tool released by Common Sense Media to help kids learn the fundamentals of digital citizenship and digital …

Digital Literacy

Work For The Smithsonian

Help to digitize important collections at the Smithsonian Institute.

Project: Smithsonian Transcription Center

If you have spent much time in museums, you've likely spotted the occasional open back room door ... offering a tantalizing glimpse into the guts of the institution where all the important …


How to use Google Hangout for screencasting - Innovation: Education

Let this powerful tool save you time

There are a plethora of screencasting tools available for Mac, PC and Chromebook, but one way to create a …


10-Year-Old Gets Mission Song Stricken from California School District Curriculum

A 10-year-old Wukchumni boy is changing the way one California school district teaches Native history.

Alex Fierro, a fourth-grader in the Visalia …


Historic Use of Books

The beauty of sharing things in district and beyond is the impact that these projects have. Three years ago Tanna Fiske's 8th grade students used …


Blended learning and teacher empowerment - Innovation: Education

Getting educators to a place of power with a powerful method

When I think about educational technology, it has never for me been divorced from …


Celebrating learning at Richmond Elementary School - Innovation: Education

4th grade researchers share Capstone Projects with community

This past Wednesday, 4th grade scholars at Richmond Elementary School, in Richmond, …


What it's really like to use an LMS with students - Innovation: Education

edmodo vs Schoology, digital badges and how to leave a great comment

5th grade Peoples Academy Middle Level teacher Hannah Lindsey returns this week …


What does Minecraft look like in a school? - Innovation: Education

Crafting Pickaxes, swords and social skills

Since its release in 2009, Minecraft has made its way into 60 million homes worldwide and has become the …


The digital native problem - Innovation: Education

Labels get in the way of fully understanding people

In a recent Twitter chat #vted we were discussing digital citizenship and the confounded label …


Professional development through Google Hangouts - Innovation: Education

Two years ago, our middle level team undertook a pilot project to begin work on personal learning plans (PLPs). Under the guidance of James Nagle, …


Digital citizenship in the real world - Innovation: Education

Learning on and off-line civics

Whenever I taught civics, I repeatedly told my classes that I would measure my success as a teacher on how many of …


Student motivation in claims, evidence and audience - Innovation: Education

What makes an argument worth making?

Recently, I was working with a colleague about getting students more jazzed to dive deep into building claims …


Ss using @padlet to brainstorm project interests at Edmunds Middle School. Great range of ideas! #vted

Sugaring, STEM, and the community part 2: teaching others

Last week we looked at the sugaring operation at Essex Middle School. The students at the Edge Academy built a sugar house a few years ago, and now …


37 Ways to Help Kids Learn to Love Reading

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

These …


Helping Girls Unlock Their Leadership Potential

Women make up approximately 51 percent of the U.S. population. Yet in 2013, they make up just 18.3 percent of Congress -- and this is the highest …


Teach children outside to save their vision, say scientists

In China, pupils are already being taught in huge translucent boxes to try and halt their vision decline

Children should be allowed to study outside to stop them becoming short-sighted, a new study suggests.

Researchers believe that youngsters are spending so long inside for lessons that it is …

Scientific Research

4 Earth Day lesson ideas with iPads - Innovation: Education

Study the Earth’s ecology with deep-digging tech tools

“Earth Day 2010″ by v-collins, CC 3.0

Earth Day is April 22, and if you’re looking for some …


Sugaring, STEM, and community connections - Innovation: Education

Early spring is sugaring season in Vermont. We produce the lion’s share of the domestic output of maple syrup, and we’re pretty proud of it. The …


From STEM learner to teacher - Innovation: Education

Student teaching STEM Academy arduino strand

Meet Ian. Ian’s a senior at Essex High School, and he’s not just enrolled in the STEM Academy there, he’s …


#vted twitter chat, 4/15/15: - Innovation: Education


Moderated by Washington West Supervisory Union superintendent Ned Kirsch (@betavt), the #vted twitter chat takes place every other …


4 ways to use an iPad1 in the classroom - Innovation: Education

Making the most of an original generation iPad

Yes, you read that right: you can definitely still use an iPad1 in your classroom. Sure, not every app …

Learning to parent as an educator - Innovation: Education

What’s your school song?

A few months ago I wrote about not spending enough time on personal reflection. It is incredibly easy to be immersed in the …


Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015

24% of teens go online “almost constantly,” facilitated by the widespread availability of smartphones.

Aided by the convenience and constant access …


Find an authentic audience for public service announcements - Innovation: Education

Help your students’ PSAs find their public

Student-made PSAs are a great way for students to engage in project-based learning with real-world impact. …


Personalized STEM learning at Essex High School - Innovation: Education

New podcast episode: Essex STEM Academy

In this episode, we talk with math educator and STEM Academy leader Lea Ann Smith about Essex High School’s …


A Pledge to Responsible Use of Student Data

No one would argue the value of data-driven technologies as mission-critical tools, essential for powering teaching, learning and school ­operations. …


Why Texting Should Be Part of Teaching

Ever heard of Teacher Text? It’s a moniker for the intentional use of text messaging for educational purposes. The increasing role of technology in …