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Tools for Administrators Part 2

Dec 08, 2017

Tools for Administrators Part 2

In my previous post, I shared email tips for educators. Below are a few of the best apps I discovered and important features if you’re looking for additional resources to help manage your email.

Digital Storytelling Part 1

Dec 01, 2017

Digital Storytelling; 20 Revelations Part 1

In this blog, Jason Ohler discusses 20 revelations about digital storytelling. From simple storytelling technologies in the early days of smartphones to the plethora of information that is available today, he tells a story about the good and the bad, the new and the old, and how we continue learning to find our own narrative. This blog encompasses the first of his revelations.

Nov 24, 2017

Take an Hour to Plan for Hour of Code

I’m middle-aged. However, when I look at all of the opportunities students have today to learn, I feel young again. Flexible learning spaces, multiple literacies, maker spaces, and coding with kids are ideas that didn't exist when I was young. As an education technology professional and one-time middle school English teacher, coding with kids and coding as literacy are especially appealing to me.

Top 5 Resources in October

Nov 17, 2017

Our Top Five Resources in October

Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in September.

Nov 10, 2017

Innovative Leadership Exemplified

CoSN educators and technology professionals recently went on a trip to New Zealand to meet with government officials, local leaders and educators to get an insight into the country's education system and its policies. Members of the delegation have been encouraged to document their experiences in a blog. These are some of the highlights and insights from an exciting and interesting trip.

1:1 Initiative One Year Later

Nov 03, 2017

1:1 Instruction: A Letter to My Former Self

Dear 2013 Me,

I know you are very prepared and working hard to make everything perfect. But a lot has changed over the past four years, and I wanted to write you this letter to share advice on topics that you may not have thought of.

Tools for Administrators

Oct 27, 2017

Tools for Administrators Part 1

For years, I have been giving presentations on “Working Smarter, Not Harder: Tech Tools for Administrators.” While this talk has been aimed at school administrators, it has tools for anyone working in a school setting or anyone who is trying to streamline their workday. I have always enjoyed technology and the ability to utilize it for “good,” so anything that helps in that respect is a win for me!

Top 5 Resources in September

Oct 20, 2017

Our Top Five Resources in September

Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in September.

Character Education

Oct 13, 2017

Character Education Version 2.0–Part I

You thought we needed character education before? Just wait.

We would like traditional character education to be so solid in its perspective that it can survive modern times without much modification. But the character education we have grown up with began during simpler, far less technological times. The reality is that the extreme nature of today’s technology is challenging the relevance of character education in its current form.

Bullying Prevention

Oct 06, 2017

8 Resources for Bullying Prevention and Awareness

National Bullying Prevention Month is a nationwide campaign held during the month of October to unite communities to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. In order to help you prevent bullying, we’ve collected resources you can use in your classrooms and schools.

Technology - Positive or Negative?

Sep 29, 2017

Is Technology Helping or Harming My Students?

When a new school year starts, it is not uncommon to see old computer labs converted to state-of-the-art STEM labs or Chromebooks, iPads, laptops, robots, and 3D printers throughout a building. There are many new and exciting technology tools continually at the disposal of educators. But before you partake in the latest tech tools, I encourage you to pause and reflect on how the technology impacts instruction.

Student Privacy and Security

Sep 22, 2017

Keep It Safe; Keep It Private.

When I first started teaching 29 years ago, being safe and secure meant having fire drills and locking windows and doors at the end of the day. How times have changed! Today, digital privacy and security have been added to the physical safety of schools. Students are becoming increasingly savvy with technology, but they may not always realize how public their online information is. Because of this, educators must learn how to teach their students online security and safety.

Are we wired to believe fake news?

Sep 14, 2017

What’s the Real Problem with Fake News? We Are Wired to Believe It

In 1951, a football game inspired what would become a landmark study in psychology. Dartmouth opposed Princeton in a brutal end-of-season match that yielded a broken nose, a broken leg, and a flurry of penalties. The game's lack of sportsmanship became the topic of much public debate, with each side blaming the other for the lack of civility on the field.

Top 5 Resources for August

Sep 08, 2017

Our Top Five Resources in August

Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in August.

Classroom Design Matters

Sep 01, 2017

Classroom Design Matters

As a classroom teacher, one of the most exciting aspects of starting a new school year is organizing the classroom learning spaces. Where should the desks go? Can everyone see the board properly? Can everyone move around the room easily?

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