Category: Technology

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Roll The Dice on QR Codes

I was browsing for a game a few days ago in a local shop, and I discovered this really great little trivia game.  It came with a dice covered in QR codes.    I did what most of us in education do.  I examined it, and came up with an idea to make it useful for kids, at the cheap price of free. I thought of those dice templates we’ve all used.  You know, the ones that are a bit of a struggle to fold and glue together when you’ve got a room full of  kids.  But, they work. Then...

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Matters of Creativity: 10 Things To Inspire

Creativity in the classroom isn’t optional, it’s essential.  It’s motivating, engaging, and supports the idea of taking risks to develop new ideas. Here are ten discoveries from around the web can inspire your kids next week…. 1.) Tiny Worlds in Jars:   Ever see a tiny world created in a jar?  These are inspiring to the imagination.  Give kids a jar and ask them to create a world. Write stories about the world. Design a new land, or a past land. 2.) Codea:  I have to really love an app that’s $9.99, but this one?  Wow.  Touch code.  Create games....

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Building Bridges

When you drive across a great bridge, you can see so much. Where you came from. Where you are headed. The connections that hold it all together. The pavement that solidifies new ideas. It’s like learning. Connecting past to present, ideas to actions. A visible link between thoughts. The design of the structure? It is dependent on tools. Nuts. Bolts. Each one important to the outcome. Technology integration. Resources. Hands on experiences. Global connections. It all becomes a part of the steel that binds strong experiences into tangible thoughts.  The bridge of learning. But the strength of that bridge? It’s...

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Ten Reasons to Be a Connected Educator

The Top Ten Reasons to Be a Connected Educator, shared as I tweeted as @Connected Ed. Reason 10: Resources! Others bring resources to you. HUGE timesaver. Hashtags (such as #edchat, #scichat, #elemchat, #gtchat) let you focus on what you need to find and when! Who has time to sit around searching Google for resources that may or may not be good?  Not me.  Through the Twitter stream, I’ve found apps and other tech tools that were tested and recommended by other teachers! Reason 9: Opportunities! I’ve been to a Space Shuttle Launch, Space Camp, the White House, New York City for a STEM Academy,...