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More than ever in today’s classrooms technology integration is redefining the learning process. Digital tools can be incorporated in a variety of ways- from games, online textbooks, videos, apps, web 2.0 tools, learning management systems (like Converge☺ )...the list goes on and on. But the end result is evident: digital…

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Think there's no need for hashtags, filters, or “selfies” in your classroom? Well, think again! Instagram is one of the most popular social media channels being used by this generation of visual learners and communicators. Social media is a part of their everyday routine, so why not make it a part…

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SUMMER FOREVER...or don’t we wish! It’s that time of year again! July 4th has come and gone, the back-to-school signs have appeared in our favorite stores, and those beloved summer days are quickly coming to an end.  In the midst of the back to school madness, it’s easy to let…

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Engaging instruction, student centered learning, and a classroom foundation built upon creation is the goal of every educator. But, often the question is HOW do I accomplish this? How do I “change” my classroom, and design an atmosphere that is more beneficial for the many different ways students learn today?…

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Well, it’s that time of year again, the summer is winding down and school is back in session. Students are boarding the buses and spending their days in the classroom. Before long the homework will pick up, the assignments will get a little more rigorous, and the school projects will…

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There are so many interactive and engaging apps available to teachers today. With one search of a button you can find yourself surrounded with hundreds of apps on any given topic. So as a teacher, I asked myself this question: With all these great resources, why should I limit my students to only using one app at a time?

I’ve found one of the most beneficial uses of apps in the classroom forms when you begin giving students choice over which apps to use and promoting the smashing of multiple apps to create one product. In my classroom I saw  increased student engagement and greater retention of learning when I introduced my students to this process, referred to as App Smashing.

Now, I know what you’re thinking “Use more than one app at a time? Yeah right, I just figured out how ONE app works, how am I supposed to use it in conjunction with three or four others?”  The answer? YOU aren’t. THEY are.

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