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Reflect with me for a moment to days in your classroom when students are giving presentations….ALL DAY!  Each a similar progression of slides presented by students anxious about speaking in front of their peers.  Do you find yourself wishing students were more focused on content than how a slide will zoom,…

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Students today are different than they were five or even 10 years ago. Their lives are flooded with technology and students want to use this tech to create in a variety of ways. Think about the times in your teaching career when you assigned an open ended project, meaning students…

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There’s nothing like seeing the name of your school scroll across the bottom of the TV screen when the snow starts to fall outside.  It means a day of sledding and hot chocolate!  But, not anymore.  In many states, schools are opting for e-Learning as a way of keeping up…

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Let's bring some excitement to your normal vocabulary by using Wordle.net.  I'm sure you're like me and always see these neat word images where everything is pointing in different directions… You know the ones with different colors, and fun fonts, and they're just so much fun to look at. Sure…

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Ok, so we've been talking about our Remix[ing] seminars for a while… If you haven't already heard about all the locations, here's your chance. Remix[ing] is the new thing, taking your classroom to another level of student inspired and lead learning, making the student responsible for their education. The great…

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Classroom_Structure_InfographicToo Often a Tale of a Digital Teacher:

Your digital transition all started when your administration handed you some iPads.

You felt comfortable with the websites your students used on the computers in the back of your room, so you added the links to the home screen of the iPad.

Next, you searched your content in the app store to find apps for your students. Although overwhelmed by the number, you selected a few (hundred).

In the end, you used the iPads for stations, content-specific game-based learning apps, and rewards. Maybe even added in a little whiteboard app for some excitement.

Am I right?

You survived a few months with mobile devices, and no one got hurt (not even a cracked screen), but the learning in your classroom wasn’t transformed quite like you had imagined.

So, now what?

  1. Stop the drill-and-kill apps.
  2. Don’t be overwhelmed with the App Store.
  3. Install these 11 apps.
  4. Commit to trying one app from each element every unit this school year.

Here are four elements to consider before presenting your next lesson.

Element One: Consume

Goal: Differentiate instruction, perform frequent formative assessment checks, provide 24/7 access to content, vary content delivery methods

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