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TCEA

This is the first year I won’t be attending TCEA, the Texas Computer Education Association conference, in Austin, TX. It has been my favorite conference since beginning my coverage of education and education tech gatherings. Texas teachers are part of the reason I love TCEA.  I discovered that teachers also come to Texas for the event from all over the U.S. One year, I flew in with about 20 or more educators from Maine, who … Read entire article »

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Create Simply Brilliant Digital Lessons

Create Simply Brilliant Digital Lessons

Every once in a while, I come across software that is so simple-stupid to use that it makes me appear brilliant. Camtasia by TechSmith is one such software. Many educators have been using it for years, as well as other screenshot-video makers out there to create how tos and digital lessons. But recently, I was reminded of how crazy-easy Camtasia is to use—for everyone—and not just the techno pilots in your schools and districts. Sorry, … Read entire article »

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Does Standardized Testing Show What Students Can Do?

Does Standardized Testing Show What Students Can Do?

Standardized tests like beautifully written resumes don’t always predict the best learners or employees. Does it show what students can really do? Today, it’s normal for learning to be put on hold for more than a few weeks out of the school year. Furthermore, an anxious teach-to-the-test culture change can go well beyond that—to filter into almost every day a student spends at school. We’re not talking just about the testing that happens during the … Read entire article »

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Tech Literacy Teachers

Tech Literacy Teachers

Recently, I got my hand slapped, just a little, when in an online presentation chat room I noticed someone having difficulty. The person was trying to be part of the discussion, but most of that discussion was happening on Twitter, rather than in the chat. She evidently was lost. So, I gave a quick Twitter lesson—had her download TweetDeck, and in moments she was on Twitter participating in the discussion and adding followers. Oh, the … Read entire article »

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Team Mentoring with Tech

Team Mentoring with Tech

When I first began in education, my mentor was a lead teacher, who received a few dollars to show me around the school. His mentoring amounted to, “Here’s the stockroom, if you take anything, write it down, or Betty will have your head! And on this shelf you’ll find all of our filmstrips. If you can’t find one on a topic you need, come see me, it’s probably in my room. Remember that filmstrips are … Read entire article »

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Classrooms as Digital Learning Studios

Classrooms as Digital Learning Studios

I love walking into a classroom that looks just a bit different than the way we see them depicted on TV or in the movies—straight rows just make better camera shots—I guess. I understand the face front approach, although I only used it out of necessity for mandatory standardized-test seating. Today’s technology educators are looking at classrooms in a different way. I was actually privy to a Dell BETT Think Tank discussion recently where educators tossed … Read entire article »

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Don’t Be Cheap!

Don’t Be Cheap!

I found myself humming Don’t Be Cruel by the King—thinking about this post—because cruel treatment is what you’ll get if you go cheap rather than spend appropriately to get the education technology you really need. I also need to say that I was thinking and humming to the chattering of my cheap electric razor. Yes, I went for cheap, and knew on first shave that my new razor shaved no better than a dull clam … Read entire article »

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Textbooks Take It on the Lam

Textbooks Take It on the Lam

There’s been a lot of buzz for some time about eReaders and eBooks for kids in classrooms, so for McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to get involved with digital, and with Apple in particular, was a no brainer. I’m certain there were many teachers saying, “It’s about time.” And, no one will feel sorry for those outdated texts napping in warehouses, or in school storerooms next to filmstrip projectors. Don’t get me wrong; I love … Read entire article »

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Thinking AR/3D Lessons

Thinking AR/3D Lessons

Here’s a lesson idea that would fit best at middle school and higher levels, but could fit anywhere. It is the type of lesson that would fit perfectly into interactive Augmented Reality (AR)/3D teaching and learning. The concepts could cover science and math, reading, language arts and writing, as well as individual and group activities—all in engaging, interesting and collaborative ways. And, it could involve book(s)/eReaders, software especially designed for whiteboards and other interactive devices. Goal: … Read entire article »

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