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FluidMath: Game-like Digital Calculations

FluidMath: Game-like Digital Calculations

I recently had a conversation with a way too smart, young mathematician/entrepreneur, Don Carney, Ph.D., who gave me a one on one demonstration of something called FluidMath put out by Fluidity. I’d bravely taught 5th grade math, and even some at the 7th and 8th grade levels, so didn’t think what was left of my hair would hurt during his presentation. I told Carney that I wanted to be moved by his software, and wanted … Read entire article »

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Dr. Robert Ballard’s 2000 Digital Chat with My Students

Dr. Robert Ballard’s 2000 Digital Chat with My Students

The following chat by Mr. Royal’s Science Students and Dr. Robert (Bob) Ballard took place June 9, 2000. The Students used iMacs in the Media Center to contact The Institute of Exploration, while other classrooms used projected computer images of the chat.  In this way, all classes were involved. Historians Alyssa and Jon archived the chat. The Dr. Robert Ballard Chat, June 9, 2000 Bob: Good Morning, everyone Devonna:(New Msg) Hi Dr. Ballard, this is my seventh grade science class … Read entire article »

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Closing Schools Is Unacceptable

Closing Schools Is Unacceptable

Let me preface this by saying that it’s easier to look at things from the outside—in, without knowing all the decision circumstances, but closing schools as an education-correction option is ridiculous. You can’t handle education problems in the same way you would an old recipe, which requires lard—just toss it out. I may be old-fashioned enough to think that things can be fixed with creative thinking and a lot of hard work. Probably the reason … Read entire article »

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All My Teachers Have Tech, But No One Uses It!

All My Teachers Have Tech, But No One Uses It!

I absolutely hate hearing someone say, “We have technology equipment, but my teachers don’t use it!” It drives me down Crazy Street! There is absolutely no way that scenario should have been played in that way. Note that I didn’t say played to an ending like that. If teachers have tech and aren’t using it, the problem isn’t in the tech, and it’s not with the teachers, it’s with the engine that should be cheerleading … Read entire article »

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BioBuilder Brings Biology Engineering to Class

BioBuilder Brings Biology Engineering to Class

As a former life science teacher, as well as an elementary classroom guppy farmer, I’m always interested in creative ways to teach science, as well as looking for more unique and experiential ways to fill STEM classrooms with eager, young scientists. I was fortunate enough to find one, while talking with Natalie Kuldell, Ph.D. at MIT. Kuldell is an instructor with the Department of Biological Engineering. Now, don’t let that MIT role scare you, Kuldell … 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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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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