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Opinion


YesWeKhan: Learning Alone is History!

The data are clear: when using online resources such as the Khan Academy videos, videos from flipped classrooms, and in higher ed -- MOOCs, learners sitting at the kitchen table or in their room or on the family couch will at some point hit an "I'm stuck" bump. Instead of quitting, which is what usually happens, use YesWeKhan, an Android app, to collaborate with a buddy and work through the confusion. Currently, YesWeKhan VERYbeta supports watching Khan Academy videos -- collaboratively.

Students Owning Their Learning: A Tale of 2 Schools

From Dewey in 1916 to PISA findings from 2012, with scientific research and personal experiences in between, we know that student ownership of their learning is absolutely key. In this week’s blog post, we explore how student ownership is facilitated in a direct-instruction school (Carpe Diem schools) and a project-based school (New Tech Network schools).

A Seat at the Table

Where does IT sit in your district?

A Classroom Teacher Talks About Technology: Maybe We All Should Listen?

A classroom teacher speaks up about the difficulties of finding good iPad apps for her students' to use. Frankly, "we" could make it easier; "we" could address the difficulties she cites. So, why don't "we?"

Technology Still Needs Good Educators Behind It

A year in ed tech has taught me that the greatest gadget is only as good as the people behind it.

Smart Watches, Smart Phones, Smart Socks, Smart Bras: How about Smart Children?

From Smart Watches to Smart Margarine with Smart Bras in between, we are being inundated with smart objects. While the epithet “smart” may be overused, we argue that it is precisely this next generation of “smart” objects that will be the catalyst for the profound and fundamental change in education that we techies have been promising for the last 50+ years.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Please Share Your Mobile Instructional Tips!

One hand washes the other; time for us to help each other in using mobile devices effectively in the classroom. Teachers, please, send us a curricular tip on how you use mobile devices in your classroom. We will publish your tips in our blog; thank you!

Stop the Misinformed Opposition to Common Core

The opposition to Common Core is misinformed and dangerous.

Tech Fanboy Corner: What’s Trending? Computing Devices, Computing Device Usage

We step above the technology tsunami that is enveloping us and note the types of changes in devices and changes in usage patterns engendered by those device changes that are taking place. Your computer is not your father’s computer; no way, no how.

Two Heads Are Better Than One: Mobile Apps that Support Synchronous Collaboration

Everyone wants K-12 students to learn to collaborate. But where are the supports?! Well, finally, here are some free, easy to learn, easy to use, apps for iPads and Androids, that help students as they synchronously collaborate in creating concept maps, KWL charts, etc.

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