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Option B

Option B

Option A: students complete a paper (or electronic) worksheet of low-level knowledge and/or procedural skillsOption B: something else Option A: students read pages from a dry-as-toast textbook and then answer publisher-provided regurgitation questionsOption B: something else Option A: students sit quietly and take notes while…

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Stuff.

Stuff.

Students might publish stuff with a lot of errors. Yup. Students might not want to do stuff with a class from another place. And? Students might not collaborate letting one person do all of the stuff. Uh-huh. Students might say/do stuff that is inappropriate. So? Unfortunately,…

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Stop. Start. Share. #mwgs

Stop. Start. Share. #mwgs

Mark Garrison, Director of Technology at White Bear Lake Schools, kicked off the Midwest Google Summit in Wisconsin Dells, WI. Garrison shared his inspirational story of adventure, technology, and commitment to improve continually with technology integration. Garrison organized his keynote with the following prompts: Stop,…

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Allegory(ish) of the Pen

Allegory(ish) of the Pen

When did the (pen) stop being named a tool and become exactly what (it) is… not a punishment or reward not a motivation or resource not a reason or cause not an avenue or bridge an intricate definition crafted and created by the one who…

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Thinking about Research: Guest Blog from Amanda Mefferd, Newell-Fonda

Thinking about Research: Guest Blog from Amanda Mefferd, Newell-Fonda

Amanda Mefferd, Newell-Fonda High School English teacher, shares her reflection as she ponders the research process… Students in my college composition class are currently writing a position research paper. After some grumbling, difficulty finding sources, and a few long discussions about finding a topic that…

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Spooky Reading and Writing Ideas

Spooky Reading and Writing Ideas

I am not a fan of scary movies. I would rather laugh than scream. Despite my viewing preference, I do enjoy reading a thriller. There is something captivating about stories that create suspense, that unveil mystery, that reveal inner darkness. And those stories-fact or fiction-make…

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What makes a quality STEM activity? Find out in 5 days!

What makes a quality STEM activity? Find out in 5 days!

Hope you’ll join Mike Anderson and me for our K12Online presentation on October 30!

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Is this what we mean by ‘close reading?’

Is this what we mean by ‘close reading?’

85 questions assigned by a high school teacher to start off To Kill A Mockingbird… Is this what we mean by ‘close reading?’ Who is this book dedicated to? How old was Jem when he broke his arm? What is Jem’s full name? Who does Scout…

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Can we really call it learning?

Can we really call it learning?

If a student holds on to something she read, heard, or did in class just long enough to regurgitate it back on an assessment but has little to no memory of it a few weeks later, can we really call it ‘learning?’ How much of…

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Our technology messages are important

Our technology messages are important

When we take away technology access because of student behavior concerns, we send the message that digital devices and the Internet are optional, ‘nice to have’ components of schooling rather than core elements of modern-day learning and teaching. When we ban teachers from using social…

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PAC Celebrates Dot Day

PAC Celebrates Dot Day

“PAC Celebrates International Dot Day” Pocahontas Technology Integrationist, Susan Oehlertz, originally posted on her blog: PAC-This Just In. Check out her original post for more video and photo footage of the day. PAC Elementary was among the 2 million people in over 80 countries celebrating. International…

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Suppressing students’ creativity and inquiry

Suppressing students’ creativity and inquiry

Jeff Herzberg said: What are we doing that suppresses students’ natural creativity and inquiry? And what are we doing to try and stop those things? via https://twitter.com/mcleod/status/514074648531984384

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Making our Mark for You: Albert City-Truesdale Elementary Celebrates Dot Day

Making our Mark for You: Albert City-Truesdale Elementary Celebrates Dot Day

Albert City-Truesdale students celebrated Dot Day, an international event celebrating the mark all of us make on the world, in connection with their traditional Grandparents’ Day on Friday, September 19. Wednesday, September 17 and Thursday, September 18, elementary students participated in a maker version of Dot…

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When will we be ready?

When will we be ready?

We see it every day in nearly every class. The students lean way back, eyes drowsy, barely paying attention, sometimes propping their chin up with their fist… we’ll call this ‘the slouch.’ Or they’re leaning forward, spine curled over, head resting on their arm or…

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Questioning Tech as a Focus?

Questioning Tech as a Focus?

To the One who worries kids will never write with a pen or pencil again-computer keyboards to blame teach when one should: a love letter, a thank you note, a to do list, a song lyric jotted on a napkin… To the One who fears…

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Which schools are the true ‘miracles?’

Which schools are the true ‘miracles?’

Let’s imagine that we lived in an era in which change was occurring incredibly rapidly. An era in which our information landscape was undergoing drastic transformations into new, previously-unimaginable forms. An era in which our economic landscape was destroying rock-solid, stable livelihoods due to threats…

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America: Land of (Missed) Opportunity?

America: Land of (Missed) Opportunity?

As a history teacher I spent a lot of time reading and sharing immigrant stories. We have seen countless movies and TV series and news stories about poor, down-trodden immigrants who left everything behind to wait for the Statue of Liberty to come into view;…

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What would be your reasoning NOT to connect your students to the world?

What would be your reasoning NOT to connect your students to the world?

Laura Gilchrist said: Twitter allows educators to connect and interact with resources, ideas, and people from around the world. Twitter allows educators to share their stories – positive stories included. We need more positive stories because, I’m telling you, there’s a lot of good going…

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The Time is NOW

The Time is NOW

As I think about the start of the school for my children who are now a freshman and junior in high school and a sophomore in college, they don’t have much time left in K-12 education.  One child has only two more years to learn…

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First Day, First Week

First Day, First Week

Originally Posted 8/13/13: First Day, First Week SAY WHAT? The most horrid advice for my first day of school arrived in a grumbled angry rasp, “Be tough. You are too nice. Tough. Tell ’em how it is. Your way or the highway.” I ignored that advice….

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