Tag Archives: Edtech

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When the batteries die, break out the crayons

This is a cautionary tale about what happens when educational technology fails. Of course, tech┬ábreaking down is nothing new, but reliance on technology in a 1:1 learning environment introduces some complications that you might not have thought about. Not so long ago, I would have ranked myself up there on the list of folks who knew how to do educational technology pretty well. I had Read More →

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Moving from Lecture to Live Discussion: Replace Lecture Slides with Image Search Results

I’ll get to the point of this post in a bit, but first, if you’re wondering what I’ve been doing this summer, here are some pics from my deck construction project in my backyard: Aside from bragging about my deck, there’s a point about learning to be made here. How did I “know” how to build this deck? Was I born a carpenter? Certainly not. Read More →

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iPads in Science Education: Apps Students Actually Use

Almost every tech blogger I run across publishes some sort of Top Ten list of iOS apps at some point in their blog. Not to be outdone, I present my own list here, but whether it has ten apps and whether it manages to sell stuff to anyone remains to be seen. With any luck this post will let you see how we’re using iPads Read More →

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Why I abandoned my AppleTV for Airserver

In which an Apple fan chooses a cheaper alternative for sharing iPad screens. Simply put, there are times that I need to show content-related stuff to my class so we can engage material as a group. Call it lecture, call it discussion, call it whatever you like. When I first started teaching, that consisted of a chalkboard and my lame drawing skills. These days I’m Read More →

iPads in Anatomy

iPads in the classroom: a review of my 1:1 deployment so far

I’m going to return to my roots as an edtech blogger for a moment and recap this past semester’s iPad deployment project, so those of you used to reading my notes about SBG will have to wait for the next post. Let me begin by saying that this project would not have been possible without Erik, my district’s technology guru and grant writer. He was Read More →

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Managing student websites with Pearltrees

This is just a quick post to share a neat tool for keeping track of student websites called Pearltrees. I ran across this article recently and thought this might be useful for organizing all of my student sites that I need to keep track of. As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I keep track of individual student blogs using RSS feeds. But there are Read More →