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The Power of an Authentic Audience

December 23, 2015
As a teacher I never accounted for the power that an authentic audience could provide for my students.  Various tech tools, like Blogger, allowed me to expand my students’ vision beyond the traditional four walls of my classroom and provide a critical and authentic audience for my students. This past school year my students blogged about their experience in Psychology and in particular their Psychology Fair experiment. Carl Sandburg High School’s Psychology Fair provides a great authentic opportunity for psychology students to show and reinforce the knowledge gained over the past year along...

What I Learned From Flipping Meetings

December 18, 2015
As a teacher, I always held myself to the standard of answering the question, “Would I want my child in my classroom?” But students aren’t the only ones learning during the school day. Now that I’m an administrator, I am responsible for managing my department, which includes modeling new technology and explaining resources during our team meetings. I started asking myself, “Would I want to be in my department meeting?” Everyone talks about the “flipped classroom,” but I have started flipping portions of my department meetings. I flip the portion that would be considered “lecture style.” The...

Learning in Motion with School Bus Wifi

December 16, 2015
The typical school day includes an awful lot of transportation: lengthy bus rides each way, not to mention trips to sporting events and field trips. And all that travel means that students often need to stay up late, or wake up early, to try to get their assignments done. But what if the bus ride could help students work, instead of getting in the way? That’s what’s happening in Kanawha County Schools in West Virginia, where they’re turning a fleet of buses into internet hotspots so students can work on the go. Last year, the Kanawha district went digital, supplying tablets to every middle...

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