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An App Changes Students’ Behavior – By Putting Them in Charge

April 27, 2016
Keeping students focused is never-ending task.  For many teachers, like special education teacher Alexandra Beckman of Ozark, Missouri, it can feel like more time is spent wrangling the class than actually teaching. Her fifth and sixth graders sometimes struggle with paying attention and staying on task. Lately, though, Beckman has been getting some digital assistance thanks to an app called I-Connect. She’s found that this tech tool isn’t just keeping students focused: it’s also empowering them to practice self-control and responsibility. How can an app help students be more independent? It...

Connecting with STEM through Technology

April 22, 2016
We all know that STEM has plenty to do with technology – it is the “T” in the acronym, after all. But a group of schools in Maine is demonstrating that tech isn’t just what you learn in STEM, it’s how you learn it. From practicing computer code to experimenting with chemical reactions to designing and building bridges, these students do it all, and it’s thanks to technology that their schools can bring STEM skills into the classroom. In Mickey Flores’ middle school science classes, for instance, students learn about reactions by Skyping with a scientist at Vanderbilt University. Once their...

Learning Multiplication with more than Memorization

April 19, 2016
You might remember learning multiplication by memorizing your times tables – repeating each equation, one by one by one: “five times five is twenty-five”. But that method isn’t what you’ll find in Jennifer Guido’s third grade classroom at Richard A. Shields Elementary in Delaware. Instead, Guido uses a series of stations, with different tech tools at each one, to present math to her students in a variety of ways. She was just named the PBS Digital Innovator for Delaware in 2016, and seeing her in action, it’s easy to understand why. Guido’s model allows students to rotate to three different...

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