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Bringing Professionals Into the Classroom- Virtually

October 08, 2015
Imagine bringing a robotics expert into your classroom to demonstrate the prosthetic limb she built. What about an insect biologist with a collection of rare beetles, or a fashion designer who can show off the latest in style and craftsmanship? It turns out that all three of these experts, and literally thousands more, can be available at your fingertips. What does this look like in practice? Just ask Ashere Potter of Aldridge Elementary in Plano, TX. Two years ago, looking for a way to give her fifth grade students a window into life outside the classroom, she wondered if she could get her...

Technology Breaks Down Classroom Walls for Parents

October 06, 2015
I recently had open house for the parents of my high school students. These were not one-on-one conversations, but more of a general meet-and-greet between parents and teachers. For many parents, this was the only time I will see them face-to-face this year. In high school, students are more independent than they are in the younger grades and so that usually means less contact between parents and teachers. Upper level students have multiple classes per day, a complex schedule, and various teachers. The simpler one-teacher, one-classroom model of elementary schools is left behind for a...

A Student's Take: Why Cellphone Use at School is a Great Idea

October 01, 2015
There’s been a lot of talk recently – and even a study – on the use of cellphones in school. Many of the arguments made have been against the use of phones, claiming that banning them will help students learn. As a student, however, I’ve seen firsthand the ways that cell phones and other mobile devices can be used to benefit students in school. If mobile devices are used correctly in classes and in education, they can increase student understanding and interest in the material they are required to learn. The different apps and tools that are available for mobile devices can give students a...

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