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Edtech for Earth Day

April 15, 2016
Next Friday marks the 46th anniversary of Earth Day, when people around the world come together to discuss new ideas and solutions for tackling environmental issues. This year’s initiatives cover a wide range of issues facing our planet, from planting trees to finding new energy sources to making cities 100% renewable. But what does Earth Day have to do with technology? In order to preserve the environment, we first have to learn about it – which is why Apple and the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation have created iPad-based Earth Day lessons to help students explore the world around them....

Increasing Engagement with Tech Tools

April 12, 2016
Drop by Wendi Straub’s classroom at Idaho Falls High School and you might find an atmosphere that looks more like trivia night than a school day. As Straub asks biology questions with the quiz program Kahoot!, cheers and groans erupt from the class when their answers get projected on the screen. This may look like a game show, but it’s also changing the way Straub teaches: she can use her students’ quiz results to adjust her lessons and focus on the subjects that need the most review. It’s all part of the digital revolution taking place in Idaho Falls, where teachers and students alike are...

Classroom Transformation, using Technology

April 08, 2016
When new principal Scott Frauenheim arrived at the West Belden campus of the Chicago International Charter School, he knew he needed to make some changes. “In the traditional setting,” he noted, “we were always doing what’s always been done, and always getting results that we’ve always gotten.” So with a grant from the education non-profit startup LEAP Innovations, Frauenheim got his teachers professional development and new software and technology. In the new classrooms, students work on laptops and tablets to take interactive quizzes, complete their assignments, or follow along with a...

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