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Cell Phones for Student Engagement

March 20, 2015
Kim Hoffman Kanof, a teacher at Madison High School in Portland, OR, teaches a challenging group of students – some are homeless, and many have significant sources of stress outside of school that keep them from engaging in class. She noticed, however, that no matter what their home situation was, nearly all of her students brought cell phones to school. She decided to try using cell phones as an instructional tool using Nearpod, a web-based app for iPhone or Android. With the app, Kanof found new ways to engage her students: self-guided quizzes and polls, as well as more creative outlets.  ...

Digital Learning Day, in the Classroom

March 19, 2015
As if we didn’t have enough excitement going around for the Pi Day of the century, last Friday was also Digital Learning Day. In case you were too busy eating pie, and missed the discussions and events, Matt Renwick, principal of Howe Elementary School in Wisconsin Rapids, WI, shares some strategies for integrating technology into classrooms in meaningful ways. Lisa Sonnenberg, who teaches a fourth- and fifth-grade mixed classroom, uses an online tool to prepare content for lessons, which allows her to embed multimedia content and assessment tools (think- pop quizzes within videos).  Videos...

Pi Day of the Century, Enabled by Technology

March 13, 2015
Today, classrooms across the country celebrated Pi Day - although it’s actually March 14th, 2015, making it the “Pi Day of the Century”—3.14.15.   Many math teachers and other math aficionados across the country have celebrated the most accurate Pi Day of the 21st century in various ways:  showing off their baking skills, reading from the Sir Cumference story books, and  introducing students to the work of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (scientists who actually use pi in real life!). Instead of actually leaving school and traveling to the NIST, students were able...

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