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From "No Devices Allowed" to BYOD

March 06, 2015
In this great post, rural Arkansas principal Daisy Dyer Duerr provides insights into how her school handled the transition from “no devices allowed” to “bring your own device”: by trusting students, teaching them digital citizenship, and guiding them as they use technology devices to support learning. In Daisy’s school, the change in technology policy coincided with incredible achievement gains—and her school is now in the top 10% of Arkansas schools!

150 Years Later...

March 04, 2015
This year marks the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s assassination. However, you don’t have to take a class trip to DC to give your students a first-hand look at Lincoln’s life and legacy. Discovery Education is running an online, virtual tour of Ford’s Theater, along with expert-led discussions for students. The site also offers a range of free interactive resources for both educators and students, and, soon, classroom activities. 

How Do You Say "Student Engagement" in Spanish?

February 28, 2015
If you’re looking for a way to integrate tech into your classroom, keep track of student progress, and bring them a fun learning game, Spanish language teacher Mara Gust (Greenbush Middle River School District, MN) might have a great answer. Kahoot!, a trivia-based program, posts questions and rewards students with points based not only on the number of correct answers but also the time it takes them to choose. (Don’t worry if your classroom is BYOD – Gust notes that Kahoot! works on any device.) The program also allows teachers to download a summary of responses to the questions, so that...

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