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Teacher Tech Pros Share Stories and Ideas

February 29, 2016
It’s always exciting to share stories about the power of technology in education – and even more of a thrill to bring those ideas to a national audience. Last week, the Smarter Schools Project teamed up with Education Week’s Rick Hess to do just that. Over the course of the week, the education news site featured four Smarter Schools teachers as guest bloggers, offering lessons and advice from their personal experiences with tech in the classroom. Didn’t catch the articles last week? Here’s a quick rundown: Data Brings Parents and Teachers Together: Digital Learning Specialist Kerry Gallagher...

Virtual Learning Day, No Snow Required

February 26, 2016
Earlier this winter, we took a look at the ways that technology can help students stay on track when school is closed due to weather. Thanks to online learning platforms and digital communication, it’s possible to spend your snow days learning – and still have time to play outside. But how would teachers and students feel about an online learning day without the wintry weather? That’s the question that Park Ridge High School in New Jersey wanted to answer when they held their first Virtual Learning Day. Park Ridge Principal Troy Lederman was looking for a way of getting students ready for...

Games in the Classroom Increase Engagement – And Attendance, Too

February 24, 2016
In an age where computer graphics look almost as good as real life, it might be hard to believe that a blocky, pixelated game like Minecraft could ever be popular. But Minecraft has taken the world by storm with over 20 million players, many of whom are teachers and students putting the game’s lessons into action. The game’s focus on creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving has made it a hit in the classroom – and for Alaska teacher Cindy Duncan, it’s even improving attendance. Duncan teaches second grade in the remote island town of Sitka, where she’s already seen the impact of...

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