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Technology: the savior of education?

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I had a great time helping other teachers learn how to use technology, and coming up with ideas for how they could integrate it into their classrooms. I decided that I was going to take all of the curriculum home over the summer and create supplemental guides using technology to help teach what wasn’t in the curriculum. The back of my MDX filled, I had a goal: to leverage technology to solve this problem. One with unique learning patterns.

Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction

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One of the major benefits of using technology in the classroom is the ability to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of every student in every lesson. Just as every student grows and develops at different rates, they learn in different ways and at different speeds. Technology makes it possible to pace lessons appropriately for each student’s learning level and can be used to promote learning in the multiple intelligences. |Kelly Tenkely|.

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How We Express Ourselves: Making a Museum in a Box

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I also am unwilling to retire iLearn Technology all together. I hope that you’ll continue to find reasons to come to iLearn Technology. These days, rather than merely sharing a technology tool that I’ve found useful, I want to do so within a broader context. We love the way that questions open opportunities for exploration, discovery, and new connections within learning. The kids learned so much in this block!

SAM Labs blocks put students in charge of creative learning

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I love that as soon as students open it up, it puts them in charge of the learning. Best of all, it encourages the learning to happen through playful trial and error. Through these 17 blocks (the Alpha Kit comes with 4 of the 17 blocks), students get a front row learning experience to delve into programming, logic, and analytical skills while they express themselves creatively and become problem solvers.

BombBomb is hands down the best way to upgrade your email game

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This is one of those pieces of technology that has been life-saving for me during the pandemic and one that I will continue using forevermore! We are currently back to in-person learning, but I’m still using BombBomb to send my weekly newsletter.

Class Pad: Free digital scratch paper for the math classroom

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As a teacher, you can use ClassPad to create learning material for your students. What it is: ClassPad is free online software that lets you digitize your math scratch paper. You can create original teaching materials for the math classroom quickly and easily. With ClassPad, you can quickly add mathematical formulas, graphs, spreadsheets, and geometry sheets to share with your students (and other teachers). ClassPad can be accessed from tablets and computers.

SAM Labs blocks put students in charge of creative learning

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I love that as soon as students open it up, it puts them in charge of the learning. Best of all, it encourages the learning to happen through playful trial and error. What it is: Recently, the good people at SAM Labs sent me an Alpha Kit to play with and review.

How We Express Ourselves: Making a Museum in a Box

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I also am unwilling to retire iLearn Technology all together. I hope that you’ll continue to find reasons to come to iLearn Technology. These days, rather than merely sharing a technology tool that I’ve found useful, I want to do so within a broader context.

Wednesday Inspiration

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Angela is the perfect person to kick off a weekend of inspiration, learning, iterating, collaborating, and launching. You’ll get a first hand look at what re-imagined learning looks like. On Sunday, we have adult learning excursions that will give you a glimpse of what student field-trips and staff professional development look like at Anastasis. If you have never had the privilege of hearing Angela Maiers speak, you are missing out!

BombBomb is hands down the best way to upgrade your email game

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This is one of those pieces of technology that has been life-saving for me during the pandemic and one that I will continue using forevermore! We are currently back to in-person learning, but I’m still using BombBomb to send my weekly newsletter.

GeoGuessr- Build critical thinking skills with this map-based game

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How to integrate GeoGuessr into the classroom: GeoGuessr is a fun way to challenge your students to use context clues, think critically, ask questions, and learn geography. All skills that are useful for any kind of learning! What it is: GeoGuessr is a fun map-based game where students get virtually “dropped” somewhere in the world, and must explore the landscape around them through Google Street View to determine where in the world they are.

Swift Playground: Apple’s free app that teaches kids to code!

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How to integrate Swift Playground into your classroom: Swift Playground requires no previous coding knowledge, making it the perfect tool for learning how to code. The skills built as students learn to code are the same skills that will help students in other disciplines like math and science. Beyond what most learning platforms allow, students will be able to adjust multi-touch interactions, the accelerometer, and the gyroscope.

Check123: Video Encyclopedia

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Video is the preferred learning method of 90% of our students at Anastasis, when they do a search, they usually begin on a video site. With Check123, they are sure to get some quality results back to kick start their learning and research. What it is: Check 123 is a new video encyclopedia site for kids. All videos are validated and ranked by Check123 professionals, are 1-3 minutes in length, and a curated on just about any subject you can think of.

Flipgrid for every classroom

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What it is: Flipgrid is a video discussion platform for your classroom that lets you engage and capture learning in new and awesome ways. How to integrate Flipgrid into your classroom: Flipgrid is a great way to get your students reflecting on learning, collaborating, and providing peer feedback. I love the way it encourages collective intelligence and highlights the social nature of learning.

Be Internet Awesome: Tools to teach online safety

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I love the way the lessons learned in the games can transfer seamlessly to real-life as well. What it is: Be Internet Awesome is a fantastic new way to help your students make the most of the Internet by being prepared to make wise decisions as they navigate and interact online. Be Internet Awesome helps teach students the basics of digital citizenship and safety online.

Wildly Audacious Goals and the Power of One

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In 2010, I thought that technology might be the savior of education. I created the Learning Genome Project as an attempt to make it possible to personalize education for every child. This led to creating a model that honors unique individuals, a model that would make utilizing the Learning Genome Project possible. About a month ago, I received an email through the Learning Genome Project’s website. These are kids who live their learning every day.

Woot Math: Adaptive learning for fractions and decimals

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What it is: Woot Math uses adaptive technology to personalize the math learning experience in new ways for 3rd-6th grade students. Woot Math is adaptive, as students use it, it gets “smart” and creates learning pathways based on the specific needs of the student. It is like having a personal tutor sitting beside them as they work through new learning. If a student doesn’t understand a problem, the program adapts to approach the learning in a new way.

8 of the Best Research Tools for Inquiry

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Students drag elements and follow prompts to learn how to correctly complete a search to get the best possible results. Want to learn more about how we run our inquiry powered k-8 classrooms at Anastasis? Analyze Anastasis Academy Apply Classroom Management Download Evaluate Inquiry Internet Safety Middle/High School Primary Elementary professional development Secondary Elementary Teacher Resources Technology web tools Web2.0

Free Download: Learner Profile Survey

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Learning Style Preferences. The complete Learner Profile template is free with purchase of the Learning Genome Project Card Sets that help you determine multiple intelligence strengths, learning style preferences, and brain dominance. To learn more about the how and why of Learner Profiles, check out the related posts below: Is Differentiation a Teacher Driven Endeavor? At Anastasis Academy , our year begins by building a Learner Profile for every student.

Aurasma: Create Augmented Reality Experiences in Under 2 Min.

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Augmented reality is the mix of technology and the real world. As a result of their learning, the students decided to build a Domino Museum ( you can read about that here ). Anastasis students are SUPER creative in presenting their learning at the end of an inquiry block. In one of our learning spaces she created a time machine that students could get into. Then she themed other learning spaces for each time period.

We’ll provide the environment, your job is to flourish… Join us in February!

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5Sigma Anastasis Academy education reform inspiration Middle/High School Primary Elementary professional development Secondary Elementary Subject Teacher Resources 2018 5sigma anastasis academy classroom conference education conference environment flourish intention learning pd word of the year2018 is almost here. What decisions are you making today that will amplify what is possible in 2018? Every year I choose a word. An intention for the year.

My Simple Show: Create your own explainer videos for free!

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My Simple Show’s obvious use is for explanatory digital storytelling, but it would also be a great way for students to reflect on a field trip, tell a story, retell new learning (pssst. This would be a fun way to create an A to Z type book of learning, reflections by students after a unit, a 100 day video, fact vs. opinion video, a class video of poems, a phonics video, or a class video about a field trip that students took.

Mathigon: engage, play, and explore math

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This means that beyond learning the “rules” of math, learners are actually invited to engage the concepts, play with them, explore them in context, and find out what other concepts they are linked to. There are very few math sites that I’ve come across that truly support an inquiry approach to learning math, Mathigon is one such site.

Hello Ruby: A whimsical way to learn about computers and programming

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What it is: Hello Ruby began as a whimsical children’s book by Linda Liuka meant to help kids learn about computers, technology, and programming. can learn something from Ruby. Ruby loves learning new things, and hates giving up. You’ll find lesson plans, educator stories, and resources to help you get started with learning and teaching programming yourself. The ground work for learning to code is all here.

Building Student Agency: Multiple Intelligence Strengths

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What it is: The Learning Genome Project started nearly 8 years ago in response to a sense of urgency to make education more about those it serves: students. In the process of building the Learning Genome, I came to a realization that even if this perfect tool existed, there wasn’t the infrastructure in schools to fully utilize it. Next, we go through the Learning Genome card decks.

Photomath: Scan math problems for immediate step-by-step instructions

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With Photomath , students can scan a math problem and learn how to solve it with step by step instructions and an answer. How to integrate Photomath into the classroom: On the surface, the Photomath app might look like the ultimate way for students to “cheat” their learning. What it is: Photomath is an app available on the App Store and Google Play.

Magik Play: A beautiful blend of digital and physical play

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Analyze Apply Fun & Games Interactive book iPod Language Arts Math Primary Elementary app blended learning blended technology blocks building center engineering fine motor skills iPad Magik Play patterns problem solving puzzleWhat it is: Magik Play sent me a Starter Kit to review, and boy am I glad they did! The Magik Play is a beautiful blend of digital and physical.

World Education Games 2015! Math, Literacy, Science

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The adjacent learning opportunities during the World Education Games is great (similar to what the Olympic games brings!). Anastasis Academy Fun & Games Geography Inquiry iPod Knowledge (remember) Language Arts Math Middle/High School Primary Elementary Science Secondary Elementary Spelling Teacher Resources Technology Understand (describe, explain) Websites competition literacy mathematics maths numeracy world world education games world literacy day world maths day world science da

Using Agency to Empower Students: What is Sacred in Education? #5Sigma

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Team Anastasis will share how we’ve done it, what we’ve learned along the way, share our insight into what not to do, and be transparent. Learn more and register at [link] If you need help requesting the professional development dollars to attend, we are happy to help out, customize our template letter. We are in full on count down mode for our yearly education conference, 5Sigma. This year our theme is Using Agency to Empower Students: What is Sacred in Education.

DOGO News: current events and non-fiction for your classroom

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What it is: DOGO News is a great place for kids to learn about current events, read non-fiction articles, and access customized content that you curate. DOGO features thousands of news articles and new original content added daily, this is the leading online source of current events for students, teachers, and schools! DOGO Teachers allows you to create a special page for your students. Each article lists the Common Core Standards it meets, and the grade levels it is appropriate for.

Flash & Thunder- Part graphic novel, part game, all fun and learning

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What it is: INVICTA Challenge combines technology (in the form of an action-packed video game), a graphic novel, maps, an operation packet and an action figure that inspires kids to read and problem solve. Each INVICTA Challenge collection builds problem solving and leadership skills for students 8-14. Part story, part game, students are placed in historical situations where they get to make the decisions that will determine success or failure.

Class Pad: Free digital scratch paper for the math classroom

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As a teacher, you can use ClassPad to create learning material for your students. What it is: ClassPad is free online software that lets you digitize your math scratch paper. You can create original teaching materials for the math classroom quickly and easily.

Metanoia- the journey of changing one’s mind, heart, self, or way of life (basically what #edu is all about!)

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What we actually end up with is new standards, new curricula (usually replacing one one-size-fits-all with another one-size-fits-all), new technology initiatives, more professional development, added “rigorous” expectations, new standardized tests, new assessment systems, and new buzz words. Tests show progress in learning. Kids should move through learning at the same pace and, if they aren’t, there is something wrong with them. We design for learning.

A conference about what is sacred in education: 5Sigma Edu Con

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With the help of an incredible staff, we’ve created a place where: we begin with students, inquiry rules the learning process, learning is hands-on and experiential, we have a living curriculum, we use space as a ‘third teacher,’ we help our students excel by eliminating tests/grades/homework, we’ve transformed assessment, we customize the learning experience for every learner. A large part of our program is full-immersion learning.

YouCubed: Think like a Mathematician

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These lessons go far beyond your typical math drill/skill/learn-a-new-formula. Depth of learning! Analyze Apply education reform Evaluate inspiration Math Middle/High School Primary Elementary professional development Science Secondary Elementary Teacher Resources Websites apps articles brain science depth games growth mindset iMath jo boaler lesson plan math games math lessons mathematics maths mindshift numeracy stanford you cubed youcubed

123D Design: The simplest (FREE) way to get ideas into 3D

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I introduced this app to some of our students who have been learning the basics about coordinate planes. This is the type of creation tool that helps students understand the application possibilities of the math they are learning (math in context, what a novel idea!). What it is: 123D Design is a free super powerful, but simple to use, 3D creation and editing tool. As if that wasn’t great enough, it also supports many new 3D printers!

“What if we started a school?” – Come see us in action!

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What if we took kids on learning excursions every week? What if we had 1:1 technology? Our goal isn’t to show you all of the latest and greatest apps that you can use in your classroom (although you’ll likely learn about some new ones while your here). PBL and Tech: Tools to Support Inquiry Based Learning . Explore tools and apps useful to teachers and students in an inquiry based learning environment.

DragonBox Math Apps: Teaching students to think like mathematicians

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As they play, children learn about how big numbers work, and how to perform long addition and subtraction. In DragonBox Elements, students will secretly learn geometry. This is learning math through exploration. Students can play a game, and then come together as a class to reflect and write down the rules they have learned in that “chapter.” What it is: I adore the DragonBox math apps ! I was first introduced to DragonBox through their Algebra app.

What makes your school/PD/conference different?

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When we talk about education, too often the focus is on learning all the right things, equipping kids with the right content and answers. But the truth is, a great school is about so much more than learning all the right things. We can’t assess in a way that minimizes the individual and the learning journey that is happening. We can’t pretend that worksheets, tests, and grades are what learning is about. We can’t let technology be the teacher.

Starting with Soil: Organic Exploration App

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They can use a compost wheel to learn about which things can be composted; learn about pollinators and their role in the food we eat; explore fungi, bacteria, protozoa, algae, and nemotodes with a built-in microscope; and learn how long it takes to make an inch of healthy soil with an interactive timeline. Follow-up learning by giving students the opportunity to put that new understanding to work.