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. I had their faces in my mind as I wrote these technology guides.

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. 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. Below you will find website suggestions that address the different learning styles in your classroom with the help of technology: Verbal-Linguistic.

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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. Within our inquiry blocks, we use technology as a tool that helps us dive deeper, capture our learning, think critically, and make connections.

Class Pad: Free digital scratch paper for the math classroom

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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! What it is: BombBomb is an email service that lets you record and embed video directly in your email.

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.

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

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SAM Labs blocks put students in charge of creative learning

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How to integrate SAM Labs into the classroom: SAM Labs boasts itself as a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) tool. What it is: Recently, the good people at SAM Labs sent me an Alpha Kit to play with and review. You guys, this is such a cool product! 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.

Check123: Video Encyclopedia

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Be Internet Awesome: Tools to teach online safety

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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! What it is: BombBomb is an email service that lets you record and embed video directly in your email.

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

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What it is: My Simple Show Video Creator lets students easily create professional level “explainer” videos. The finished product looks just like a Common Craft video, so cool! The step-by-step tool helps students think about storyline and the flow of explaining a concept. How to integrate My Simple Show into the classroom: My Simple Show is a fantastic option for digital storytelling. Students begin by choosing to write their own script, or by uploading a Power Point presentation.

Mathigon: engage, play, and explore math

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What it is: Today I was working on our inquiry block framework for the 2017/2018 school year and, as often happens with inquiry, fell down a wonderful rabbit hole that led me to this site. Mathigon is a fantastic *newish* math site (it’s still being built and added to) that brings textbooks to life. I know you’ve probably seen this claim before, but this is unlike the other online interactive textbooks I’ve seen. It’s more…alive.

8 of the Best Research Tools for Inquiry

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It is a fantastic tool for comparing information (think people in history, weather in different parts of world, etc), exploring mathematics, units and measures, data/statistical information, science, geography, technology…truly you should just go play with this knowledge computational engine because my description isn’t doing justice to the cool things it does! As an inquiry based school, Anastasis students (and teachers) spend a LOT of time researching.

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

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Flipgrid for every classroom

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Wednesday Inspiration

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Aurasma: Create Augmented Reality Experiences in Under 2 Min.

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Augmented reality is the mix of technology and the real world. Anastasis Academy Art Classroom Management Create Foreign Language Geography Government History Inquiry inspiration Interactive book iPod Maker Space Math Middle/High School Primary Elementary Science Secondary Elementary Subject Teacher Resources Understand (describe, explain) web tools Web2.0

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

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World Education Games 2015! Math, Literacy, Science

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

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Wildly Audacious Goals and the Power of One

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In 2010, I thought that technology might be the savior of education. Dev4X is working on a technology solution that will empower these under served children and their communities to take control of their own learning and create better lives for themselves. I created the Learning Genome Project as an attempt to make it possible to personalize education for every child.

YouCubed: Think like a Mathematician

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Free Download: Learner Profile Survey

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

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5Sigma Anastasis Academy Inquiry inspiration Maker Space Middle/High School Primary Elementary professional development Secondary Elementary Teacher Resources 5sigma inquiry pd student agencyThere are a lot of options for professional development. Hundreds of conferences, workshops, MOOCS, edcamps, professional journals, blogs, the list seriously goes on and on. If you’re like me, your inbox and mailbox have a pretty consistent stream of offerings.

Magik Play: A beautiful blend of digital and physical play

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Making & Science with Google

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DragonBox Math Apps: Teaching students to think like mathematicians

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SAM Labs blocks put students in charge of creative learning

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How to integrate SAM Labs into the classroom: SAM Labs boasts itself as a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) tool. What it is: Recently, the good people at SAM Labs sent me an Alpha Kit to play with and review. You guys, this is such a cool product!

Literature-Map: Help students find new authors to fall in love with

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Analyze Anastasis Academy History inspiration Language Arts Middle/High School Primary Elementary Secondary Elementary Teacher Resources web tools Websites author book books genre library literacy literature litureature map love of reading read reading voiceWhat it is: Literature Map is a literature recommendation system. It is really easy to discover a new author.

Which One Doesn’t Belong? K-12 Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

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Starting with Soil: Organic Exploration App

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Adobe Spark: Easily create and share videos, images, and newsletters

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Anastasis Academy Create inspiration Interactive Whiteboard Maker Space Middle/High School Primary Elementary Secondary Elementary Subject Teacher Resources video web tools Web2.0 What it is: Adobe Spark is a collection of fantastic (free!) creative tools available online or as an app download. Create social graphics that are stunning and easy to share (you know the kind: flyers, memes, posters, ads). The example above took under 2min to create and share!

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The Letter Project: Spreading good to girls through handwritten letters

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Class Pad: Free digital scratch paper for the math classroom

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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.

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

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Watch the Debates: help your students explore this debate and the history of debates

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The social constructs in place, the historical moments of pivot, the technological advances, the impact of religion, the scientific discoveries, our perspective as a country, and the political climate in general. What it is: Tonight is the final debate before the presidential election in the United States. While I can’t say that I’m going to miss the absurdity that has been this debate, Watch the Debates is a pretty wonderful site!

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

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Get Qurious: Interactive and Digital Play Kit

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What it is: Get Qurious is a company who’s goal is to keep kids curious, creative, and expressive by combining technology and play. While it does blend technology and play, I wouldn’t call it a Maker Box. The Get Qurious Maker Box is packed full of interactive play opportunities. In this box, the story of the Three Little Pigs comes to life in ways like never before with interactive games, puzzles, and activities that encourage creativity and discovery.

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. As educators and decision makers, we often try to make shifts in educations by bring in a new program, adding the newest technology, changing one curriculum for another.