5 Favorite Activities to End the School Year

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The end of the school year is a time when both students and teachers alike are distracted by thoughts of vacation, sleeping in, and no deadlines. It includes certificates of achievement, badges at the completion of units, and a classroom tracking poster to show how students are progressing.

Bringing Literature to Life in Open Sim

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Mary Howard’s students build and learn in Open Sim , a virtual world like Second Life. Visit www.coolcatteacher.com/econ for more information and remember to tweet out your pics about how you teach your students using #PowerofEcon. We bring these students into a virtual world.

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Novel Ideas for Writing Instruction

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MORE BETTER WRITING Third Grade Students at Milton Public Schools use FlipGrid to record book reviews. They’re reading student work that’s more thoughtful, properly revised, and well researched, and they’re able to give efficient, effective feedback to each student.

Beyond the Genius Bar: Cultivating Leadership With a Student-Led Tech Team

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You’ve probably heard of the student-led “Genius Bar”, which is generally a team of student leaders that provide technical support for the technology devices and programs in their schools. What a great way to utilize and develop student knowledge and skills, right? Busch's student tech teams have four sub-committees: the “Newcast Directors," the “iPad Consultants," the “Makerspace Mentors," and the “Cyber Squad." The Various Student Tech Team Sub-Committees.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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It works well, that is, if you disregard student data privacy and security. Affluent students get to digital tools for creative exploration; poor students get to use theirs for test prep. Students don’t pay attention to lectures, they would argue.

Common Core and Service Learning PBL Professional Development

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Yesterday I had the privilege of facilitating a Common Core and Project Based Learning professional development class for 7th-12th grade teachers. The class participated as students in service learning discussions about our community and how we could implement it in our classrooms.