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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Mindstamp: Easily create dynamic interactive videos

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It’s been a minute (or thousands) since I’ve blogged new technology finds. This year has us utilizing technology in new ways and in need of tools that support learning in new ways. Mindstamp is offering iLearn technology readers a 50% discount of any tier.

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.

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.

Mindstamp: Easily create dynamic interactive videos

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It’s been a minute (or thousands) since I’ve blogged new technology finds. This year has us utilizing technology in new ways and in need of tools that support learning in new ways.

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.

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

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Analyze Apply Create Fun & Games Inquiry iPod Maker Space Math Middle/High School Primary Elementary Science Secondary Elementary Teacher Resources Technology Understand (describe, explain) video apple code create hour of code iPad learn to code logic programming swift swift playground technologyWhat it is: Swift Playground is an awesome new app from Apple that teaches kids how to code in Swift.

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

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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. When they’ve determined where in the world they are, they click on the world map to make a guess. Students will be shown the actual location they are, as well as how far off they were from the correct location.

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.

Be Internet Awesome: Tools to teach online safety

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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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Flipgrid for every classroom

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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. Websites android app AR augmented reality Aurasma bookreport camera center create experiential inquiry instructions iPad iPhone learning maker space mystery present scavenger hunt technologyWhat it is: Aurasma is an app (also a website) that allows learners to quickly create augmented reality experiences for others.

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.

World Education Games 2015! Math, Literacy, Science

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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 dayWhat it is: You guys, the World Education Games is back again, taking place around the world October 13-15, 2015!

Wednesday Inspiration

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Do you want to form an alliance with me? (Version 3.0)

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I was listening to Pandora (remember when it felt so magical to have technology create a playlist based on one song and get it right?!), I went to work building out a wireframe of this technology, talking with schools and investors about the possibilities.

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!

The Countdown is On! 5Sigma Launch: The Power of Student Agency (featuring keynote speaker @gcouros)

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We are in full-on countdown mode for our yearly education conference, 5Sigma. It’s hard to believe that it is just 10 days away! This year our theme is Launch: The Power of Student Agency. I could not be more excited for our fifth annual conference! Each year we work to include educators who have inspired our work. This year is no exception. We have a pretty incredible lineup! Including George Couros (Author of Innovator’s Mindset) as our Keynote!

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

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What it is: Photomath is an app available on the App Store and Google Play. With Photomath , students can scan a math problem and learn how to solve it with step by step instructions and an answer. The app includes a photo calculator (take a photo of a math problem, it gets solved in an instant), handwriting recognition, step-by-step instructions, and a smart calculator.

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.

Do you want to form an alliance with me? (Version 3.0)

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I was listening to Pandora (remember when it felt so magical to have technology create a playlist based on one song and get it right?!), I went to work building out a wireframe of this technology, talking with schools and investors about the possibilities.

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

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2018 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. Something to remind me of my greatest hopes and purposes for the year. Do you do that, too? The word that leapt out to me for 2018 is FLOURISH. FLOURISH : 1. to grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly favorable environment. a bold or extravagant gesture or action. Don’t you just love that?

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.

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

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Anastasis Academy Apply Art Create Inquiry iPod Maker Space Math Middle/High School Primary Elementary Science Secondary Elementary Technology Video Tutorials web tools Websites 123d Design 3d design 3d printer 3d printing anastasis app autodesk coordinate planes create design design thinking edit free inquiry iPad learning mac maker space pc prototype lab What it is: 123D Design is a free super powerful, but simple to use, 3D creation and editing tool.

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.

YouCubed: Think like a Mathematician

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What it is: Do you know about Stanford’s YouCubed ? If you are a math teacher (and even if you aren’t) you need to know about this awesome resource! It is packed full of goodness for teachers and parents alike. Fantastic (and approachable) articles about brain science, mathematical thinking, and mindset. Outstanding ideas that you can use RIGHT NOW!

Free Download: Learner Profile Survey

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At Anastasis Academy , our year begins by building a Learner Profile for every student. Before we’ve even ventured into the school year, we know a tremendous amount about our students. This is the first step for building student agency. Our Learner Profile is made up of six parts: The Learner Profile Survey (student’s interests/passions). Multiple Intelligence Strengths. Learning Style Preferences. Brain Dominance.

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

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There 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. I’m about to tell you about one more… The 5Sigma Education Conference holds a special place in my heart because it gives me the opportunity to invite you to come meet the incredible people I work with every day!

DragonBox Math Apps: Teaching students to think like mathematicians

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What it is: I adore the DragonBox math apps ! I was first introduced to DragonBox through their Algebra app. The app takes away all math anxiety by teaching algebraic concepts without numbers or algorithms. It is genius! You can read my review of that app here. DragonBox Numbers is for kids who are new to numbers, counting, addition, and subtraction. DragonBox BIG Numbers is the next level app of Dragon Box Numbers.

Making & Science with Google

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What it is: Making & Science is an initiative by Google aimed at showing students that anyone can be a maker or a scientist. Using the featured Science Journal app (Android and Chromebook only), students can measure light, sound, and more. They can also use the app to record observations, organize data, and add observational notes.