Teaching speaking and oral communication is more than just assigning presentations. In Digitally Speaking, expert Erik Palmer shares online tools with step-by-step tutorials, videos that show how to rehearse, and rubrics for fairly assessing students. Online, feature-packed Read & Watch PD format. Click here now for details!
February 26, 2013
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Accomplished Teacher Special Report:
Teaching with technology (Part I)
Technology is embedded in most people's lives. Computers no longer are limited to the office. Our kitchen and laundry appliances are as smart as our cellphones.

Education is no exception. Kindergartners can be found turning pages by pushing a button on their Nooks and iPads. Students in flipped classrooms are watching their teachers give lessons on YouTube. Teachers are getting more professional development in high-tech formats.

We explore these issues in Part I of this two-part special report. Part II will publish Thursday.

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Guide your students to deeper reading and engagement using tools ranging from online word walls to comic-creation websites. Reading Amplified helps the tech-savvy and tech-novice alike address real-world classroom management and technology challenges. Online, feature-packed Read & Watch PD format. Click here now for details!
  • Ariz. schools focus on real-world STEM education
    Some schools in the Ahwatukee, Ariz., area are working to expand learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math beyond the school day and to offer cutting-edge courses. One school has launched a class where students learn to develop mobile applications as part of its engineering curriculum and also is host to a robotics club after school. Ahwatukee Foothills News (Phoenix) (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.J. robotics competition spans more than engineering
    Students from some New Jersey schools recently participated in the Ocean County Tech Prep Robotics Contest, where student teams were asked to program a robot to complete two tasks, one announced before the event and another announced on-site. "This event encourages interest in engineering and science, but most of all it teaches the students how to work together to support each other," event greeter Denise Szczerba said. Asbury Park Press (Neptune-Asbury Park, N.J.) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. STEM school readies students for college, careers
    Santa Rosa Academy in Menifee, Calif., offers students a wide range of opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math. The academy recently held an expo to highlight its programs for middle- and high-school students, where student-created conveyor systems and other projects were on display. San Diego Union-Tribune (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Word Travelers culls the best online vocabulary resources—audio pronunciation guides, animated semantic networks, instant etymologies, word games that battle world hunger, and more—and shows you how to use them for instruction and assessment. Online, feature-packed Read & Watch PD format. Click here now for details!
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  • "Think backwards" to add technology to classes
    Educators need to stay focused on learning while integrating technology in the classroom, teacher and consultant Kristen Swanson writes in this blog post. Swanson suggests beginning the process by learning to "think backwards." First, identify goals based on learning outcomes -- not technology tools -- and establish the way those goals will be measured, then consider which technology tools will help achieve those goals. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • High-tech games become more common in school
    Paper-based games have long been a classroom staple, but many teachers have shifted to high-tech gaming. Advocates say the interactive nature of gaming has benefits in K-12 education. However, as momentum has grown for gaming in the classroom, critics have suggested that gaming is a waste of time for students, and some school districts continue to use firewalls to block gaming-based websites. T.H.E. Journal (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to use QR codes as teaching tools
    There are many ways that quick-response codes can be used in classroom lessons, offers educator and blogger Monica Burns. In this blog post, she writes that QR codes can make it easier for students to access certain websites without having to go through a search engine that can take them to the wrong site. QR codes also are easy to make and save time in the classroom, Burns writes, while allowing deviation from routine to keep lessons fresh and engaging for students. Edutopia.org/Monica Burns' blog (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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When Writing with Technology Matters shows how to take advantage of students' affinity for technology to change and improve the writing process. Includes detailed descriptions of elementary and middle school literacy projects that teachers can follow step-by-step or use as a guide when planning their own technology-based projects. Click here for details and to pre-order!
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