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Globetrotting: Stepping into the World Without Leaving the Classroom

I know that part of my responsibility as a fourth grade teacher is to open the world to my students and expand their opportunities beyond the four walls of our classroom. My goal is to create global citizens—and one of the ways I have done that is to create a global classroom.

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Bring Coding To Your Classroom, TOMORROW

Coding is one of the best ways to bring computer science education into the classroom but this can be intimidating for teachers. Most of us never had any training in computer science in school, and it certainly wasn’t a topic covered in my multi-subject, pre-service program. For teachers new to computer sciences, there are so many fantastic resources available to introduce coding to their students.

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5 Reasons to Get Coding

It is imperative that today’s students receive an education that prepares them for this very real and not so distant future. Today’s students will need to be more than just regurgitators of facts and figures. They will need to think critically, solve problems, communicate, design, and create. They will need to learn how to learn if they are going to be prepared to live and work in this digital revolution age-- skills that worksheets cannot provide.

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Tap Technology to Bring History to Life

Throughout the years, I’ve found that incorporating digital media and technology in my class has made the War more relevant and accessible to students.  Rather than sitting passively listening to a lecture or completing a worksheet, students become explorers and navigators of their own learning experience by witnessing battles, meeting people, and immersing themselves in the significant historical events of the time.

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Isolation: A Pitfall of Online Learning

Online lesson design has moved from a specialized skill to one that’s much more common, and in the right schools, a necessary skill. But when I ask about the negatives associated with online lessons, they offer the same stories, regardless of the virtual platform.

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Planting the (Pumpkin) Seeds of Learning with Technology

This fall, our kindergarten classes were studying the plant life cycle within the life science unit. Each kindergarten class started with a pumpkin. I was asked to introduce technology into this activity, and I thought this was a nice opportunity to try some simple journaling with this eager group of students.

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Engage With Your Community Through Instagram

While many look at Instagram simply as a social network, as an educator it can be a wonderful tool to help expand your Personal Learning Network and connect with students, parents and your colleagues.

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On Mrs. Garmon’s Pond

Kindergarten teacher Michelle Garmon brings her new English Language Arts curriculum to life with a tablet, a pond, and some creativity. 

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Digital Literacy: Crafting Digital Media

Creating is the highest level of thinking on Bloom’s Taxonomy (revised). It involves combining parts to make a new whole and producing new or original work. One of my goals has always been to show my students how to not just be “consumers” of information, but “producers” as well.

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Exploring Narratives: Using the PBS LearningMedia Storyboard Tool

Though we have known about the dangers of media addiction since the 1970s, what frames the questions in 2016 are another issue entirely.  In the age of digital media, the immediate past is ancient history.  The challenges that teachers (and others who care about the effects of digital media) face right now is how to create producers instead of mere consumers so our students can navigate this vast digital immersion.

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