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    Where would we be without collaboration? Odds are, we wouldn't have all the technological tools that make up our contemporary society such as Internet, telecommunications, buildings, etc. No great human achievement was ever accomplished single-handedly - even when it may seem that way. One of the most influential scientists of all time, Isaac Newton, once famously wrote, "if I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants." The 'shoulders of giants' was a reference to pre-existing scientific research and concepts that he used to develop the foundations of classical mechanics. Despite all his impressive achievements, Newton rightfully recognized that none of his work would have been possible without previous research and discovery at the time. Continue reading

  • EdTech: The Bridge That Crosses the Achievement Gap


    As you might be aware of, there is a persistent disparity in educational performance among subgroups of U.S. students. This achievement gap is positively correlated with socioeconomic class, with wider gaps seen between low and high income families. According to a 2018 report by the National Center for Education Statistics, kids from low-income families participate in fewer educationally enriching activities over the summer compared to kids from middle-to-high class families. This partly exmplefies the impact of insufficinet funds on a student's academic journey. Continue reading

  • How to Get Ready for Back-to-School Period: A Teacher's Guide


    Many publications offer advice on back-to-school regimens for students. However, very few articles focus on ways to navigate this time frame as a teacher, even though they experience far more anxiety and anticipation during this time as they are in charge of course preparation, as well as classroom setup, for the remainder of the school year. Luckily, the digital world has given us access to helpful guides and materials to aid us in pursuing our goals. Continue reading

  • Personalized Learning: Pedagogical Strategies for Each Type of Student


    If you are a teacher, odds are that you've encountered a student that is not quite learning at the same pace as the other kids in class. If this is the case, it might have to do with something known as a "clash of learning styles." Everybody, whether they're a kid entering the 3rd grade, a student, or a professional, has their own learning style. In 1979, researcher Walter Burke and his colleagues published Teaching Through Modality Strenghts: Concepts, Practices, where they introduce what is now referred to as the VAK model (Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic Model) Continue reading

  • 7 Good Sources of Free Educational Content


    Today's digital world offers a wide array of options for free educational content. Regardless of subject or grade level, there are multiple benefits to be gained from incorporating these resources into your lesson plans. For this article, we have compiled a list of seven useful educational platforms to complement your curriculum to give both your teachers (and students) that extra edge.  Continue reading

  • How Technology Has Changed Classrooms Over Time

     

    Every now and then, a piece of technology comes around that changes the way we do things. In 1908, the production of affordable automobiles changed the way we move from point A to point B and, in the 1920s, the newly-released radio sparked a new wave of communication that would change the very fiber of our society forever. Continue reading

  • Summer Hunger

    This post was originally published on May 16, 2016, and updated on June 26, 2018.

    Recently, I went and visited a school in rural Illinois to discuss BoardShare with the school’s principal. As she and I walked around the school, I smiled as I watched the kids running outside for recess. I remembered that their spring break was the following week, and thought about how much I looked forward to that time of year as a student. Continue reading

  • Should You Implement MLearning at Your School?

    If you work in the education industry, you might have heard the term, "mlearning" once or twice. But what does it mean? And, is this a trend you should start to consider as technology increasingly  changes education standards nationwide? Continue reading

  • How to Implement Instructional Technology Coaching at Your School

    Most districts have technology offices or departments that deploy coaches to individual schools and campuses on a scheduled, or as-needed basis. However, more and more schools are choosing to get in-house ITC, to better formulate and deliver on their tech integration programs. ITC (or, Instructional Technology Coaching) is a prevalent method of deploying continuous professional, or teacher development, with a focus on technology integration in both the curriculum and method of instruction.  Continue reading

  • The Role of Digital Media in Classrooms

    Nowadays, digital media has become ubiquitous with modern living. Because of this, educators and schools are changing the way students are taught. Change can be scary but as technology impacts virtually every aspect of our daily lives, it is important that, rather than reminisce over simpler times, we focus on the silver linings. Continue reading

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