Let’s Talk About: Edtech Tools for Community Engagement

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Edtech tools can be a great way to strengthen connection, participation, and involvement within a school community. It is important in this time of “viral information” and storytelling for educators to contribute to the dialog about education.  They also need to provide a window into the classroom for their community. Years ago, what happened in … read more »


What’s the Buzz: Instructional Scaffolding for Technology Integrated Lessons

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Instructional scaffolding is a support structure that good teachers use all of the time.  We design lessons in a number of ways to encourage students as they try to attain the lesson’s goals. Scaffolding lessons requires additional effort during the planning phase.  The extra preparation affords you the opportunity to take on the role of facilitator during … read more »


Let’s Talk About Pretending to Be a Time Traveler

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I’m thinking back to my Teach Like a Pirate post.  There are so many fun “holidays” that you could use for your hook.  For example, Saturday is “pretend to be a time traveler” day.  This day could be the anchor for a very cool humanities project.   Arrange students in small groups to form their … read more »


Let’s Talk About Teen Read Week

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Teen Read Week starts today and this year’s theme is right up my alley: It’s Written in the Stars: READ.  During Teen Read Week, we need to encourage our teens to “hit the books” in a fun way.  So many times teens only read when it is required for school. Using this year’s theme, we … read more »