Hour of Code: Are You Ready?

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“A computer is a bicycle for your mind.” Steve Jobs Code.org (reviewed here) launched the Hour of Code™ during Computer Science Education Week in December 2013. Students and teachers were invited to complete Blockly (reviewed here) tutorials, which use a programming language similar to Scratch (reviewed here). President Obama, Bill Gates, and various celebrities supported the … read more »


Tech Tool of the Month: GeoFS Flight Simulator – Part 2

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In Part 1 of this blog, we introduced you to the GeoFS flight simulator and discussed applying the SAMR Model and the Triple E Framework using GeoFS in your lessons. GeoFS is a free online flight simulator with an open-source platform to render the global landscapes you can fly over. The free tool will work … read more »


Tech Tool of the Month: Microsoft Forms – Part 2

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In Part 1 of this blog, we introduced you to Microsoft Forms and discussed applying the SAMR Model and the Triple E Framework using Microsoft Forms in your instruction. This simple web tool/app allows you to easily create polls, quizzes, and surveys and collect real-time data. Teachers can use this tool to collect feedback from … read more »


Choice Boards for the Classroom

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Over 20 years ago, as a new teacher, I struggled to grade 28 submissions for each assignment I gave my students. Finally, I realized that I had a choice to make. Do I continue with a one size fits all approach to learning in my classroom, or do I place more responsibility in the hands … read more »


Tech Tool of the Month: Canva Comic Strip Templates – Part 2

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In Part 1 of this blog, we introduced you to Canva’s Comic Strip Templates and discussed applying the SAMR Model and the Triple E Framework using Canva Comic Strip Templates in your instruction. Canva offers a free Educator Account that includes the Pro features and allows students younger than 13 access to the tool using … read more »