Category: Technology

Teaching With Tablets: Best Practices for Using iPads in the Classroom

By Scott Sterling In just a few short years, iPads have become almost as ubiquitous in classrooms as whiteboards. Yet even though they’re incredibly popular, plenty of teachers still get lost in the idea of using them to impact student learning. In many cases, it’s kind of like handing someone

This School Year’s Best Free or Cheap English/Language Arts Apps

By Scott Sterling This is the continuation of a series for back to school focusing on the best apps that you might want to consider using this school year. The list is limited to apps that don’t require expensive site-wide licenses or subscriptions (although that might be an option for

Teacher Feedback Inspires Extraordinary New App

All year long, we visit classrooms throughout the country to provide professional development, tools, and training. We love helping educators transform their schools into powerful learning environments, but to do that effectively, we have to ask a lot of questions. Why did you choose a career in education? What drives

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Does Snapchat Have a Place in the Classroom? Social Media for Teachers

By Scott Sterling This is the final post in a series about social media strategies for the classroom. Previously, we discussed using Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram in instruction. Today, we’ll explore an app that’s wildly popular, yet inherently controversial: Snapchat. Snapchat basics There’s no shame in Snapchat ignorance—if you’re over the age

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What would Abraham Lincoln share on Instagram? Social Media for Teachers

This is the fourth post in a series about social media strategies for the classroom. Previously, we discussed using Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest in instruction. Today, we’ll explore Instagram. Instagram has a reputation as the social network for self-obsessives and narcissists. It’s true that the most popular Instagrammers often fall into those

Pinterest makes it easy to organize and share ideas

Pinterest for Teachers: Using Social Media in Education

By Scott Sterling This is the third post in a series about social media strategies for the classroom. Previously, we discussed using Twitter and Facebook in instruction. We all know a teacher who forwards a nugget of wisdom from Pinterest on a daily basis. Above all the others, it’s the

Facebook can get a big thumbs-up in the classroom

Facebook for Teachers: Using Social Media in Education

By Scott Sterling Last week, we looked at ways to use Twitter in the classroom. Today, we’ll explore Facebook. Nearly 20 percent of the planet has a Facebook page. Yes, some of that is noise, but it’s also a vast network that can provide a multitude of learning experiences, as

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Twitter for Teachers: Using Social Media in Education

By Scott Sterling In education, Twitter has become as indispensable a tool as we have. Its implications are wide-ranging. It can help: Teachers bring the outside world into the classroom Students practice important writing skills Educators from all over the world connect with each other That’s a lot of tasks

The people who work here need skills that are only found in a humanities classroom

Incorporating STEM in Your Humanities Classroom

As we discussed last week, the full name of the Common Core ELA standards document is? “Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects”. The implications of that wording are a two-way street. Just as we explored how STEM teachers can