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1st Look: Skype Group Video Calls

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Creating Global Classrooms, The How of 21st Century Teaching, Voices, Web Tools That Deepen Learning | 0 comments

Teacher Kathy Cassidy has used Skype for years to connect her primary-aged students with the world. So when the company offered free group video to educators, she jumped at the chance. Five classrooms and lots of Lucky Charms to count! Find out what happened and read her “lessons learned.”

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Going Deep: STEM in the Connected Classroom

Posted by on Mar 15, 2013 in Connecting with the Common Core, STEM learning, The How of 21st Century Teaching, Voices | 36 comments

Blending STEM with “connected classroom” strategies is a powerful learning model, says STEM teaching coach Brian Crosby – provided innovative thinking, teacher autonomy and flexible scheduling are present. These essential components of “going deep” with teaching and learning have been eroded away in the last decade, he says, and will have to be revived.

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PBL Experts Are All Around Us!

Posted by on Feb 8, 2013 in Less Teacher, More Student, Making The Shift, The How of 21st Century Teaching, Voices | 13 comments

Our arts education teachers quietly go about their work, often marginalized to the ‘extras’ or the ‘fluff’ of the school program, writes Canadian teacher educator Brenda Sherry. “And yet, I would argue that they are the PBL experts that we seek!” Sherry describes several attributes of student-centered pedagogy that are common among teachers of drama, music, painting, dance and artistic crafts.

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Our US History Student Film Festival

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 in The How of 21st Century Teaching, Voices | 0 comments

In mid-December, 33 tenth grade students, three teachers, assorted parents, and four guest judges gathered to watch the first ever Constitutional Amendments Film Festival at our school. The film festival was the largest and most complex research-based project of the three we’d done since school began this year. My colleagues and I had committed our students to two and one-half weeks of research, film creation, and film editing.

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Using (and not using) iPads to teach reading

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013 in The How of 21st Century Teaching, Voices, Web Tools That Deepen Learning | 1 comment

It’s Arwen Kuttner’s first year with iPads and her first year as a reading support teacher in second grade. Can the iPads help her struggling readers? When it comes to letters and sounds, she’s not willing to trade her multisensory learning techniques for a digital tablet. But creation-based apps could help deepen reading comprehension. “It’s up to me,” she writes, “to know when to use the iPads and when not to, in order to keep learning effective and meaningful.”

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