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Evernote: A Great Tool for Organizing Teachers & Students!

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in The How of 21st Century Teaching, The Teaching Life, Voices, Web Tools That Deepen Learning | 17 comments

Evernote can be a great application for teachers, both to keep yourself coordinated and to facilitate student learning. School-based technology director Jennifer Carey talks educators through getting started and highlights several ways she’s used Evernote to “not only make my life a little easier as a teacher, but to help my students and my classroom stay more focused and organized.”

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Assessing Student Progress Using Blog-Based Portfolios

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Making The Shift, Powerful Learning Press, The How of 21st Century Teaching, Voices, Web Tools That Deepen Learning | 8 comments

The beauty of blog-based digital portfolios, says teacher-author Kathy Cassidy, “is that as the children and I are constantly assessing their learning in a formative and summative way, the students are also demonstrating their growing knowledge for a wide audience and learning about digital citizenship and appropriate online behavior. What great by-products of the assessment process!”

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What My Connected Students Taught Me about Motivation

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Less Teacher, More Student, Making The Shift, Powerful Learning Press, Student Life, Voices, Web Tools That Deepen Learning | 7 comments

When we read about engaging students in the classroom using technology and social media, authors often leave us with the impression that this work will flow gentle as a stream. When talking about motivation and learning in school, grit is most often left out of the conversation. Yet Dan Pink tells us the best predictor of success is grit, defined as perseverance and passion for long term goals. When we found the right authentic project, my 9th grade English learners showed they had the grit to write a 200pp collaborative book!

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Twitter Chat on Standardized Testing

Posted by on Apr 19, 2013 in Personal Learning Networks, Powerful Learning Practice, Twitter Chats, Uncategorized, Web Tools That Deepen Learning | 0 comments

    This twitter chat is now over. Please click here to read the transcripts from the chat. Thanks!  PLP’s new Twitter 101 eCourse includes a live Twitter Chat experience. To give participants a true feel for the fast paced and fun nature of twitter chats, we want to open up this live chat to everyone! The Twitter Chat will be this Sunday, April 21st at 8PM Eastern and will feature the hot-button topic of Standardized...

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iPad Summit 2: Innovations in Learning

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Less Teacher, More Student, Passion Based Learning, The How of 21st Century Teaching, Voices, Web Tools That Deepen Learning | 2 comments

While the theme of the second iPad Summit centered on the Apple device,” it was educational theory, not the hardware, that was the focus,” says participant and live blogger Jen Carey. “The conference gave priority attention to innovations in learning, and that’s what made it a worthwhile experience for me.”

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