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Screencasting: Creating Tutorial Videos for Your Students

What is screencasting? While giving instructions to your class, it’s nice to be able to support students who need it with remediation, review, and relearning. Screencast videos are very effective tools to offer this extra layer of support. A screencast video is a recording of your computer screen, simulating what you just explained to your […]

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3D Printing in Art Classrooms

While 3D printers have tremendous utility across a wide range of content areas, they are most often used in a STEM capacity. Though this is a great way to utilize a printer, many schools miss the opportunity to use 3D printers in art classes, where 3D designing and printing can unlock new learning opportunities. Below […]

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EquatIO: A Tool for the Digital Math Classroom

A paperless classroom? With the abundance of access to digital computing tools for the classroom, teachers have lots of ways to make their lessons more engaging, more interesting and more… paperless. Google Classroom is now integrated with many Chrome extensions, and teachers who use Google applications (like Docs and Slides) are learning to enable workflow […]

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Google Search Education

Have you ever tried to search for something on the Internet, only to have the search results not match what you wanted? With the Internet being such a vital source of information, it is crucial that our students learn how to use Internet search in a way that will add to their learning and help […]

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What’s in a Name: The Differences Between STEM, Computer Science, Coding, and Robotics

When people talk about makerspaces and STEM labs, lots of terms are thrown around interchangeably (STEM, engineering, coding, computer science, robotics). All of these things interact, but they’re not exactly the same. Read below to get an idea of the nuances and differences between the words STEM and computer science. STEM STEM (or STEAM) is […]

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Creating and Organizing Interactive Boards with Webjets

One challenge for educators is helping their students stay organized while completing research projects. Webjets can help students both organize and present their research in an interactive way. This free service allows students to add a wide variety of web-based content to Boards (think digital bulletin boards) which can either be used to compile research, […]

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Understanding by Design in STEM Lesson Planning

Over the past few years, many districts have brought in new and exciting technologies with the potential to transform classrooms. Things like 3D printers, VR goggles, and codeable robots all have incredible potential for instruction across a wide range of ages and content areas. However, many schools struggle with getting their staff to a place […]

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Three Quick Assessments with Ozobot

Ozobot is a powerful little robot and one of the smallest robots in the world. Ozobot uses color codes (and if you are ready for block-based coding, you can use Ozoblocky) to direct the robot how to move and act on the page. Ozobot has so many wonderful uses, but here are three assessments with […]

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Transitioning to STEM

“How can STEM education prepare my students for science and engineering careers?” This question comes in many forms and iterations, but they all have the same premise: “Is what I am teaching realistic?” I recently led a discussion about how to ease the transition of new learning standards into existing curriculum sequences. At the beginning […]

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A Handy List of Chromebook Lingo

Congratulations, you and your students have Chromebooks! These little computers are great tools that will allow your students to elevate their learning. You will now be able to create assignments that were previously impossible or at least, very challenging. Flipping the classroom is just one great example! But first, it’s a good idea to get […]

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Be Internet Awesome: All About Interland from Google

Google’s “Be Internet Awesome” initiative is an interactive way to teach children how to use the Internet wisely. Google does this through Interland, an online adventure game that also teaches the key lessons of the Internet safety. Embark on a quest to deny hackers, sink phishers, one-up cyberbullies, outsmart “over-sharers”, and become a confident explorer […]

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Virtual Tours with Google Tour Creator

Virtual reality (VR) technology has the potential to revolutionize teaching. With access to VR equipment, teachers and students can go beyond the physical confines of the classroom and immerse themselves in a boundless array of environments. Google has taken a big step in making this more attainable with the Google Tour Creator, which utilizes Google […]

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AR and VR in the Classroom

According to ISTE’s “8 Hot Edtech Trends,” augmented reality and virtual reality (AR and VR) are two of the hottest trends in edtech. But how do you know if AR or VR are right for your classroom? AR or VR in the classroom? First you need to determine which technology would best support your lesson. […]

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Digital Online Certifications

Below are some popular Digital Teacher Certifications that are available as a series of online courses. Click on a logo to start your certification track today!