Battling Giants: The Case Against Smartphones in the Classroom

using smartphones in the classroom

In the battle to modernize education, there is no subject more volatile, polarizing, and controversial than allowing students to use their own smartphones in class. This argument has been brought back to the forefront of our collective education consciousness by a recently released study conducted by the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School…

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Small Moves: The Key To Digital Leadership

I’m a huge movie fan. Many of my favorite films are science fiction, which if you know me is probably a foregone conclusion. I love Star Wars, Star Trek, The Last Starfighter, Dune… the list goes on for days. One of my favorite sci-fi films is Contact, based on the book by Carl Sagan. If…

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Why Teachers Need to Embrace New Technology (or How to Stay Relevant to your Students)

In case you haven’t noticed, we live in an age of technology. Tech has permeated every area of our lives.  No longer house within the confines of a dark, moldy basement, tech is in our pockets, our homes, our places of work, our cars, our hospitals, and our schools. Yes, it’s in our schools. Whether…

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Using iPads in the Middle School Classroom – A Case Study

Using ipads in the middle school classroom

This post is from our contributing author, Brooke Whitlow, on how she is using iPads in the middle school classroom.  If you’d like to contribute articles, check out this page. [AdSense-A]I had a great week of incredible student learning and I just had to share with you all. After I made the switch to Tech…

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The Complete iOS8 and Swift Course: Learn by Building 15 Real World Apps

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and purchase, I’ll receive a small commission. Have you gotten the bug to learn how to code apps for iOS? Apple created a new programming language called Swift that makes it even easier to begin coding your own…

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Flipped Learning: The Big Picture [INFOGRAPHIC]

Have you tried flipping your classroom yet? I’m venturing more and more into the flipped environment that I’ve spoken about many times. Although I’m a big fan of the concept, I don’t know if it’s the right answer yet for everyone. For students that are high achieving, having access to content on demand is a no brainer.…

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5 Incredible Lessons Teachers Can Learn from Jonathan Ive

5 lessons teachers can learn from Jonathan Ive

As a teacher, I’m always on the watch for people that not only inspire me but who’s stories may inspire my students. A few days ago, The New Yorker published an extensive interview with Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design, Sir Jonathan Ive. He’s not one to give lengthy interviews as he proclaims “I’m shy,”…

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3 Keys to Newbie Blogging Success

new blogger success

“How can I be a successful blogger?” someone asked me recently. “That all depends on what your definition of success is and what you plan on doing to achieve that success,” was my answer. Wait a minute.  You mean you need to have a plan for your blog? You need to clearly define what you…

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