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New Site Launch!

Dear Friends, Family, and PLN:

The Tech Rabbi is about to get a major facelift in the next few weeks. This announcement is to notify subscribers, so you can connect to the new site.

The main goal of the new site launch is to promote a new vision for me.

  • Webinar’s to help Educators advance their technology integration in the classroom
  • Giveaways and promotional items
  • Newsletter and more announcements

Excited for you to come along with me! Check it out!


The Tech Rabbi 2.0


In August, this site will go back to and stay as an archive of past success.

Thank you for your support!

– Michael Cohen, The Tech Rabbi

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Apple™, iPad, Technology

I Preordered the iPad Pro and I am Scared

I love the iPad. I find it to be one of the most amazing computing devices of the past two decades. It’s tactile and model experiences are untouched by any of its competition, and while some will gripe at its premium price, I will smile and say its worth it. I have iPad 2’s at my school that are albeit a bit sluggishly running iMovie on iOS 9 yet I would be surprised to hear of a netbook, chromebook, or even a laptop holding up that long (4 years) in an educational environment.

Still, we must be clear that the iPad is NOT a computer replacement for everyone.

Apple boldly said in their March Keynote that the iPad pro is in fact a computer replacement, it is missing a serious demographic, and that is creative professionals. If you are a business person or someone that needs simple programs and multitasking, then the iPad Pro models might work for you. Continue reading


Why Coding and Computational Thinking Are Not The Same Thing

I made a CD player. You know, like the default program from Windows 98 that lets you control a CD? Except mine was blue with yellow flames. It was 9th grade and I used a little language called Visual Basic to get things done. After about a semester though, I realized that this was an utterly pointless exercise, and instead self-taught myself Photoshop 7.0 resulting in a final grade of a C-. My entire life has involved technology, and it is something that I am comfortable exploring, analyzing, and building, yet unless there is a purpose, it is an utterly pointless experience. Continue reading


Building, Making, Programing in 2016

Higher-Order thinking skills rock. While I can still name off all 50 states, the preamble, and tell you the process of mitosis, I still struggle to appreciate the value in memorizing information. That is unless that information directly supports something bigger than itself. Because of this, I tend to gravitate towards anything that can challenge students curiosity and desire to figure something out, especially if this thing is really complicated. Then we will are able to provide learners with exciting and engaging avenues to develop skills to solve problems, interact with people, and be thoughtful and caring. Then, I won’t mind that they can just Google who wrote the Gettysburg Address.

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Live Feedback In Elementary English

Imagine struggling to write a persuasive essay and a magical Grammar Angel descends from above blanketing your writing with a glistening frost of feedback and insight into writing.


While we haven’t confirmed any new angel ventures, we do have some magical ways that Google Docs is transforming the elementary classroom. Students in my colleagues 4th grade class are using Google Docs during writer’s workshop so teachers are able to peek into the experiences of writing as a 4th grade student. Continue reading

21st-Century Competencies, Technology, Technology Integration

What A Little Audio Can Do

There is something powerful about the spoken word. When it’s accompanied by a striking visual it can leave the listener thinking, wondering, looking for more. It is this auditory advantage that can bring amazing life and dynamic to your classroom. It is through such a medium that we can take our student learning to a very new and different place. Recording isn’t new to education, but it has throughout the 20th-Century been mainly a consuming experience. Continue reading