Art, Technology

How To Measure Innovation

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In education today, “innovation” is quite the buzzword. The question is how do you measure it? It’s difficult to measure, mostly because it’s not testable, certainly not with a multiple choice exam. That is because innovation is spontaneity that develops into something amazing. When assessing innovation, I find that the above four questions will help one be honest with their success. Innovation doesn’t always have to be groundbreaking, but it does need to make a difference.

How will you innovate today?

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iPad, Technology, Technology Integration

5 Ways The iPad Revolutionized Education

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The truth is, that it isn’t just the iPad. Tablet technology has revolutionized education. It has such potential to completely transform student learning, when used in a purposeful and thoughtful manner. Bonus #6 is that it’s mobile and agile unlike its laptop cousins. It is in this respect that where and how we learn is only limited to our WiFi access. You can deep sea dive with an iPad. I can’t imagine doing the same thing with a Chromebook or even a Macbook Pro.

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Education, Technology, Technology Integration

Learning Is Down! I Mean The Internet.

Can a classroom be considered a 21st-Century learning environment without internet access?

For many of our students, it seems impossible to imagine a life without internet. In school, if it’s not accessed a 1:1 device, it is at the very least via a teacher’s computer or computer lab. The more we experience the power of digital resources, the more we rely on them to support meaningful learning. The question now is how much do we rely on the internet as a tool?

What happens when the internet goes down? Does learning stop?

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21st-Century Competencies, Education, iPad, Technology, Uncategorized

Time Machines, Management, & Misuse

Technology is something powerful. The innovative and imaginative experiences that we are able to create today are unlike anything seen in history. Technology by definition gives us the ability to make and modify any object in order to solve a problem, improve an existing solution, or achieve a goal. No one questions the qualitative enhancements of the use of technology, as these results are clear and well documented. Our challenges now are in our ability to achieve these previously inconceivable outcomes in a reasonable period of time. Continue reading

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21st-Century Competencies, Education, Technology, Technology Integration

Coding Your Story

If you asked me as a kid growing up “what’s Python?”, I would tell you it was a snake at the zoo. Today it isn’t just a slithering reptile, it’s the name of one of the most powerful coding languages ever created, and it’s the main ingredient in a program sweeping the nation.

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Meet Scratch. He’s not just a cat, he’s part of the MIT coding program “Scratch” being embraced by K-5th students and teachers alike. Continue reading

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EdTechTeacher iPad Summit, Education, Technology, Technology Integration

EdTech Is Maturing

Educational Technology is maturing, and it is without question that the instructors at EdTechTeacher, and the presenters they feature are leading the way. In 2012, I felt a whirlwind as apps arrive on the scene. Full of new features, new upgrades, they came in droves. There was so much new to be seen. As the years have passed, “1,000 Free Apps” sessions have made way for more thoughtful and intentional discussions about technology. Continue reading

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