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April 2016: Virtual Reality in the Classroom

April 2016: Virtual Reality in the Classroom

We hear a lot of talk about the use of augmented and virtual reality in the classroom to support teaching and learning. Here is a simple explanation showcasing the difference between them. Augmented Reality One way to experiment with and learn more about  augmented reality is with the use of the iPad and the app Quiver (previously known

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March 2016: Tools for the SOS (part 2 of 2)

As I wrote about in the February 2016 issue of Kathy’s Katch, the Spotlight on Strategies Series (SOS), located on the Discovery Education site, includes a wealth of pedagogical and practical strategies for the use of the digital resources from Discovery Education in the classroom. Each weekly strategy is different– some are for introducing a topic, others target

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February 2016: Tools for the SOS (part 1 of 2)

The Spotlight on Strategies Series (SOS) on the Discovery Education site includes a wealth of pedagogical and practical strategies for the use of the digital resources from Discovery Education in the classroom. Each weekly strategy is different– some are for introducing a topic, others target collaboration, and still others provide a path to an assessment project or

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January 2016: Fostering Creativity in the Classroom

In 2013, Adobe conducted a survey entitled “State of Creativity in Education: An Adobe Survey” with over a thousand educators representing thirteen countries in the Asia Pacific area. The infographic below includes some of the data from that survey. I am sure these responses would hold true for any area of the world. The statistic that struck

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December 2015: Presentation Tips and Tricks

Discovery Education Streaming includes tons of resources that can be used by teachers and students for projects and presentations. In addition to editable videos, there are images, clipart, and songs, sound effects and other audio clips. To make a presentation get noticed and stand out, there are some basic methodologies you should think about. COLORS

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November 2015: The Common Thread

When we engage students in problem and project based learning, impact their emotions, cause them to question and think about controversial topics, and present content in the form of visuals and stories, the research shows that students more often retain content and turn it into personal knowledge. By weaving the information literacy skillset as the

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October 2015: Buzzwords in Education

The Using Technology Better blog recently posted an article about the buzzwords currently trending in education. The most powerful part of the article was the advice offered about when (and when not) to pay attention to certain trends.  It is all about school culture, goals, and overall vision. “Understand your local school culture – specifically,

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September 2015: HOTS for Bloom’s, part 3

The two previous posts (1 & 2) in this three-part series provided some background in how to recognize and teach critical thinking skills and, using Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy as a guide, embed the higher-order thinking skills into teaching and learning. The two posts also highlighted some tech-enhanced activities. In this post, I will be providing

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August 2015: HOTS for Bloom’s, part 2

The previous post in this three-part series provided some background in how to recognize and teach critical thinking skills and, using Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy as a guide, embed the higher-order thinking skills into teaching and learning. This time and in part three,  I will provide some activities and the iOS apps and tools to support

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July 2015: HOTS for Bloom’s, part 1

Creating activities that enhance student higher-order thinking skills is important. It requires some thought about ways to develop critical thinkers in the classroom as well as using mobile tools and apps to help students learn how to think.  There are may definitions and explanations of “critical thinking” — a term which began to be used

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