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D.C. Everest Evercon: The Countries only District Sponsored Gaming Convention

D.C. Everest Evercon: The Countries only District Sponsored Gaming Convention

This weekend D.C. Everest Area School District will be hosting the 15th annual Evercon! Evercon is the countries only school district sponsored and hosted gaming convention. As a gamer myself, I’m incredibly proud to be working alongside such a forward thinking district. Evercon organizers are expecting between 1,000 and 1,200 attendees. It is fantastic to

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January 2015: Literacies for the digital age: Numeracy

This is the fifth in a series of blog posts highlighting the digital literacies our students will need to succeed. The first four posts covered financial literacy, visual literacy, media literacy and historical literacy. This post will provide you with some ideas on how to infuse numeracy, one of the traditional literacies along with reading and writing, into the

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December 2014: Literacies for the digital age: Historical literacy

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts highlighting the digital literacies our students will need to succeed. The first three posts covered financial literacy, visual literacy, and media literacy. This post will provide you with some ideas on how to infuse historical literacy into the curriculum. The thirteen literacies I feel need to be explored, practiced and mastered by

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November 2014: Literacies for the digital age: Media literacy

This is the third in a series of blog posts highlighting the digital literacies our students will need to succeed. The first post dealt with financial literacy, the second with visual literacy, and this one will provide you with some ideas on how to infuse media literacy into the curriculum. The literacies I feel need

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October 2014: Literacies for the digital age: Visual literacy

I have identified thirteen literacies important for students to master, which you can see below. This is the second in a series. Last month I discussed financial literacy. The topic for this month is visual literacy. Visual literacy, as defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries, “is a set of abilities that enables

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September 2014: Literacies for the digital age: Financial literacy

I have identified thirteen literacies important for students to master, which you can see below.  Lisa Nielsen, in her blog post “Should the new math be financial literacy?” states “we have lost focus on preparing young people for what will matter in their real lives. If the education system were to provide some financial literacy

Celebrate Women’s Suffrage with Image Analysis

    Updated August 26, 2015 The 19th amendment, extending voting rights to women, was adopted 95 years ago today! This milestone of American progress is an opportunity to begin higher order skill development at the start of the year with your students. Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook includes images and lesson materials that will

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July 2014: Activators and summarizers with mobile devices

Activators and summarizers have been used in classrooms for a long time. We all have our favorites and students know what to expect when we begin to use them. Since many classrooms now have at least part time access to 1:1 mobile devices, whether on a cart, a BYOD environment, or a true 1:1 program,

Finally – Higher (Ed) Love

First, some history, then the breakthrough. More than 13 years ago, with the appropriately digital birthday 01/01/01, the online digital revolution moved confidently into educational resources. The digital media library which grew into Discovery Education Streaming offered content teachers had been using on VCR’s, audio cassettes, film strips or film. Bandwidth was minuscule back then

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