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February 2017: Ignite your passion and share

February 2017: Ignite your passion and share

As educators, we are very passionate about teaching and learning. We each have our areas of expertise, and now, with accessible tools that make it easy to create a presentation, podcast, video, or animation, we can share our passion and expertise with others. One popular model for sharing is the Ignite model. Ignite talks are

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January 2017: Bring the world into your classroom

The overview of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) includes a three-dimensional framework that has students actively engaging in scientific and engineering practices, using these concepts across the scientific domains, and the inclusion of a focused core curriculum of instruction and assessments to ensure students attain the information they need to succeed. One interesting method of communication, amateur radio, also

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November 2016: Civil discourse in the classroom

During this season of debates and political commercials, the stereotypes, biases, and negativity seem to have taken over civil discourse. As our students watch the televised political debates, read the responses on Twitter or Reddit, or view the video responses from those with an agenda, they need to understand how to value someone else’s point of view and

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October 2016: Observation and self-reflection in the classroom

On the Discovery Education in Action page, Discovery Education has been showcasing educators from around the world as they use Discovery Education services such as Discovery Education Streaming and Techbooks to enhance teaching and advance learning in a meaningful way. The Discovery Education in Action project allows educators to step inside the classrooms of these master teachers and watch

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September 2016: iOS utility apps for the classroom

As you begin another school year, I wanted to share some of my favorite iOS apps and utilities. Many of these tools can be used by you as you develop lessons and units, and by students as they utilize the resources found in the Discovery Education collection. I do my best work in coffeeshops. Besides being

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August 2016: Pokémon Go in the classroom

How can you utilize the game “Pokemon Go” in your classroom in a meaningful way? Student excitement about this game can be easily harnessed to support all kinds of fun and pedagogically-sound lessons and activities! Before we start, and if you have not yet played the game, there are some vocabulary words you might need.  

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July 2016: Sketchnoting Revisited

Back in December of 2013, I posted a blog entry titled Sketchnoting: A Primer . I had recently been introduced to the topic of sketchnoting and this mode of visual notetaking was just starting to be talked about and tried in schools. That article provided some of the research behind why one should sketchnote, including the important work

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