Teaching Strategies

Teaching strategies for integrating technology into learning. Includes topics such as inquiry-based learning, differentiated instruction, project-based learning, design thinking, integrated studies, and more. Practical ideas for the classroom.

STEM and TechnoKids projects

Engineering Activities STEM for Elementary Students

To be competitive in today’s global economy, students will benefit from an understanding of engineering. It will help them identify possible career pathways. In addition, engineering activities develop problem solving skills, teach essential science and math concepts, and promote collaboration. TechnoKids technology projects can help elementary and middle school teachers integrate engineering into curriculum. What …

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leadership quiz

Leadership Quiz

A few months ago several teachers approached me and asked it I would assist in teaching a leadership unit. The school was incorporating a leadership model inspired by the book The Leader in Me by Stephen R. Covey. I developed several technology-based activities that would help students recognize their leadership strengths, as well as apply …

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Align Common Core with Technology Curriculum. Help Is Here.

The large majority of the states in the US, forty-one as of last count, have committed to implementing the Common Core State Standards. What does this mean for teachers? Will it increase an already onerous workload? Will it improve student readiness for college, the workplace, and life? These are all critical questions for educators and …

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Are You Ready for BYOD? Questions to Ask

Before launching a BYOD initiative there are many issues that require consideration. Review the list of questions. Use them to frame a discussion about BYOD at your school. Electronic Device Hardware Can a student bring any device? (smartphone, tablet, netbook, e-readers, laptop, gaming console) Will there be minimal standards such as screen size, processing speed? …

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What Is the Secret to a Successful BYOD Program?

PLANNING! Nothing is worse than launching a BYOD initiative that fails. Don’t let that happen to you! Take the time and do things right. To have a successful BYOD program you should: Establish a reliable infrastructure. Develop a policy that outlines accepted devices, restricted devices, authorized use, infractions, consequences, and responsibilities of stakeholders. Form a …

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BYOD Parent Letter

Do you need to send a letter home informing parents about your new Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program? SAVE TIME! Take some ideas from this sample parent letter to get you started. Sample BYOD Parent Letter Dear Parents/Guardians, School Name is launching a Bring Your Own Device initiative this school year. Students in Grade …

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