[16 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Why Dropr will Likely Change the Way We Do Digital Portfolios

If you’ve not tried Dropr yet, I highly recommend it. It’s a publishing platform that is amazingly simple, cleanly and professionally layed out, and visually engaging. Here’s a quick demo I made to show off the different types of artifacts that can be embedded in them. My Dropr.
We currently have all of our students in Middle and High School doing digital portfolios. They collect digital artifacts, reflect on them, and store them online. At various points in their time spent with us, they defend them. They talk us through the process …

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[16 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Why Dropr will Likely Change the Way We Do Digital Portfolios

If you’ve not tried Dropr yet, I highly recommend it. It’s a publishing platform that is amazingly simple, cleanly and professionally layed out, and visually engaging. Here’s a quick demo I made to show off the different types of artifacts that can be embedded in them. My Dropr.
We currently have all of our students in Middle and High School doing digital portfolios. They collect digital artifacts, reflect on them, and store them online. At various points in their time spent with us, they defend them. They talk us through the process …

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[9 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Poor Man’s DIY Makey-Makey

This post isn’t a guide, as much a proof of concept. I’ve tested it minimally.  Makey-Makey’s are great, and I highly recommend buying some if you can. But if you want to try a project with your kids and see what comes of it, I think it has potential.
Most have now heard of the Makey-Makey, gator-clips and a USB board that turns things into inputs for  computer(i.e., game controller out of bananas). I sat down today to think through a plan for a summer camp that would use a similar …

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[7 Apr 2014 | Comments Off | ]
Blending on a Budget of less than $2500

I’ve spent the better part of the last few years traveling to schools that are doing things a bit different. Much of this has been in the area of blended learning. In terms of innovation, it’s been a struggle. Many of the schools doing great things have either had great funding to implement a 1:1 program, are a charter school that has more wiggle room in how things are done, or just do things in a way that are hard for a school that has 100 years of traditions to …

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[29 Nov 2013 | Comments Off | ]

As technology advances, equipment such as tablets are becoming more popular in schools and family homes. The iPad 5 provides children and adults alike with hours of fun, with the all the games and films you can download from the App Store. They also provide great fun within a classroom environment, with new educational games and aids that teachers can use to help their students’ progress academically.
The iPad is incredibly powerful and so can play games with fantastic graphics display clearly on the latest iPad’s retina display. The tablet’s specifications …

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[16 Jan 2013 | Comments Off | ]

Some of our teachers recently started giving very quick, five question quizzes over the content the students were supposed to have learned the year before. These are done every day and last no more than five minutes. Works great for getting a quick glance at where the students currently are with past skills, and one of the teachers using this strategy hit me up for creating a more streamlined method that would give her all of her answers in one spot. The solution? Google Forms + iPod Touch = quick, …