Tag: Ed Tech

Interview an astronaut in space? Yes, we have the technology!

Over the few months, I have had the privilege of helping coordinate a telebridge contact between Northridge Elementary School, University of Colorado-Boulder’s Amateur Radio Club, and the International Space Station. This unique opportunity is provided to schools and organizations around the world through the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) organization. In order …

Apple Pencil vs. Logitech Crayon: A Short and Sweet Product Review

I have been involved in several conversations recently with my school’s principal and media tech about how to use classroom iPads more effectively. One idea that we have is purchasing either Apple Pencils or Logitech Crayons and making them available for classroom checkout. As we weigh our options, a few key questions come to mind: …

Supporting Games and Learning in the Classroom

When implemented with intentionality, games positively impact teaching and learning across ages and educational settings. According to Mindshift’s Guide to Games and Learning, the benefits of digital gaming for learners includes the development of metacognitive skills and empathy, as well as breaking down barriers between subject areas and supporting neural plasticity. Games can improve focus …

2019 Horizon Report: Connections and Reflections

Overview The 2019 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report – Higher Education Edition (Horizon Report) was published on April 23, 2019. The Horizon Report, created by a 98 person panel, is useful as both a reference and guide for all people involved in the world of education. “With more than 17 years of research and publications, the Horizon …

Networked Learning Space: Part 3

My ongoing quest to build a Networked Learning Space continues to make progress as I experience successes and setbacks. For a recap of Parts 1 and 2 of this series, click on the links provided. If you’re up to speed, read on! Goal #1 – Tweet at least three times per week I’m surprised at …

Networked Learning Space: Part 2

It’s been a busy and productive week in the world of contributing to a Networked Learning Space. For a recap of my project plan, view the Part 1 blog post. Here’s an update on how the process is going so far… Goal #1 – Tweet at least three times per week Using Twitter on a …

Networked Learning Space: Part 1

Educational technology plays a key role in elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Teachers utilize educational technology across content areas to support creation, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking inside and outside the classroom. In order to successfully incorporate educational technology into the classroom, teachers must have a deep understanding of classroom management, academic standards, and grade …

The 5 W’s of My First Twitter Chat

I was anti-Twitter for YEARS. A corner of the world wide web where people tried to impress fellow strangers with random thoughts and snarky comments? Thanks, but no thanks. Celebrity feuds and the remarks of political figures only furthered this negative opinion. I vowed to keep off of Twitter and stick to the social media …