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NPR podcast for 5-7 year-olds

WOW in the World is a new NPR podcast for young learners. The series will focus on STEM topics. This is the first NPR program for elementary and middle school learners.

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OER – an overview

“Free is good” (Bethany Ray) – a recent Edutopia article – provides a nice explanation of OER (open educational resources) for the novice. The explanation argues the benefits of OER in contrast to commercial materials and suggests OER provides educators … Continue reading

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Authentic tech activities challenge stereotypes

I have long argued that a great way to address stereotypes regarding the potential of technology is to show educators striking counter-examples. To many, sitting in a classroom or a lab staring at a computer is the stereotypes I have … Continue reading

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City of Chicago Steps Up

The city of Chicago now hosts educational content on climate change┬áthat was removed from the EPA site. While this could have been done with heavily political overtones, the sites thanks the EPA for the content and says nothing else about … Continue reading

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Teacher effectiveness and the blame game

If having great teachers in the classroom is so important, why then is $2.4 billion in federal funding for teacher preparation, the third-largest federal K-12 program in the country, on the chopping block? The present administration has proposed a 9 … Continue reading

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Alexa – read my book

I am more and more impressed by the capabilities of Amazon’s Alexa. Like most owners, I am willing to say that most of those capabilities go unused. I do the same things over and over. Like play music. I fail … Continue reading

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Something for the secondary educators

I have a sense, that for one reason or another, educators who work at the secondary level make less use of technology in their teaching. I reach this conclusion from the active participation of teacher conversations I observe online. What … Continue reading

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Public highlighting and annotation

My personal take on tools for adding various types of annotations and prompts to existing online resources has emphasized the educational potential for teachers and students. I see these tools as ways to convert information resources (web pages, online video) … Continue reading

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Share Keynote Slideshows

Apple Keynote (computer or tablet) has been upgraded to allow a slide deck to be shareable. This requires that the file is saved in iCloud. The controls (available under the share menubar option) allows the file to be shared in … Continue reading

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More on Mastodon

I have written several posts on the opportunities in the use of the microblogging platform Mastodon. I see Mastodon as more than a Twitter clone. A recent post from Seth Kenton provides an extensive review and description of Mastodon.

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