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This section examines how the rapid advancements in technology have impacted the education and teaching landscape. Articles range from the pros and cons of the BYOD (bring your own device) movement to interviews with prolific ed-tech enthusiasts who have successfully integrated technology into the classroom.

  • ‘Geometry Pro’ App Helps Students Master the Basics

    Posted September 10, 2014

    Knowing how to calculate volume, area and perimeters isn’t just reserved for mathematicians, physicists and engineers. It’s an important skill that workers use every day in dozens of professions including carpenters, surveyors, landscapers, painters and architects. And it all starts with simple geometry. Geometry has been a part of most middle and high school math…

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  • Mobile App Puts Periodic Table in Students’ Hands

    Posted September 2, 2014

    For generations of chemistry students, the Periodic Table of the Elements has been a must-have tool for solving science homework problems and completing classroom tests. Scientists developed the periodic table in the late 19th century to organize elements, the basic building blocks of ordinary matter, into a cohesive document that can be studied and shared. The…

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  • C-SPAN Classroom is an Important Tool for Social Studies Teachers

    Posted August 27, 2014

    Now is a great time to be a social studies or government teacher, thanks in part to a multitude of technology resources that can help educators engage students, promote classroom deliberation and develop rich K-12 lesson plans. An excellent example of those resources is the website C-SPAN Classroom, which provides high-quality, up-to-date teaching materials for…

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  • ‘Presidents vs. Aliens’ Gaming App Makes Learning Fun

    Posted August 18, 2014

    Studying historical facts and figures has been a mainstay in elementary and secondary schools for generations. That’s especially true in government and civics classes, where students learn about the U.S. presidents and their places in history. But memorizing this information can be a monotonous task for some students. Fortunately, technology can help make that job…

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  • Animated Movies are Central to BrainPOP App

    Posted August 11, 2014

    One of the best ways to engage students in learning is to include multimedia in lesson plans. Audio, video and interactivity in lessons tend to keep students interested and help them retain the material better. That’s the idea behind the popular BrainPOP collection of educational websites, programs and animated movies. Since 1999, BrainPOP curriculum-based content…

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  • OneNote App Can Boost Classroom Organization

    Posted August 6, 2014

    For generations of K-12 students, a paper notebook or three-ring binder was a necessity for classroom organization. But thanks to technology, today’s students can cast aside paper organizers in favor of mobile apps that take classroom organization to a whole new level. Mobile organization apps let students combine lecture notes, study materials and classroom resources…

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  • How One Educator Uses Social Media to Connect an 18-School District in Pennsylvania

    Posted May 21, 2014

    Joe Mazza believes connected classrooms are better classrooms. So much so that the longtime principal and administrator has a new role: Project Manager for Connected Teaching, Learning & Leadership in the North Penn School District in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, which is northwest of Philadelphia. Mazza’s district is huge — with 18 schools, it was important for…

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  • How One Teacher Builds Technological Confidence

    Posted March 21, 2014

    When Rod Powell’s school went one-to-one, giving a computer to every student, he was thrilled with the opportunity for professional development offered by the North Carolina school district where he teaches history. But he knew he wanted to learn about more than the machine. Powell wanted to know how to bring technology into his students’…

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  • A Librarian’s Guide to Making the Most of Technology in Classrooms

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Melissa Techman is a librarian who knows her tech. And she’s willing to share. The Broadus Wood Elementary School’s librarian expands her reach beyond her home district in Virginia. She is on Twitter, Diigo, Symbaloo and Pinterest as mtechman, sharing tech tips and tools for educators. Techman first used technology in her library when she…

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  • 5 Ways School Librarians Embrace Technology

    Posted December 19, 2013

    With the days of dusty card catalogs long gone, school librarians are taking a leading role in bringing technology into K-12 education. Promoting the importance of technology in education is just one of librarians’ many roles in schools. By serving as role models for technology use and demonstrating how technological resources serve students’ learning aims,…

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  • Three Education Technology Trends to Watch

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Some exciting education technology trends appear poised to influence the classroom in new ways. They could give teachers access to a broader range of education options while helping students better prepare for the world they will face. Mobile Apps Veteran teachers, new teachers and those training to become teachers are probably all familiar with mobile apps….

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  • Where to Find Free Online Textbooks

    Posted November 1, 2013

    With the costs of education skyrocketing, students can’t pass up a chance for a free online textbook. Whatever the subject matter, these textbooks allow teachers to pass the cost savings on to their students and parents. Textbooks can be found for elementary students just beginning their education as well as for college students in specialized…

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  • ‘iPadSammy’s’ Guide to Integrating Technology in the Classroom

    Posted July 29, 2013

    If you really want to integrate technology into the classroom, asking which apps are best for math or science is the wrong question. “There’s tons of great math apps if you are trying to ‘skill and drill’, but there’s more to technology than that,” said Jon Samuelson, best known as iPadSammy from his blog of…

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  • Advice on Adding Visual Literacy to Your Curriculum

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Education is continuously changing, and so are the techniques. The visual literacy classroom is becoming a priority to keep up with digital technology trends in learning. The capacity, comprehension and communication of current students differ considerably from the student of 10 and even five years ago. The classroom environment must adapt to the students’ learning…

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  • Education Technology: Are Digital Badges Better Than Letter Grades?

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Education technology is at the forefront of discussions about how education will look in the future. Gaming technology and digital badges may play a significant part of that process. While there seems to be a growing reluctance to keep score in youth sports, a new way of tracking wins and losses may just be what’s…

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  • How to Integrate Technology with Teaching ELL Students

    Posted March 6, 2013

     Educators face a number of challenges when designing programs that match technology and ELL students’ capabilities. Computer literacy levels among students run from having no experience at all to being able to reprogram or optimize a system for greater efficiency. Educator Competency Technology is quickly becoming an integral part of classroom instruction. For educators to…

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  • Advice for Teaching Word Processing

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Teaching word processing is a valuable skill in modern society. As more technology is developed and students are expected to understand the basics of typing and using word processing programs, teachers will need to provide basic education in the use of different programs and options. Start With Basics Due to modern advances in technology, many…

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  • 5 Smart Ways to Use SMART Boards in the Classroom

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Like a snowball gaining in size and momentum, bright, white, digital SMART Boards are on a roll taking over K-12 classrooms. These powerful visual tools are revolutionizing the way teachers run their classrooms including how they handle simple record-keeping tasks, engage student interest, demonstrate complex information, assess learning and prepare students for an increasingly digital…

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  • How to Incorporate Digital Stories in the Classroom

    Posted February 14, 2013

    How we tell and experience stories have evolved over the years. Before the written word, stories were committed to memory and passed down from generation to generation. Bound books engaged our imaginations as we pictured a story’s characters and environment in our heads. Movie magic allowed us to watch a story unfold. Today, technology has…

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  • Advice for Developing your Elementary Computer Lab Curriculum

    Posted February 13, 2013

    The elementary computer lab curriculum is an evolving process based on available technology, the level of use within the school and the grade level involved. Many students will start their kindergarten year with some ideas about computers based on their access at home. The school curriculum will help them form a different attitude toward computers…

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