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25 Nov 2015
Back in the day, school was a place where students learned the 3 Rs: reading, writing, and arithmetic. These essential skills allowed them to be literate, marketable for the workforce, and productive as adults. While those three skills have not lessened in their importance, another skill has emerged in recent years that is one of the highest demanded skills in the world today. Coding. In order to promote the teaching of computer science and coding in general, many organizations, businesses, and tech leaders have gotten together to create an annual event called the Hour of Code. It is a yearly…
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09 Nov 2015
I think I speak for the entire DLC team when I say, “Wait. It’s already November?” This school year has been an exciting and busy start the school year. The DLC team has been busy working to support teachers and PLCs across the district as they integrate technology into their teaching practices to enhance the learning of students. Last year was the first year where a building was 1:1 with iPads. This year, that initiative has expanded from one grade to all of 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade. In Kindergarten last year, each classroom shifted to an all-day schedule.…
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16 Mar 2015
Digital Natives have grown up with technology all around them for their entire lives. They need no instruction in order to figure out how to move apps around on their iPad, tweak the settings to their liking, change the passcode to 1234, and changing their lock screen to a duck-faced selfie. But making use of an iPad for educational purposes? Not as obvious to students. They don’t know what tools are out there or how to make the best decisions when using them. While they will figure things out very fast because digital natives are usually willing to experiment and…
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23 Feb 2015
Part 1: A Shift in Perspective        Part 2:  Before Going 1:1      Part 3: Learning Environment Part 4: Classroom Management Part 5: Starting Simple Part 6: Planning Your Workflow Part 7: Creation Over Consumption   The Rules of the Internet   I once read that the two rules of posting content to the Internet are: Be informative Be entertaining Better yet, be both! One of the most important jobs of teachers is to prepare students to be responsible adults. Technology is only going to increase in access and ubiquity. If we want students to be responsible with technology…
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