Blog 2018-05-19T07:15:37+00:00

5 Tips for Teaching Digital Skills and Citizenship

Teaching with technology can be extremely motivating and empowering for both teachers and students.  But, as Spiderman’s Uncle Ben said, “With great power comes great responsibility.” As a teacher, it’s important that you not only develop your students’ technical skills like how to create a presentation, video, or blog, but also make sure they know how to be good digital citizens, be safe, and be critical thinkers online. Your classroom of digital natives may know how to use their cell phones to watch videos, post to Instagram, and text their friends, but don’t assume they know how to protect their privacy, communicate appropriately in different online situations, choose and use the best apps to demonstrate their learning, or evaluate if what they read or watch on the Internet is accurate and reliable.

Just like you build on prior knowledge when teaching Science or English Language Arts, you can build on the […]

By | August 18th, 2017|Categories: 21st Century Skills, Digital Citizenship, Learning, Technology Integration|0 Comments

10 Tips For Successful Tech Integration

For many of you teachers out there, your curriculum, assessments, and pacing are already mapped out for you over the course of the year.  By following the map, you’re able to meet all the standards and cover all the required material by the end of the school year. But then you’re told you need to integrate technology into your curriculum and are expected to create your own road map to make it work.

Maybe you have devices in your classroom; maybe you have to schedule a classroom cart or lab time.  Maybe you have adequate bandwidth to use the technology; maybe you don’t.  Maybe your school provides tech training on a regular basis; maybe it doesn’t. Regardless of your circumstance, you’ve got good intentions and dive right in.  When you do, the time and effort it takes is daunting and the learning results are muddled.  Did your students actually learn anything? Is […]

By | July 20th, 2017|Categories: Digital Citizenship, Learning, Technology Integration|0 Comments

Don’t Reinvent the Wheel – Just Pump It Up!

It’s easy to create technology rich lessons in Ednexio.  There’s no need to reinvent the wheel – but you may need to “pump it up.” Simply take a lesson you love that may have little or no technology integrated into it and add websites and multimedia to more fully engage your students.  Keep the end in mind when integrating technology, though.  It should be purposeful and not just an afterthought.

How do you get started? There are plenty of sites where you can find online lesson plans, but many of them tend to be “flat,” paper-pencil type lessons in pdf format that come with printable worksheets.  Not too engaging, but that’s a great starting point for a more interactive lesson. Pump up a flat lesson by having your students navigate to websites that present lesson concepts in interesting ways. Include interactive games and videos to engage your students.  Check for understanding with […]

By | July 18th, 2017|Categories: Ednexio, Learning, Technology Integration, Web Resources|0 Comments

Give It A Try! Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark is a free online creation suite for both teachers and students.  It has a beautiful and easy user interface, with lots of inspiration in their Inspiration Gallery .  You and your students will be able to create professional looking social graphics, web stories and animated videos in no time.  Choose from a variety of templates or start from scratch.  And did I say it’s FREE?

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Adobe Spark

 

Adobe Spark offers three products:  Spark Post, Spark Page, and Spark Video.

With Spark Post, you and your students can design:

  • cards
  • book covers
  • flyers
  • posters
  • logos
  • invitations

With Spark Page, your students can create a webpage to […]

What Skills Do Kids Need to Succeed in 2020? 2050?

Way back in 2009, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills developed a Framework for 21st Century Learning.  Many educators and schools in the U.S. and abroad have used P21’s Framework for 21st Century Learning to guide their teaching. Now, eight years later, with students’ lives becoming more connected to technology, does this framework still hold up to the test of time?

The Four Elements of 21st Century Learning

The Framework for 21st Century Learning consists of four elements, or “student outcomes:”

1. Content Knowledge and 21st Century Themes: 

2. Learning and Innovation Skills: 

3. Information, Media and Technology Skills: 

4. Life and Career Skills

  • Flexibility & Adaptability
  • Initiative & Self Direction
  • […]

By | June 21st, 2017|Categories: 21st Century Skills|0 Comments

Give It a Try! Lino Sticky Notes

I’m always looking for ways to integrate tech into the classroom and using online Lino Sticky Notes can be just as fun and easy as using real sticky notes (maybe even more so).  You basically have a blank bulletin board, where you can pose a question or post an assignment; upload pictures, videos, and files; and create a group and share the link to the board with your students. They follow the link and are then able to collaborate with you and with each other! Lino Sticky Notes can be used on a PC, iPhone, iPad, and Android devices – and it’s free!

Ednexio Rating Grade Level Price Platforms Visit Website
2 to Adult Free Website

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Android

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If you’ve ever used sticky notes in your classroom, you know how fun it can […]

By | May 15th, 2015|Categories: Tech Tools, Technology Integration|2 Comments

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