Redefine Your Middle School Science Classroom with Blogging

Blogging as a practice shows great potential for students and teachers to redefine science classrooms. When implemented thoughtfully, blogs can empower students and expand the classroom through interactions with outside learning communities. The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards call for 21st century science students to be creative communicators and global collaborators, and … Continue reading “Redefine Your Middle School Science Classroom with Blogging”

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Computational Thinking in the Middle School Science Classroom

Evidence abounds that computational thinking (CT) is gaining ever more visibility, relevance and utility in education and our everyday lives: CT’s integration into Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards for students, the Hour of Code, a global computer science initiative, best-selling books like “Algorithms to Live By” to science fiction movies like “Ready … Continue reading “Computational Thinking in the Middle School Science Classroom”

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How To Not Kill Creativity in the Science Classroom

Creativity is at once an ethereal goal for science teachers and an essential ability for science students. The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standard for students as innovative designers proposes that “students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.” … Continue reading “How To Not Kill Creativity in the Science Classroom”

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Knowledge construction in the technology-enhance science classroom with Nearpod

In today’s science classroom, students and teachers have access to more knowledge construction tools than ever before. How can teachers leverage tools to support science students in their process of knowledge construction? Nearpod is one tech tool that covers a lot of bases and is worth a shot for teachers in technology-enhanced classrooms who are looking … Continue reading “Knowledge construction in the technology-enhance science classroom with Nearpod”

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Supporting Learner Autonomy

Resource: Eight steps to learner autonomy by Tom Sarney Summary and digital education implications by Charlie Ellis Prerequisite step: a positive approach. This is mentioned by Sarney and falls in line with my own adopted approach of “pessimism of the mind and optimism of the will.” Listen to your learners: Polling students and analyzing poll data … Continue reading “Supporting Learner Autonomy”

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Digital Education Leadership Mission Statement

  Through my work as a digital education leader, I will: Work toward social and environmental justice by empowering students. (Based on ISTE Standards for Coaches, 5. Digital citizenship, a. Model and promote strategies for achieving equitable access to digital tools and resources and technology-related best practices for all students and teachers) Educators have a … Continue reading “Digital Education Leadership Mission Statement”

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