Effective Technology Integration

The Thinking and Creativity That Goes Into Game Design – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! Students can design a game in any subject to assess their peers. When students design games they use a lot of creativity and critical thinking skills. Students must imagine and design worlds, characters, levels, sound effects, game elements, and more. Students must determine what they want their peers to accomplish in their games and strategize different levels, bonuses, easter eggs, and traps. Below is a graphic illustrating the type of skills…

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Motivate Students with Digital Badges – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! Motivate students with digital badges. The Mac Arthur Foundation defines a digital badge as “an assessment and credentialing mechanism that is housed and managed online. Badges are designed to make visible and validate learning in both formal and informal settings.” A digital badge looks similar to a Girl Scout or Boy Scout patch. The badge is small with icons and awarded when the student accomplishes a specified task or demonstrates great…

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Video Project Ideas, Resources, and Tools – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! Students of all ages enjoy producing their own videos. Each year I meet younger and younger learners who have their own YouTube Channels. Not surprisingly, Forbes reported that the highest paid YouTube star of 2018 was 7 year-old Ryan of the Ryan Toyreviews Channel. This year make a goal of motivating students to share their knowledge through a video project. In my books find lesson plans, handouts and rubrics for creating…

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Help Students Soar! Social and Emotional Learning Resources – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! We want to inspire our students to transform the world with their ideas, creativity, and knowledge. Innovation is a difficult journey. The greatest inventions that transformed the world took thousands of attempts and years of frustration and problem-solving. Many students want to give up after one attempt at a solution. They need a lot of support to develop the determination and perseverance to understand that each attempt helps us understand a…

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Find the Right Tools for Student Projects – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! The majority of our students use technology daily to learn and share their voice, creativity, ideas, and passion with the world! When we integrate technology effectively into the curriculum students discover how to use technology to problem solve, create, and better their future and world. Before students embark on any digital project, you need to find the right tools. Below are some websites, blogs, and Twitter accounts where you can find…

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Digital Learning Theories and Frameworks For Future Ready Classrooms – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! Technology impacts every aspect of our students’ lives and will continue to play an important role in their lives. Teachers who integrate technology effectively help their students realize the potential we have to transform the world with our use of technology. They inspire their students to innovate, create, collaborate, and problem-solve with technology. They also encourage students to reflect on the ethical issues that arise, such as fake news, proper attribution,…

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Ways to Learn with Technology – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! Technology surrounds our students and gives them a platform to share with a global audience. Technology is how our students learn, communicate, entertain themselves, collaborate, and seek advice. This is why students need their teachers as guides to inspire them to make a positive impact on the world with their use of technology. In the graphic below are 20 ideas for getting students to create, problem solve, and critically think with…

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Document Learning in a Digital Portfolio – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! Digital portfolios are powerful learning tools for students of all ages. A digital portfolio allows students to upload and keep a record of work over time and share this work with family members and school staff regularly. When students regularly look back and reflect on their work they are able to see what they have accomplished and set goals for improvement. In this way portfolios facilitate ownership of learning, goal-setting, and…

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Timeline Tools to Document and Analyze the Past – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! Students can create digital timelines to analyze the past and help teach others. Timelines help students display their research in a dynamic way with photos, clickable links, video, and audio. Creating a digital timeline is engaging and also inspires students to teach others. The timelines students create present history and research in an interactive display. The free web tools below will get your students started. 💡Discover more ways to integrate technology…

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Where to Find Incredible Student Templates for Google Docs, Slides, Sheets and Drawings! – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

“Don’t reinvent the wheel, just realign it.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo If you have ever used Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, Drawings, and Forms, then you know how easy it is to collaborate and share work with peers and students. Thousands of educators just like me create several student templates as part of their lesson plans, activities, and projects. Many of these educators share these templates for free through their blogs or on Twitter. Using templates saves you and your students…

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STEAM Up Learning with 50 Fabulous Resources! – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

“… all children could and should be inventors of their own theories, critics of other people’s ideas, analyzers of evidence, and makers of their own personal marks on this most complex world.” – Deborah Meier I had an amazing time sharing with Texas teachers at the TCCA Conference! Below are the slides and resources for my first presentation, STEAM Up the Learning! Many of the missions in my new book, Hacking Digital Learning with Missions, are aimed at inspiring students…

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A Template to Help Students Tap Into Their Genius Potential – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

“Children are the most learning-hungry beings in the world.” – Ashley Montagu This year we will be getting our elementary students (2nd to 5th) to explore their passions and interests with Genius Hour Projects. Genius Hour Projects, also known as 20% Time, involve setting aside class time each week for students to independently work on a project related to their interests or passions. Genius Hour is motivating for middle school and high school students, too! I collaborated with the amazing…

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Meet the Inspiring Teacher Scholarship Recipient, Jamil Ahmed – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

We recently began the summer session of my new online courses. We announced a scholarship and were so moved by the personal statements and bios that we decided to award a few scholarships for the summer session. Below is the bio and an excerpt from the personal statement of Jamil Ahmed, a teacher from Bangladesh, who was the recipient of the Connected Educators: Harnessing the Power of Social Media for Professional Development course scholarship. I’m excited about his contributions and the perspectives he will…

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Mock It Up! 9 Tools for Learners to Design, Blueprint, and Visualize Their Innovations – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

“Proper perspective brings about clear direction.” – Mike Anthoni, Author of The Blueprint One way to truly inspire innovation is to send students on learning missions or challenges to invent or imagine a new app, vehicle, machine, building, or system that solves a problem. I’ve sent students on missions to imagine a house or vehicle for people to live on in space. I’ve challenged them to invent apps to solve real world problems they face or to help a superhero. I’ve gotten…

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A Process for Implementing Student Digital Projects – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Lately, I’ve been busy grading my students’ digital products. Each year my students accomplish so much with technology, such as brainstorming, collaboration, annotation, editing, research, and so forth. My students also create several digital products throughout my courses, such as mind maps, infographics, posters, presentations, video commercials, audio interviews, comics, ebooks, portfolios, visual prompts, speaking avatars, etc. These digital projects, or what I often call, “learning missions,” are adaptable and can be used to teach different age groups (children to adults)…

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20+ Emoji Activities and Resources for Teaching Math, Science, and English – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Today is World Emoji Day and to celebrate I’m sharing 20 emoji activities, my slide presentation, and resources to engage your learners. Emojis are an important part of our students’ digital culture and the way students humanize time spent communicating with others constantly through a machine. Emojis allow students to express themselves, share their personalities, and add emotion to their messages. Emojis also represent an international language. Around the world we understand with symbols like a smiley face, angry face,…

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