Effective Technology Integration

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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12 Awesome Ideas for Ending the School Year – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

The end of the school year is approaching fast! Before the year ends I aim to get students to review, reflect, and connect. Some of your students are probably super excited to begin their summers or might be restless from testing. The activities below will motivate your students to reflect, help others, move and learn, and think creatively. These activities help your students to keep their learning momentum and your energy going till the end! 💡Discover more ways to integrate…

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Fun Video Project! Produce a TV Commercial for an Invention – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

In a previous post I outlined my 6 step process for implementing digital projects (1. Evaluate an example, 2. Assign the mission, 3. Students carryout the mission, 4. Peer edit, 5. Share the mission, and 6. Feedback/evaluation). In upcoming posts I will be sharing some of my student projects to give you ideas for the upcoming year. In the following project students produce a TV commercial marketing their inventions. Students don’t actually create an invention, instead they  come up with ideas…

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Student Goal-Setting and Motivation with Digital Vision Boards – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

At the beginning of the school year we can get students focused on setting and accomplishing learning goals and personal goals by getting them to create digital vision boards. Vision boards are basically collages of inspirational people, quotes, and visuals representing personal goals. Extremely successful people swear by them. In fact, this was an idea inspired by The Secret by Rhonda Byrne that I wrote about in 2014 and included in my book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators: Small Steps…

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14+ Fabulous Valentine’s Day STEAM Activities Students Will Love – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

“The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.” – Blaise Pascal Valentine’s Day is around the corner! This holiday is a great time for students to be creative and share how much they appreciate and care for others. You can also get students to think and problem solve with the fabulous STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math) activities and resources below. All are free! You can also download the slides from my webinar, Valentine’s Day Activities Students of All…

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Putting the “T” in STEM! 60+ Resources for Teaching Children with Technology! – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

“Yes, kids love technology, but they also love Legos, scented markers, handstands, books, and mud puddles. It’s all about balance.” by K.G., 1st Grade Teacher One of the best things about teaching very young learners is that they are super excited to learn! They also love technology, but we must ensure that children learn early on balance and digital safety. When a child begins to use technology, especially technology connected to the Internet, they must also learn how to protect…

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Fostering a Culture of Innovation! Students who S.A.I.L! – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Yesterday, I presented a new keynote for the NJAIS Innovation Symposium, The Keys to Fostering a Culture of Innovation! Students who S.A.I.L. The purpose was to help teachers facilitate and inspire student innovation. As I prepared for my keynote, I had to think about how teachers who perhaps didn’t define themselves as “innovators” might go about inspiring students to be innovative. First, I defined innovation as finding solutions to problems. Then, I propose that the main role of schools, who…

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Take Breaks and Be Active! An Important Digital Message for All Students – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

“[A]t some time in the day we need to disconnect, reconnect, and look around us.” – Laurie Colwin One resolution my elementary students and I are setting is to be more healthy with our digital use. I teach technology to 450+ second to fifth graders. In class we reviewed and discussed the article, Computers and Your Health. Although the article only mentions computers, I let students know the information also applies to using mobile devices, game consoles, iPads and tablets.…

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How to Quickly Create, Send, & Translate a Parent Newsletter – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” – Jane D. Hull A few weeks ago I sent my first parent newsletter to 400+ parents. The newsletter (a link and pdf) was emailed to every parent with a Spanish version as well! Next time I might try Turkish and other languages. You might think sending this monthly newsletter is time-consuming, but with Google Slides, Formmule, and Templates I’ve…

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Helping Learners to be Kind Online and Offline – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

“There’s no such things as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” – Scott Adams October is National Bullying Prevention month. I like to focus on getting students to spread kindness and feel the benefits of being kind versus being mean to others. Many children play social games, such as Roblox and Fortnite, and experience cyberbullying much more than we did in the past. Many students have shared with me their experiences of…

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8 Wonderful Websites for Easy Coding Activities for Any Age or Level! – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

First in the series, Hour of Code Ideas! “Falling in love with code means falling in love with problem solving and being a part of a forever ongoing conversation.” – Kathryn Barrett Throughout my 20 plus years of teaching I’ve integrated technology in the various subjects I’ve taught because the world needs all our learners to gain the digital skills needed to thrive, connect, and contribute in a connected world. In any subject, students need to know how to conduct…

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5 Resources to Find Tons of Free Fun Unplugged Coding Activities! – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Part of the series, Hour of Code Ideas! “Falling in love with code means falling in love with problem solving and being a part of a forever ongoing conversation.” – Kathryn Barrett In a previous post I described why all students should participate in the upcoming Hour of Code event, which takes place December 3rd to 9th. Find more reasons to introduce students to coding in this article, Why Kids Should Learn To Code (And How To Get Them Started). If you don’t…

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