Effective Technology Integration

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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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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