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“Do you surf in gym class?” – A classroom’s Mystery Skype experience with Hawaii

A class of our 5th graders just participated in a Mystery Skype session with a classroom from Hawaii – thanks to Joanne Jacobs and her students for Skyping with us from the 50th state! It was really cool to sit back and watch the kids in action. What’s a Mystery Skype, you might be wondering?… Continue reading “Do you surf in gym class?” – A classroom’s Mystery Skype experience with Hawaii

Professional Development · Twitter

5 easy ways to start using Twitter in the classroom

Twitter can be overwhelming. I’ve seen lists for “50 ways to do this…”, “100 ways to do that…” – and hey, I love the different pieces of wisdom, and they are super helpful to me and a lot of people. But when you’re just getting a teacher started with Twitter you don’t want to overwhelm… Continue reading 5 easy ways to start using Twitter in the classroom

Meme · Professional Development

Curse of the “Tech Guy” in the Room!

This is purely anecdotal – but it practically confirms something that I’ve thought for a long time about students and EdTech: If students are forced to learn from each other or problem solve themselves, they will do it just fine! If there’s a knowledgeable tech person within shouting distance, their hands will shoot up, and… Continue reading Curse of the “Tech Guy” in the Room!