Tip of the Week


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This week Edutopia published a very interesting list of tips to use in your classroom. I must admit that I respond quite positively to any article which promises me 5, 7 or even 10 wonderful things to read about. This one lists 26 (twenty six!) such tips. The difference with other pieces of advice for teachers you ask? Each of these research based tips for teachers are backed by actual research. I will highlight my favorite 3 tips here.

Research Based Tips for Teachers







7 Video Assignments for Students 1
Here are 8 types of of video assignments for students in elementary, middle and high school. Videos have a strong influence on how we perceive the world. Leading students to produce their own videos for your class will allow them to demonstrate critical thinking around key-concepts in your lesson while deepening their understanding of media literacy.

8 Types of Video Assignments for Students



Design Thinking in the Classroom
Design thinking in the classroom has the potential to unleash creativity, innovation and empathy while engaging your students to discover unique solutions to problems. Having recently presented at Learning2 on the topic, I want to share here design thinking’s key concepts, methodology and take-aways. Discover Creative Solutions There are different ways to solve problems. Engineers […]

Introduction to Design Thinking in the Classroom


4 Tricks for a Better Mac Experience
Mac makes absolutely gorgeous hardware. Perhaps it is this near perfection in design that makes it harder to bear the quirks you encounter when you start using your Mac. From your trackpad to your windows, here are 4 tricks that hopefully will make for a better experience on your Mac. The MacBook trackpad is the perfect example to showcase the contrast in execution between hardware and software. To the touch, it is so smooth and agreeable under the fingers, it bears no equal. Scroll or click and you are left with a surprisingly disorienting experience.

4 Tricks for a Better Mac Experience


3 Rules for Balance with Technology - Infographics
Balance will be different for every family. I am hoping that these 3 rules to balance technology at home which I gathered from my research and experience will help you engage in conversations about the use of technology in your house. My experience in the classroom and as a parent points to a very obvious fact: being digital natives does not make our children digital citizens. Our children and students need guidance with technology before they can claim an independence of their own. I believe the helm the need to navigate their digital waves is balance.

3 Rules to Balance Technology at Home




Google Certification 1 of 3 Online Classes for Technology in Education
There are 3 online classes for technology in education which impress me very much at the moment. If you are looking to start a new course over the summer that will literally make you want to go back to the classroom and innovate, dig into one of these: Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy (COETAIL) EdTechTeam Teacher Leader Certification Google Certified Educator Levels 1 & 2

3 Online Classes for Technology in Education


Paper Sea 1
No one is immune to the flood of communications inundating our inboxes at all times of day. Keep the alerts on and your smartphone will light up like a Christmas tree. This constant flow contributes to several survivalist yet counter-productive techniques. While it may lead to a higher stress in some, others have abdicated and are willfully ignoring the email tsunami at the cost of missing important messages amidst the flow. Hopefully these pieces of advice will help rein in the electronic wave gnawing our time away.

9 Tenets of Email Etiquette