Tip of the Week

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Research-Based-Tips-for-Teachers

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.

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 […]

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.

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.

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

Paper Sea

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.