Guest Columnist Molly Dubois, Music Teacher, Burlington, Vermont, 02/28/13
In today's schools, we have the technology to begin using less paper.
Five Tips for a Class Web Site
Guest Columnist, Molly Dubois, Music Teacher & Educational Technologist, 02/21/13
This week’s article looks at how teachers can create class websites that are useful, simple to maintain, and appreciated by students, parents, and administrators.
Rolling Out iPads
Guest Columnist Kyle DuBois, Third Grade Teacher, Barre Town, Vermon, 02/14/13
This week’s article details the steps that one third grade teacher used in rolling out a classroom set of iPads with an emphasis on classroom management.
Study Right—What Works
Dr. Merle Marsh, Guest Columnist, 02/07/13
Recent research disagrees with many of the study techniques we’ve been teaching our students. Find out how to help students learn and why you should encourage your students to put their digital devices to use when studying.
Tablets 1 to 1: Key Questions
Jim Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 01/31/13
This week's article outlines a series of questions that a school needs to answer long before they do a massive installation of tablets on campus.
From Bungee Jumping to Differential Equations
James G. Lengel, Hunter College, 01/24/13
This week’s article questions why mathematics today is taught with so little connection to real world examples or tools and suggests some solutions.
James G. Lengel, Hunter College, CUNY, 01/10/13
This week’s article investigates what an educational conference might look like if it followed the principles of Education 3.0.
Technology and Learning
James G. Lengel, Hunter College, CUNY, 11/22/12
This article describes three trends in technology that are changing the face of higher education, and three implications for colleges and universities.
The Many Forms of Word Theft - Part III
Dr. Merle Marsh, Guest Columnist, 11/08/12
In the first two parts of this series we looked at different forms of plagiarism. Here specific actions you can take with your students are offered.
The Many Forms of Word Theft - Part II
Dr. Merle Marsh, Guest Columnist, 11/01/12
Teaching students how to use and cite sources is difficult. No matter how much you stress the problems of copying, you know that not all students will get the message. Understanding the different varieties of plagiarism can help you help your students avoid this academic misstep.
The Many Forms of Word Theft – Part I
Dr. Merle Marsh, Guest Columnist, 10/25/12
Teaching students how to use and cite sources is difficult. No matter how much you stress the problems of copying, you know that not all students will get the message. Understanding the different varieties of plagiarism can help you help your students avoid this academic misstep. Here the most serious forms are identified and outlined.
A Tablet for the Common Core
James G. Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 10/18/12
This article looks at one area of the common core, the English Language Arts standards at the middle school level, specifically those involved with the new approach to reading and understanding informational text and discusses how a tablet can enhance the teaching and learning.
Mobile Learning: A Day in the Life
James G. Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 10/11/12
Several developments over the last five years are combining to enable forms of teaching and learning that have never before seemed possible. Here’s a look at that means in the day in the life of a typical student.
James G. Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 10/04/12
Education has not changed to meet the demands of the world around it. What needs to change in Education 3.0?
Tablets for Schools
James G. Lengel, Hunter College, CUNY, 09/20/12
This week's article takes a moment-in-time snapshot of the volatile tablet marketplace, with an eye to ferreting out the educational features of the various tablets that might make a difference in schools.
James G. Lengel, Hunter College, CUNY, 09/13/12
This week's article delves into the dilemma of technology choices for schools, with specific references and comparisons of six different products.
Letters on The Big Board
James G. Lengel. Hunter College, CUNY, 09/06/12
Should we employ new technologies to move education forward, or deploy them to take us back to the good old days?
From Vision to Reality
Jim Lengel, Hunter College, 05/01/12
Many schools have developed their own compelling vision of what their school could look like if it took full advantage of digital technologies. Now they are facing the difficult task of turning that vision into reality. As you do this work, you might want to take some advice from other schools that have gone down the path before you.
The Coolest & Fastest Searches
Guest Columnist Dr. Merle Marsh, 04/15/12
Google’s tools for helping your students search fast and accurately are increasing. Introduce them to searching by time, color, image, and more. If you need help, Google has lesson plans, activities, and even live and archived training sessions for you.
Podcasting for Beginners
Jim Lengel, Hunter College, CUNY, 04/01/12
Here are some very practical suggestions for making your first podcast.
Jefferson, Science, and the Importance of Public Schooling
Jim Lengel, Hunter College , 03/15/12
Need some kind of justification for using technology at your school? Well Thomas Jefferson had a few thoughts on that.
Is Your School Website Driving You Crazy—for Administrators & Teachers Part II: Keeping Web Content Current
Guest Columnist Dr. Merle Marsh, 03/01/12
School websites can be a huge problem for teachers and administrators. That’s because it’s difficult to determine what content should be published, how to keep your content current, and how to oversee what is on the site. In this article, some answers are provided, along with questions to ponder.
Is Your School Website Driving You Crazy?—for Administrators
Part I - Access and Photos
Guest Columnist, Dr. Merle Marsh, 02/23/12
Who should have access to what on your website and whether it’s a problem to post photos of students with their names are two of the dilemmas administrators and tech personnel face when dealing with their school Websites. In this article some answers are provided, but more questions are raised.
Create Your Dream Classroom
Guest Columnist Dr. Merle Marsh, 02/16/12
It's time to move forward with the best classroom designs to improve student learning. This article features suggestions to help teachers gain knowledge of what will work for them and their students and how to get it.
The Kindergarten Achievement Gap
James G. Lengel. Hunter College CUNY, 02/09/12
This week's article looks at a new study about the achievement gap in Kindergarten based on income and speculates about the role of technology.
How to Create Interactive Google Maps
James G. Lengel, Hunter College CUNY, 02/02/12
This week's article looks at how simple it is to create interactive Google Maps.
Technology and the Proposed Standards for Literature
James G. Lengel, Hunter College CUNY, 01/23/12
This week's article questions the merit of the proposed Common Core Standards for Literature in high school.
How to Create ePubs
James G. Lengel, Hunter College CUNY, 01/19/12
In this article we look at how to create your own ePubs, digital texts that your students can work with on their various digital devices.
Video, Video, Everywhere
James G. Lengel, Hunter College CUNY, 01/12/12
This week's article makes concrete recommendations for making digital video useful for teaching and learning.
Photo Learning Walkthrough
James G. Lengel, Hunter College CUNY, 11/17/11
Try this photo assessment method to see where your school stands when it comes to integrating technology.
Ending the Email Spiral
Guest Columnist Dr. Merle Marsh, 10/27/11
With the volume of email escalating in our mailboxes, it’s taking over our lives. To control this upward spiral of email and downward spiral of time for what we really need to do, think about adopting the EMAIL CHARTER and spreading word about it to everyone.
The Technology of Testing
James G. Lengel, Hunter College CUNY, 10/19/11
When you understand the history of standardized testing it becomes clear that we need a new technology of testing, one that measures what's truly important to learn, and with which we can measure each student's progress toward well-defined, content-specific goals. Future articles in this series will propose some new approaches and technologies for this kind of assessment.
Podcast to Blackboard
James G. Lengel, Hunter College CUNY, 09/15/11
Here are step-by-step directions for posting podcasts to courses in Blackboard.
The iPad as a Library
Jim Lengel, Hunter College CUNY, 05/09/11
How might you and your students use what the iPad brings to educaton? Here’s an overview and a simulated assignment to help you think more about what devices such as the iPad contribute to the classroom.
Copyright Case Studies
James G. Lengel, Hunter College, CUNY, 03/31/11
This week's article takes five case studies -- all real-- and uses them to develop some guiding concepts on copyright in the new digital networked world of education.
Building Your Class Site – Google Style
Guest Columnist Molly Dubois, Burlington High School, Burlington, Vermont, 03/24/11
Think about using Google Sites to build a class website. Here are some ideas for getting started.
Great Ways to Use iApps for Education
Guest Columnist Molly Dubois, Burlington High School, Burlington,Vermont, 03/17/11
Apps, like those on an iPhone, have a number of classroom uses. Here are some ideas.
Online Videos for Education
Guest Columnist Molly Dubois, Burlington High School, Burlington, Vermont , 03/10/11
Online videos have changed the way we teach and learn. Here are some ideas for putting them to work.
Don’t Forget Public Library Resources
Dr. Merle Marsh, Guest Columnist, 03/03/11
Don’t forget to introduce your students to the many resources available from public libraries both online and offline. At some there’s help 24/7.
What About Rewiring Teaching?
Guest Columnist Dr. Merle Marsh, 02/24/11
Larry Rosen’s book Rewired is perfect for helping teachers brainstorm ideas for “rewiring” their teaching. In today’s world where students are moving fast forward with technologies and digital interaction, we need to consider what’s best for teaching and learning in our schools.
James G. Lengel, Hunter College CUNY, 02/17/11
The act of visualizing makes teachers and students think in new ways about statistics and facts. This article discusses how to use Google Docs to accomplish that task.
Is the book dead?
James G. Lengel, Hunter College, CUNY, 2/10/11
Are books dead? Without some of the features that eBooks could and should make available to texts, the nod to their demise is premature.
The Education Debate
Jim Lengel, Hunter College CUNY , 02/03/11
Here are some ideas for how technology can help us move beyond today's spring-loaded debates about education.
The SPA Treatment
James Lengel, Hunter College, CUNY, 01/27/11
Today’s digital networked information tools open up brand new approaches to teaching that have never been available before. A good way to consider the full potential of the new technologies is to take your teaching to the spa, to give your course or your curriculum the SPA treatment. SPA stands for syllabus, performance, and assessment.
iPod in Preschool
Jim Lengel, Hunter College CUNY, 01/20/11
What about technology and preschoolers? This article takes a personal look at how technology can help them watch, play, learn, explore and create.
Updated Web Searching
Dr. Merle Marsh, Guest Columnist, 01/13/11
Sortfix can help your students find the information they want when searching online. By moving around "power words", they can get the best sites for their search to come up for them.
Jim Lengel, Hunter College CUNY, 01/06/11
This article provides some ideas on how should we design our school for the information age.
Assessing the Impact of Technology
Jim Lengel, Hunter College CUNY, 12/02/10
This article provides some advice on how best to measure the effects of your technology implementations.
Publishing an eBook
James Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 11/18/10
This article explains why publishing in EPUB format is useful and shows you how to proceed in creating your own eBooks.
How to Deal with Emerging Bullies
Dr. Merle Marsh, Guest Columnist, 11/04/10
Students of all ages need lessons in civility both online and offline. Starting early with positive guidance and continuing insistence upon respectful behavior will help thwart some of the problems of bullying and cyberbullying.
Guest Editor Dr. Merle Marsh, 10/28/10
The problems of bullying and cyberbullying are difficult to solve, but through observation, discussion, work with parents, and lessons on respect, classroom teachers can help thwart bullies and cyberbullies.
50 Ways to Make a Podcast
Jim Lengel, Hunter College, City University of New York, 09/30/10
Thinking about making a podcast but don’t know how to start? Here are some ideas for using an array of podcast-producing tools.
Trends for 2010 - 2011
Jim Lengel, Hunter College CUNY, 09/23/10
This article looks at the top three trends for education and technology for the coming year
Jim Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 09/07/10
This article looks at Podcast Producer, a server-based system from Apple that automates and simplified a teacher's (or a student's) creation of a multimedia podcast.
Google for Educators
Dr. Merle Marsh, Guest Columnist, 04/18/10
Google for Educators is packed with treasures for your classroom. It’s a comprehensive online system that includes tools for creating documents, presentations, spreadsheets, models, blogs, discussions, tours, and calendars, all of which can be accessed online and can be used for collaboration
Blogs in the Classroom
Guest Columnist Molly DuBois, Chenery Middle School, Belmont, Massachusetts, 04/01/10
Thinking about using a blog with your students? Here are some practical tips for making it work from one middle school music teacher.
Technology and Music
Guest Author Molly DuBois, Music Teacher, Chenery Middle School, Belmont. Massachusetts, 03/25/10
This week's article guest author describes how using devices like iPods, and implementing a blog, improved student performance in her middle school music elective course.
Jim Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 03/18/10
This week's article is a primer on how to produce educational works on the iPad.
Boats and Cheese
Jim Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 03/04/10
This week's article looks at two manufacturing plants and the implications for how technology needs to be part of the training of the young people who will work there.
A Day on the iPad
Jim Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 03/11/10
This week's article provides looks at what a day at school might be like for a student with an iPad.
Jim Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 02/25/10
This article looks at how to combine online learning with teacher-led face-to-face classroom (TLFFC) learning.
Throw Out the Textbooks?
Guest Columnist Dr. Merle Marsh, 02/18/10
Changing to eCourses can be exciting, rewarding, money-saving, and overwhelming. This article explores ideas for getting started with eCourses.
Copyright and Education 3.0
Jim Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 02/11/10
This week's article provides a quick overview of the copyright provisions that protect the use of media by teachers. If you or someone you teach with suffers under the impression that these laws and policies prevent you from moving forward toward the kind of resource-rich teaching and learning, you need to read this!
A Day in the Life: Elementary School
James G. Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 02/04/10
This week's article looks at a day in the life of an elementary student going to an imaginary school that employs technology throughout the student's day.
Who Needs a Computer?
Jim Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 01/28/10
This week's article takes a look a how teachers are developing indepth lessons to use with devices like the iPod Touch.
More Technology Trends for 2010
James G. Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 01/21/10
Here are some more technology trends for 2010 with analysis and recommendations.
Jim Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 01/14/10
Posting Materials Online with Blackboard: Hints and Tips
James G. Lengel, Hunter College, 01/07/10
Here are step-by-step directions on how to post your course materials online using Blackboard.
Mobile Learning: Getting Started
James G. Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 12/10/09
This week's article provides a quick hands-on introduction to using mobile devices for learning, as well as a reflection of what's possible.
Digital Life From the Kids' Point of View
Dr. Merle Marsh, 12/03/09
With kids focused on the present for themselves, and teachers focused upon the future for their kids, no wonder there are disconnects. Let’s examine tech from the kids' point of view and see if we can better understand how we can step in and help.
Mobile Devices for Learning
James G. Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 11/26/09
This article discusses how mobile devices are changing how students are interacting with the curriculum and the world.
The Online Experience
Jim Lengel, Hunter College of Education, 11/19/09
Faculties all over the world are asked to determine the quality of online courses compared with traditional classroom-based instruction. What criteria help distinguish the gold from the dross?
What Should You Teach Your Students about Communicating Digitally?
Guest Columnist Dr. Merle Marsh, 11/12/09
While students still need to learn how to write formal and friendly notes that may be written in longhand or word-processed, it is time to take a hard look at what other skills are needed for clear communication both online.
Jim Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 11/05/09
This week's article looks at the characteristics of a useful network -- one that human beings can use to make the world a better place.
Create and Publish
Jim Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 10/29/09
This article describes a workflow that allows a teacher to take a single idea and develop it simultaneously as a lecture, as a slide show, as an enhanced podcast (which can also play as a video), as plain text, and as illustrated booklet.
Jim Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 10/22/09
This article proposes a scheme for assessing 21st-century skills, and employing digital technology fully in the process.
A Grain of Salt
Jim Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 10/15/09
This article looks at where technology fits in our schools in the era of state mastery tests.
Trends for 2010
Jim Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 10/08/09
This article looks at the trends for 2010 in mobility, the classroom and online learning, and their implications for the work of teachers
Jim Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 09/24/09
This revealing pictorial review of life and education leads to a discussion of Education 3.0
Thinking Outside the Classroom Box
Jim Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 09/17/09
New digital technologies offer just about every teacher the ability to create and publish a complete course of study that includes all of the pieces we know are necessary for effective learning, but it takes some effort. This article looks at the motivations for doing just that.
A Day in the Life
Jim Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 09/10/09
Lots of people are talking about reforming schools to reflect the capabilities of 21st-century technologies and economies, but what would the day in the life of a student in such a school be like?
Jim Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 06/01/09
This article explores what four stately statues from Ephesus tell us about what is missing from our present day reality.
Jim Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 05/20/09
This article explores what PowerPoint has done to teaching and how to move to a different paradigm.
Dr. Merle Marsh, Guest Columnist, 05/13/09
Egads! Downloadable eTexts!
A Day in the Life
Jim Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 05/06/09
This article describes some of the technology-using learning activities that many schools are planning, and the technology infrastructures they will need to support them.
Getting Ready for Online Learning
Jim Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 04/30/09
This week's article looks at what's happening with online learning, and how you can prepare yourself to succeed at it.
Jim Lengel, Hunter College School of Education , 04/23/09
What’s the connection between the wisdom of the ancients and the ubiquity of the laptop?
Jim Lengel, Hunter College, 04/16/09
This article talks about the new excitement in education about video and gives an overview of what teachers need to know about video cameras.
Flit or Flow
James G. Lengel, 04/09/09
How can the new technologies shift from a force to flit, to an enabler of flow in learning?
The Mobile Curriculum
Jim Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 03/29/09
This week's article is about a set of technology tools called iTunes U that Apple Computer provides to educators who want to reach their students in new places and in new ways.
Creating Video Clips
James G. Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 03/19/09
Video can enhance a class presentation, provoke a spirited discussion, focus a student project, or provide content for an online course. How can a teacher, or his students, create those videos that enhance learning?
Building a Podcast with Keynote
James G. Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 03/12/09
What's the quickest and easiest way for a teacher to create an illustrated podcast? With Keynote.
James G. Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 01/29/09
This article details how backwards planning in a technology rich environment can help design better units of study.
Producing Information Online - Part Three of The Online Teacher's Toolkit
James G. Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 01/22/09
This week's article covers the third binful of tools in the online teacher’s toolkit and focuses on producing products that demonstrate student.
Wrestling with Information Online - Part Two of The Online Teacher's Toolkit
James G. Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 01/15/09
This week's article covers the second binful of tools in the online teacher’s toolkit and focuses on wrestling with concepts and ideas.
Presenting Information Online - Part One of The Online Teacher's Toolkit
James G. Lengel, Hunter College School of Education, 01/08/09
This week's article covers the first binful of tools in the online teacher’s toolkit and focuses on presenting ideas.
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