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Perfect Portfolios: Easy Templates for Student Writing

In terms of best practices, portfolios are pretty close to the top of the list. The rise of 1:1 and cloud-based storage means that asking students to evaluate, revise and curate their own work is getting easier every minute. And, colleges and employers are increasingly considering students’ portfolios in lieu of traditional applications.  At the […]

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Socrative Vocab Caption Contest

My sure-fire way to bring laughter in the classroom is to bring in silly images.  Thanks, internet.  But one of the challenges of  any classroom is allowing students to quickly share the work that they’ve created, to further inform instruction and student understanding.  I’ve found that Socrative meets that need, by allowing students to share […]

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Glogster: At Best, A Meh

Like most educators, I feel a lot of pressure to be constantly trying out new educational tools that I learn about from colleagues, Twitter, and my Google+ communities (in fact, Ramsey Mussallam posted about this very pressure today).  So, today, in spite of its ugly name, and at the urging of my school’s Ed Tech […]

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Assignment Smackdown: Speech vs. Video

Having a 1:1 pilot program this year, I decided to offer two different variations of the same assignments to my 1:1 and traditional classes: one class would deliver their “This I Believe” essays as a speech; the other would make a compilation video.  Check out the results for yourself, here: After the assignment, I asked […]

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