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Publish or Perish

As I work to put together a presentation for my colleagues on digital publishing, I can’t help but be struck by how emphatically all of the national standards demand that we give students the opportunity to publish: ISTE International Standards for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standard 1: Creativity and innovation: Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct  knowledge, and […]

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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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When It All Comes Together…

Synchrony.  We’ve all seen it as educators.  Oftentimes, it is the “Aha!” moment when a particular concept clicks with a student.  Increasingly, though, I find that moment occurring in my classroom when students are able to make connections among texts – and between various types of media.  Perhaps that’s the result of our students’ increasingly […]

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If Only I Knew… What I Wish I Knew BEFORE Going 1:1

A month into the school year, I have a little bit of perspective on the 1:1 journey.  Many of these insights are obvious and traits of good teaching, but with the steep learning curve associated with 1:1, I hope that these reminders will save you some headaches. 1. Do it first:  For most of us […]

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3 Quick Tips For Getting Students Blogging

Never before have I had to ask students to finish up their writing.  In my experience, students usually throw down their pencils in triumph after three sentences – not after having typed furiously for 20 minutes.  So, I was completely surprised – and stifling giggles – when I had to ask my juniors and seniors […]

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