Resources for Learning about Educational Technology
Thu, 24 May 2018 13:00:44 +0000

I read a quote today that made me think about my summer professional development. Nataf Emmanuel wrote, “Education used to be simple: there was a blackboard, a teacher, and desks in a classroom. Today, a student can practice English online,... Read More ›

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Pedagogy, Collaboration, and Differentiated Instruction
Wed, 23 May 2018 13:00:18 +0000

I am working with the world languages department and the administration at our school to help redesign the department’s curriculum. Our goals are to: increase opportunities for personalization nurture world language learners throughout all four years of their high school... Read More ›

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4 Ways You Can Get Creative This Summer
Tue, 22 May 2018 13:00:25 +0000

Summer is almost here for many of us. It’s a great time to relax, recharge, and reinvigorate our passion for education. I love using my summers to explore creative ideas that I haven’t gotten to throughout the school year. Whether... Read More ›

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Why blog in 2018?
Mon, 21 May 2018 13:00:33 +0000

I had a library blog a few years ago. I would post projects, ideas, photos, videos, and more. When I started focusing on Twitter, I lost my desire to post articles. I mean, who wants to read a blog post... Read More ›

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The CA State Library’s Gift to Students
Fri, 18 May 2018 13:00:13 +0000

Once again it’s almost the end of the school year and time to pause and reflect on our pluses and minuses. We had a better year than anticipated, but like most districts we are experiencing more budget cuts along with declining enrollment.... Read More ›

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It’s a wrap…or is it?
Thu, 17 May 2018 16:00:54 +0000

By Susan D. Ballard, AASL Standards editorial board member, and Sara Kelly Johns, AASL Standards implementation task force member As the traditional academic year wraps up, we’d like to suggest a new riff on an old proverb: “People may think... Read More ›

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Pairing Picture Books with Primary Sources: Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel
Thu, 17 May 2018 13:00:35 +0000

Reading picture books that focus on historical figures or events can be an opportunity to see how the author represented the focus of the book. Pairing that picture book with primary sources can help students explore how these people or... Read More ›

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Developing a MakerCare Program
Wed, 16 May 2018 13:00:56 +0000

Although I was super excited about the makerspace movement, my enthusiasm quickly faded as I realized expectations and reality can be very different. What started as a $50,000 educational shopping spree (thanks, TeacherPreneur Grant), had all but ended with two... Read More ›

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You want me to remember what?!
Tue, 15 May 2018 13:00:42 +0000

Remembering things – like multiplication tables, grammar rules, or algebraic operations – can be made easier if there are interesting ways of learning them. Even as we embrace large ideas of learning, what needs to be learned includes many things... Read More ›

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Community Summer Reading Projects
Mon, 14 May 2018 13:00:41 +0000

Are you looking for ideas to engage learners over the summer? I have a few to share, but you’ll need to enlist some help. Start with classroom educators. If any of the ideas below spark their interest, talk with reading... Read More ›

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