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Help Your Students Conduct a Better Google Search

January 25, 2011
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Help Your Students Conduct a Better Google Search

Google is great, but we all get frustrated at times when we just can’t find what we want. And what about your students?  If they are like mine, they try one search and then give up. I think that Google searching is an integral component of developing the  aptitude of Symphony as described by Dan…

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10 Evernote Tips For School – Dan Pink’s Symphony

January 2, 2011
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10 Evernote Tips For School – Dan Pink’s Symphony

So how do kids these days keep everything organized?  Listen straight from the mouth of one college student who is offering advice on the app known as Evernote. When Dan Pink speaks of Symphony in A Whole New Mind, he refers specifically to the ability to take many seemingly disconnected thoughts and create a pattern…

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Teachers Using Technology – A New York Times Project

November 21, 2010
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Teachers Using Technology – A New York Times Project

This is a great article for Thanksgiving week, and a great glimpse at how teachers across our country are developing Dan Pink’s aptitude of Symphony. Take a few minutes to read through the article, and if you have time, check out these teacher-submitted videos.  They really do show you why Bloom’s Taxonomy was revamped to…

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Learn like a kindergartner: High Tech, Dan Pink, and A Love of Learning

September 13, 2010
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Learn like a kindergartner: High Tech, Dan Pink, and A Love of Learning

Remember “Everything I Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten”? Well imagine that concept with the technology of today. That is what Professor Mitch Resnick discusses in this hour-long video about technology and learning.  Learn like a kindergartner. Don’t you remember those times?  When you wanted to go to school?  Things were new and fun. …

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Seth’s Blog: Whatever happened to labor?

September 6, 2010
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Seth’s Blog: Whatever happened to labor?

We say we want insightful and brilliant teachers, but then we insist they do their labor precisely according to a manual invented by a committee… via Seth’s Blog: Whatever happened to labor?. So as I am sitting back and enjoying Labor Day, I ran into Seth Godin’s comments about modern labor, and of course, this…

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Using iTunes U to Develop Symphony Without an iPad

August 26, 2010
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Using iTunes U to Develop Symphony Without an iPad

Apple’s iPad has taken the world by storm, and it seems that educators everywhere are fascinated by the device. At Julia Green Elementary school in Nashville, Apple’s iPad will be utilized in all of their kindergarten classrooms.  Students will be able to use the technology to surf the web, access iTunes U, and create their…

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Pro-BlackBerry Obama: iPads, iPods Are ‘Distraction’ – ABC News

May 10, 2010
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Pro-BlackBerry Obama: iPads, iPods Are ‘Distraction’ – ABC News

This headline was confusing to me, so I had to look a bit further.  But after reading through the context of President Obama’s comments about technology as a “distraction”, his meaning became more clear. I think the gist of the President’s concerns are found as he discusses the role that constant information has taken in…

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Marzano’s Instructional Strategies and Dan Pink

April 24, 2010
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Marzano’s Instructional Strategies and Dan Pink

This is a great site for resources on Robert Marzano’s instructional strategies. If you are familiar with Marzano, then you will find this site particularly interesting as it connects instructional technology resources with each of his strategies.  If you are not familiar with Marzano, each strategy is briefly defined so that you can implement the…

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Futurity.org – Digital sink or swim for college undergrads

April 17, 2010
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Futurity.org – Digital sink or swim for college undergrads

This article has an interesting take on the “digital divide” and how it applies to college freshmen. The study looks at 500 college freshmen from California and surveyed their technical computer skills.  The findings looked at high school and home computer skills and found that many students may have used technology for academic purposes, but…

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Futurity.org – Web access alone won’t bridge digital divide

April 12, 2010
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Futurity.org – Web access alone won’t bridge digital divide

This is something that most of us would assume, but here is the data to back it up. Just providing access to the internet will not necessarily benefit students.  They must know how to use it. The study surveyed freshmen from the University of Illinois to test their “internet know-how”.  Students from lower socio-economic backgrounds…

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