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    What are the Hottest Topics in EdTech?

    Are you planning for upcoming EdTech conferences or Google Summits? You’ll want to stay on the lookout for some of the hottest topics in EdTech this year. Scanning through a schedule of events or flipping through a program of sessions is overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. This list of the hottest topics in EdTech is sure to help you focus some of your energy as you plan for upcoming conferences and tools for your classroom. Virtual Reality This year virtual reality has taken off thanks to the easy and inexpensive Google Cardboard. I love how this tool in combination with a few great apps makes it easy…

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    4 Reasons Why You Should Attend an EdTech Conference

    This year I’ve been able to attend a handful of educational technology conferences across the country. There are numerous benefits of attending an edtech conference. From large events like FETC in Orlando this past January to smaller events like UCET in Salt Lake City this past March, I’ve found that there is always plenty to learn! Are you looking for a reason to attend an edtech conference this year? Are you trying to convince a school administrator to support your efforts? This list provides a handful of reasons why an educational technology conference is a must-attend event. Inspirational Big Ideas The keynote speakers at an edtech conference are thoughtfully chosen…

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    11 Must-Have Tech Resources for Parents

    As a classroom teacher, parents often came to me looking for mobile apps, websites and resources to help their children grow as students.This list can be shared with families at a back-to-school night or open house. You might choose a few of these ideas to share on a monthly newsletter or simply forward this blog post to families. Here are a few of my favorite tech resources for parents! Reading at Home Storyline Online is a website full of read aloud videos with well-known actors reading classic children’s literature. EPIC! is a mobile app that awards badges for reading books. Families can sit and read a digital text together or…

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    Reading on Digital Devices: Use Annotation to Push Student Thinking

    The world of education has changed greatly with the introduction of tablet technology. Students can interact with content in a completely new way, and teachers are adapting to these changes. When students read on a digital device, the experience of reading is altered. Highlighters, sticky notes, and index cards are no longer the default study tools of readers today. When reading on digital devices, students have options to interact with text as they read. From tapping on the screen to learn a definition, swiping a passage to highlight, or underlining with an annotation tool, the reading experience on tablets can transform the way we traditionally think about reading text. Students…

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    3 Reasons Teachers are Excited About Coding

    Teachers with access to technology tools in their classroom are excited about coding! Learning the foundations of computer programming is easier than ever for students with a mobile device in their hand. There are now apps and websites geared towards students of all ages, making it simple for teachers to find the “just-right” tools for their classrooms. Connections to the Real World Making connections to the real world is a must in today’s classrooms. Kids need to know that what they are learning has a purpose and see the value right away. Computer programming languages impact students all day, everyday. From ordering a new video game online to changing the…