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As part of a successful bond proposal, my school district was able to update infrastructure making all our school buildings wireless. They also purchased SmartBoards and iPads.  I knew I wanted to integrate this technology into my third grade curriculum to increase the learning potential for each of my students. My colleagues were also excited about the cart of iPads and quickly began filling...
This collection pulls together the research by Josyln Young. Young "wanted to figure out more about what teaching, learning, and pedagogy look like beyond the classroom" and studied young producers at the Philadelphia Student Union and Chester Voices for Change and how they learn and master skills in media production.
This blog post originally appeared on Teaching Channel as part of a publishing partnership with the Center for Teaching Quality. In late February, Pew Internet and American Life Project published the How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and Their Classrooms report. The results aren’t surprising: 92% of teacher respondents say the Internet has a “major impact” on their ability to access...
This week has been crazy to say the least.  On the other hand, it has been phenomenal! Tuesday, my 2nd hour seventh grade class began an adventure I felt was worth taking.  For quite some time a writing project colleague and myself had discussed having our classes collaborate with each other using Google Hangout.  If you do not have prior knowledge of Google Hangout, it is just that, an online...
A few weeks ago, Cindy O’Donnell-Allen and Antero Garcia, both professors in the English department at Colorado State University and fellow NWP colleagues, shared with me via e-mail that students in their pre-service teaching courses would be taking a closer look at a resource I developed earlier this year on Digital Is, offering me full warning that my inbox would be full of notification e-mails...
I just finished awarding my students their badges for our Community assignment and I wanted to share the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of my venture into gamification as opposed to grading. I originally shared my reasons for replacing grades with badges in my post “Community Building With Badges” which was sparked by Cathy Davidson’s description of her badging system but essentially I hoped...
Blogging is not an easy endeavor. With student choice comes the challenge of student focus.  There are days that the kids will actually ask me, "Mrs. Ilko, can't we just do a worksheet?" which is code for, " I'm frustrated, this is too hard." And so I push them, prod them, beg, and sometimes literally and figuratively stand on their heads to get something to the page.  Not every blogpost sings...
When students are given a choice and the option to decide what they are going to do, it is empowering and complicated at the same time. My students spent a few weeks before winter break exploring blogs and topics of interest. They made lists of possible topics, and then narrowed that list to three possibilities. From there they discussed their options with a partner, and finalized their decision...
Blogging is not an easy endeavor. With student choice comes the challenge of student focus.  There are days that the kids will actually ask me, "Mrs. Ilko, can't we just do a worksheet?" which is code for, " I'm frustrated, this is too hard." And so I push them, prod them, beg, and sometimes literally and figuratively stand on their heads to get something to the page.  Not every blogpost sings...
When students are given a choice and the option to decide what they are going to do, it is empowering and complicated at the same time. My students spent a few weeks before winter break exploring blogs and topics of interest. They made lists of possible topics, and then narrowed that list to three possibilities. From there they discussed their options with a partner, and finalized their decision...

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