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Write 2 Next Prez in STEM class Looking for ways to dialogue about current issues in science, technology, engineering, and math? Want to know more about how your students think about issues in the news like elevated lead levels in drinking water, nuclear energy, mining, or severe flooding? Interested in creating spaces for civic discourse and action during this...
      As an English teacher, when I say the word literacy to my non-English teaching colleagues, their eyes glaze over. They’re no doubt thinking about reading a textbook and answering questions, and they’re bored by the thought of it. But in today’s world, the definition of literacy has changed. It is no longer acceptable to only teach students what I’ll call classic literacy skills. Of course,...
flickr photo shared by octaviosn under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC-SA ) license I like to think I am always open to new technology for my young writers, and I am not afraid to beta test or try out new platforms that show possibilities for my students. I do make sure I try things out first on my own. As a sort of mental checklist, I consider a few things before bringing a new tech idea into the...
When I began teaching full time and pursuing a masters degree simultaneously, I was under the impression that I would struggle most with the work load. I was shocked to learn that, while balancing the work would definitely be challenging, I would struggle more with managing technology: Let me start by briefly discussing my history with technology. At 24, I am a product of my generation in that my...
The following blog post is by Dr. Martin Wolske and appeared on his blog on June, 4.  The school refered to in paragraph two is Kenwood Elemenatary in Champaign, IL. A bit over a decade ago, I had the privilege to help charter and be scoutmaster of a new scout troop with my sons and a few other wonderful families. We decided to especially focus on backpacking as a troop. None of us had done any...
Notable notes is my attempt to curate my social media feeds and recognize some of the most notable ideas and resources to flow across my consciousness this week.   This week I chose to use a mix of MyTopTweet and FavStar to select the top Tweets I wanted to share:   The first resource I want to share came from one of my favorite resources, the National Writing Project Digital Is, and was created...
Today, every industry is powered by software. In my community, Codecraft Lab is an important connector and advocate for making sure every student has a chance to gain the software skills that she or he can use in any industry. While many jobs of the future don’t even exist yet, computer programming skills and concepts will help students excel at any job tomorrow. Design, advertising, acting,...
One of the greatest things we as technology educators leave with students about computing is “in computing, you will surely only get out what you put in. It can only do what you tell it.”  It is in this lesson that we must understand today’s moment. Integrating technology in the classroom, no matter what educational sales reps promise, will not fix our local and national legacy of educational...
When I remember social studies classes, I most often recall reading from dated textbooks and completing essays or worksheets to accompany the text.  Social studies was not usually an engaging experience, relying on more traditional paper-and-pencil methods that relayed a somewhat dry method of presenting interesting information. But with the rise of technology, the modern classroom is changing.  ...
Las Vegas – Clark County Library District TechArt Studios  presents DJ Thread: A STEM Success Story Once upon a time about one year ago 12 years old Tyler walked into the one station DJ studio. The rest as they say is history. During the course of these 12 months Tyler became DJ Thread (stage name). He picked up on the DJing skills quite rapidly. The pictures that supplement this post are each...

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