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Mobile Devices for Schools Generating ‘Huge Momentum,’ Analysts Say – Digital Education – Education Week

Posted on: March 4th, 2015 by bplants

By the next academic year, mobile devices will be available for 1-to-1 computing for half of the U.S. K-12 student and teacher population, according to Futuresource Consulting Ltd, a U.K.-based research and forecasting company.In fact, by the calendar year 2016, 54 percent of students and teachers will have access to a school-issued personal computing device, as the […]


Social Media in Education: Resource Toolkit | Edutopia

Posted on: March 2nd, 2015 by bplants

This collection of blogs, articles, and videos aims to help educators deploy social-media tools to develop professionally, connect with parents and communities, and engage students in 21st-century learning. via Social Media in Education: Resource Toolkit | Edutopia.


A Class Full of Geniuses — THE Journal

Posted on: February 18th, 2015 by bplants

In the summer of 2011, I was handed an opportunity to design and teach a course loosely based on Apple’s in-store Genius Bar. The driving force behind this course was the impending launch of our 1-to-1 iPad environment. That summer, the Burlington Public Schools (MA) tech team was preparing to deliver iPads to every student […]


A Guide for Bringing the SAMR Model to iPads | EdSurge News

Posted on: February 12th, 2015 by bplants

When used effectively, iPads can develop thinkers and problem solvers. They can be used to transform learning inside and outside of the classroom, and offer limitless opportunities. Many educators are effectively integrating technology in the classroom using iPads to achieve the 4C’s, or “super skills,” that digital learners need to compete in our global society.But […]


Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: How Much Technology in the Classroom is Too Much?

Posted on: February 11th, 2015 by bplants

I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Rae Pica at BAM Radio about how much technology is too much when it comes to technology in the classroom. Joining me in the conversation were Sonny Magaña an award-winning teacher who has been studying the impact of technology on teaching and learning and author of “Art and Science […]


A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: Learning Models

Posted on: February 10th, 2015 by bplants

Purpose: Improving our chance for a common language in discussing existing and emerging learning trends, model, and technology in hopes of innovation in classrooms, and collectively, education at large. Audience: K-12 & higher ed educators, researchers, institutions, and organizations globally. Form: An index of learning models, theories, forms, terminology, technology, and research to help you […]


Educational Technology Guy: LibreOffice – awesome free Office Suite – gets new UI and lots of updates

Posted on: February 4th, 2015 by bplants

LibreOffice is a free, open-source, powerful office suite software that is a great alternative to Microsoft Office. I use it on my home computer when I’m not using Google Drive. It is available for Windows, Mac and Linux and has six applications: Write (word processor), Calc (spreadsheet), Impress (presentation), Draw, Math and Base (database) and there […]


Education Technology As A Matter Of Principle

Posted on: February 3rd, 2015 by bplants

Modern arguments around education technology tend towards binary positions–usually for or against; this “position taking” makes the design of education technology inaccessible because we’re not considering design, but rather positions. There are few compelling arguments against technology as learning tools, though even that depends on what students are learning and why. But if we’ll accept, if only for […]


Prodigy: A Math Game For Elementary Skill Building –

Posted on: February 3rd, 2015 by bplants

With more and more educators embracing game-based learning, it’s important to evaluate and choose the program that works best for you and your students.  Game-based learning should not be a replacement for conventional classroom instruction, but rather used as a support tool to engage students and encourage practice, as well as develop “soft skills” that […]


Collaborative Learning – CIRCL

Posted on: February 2nd, 2015 by bplants

Learning to explain, justify, critique, etc. are essential skills for today’s citizens, for scientists, and in many other careers. These activities are intrinsically social. Further, conceptually challenging content is often best learned by working together with other learners. However, merely asking students to “work together” is not enough to lead to positive learning outcomes. Tools […]