Category: K-12 Educational technology

Changing “tech-reluctant staff”

Change is not easy in the education world.  Consider this version of the old “light bulb” joke: How many teachers does it take to change a light-bulb? Well hang on a minute! You can’t go changing a light-bulb just like

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Make Your Own QR Codes in a Google Spreadsheet

I continue to be excited by little nuggets like this that can be found amongst the Google Drive features.  Tammy Worcester has posted a Google Spreadsheet template that makes it easy to create and catalog multiple QR codes: The spreadsheet

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IT skills expectations for students

I’m in the process of drafting a document on the IT expectations we will have for graduate students in our new MA in Education: Educational Technology program.  I’m tempted toward simply adopting Doug Johnson’s “6 technology skills expected of all

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1,000 Blog views… Thanks for reading!

Just a little over 8 months have passed and this blog has reached 1,000 views!  Thanks to everyone for following.  85 posts published with 24 in draft mode.  Next, we need to work on making this a more interactive experience

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Power in the pocket

I recently came across MyScript Calculator – a terrific and free iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch app.  I can’t count how many calculator apps I’ve tested over the last several years, but most of them have just mimicked what you would expect from a hand-held

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New writing tutorial offered online by Cal State Fresno

As a follow up to my post a week ago on “Student Writing Struggles in the 21st Century”, it might be worth checking out Cal State Fresno’s new and free online writing tutorial described in an LA Times news story

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My 3D printing experience… Designing in 3D (3 of 6)

In the TED Salon video I posted here recently, Lisa Harouni noted that 3D printing technology has been around for 30 years but only now is it becoming accessible to the masses.  One of the reasons she cites for the

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3D printing in the news (2 of 6)

A simple Google search on “3D printing” in the news will lead to plenty of examples of the recent advancements in this technology.  But instead of subjecting myself to an overwhelming amount of information to sort through, I’m limiting my

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3D printing comes to life (1 of 6)

Developments in 3D printing have recently caught my attention.  I’ve actually been following this technology for several years in connection with my supervision of the design and technology curriculum in my former school.  But it seems, like with any new

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Checking into the legal use of Microsoft Office clip art

I wanted some sort of clip art to go with my most recent post on this blog.  I was looking for something related to “writing”.  More often in the past, I’ve sourced Creative Commons licensed images from Flickr.com which often

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