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What the Hour of Code Can Teach Us

Few people know that I originally began my collegiate years with a minor in computer science. It was the early 90s and it seemed like a good idea to jump on board with a potential career that was up and coming. If the teaching thing didn’t work out, I’d have something to fall back on. […]

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Another way to look at formative assessment: Newsmap

This morning, I awoke to a tweet from Vicki Davis/@coolcatteacher: “A faster way to read the news: Newsmap.” It caught my sleepy attention, because I had, for years, used Newsmap in the classroom. Vicki linked to her quick blog on the way that Newsmap works. (Read it to find out more about Newsmap.) While, I […]

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Don’t Add Technology to a Lesson Just for the Sake of Technology

My 5th grader spent five minutes crying about her homework when she arrived home from school, today. I could write an entire post on this, and have written similar posts, in the past. However, I noted one of the busywork activities she was asked to complete related to the use of Web 2.0 tools. As […]