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Backwards Planning and App-Based Lessons

With the move to backwards planning as the lesson-planning model, it includes app-based lessons as well. In my classes, I explain backwards planning as planning with the assessment in mind. I explain that we need to think about what we want our students to be able to do at the end of the lesson using the content we taught. I ...

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Explaining the App-Based Lesson: Its Essential Elements

This post is the first in a new series that will provide multiple examples of app-enhanced lessons. The idea of using iOS, Android, and Windows apps is certainly appealing to educators, and it should be as schools transition to 1:1 instructional models that emphasize blended learning techniques. However, the notion that an app can replace a teacher is farfetched. It ...

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Get the Beat: Making Music on Your Tablet

Tablet devices have changed the way in which we are able to teach music to our students. With a tablet, students are able to not only study music, but they are also able to create and mix it. Yet, we cannot just simply give a tablet to our students and say β€œGo.” (I tried this once, and my students just ...

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Refresh and Renew: The Joy of Summer Time for Teachers

I wanted to take time and use this blog not as a place to talk about educational apps, but to offer ideas about summer time and teaching. I hope you enjoy πŸ™‚ The importance of rest and rejuvenation for teachers is paramount. Speaking from my personal experience, I am most excited at the beginning of the school year. I’m ready ...

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Some Comments About Literacy and Educational Apps

I’ve been in the field of English language arts – as an undergraduate, a high school English teacher, graduate student, and now as an assistant professor – for well over a decade. During that time, one thing that has puzzled me is the comparison of reading and math test scores. When comparing test scores, I typically draw from the National ...

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