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“Zooming” into Synchronous Teaching Online

So, we are at the end of the fall semester (or at least up to Thanksgiving Break), and I am teaching one of the final classes for my Masters of Education in Literacy program. It is the capstone course, and there are nine students in it. Throughout the semester, eight of us have met face-to-face and one student has joined ...

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Safe Social Media Practices to Share with Your Children

Safe social media practices are important for anyone, but they can be especially important for children and teenagers, who are often victims of cyberbullying. You may not even want your kids to be on social media, but that’s difficult to regulate when they often have access to computers and other devices at school or friends’ houses. Although it’s scary to ...

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Ideas for (un)Duplicating Similar Apps

A challenge I have been having lately is the overlapping of apps. Recently, I was reviewing dictionary apps such as Dictionary.com and the Oxford English Dictionary. As I was comparing these two apps, I was challenged in that they essentially performed the same function and provided similar information. To be frank, a word’s definition, its pronunciation, and part(s) of speech ...

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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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