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Post-It Poll and Debate: Using Padlet to Show Changes in Opinion and Spur Discussion

Classroom debates require students to exercise their critical thinking skills, analyze different opinions, and logically present their arguments to their peers and teacher. Although writing persuasive essays necessitates logical, creative, and critical thinking, an oral defense of one’s opinion is an ever-evolving learning exercise. Oral debates do more for students than static prompt-response assignments. Teaching students to think on their ...

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Feelin’ That Beat: Free Apps for Music Lovers & Novices

Today we’ve got apps for anything and everything, so why would music education be excluded? Learning how to read notes, more about music composers, even playing an instrument has never been easier than now, seeing that everything can be found at our fingertips. You don’t have to pay for those pricy piano lessons anymore when you’ve got apps that help ...

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Blended Learning & Your Classroom: An Introduction

If you’re of a certain age, most of your formal education probably took place in a traditional classroom. Desks in rows filled the space, while a teacher stood at the front offering information, exercises, and lecture notes using various tools such as a chalkboard and overhead projector. Times have certainly changed, that’s for sure. Even in what are considered “traditional” ...

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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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