Teaching with WebQuests

How can teachers encourage critical and analytic thinking, develop problem-solving skills, and integrate technology into the curriculum? It might seem challenging, but a WebQuest provides students the opportunity to explore a topic while honing these critical skills. And, it’s fun! Webquest is an effective way to incorporate inquiry learning through technology into the classroom.  In […]

Apps for Back to School

Remember the days when ‘back to school’ supplies consisted of pencils, folders, and a three-ring binder (remember ‘Trapper Keepers’?). Ahh…the good old (and less-expensive) days. Today’s supply lists include a few additional items; DVDs, CDs, thumb drives, graphing calculators, memory cards/sticks, digital cameras, e-readers, and even laptop computers and tablets! Considering that most students are […]

Skype in the Classroom

Need a free, fast, and insta-global method for collaborating on projects for K-12 science, math, social studies, or language arts projects? Now the internationally recognized and readily used software program, Skype, has stepped up to provide just that – a conduit for students to truly work together with other classrooms in just about any other […]

Safe and Fun Web Design for Kids of All Grades

Kids of all ages love to surf the Web. Younger students search for online games to play such as Star Wars, Barbie, NeoPets, Webkinz, and Pokeman. Middle grades students start to enter the world of collaborative online games such as MuddleNet and 39 Clues and use the Web to follow up on sports and trends. […]

The Coolness of Computer Programming

Software coding, and learning how to code, is simpler than ever. Plug into some online resources to show students how computer programming is as easy as 1+2+3. The day has dawned when being a geek is cool. Perhaps it is because today’s modern communications and entertainment devices are routine and many of us rely so […]

Web Browsers – Which Is Best for My Classroom?

On a teacher salary, cost is probably one of the primary factors when considering which type of cell phone, laptop, digital camera, or any other technology tool to purchase. Is the item that is more expensive better? Sometimes yes, although not always. Does the price tag factor into the final decision? Almost always. So what […]

Getting Around the YouTube Dilemma

Maybe you are teaching about World War 2 and want to present a primary source video of a Germany news broadcast of their perspective of D-Day. Or perhaps you wish to take students into a laser lab where they can learn about an ultrafast laser experiment. Or you might want students to ‘meet’ Ayn Rand […]

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Using the Web to Take Virtual Art Tours around the World

Spring is the season most folks look forward to enjoying. Spring brings images of bright colors, cheerful hues, wide ranges of tones, and a mix of textures from soft flower petals to bristly new sprouts of grass. So much of our ‘tech time’ is spent playing catch-up with all that is available on the Web. […]

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