The Pen is NOT Mightier than the Keyboard – Strategies to Embrace and Scaffold Digital Learning

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By Beth Holland Few empirical studies may be more detrimental to advancements of effective technology use in K-12 education than Mueller and Oppenheimer (2014) and Carter, Greenberg, and Walker (2016). Both assert that students in lecture-style courses perform worse when allowed to use technology. However, neither mentions any instruction to help students capitalize on digital […]

MatheMAGIC – Guest Post by Jen Saarinen

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Guest Post via Jen Saarinen Jen Saarinen is a middle school educator from Rhode Island who believes in the power of student voice. Jen was recognized as the Teacher of the Year for the Bristol Warren Regional School District in June of 2018. Find her on twitter: @snej80 and is a new blogger at Speculating Snej80 As a […]

Learn to Build, Build to Learn

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By Douglas Kiang Minecraft (http://education.minecraft.net) is a tremendously popular 3D open sandbox game. It is also a wonderful tool for building in Creative mode, which I use with my students throughout the school year. Here are some examples of building projects, and what students can learn from them.   Building to Recreate Something One introductory project […]

Create Immersive Virtual Reality with Storyspheres

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Though impressive, the first Virtual Reality offerings in education primarily consisted of pre-created experiences where students could explore famous landmarks, geographic regions and unique locations.  For instance, thoughtfully developed tools such as Google Expeditions and Nearpod VR allow teachers to guide their students through powerful pre-created immersive virtual reality environments.  While their approach allows students to consume […]