How to create media-rich, interactive maps for deeper learning

Google MyMaps lets students create maps with custom-pinned location. The magic, though, is in what you put in those pins. (Infographic by Matt Miller)

If we want to use technology in the classroom, we can’t just do the same kind of learning we did before it. Technology should improve the learning. Kick the lesson up a notch. Otherwise, our technology isn’t any better than our paper and pencil lessons, right? If your students are studying anything that connects to […]

50 people and hashtags you MUST check out on Twitter

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Getting connected professionally on Twitter was the single most important, most powerful thing I ever did as an educator. The most important. I’m not overstating that. And I can remember exactly when it happened. I was at the Indiana Conference on Learning in Indianapolis, and our state Superintendent of Public Instruction was giving the keynote […]

Teaching through the camera lens: 10 activities with photos and video

So many people carry cameras with them everywhere they go -- in their smart phones. Here are activities for the classroom that can harness that power. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

Once, it was so handy to carry one of those disposable film cameras around in our pockets. Once, we were so thankful for our point-and-shoot digital cameras because they made instant photography so much easier. Today, so many of us carry cameras around in our pockets. We pull them out at a moment’s notice. Many […]

5 ways tech can truly improve learning (with examples)

Technology can help us kick teaching and learning up a notch. Here are five concrete examples of what tech can do and how to do it. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

Trainers, bloggers and education pundits tend to use lots of catch phrases and buzz words to talk about the power of technology in education. You’ll hear things like this: Technology is a game changer. Technology can do so much for education. The Internet is full of resources we can use. Technology is the future of […]

12 U.S. election resources to use with students now

The presidential elections are a hot topic. These activities, sites and games will engage and inform your students. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

The 2016 U.S. presidential elections have been some of the most talked-about in a long time. Your students are likely talking about them, too, or have heard about them. There are lots of ways to incorporate the elections into your curriculum, no matter what you teach. One of my favorite resources for finding activities, games […]

10 engaging ways to use mobile devices in the classroom

Students of all ages have mobile devices, and many bring them to school. Here are some ways to leverage that technology in your classroom. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

Mobile devices are everywhere. Adults and children are using smartphones, tablets, e-readers and more to interact with each other and the web every day. More people interact with digital media through mobile now than through desktop computers, and that number continues to grow. Seventy five percent of kids under eight have their own mobile device. […]