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6 years ago
Creative writing was by far my favorite part of elementary school. What I loved even more than receiving Scholastic Book Club forms was the class time to write ridiculous stories and share them with friends. So I'm really jazzed about interviewing the co-founder of Story Pirates, Lee Overtree, for our latest EdTech Take/Talk episodes this afternoon. He'll be discussing his education and media organization that helps students write their own stories and then brings them to life in musical and comedy shows and videos performed by actors, comedians, cartoons and sometimes even PUPPETS.
6 years ago
Saturday I attended EDesign Lab's Showcase of learning tools -- new digital products created by educators, technologists, and designers to enhance student engagement. The products presented were social learning tools designed around the idea of metacognition, or recognizing our own cognitive processes. Although the three products are in different stages of development, I think they have valuable potential because they create student-centered activities that encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning. Because Because is a g...
6 years ago
The other night I attended a TechHub NYC panel discussion featuring a group of indie gamers, including Patrick Moberg, co-founder of Dots. If you're not familiar or haven't gotten addicted yet, this extremely simple game simply requires you to... connect the dots. And yet it's been topping the App Store for weeks. When asked what factors he thought have contributed to the game's success, Patrick sited the popularity ma...
6 years ago
but how do I use them in the classroom? As an ESL teacher, I don't have any difficulty discovering new mobile apps for language learning -- some of them awesome, some of them meh, and many of them ideal for classroom use. The problem is integrating them in environments that are not entirely tech friendly. There are so many posts about why mobile learning is inevitable, but far fewer conversations about how to overcome the obstacles along the way: How do you convince administrators of the value of tech int...