Thoreau once wrote we are in danger of becoming the "tool of our tools," but it's doubtful he envisioned a day when there would be so much technology hardware and software to distract and empower us at the same time. Teachers who are grappling with iPads, laptops, kid blogs and cellphones in classrooms share their triumphs and struggles here.
Andrea Smith uses the school-to-home communication tool to give her writers an authentic process and audience.
As Suzy Kaback explores the question “How does your expertise function?” she explains the power of Photovoice and details its use in K-12 classrooms.
Mary Lee Hahn and Franki Sibberson share tips for launching and maintaining a blog, as well as a wealth of reasons why it’s a valuable use of your time
Jill Ostrow creates a flexible and practical online tool to support teachers of English language learners.
You’re never too young to blog, as Katie DiCesare demonstrates with her 2nd graders.
Karen Terlecky connects an honest appraisal of her reading habits with an unvarnished look at her 5th grade students.
Mandy Robek faces the challenge of creating a warm and inviting classroom environment that still includes some cold, hard computers for student use.
Andrea Smith is surprised and delighted at what technology adds to her classroom in the early days of school.
Lights, cameras, and even a red carpet! Bill Bass documents how a film festival brought high school teachers and students together, with a strong focus on connecting district goals and standards to the fun projects.
Franki Sibberson documents the stages of tweetage, from avoidance to addiction.
Browsing and previewing skills change when the medium is the Internet. Franki Sibberson has advice for working with tech-savvy young readers.
Franki Sibberson discovers new ways technology can expand and enrich how students preview books.
Lisa Koch found herself a bit irritated as her high school students would discreetly send text messages as she tried to teach them literary terms. Her solution? Tweet tweet! You can read here about her successful summer experiment of tweeting literary terms and staying in touch with students over summer reading assignments.
Shari Frost is inspired to create a list of her favorite children’s book to film adaptations.
Stella Villalba uses the Photo Booth app to build stamina in a young English language learner, as well as reinforce the learning and practice at home.
Katherine Sokolowski has suggestions for Skype use in classrooms, covering everything from student etiquette to special events.
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