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(Mis)adventures With Inexpensive Androids
In a tech world often divided by ecosystems competing for the total devotion of schools and general consumers, our school has been trying to stay above the fray. The number of Chromebooks we have is getting close to the number of Windows 7 PCs we have. At t...
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EdCamp Metro DC: Collaborative Teacher Culture (and a more!)
It has been a great week for learning new things. In addition to sharing what I learned from the final session and keynote of the AIMS Technology Retreat , I'll be reflecting on top takeaways from EdCamp Metro DC (see links for Twitter discussion ,  shared ...
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Coding with Code Avengers: A Review
What is Code Avengers? Code Avengers is an online platform for learning to code. It features video and text-based lessons, a code editor with instant feedback, and management tools to help teachers support classes of students. Code Avengers provides an exte...
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Why Be A Graphite Certified Educator?
In the past few weeks, the community of Graphite Certified Educators has been discussing (among other things) why they became Graphite Certified Educators and what it means to them. Several educators have mentioned how much they appreciate being part of a c...
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Mind Mapping on Stylus Devices: A Quick Review
When Diana Laufenberg  visited our school, she mentioned LucidChart  as a useful tool for inquiry-based learning. If your students are asking questions and searching for answers, all with an eye towards making something in the end, they will likely need str...
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Coding and Problem Solving: A New Idea
What can students make with just seven blocks of code in Scratch? Students can learn about events, loops, and conditionals, and they can create characters that move automatically or in response to player input. And that's just an outline of some possibiliti...
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ScratchJr Coding For Kids: New Possibilities
ScratchJr is a simplified version of the Scratch coding environment. It works on tablets, and it's designed for younger students. Hopskotch was the first coding environment I tried on a tablet. Snapping code blocks together by dragging them with your finger...
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AIMS Technology Retreat Top Takeaways (So Far)
The Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools (AIMS) technology retreat is still going strong. After one keynote, a day of sessions (including two unconference sessions), and many spontaneous conversations, I have already labeled several items in m...
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Thank you for those kind words, Jonathan. I recently said to some GFS colleagues, after returning from an AIMS workshop, how fortunate we are to belong to an association of amazing schools with incredibly talented, smart people who are willing to share and learn together. I will be there this weekend. I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone!
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Spreading Good Ideas Within Our School
What's the best way to summarize some of the best things teachers are doing with technology? May, at least at our school, tends to be a good time to plan curriculum for future school years. Starting a discussion in May gives colleagues some time to bounce i...
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Two New EdTech Podcasts: A Review
Recently, I realized that EdSurge started a podcast in late January. This prompted me to search for new podcasts dealing with ed tech. Ever since Steve Hargadon and Audrey Watters stopped their Hack Education podcast series and an ed-tech venture broke up t...
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Race, Diversity, & Inclusion: Film & Discussion
A few months ago, I wrote my first post on this blog dealing with diversity, inclusion, and social justice . I've pointed out that technological literacy is an equity issue . In addition, I believe that learning and teaching about diversity, inclusion, and ...
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Building Problem Solving Deeply Into The Curriculum: A Challenge
What would it take to build problem solving deeply into the coding curriculum at our school? A recent activity with our Grade 3 students made me think about this. Background Several years ago, when I first introduced Scratch to our school (and when I myself...
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