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Student Online Safety: A Son (and Mom’s) Perspective

Posted on December 7, 2016 by Curran Dee and Marialice B.F.X. Curran, Ph.D.

We emphasize that being in the moment and being present is the most important thing we can do. Empathy is the main ingredient in all our conversations. We talk a lot about the person next to us, as well as across the screen. We put these words into action.

12/07/2016

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6 Ways to Make Edtech Affordable on Any Budget

Posted on July 22, 2016 by Rebecca Sadwick

While all educators know the limits that budget constraints can have on resources and amenities they’re able to provide, the following five steps can make affording the technology students and teachers deserve possible for any district regardless of size or budget.

07/22/2016

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5 School-Wide Reading and Writing Tech Tools to Consider

Posted on April 1, 2016, by Jessica Sanders

Managing and encouraging reading and writing remains a challenge for many teachers and administrators. These five tools provide schools with a streamlined, modern and effective method for tracking reading and writing while encouraging students to do more of both.

04/01/2016

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Personalized Learning: A 3-Step Plan

Posted on March 1, 2016 , by Jessica Sanders

While personalized learning, in which students engage with educational content based on their needs and preferences, can be integrated into any classroom, with or without technology, here’s a three-step plan for implementing personalized learning with technology by your side.

03/01/2016
Preparing a classroom for a smartphone

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More Smartphones Than Usual: How To Deal with Teens and Phones After Winter Break

While parents are rejoicing that kids are back in school and they survived winter break, teachers and administrators might be noticing more students with smartphones. As children get back into the routine of classes, it’s the ideal time to address all those smartphones that were given as gifts over the holidays.

01/18/2016
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What Students Can Do to Create a Positive Online Brand

There is an abundance of information communicated to students about what they shouldn’t do online. But, it’s also important for kids to know what they should be doing online.Here are a few basic tips for teaching kids what they should do vs. what they shouldn’t do.

12/18/2015
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What is Digital Citizenship?

“What is Digital Citizenship?” After a decade of writing on this topic and even now with the number of others that have joined the conversation, we still come back to the same question. Everyone seems to know the issue, but coming to a consensus regarding what needs to be done becomes much more involved.

10/09/2015
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8 Ways for Teachers (and Parents) to Use Twitter

Twitter is the fourth most popular social network used by teens. So if you teach young people (or have some in your life), it’s important to understand Twitter and why students spend so much of their time using it.

09/16/2015
safe apps to recommend to parents

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Safe Apps to Recommend to Parents

Shouldering the responsibility of cyber safety should not solely rely on just parents or educators. We should all be facilitating an atmosphere that enables and empowers kids to become each other’s “cyber-shadow” through social/emotional lessons in social media.

09/04/2015