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Elementary Computer Science Project

Through the integration of computational thinking learning experiences into core content areas, students will gain experience with the problem solving skills that are the underpinning of computer science – providing an opportunity for all students to see themselves in this ever-growing field. Preparations are being made for the second cohort of the Elementary Computer Science Project and ...

Ed Tech Summer Camp Options

We hope you will join us as we dive into summer learning! Every Tuesday this summer from July 10th to August 7th we will have optional camp sessions for teachers to learn more about ed tech tools. Both am and pm sessions are scheduled to cover a variety of widely used tools. Each of the ...

Train Like A Martian Day 1

Day 1 of TOSAs working out to go to Mars. If you haven't already, join us each day the rest of this week.

Train Like a Martian

What is the #TrainLikeAMartian challenge? A week of fun activities that highlight the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, space exploration, and physical fitness. The challenge begins May 14th and provides students and adults around the world a chance to have some fun, show why STEM is important, and to win some cool ...

Bluetooth’s Treasure Found

No, there isn't some unknown magical feature now available for the ubiquitous computer connection technology. Instead we're talking about coins and jewelry that belonged to the technology's namesake, Danish king Harald 'Bluetooth' Gormsson. Last weekend, archaeologists unearthed hundred's of coins, pearls, brooches and even a Thor's Hammer pendant on Rügen Island in Germany. They were ...

Is Technology a Tool?

Is Technology a Tool? As a former math teacher I am convinced that I could teach math with chalk, a chalkboard, and a few $0.99 calculators. I am also convinced that by the end of the semester my students would show good scores and growth on their various summative assessments. So if I can arrive ...

In Real Life (IRL) Video Interview with Kaitlin Parks

Kaitlin Parks is a LRC-II Teacher at Cougar Ridge Elementary School. I recently had the pleasure of learning a little bit about how she integrates technology into her classroom to support her students and her professional responsibilities. When I first arrived at the school there was an unexpected power outage due to the storm outside. Like ...

Human Computation, Crowdsourcing, and the brilliance of Luis von Ahn 

Ever used Duolingo? I brushed up on my Spanish with it a few years ago. It was an incredible program that best of all was free. However, it is a for-profit company. How does Duolingo make money? It's business model is an extension of its brilliant co-founder, inventor, and young professor, Luis von Ahn. Von Ahn invented the captcha. You know ...

Students as Creators of Content

In 2006, Time Magazine chose "You" as its person of the year. This was in recognition of the vast number of people who were creating and sharing their own content via YouTube, Wikipedia, individual websites, print on demand publishing, eBooks, etc. The number of valuable tools and their ease of use, efficiency, and cost continues ...

2018 ISD Ed Tech Challenge

Back by popular demand, here is an updated Ed Tech Challenge to keep you organized and informed. Learn more about the resources available to you as you tackle one task a day for just 10 days. We kept some of of the same items as last year...because who doesn't need to unsubscribe to at least ...