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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 ...

Sixty Second Survey

Please take 60 seconds to complete our ISD Hour of Code participation survey. Even if you did not participate this year, we want you to take the survey. Everyone who completes the survey before break will be entered to win a prize from the Ed Tech department! Secondary teachers please click here  Elementary teachers please click ...

Young Writers Program – National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month, which is an internet based effort to encourage and support writers in completing a 50000 word novel. The project has been an annual event since 1999 with billions of words written. NaNoWriMo has adapted its program to create a powerful web tool and curriculum for students and teachers to join ...

Digital Citizenship : Media Literacy

Why are so many students vulnerable to media manipulation and “fake” news? What support do students need to learn how to locate and verify reliable sources? The Teaching Tolerance website has media literacy lessons for grades K-8. Grades K-2 need to know that it is important to locating and verifying reliable sources when working with online ...