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December/January 2013–14 | Learning & Leading with Technology 45
Give Your Lessons a Tech Revamp
There is a right way and a wrong way to
integrate technology into your lessons.
With the help of TPACK expert Mark
Hofer, high school history teacher Candace Schafer-Southard details how she
used the “learning by design” approach
to give one of her history lessons a tech
Unlock the Power of Collaboration
With learning and teaching—rather than
technology—as the starting point, coach
and author Les Foltos describes how
the Common Core and ISTE Standards
combined with coaching can guide
teachers to use technology just in time
rather than just in case.
Chat It Up on Twitter
You may have heard that Twitter has a
wealth of education resources for busy
teachers. But have you tried a chat yet?
Researchers Jeffrey Carpenter and Daniel
Krutka offer a primer on how to find edu-cation-related twitchats, how to participate
in them, and how to start your own.
Should schools monitor students’ social media posts?
Debate this and other controversial issues on ISTE's LinkedIn group page at iste.org/counterpoint.
Senkatel has released two
Google Android tablets
embedded with learning
and security software packages. The T9702 has a 9.7-inch LCD screen and includes
Bluetooth 3.0, which allows students to connect a wireless keyboard. The more durably designed, water-resistant
T1011 has a 10.1-inch LCD screen and offers add-on
hardware options that include a 250× magnification lens
for a physical science curriculum and a thermal probe for
inquiry-based scientific learning. Integrated Intel Education
Software includes engaging, safe learning tools. It restricts
access to defined websites and content and allows school
IT administrators to remotely manage usage.
MORE INFO: www.senkatel.com/ru
From the Campfire to the Holodeck:
Creating Engaging and Powerful
21st Century Learning Environments,
the latest book from technology education speaker and author David Thornburg, focuses on helping educators
move away from the traditional teacher-led lecture format
to a more immersive student-centric learning environment.
Thornburg illustrates how institutions, administrators, and
teachers can engage all students in project-based learning
that incorporates technology into the classroom.
MORE INFO: bit.ly/19Qi YN6
Shaped like a crayon, the App
Crayon Stylus from Dano comes in
three bright colors and features a rubber
tip that works with most mobile touchscreen devices. Its
ergonomically shaped training grip makes it easy for young
children to control. Although the tool can be used with
other writing, drawing, sketching, and tapping applications,
it comes with a free letter-writing app that educators can
download from the Apple App store. The program includes
a template that helps kids learn the alphabet by tracing
their stylus along the guiding arrows of the letters.
MORE INFO: www.dano2.com/apps/appcrayon-blue
provides free resources
that help educators expand
digital literacy skills by introducing blogging to the classroom. The site features free writing resources, including
international writing contests, free blog resources and lesson plans, goal-setting worksheets, writing prompts, and
more. Students can submit essays from their computers
or smartphones. The site also includes national writing
contests, classroom posters, monthly trend reports, library
resources, and Common Core State Standard mapping for
MORE INFO: www.stageoflife.com