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    From chalkboards to TPACK: How did we get here?

    I began teaching in a Philadelphia charter school with little access to technology. Integration was not a high priority goal, so as a new teacher I focused on improving my content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge. There certainly was plenty to lea
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    Birth of a Visual Résumé

    I’ve never liked my résumé (I mean the document; the actual skills and experience are not so bad). There’s something about a traditional black-and-white list of job titles that fails to excite me. Ever since I attended a data visualization work
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    Just Storytelling. Full Stop.

    For years I’d seen references to the practice of “digital storytelling,” and this may seem silly, but I often avoided reading about it because I found the term so awkward. Time to catch up now. Turns out there’s an entire Wikipedia article o
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    The New Face of the Class: Moodle vs Google Classroom

    “We have history next. I love history.” When students say this, they don't usually mean History in general but their particular history class. That’s right, we are the face of our subject matter, embodying its knowledge and principles in our st
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    The Evolution of the Library

    For examples of how technology facilitates communication and knowledge transfer, few cases are as illustrative as the changes in libraries over the last few decades. The word “library” still has certain connotations from the pre-internet era
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    Digital Citizenship through Blogs and Portfolios

    Digital citizenship conversations, especially when children are involved, tend to focus on what we shouldn’t do (this week’s essential vocabulary is sexting and cyberbullying). While I love the concept of Gregory’s iPhone Contract,” it contai
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    Course 2 Project: Student-driven Innovation

    One of my side projects over the last few years has been developing the WBAIS Geniuses, a student-run help desk and technology innovation club. They've contributed to the school community in a multitude of ways: fielding help requests around school
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    Who cares if we cite our sources??

    Dear bright-eyed high school student, [caption id="attachment_208" align="alignright" width="170"] (Wikimedia Commons)[/caption] I get this question a lot and I understand your frustration. When I sat in your desk, in a time before EasyBib,
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    Privacy vs Transparency

    With each passing year it gets easier to voice concerns about privacy online. The erosion of Facebook’s default settings reveals not just one company's inclinations, but serves as a bellwether for the internet itself. For another example we can
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    Course 1 Project: Belief Systems and Short Films

    For this project I chose a unit I previously developed and taught in 9th grade Ancient History. I'm about to use it again in ELL History and I'd love any criticism that leads to improvement. To me this unit represents something of a milestone beca
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    21st Century Karate

    [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg21M2zwG9Q [/youtube] Is it busy work or does it matter?  I once showed this clip to a class that asked as persistently as Daniel-san why they had to do a certain project. SHOW ME SAND THE FLOOR.