Tips for Managing Tech Tools in the Classroom

One of the things I love about being a technology facilitator is that I get to see all sorts of fantastic management strategies in the many classrooms I visit. Every teacher seems to have a unique way of handling the variety of tools we have at our disposal here at ISB. Thankfully, as part of…

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Making the Implicit Explicit

Update: I’m not sure who started this wiki page, but it’s got a whole list of additional implicit skills. I love collaboration! One of the issues that comes up again and again in our CoETaIL program┬áis the “essential technology skills” that all of our students (and teachers) need to know.┬áNow, I have to admit, I…

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Making Change for a Quarter: Re-Envisioning 6th Grade IT

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been two full years since I taught my own technology classes. Of course I’ve done all sorts of co-planning and co-teaching in the last couple of years at ISB, but it’s certainly not the same as having your own group of students to work with. So, this year, in…

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Shared Expectations

One of the challenges of an integrated technology program is the fact that some responsibility for teaching essential technology concepts is placed on the shoulders of teachers who are not specialists in that field. Although adopting (or creating your own) technology standards is a step in the right direction, those statements are often general enough…

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We Are All Technology Teachers

Last weekend I was honored to present a session at the Bridging the Gap conference at Yokohama International School in Japan. YIS has hosted this community conference annually since 2001, and the topic for this year was “The Future of Education: Using Its Tools Today.” The three day conference included formal sessions led by teachers…

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