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Using fair internet filtering policies

School districts sometimes overreact and filter out too many free web 2.0 tools that can enhance teaching and learning. Embracing more reasonable policies and having committees oversee the filtering decisions rather than an individual person creates a better process for allowing more technology into the school for free. Teachers are able to innovate using blogs, wikis, and many other web 2.0 tools without any cost... more »

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1:1 iPad deployment

To create a paperless learning environment, with a creativity tool and textbook tool combined, our campus has deployed 1:1 iPads for a pilot of 11th/12th graders/teachers. Documents can be exchanged paperlessly, students have built in access to movie creation, photo creation, project creation, and online textbooks, library materials, e-books, etc. can all be accessed from one very portable device. It has improved efficiency... more »

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research at every level

Cutting edge science and creative work is not far from the sandbox. Curricula at all levels can be informed by and inform cutting edge research, and the internet can be a conduit for communication between University and corporate research and schools. We might be surprised by what we learn from younger students.

Claire Janisch's Biomimicry project is a good example: http://goo.gl/H7fuI

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Simulations and Games for Science Education

Creating games or simulations that help solidify abstract science concepts and allow for guided practice in processing skills. This can be an intervention as well for students with learning disabilities. Simulations can offer accurate visual representations of concepts while games are repeated practice in a scaffolded environment.

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Tracking data

With all of the pushes to use data and the now endlessly diverse sources through which schools are generating data, all schools need a spreadsheet-style platform that will allow them to use and organize a large variety of information about students. GPA, SAT, state tests, AIMSweb, local benchmark assessments, etc. It's not going to work if we continually need to use so many sites to see the data.

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Use web based products for student presentations

Encourage students to use web based products such as Glogster or Prezi for presentations such as book reports and research topics. Students are more motivated using web tools, it equalizes the access to materials (as opposed to tagboard and poster materials), and quite a bit of writing can be included, as well as sound and visuals. These can be worked on both from home and at school, as well as community centers or libraries... more »

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Less Is More

Since change is difficult, and many schools do not have the resources, nor do all teachers have the training or the confidence to incorporate technology in their classrooms, why not choose JUST FIVE Web tools or tech software resources every school must have NOW! For example, we have established that all American schools have at least one or more computers because our society entered the digital age decades ago. Education... more »

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