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MacReach Show #38: Apple News & Resources February 10, 2012 7:40 am

MacReach Show #38: Apple News & Resources

This week on MacReach: We discuss lots of Apple new, Apple resources, and an awesome app of the week!  We invite you to join in on the conversation about Apple’s impact in education as we look to the future. Show Hosts: Meg Wilson (@iPodsibiities) and Kelly Dumont (@KDumont) Leave us some feedback!  Contact us with any questions or comments- macreach@edreach.us

InstaGrok Educational Search Engine January 30, 2012 8:00 am

InstaGrok Educational Search Engine

Can you define the word “Grok?” InstaGrok is a developing answer-engine that is specifically designed for the education market. The mission of  InstaGrok is to teach 21st Century research and curation skills in a safe, age appropriate environment. InstaGrok is commercial free and organizes search results according to themes and concepts. In a way, InstaGrok is similar to Wolfram|Alpha as it provides answers and information rather than a list of links. Using the search box, type in any term or idea that you are interested […]

I let my students grade me. June 20, 2011 8:00 am

I let my students grade me.

At the end of the year I ask my students to complete a course evaluation. They typically enjoy this because I tell them that this is their opportunity to give me a grade for my performance as a teacher. I take this survey seriously and try to make adjustments the following year based on the feedback that I get. In typical high school fashion some students leave suggestions that are completely ridiculous (“let us mess around more”), impossible (“let’s have […]

Open Houses…Advice for New Teachers June 6, 2011 8:00 am

Open Houses…Advice for New Teachers

You’re a new teacher. Congratulations, you’ve made it through your first year of school. In the past couple of week’s you have probably received several open house invitations which is likely to lead to great social discomfort: Are you obligated to attend all of the open houses that you are invited to? Can you pick and choose? Should you just skip them all? Does a Facebook invitation hold the same weight as an invitation mailed to your home or put into your […]

Help Students and Parents Fight The Summer Reading Slump May 12, 2011 12:00 pm

Help Students and Parents Fight The Summer Reading Slump

  Summer is just around the corner, and as teachers and administrators wrap up the year they will give their annual inspirational ‘win one for the gipper’ speeches; in an effort to encourage their students to read over the summer. Ironically I just sat down this week to type up a letter to be distributed to my tier 2 and tier 3 reading intervention students, doing this very thing. I’d like to share some resources, ideas, and tips that teachers […]

Where is YOUR classroom? May 1, 2011 5:04 pm

Where is YOUR classroom?

Every day, I am an active participant in an amazing classroom that is filled with engaging and unique learning opportunities. I learn all kinds of information about a variety of different topics; it all depends on what I find interesting or necessary at the moment. I have access to an incredible wealth of credible resources, and I am given as much time as I need to synthesize information and determine how to best leverage it. I have opportunities to collaborate and […]

MacReach Show #11: iPhone Madness! …and Great Apple Resources April 28, 2011 8:56 pm

MacReach Show #11: iPhone Madness! …and Great Apple Resources

Kelly Dumont and Scott Meech join me for an episode filled with iPhone talk, Apple education resources, and tons of fun! Mac News Is Apple tracking you? The white iPhone is finally here! ….does anyone care? Tough Covers: How to protect your iPad from a 500ft drop out of a plane. EdMac There are so many great Apple education resources out there, we wanted to highlight a few of them: Hottest Apps Used by Apple Distinguished Educators: App Reviews by […]

Stay Informed on Education Reform: Three Blogs To Read Daily April 28, 2011 12:00 pm

Stay Informed on Education Reform: Three Blogs To Read Daily

As an administrator and lifelong educator I make it a priority to keep a daily watch on news, technology, and legislative action that impacts academia!  This year has been particularly active; a recent article by the NYT stated it well: “With the dust settling on legislative sessions around the country, 2011 is shaping up as one of the most consequential years in memory for changes in the way schools are run.” We need to be informed educators!  We should know the issues facing us […]

Are you being hypocritical about copyright and attribution? April 13, 2011 8:00 am

Are you being hypocritical about copyright and attribution?

Just in the past couple of days I was a “fly on the wall” for a number of different situations that all involved copyright is some way. Here is the first – I happened to be by a number of faculty members who were discussing the benefits (and potential drawbacks) to leveraging YouTube videos as a classroom teaching tool. The conversation went something like this: Teacher 1: “There are some really great videos out there, but what happens if the […]

Infographics: intersecting art and science March 30, 2011 12:00 pm

Infographics: intersecting art and science

I really like infographics. They’re entertaining and informative. Why not have your students create them? I teach science, biology to be precise. All of my students fall in to one of two [very] broad categories: artists or nerds. The artists are the students who would prefer to work with words or art supplies. The nerds are much more comfortable working with numbers. In case you are wondering, I’m an artist. It is very difficult to get a nerd to write […]

Get Connected: The Power of a PLN March 27, 2011 3:25 pm

Get Connected: The Power of a PLN

“When we are connected to others, we become better people.” -Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture These days it is hard to imagine my life without Twitter, which is pretty humorous because two years ago I was rolling my eyes at just the mention of Twitter. I was definitely one of those people who thought tweeting was only about what you had for lunch, who you shared that lunch with, or where you ate that lunch. In all honesty, I only […]

What We Can Learn About Teaching From Steve Jobs March 20, 2011 4:11 pm

What We Can Learn About Teaching From Steve Jobs

Educators are many things; we are instructors, managers, intellectuals, learners, motivators, performers, and salesmen to name a few.  Yup, that’s right… I consider teachers to be salesmen, businessmen, suppliers, or whatever you want to call it.  Education is indeed a business where community members pay (usually in the form of taxes or a tuition) for schools’ educational services. I don’t mind being considered a salesman because teachers are in the business of selling something truly worthwhile: education. Most people will agree […]

Free Professional Development March 9, 2011 12:00 pm

Free Professional Development

While school budgets are being reduced, the expectations placed on educators certainly are not. One of the first areas that budget cuts commonly occur is professional development. That’s something like taking away half of a builders tools and expecting him to continue building at the same quality. Has your school cut your professional development budget? Mine has. These cuts are especially challenging for new teachers. Even the best teacher education program can’t fully prepare a teacher for the rigors, trials, […]

iThink iCan: Using Mobile Learning Devices to Individualize Instruction March 6, 2011 3:01 pm

iThink iCan: Using Mobile Learning Devices to Individualize Instruction

If you want to make something popular these days, it seems like all you have to do is throw a little ‘i’ before your product or idea. Clearly, Apple has expertly created this hype with their iconic mastery of product branding. How did the ‘i’ become so popular? The consensus is that the original lowercase ‘i’ that first showed up in Apple’s iMac stood for ‘Internet,’ yet many people have come to associate the ‘i’ with the word ‘individual.’ It […]

New Teacher – New Strategy #3: RSS – From Weidig March 5, 2011 8:00 am

New Teacher – New Strategy #3: RSS – From Weidig

In this post, I will be looking at RSS the power and potential of Real Simple Syndication. Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is a tremendous way to simplify your processes in searching and gathering information. Overall, RSS keeps you from having to hunt for information… especially from sites that you frequent often to gather information. This saves time and energy and focuses your attention on evaluating information and choosing whether to delve further into researching a specific topic or simply moving […]

Five Inspiring Google Maps Resources March 3, 2011 12:00 pm

Five Inspiring Google Maps Resources

Google Maps has a way of making learning visual and interactive.  Google Map’s open API has allowed developers to truly expand applications of use beyond what Google could have ever imagined.  I want to share five resources and sites that I believe can help any educator access inspiring ways for using Google Maps. 1. Google Maps Mania This is my go to Google Maps resources site!  This blog is constantly positing creative maps that have multiple uses in all kinds of classrooms! […]

Conferences: What do you take away? February 26, 2011 8:00 am

Conferences: What do you take away?

February is an amazing month for educational technology conferences. It typically starts with the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC), then comes the Midwest Educational Technology Conference (METC), and this amazing month ends with the Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) Conference. Having the opportunity to attend (and present at) two of these three conference this year was amazing. So, with the Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) conference just wrapping up and February coming to a close up my thoughts begin turning toward the question: […]