Thursday, November 24, 2016

This is one of the best articles I have read on the impact of the internet on interpersonal relationships. It also provides a safe vehicle for teachers who wish to pursue the option for their students. Well worth the read. Enjoy! Courtesy of Mind/Shift

How Cross-Cultural Dialogue Builds Critical Thinking and Empathy 

Generation Global is helping students engage in dialogue to help bridge cultures. Guided video chats help students get to know one another to deepen understanding. The goal of dialogue is to make the exotic familiar. "One of the side effects of familiarity is it makes it very hard to hang on to prejudice." Learn More

Friday, November 18, 2016

Microsoft, release Minecraft Hour of Code Designer - Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Students as young as age 6 can learn about coding through the free tutorial, Minecraft Hour of Code Designer, released by Microsoft and The tutorial includes offline capabilities for those who may not have access to the internet.
GeekWire (11/15),  T.H.E. Journal (11/15),  Engadget (11/15) 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

When should children learn to type? - Guided Inquiry implies the use of a computer keyboard. Here is an article that helps think about keyboarding. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Students are learning to type at a younger age than ever before. Lori D'Andrea, a computer-technology teacher in Connecticut, says her approach to typing instruction with her kindergarten, first- and second-grade students is relaxed -- particularly because children at such a young age face some physical barriers to learning how to type well.
The Atlantic online (10/20) 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

One of the first steps of bcoming a global citizen is to understand what being a citizen in your own country means. Enjoy! Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

How to get students interested in current events
There are several ways teachers can integrate real-life politics in classroom lessons, writes Allan DeCarlo, an AP history and government teacher in New York. In this blog post, DeCarlo suggests involving parents and using digital tools to engage students in current events.
SmartBrief/Education (10/19)