Let’s start by saying we want people to give and receive credit where it is due and to abide by all copyright laws. Now that we are clear on that, let’s lay out the problem and our solution…. [Read More]
The TiE2015 Session “Introduction to Teaching Robotics” was led by Carmen Ferrara and used the LEGO Mindstorms robotics systems to demonstrate the ways teaching robotics can excite young people about STEM topics and can provide teachers an avenue for using hands-on, project-based lessons to introduce or reinforce many math, science, and applied physics concepts. During the session, the discussion of programming with LEGO and Code.org prompted Ryan to revisit the site and try the Hour of Code: Code with Anna and Elsa activity.
Here is an excerpt from Ryan’s insightful Code.org review:… [Read More]
This past Friday, I attended an event about the Massachusetts LTI that was hosted by METAA (Massachusetts Educational Technology Administrators Association). The full-day event included presentations from Hewlett-Packard (HP), Apple, Google, and Microsoft. Prior to the event, Technology Directors from our member school districts compiled a laundry list of questions to ask of presenters. My full notes from the day are in this Google Doc. (Our domain permissions are pretty locked down, so just ask for permissions and I’ll share the Doc with you.) Here are the highlights:
Massachusetts LTI stands for Learning Technology Initiative. LTI is a national initiative designed to increase 1:1 programs in schools. Though LTI is a national initiative, the terms and conditions are negotiated on a state-specific basis, hence Massachusetts LTI. … [Read More]
Technology doesn’t always make our lives easier, so when it saves you a full day of work, that is blog-worthy. The Power Tools Add-on for Google Sheets had me doing cartwheels around the office.
We used Power Tools to prepare some Sheets for our billing office. In years past, we have suffered through hours and sometimes days of tedious formatting in Sheets. Back then, I took the time to learn a few formulas that helped speed things up, but nothing made the process feel easy. Until Power Tools for Google Sheets.
Rafranz Davis’ TiE2015 keynote address “Inspiring Change Through Passion, Wonder and Voice” is now online!
This keynote explores ways educators can support young people to use technology and take charge of their own learning. You’ll come away with inspiration and new ideas for learning inside and outside of the classroom. Many TiE2015 attendees came away from this presentation discussing access to and use of YouTube as necessary for students’ success.
You can find more inspiring ideas from Rafranz on her blog – rafranzdavis.com – and on twitter @rafranzdavis. You can check out her brand new book The Missing Voices in EdTech: Bringing Diversity Into EdTech.