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Is your school using a professional learning community? PLCs are great ways for educators to work together to ensure every student learns what he or she needs to. If your school is about to take the plunge, or already has a PLC and wants to make it even better, you can get more out of […]

By now, you’ve no doubt heard the tragic story of a Missouri teen who committed suicide after interacting with a fake Facebook user. The incident has sparked another round of intense discussion in schools about the power, value, and danger of social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook. The knee-jerk reaction in many schools has […]

It used to be for college students only, but now there’s no escaping Facebook if you’re a teacher. Students are jumping ship from clunky, older services like Friendster and MySpace in record numbers, especially now that Facebook has added applications, video, and a host of new options. If you’re not yet using the social-networking behemoth, […]

As the semester draws to a close, you’ve decided to cash in your remaining goodwill with your students and assign them a research paper. Research assignments are hard work for both teachers and students. In addition to having to grade the things, you’ve got to teach your class a whole new skill set: how to […]

Recently, I overheard someone say these very words: “I am the least creative person in the world.” It made me very sad to think that I was not only standing next to the least creative person in the world, but that he acknowledged it. (I didn’t believe this man was the least creative person in […]

Too many schools fear the Internet like your four-year-old nephew fears his bedroom closet. Forget resources like OpenCongress.org or FreeRice – these Luddites think every online kilobyte is infested with scammers, predators, and pornography that magically appears on screen the minute the teacher turns her back. So, after spending thousands of dollars equipping classrooms with […]

It is my own fault for not being bilingual. I have everything I could possibly need at my disposal to learn one or more languages, but I have not yet taken the time to learn something. Shame on me. It’s something I’m trying to remedy, though, and it’s something that’s entirely possible for me to […]

So your students need to do research for your latest assignment. You’ve probably shown them a few Web-based tools to make their lives easier, too, like Footnote or SlideShare. Nowadays kids can find out almost everything they want to know online. But as the Luddites love to point out, the Web’s full of half-truths and […]

Tired of blank faces when you ask the class for their thoughts on Tom Sawyer? How about when you ask if there are any questions about the long division lesson, not a single student raises a hand? You can hardly get kids to pipe down when the morning bell rings, but ask the class a direct question and the first thing you hear is an awkward pause.

In-class discussion is an art, and you’ll probably spend most of your teaching career wondering how to keep kids engaged. Fortunately, in this age of the interweb, you can take advantage of online discussion forums to get the dialogue flowing.

If you’ve been on the internet in the last few years, then I don’t have to tell you about the myriad self-produced content dripping from every strand of the web. Education is an expanding ocean, and with the availability of user-content based sites, it is natural that we as educators should come to take advantage […]