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Toddler Tech: Great Online Learning Tools for Preschoolers

By Rob Klindt It’s never too early to hop aboard the learning train. That’s the thought some parents have when they let very young children play with the family iPad, smartphone or computer. But are these children really learning useful information, or simply watching random programs that play on the device? That’s where educational websites […]

Smaller Search Engines Focus on Education

By Rob Klindt Beyond the wildly popular Google, Yahoo and Bing search engines, there are many lesser-known engines that are tailored especially for educators. The idea behind them is to allow users to get streamlined search results that focus on educational and scholarly topics. A side benefit is that these programs use search algorithms that […]

Assistive Technology Can Help Special-Needs Students

By Rob Klindt Special-needs students can have a hard time adapting to new technology that is revolutionizing how teachers teach and how students learn. Teachers are engaging students with online video, interactive whiteboards, tablet computers, smartphones and many more tools. Many students who are already familiar with Web and digital technology seem to be responding […]

10 High-Tech Hardware and Software Tools Every Teacher Should Consider

By Rob Klindt As technology continues to transform classroom learning, teachers are looking for the best hardware and software deals they can find. But some devices like interactive whiteboards or scanners are pricey and school districts often aren’t able to stretch their budgets to buy one for every classroom. In that case, teachers may have […]

Tips for Including Social Media in Classrooms

By Rob Klindt While there’s no doubt that adding social media to lesson plans can bring many benefits to K-12 classrooms, teachers need to choose the most effective ways to adapt this technology to their needs. Social media programs like Facebook and Twitter offer a dizzying array of options from live chat and texting to […]

4 Ways Teachers can Build on Professional Development During the Summer

Enter summer: A time for some teachers to decompress and to work on professional development. Michael Maher, North Carolina State University’s assistant dean for professional education and curriculum development, knows just how important having those extra resources can be. Maher went to school in a poor New Jersey school district. The teachers there, he said, […]

Web Offers a Galaxy of Astronomy Resources for Teachers

By Rob Klindt While summer days are long and nights are short, that doesn’t mean students have to be bored. Teachers can engage students by incorporating astronomy into back-to-school lesson plans during August and September. To begin learning about the stars, planets and other celestial bodies, all students need to do is look to web, […]

New Common Core Practice Test Posted Online

By Rob Klindt A practice test has been posted online to give parents and teachers a preview of the kinds of things children will be expected to know thanks to the adoption of the Common Core State Standards. Teachers will be held accountable for making sure lessons meet the Common Core guidelines, which set specific […]

Top 10 Web Tools For Teachers to Check Out During Summer Break

By Rob Klindt While students are on summer break, many teachers take a breather from daily classroom chores and test new technologies that might become valuable tools when classes resume in the fall. Teachers can choose from thousands of online resources including classroom planners, automated testing programs, downloadable books, music and multimedia presentations. We’ve compiled […]

How Teachers Use Pinterest in Classrooms

By Rob Klindt Social media has made the Internet an essential tool for teachers who want to share ideas, resources and lesson plans. One of the most popular social media tools is Pinterest. Launched in 2010, it’s a free service that lets users “pin” documents, videos, photos and other things to a virtual “pin board” […]

Should Tablets Replace Textbooks in the Classroom?

By Rob Klindt While there’s no question among educators that tablet technology has become a valuable tool in today’s classrooms, there is some debate about whether tablets should completely replace textbooks. While tablets are the new tool in the K-12 classroom shed, traditional textbooks are still an $8 billion a year industry with some heavy […]

Teachers Tout Favorite Classroom Tech Tools

By Rob Klindt Gone are the days of writing classroom notes and lessons on a whiteboard using colored pens and editing with messy erasers. Technology has made that age-old practice obsolete. But, guess what? The whiteboard lives on. Just ask Joni Clark, a special education resource teacher in Fremont, Calif. This year Clark put away […]

Ten Free Classroom Tools to Transform Learning

By Rob Klindt Online technology is continuing to transform the way educators develop and implement their classroom curricula. Developers have created a multitude of programs that cover math, reading, science, geology, geography, language arts and just about any other subject that might come up in a classroom. And here’s the best news for teachers working […]

Digital App Puts Common Core Materials in Teachers’ Hands

By Rob Klindt The explosion of digital apps for downloading all types of documents has been especially helpful to teachers who want to get their hands on Common Core State Standards materials quickly and easily. Developing and updating a classroom curriculum is a constant challenge for educators, and never more so than with the advent […]

More Schools Finding Ways to get iPads, Chromebooks into Students’ Hands

By Rob Klindt Educators throughout the nation are embracing hands-on technology in the classroom. And the tablet computer increasingly appears to be the tool of choice among K-12 teachers because of its simplicity, versatility and availability. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest district in the United […]

Tips for Finding Free Classic Literature for Owners of Tablets, Smartphones

By Rob Klindt Robert Louis Stevenson, meet Kindle, Nook and iPad Mini. Thanks to this trio of popular electronic devices (and others like them), Stevenson’s most famous novel, “Treasure Island,” written more than a century ago, has adapted very nicely to the digital age. The classic tale of swashbuckling, treasure-hunting pirates on the high seas […]

Got Bullies? Here’s How to Stop Them

By Rob Klindt Most of us have seen it sometime in our lives: a child who repeatedly intimidates, taunts, humiliates or even hits another child. While some people might dismiss this as just rude behavior or a kid’s playground scuffle, it’s more than that. It’s bullying. And it isn’t confined to street corners or neighborhood […]

Digital Distractions in Classrooms Can Lead to Chaos

By Rob Klindt When it’s time for classroom study, are your students more focused on cellphones than science? Maybe you’ve noticed math students are ditching fractions for Facebook while others are texting with Twitter. Welcome to the world of classroom digital distractions. Education blogger Dan Reiner describes a distraction as anything that shifts attention from where it needs […]