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Guest, Pioneers, User Stories | December 20, 2016

Using a Swivl to Help Students Learn How to Present Better by Patrick Donovan

Students are expected to present in so many of their classes, but how often do we actually spend time on helping students become better presenters? So many of the student presentations I see involve a ton of words on a slide and the student reading them off, word by word. The students do not look at their audience or spend a lot...

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General, Guest, Summer Series | July 11, 2016

The Best Social Media Accounts To Follow For Teachers

Social media is a great way to stay connected with other educational professionals and learn about the latest developments and industry news. A great place to start is by looking at the #EdChat which will help you find a whole range of relevant accounts from teachers through to recruiters such as EduStaff. Beyond that, here are ...

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General, Guest | May 13, 2016

Science Teacher’s Swivl Journey

This past semester I was given a Swivl Robot to pilot in my classroom. The initial challenges were finding a filming device that wouldn’t shut off after 2-4 minutes and could handle longer length videos.  My 5s iPhone was not a good match as it could only handle about 4 minutes of filming.  It is good for short videos, but i...

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General, Guest | April 11, 2016

Teaching Tech: Web Resources and Apps

The last few years have seen a dramatic change in technological education for children. Gone are the days where ICT lessons were exclusively about learning how to master Microsoft Office… nowadays, with advancing capabilities and increasing reliance on technology, the curriculum apportions a large chunk of time to coding, comp...

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Guest, User Stories | January 8, 2016

Swivl Robot in the Hands of Science Students

This past semester I was given a Swivl Robot to pilot in my classroom.  The initial challenges were finding a filming device that wouldn’t shut off after 2-4 minutes and could handle longer length videos.  I didn't have any free space on my iPhone 5S, so it was not a good match.  We found that our iPads, which had larger st...

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Guest, User Stories | December 11, 2015

Swivl for Teacher Reflection

Our guest blogger this week is Patrick Donovan. Patrick is a former science teacher, who has taught in three districts across Iowa. He is currently in his third year as a Technology Integrationist at Ames High School in Ames, IA. He has been giving presentations on educational technology at conferences like ITEC, NETA, and TIES....

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General, Guest | November 18, 2015

5 Video Ideas for Your Literacy Instruction

Video is creeping into the education world slowly but surely. In fact, 94 percent of teachers have effectively used video in the classroom during the course of one school year, according to a study by Educational Support Systems. Video can be useful in a number of lessons and classroom settings, and is especially beneficial i...

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General, Guest, Summer Learning Series | July 29, 2015

Flip the Learning in your Classroom this Year

Flipped learning can be a powerful way to use technology for increased student engagement and student ownership. Join Amanda Fox as she shares her tips and tricks for creating an engaging flipped learning environment. In this 30 minute webinar, Amanda Fox (@AmandaFoxSTEM) shares how a few free tools can help you begin flipp...

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General, Guest, Summer Learning Series | July 27, 2015

5 Ways Video Can Increase Student Ownership of Learning

In a student-centered classroom, it is important for students to take ownership of their learning and make it meaningful in a way that fits their needs and learning styles. This is much easier said than done. As a teacher, it can be difficult to get out of the way and let students take the reins. Ideally, we must take on the ro...

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General, Guest, Summer Learning Series | July 12, 2015

Connect Your Classroom to the World

For centuries, schools have sat in silos. Teachers and students were capable of communicating only with those inside their own buildings. It was at one time not only unattainable, but unthinkable to collaborate and communicate with outside classrooms. The technology for these types of interactions had not yet been introduced to ...

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