12 Reasons Why We Need Technology in Education

1. Makes learning mobile, students can learn outside of the school walls and beyond the bell schedule.
2. It empowers students to learn on their own, follow their passions, create, innovate and build knowledge.
3. It affords them a level of communication and collaboration never before possible. This has two major advantages:
  • It allows them to communicate with others not in their geographic location, opening up new perspectives;
  • It helps them develop team working skills, necessary in today’s world where the problems are best solved by many minds working together. Read the rest of this entry »

How to use Google Appointment Slots

Here’s a short video showing you how to use Google Appointment Slots.

How to Organize your Google Docs

I love Google docs as a collaboration tool and use them every day, but they can get unruly. If I don’t set aside a few minutes a day to organize them, my home page turns into a jumble as messy as my room. I created a short video to help you turn that chaos into clarity in a few quick steps. (Click on the image below, the next page will have a link to download. When you download it will play in your browser, you won’t actually have to download it.)

Translating the Internet

A few days ago Allie, my 13 year old daughter, and I had fun translating phrases into Haitian Creole on Google Translate and playing back the audio to practice our budding language skills. I can’t tell you how surprised I was to see that Haitian Creole (or Kreyol) is one of Google’s translated languages. Since my goal is to set up Presto! Classrooms in Haiti in the future, I was thrilled to discover this. Not only could we translate phrases, but we can also put the language of choice icon on our browser toolbar and by clicking on it, translate any web page we’re visiting into that language. Amazing. Read the rest of this entry »

First Steps to Designing an Online Course

Always put yourself in your students’ shoes. What do they need in order to stay interested and to keep learning?

Online classes can be extremely exciting or extremely dull, depending upon how they are designed. If you simply migrate paper to digital, it will kill your students’ love of learning quicker than Apple comes out with new versions of iPhones. But done right, it can be the most exciting way to learn that your students have ever experienced. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Building Blocks for Online Education

These basic 5 building blocks should provide you with a strong foundation for designing your online classes. I outlined these building blocks for our online blended learning curriculum, and the teachers have appreciated having this structure to refer to as they create their online courses.

1.    Content – you need to provide your students with some content to learn.   *The goal is to use more than one content type per lesson to reach all types of learners. Read the rest of this entry »