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  • Technology Tools For The Classroom: QR Codes

    By: Aaron Morrison | March, 2011 | 7,005 views | 7 Comments | Posted in: Classroom Resources, Technology in the Classroom

    Technology is no stranger to the classroom. As we have pointed out in previous posts, it allows students to connect to the content and makes our lives easier, hopefully! Another interesting technology we would like to tell you about are QR Codes.
    QR codes are very much like barcodes, but used for encoding information in two-dimensional space — like in advertisements, pages of books or magazines, and even on websites and television. When these codes are unlocked, it activates certain websites to launch or a file to download. The key to …

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  • Classroom Tools Series Kickoff!

    By: Aaron Morrison | March, 2011 | 1,609 views | 2 Comments | Posted in: Classroom Resources, Technology in the Classroom

    Technology has made leaps and bounds within the last decade, making a huge impact in the classroom. Paper handouts have turned into internet links, essays are submitted online, and students interact through message boards and discussion groups. What was once one computer per school is slowly turning into hand held iPhones for the students to use. While some still want to stress cursive penmanship and hand editing, it is difficult not to admit that technology has changed the modern world. Modern students are naturally raised to be tech savvy, so …

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  • Instructional Improvement Systems: An Overview

    By: Aaron Morrison | March, 2011 | 2,807 views | No Comments | Posted in: Education Reform

    For years, eyes and ears have been focused on how students in the United States measure up to students in other countries.  Unfortunately, recent studies by the National Center for Education Statistics found that U.S. students placed below average in math and science.  According to the report, “U.S. math scores were not measurably different in 2006 from the previous scores in 2003. But while other countries have improved, the United States has remained stagnant” (CNN.com). Arne Duncan’s response to these startling results was, “We are lagging [compared] to the rest …

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  • Common Core Virtual Conference Recap

    By: Aaron Morrison | March, 2011 | 2,576 views | No Comments | Posted in: Common Core State Standards

    The Common Core Virtual Conference drew to a close last Friday. The conference was packed with expert information, insight, and goals. Having listened to every session, I’ve personally felt a renewed sense of hope concerning standards and global competiveness.
    The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative aims to tackle serious problems within our nation’s educational system. The Common Core Standards are important for two reasons:

    After listening to our experts during the Common Core Virtual Conference, it is abundantly clear that changes need to be made in education; and the Common …

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