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  • Fourth of July Teaching Resource Roundup

    By: Aaron Morrison | June, 2012 | 1,774 views | 2 Comments | Posted in: Classroom Resources

    When I was in grade school, I had a teacher who played a song that recited The Preamble to the United States Constitution—much like the song played in this video. She played it often enough that the class eventually memorized the words, and while I grew sick of hearing it back then, I am grateful to have learned it in retrospect. Now that I am older, I have a greater appreciation for the history of the United States and for those educators who have a passion to instill it within their …

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  • Teaching with Instagram

    By: Aaron Morrison | June, 2012 | 12,831 views | 5 Comments | Posted in: Social Media in the Classroom, Technology in the Classroom

    The proliferation of smart phones has led to the development of innumerable educational apps for all subjects and grade levels. The problem is that students may not necessarily be interested in apps with high scholastic value, so it’s up to teachers to find didactive opportunities in the apps that students are interested in.

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    Facebook recently bought Instagram, the incredibly popular mobile photo sharing app, for nearly one billion dollars. It had a user base of 30 million before it even released to Android™ in early April, so odds are …

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  • Engaging Summer Teaching Strategies

    By: Aaron Morrison | June, 2012 | 2,990 views | No Comments | Posted in: Classroom Management

    Students and teachers often walk into the first day of summer school dragging their feet. And who’s to blame them? It’s difficult to sit indoors and pursue responsibilities while others are outside playing or taking vacations.
    The entire summer school experience can turn into a fulfilling one if looked at in a whole new light. Here are some ideas that will help you do just that:

    Be innovative: Summer classes are the perfect time to practice teaching with technology! Not only will it engage you, but it will also make the lesson …

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  • PowerSchool University – Purpose, Process, and Power

    By: admin | June, 2012 | 2,129 views | No Comments | Posted in: PowerSchool

    This past summer I transitioned from an elementary building principal to Director of Technology and Cyber Education for the Quakertown Community School District in Bucks County, PA.  Along with my position change came many new opportunities and district-level responsibilities.  I had used PowerSchool as a principal at the building level.  Simple everyday tasks of student searches, log entries, attendance, etc., became second nature, as I worked with the SIS daily.  Quickly after assuming my new role, I became aware of the power behind such a dynamic student information system, like …

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  • More Google Tools for Educators

    By: Aaron Morrison | June, 2012 | 6,556 views | 3 Comments | Posted in: Classroom Resources, Technology in the Classroom

    You probably already use Google’s most popular tools– search, gmail, calendar, reader, YouTube, etc—but Google also offers countless lesser known tools with widely varying applications. I shared a list of Google Tools for Educators a while back, but here’s an additional list of useful tools that you may have never even heard of:

    Google Mars- Teaching a unit on the Red Planet? Use this super cool Google tool. It’s like Google Earth for the planet Mars. Check out a Mars elevation maps and look at the mountains, canyons, dunes, plains, ridges, …

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  • Five Alternatives to Facebook and YouTube

    By: Aaron Morrison | June, 2012 | 13,956 views | 4 Comments | Posted in: Social Media in the Classroom

    There are so many ways that Facebook and YouTube can be functional to learning. However, one question always remains in the back of most minds: are they safe to use in the classroom? While I’m not trying to speak ill of these sites—I think they are great– I sometimes come across questionable content that causes me to wonder if they would be okay to use with students. It is also for this reason that some, if not most, schools block these websites. Not to mention, the last thing any teacher …

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