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What Kind of Computer Do I Get My Kid?

Right now my son has The Peach Salsa Computer, and it's going to die. It's time to start computer shopping for middle school. But with a birthday around the corner, I'd like to kill two birds with one stone--get him something that looks like a gift but is really for school. The Peach Salsa Computer was a gift from my former editor after I dumped peach salsa into my Macbook Pro. I was carrying the salsa when my phone rang. Who uses phones for calls these days? The bowl fell directly on the keyboard. Upside-down. I saved the computer--I turned it off,…
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Technology

To Email or Not to Email… That is the Question

"I delete your emails," said a friend.  "They're too long."  They were.  These days, I'm embarrassed.  My old emails would've been perfect--if I were writing a research paper or Ph.D thesis.  They're way too long and deserved to be filed under #nobodycares. I apologize to everyone who ever received one of my "before" emails and thank all the people outside of education who said, "SHORT!  MAKE THEM SHORT!" The first time I used a sentence fragment in an education email I felt completely liberated.  Trust me, there will be more. Email skills are important since more and more schools are getting email…
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ClassroomTechnology

“I Want to Smash Their Phones”

"I want to smash their phones." This is the number one complaint I hear about middle and high school students with phones.   It often gets directed to me. "I know you wanted students to have phones, but..." I'm a big fan of BYOD*--Bring Your Own Device--for a number of reasons. Who doesn't like their own phone, computer or tablet?  Studies show people are more productive when given a device they favor. I don't have access to computers in my classroom--I have a few student stations but not enough for a class of 25 or 30.  Enter--phones.  Between student phones and my five computers,…
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Technology

Get Organized: Use Calendars & Project Management Tools

"When's it due?" students ask. "When did I say it was due?"  I answer. "I don't know."  It's either that or "I forgot."  That's how it goes. Not anymore! No kid with a computer, tablet, or smartphone gets to say "I forgot" anymore.   Set them up with calendars and project management software, and they'll be well on their way to success. Organize students with calendars and project management tools. Calendars My first experience with Google Calendar was as an adult working in tech.  "Aaron would like to speak with you."  Aaron was my boss, the head of marketing. "Great.  I'm free any…
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ClassroomTechnology

Pinterest in the Classroom

Do you use Pinterest in the classroom?  If not, you should. Pinterest used to be a place for dumping pictures of all the cool things you wanted to buy and projects you never got around to finishing.  Not anymore--Pinterest is the place to be for research, collaboration, and learning. If you're in the habit of putting things under "Recipes" or "Home Remodeling," and leaving them to rot on your pinboards, stop right there and repeat after me, "Pinterest is God's gift to schools." Why do you need Pinterest? Today, Pinterest is nothing less than an amazingly robust database of everything under the sun, categorized, grouped…
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