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iStation Apps and iPods Reinforce the Core, IEP Goals

Posted on March 03, 2012

If you were to walk into my home, you would quickly realize that anything with a circuit board and integrated circuits are my friends. I have a passion for technology. From amateur radio to computers, I’m involved. I was once told by a mentor that I should teach with my passion, to share with my students my interests in order to improve their exposure to new things and improve their quality of life. They didn’t have to tell me twice! Alpine School District has blessed me with technolo

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Is Creative Thought Important?

Posted on March 03, 2012

On September 2, 1945 eleven Japanese military officers, politicians and dignitaries took the long, painful walk along the deck of the battleship USS Missouri. Those eleven individuals were commissioned with the distasteful task of surrendering their country to the armed forces of the United States and its Allies, bringing an end to the Second World War. Admiral Sadatoshi Tomioka was one of those eleven. Just before the war he was one of the few high-ranking officers to oppose the Pearl Harbor

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Technology in the Special Needs Classroom

Posted on March 03, 2012

Technology is such an important tool in today's special education classroom. Our students are being exposed to technology all around them and if we do not keep up with them and teach them more about technology we are not preparing them for their adult lives. We must have classrooms that offer a variety of technology tools to engage them in their learning. We are past the days of giving a student a worksheet and expecting that they will be engaged, on-task, or even interested. David A. Sousa

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Technology Immersion: a District Perspective

Posted on March 03, 2012

Changing the Landscape of Teaching and Learning in Provo School District In May of 2011, the UPDC (Utah Personnel Development Center) showcased Provo School District’s technology immersion initiative to improve achievement of all students. This immersion has changed their landscape of teaching and learning for all teachers and students. This article first highlights the big ideas presented by Provo District’s Technology Director, Ted Kelly. Next, it highlights responses from a cros

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What’s so Different About Teaching 21st Century Learners?

Posted on March 03, 2012

There is much talk about the difference between 20th and 21st Century education. The differences between the students of the 20th Century and those we teach now are profound, well known and documented. From these differences, plus the differences that exist in the world we live in now and the world our students will occupy, it is safe to assume that education to must change. So this is an attempt to compare the predominant educational approach of the 20th Century and that of the 21st Century.

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Technology as a Tool to Support Instruction

Posted on March 03, 2012

Technology can enhance learning -- educators must take a leadership role in determining the ways in which technology is used to support educational goals. We're all familiar with the extravagant promises of technology: It will make our students smarter -- and it will do it faster and cheaper than ever before. Moreover, the promise suggests, this miracle will occur almost by osmosis. We need only place a computer in a room, stand back, and watch the magic take place. If only life were that

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Direct Instruction Revisited

Posted on March 03, 2012

CLEAR TEACHING What if Charles Darwin had written The Origin of Species and nobody noticed? Or Copernicus had shown that the earth went around the sun and nobody be-lieved him? Or Jonas Salk had found a cure for polio and nobody cared? Such has been the fate of Siegfried Engelmann, pioneering inventor of a better way to teach that almost nobody uses. Engelmann has spent the last 50 years working out answers to basic questions every good teacher asks. What should I teach my students? Ho

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The Five-by-Five Approach to Differentiation Success

Posted on March 03, 2012

The following "Five-by-Five" approach to differentiation contains ideas that we have found effective in our classrooms. It is not a road map: It doesn't offer step-by-step directions. Instead we think of it as a compass: It is a set of strategies that guide our work with students. Our first five points are about "setting the stage" for effective differentiation, while the other five highlight actions teachers can employ daily. 5 Ways to Set the Stage 1. Assessing: At the start of the ye

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Closing America’s Achievement Gap: A Powerful Tool is Being Ignored

Posted on February 02, 2012

Invented nearly 50 years ago, Direct Instruction (DI) is a scripted, step-by-step approach to teaching that is among the most thoroughly tested and proven in the history of education. It works equally well for general education, gifted students, and the disabled, but surprisingly remains lttle used. DI was the clear winner in the federal government’s 10-year Follow Through project—the largest study in history to compare different approaches to instruction. In the 40 years since Follow Thr

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The intersection of Technology and the Classroom

Posted on February 02, 2012

How far have we come?  The world's first digital computer was financed by the US Army and built in 1946 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. It took up two floors of an entire building and it was called the “ENIAC”. Today, engineers have designed microchips that can place 10 million times that computational power on chips smaller than your finger nail. At the same time in 1946, the typical classroom was being reformed and looked similar to most classrooms today. Ther

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