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Promising Practices in Instructional Technology

Instructional technology is the use of a variety of teaching tools to improve student learning. Explore technology and learn meaningful ways to incorporate it into your classroom.

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Goodreads w/ Bryn Orum


Bryn’s teaching goal is “creating the conditions for students to love reading.” She uses Goodreads so students can build personalized libraries with books and reviews, and connect with others who share similar interests.

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Flipped Classrooms w/ Matt McLaughlin


Matt experiments with a “flipped” classroom. He records lectures that students watch at home.  During class, he addresses “big issues” and “double checks” student understanding.

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Blogger w/ Erin Parker


Erin uses Blogger.com in her environmental sciences course. Students discuss across class sections, access information via smartphones, and “bounce ideas” off one another.

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iPads w/ Lynn Koresh


Lynn teaches in a school where every student receives an iPad. Lynn focuses her students’ game-based learning to they develop critical thinking skills, persistence, spatial reasoning, even mathematical problem-solving.


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iPads w/ Sarah Hennessey


With her elementary students, Sarah uses iPads for a variety of activities. She prefers “kid-friendly” apps appropriate for younger students, like “touch and count” mathematics apps or those that help with small group work.


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Facebook & Blurb w/ Mark Nepper


Mark’s students took photographs with smartphones, shared media via Facebook, and wrote poems accompanying digital media.  Students then published a book from the their project using blurb.com.

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Augmented Reality w/ Jim Mathews


Jim uses ARIS, the Augmented Reality Interactive Storytelling platform, in his high school classes to design place-based investigations of local environmental and cultural phenomena.

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Edmodo w/ Deborah Gradian


Edmodo is a social network, similar to Facebook, but designed for classroom use. Deborah uses Edmodo to engage students “where their interests lie,” and to support developing literacy skills.

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iPads w/ Jill Strand


Jill discusses iPad affordances for collaborative learning with young children, including partnering, note taking, using apps to support writing, and media editing. 

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Wordpress w/ Kathleen Doherty


Kathleen uses the blogging platform Wordpress as a class website. She posts class schedules, ensures absent students receive notes and homework, and provides resources to support students’ interest-driven learning.

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