Monthly Archives: Feb 2017

Blended Learning, Guest Post, Online Learning, Teaching
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Keeping Content Fresh

We have all seen it: a great idea has gone stale. Do you remember when the hot toy was Webkinz by Ganz? It was an ingenious marketing plan: purchase a stuffed animal for $14.99 and gain access to an online world where you care for your virtual version of the stuffed animal. My girls went nuts for it; we had Webkinz all over the house, purchased with their own money or accepted as gifts from doting grandmas. They played with them a lot but then suddenly—nothing. Ganz still makes them, but they are not the “buzz” that they used to be. Why? Something new came along.

Fads in toys come and go. Fads in education come and go. That is ok. In education, we do not need to embrace each fad that comes and goes, but we do want to keep our teaching fresh.

That brings us to a paradox. There are so many places and ideas out there that we could get sucked into a black hole of ideas. How do we know what to choose?

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Blended Learning, Guest Post, Professional Development, Teaching
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Common Sense Media: Helping Parents and Teachers Navigate a Digital World

Our students and kids are growing up in an increasingly digital world. As soon as parents and teachers catch up in one area, new technologies have already emerged, bringing with them new opportunities and challenges. Staying on top of what’s best for kids can feel like an insurmountable task. How can we as parents and teachers prepare children for their digital futures while also setting appropriate boundaries to keep them safe? Enter Common Sense Media.

Started in 2003, this independent, non-profit organization proves to be an invaluable resource to both parents and teachers. As their website states, their mission is to “…empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.”

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