Wonderful Ways To Celebrate Poetry In April and Throughout The Year!

Guest post written by Shannon McClintock Miller This last week the children and educators within my school community at Van Meter have been enjoying a week of spring break. It was a nice time to reflect on the last several months, to be inspired with new ideas, and to think about the last few months of the school year. As I sat outside in the warm Florida sun one day, I made a few notes on literacy events coming up and am so happy to think about the fun we will be having celebrating Poetry Continue reading

A Tale of Two Experiments (Updates on Ask3 & ScreenChomp)

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." Since it is still National Reading month, I cannot think of a more fitting start to this blog post than those famous words of Charles Dickens. I’ll be honest what I'm going to share today is probably not going to be “best of time” type news for most of you. Granted, I hope that in the end you will not be feeling it is the “worst of times” either. Now back to the story… A little over a year and half ago in October of 2012 TechSmith Continue reading

How Many Videos Do You Need To Effectively Flip Your Class? An Interview with Ashlie Smith

This is the first in a series of interviews with the award-winning ScreenChamp 2013 producers. The ScreenChamp Awards are the annual screencasting competition hosted by TechSmith. This year, the competition received over 230+ entries. Ashlie Smith: A New Kind of Educator Ashlie Smith is an 8th Grade Physical Science instructor at Cranbrook Schools, and she recently won the 2013 EDU Category prize for her screencast Work and Power. Since flipping her class a year-and-a-half ago, Smith has Continue reading

Reading month: Reading with Jack book reviews

To continue our celebration of all things reading for National Reading Month, I interviewed BookTuber, Jack Cork. Jack is a remarkable young man who has his own YouTube Channel, ReadingWithJack, where he gives video book reviews of the books he reads. How many books do you read each month, and how long do they take you to read? The amount of books I read each month varies depending on what time of year it is - if it’s exam season at school, I hardly read anything, but if it’s the summer holidays, Continue reading

Reading month: Create your own audio books for kids

Guest post written by TechSmithie Jeremy Raleigh for National Reading Month. Hi, my name is Jeremy Raleigh and I’m the Product Owner on the Education Labs team. With March being National Reading Month I thought this might be the perfect time to share a fun reading inspired gift idea that I completed using Camtasia Studio. We have two boys that love listening to books on CD as they are going to sleep. A couple of years ago as Christmas was approaching I came up with the idea that I would create Continue reading

Technology and Education – A Healthy Mishmash that Parents should Value

This article was written by guest author Jimmy Sorensen for our quarterly education newsletter, the Learning Lounge. If you have interest in contributing, please fill out this form. When it comes to technology, parents and teachers are certainly outmatched by the tech-savvy younger generation. The iPod swinging, smartphone carrying, and tablet toting youngsters are literally growing in Cyberspace, which the elders, particularly the parents, have never had the chance to even know about. During Continue reading

Issue-based projects increase student engagement

Guest post by Alison Baldwin written for the quarterly education newsletter, The Learning Lounge. If you have interest in contributing, please fill out this form. Four years ago while sitting at home over Christmas break, I got to thinking about the senior research and writing class that I always teach in the spring semester. The thought of spending 18 weeks walking students through the same old “Rhetorical Reader and Guide” while they churned out banal expository essays induced a feeling Continue reading