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Alison Anderson is a Media Specialist at The Madeleine School. Follow her on twitter at @tedrosececi.

Got iPads? Now Get Apple TV

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"Some things never change" is not a quote heard very often in the field of educational technology, where we are constantly striving to stay caught up with the development of everything digital. Still, it can be a very true statement in the classroom.

Virtual Projects to Add to Real World Field Trips

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Nowadays, when someone talks about a “21st century field trip," they are most likely referring to a virtual field trip. Virtual field trips are incredible examples of how the Internet can change the learning experience for students today. They can take a tour of Versailles, cruise around with the Rovers on the surface of Mars, even travel back in time and "walk" around Ancient Egypt in a format that was unimaginable just a few years ago.

10 Ways to Ensure Parents Won’t Need to Ask ‘What Did You Do at...

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I think parents don’t like it, or, at the very least, get annoyed when they ask their children, “what did you do at school today?” and the answer is “nothing.” (I actually know this to be true, not from statistics or action research, but because I am a mom and this is usually what my kids answer when I ask and I get annoyed).

Storytelling: Open Your Classroom to the World

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Documentaries have been my favorite genre of film for a long time. I think it was Hoop Dreams, back in 1994, that truly got me hooked. It wasn't an action film or thriller that I typically chose to see with my friends at the theater, but, still, I was mesmerised by these two boys playing basketball and surviving life by focusing on their love for the game of basketball. I truly loved it because it was storytelling at it's absolute best.

It’s Time to Disrupt the System

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For as long as I have been involved in education, the focus for finding the key to fixing education has always been about providing professional development for the teachers and administrators. The philosophy is top-down with the intent that knowledge will eventually trickle down to benefit the students.

Kinesthetically Kinect to Learning

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I am sitting here in the San Diego Airport, with my head spinning with new ideas from the incredible - and at the same time incredibly overwhelming - ISTE conference. Yet, as I run back through the list of sessions and events one concept that pops out at me that is just dripping with yet to be tapped potential, is integrating the Xbox Kinect into classroom learning.

Extreme “Make” Over Computer Lab Edition!

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Lately, with all this focus on mobile learning, the computer lab has been getting a bad rap - labeled as a place where students sit disconnected from each other, learning how to type or create PowerPoint presentations. That method of using technology is already outdated and, frankly, boring. But, the reality is, most schools have a computer lab and I’m not sure we want to throw them out just yet! They’re not (all) bad places. They are just not always being used effectively.

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