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Susan Oxnevad

Susan Oxnevad is an educator, EdTech consultant and designer who is passionate about using technology as a tool for learning. Susan has been a classroom teacher and an active instructional technology facilitator in Chicagoland for more than two decades. She provides professional development for busy teachers via a variety of online and in-person platforms. Susan blogs about thoughtful ways to incorporate technology as an efficient and effective tool for learning on her own blog, Cool Tools for 21st Century LearnersFollow her on Twitter @soxnevad

The Hour of Code – Join the Movement

We live in a computer powered world. Coding is the language our computers speak. As an educator or a parent, have you ever introduced students to coding?

4 Tools to Connect Students to Real World Math

While interdisciplinary units and project based learning are powerful methods of helping students connect school learning to the real world, I suspect many teachers reading this post might be looking for some ideas for use right away, perhaps even tomorrow. Here are some resources that are ready and waiting for use, regardless of your tech comfort zone.

8 iPad Camera Integration Ideas for 1:1 Classrooms

My advice for teachers who are a bit nervous about a 1:1 iPad implementation is to find your comfort zone and strive to find ways to use the camera on the devices to Teach Above the Line, a goal suggested by the SAMR model of tech integration, designed by Dr. Reuban Puentedura.

3 Ways to Empower Common Core Writing

The Google Custom Search tool provides educators with the ability to build a search engine that only searches websites chosen to be credible and appropriate for the task. This might sound complicated, but Google has made it as easy as can be.

Using Avatars to Teach Digital Citizenship

Using educationally appropriate online tools with students opens up a world of possibilities for engaging them in leaning experiences that incorporate the 4 C's; communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.

6 Tools for Connected Educators

Because it's hard to know where to begin to share, I decided to base my framework on the ideas of the work of Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Lani Ritter Hall, the authors of The Connected Educator, Learning and Leading in a Digital Age and some of the leaders of Connected Educators Month.

4 New Ways to Use Google Docs Forms with Students

Now you can embed live YouTube video right into a form to create a guided video lesson for students. Consider using this type of activity as a homework assignment to provide students with a common starting point for learning in the classroom.