24 Insights From NYSCATE

It does seem strange that in my decade-plus of educational technology instruction that I have attended multiple national conventions like ISTE, but I had never, before this year, attended NYSCATE, New York's equivalent EdTech conference. There are a number of reasons for that. It's a 6-hour drive to Rochester in the cold close to Thanksgiving. … Continue reading 24 Insights From NYSCATE

The Latest From Minecraft EDU

I have long advocated playful learning for students that incorporate hands-on design and learning. I began using Minecraft in the classroom about 7 years ago because I saw it's potential for both of those. Then a couple of years ago Microsoft purchased Minecraft and created an education edition that I was eager to explore. I've … Continue reading The Latest From Minecraft EDU

2018 Digital Citizenship Week: Activities for Every Day

For more insight check out How to Celebrate Digital Citizenship Week and Responsible Digital Citizenship. So as we venture once again into Digital Citizenship Week I'm worried that the focus will, as it usually is, be placed on avoiding what is scary on the internet and all the problems modern students face in a digital world. While … Continue reading 2018 Digital Citizenship Week: Activities for Every Day

What’s New With Google EDU

On Google and Growing As An Educator Whether it makes you feel good, bad, or indifferent Google reigns in the world of educational technology. There are several reasons for that. Some of them may be about marketing. Administrators are happy that Chromebooks allow them to claim to have a 1:1 program for a small price … Continue reading What’s New With Google EDU

25 Insights From UN WE Day

If you're at all like me, you've gone through your life fairly unaware of what the United Nation's WE Day (first in Toronto in 2007) and WE movement are. And similarly, you're likely to be blown away by all the amazing work they're doing around the world with and for children and other often disenfranchised populations. … Continue reading 25 Insights From UN WE Day

EdTech Updates 2018: Book Creator

Storytelling is a crucial part of education and life in general. We don't simply see things as a string of events. We tell ourselves our life is a story with meaning and purpose. We see ourselves as the central character of that story even if our vision of that character isn't wholly accurate. We also … Continue reading EdTech Updates 2018: Book Creator

EdTech Updates 2018: A Fresh Face For Flocabulary

Some EdTech tools work great but simply need a fresh coat of paint to make them easier to navigate. That's essentially the story with Flocabulary. Flocabulary added several new features last year and redesigned their instruction process. Now they're redesigning the look of their sight and added a few more details to make it even … Continue reading EdTech Updates 2018: A Fresh Face For Flocabulary

EdTech Updates 2018: Bloxels EDU, A Walkthrough

Bloxels had one of the biggest overhauls of any edtech platform recently. While the same basic elements of playful creation from Bloxels Builder remain, the entire structure of the Bloxels EDU system has shifted. They are no longer meant for small individual activities, but they are now able to support a whole classroom structure. I'm … Continue reading EdTech Updates 2018: Bloxels EDU, A Walkthrough

EdTech Updates 2018: Breakout EDU

It wasn't that long ago that I shared some of what was new with Breakout Edu along with some games I created this past year. In it, I shared how Breakout EDU has moved towards a subscription model. That doesn't mean you can't still access tons of amazing content or create your own Breakout resources for … Continue reading EdTech Updates 2018: Breakout EDU

EdTech Updates 2018: Quizlet

Find more information on Quizlet and other platforms in the post Making the Most of Assessment Digitally. While I had previously thought of Quizlet as the best digital flashcard site around (and it is), they have recently added a number of features for learning and assessing content that have made it even more valuable. So here … Continue reading EdTech Updates 2018: Quizlet