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Software for student publishing and creativity.

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Wixie

Online student publishing and creativity platform.

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Create animations, digital stories, and stop-motion.

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Create web sites, epubs, and presentations.

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Pixie

Software for student publishing and creativity.

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Wixie

Online student publishing and creativity platform.

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Frames

Create animations, digital stories, and stop-motion.

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Create web sites, epubs, and presentations.

Tech4Learning Blog
Tech4Learning Blog
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Science and Action Research in Your Classroom

Posted by Joseph Machado on Mar 22, 2011 8:59:00 AM

After reading a white paper put out by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - Scientist-Teacher Partnerships as Professional Development: An Action Research Study, I began to think of the continuous push in our educational system on STEM. What's the most effective method of increasing student awareness in science?

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Topics: creativity software, 21st century classroom, productivity software, professional development, STEM, action research

A Constructivist Classroom is a 21st Century Classroom

Posted by Joseph Machado on Feb 4, 2011 10:19:00 AM

In the Spring 2011 issue of Creative Educator I wrote a piece titled "Developing 21st Century Learning Environments".  The article discusses our traditional notion of learning environments revolving around places and spaces and how an effective learning environment does not have to be limited to these things.  The classroom of today should look much different from that of the past.

Today individuals are finding new ways of being and functioning in the 21st century that look much different from those of generations before.  Mindfulness is on the rise and not just by those who embark on the path of yoga or meditation.  Today schools are focusing more on social and emotional skills with their student population.  Helping them to be aware and mindful of what they are feeling and how to self-regulate those emotions in order to sustain themselves with the demands of the classroom and world today.  In other words giving students the ability and skills to construct their own way of being.  Sound familiar?!  

A constructivist classroom fosters critical thinking, flexibility, creativity, active learning, and more.  All of which are standards of what a 21st century classroom should reflect.  It is not just about technology, as the Creative Educator article reinforces.  To sustain a 21st century classroom educators need to move from a transmissional instructional practice to a constructivist and transactional model.  I believe in order for students to be successful in and out of the classroom today we need to create learning environments that give students the permission to construct knowledge, not receive it.

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Topics: 21st century classroom, professional development, constructivism

Creative software and strong professional development = success!

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jan 11, 2011 10:20:00 AM

In working on an article for the next issue of Creative Educator, I have had the great opportunity to talk with some great minds in education, both visionary and practical. After talking with Ben Johnson of Poudre School District in Fort Collins, Colorado, I just had to share a great video about technology use in their district. Despite having one of the states lowest per pupil funding rates, Poudre continues to have a strong vision for integration and has worked with their community and school district foundation to fund that vision.

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Topics: pixie, creativity, creative software, technology integration, professional development

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