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Yearly Archives: 2016

Compare & Connect K-12: Learn how to get more bandwidth for your budget Posted on Nov 22

Compare & Connect K-12: Learn how to get more bandwidth for your budget

EducationSuperHighway recently released the full version of Compare & Connect K-12, which enables users to more easily view and compare bandwidth and broadband pricing information for their own and other school districts across Massachusetts. Compare & Connect K-12 is a free online tool that empowers   …Continue Reading Compare & Connect K-12: Learn how to get more bandwidth for your budget

Personalized Learning and Cultural Competency Posted on Nov 10

Personalized Learning and Cultural Competency

A hallmark of personalized learning is individual learning plans and pathways. The first step in guiding every student on a pathway that maximizes their success in demonstrating proficiency over competencies is knowing every student well. A key lens through which we learn about our students   …Continue Reading Personalized Learning and Cultural Competency

Pocket Connector: How Texting Helps One High School Teacher Break Barriers and Forge New Bonds with Families Posted on Oct 26

Pocket Connector: How Texting Helps One High School Teacher Break Barriers and Forge New Bonds with Families

One of my freshmen stopped me while I was passing out papers one morning. “Ms. Lander,” he said — half accusing, half amused — “You texted my father?!” “I did indeed,” I admitted. And then, curious, I asked, “What did he say?” “He asked me   …Continue Reading Pocket Connector: How Texting Helps One High School Teacher Break Barriers and Forge New Bonds with Families

The Fundamental Shift to Blended Learning Posted on Oct 7

The Fundamental Shift to Blended Learning

The Massachusetts Personalized Learning Network considers blended learning a key component to engaging learners within its personalized learning framework. Many confuse the terms blended learning with personalized learning. Blended learning is an instructional model that integrates digital and online media content into teacher instructional practice.   …Continue Reading The Fundamental Shift to Blended Learning

Highlights from the #GoOpen regional summit Posted on Oct 4

Highlights from the #GoOpen regional summit

On Friday, September 23, administrators, teachers, and curriculum specialists from around the New England region met at Amazon’s offices in Cambridge for the #GoOpen regional summit hosted by the North Reading Public Schools. For district leaders and educators interested in open educational resources (OER) and how these   …Continue Reading Highlights from the #GoOpen regional summit

Hack New England High Schools (pronounced “hack-ness”) – a new hackathon run by high-schoolers for high-schoolers Posted on Sep 21

Hack New England High Schools (pronounced "hack-ness") - a new hackathon run by high-schoolers for high-schoolers

We are in the midst of a golden age of technological innovation.  It is becoming easier and easier for anyone to learn to code and build creative new products in record time.  Events called hackathons are the embodiment of this hands-on spirit, and nowadays they   …Continue Reading Hack New England High Schools (pronounced “hack-ness”) – a new hackathon run by high-schoolers for high-schoolers

SketchUp Pro: Using Technology to Build Creative Classrooms Posted on Aug 25

SketchUp Pro: Using Technology to Build Creative Classrooms

In a small classroom at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, students in Ms. Elsbeth Todd’s class were responsible for creating designs for a new post-and-beam State Forest Center. The students used SketchUp Pro to create models and simulations of their designs. SketchUp Pro is a   …Continue Reading SketchUp Pro: Using Technology to Build Creative Classrooms

Save the date! #GoOpen Regional Summit @ Amazon in September Posted on Aug 18

Save the date! #GoOpen Regional Summit @ Amazon in September

North Reading Public Schools in North Reading, MA will host a #GoOpen Regional Summit on Friday, September 23, 2016 at the Amazon Offices in Cambridge, MA. Attendance at the one-day summit is free. The #GoOpen Regional Summit will provide an opportunity for classroom teachers, school   …Continue Reading Save the date! #GoOpen Regional Summit @ Amazon in September

S.W.A.T. (Students Working to Advance Technology) reflects on this past year to help plan for the future Posted on Aug 3

S.W.A.T. (Students Working to Advance Technology) reflects on this past year to help plan for the future

It was tough saying goodbye to the 2016 graduating senior members of S.W.A.T. (Students Working to Advance Technology). I am so grateful for all their contributions to the Algonquin student tech support team. They were instrumental in helping to make the program a huge success   …Continue Reading S.W.A.T. (Students Working to Advance Technology) reflects on this past year to help plan for the future

Turning chrome into gold: Chromebooks in the classroom Posted on Jun 28

Turning chrome into gold: Chromebooks in the classroom

At West Springfield Middle School, teachers began the 2015-16 school year with the arrival of over 700 brand new Chromebooks and wireless internet service. Coupled, with existing desktops, our building quickly gained a 1:1 ratio of students to computers. We quickly sorted the Chromebooks into   …Continue Reading Turning chrome into gold: Chromebooks in the classroom