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Hockey makes STEM learning interactive! Posted on Jun 5

Hockey makes STEM learning interactive!

On Monday, May 8th Boston Bruins Foundation Executive Director and former player, Bob Sweeney visited Hunking Middle School in Haverhill to participate in a classroom demo and school assembly regarding the Future Goals-Hockey Scholar program.  During the visit, Mr. Sweeney observed students working on the   …Continue Reading Hockey makes STEM learning interactive!

Planning and implementation considerations for BYOD and 1:1 technology models Posted on Apr 11

Planning and implementation considerations for BYOD and 1:1 technology models

Given the potential of technology to enhance learning and teaching, many districts in Massachusetts are working towards ensuring that every student has access to a mobile device, such as a laptop, tablet, or netbook. Districts generally have two options: (1) a one to one model   …Continue Reading Planning and implementation considerations for BYOD and 1:1 technology models

Seeing a combination of personalized learning components at Wilson Middle School Posted on Feb 26

Seeing a combination of personalized learning components at Wilson Middle School

Creating an engaging classroom environment for middle school students can be challenging. Developmentally, middle school students are at a unique age- one where they often crave the power to make decisions for themselves, yet still need scaffolding and direct instruction in order to make these   …Continue Reading Seeing a combination of personalized learning components at Wilson Middle School

Four elements of personalized learning visible at Natick High School Posted on Feb 26

Four elements of personalized learning visible at Natick High School

When I picture a high school, I think of long hallways, rows and rows of lockers, fluorescent overhead lights, bells and announcements signaling when it’s time to quickly pack your bag and shuffle out into the throng of teenagers caught up in a river of   …Continue Reading Four elements of personalized learning visible at Natick High School

Finding ‘Personalized Learning’ and Other Edtech Buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle Posted on Jan 13

Finding ‘Personalized Learning’ and Other Edtech Buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle

This blog post was originally published in EdSurge News on January 3, 2016 and is posted here with the permission of EdSurge. Education buzzwords come and go, just as the fads they sometimes represent. But some endure and come back, much as in the Gartner   …Continue Reading Finding ‘Personalized Learning’ and Other Edtech Buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle

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

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

In celebration of teacher appreciation week: 18 MA educators taking the initiative to design and develop innovative online and blended courses tailored to meet their students’ needs Posted on May 4

In celebration of teacher appreciation week: 18 MA educators taking the initiative to design and develop innovative online and blended courses tailored to meet their students’ needs

Eighteen Massachusetts teachers epitomize the dedication and hard work that Teacher Appreciation Week celebrates. These eighteen educators are enrolled in the “Teaching and Developing an Online High School Course: Fundamentals” course offered by the Office of Digital Learning. Recognizing the value of digital learning, these   …Continue Reading In celebration of teacher appreciation week: 18 MA educators taking the initiative to design and develop innovative online and blended courses tailored to meet their students’ needs

Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant galvanizes changes at R.C. Mahar Posted on Mar 30

Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant galvanizes changes at R.C. Mahar

The DCPS Grant provided the R.C. Mahar School District the capital to catalyze a lot of progress that we had planned on making as we continue to incorporate technology in our schools, classrooms, and teaching.