Tabaldo on Tech

Teaching with Technology in the 21st Century

Tabaldo on Tech - Teaching with Technology in the 21st Century

Scratch – Coding for Kids

Coding is the future!

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When we think of our students taking a second language in school, we usually go to the defaults like Spanish, French and German. If you are lucky enough to have Japanese and Chinese that is a bonus and if the school is really progressive maybe American Sign Language is also offered. Rarely, if ever, do we see Coding as a language offered in schools. Continue reading

Open Educational Resources

oer2Thinking about Open Educational Resources?

In this day and age, web content doubles every 18 months (International Data Corporation, 2011). This means by 2020 the world will generate 50 times the amount of information it generates today. In  March of 2012,  after 244 years, Encyclopedia Britannica announced that it was ceasing production of its iconic multi-volume book sets. Britannica usually printed a new set every two years, but 2010’s 32-volume was the last.

It is understood that the content is changing so rapidly and that consumers are more comfortable with online accessibility, that it makes sense to move to the fully online environment for the information giant like Britannica.

With textbook adoptions in schools such a huge budget item, it is sometimes in the best fiscal interest to move to Open Educational Resources (OER.) I have created a page under Resources- that has some links to the OER Commons as well as other information and articles on OER.

Is you school using OER? Are you thinking about using OER? I’d like to hear from you. 

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Technology in Common Core

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There is no escaping Technology when it comes to Common Core

When it comes to Common Core, it is a fact that our students will need to be fluent when it comes to technology. Students will need to be able to navigate the web, discern important and relevant information, research, prepare and present all using the technology in the classrooms. Common Core assessments will also be taken online, so students need to know how to use the web tools available to them during testing.

So here are a few of my concern as we begin the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation.   Continue reading

Technology – A Time & A Place?

Pope Then and Now

Photo courtesy of NBCNews

The Announcement of the New Pope 2005 & 2013

This past week many of us watched live via the News Channels or a streaming website the announcement of the new Pope. My hope is that Catholic Schools around the nation tuned in to watch.

The photo above was posted on Facebook with this caption:

Wow – Pictures ARE worth 1,000s of word … My how time & technology change things … (not always for the better)
This happened yesterday and seeing all of the phones (and ipad ;)) leads the question: Are we too often trying to capture the moment instead of living in the moment, or, can you do both? Tell us what you think… (photo via NBC news).

Are we too often trying to capture the moment instead of living in the moment, or, can you do both?

My response was that we were “Capturing the moment allows us to re”live” the moment again and again. I think it is great!”

What are your thoughts on this topic? Were all these devices inappropriate at this holy occasion? Are we missing some of life’s precious moments because we are distracted by our gadgets? You do not have to be Catholic to see this is an interesting debate.

Please post your thoughts here.

Found Shmoop?

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Shmoop online resources look very engaging for Students and Teachers alike!

I was looking for some online resources for math and science and ran across SHMOOP!. This Shmoop site has so much to offer when it comes to resources for your students.

Shmoop will make you a better lover (of literature, history, life). See many sides to the argument. Find your writing groove. Understand how lit and history are relevant today. We want to show your brain a good time. Don’t worry… we’ll have it back home at a reasonable hour.

With Student Learning Guides like: Literature, Bible, Poetry, Shakespeare  Mythology, Bestsellers  Dr. Seuss, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Calculus, Biology, & US History, you will also find resources like: DMV, SAT, ACT, AP Exams, En Espanol and Videos.

They offer online Teacher Resources (for a small fee ~$5/guide) as well as Test Prep & College Readiness (also for fee help.)

Our Mission

Shmoop means “move something forward a little bit.” The phrase reflects our company mission, which is to shine a little light into the dark corners of students’ minds. We believe that great and difficult concepts can be explained clearly, succinctly, and with a compelling storyline. In “telling the tale” behind seemingly intangible subjects, we humanize them and make them accessible to everyone.

Sincerely,
The Shmoop Team