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10 Uses of Padlet in the History Classroom

Padlet is a virtual bulletin board that allows users to "pin" post-it notes with text, images, and links to webpages.  It has become an integral part of how my students and I share information and ideas with each other and with the larger community outside of our classroom.  Why I love padlet:

1) It is a great collaborative tool.

Sprinting All the Way to the Finish (or How to Maintain Engagement up Until the Bitter End)

During the last week of school, I received an email from a parent informing me that her son was running around the house, excitedly telling anyone who would listen about the end-of-year History project that he was due to present on that day.  With two days left of school, I was thrilled to hear that he was excited about coming to school (and History class, in particular). More importantly, she was thrilled to witness his excitement for going to school during the last week before summer vacation.

On the Importance, Nay Necessity, of Technology Integration in the Classroom

Recently, I have witnessed some debate about the importance of using technology in the classroom. Some argue that technology for technology's sake is not productive for learning.  Some argue that technology, used appropriately, is just another tool to reach students.  Teaching with technology in the 21st century is a necessity.

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