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Volume 8, Issue 23
December 2012
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Features for Teachers, packed full of tips, techniques, and ideas for educators of all students in all levels.

In This Week's Issue (Click the Quick Links below):

What's New @ StarTeaching   Tech Corner: Musings of a Technology Integration Project   Christmas Time in the Classroom
NEW! Tony Vincent's Blog: The Single Most Important Factor for iPad Success in Schools School Classroom Parties 101 Themes on Life: 
"Christmas Adventure With Grandma"
NEW! Science Activities for Any Setting   10 Days of Writing Prompts   10 Days of Math Problems
School Features: Outdoor Education (part 3) New Teacher's Niche:
Group Work In Class
Student Teachers' Lounge: The Days Leading Up To A Holiday Break
Book of the Month Club:
Learning To Love Math
  Website of the Month:
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  Article of the Week: "The Internet Is Spying On You"

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Christmas Time in the Classroom

By Paul Buckley

Paul Buckley, a former Marine and professional pilot, resides in Temple, TX. In addition to writing informative articles on numerous topics of interest and publishing them his own websites he also runs a web design, SEO and website maintenance business called Ardmore Internet Marketing.

Through his company, AIM Web Press, he produces and publishes articles.

Christmas time always puts a little bit of a hop in your step. All of the carols, food, and lights are hard to ignore and poor spirits are hard to keep up with all of the merriment in the air. However, as we get older, it is inevitable that Christmas just does not mean the same thing to us that it did when we were children. Having children around at Christmas time is truly magical, and if you are lucky enough to have, say, a whole classroom full of them, you are bound to be a busy happy grown up for the Christmas season.

Children's curiosity and creativity are challenged at this very special time of year. Most of them are truly enchanted by the mysterious Saint Nick, and they all want to make something special to give their parents or grandparents since they obviously don't have expendable income of their own just yet. Obviously there are a number projects that you can do with a classroom of young children around the Christmas season. Some are more difficult than others, and some require a lot more clean up, but they are all worthwhile when you see the smile on their proud faces.

For younger children, simple things like placemats and greeting cards are a great way to give your kindergarteners a special way to say Merry Christmas to their loved ones. Greeting cards are easy: just get multi-colored construction paper, glitter, markers, safety scissors, glue sticks and other small craft supplies, and let the kids go crazy. If you have very young children, you can write the special messages that they'd like for them. Placemats are also a great way to engage younger children in a simple gift that will last a long time. A large piece of construction paper can be decorated as your student sees fit and then laminated by you to create a long lasting memory. My father still has the placemat I made him in kindergarten, nearly twenty years ago.

For older students, more intricate projects like popsicle stick birdhouse ornaments and origami swans are a little bit more challenging. Also, by crossing two popsicle sticks and joining them with glue you have the beginning of a beautiful ornament. Next, give the students a strand of yarn that they can wrap around each of the four prongs of the popsicle stick cross one at a time in a clockwise order until the entire stick are covered in yarn. The winding makes a beautiful pattern, especially if you give the kids a multi-colored yarn.

Of course there are some things that are classics no matter what age you are. Paper snowflakes that you can make by simply folding a piece of paper into quarters and chipping away patterns into the tiny square are a timeless decoration staple for any classroom. Try switching things up a little, and have the kids make their Christmas snowflakes out of multi-colored construction paper. Remember, no two snowflakes are alike.

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The Single Most Important Factor for iPad Success in Schools

By Tony Vincent
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Learning in Hand is an educator's resource for using some of the coolest technologies with students.Tony Vincent

Learning in Hand is written by Tony Vincent. Tony taught fifth grade in Omaha, Nebraska for six years, and three of those years his students were pioneers in educational handheld computing. Then, as technology specialist at Willowdale Elementary, Tony brought the newest technologies into classrooms. Whether it was digital video, blogs, email, podcasts, or handhelds, Tony helped Willowdale teachers and students understand the usefulness of new technologies. Currently, Tony is self-employed as an education consultant. He conducts workshops, presents at conferences, and writes books based on his teaching experiences and passion for new technologies.

Always excited to share, Tony has documented much of what he knows about handheld computing and podcasting on his website, learninginhand.com. There you'll find useful software collections, the best webs links for handhelds, complete lesson plans, and an informative blog.

Tony is a teacher who wants to make education effective, relevant, and fun. He knows handhelds are small computers that can make a big difference in classrooms! He hopes Learning in Hand inspires and motivates teachers to use technology that students crave.

When you think of iPads in schools, you probably think of a cart that's wheeled into a classroom. Youngsters cheer at the arrival of the cart. Devices are passed out, used for a lesson, and then returned to the cart. The cart is then whisked away to another classroom where the same thing happens.

Having a cart of devices puts the adults in charge of the technology. If possible, I would like to see students in control. Instead of teachers worrying about syncing, battery level, and app installation, learners should manage all of that. After all, isn't that a crucial skill for living in this century? 

The Technology Enhanced Learning Research Group, lead by Kevin Burden from the University of Hull, investigated the use of iPads at eight different schools in Scotland. The study took place between March and summer 2012 and analysis was completed in October 2012.

The researchers found that "personal 'ownership' of the device is seen as the single most important factor for successful use of this technology." They found ownership is fundamental for increasing students levels of motivation, interest, and engagement. Personal ownership promotes greater student autonomy and self-efficacy. Best of all, ownership encourages students to take more responsibility for their learning.

The study also found that teachers using iPads changed their approach to teaching. Pedagogical shifts include:

  • more collaboration
  • more creative expression
  • a strong learning community
  • better support for students of all abilities
  • students take it upon themselves to teach and coach each other 
  • higher quality of teaching perceived by students
  • teachers give better feedback to students about their learning

Not surprisingly, teachers and students want to continue to have access to iPads and are convinced that their use has changed learning for the better.

Read the key findings or download the full report, which includes recommendations for schools, popular apps, parental and student survey results, school vignettes, and an Acceptable User Policy.

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Each individual can assess his/her performance any time by clicking on "history", which gives complete details of date and time of taking the tests, marks scored each time and even time taken to do the test. This builds the confidence level and encourages more participation to eventually culminate in improvement and enhancement of memory and concentration.

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The Days Leading Up To A Holiday Break

Holidays can be an exciting time, especially around the school. The days leading up to a vacation can, however, be a pain when students are distracted.

These are not good days for students to use power tools, sharp objects, or lab equipment as more accidents occur when students are distracted.

One of the best way to keep the kids focused and to make the time pass quickly for both you and them is to set up hands-on activities, keeping them busy, active, and involved. Art-type projects they can finish and take home allow them to have fun, be creative, and have something to show off at home afterward. Another idea is making foods they can also eat at the end of the class.

Be careful about unstructured time. Having a party only makes it take longer; the novelty wears off soon as students' interest wanes. Also beware of movies and presentations. You dont want them sitting around or in a situation where they'll be bored, waiting, able to daydream, and ready to distract others.

Some teachers give a test, or work and push hard right up to dismissal. Sticking to routines makes time pass faster as students pass through the familiar schedules.

Teachers are often as glad as the students to be on vacation. However, be sure to keep your focus, or the students will know it, and act accordingly. If you stay serious and expect control in your room, the students will follow. The day before a break is not a 'free' day, nor a day off. And the students are not in charge, unless you've allowed it to happen.

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  Tech / 21st Century Teaching Corner

Musings of a Technology Integration Project 

By Mark Benn, Instructional Technologist

Mark Benn is a Technology Integration Coach for VARtek Services, Inc. Having just completed almost 25 years as an educator for Inland Lakes Public Schools, and having received a Masters of Science in Educational Media Design and Technology from Full Sail University in 2010, he now works in a position that supports teachers of K-12 classrooms in the southwest Ohio region that are interested in integrating technology into their learning environments. VARtek Services mission is to be the best provider of managed technology solutions for enhanced learning in the KĖ12 marketplace. Our website is: www.vartek.com

In my past articles Iíve talked about the amount of time a project can take due to the fact the students are always trying to improve on it. This is a great skill to learn, but another skill would be deadlines. The length of time students can take on a project, if allowed, can be very frustrating.

After working with these types of projects for several years Iíve come to the realization that I, as the teacher, need to help the students micromanage their time better. As an example, when doing a PowerPoint project I would have them get the written work put on the slides first, before they could go on to the fun stuff. This worked well except they then spent too long getting the rest of it finished. Even when they had a deadline, they couldnít get the project completed due to their poor time management skills. As I look back I believe I needed to set better deadlines and hold them accountable.

What do I mean by this?

Again, using the PowerPoint project as my example, I needed to break the project up into smaller sections and set a deadline and consequence for each section when not reached. Ideas for breaking it up would be text, background (pictures or colors), pictures within the slide to go with the text, transitions (slide to slide or within the slide), and finally the speech to go with the presentation. Each of these sections would have a deadline as to when it must be completed and I would grade them as to where they were on each section. This would be a completed/ not completed grade that is part of the overall rubric.

This could be done with any technology integration project. Just think about the different sections within the project and divide them up. If you are off in your timing, add a day. In other words, when you check everyone on the due date and find theyíve all been focused, yet itís not completed, tell them that you miscalculated and they have only one more day on that section. This way it forces them to make some final decisions and still get that section completed.

If students have done this type of project before, ask them how they think the project should be divided up and scheduled. You may overrule some of their suggestions, but it gives them some input into time management.

Project oriented teaching can be very rewarding and many skills can be learned simultaneously. But by helping with the time management and student accountability, you will take most of the frustration out of any project you do.

 

 

 


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School Classroom Parties 101

By Chris Yates

Article courtesy of EdArticle.com:   www.edarticle.com 

In the past several years I've volunteered to help in my children's classrooms in a lot of different capacities. To me, being a room mother is the most challenging and stressful volunteer positions I've held.

Room mothers are usually responsible for planning and hosting holiday parties for the class. Unfortunately, teachers often don't provide much information or guidance, and children have high hopes for a fun party.

Here's what I've learned over the years to make it the most fun for everyone involved.

Know What To Ask The Teacher

Okay, you've volunteered to be a room mother... now what?

You've got to ask questions. I usually send in a note with the following questions, but you could also call the teacher and ask.

- What is the room mother responsible for?

- Are there other parent volunteers?

- How many parties will there be?

- When will they take place?

- Are the parties for the holidays or are they "generic" like a Winter party instead of a Christmas party?

- Is there are budget or is each party donation based?

- How many children are in the class?

- Are siblings welcome?

- Are there any food allergies?

- Do any of the children have any physical disabilities?

- How much time will be allotted for the party?

- When will it start and end?

- Are decorations necessary?

- Are paper supplies like napkins, plates, and cups available through the school cafeteria?

- What activities do you prefer for the party? (Usually there is food, a craft project, and a few games, but your teacher may have a different idea.)

- Will any classroom supplies be available for the party? (Scissors, glue, paper, etc.)

- Is music allowed? (Some classes are too close together to allow for music during the party.)

- Can classroom furniture be moved around?

- Do you have any food preferences or are there any rules about the food? (Our school requires all food brought into the school to be commercially prepared.)

- Will you have access to a refrigerator and/or freezer?

- Are goodie bags appropriate?

- When will you be able to set up for the party?

- If you're hosting a Halloween party or other special event, be sure to ask about costumes or other things relevant to the party.

Once You Have The Answers...

Once you have a good idea of what is expected, it's time to start planning the first party. Try to allow yourself at least three weeks to pull it all together.

Write out your party plan. Be sure to include food, supplies, crafts, and any props you'll need for the party games. Once that's done, you should send out requests for help.

If you need to have other parent volunteers on the party day or you would like parents to send in food and supplies, you'll want to send out your requests for help at least a week or two before the party. Keep a list of who is bringing what and be sure to follow up and remind them the day before the party.

Prepare Ahead As Much As Possible

Preparation is really the key to a successful party. Here are a few tips...

If you plan a craft, have items pre-cut if necessary. Put individual craft supplies into sandwich bags and create one bag for each child to make it easy to pass them out and get started. Be sure to have extra supplies on hand to handle accidents. You should also make up one of the crafts ahead of time so you can show them what they will be making.

If you plan to have goodie bags for the children, prepare them ahead of time and make sure you have one for each child. You may also want to have a couple extra on hand.

Make sure you have a couple of food choices on hand so that everyone will have something that they like. It usually works well to have something sweet, something salty, and a couple of healthy choices like fruit or veggies. Don't forget the drinks.

In addition, you'll want to make sure to have plenty of napkins, cups and plates available. Bring along a roll of paper towels in case there are spills or accidents.

The Day of The Party...

Get there early to set up. You may not have a lot of setup to do, but you'll at least need to set up the food. It will also take some time to bring everything in from the car. Many parents use a wagon to help them get everything into the classroom.

Display all the food for the children to see... you want to try to keep them excited. In addition, you'll want to set up game props, craft supplies, etc. before the party. Children won't be able to wait around for you to get your act together when it's party time.

This is also a good time to let your party helpers (parent volunteers) know what they can do to help out with the party.

One last preparation tip - bring along a couple of trash bags. Clean up as you go as much as possible... picking things up as you go will make spills and accidents less likely and after party cleanup will be a snap.

It's Party Time!

You've done your homework and planned everything out... now it's time to follow your plan and enjoy the party. Be sure to take pictures (they make great classroom gifts later on) and interact with the children. Don't be afraid to talk to them and help them if they need it.

Most of all, try to have fun! If you're having fun and smiling, the kids will have a ball.

Don't forget to pass out the goodie bags at the end of the party!

After The Party

Clean up all the food, pack away the left-overs(unless the teachers or other parents want to take them home), and try to leave the classroom as clean as it was when you arrived.

Last, but not least, thank the parent volunteers and the teachers for their help!

 

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Outdoor Education
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Outdoor education (also known as adventure education) usually refers to organized learning that takes place in the outdoors. Outdoor education programs often involve residential or journey-based experiences in which students participate in a variety of adventurous challenges such as hiking, climbing, canoeing, ropes courses, and group games. Outdoor education draws upon the philosophy and theory of experiential education and may also focus on environmental education.

History

The Outward Bound movement in the UK is often cited as the beginning of the modern outdoor education phenomenon, although organized camping was in evidence in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century in at least Europe, the UK, the USA and Australia. Further back, the Ancient Greek civilization is known to have used adventurous pursuits such as horse riding to train soldiers. Nevertheless, the beginning of the first Outward Bound center at Aberdovey in Wales during the second world war is commonly recognized as the beginning of modern outdoor education. In Europe, the Forest Schools of Denmark are examples of programs with similar aims and objectives.

A key outdoor education pioneer was Kurt Hahn, a German educator who founded schools such as the Schule Schloss Salem in Germany, Gordonstoun School in Scotland, and Atlantic College in Wales, the United World Colleges movement, the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme which emphasizes community service, craftsmanship skills, physical skill, and outdoor expeditions, and the Outward Bound movement.

In the second half of the twentieth century Outward Bound spread to over 40 countries around the world, including notably the USA in the 1960s. This, in turn, spawned many offshoot programs, including Project Adventure and the National Outdoor Leadership School and has lead to or significantly contributed to related fields such as adventure therapy, adventure recreation, adventure tourism and ropes courses

Outdoor Education in the U.S.

The USA has been known since its European colonization in the 17th century as having a culture which embraced a pioneering spirit. This contributed to the extensive development of organized camping programs during the 20th century, Outward Bound programs since the 1960's, as well as many related off-shoot programs including Project Adventure, the National Outdoor Leadership School, the Association for Experiential Education, the ropes course industry, and many other applications including wilderness orientation programs within colleges and universities and adventure therapy.

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Group Work In Class

The business world tells us that they want people who are good at collaboration. Being that our job is to prepare the students for the future, this skill should become part of what we teach in the classroom.

Planning and preparation are key to getting your groups underway. The first thing to do as you prepare to use group work as part of the learning process is to setup your groups. Never allow the students to set up the groups; you are only inviting disaster. There are many ways to set up groups. I like to spread the abilities out among the groups.  The smartest student isn't always the one who can lead the group
through to a conclusion. I also like to mix boys and girls up in the groups. They tackle problems from different ways, so it enhances the learning taking place. Also, change the groups after every section, so they learn to work with different people. This makes it a more real world experience.

Size of the group is another part of the equation. A lot depends on the lesson being used. Two person groups are fine for a short-term group that lasts one day. If you are going to have it go longer, the group should be at least three to four students. The reason for this is the fact that what is the group going to do if the next day one of the students isn't there? With three or four students you will at least have a group of two or three to continue on if someone is missing.

As you begin the groups, realize the students may not know how to work in a group. This is something that we as teachers shouldn't take for granted. Talk about using listening skills, the fact that only one person is speaking at a time. Explain that arguing doesn't solve anything. They must learn, when there are differences of opinion, to share why they feel the way they do and support it with reasons. We also talk about the importance that everyone be a participant in the group process. Another thing I tell the groups is that they are not to ask me, the teacher, a question until they've talked about it in the group. If the group can't answer the question, then I will gladly help them out as a group. This fosters dependence on their group.  Focus is the most important part of using groups as a tool for learning. If you as a teacher don't provide a structure within the lesson, you will lose the students.

I like to call this the "Driving Question". This is what they are to be focusing on as they work together. Decide what you want them to learn, set the goals, and then communicate to the students your expectations.

In conclusion, from observation and research that collaboration (group work) when used properly can be an excellent learning tool. I hope you will find using this learning tool as stimulating and rewarding as I have, both for the students and yourself.


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"Christmas Adventure With Grandma"

Themes on Life

A bit of holiday humor...

I remember my first Christmas adventure with Grandma. I was just a kid. I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit her on the day my big sister dropped the bomb: "There is no Santa Claus," she jeered. "Even dummies know that!"

My Grandma was not the gushy kind, never had been. I fled to her that day because I knew she would be straight with me. I knew Grandma always told the truth, and I knew that the truth always went down a whole lot easier when swallowed with one of her world-famous cinnamon buns. I knew they were world-famous, because Grandma said so. It had to be true.

Grandma was home, and the buns were still warm. Between bites, I told her everything. She was ready for me. "No Santa Claus!" she snorted. "Ridiculous! Don't believe it. That rumor has been going around for years, and it makes me mad, plain mad. Now, put on your coat, and let's go."

"Go? Go where, Grandma?" I asked. I hadn't even finished my second world-famous, cinnamon bun. "Where" turned out to be Kerby's General Store, the one store in town that had a little bit of just about everything. As we walked through its doors, Grandma handed me ten dollars. That was a bundle in those days. 'Take this money," she said, "and buy something for someone who needs it. I'll wait for you in the car." Then she turned and walked out of Kerby's.

I was only eight years old. I'd often gone shopping with my mother, but never had I shopped for anything all by myself. The store seemed big and crowded, full of people scrambling to finish their Christmas shopping. For a few moments I just stood there, confused, clutching that ten-dollar bill, wondering what to buy, and who on earth to buy it for.

I thought of everybody I knew: my family, my friends, my neighbors, the kids at school, the people who went to my church. I was just about thought out, when I suddenly thought of Bobby Decker. He was a kid with bad breath and messy hair, and he sat right behind me in Mrs. Pollock's grade-two class. Bobby Decker didn't have a coat. I knew that because he never went out or recess during the winter. His mother always wrote a note, telling the teacher that he had a cough, but all we kids knew that Bobby Decker didn't have a cough, and he didn't have a coat. I fingered the ten-dollar bill with growing excitement. I would buy Bobby Decker a coat!

I settled on a red corduroy one that had a hood to it. It looked real warm, and he would like that. "Is this a Christmas present for someone?" the lady behind the counter asked kindly, as I laid my ten dollars down. "Yes," I relied shyly. "It's .... for Bobby." The nice lady smiled at me. I didn't get any change, but she put the coat in a bag and wished me a Merry Christmas.

That evening, Grandma helped me wrap the coat in Christmas paper and ribbons (a little tag fell out of the coat, and Grandma tucked it in her Bible) and write, "To Bobby, From Santa Claus" on it -- Grandma said that Santa always insisted on secrecy. Then she drove me over to Bobby Decker's house, explaining as we went that I was now and forever officially one of Santa's helpers.

Grandma parked down the street from Bobby's house, and she and I crept noiselessly and hid in the bushes by his front walk. Then Grandma gave me a nudge. "All right, Santa Claus," she whispered, "get going."

I took a deep breath, dashed for his front door, threw the present down on his step, pounded his doorbell and flew back to the safety of the bushes and Grandma. Together we waited breathlessly in the darkness for the front door to open. Finally it did, and there stood Bobby.

Fifty years haven't dimmed the thrill of those moments spent shivering, beside my Grandma, in Bobby Decker's bushes. That night, I realized that those awful rumors about Santa Claus were just what Grandma said they were: ridiculous. Santa was alive and well, and we were on his team.

I still have the Bible, with the tag tucked inside: $19.95.


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Welcome to our first December issue of Features for Teachers! This month we prepare for Christmas!  Our web partner Tony Vincent shares deep thoughts on success with iPads, while tech writer Mark Benn muses about tech integration projects. 

We are also featuring new articles on outdoor education, group work, and ideas for Christmas.

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Mark Benn:
Educational Technology
Mary Ann Graziani:
Mathematics Education
Helen de la Maza:
Science Education
Chris Sura:
English Education
Munir Moosa Sewani:
World Education
Salima Moosa Sewani:
World Education
Rozina Jumani:
World Education
Yasmeen Jumani:
World Education
Dr. Peter Manute:
Student Teachers and 
Job Finding
Kim Taylor-DiLeva:
Sign Language
Christina Riggan:
School Features
Michael Kett: 
Magic in the Classroom

 

 

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10 Days of 
Math Problems
by Mary Ann Graziani

Day 1 Sally is making salsa which requires a ratio of 4 parts tomatoes to 3 parts peppers.  If she has 3 cups of tomatoes, how many cups of peppers does she need?
Day 2 Tony needs to make punch for the team.  The ratio of mix to water is 1 oz : 8 cups.  If he needs to make 3 gallons, how many ounces of mix will he need?
Day 3

Maggie needs 10 dozen cookies for the cookie swap.  Each recipe requires 2 eggs for 24 cookies.  How many eggs will she need total?

Day 4 Johnny is selling lemonade during the summer.  His mix has a ratio of 1:4 lemons to cups of sugar.  If he has 16 cups of sugar in the bag, how many lemons will he need?
Day 5 Mya's hot cocoa recipe requires 3 parts powdered sugar to 2 parts cocoa.  If she has 9 cups of powdered sugar, how many cups of cocoa will she need?
Day 6 12 cocktail weenies will feed 1 hungry middle school boy.  If the student council wishes to have enough snacks for 42 hungry boys, how many cocktail weenies will they need to cook up?
Day 7 Which is the better buy, 3 pounds of potatoes for $1.99 or 10 pounds of potatoes for $5.99?
Day 8 Which is the better buy, 4 cans of peaches for $1.25 or 6 cans of peaches for $1.55?
Day 9 Which is the better buy, 8 ounces of pecans for $5.99 or 12 ounces of pecans for $7.79?
Day 10 Which is the better buy, 2 steaks for $8.35 or 3 steaks for $9.99?

 

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Using Photography To Inspire Writing
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TONY VINCENT
Learning in Hand is an educator's resource for using some of the coolest technologies with students. Tony Vincent
Tony is a teacher who wants to make education effective, relevant, and fun. He knows handhelds are small computers that can make a big difference in classrooms!  He hopes Learning in Hand inspires and motivates teachers to use technology that students crave.
learninginhand.com

 

 

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