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Using Google Sites to Increase Curriculum Implementation in the Classroom

Within the last year, over half a dozen current and former CLI districts have opted to organize their local curriculums using the new CLI Online Curriculum Library, a Google Site template. The benefits for districts using Google (now called G-Suite for Education) are widely known: free email accounts (Gmail), file storage (Google Drive), and file creation (Google Docs). One application that may be underutilized due to time or training constraints is Google Sites. Google Sites could easily serve as your district’s intranet, a closed network only accessible by those within your district.Read More

Learning Object Repositories as Classroom Resources

On the horizon for educators is a new resource just now beginning to take shape in some states. If you have not yet heard about “content repositories” or “Learning Object Repositories,” consider this E-hint your first introduction to a new kind of digital library. A Learning Object Repository is an idea birthed, in part, from the use of various software designed for online learning, each of which is referred to as a “Learning Content Management System,” or LCMS for short.Read More

Five Points for Evaluating Use of Technology in the Classroom

As an instructor, you realize that technology is here to stay. Most likely, technology has helped you with lesson planning and delivery, grading, and reporting.  Yet when software or apps are poorly selected, designed, or understood, when equipment doesn’t work, or when cellphones are abused for non-learning purposes, technology may seem more like a curse than a blessing.  When technology feels overwhelming, it is time to evaluate current practice and …Read More

E-books v. Paper Textbooks

Technology is an increasingly prevalent factor in the decisions being made by K-12 school districts. Schools have come a long way and many now use different types of technology for things like attendance, grade books, student records, and even classroom resources. One such resource is the student textbook. As book publishers evolve and dip their proverbial toes into new pools, they are beginning to produce increasingly sophisticated online textbooks, or …Read More