Category Archives: Technology

The 4C’s: How Teachers Use iPads to Support 21st-Century Learning

Each spring in their Skills for Tomorrow class, the fifth grade engages in an exercise in empathy. Following the model of NPR’s StoryCorps project, students pair up and share significant life stories and experiences. Then, with the help of an iPad and a choice of apps, students retell their partner’s story using images, video, and words. As they work on

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Selectives 4.0: How TVS Teachers Expand Imagination

Now entering Year 4, our Selectives program has never been more dynamic.  In addition to several old favorites, we are offering new courses in creative coding, 3D-printing, broadcast journalism, animal science, songwriting, and Latin American cooking! If you are unfamiliar with our Selectives program, here are some important details we think you ought to know. Selectives does more than expose

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On Becoming a “Tech-Healthy” Family

Do you remember getting your first driver’s license? What I remember, beyond the long line at the DMV, was the steady stream of advice from my father: wear your seatbelt, keep your windshield clean, turn the wheel into an icy slide, steer clear of aggressive drivers, never ever drink and drive. These conversations did not end when I slipped that

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Digital Footprints: Helping Kids Develop Responsible Online Habits

When we teach kids about digital citizenship, one key concept we keep returning to is that of a “digital footprint.” Digital footprints are the trails of data we leave behind as we engage in online activities. A couple of times in the last year, I have heard TVS students mention that they like a particular app – Snapchat — because

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