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Tech Tip roundup: PD in a one-to-one classroom, teachers leading IT decisions, learning with mobile devices, connecting teachers and maximizing donations

Every Tuesday SmartBrief on EdTech runs Tech Tips, a column featuring suggestions and recommendations from school technologists and tech-using educators. This month, we are running a roundup of the top tips from the year. Today’s roundup includes ideas for taking learning outside with mobile devices; getting educators to exercise voice with technology decisions; helping educators better connect; developing a PD program for a one-to-one classroom; and getting the most from tech donations.

3 ways to take learning outside with mobile devices
Mobile devices are an effective way to stretch the learning experience outside the classroom, STEM educator Julie Willcott writes. In this blog post, she shares three ways teachers can use devices for out-of-the-classroom exploration.

Tech Tip: Let instruction take the lead on technology decisions
Dawn McGrath from Hamilton Southeastern Schools outlines why educators should take the lead on IT product purchases and implementation decisions.

4 ideas to help educators become more connected
Educators who want to become connected can start small, asserts Tomi Swanson, teacher and technology integration specialist in the Kasson-Mantorville School District in Minnesota. In this blog post, Swanson outlines four ways to get started, including creating Pinterest and Twitter accounts.

Tech Tip: What’s your PD plan for your one-to-one program?
A well planned professional development program can mean the difference between success and failure in your one-to-one initiative. Minnetonka Public School’s Dave Eisenmann offers tips for constructing a smart PD program.

How one school maximizes its donations
In this blog post, Jon Baffico, principal of St. Patrick High School in Chicago, shares how his school leveraged donated flat-screen, high-definition televisions to create digital signage on campus for no additional cost. He asserts that by using existing resources, schools can make donated items go further.


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