Meet the TeamIn addition to our core team located in New England, we work with talented instructors from across the country. Our group has experience teaching grades K-12, and working with independent as well as public schools. Learn more about who we are and what we do.

Meet the Team

In addition to our core team located in New England, we work with talented instructors from across the country. Our group has experience teaching grades K-12, and working with independent as well as public schools. Learn more about who we are and what we do.

Learning Futures SummitCome join us for a NEW type of conference! July 28-30, 2014, at Chicago's Navy Pier, EdTechTeacher will bring together educators from around the world for three days of workshops and conference sessions dedicated to exploring the future of learning. Early Bird Registration and a Call for Proposals are open.

Learning Futures Summit

Come join us for a NEW type of conference! July 28-30, 2014, at Chicago's Navy Pier, EdTechTeacher will bring together educators from around the world for three days of workshops and conference sessions dedicated to exploring the future of learning. Early Bird Registration and a Call for Proposals are open.

2014 Summer Workshop SeriesOur 12th annual Summer Workshop Series spans 6 cities across the United States. From iPads and BYOD, to Flipped Classroom and Google Chromebooks, to Teaching History and Teaching Elementary Grades, we have an amazing line-up of workshops. Visit our Summer Workshops web site for more information.

2014 Summer Workshop Series

Our 12th annual Summer Workshop Series spans 6 cities across the United States. From iPads and BYOD, to Flipped Classroom and Google Chromebooks, to Teaching History and Teaching Elementary Grades, we have an amazing line-up of workshops. Visit our Summer Workshops web site for more information.

2014 iPad Summit BostonWe will host our 5th iPad Summit this November in Boston. A Call for Proposals and additional details will be announced later in the spring. Please sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Twitter for updates.

2014 iPad Summit Boston

We will host our 5th iPad Summit this November in Boston. A Call for Proposals and additional details will be announced later in the spring. Please sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Twitter for updates.

Professional Development ServicesWhether you bring us to your school or district for one or two days, or work with us for an entire school year through our Teaching for the 21st Century (T21) Program, our hands-on workshops give teachers the opportunity to develop their technology integration skills with the coaching and support of educators who have extensive experience teaching with technology.

Professional Development Services

Whether you bring us to your school or district for one or two days, or work with us for an entire school year through our Teaching for the 21st Century (T21) Program, our hands-on workshops give teachers the opportunity to develop their technology integration skills with the coaching and support of educators who have extensive experience teaching with technology.

Chapter 3 - Note Taking & Organization

In this section we'll help you and your students with notetaking and organization with computers. We have valuable resources, tips, and tutorials to share here.

Recommended Sites for Note Taking

Many teachers expect their students to be able to take good notes, but we too often assume that students know how to take notes effectively. Here are some great sites for learning about effective Note taking.

While lectures are an efficient way for teaching, they are not always an effective way for learning. Consider using these tools for having students build knowledge collaboratively rather than trying to absorb it from the teacher.

Note Taking Templates

Here are a few different templates that your students can use for note taking. The first two are PDF files as examples of templates to use with word processors. The third link is to a template created with a free mind-mapping software, FreeMind, which will let your students take notes in an entirely different way.

Inspiration and Mindmaps

Word processors are good for taking notes in outline or chart form, but what about students that don’t think in boxes or subjects where relationships are more tangled and interconnected? For those people who like a more visual presentation of their information, mind-mapping software can be very helpful. For students who don’t intuitively understand information in tables, these mind maps, or concept maps, of information can lead to breakthroughs in note-taking, studying, and writing. Inspiration is a great program designed to help students and teachers make concept maps and graphic organizers. The interface is intuitive, and the software offers an extensive array of features for customizing mind maps and outlines.

Inspiration is a terrific software application. Both teachers and students can use it creatively and efficiently to organize ideas, illustrate themes, explore relationships between all sorts of objects both imaginary and tangible - and many other things, as well.

We also recommend FreeMind, a free application that you can download and run on either a Mac or a Windows computer.

For more information about teaching with Mindmaps, especially for history classes, visit the Center for Teaching History with Technology.

Using Tablets in the Classroom

Tablets are equipped with software that can convert handwritten notes to digital text in a searchable format. They enable underlining, circling, highlighting, and inserting words in ways that are often impossible when projecting a document. Consequently, they can add a great deal of flexibility and innovation when it comes to classroom presentations and note taking. Furthermore, anything written into a document on a tablet can be saved and sent to students.

Here are five ideas for how you could use tablets in the classroom:

  1. Take advantage of the ability to make drawings. In Tom’s World History classroom, students are required to graphically represent the Hindu cycle of life. Specifically, they are asked to draw the voyage of the Hindu soul in order to test their understanding of the cycle of life concept.
  2. Have students create their own mind maps. One class activity for middle school students is to have them visually represent the checks and balances of the three branches in the American political system.
  3. Project a lesson on the board and have students edit the material. One effective technique to increase student participation is to present a PowerPoint slide show with strategically placed blank slides or empty spaces. The teacher asks students to contribute ideas or questions.
  4. Present an editorial cartoon or a historic image with an empty box below it and ask students to create a caption or title. Students could work in small groups to brainstorm ideas for their captions and present them to others for comments and suggestions.
  5. Track Class Participation. Create a bubble for each student in the classroom and put his or her name in the bubble. Arrange them in a circular, semicircular, or horseshoe fashion, and make a bubble for yourself somewhere in the middle of the diagram. During class, draw a line from your bubble to whomever answers a question or otherwise participates in the lesson. This visual representation of class participation can provide you with a quick snapshot of who is participating, how often, and the quantity of student-to-student interactions.

Spring Webinars

We have an incredible line-up of FREE, live webinars for spring.

  • 4/8 - All Things Google!
  • 4/15 - Leading Change in 1:1 Classrooms
  • 4/24 - Technology in Humanities Classrooms
  • 4/29 - Games Are Good for You!
  • 5/6 - Creation and Collaboration Tools for the BYOD Classroom

>>Registration is Open!