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Flipping the Classroom with Movenote

TECH TOOLS WITH A PURPOSE As I get ready to finish my first year as the Instructional Technology Specialist at Burlington High School, I can’t help but reflect on one of the very first technology tools I promoted and shared with my colleagues. That tool was Movenote. What excited me about Movenote was that it was free,…

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Bring Videos To Life With eduCanon

Video in the Classroom Many teachers incorporate video both in and outside of the classroom for instructional purposes. When integrated effectively, videos can be a powerful instructional tool. Video can also be used to engage and motivate students, promote critical thinking, and spark lively classroom or online discussions. And of course, the integration of video…

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iOS 8: Coming This Fall!

This post originally appeared on Help Desk junior Danny Piotti’s blog: Apple fanatics and even Android fanatics (me) are very excited with the new release of iOS8 which was unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference on June 2. A beta version of the software was made available to developers that same day, with a public launch…

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Summer Professional Development Options

With summer just a few weeks away, I wanted to share a broad range of hands-on, high quality professional development opportunities for Burlington teachers, staff, and administrators to explore. Whether you are looking for collaborative, teacher-led formats such as an Edcamp, want time to experiment with technology tools that can engage all learners and solve real…

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Take Your iPad from Consumption to Creation with DoInk!

DoInk: “fun, powerful animation app for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch!” Doink is a new, fun and creative way to make animations on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. It will help your students become content creators and will push their creativity. Within the Doink app, you can create your own custom piece of art with their vector…

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BHS Class of 2014 Graduates

“I wanna be the very best- like no one ever was.” Those were the words that Shams Shaikh, the Burlington High School Class of 2014 valedictorian (an official BHS Help Desk alumnus) asked his classmates to repeat at the conclusion of his graduation speech which he delivered on Sunday, June 8th. Using the famous quote…

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Flowboard: Create & Publish Interactive Presentations from the iPad

Flowboard is a free app for the iPad (also works on the web) that allows you to create interactive, multimedia presentations. Through simple touch gestures, you can add images, text and video to create a highly visual and engaging presentation or tell a powerful digital story. Flowboard is filled with loads of great features and students will…