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For ideas and resources related specifically to the Google Suite for Education, Edmodo, or Hapara, please visit those sections of my website. While I might reference those tools here, this space is intended for general thoughts and reflections.

Directions Optional – What Teachers Need to Learn From Gamers

by Randy Fairfield, 12/26/18... During my last blog post in this fifteen blog series, I covered my first point, "Gamers like to be in control." In this post, I will ...
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Gamers Like to Be in Control – Gamification and Classroom Management

by Randy Fairfield, 11/12/18... During my last blog post, I introduced my new blog series on gamification in education. In this post, I will be addressing my first point, "Gamers ...
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Gamification in Education: 14 Things Teachers Need to Learn from Gamers

by Randy Fairfield, 10/20/18... A few years ago I was teaching a course and noticed a curious trend towards the end of the school year: There seemed to be a ...
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If a Picture Speaks 1,000 Words, an Animated GIF Speaks 10,000!

by Randy Fairfield, 3/21/18... No, students will not be asked to effectively integrate Animated GIFs into their writing on their high stakes standardized tests. They probably won't be asked to ...
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Let Them Create!

by Randy Fairfield, 2/1/18... Kids like to make things. When I leave my kids to their own devices, my son goes off and builds stuff with Lincoln Logs and Legos, ...
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Changing the Rules of the Game

by Randy Fairfield, 1/4/18... Middle school and high school was just a game to be won for me, with the end goal of getting the highest possible GPA. Each teacher's ...
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Balancing Pedagogy and Andragogy

by Randy Fairfield, 12/11/17... Nobody wants to be told what to do. I don't, you don't, and—guess what—your students don't either. Yet if you were to spend a day in ...
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Teaching Entrepreneurship with AwesomeTable

by Randy Fairfield, 12/1/17... The ability to find and solve problems both feeds and is driven by an entrepreneurial spirit. That is, a successful entrepreneur is someone who looks for ...
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The Greatest Scandal of Teaching

by Randy Fairfield, 11/9/17... I've heard many people say that the most important thing they learned from college was how to learn. That got me thinking: Why does learning this ...
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Reflection on Google Classroom Promo Video

by Randy Fairfield, 5/19/17... For every three likes this Google Classroom promo video has, it also has one dislike. Seeing all the dislikes got me wondering why so many people ...
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Reflections After EdTechTeam Roseville Summit Featuring Google for Education

by Randy Fairfield, 1/18/17... This past three-day weekend was one of the best weekends of my life! I had the privilege of getting to head down to Roseville, CA and ...
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Start with the Why: Here’s Why Technology Integration in Education Matters

by Randy Fairfield, 11/25/16... One of my favorite TED Talks is Simon Sinek's, "Start with Why". I was introduced to this video shortly before presenting at EdmodoCon 2015 and it ...
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My Journey to Becoming a Google Certified Trainer

by Randy Fairfield, 11/8/16... What is your name? Randy Fairfield Are you currently a Google Certified Trainer? Yes What is your official job title? Technology/Instructional Classroom Support Teacher. I was ...
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Technology Initiatives: The Importance of Backwards Planning for Student-Centered Outcomes

by Randy Fairfield, 9/29/16... As technology continues to flood into classrooms at a rapid pace, one of the essential questions educators face is this: How can educators become effective technology integrators ...
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The Key to Effective Tech Integration in Education: TPACK, SAMR, a Growth Mindset, & Self-Reflection

by Randy Fairfield, 5/25/16... Here's my take on the TPACK Framework and SAMR Model and I why I believe they provide a strong foundation for any attempt at integrating technology ...
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Reflections on TPACK and Edmodo Spotlight

by Randy Fairfield, 3/29/16... The more time I spend in the field of education, the more I realize what a challenging field it is to be effective in. Teaching well ...
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Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?

by Randy Fairfield, 5/19/15... In his 1953 classic, Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury wrote about a dystopian society plagued by pervasive technology. Part of the reason why Fahrenheit has become a classic ...
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Is MinecraftEdu the Ultimate Educational Tool?

by Randy Fairfield, 5/19/15... Is Minecraft the ultimate educational tool? Despite the compelling and fast-paced argument made in the video below, I'm not sure that I'm convinced. What do you think? ...
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