Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague


Helping High School Researchers Develop Questioning and Research Skills- IC4 Research

Several action item requests emerged from the recent IC4 Advisory Board meeting. One of the action items came from teachers who noted that high school students needed opportunities to develop research skills in other courses besides ELA and the traditional research paper project.

I am working on just such a resource. One of the main starting points for all research is the ability to wonder and then turn wonder into an essential research question.

Given that most students learn best from visual resources, I’m using the StoryboardThat app to create the masthead for the emerging researchers resource.





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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ March 31

 “Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.”       ~John Locke






Mathematics and Technology Coalesce in IC4 Research Themes

After our team meeting, with both face-to-face and virtual participation from teachers, graduate students, professors, team leaders, and students, the following themes appeared across the transcripts of digital notes:



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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ March 23

“Children may remain confused about learning to read unless they develop fundamental concepts of print.”
~Concepts of Print, Letter Naming, and Phonemic Awareness 


National Book Festival Teague






Mathematics and Technology Coalesce in IC4 Research

The catalytic component of mathematics instruction and video technology makes great strides in learning for high school students, thanks to the NSF-sponsored research of the IC4 team, directed by Dr. Eric Hamilton, principal investigator.




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Weekend Ed. Quote March 16 2018

Looking back to a quote from awhile ago…50 years! It is called “Make Them Read






Weekend Ed. Quote ~ March 9 2018

 We must remain mindful of the powerful influence teachers have.
(Bond & Dykstra,1967/1997)





Bond, G. L., & Dykstra, R. (1967). The cooperative research program in first-grade reading instruction. Reading research Quarterly, 5-142.

Bond, G. L, & Dykstra, R. (1997). The cooperative research program in first-grade reading instruction. Reading Research Quarterly, 32, (4), p. 348-427.





Our PBS Course has finished… now what?

Our  PBS course concluded last night and, even after 12 years of course facilitation, I miss you all.

Here, I make my pitch for dedicated educators, parents (and especially parents who are educators!) to get very involved in your local school politics. The school board, the local teacher representation board, the local PTA are excellent ways to navigate your local education system and provide your expertise.

All: please consider yourself nominated by me, for your next level of educational service!!

Dr. T 🙂





Weekend Ed. Quote~ February 23

“Action is the real measure of intelligence.” ~Napolean Hill


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#DLDaywebinar,  Digital Learning Day 2018: Blending Teaching and Technology to Improve Student Outcomes

Happy Digital Learning Day! Digital Learning Day was created in 2012. This year, 2018, is the 7th annual occurrence. There are over 1500 events occurring in celebration of digital learning and computer-mediated instruction. The focus and activities center around this essential question: How technology can enhance student learning?

There was an engaging and dynamic webinar today. I am so glad to have spent my lunchtime attending this webinar. You can see my tweets and the tweets of other attendees at the following hashtag: #DLDayWebinar

If you missed the  Digital Learning Day 2018: Blending Teaching and Technology to Improve Student Outcomes, you can watch it here on YouTube: 

Here are my webinar notes:

Alliance for Excellence in Education: Webinar – all4ed.org/webinar

Showcase quote at timestamp ~~46:00

Digital Learning Day is a “safe place for educators to try something new with technology” ~ Tom Murray, webinar moderator

Great example from a teacher’s lesson plan is a QR-code to log miles

Transformational technology

What I love that I’m learning

Systemic process

Adapt on the fly


Stagnant feeling when you want to do something

What is Step 1?- start to break the (thought) paralysis

Performance-based learning is distinctly different from online learning

“It’s not about us-it’s about the kids-student autonomy emerges”- Joe Vagt

“Academic urgency is for students vs teacher-centered instruction” ~Nikolaus Namba, @NikNamba

“Be thoughtful about the norms and culture you create” ~Tom Murray

Stop Waiting!

Cyclical progress of program assessment-students working in blended modalities with their families

Not a digital worksheet storage hub by a high-quality culture of innovation ~Tom Murray

Lagging metric tools layer ~

1st start measuring steps focus on implementation metrics – implementation leading metrics
student voice metric and also lagging metric tools. ~ Beth Rabbitt

Regarding the use of devices- ask “what are the coalition of the willing” ~Tom Arnett

(Agree!) I am fully of the belief that our 5 & 6 year-old learners can do anything (with technology) that our high school learners can do. ~ Nikolaus Namba, @NikNamba

Under the mental processes that our learners are using as they encounter and as they come up with their solutions

Beyond a Digital Divide to a Digital Use Divide
Active use vs. consumption use

Download this report at futureready.org/blendedlearning


See additional Digital Learning Day posts here

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