Author: danieldowns

21st Century Skills

Strategies For Implementing 21st Century Skills Across Your Curriculum

One of the biggest steps before you integrate 21st century skills into courses is that you need to select the rubric or series of 21st century competencies that fits what you are looking to do. I prioritized my search around skill sets that were focused on the connection of soft skills into collaborative projects using …

Digital Learning Share, MassCUE, Students As Creators, World Language

Spring Digital Learning: Global Connections & Students as Creators Dr.Daniel Downs

Our world is changing. We are adapting to new technologies, new required skills and constantly shifting our understanding of how technology changes what is possible in the world. As educators, it is more important than ever to support our students to recognize this expanding world of technology in a safe and thoughtful way. One of …

Digital Learning Share

North Reading Digital Learning: March 2017 Digital Learning Share

I wanted to share out some of the exciting teaching and learning happening in the NRPS in regards to Digital Learning. March was a great month with teacher presentations, technology enriched lessons and collaborative work between teachers.

Professional Development, Video Tutorial

Video: Exploring Chrome Apps & Extensions For Education

Chrome Apps & Extensions can greatly extend your ability to utilize apps and tools for the web right within the Chrome Browser. View this video to get an overview of how to find them, add them, and look for new ones to support your teaching. Chrome Apps & Extensions Find Apps: Find Extensions: …


North Reading Public Schools joins 15 catalyst districts as part of MAPLE

One of the strategic partnerships the North Reading Public schools has made in the past year was to become one of the original 15 catalyst districts for the MAPLE (Massachusetts Personalized Learning Network). As part of this collaboration administrators and educators from North Reading have participated in strategic sharing of the processes, experiences and professional …


Defining Your “Language of Innovation”

Setting The Stage For Higher Ordered Thinking One of the most powerful teaching and learning capacities adults and students have is the ability to adapt and learn new vocabulary to scale their understanding. With most fields of study, a student can learn the general vocabulary and corresponding meaning across contexts very quickly. With technology, the …

Professional Development

Low Cost Tech Professional Development: Finding Conferences & Support For Innovating In Your District

A challenge to many educators is finding out about many of the opportunities to go out and get professional development in areas of high need or to come across sources of inspiration or to network with other educators. In this presentation I have attempted to organize a list of opportunities in Massachusetts or with national …


Learn Launch Across Boundaries Conference: Start Ups Meet Student Innovation

On February 3rd, I attended the Across Boundaries Learn Launch conference at the Hynes Convention Center. As the tech director for a catalyst district, it is a great opportunity to get a better handle on the dynamics of the Learn Launch community and the MAPLE personalized learning initiative in Massachusetts. North Reading’s Middle School robotics …


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