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Livia McCoy
What Are “21st Century Skills” and Why Does Your Child Need Them?

Jan 27, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, High School

There is a movement in education to improve what we are offering our students. Some schools have completely revamped their curriculum to make sure they are teaching kids the skills they will need to be successful in the infor... Read more
Livia McCoy
A Free Tool To Help With Video Instruction

Jan 13, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

For some students, watching videos is not a great way to learn. Attention or learning style differences can make it difficult to get much from a video, especially when it consists mostly of someone talking. Google has provide... Read more
Livia McCoy
In a Digital World, Many Students Prefer Printed Books

Jun 03, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning

Will there ever be a day when there are no real books in schools? This question comes up periodically when we discuss how we should prepare students for the twenty-first century. I hope the answer is “Of course not!&rdq... Read more
Livia McCoy
The Link Between TV Time and Brain Development

Feb 06, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Scientists have known for a long time that children who are raised in a stimulating environment learn more easily than those who are not. Children need toys to play with, puzzles to solve, and to interact with other people. A... Read more
Livia McCoy
Explain Everything: A Low-Cost App for Creative Presentations

Sep 26, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Smartphone Apps, Middle School, Livia McCoy, High School, Creativity

Last week, I was invited to the middle school where I work to hear student presentations. Their assignment was to create a project using Explain Everything that had several slides. The purpose of the presentation was to intro... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Today's Students Need Upgraded Schools

Aug 20, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Technology, Connie McCarthy

Educators and parents agree that purposeful and appropriate use of technology is terrific for both students and teachers. The use of technology, including personal devices, can be very helpful in supporting implementation of ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Tips for Choosing the Best Websites and Apps for Kids

Jul 18, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Smartphone Apps, Livia McCoy, Internet Safety

Parents often ask me what they should look for when deciding whether a website or app will be helpful to their children. If the purpose of the site or app is for kids to learn something, there are several important key elemen... Read more
Livia McCoy
Multitasking or Just Plain Distracted?

May 23, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Learning Styles, Cell Phones, ADHD

There is a lot of talk about multitasking these days. Many claim they can do two things at once. However, if two tasks require conscious attention, we cannot do both of them at the same time and do both well. If we try to do ... Read more
Livia McCoy
AudioNote: A Technological Solution for Note Taking

Apr 04, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Struggling Students, Livia McCoy

In an earlier blog I wrote about the Livescribe Pen which is a recording pen that assists students who have trouble taking notes. In this same blog, I mentioned the AudioNote app. At that point, I did not have any experience ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Necessary Skills for Students in the Digital Age

Mar 28, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Livia McCoy

My 8-year-old grandson recently picked up the television remote control, turned on the satellite dish, found the recorded program his mom wanted to watch, highlighted the correct one, and then handed the remote to his mom. He... Read more