Joe Zappa
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Regis University
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I am an 8th grade US History teacher seeking to effectively integrate technology in my classroom. I am also completing my Master's degree in Instructional Technology from Regis University in Denver, CO.

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The Possibilities of Web 2.0 and Google Apps

Posted on June 15, 2015 at 1:09pm 0 Comments

The skeptical teacher often looks at Internet integration in his or her classroom as just another way for students to find information.  The teacher wonders what is the purpose of another research tool that provides students with content that is often misunderstood or misrepresented in the student’s work.  In fact, I have felt that way myself at times when I’ve had students complete research projects.  But one of the greatest innovations in technology-infused education has…


Free Education for the Sake of Educating: A Novel Concept -- An Observation of Open Source Courses

Posted on June 14, 2015 at 1:19pm 0 Comments

There is much too admire in the concept of open source courses, or free, online college-level classes.  In its creation, university was developed by western society for the betterment of civilization through the promotion of ideas and creativity and passing that knowledge down to future generations.  Today’s usage of university feels much more like a business and the student’s needed footwork for obtaining a lucrative career (not that there is everything necessarily wrong…


Virtual Reality: Don’t Let Concerns Stop You from Giving Students an Amazing Opportunity

Posted on June 6, 2015 at 10:12am 0 Comments

Virtual Reality, Simulations, Video Games, all of these types of digital learning can change education permanently, and for the better.  I’ve been gung-ho about virtual reality’s place in the classroom for a long time, so it was beneficial for me to consider the arguments that some have made against their integration.  These have mostly been the same arguments people have made throughout the years against video gaming in general: children struggle with separating the virtual…


Social Networking Does Not Have to Equal Social Media

Posted on May 30, 2015 at 6:33pm 0 Comments

Social media and social networking do not have to be considered synonymous.  While in most aspects, these two types of sites are the same thing, their integration into classroom teaching can be completely different.  When a person thinks of social media, they will typically think first of sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  While these sites can have a place in education, I, as well as many other teachers, have been reluctant to integrate them in my classroom.…


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