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Dr. Anna Baralt

Anna is the Director of Educational Technology at Shorecrest. In this role, she provides support in designing curriculum and technology integration and facilitates professional development school-wide. Anna was recognized as a Teacher of the Future by the National Association of Independent Schools in 2008 and a Superpower Educator in 2009. She is also a 2010 recipient of the FCIS (Florida Council of Independent Schools) DeWitt E. and Vera M. Hooker Fellowship Grant as well as a 2013 Benedict Foundation Grant. Anna is passionate about integrating technology into project work, 1:1 learning programs, fostering digital citizenship, STEAM education, and using technology to facilitate professional learning communities. She has presented at numerous local and national conferences and has been published in several peer-reviewed educational journals. Anna holds a Doctorate in Educational Technology from the University of Florida.
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The four P's of Parenting Digital kids

Posted by Dr. Anna Baralt on Sep 26, 2018 8:07:00 AM

It may not surprise parents and teachers that social media use among middle schoolers and teens is growing. Yet, many of us struggle to make sense of what our kids are doing online. We don’t understand what the fuss is about, and can’t seem to keep up with all the new apps and tools that are popping up. Often teens are more savvy than we might give them credit for. Common Sense Media, a website offering expert, parent and child reviews of technological entertainment, reports that 72% of teens believe that companies manipulate users into spending more time on their devices. 

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Topics: Parenting, Technology, Education Best Practice, Social-Emotional Development, innovation in schools, Student and Faculty Perspectives

STEAM Activity: Bottle Flipping

Posted by Dr. Anna Baralt on Feb 22, 2017 8:00:00 AM

If you have a Middle School-aged student, you’ve probably seen him or her attempting to flip a half-full plastic bottle and land it upright on a table. You may also have asked him or her to STOP flipping said bottle - it can be distracting and potentially messy if the cap isn’t on tight!

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Topics: STEAM, DIY

STEAM Activity: Cloud Dough

Posted by Dr. Anna Baralt on Feb 15, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Cooking and baking with children are wonderful ways to learn math concepts. Though, admittedly it can be trying to talk through the lessons of cooking with small children when you’re in a rush to get dinner on the table.

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Topics: Preschool, STEAM, DIY

Digital Citizenship & Age-Appropriate Technology

Posted by Dr. Anna Baralt on Nov 30, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Today’s students live in an interconnected digital world. As digital citizens, they need to understand how to be safe, responsible and ethical in their day to day interactions online. Schools like Shorecrest strive to partner with families to help build strong digital citizenship skills in children, and also to educate parents on the changing technological landscape. The presentation that follows was part of a digital citizenship workshop for Lower School (K-4th Grade) parents at Shorecrest, a private school in St. Petersburg, FL. 

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Topics: Technology

8 Ways to Keep Students Safe and Smart Online

Posted by Dr. Anna Baralt on Aug 31, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Today’s students live in an interconnected digital world. As digital citizens, they need to understand how to be safe, responsible and ethical in their day to day interactions online. Learning about digital citizenship and the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of being interconnected cannot be covered in a few lessons at school. The responsibility for raising digital kids is shared by all of us, and teaching kids about digital citizenship is a 24/7 job.

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