Big Idea #1 - Teaching Students to Avoid Plagiarism

Plagiarism is an issue that has long plagued teachers and educators. It is an issue that has ensnared politicians, published authors, and students alike. Teaching students the definition of plagiarism is easier than explaining what plagiarism actually is. Read the article for ideas about teaching plagiarism as well as exercises for reducing student plagiarism.

Big Idea #2 - Innovating Teaching versus Digitizing Traditional Teaching

Blended learning means different things to different people. That fluid definition has raised the question of whether blended learning is innovating teaching or is it digitizing traditional teaching techniques. Read the article that tries to answer the question as well as the pros and cons of blended learning. 

Big Idea #3 - Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble Documentary is coming to Billings

In partnership with the Montana Teacher Leader in the Arts, Lame Deer Public Schools, and the Silk Road Ensemble, the Grammy-nominated documentary The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble will be shown Wednesday, April 12th, at 3 pm at Petro Hall on the Montana State University - Billings campus. A Q&A session with Silk Road Ensemble members Cristina Pato and Kojiro Umezaki will follow the showing of the documentary. Mr. Umezaki is a Teaching Artist in Lame Deer Public Schools. Tickets are not required to attend though a RSVP is required. RSVP Silk Road Education Specialist Lori Taylor at to attend. Visit the Silk Road Project's website for more information about the documentary and free curriculum guide. Thank you to Susan Wolfe of Lame Deer Public Schools for bringing this event to Montana.

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