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3 ways to make classrooms more interactive

eSchool News

Key points: Educators know that interactive instructional approaches are more likely to engage students, but they must integrate technology in meaningful ways. Gamifying lessons can help students focus while increasing engagement. Turn lectures into back-and-forth conversations between teachers and students. Consider peer instruction. So how can educators use technology in a more meaningful way?

Visualizing Learning with Infographics: 23 Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Numbers have an important story to tell. They rely on you to give them a clear and convincing voice.” ” – Stephen Few. This year get your students to visualize difficult concepts or understand a process by teaching with infographics. Use infographics to introduce a chapter, unit, or lesson. Students can work in small groups to decipher the infographic. More Resources.

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8 attributes of successful market-creating innovations

The Christensen Institute

Innovators or companies that target nonconsumption have the potential to develop businesses that can create enormous wealth for their shareholders and can also have transformative developmental impacts. In 1998, Mo Ibrahim decided to start a wireless telecommunications company in Malawi, Zambia, Sierra Leone, and Congo, some of the poorest countries in the world. billion.

10 Easy Ways To Create an Amazing #SchoolCulture as a Principal This Year

The Principal of Change

Based on a comment I received on my post, “ 10 Easy Ways To Create an Amazing #ClassroomCulture “, I was asked to write a post about what a principal can do to promote school culture. Thinking about my own past practice, but also by many that I have been inspired by, here are some simple ideas that could really set the tone for a year. Be outside and welcome people in the morning. 

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

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6 tips from personalized learning innovators leading change

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this year, the Rhode Island-based Highlander Institute and the Clayton Christensen Institute teamed up to bring together a conference on blended and personalized learning in Providence, R.I. The goal of the event was to focus on the practical elements of blended and personalized learning by surfacing the tactics that practitioners were deploying in the trenches. Embrace not knowing.

3 Ways Classroom Design Impacts Student Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Research on classroom design with Peter Barrett From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Peter Barrett gives us an overview of his classroom design research in today’s show. Peter and his co-authors found a 16% impact of classroom design on the learning of 3766 primary school students in the UK. This personalization aspect impacts all teachers!

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TurboNote - Take & Share Notes While Watching Videos

Free Technology for Teachers

TurboNote is a great Chrome extension that enables you to take notes while watching a video in the same web browser window. Unlike some similar extensions, TurboNote isn't limited to working with YouTube videos. TurboNote can be used on Vimeo, Netflix, and Facebook videos. With the TurboNote extension installed you can take notes while watching any video.

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$1.7M from Gates Foundation aims to improve computer learning

eSchool News

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a $1.7 million grant to Highlander Institute to expand Fuse RI and the EdTechRI Testbed. Fuse RI was launched in 2014 to to help educators blend technology and traditional classroom teaching. Fuse RI is the brainchild of Shawn Rubin, Highlander Institute’s chief education officer. McClatchy News STEM

Join SETDA: Affiliate Memberships Now Accepted

SETDA's Affiliate program connects non-profit education membership organizations with state leaders. SETDA's mission is to build the capacity of education leaders to improve learning through technology policy & practice. Benefits include: SETDA conferences, webinars and news feeds.

A Domain of One's Own in a Post-Ownership Society

Hack Education

Maha Bali has written a blog post asking why we talk about “a domain of one’s own” and “reclaim your domain” since people never really own their domains. They merely rent them, she points out. My understanding of ownership is that something belongs to me. That I have already acquired it or been gifted it. And I own it until I die, no additional payment required. If I own it and I die, it passes to my heirs. It’s a fair point. One pays a fee to access the network. These fees must all be paid monthly or annually to maintain access and functionality. Your ideas?

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Surprise! Amid Rising Inequality, One School Gap Is Narrowing

NPR Learning and Tech

A new study shows that economic and racial school readiness gaps have narrowed significantly over a 12-year period. Score one for parental engagement and quality pre-K. But huge gaps remain

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America can’t reach its higher ed goals if it excludes its young Latino population

The Herchinger Report

Deborah Santiago. The job market today requires education beyond a high school degree. We encourage our kids that if they can “dream it, they can do it.”. For America to become the world leader in college degrees — and to reap the economic and social benefits that come with that success — we must close the educational attainment gap between Latinos and their white counterparts. million.

Cite This For Me - Cite Websites In One Click

Free Technology for Teachers

Cite This For Me is a free service designed to help students keep track of the resources that they use in their research work. Cite This For Me offers a free Chrome extension that lets students cite a webpage with just one click. The free extension will format citations in APA, MLA, Harvard, or Chicago style. All Cite This For Me citations are saved in students' free Cite This For Me accounts.

6 ways teaching is changing for a digital world

eSchool News

note : In partnership with Lesson Planet , we asked their professional development resource arm, PD Learning Network , for the most popular videos on their site. We’ll be featuring a limited number of these, one a week, each Monday. Learning to change your teaching practice in today’s digital-first world is a bit like learning a foreign language, to hear ed-tech vet Ann McMullan tell it.

Promethean and EdTechTeam - A deeper partnership to impact education


Chris Craft Director of Technology EdTechTeam If you’ve been to a GAFESummit in the last year, you’ve no doubt seen representatives from ClassFlow , the latest software innovation from edtech leader Promethean , in the sponsor space. We here at EdTechTeam are thrilled to announce that Promethean has decided to become a Diamond Sponsor of our events! If you’re wondering what that means, read on.

Welcome Back to School - tips, resources and more to help you get off to a great start.

Educational Technology Guy

Welcome back to school! hope everyone had a great summer and was able to relax and recharge. Most schools around here start next week, with new teachers starting this week. The beginning of the year is always a little crazy for all teachers. Remember to not over do it and take time for yourself. modify it each year, adding new things for the following year. Check them all out (they're all free).

New Resource Drills Down on Blended Learning, ‘Personalized’ Ed. Practices

Marketplace K-12

Big, broad terms like “blended learning” and “personalized learning” permeate pretty much every corner of the K-12 landscape these days. A new online resource aims to make those often-abstract concepts a lot more concrete by showing district officials and other audiences what those strategies actually look like in practice. What Is Personalized Learning?

How to Impose Time Limits on Google Forms

Free Technology for Teachers

Google Forms is a great tool for creating and delivering online quizzes and surveys. Like with any quiz or survey, you may find yourself needing to impose a time limit for responses. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to impose a time limit on a Google Form. You can find fifteen more Google Forms tutorials in the playlist embedded below.

Schools earn national privacy designation

eSchool News

CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) revealed the inaugural set of schools to earn the new Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal. These schools—representing small, large, urban, and suburban communities—have built a culture of trust and transparency. Data Security, including performing regular audits of data privacy and security practices and publicly detailing these measures.

Make Listening a ‘New School Year’ Resolution


Transformational leaders know how to invite conversation and listen deeply, writes middle school assistant principal Mike Janatovich. They use this skill to grasp and understand a school culture, building trust and helping shape a successful school community. Articles School Leadership active listening listening and leadership listening skills middle school Mike Janatovich principal school leadership teacher leader

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32 Research-Based Instructional Strategies

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 32 Research-Based Instructional Strategies appeared first on TeachThought. Instructional Strategies General New Teacher

How @PokemonGo Inspires Learning

The Innovative Educator

The Pokemon Go craze has taken this country and others (where available) by storm because it is a free-to-play, GPS location game that harnesses the power of augmented reality and gets people connecting and moving in their physical world. Immediately there were stories about how this could be used for learning. want more

11 Google Apps Updates You Might Have Missed This Summer - PDF

Free Technology for Teachers

Over the summer Google released a bunch of updates to teachers' and students' favorite Google Apps. If you took a little break from your school Google Account over the summer and have just started to look at it again, you might notice that there are some new features available to you. I put together a summary of those new features, including some tutorial videos, in document that is embedded below.

Research On Tulsa's Head Start Program Finds Lasting Gains

NPR Learning and Tech

Deborah Phillips at Georgetown University has spent more than a decade studying preschool programs in Oklahoma. Her latest research found strong gains in some areas, but slow progress in others

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A generous mentorship of innovative minds


For many high school students, the summer is a time to relax under the sun and catch up with friends and family. For others, it’s an opportunity to learn vital skills while working alongside innovative individuals. Both years at Nureva my experience was educational, though the projects I was involved in differed. recently had the opportunity to ask them some questions about their time at Nureva.

6 tips from personalized learning innovators leading change

eSchool News

Earlier this year, the Rhode Island-based Highlander Institute and the Clayton Christensen Institute teamed up to bring together a conference on blended and personalized learning in Providence, R.I.  The goal of the event was to focus on the practical elements of blended and personalized learning by surfacing the tactics that practitioners were deploying in the trenches. Embrace not knowing.

Tech-Savvy Seniors: Myth or Present-Day Reality?

Ask a Tech Teacher

A topic I don’t cover enough in Ask a Tech Teacher is how seniors handle the onslaught of technology in their lives. Thankfully,   Beata GREEN,  Director of HeadChannel Ltd. London-based bespoke software development company, has experience in this area and was willing to share her ideas. As new tech is mostly created by young developers, it is usually tailored to the younger generation.

5 Tools to Help Keep Your Students and Yourself Active & Healthy

Free Technology for Teachers

The new school year always feels like a new calendar year to me as many students and teachers have "resolutions" for the new school year. If one of your resolutions for the new school year is to keep yourself or your students active and healthy, the following free resources are for you. GoNoodle is a free service that is designed to promote physical fitness in a fun environment.

FREE WEBINAR: 9 Ways Writing Has Been Reinvented in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Join me, August 25 at 7pm EDT From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Writing has been reinvented. Learn about the tools, techniques and writing tips that are changing everything. Thursday, August 25, 7pm EDT. Register Now. The webinar is live and free. As with the other webinars, I’ll be recording and posting this on the store.

Smart classroom furniture fot the 21st century students


We’re 16 years into the new millennium, yet the standard classroom seems to be stuck into a long-gone past. Educational institutions still have to deal with a lot of bureaucracy. Even though most teachers do their best in delivering 21st century instruction, the traditional learning environment — the classroom as we know it — doesn’t seem to be an ally. Over to you! Students Teachers

20 easy ways to collaborate globally with your class now

Ditch That Textbook

The world is our classroom’s playground. We can see and talk to practically anyone around the world (with an Internet connection) for free. Video calls and collaborative digital tools let us connect in powerful ways. They let our students experience and learn from others in diverse locations in deep ways. Unfortunately, it’s one of the [.].

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Hitting the Jackpot in Our Friends

MIND Research Institute

If we are lucky (and I am) we have friends who understand us, and respect and support our personal and professional goals. Some friends go above and beyond and provide direct help. I’ve experienced this with my friends’ support of the nonprofit organization I work for, MIND Research Institute. Sure I’ll volunteer for your charity event. again.” Sure, I’ll help. Let me introduce you!”.

A Google Apps Guidebook Published by Students

Free Technology for Teachers

My friend Kern Kelley and his students at Nokomis High School in Newport, Maine have spent most of this year putting together The Google Apps Guidebook. Kern and his students, collectively referred to as the Tech Sherpas, created the book for teachers who are new to using Google Apps for Education. They also share tips for learning and leading Google search lessons. Tell Kern that I sent you.