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Technology Resources For Early Childhood Learning

The Web20Classroom

I am the father of 2 daughters. Reaghan is 7 and Chesney is almost 3. As a Dad and an educator I am constantly looking for the best resources to provide for them at home to supplement the learning they are doing in their schools. Especially with Chesney. Every parent wants their child to have a jump start on learning and ensure they are prepared for a world of learning, especially with technology.


Google for Education Sessions and Discussions at ISTE 2016

Educational Technology Guy

Google will be hosting some great sessions and discussions at ISTE next week. We hope to see you at ISTE 2016 in Denver. Visit us in Room #103 (street level of convention the center) where educators and Googlers will be giving short presentations throughout the conference. We look forward to seeing you. Full Schedule -. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.

Congratulations, we killed kindergarten

Dangerously Irrelevant

Apparently between 1998 and 2010 we killed kindergarten. Lots more testing. Much less music and art. Fewer centers and unstructured play time. Fewer student-driven activities. Greater disregard for young children’s variation in development. More emphasis on teacher-directed instruction and textbooks and worksheets… We knew this but now it’s not just widespread anecdotes. Related Posts.

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Changing Our Views On Social Media For Learning

The Web20Classroom

Snapchat Facebook Instagram Vine Twitter What do you think about when you hear those words? Maybe you think about social media in general and how it’s continuing to grow. Or maybe you think about how those can be used as platforms to connect with others. Or maybe you think they are all a waste of time. What do you think kids think about when they hear the names of those apps? So that’s what I did.

Enhancing Personalized Learning Through Technology

Personalized learning has many benefits, including increased student engagement and achievement, but it’s difficult to implement in large classrooms. We discuss how incorporating technology can enable teachers to personalize learning in the classroom.

Is Estonia the new Finland?

The Herchinger Report

Fifth-graders at Konguta Kool – an elementary school in a small Estonian village – prepare for a math lesson in the computer lab. Photo: Sarah Butrymowicz. TARTU, Estonia—Most educators and policymakers can rattle off a list of international educational powerhouses: Korea. Singapore. Japan. Finland. But there’s an overlooked member of the list: Estonia. More than a quarter of U.S. College is free.

25 Real Ways Minecraft is Being Used in the Classroom

Fractus Learning

It’s hard to believe that just six years ago Minecraft was virtually unheard of. It was little more than a hobby project for creator and designer Markus Persson. Fast Fast forward to 2016 and Minecraft has completely changed the way we perceive videogames. Starting as a novelty in a handful of innovative classrooms, Minecraft is now a foundation of curriculums around the world. Or can we?

ISTE 2016 - Some Great Sessions to consider attending, including 2 by me

Educational Technology Guy

ISTE 2016 is only a week away! There are so many great sessions to attend throughout the conference, but I wanted to share a few here, including two that I am doing. These sessions are geared at educators and administrators and will offer some great information and resources. Presenters are former educators and educational technology specialists (and a CIO). RSVP HERE. or click on the image. -.

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Are our definitions of ‘college readiness’ too high?

Dangerously Irrelevant

David Freedman said: The College Board has suggested a “college readiness benchmark” that works out to roughly 500 on each portion of the SAT as a score below which students are not likely to achieve at least a B-minus average at “a four-year college” – presumably an average one. How many high-school students are capable of meeting the College Board benchmark? via  [link]. No related posts.

Can you teach students to think more like entrepreneurs?

eSchool News

Teaching students the skills they need to become leaders and innovators is more important than ever. When you think of imparting entrepreneurship skills to students, most educators will likely go the obvious route — how can we teach students to build successful businesses that will help them in their post-graduation careers. And that’s what learning is about as well.

5 Reasons to Have a Classroom Blog

Free Technology for Teachers

Earlier today someone wrote the following in response to my post featuring a good example of a teacher and student blog , "Franklly (sic) I don't want to blog with my students. want to talk with them face to face in class." In short, it's not an "either or" proposition. You can have a classroom blog and develop face-to-face conversations with your students. 1. The course begins in July.

8 Top Influencers in Edtech

Gaggle Speaks

As new technology continues to emerge, the positive benefits it has in K12 education expands to more people who share their unique insights and expertise. Here’s a short list of leading edtech influencers. If you’re fortunate enough to get an opportunity to meet them in person, don’t pass up the chance. Did we miss any? Do you have any edtech influencers who you know and follow? Let us know.

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.

#educolor – The most important hashtag you’re probably not following

Dangerously Irrelevant

Two years ago this fall, Jose Vilson launched EduColor. It’s a website, it’s a hashtag, it’s an email newsletter, it’s a weekly chat, it’s a call for social justice. Most of all, as he and the other organizers say, it’s ‘a movement, not a moment.’ ’ Many of us haven’t paid too much attention to EduColor. Maybe it’s because we’ve never heard of it (now you have). But you know what?

Why Preschool Suspensions Still Happen (And How To Stop Them)

NPR Learning and Tech

Thousands of children in public pre-K, especially black preschoolers, are suspended each year. The problems are clear. So are some fixes

The best BYOD tech tools for the Common Core classroom

eSchool News

With just 4 categories and less than a dozen tools, educators can hit a lot of Common Core standards. recently had the pleasure of spending a few hours in a friend’s classroom where I introduced her students to technology applications that would engage them in “showing what they know” at different points in their learning. Looking back, it’s easy to see how this could have happened.

1st Year Teaching Advice from the Whitakers


Your First Year is a perfect book for the newbie, says NBCT Amber Chandler, with differentiated strategies teachers at any level can implement. Todd, Katherine & Madeline Whitaker's common-sense advice can both inspire novices and keep them on the right track.

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.

Indiana Releases New Technology Plan


Another in an occasional series of guest posts, we are pleased to feature the work and voices of state leaders. Dr. Jason Bailey is. read more. Digital Learning

Cuneiform, anyone?

Dangerously Irrelevant

Louisiana just passed a law mandating that all students learn cursive in grades 3 through 12. That’s right – all the way through high school. Not computer science. Cursive… Beth Mizell, the state senator who sponsored the bill, said that she wanted people to have a signature. doubt that this law is going to improve that ranking any. Cuneiform  as college and career readiness, anyone?

10 Great Web Tools for Creating Digital Quizzes

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

June 20, 2016 Over the last couple of years, we have reviewed a wide variety of educational web tools to use to create digitally based quizzes. Below is a collection of some of the most more. my freebies quiz tools

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#PulseOrlandoSyllabus: a Crowdsourced Teaching Resource


As a professor at the University of Central Florida, I was glued to Twitter on Sunday following the tragic aftermath of the Orlando shooting during Latinx night at popular gay / GLBTQ nightclub Pulse. Several students and graduates from colleges around the area are on the list of dead, and local campuses (including mine) have been hosting blood drives and vigils in the wake. Teaching

Join SETDA’s Emerging Technologies Forum

SETDA’s annual Emerging Technologies Forum (ET Forum) provides a venue for SETDA’s state members and the private sector to engage in meaningful dialogue about topics of importance in digital learning across the nation. Companies showcase their innovative products and services while SETDA members, representing the state departments of education, highlight their major state initiatives and priorities

More Testing, Less Play: Study Finds Higher Expectations For Kindergartners

NPR Learning and Tech

Less art and play; more textbooks and tests, say surveyed teachers. As kindergarten becomes the new first grade, some worry that the joy of learning is being lost with higher rigor

5 Ways to Quickly Get Your Students On the Same Webpage

Free Technology for Teachers

Getting all of your students on the same webpage at once is one of the small and annoying challenges of using websites and web tools in your classroom. Fortunately, there are some simple solutions to this challenge. The solution that you pick will be partially based upon the type of devices that your students use in your classroom. You can also have students push pages to you.

Librarian Approved: 30 Ed-Tech Apps to Inspire Creativity and Creation


Tool discovery is often a challenge for teachers interested in finding ways to use technology that will change the way they and their students work. With so much going on in the classroom, many teachers don’t have the time to test out various apps and find the perfect tool to meet their needs. The real promise of education technology is to redefine how students learn. 30 APPS LIBRARIANS RECOMMEND.

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State-of-the-art education software often doesn’t help students learn more, study finds

The Herchinger Report

Even proponents of educational technology admit that a lot of software sold to schools isn’t very good. But they often highlight the promise of so-called “adaptive learning” software, in which complex algorithms react to how a student answers questions, and tailor instruction to each student. The computer recommends different lessons to different students, based upon what they already know and what they still need to work on. Wonderful in theory, but does it work in practice? It’s probably the largest and most rigorous study of adaptive learning to date.

How Can "Sprints" Help Schools and Districts?

Education Elements

Ah, the joy of grade-level meetings. In my past life as a public school teacher, I attended them every Tuesday morning at 7:45 AM. All the teachers on my team met to learn about new school and district mandates, plan field trips, and vent about challenging students and how to help them. Even with the most well-intentioned teacher planning and running the meetings, rarely did they result in a list of clear actions with clear owners and clear deadlines. Teachers Districts schools

Startups tackle civil rights disparities in new ways

The Christensen Institute

This month, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights released its semi-annual report titled, 2013–14 Civil Rights Data Collection: A First Look. The report draws on the Civil Rights Data Collection survey, with data ranging from  student discipline rates, early learning access, teacher and staffing disparities, and gaps in access to advanced courses. times as likely).

Beware of the Copycat Trap!

Free Technology for Teachers

On Tuesday afternoon in Dickson, Tennessee I delivered a new version of my popular talk Ten Common Challenges Facing Educators (learn how to bring me to your conference). In my new version of the talk I include the warning to "beware of the copycat trap." first started to become aware of this trap after I published Life on Minimum Wage in a blog post many years ago.

Card Sorts Can Promote Meaningful Math Talk


Math teachers looking for ways to promote deeper student "math talk" might consider team card sorting, says Michelle Russell, author of MiddleWeb's new "Meaningful Math" blog. Among her tips: resist jumping in to help – and always have a culminating activity. Math Talk Meaningful Math card sorting card sorts math math talk mathematics meaningful math discussions Michelle Russell


Finding the Right Tools

A Principal's Reflections

For technology to have an effective impact on student learning a solid pedagogical foundation needs to be in place. In my mind, pedagogy trumps technology and the importance of instructional design cannot be overstated. With this foundation in place the possibilities to empower students to take ownership over their learning and demonstrate conceptual mastery are limitless. Web 2.0 Technology

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100 Percent Graduation Rates for a Public Military Academy


Contributor: Amanda Cunningham Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 9:30am In its new series, “ Research: Outcomes of Blended/Online Learning Programs ,” the  Evergreen Education Group   takes an in-depth look at successful blended and online programs across the nation to examine the best practices that have created tangible results.

A guide for how to select the best tech tools for your school

eSchool News

Guide shares best tech practices, insights, and resources from educators, administrators, and technology experts. With ed-tech spending expected to reach $55B by 2019 as predicted by market research firm Technavio, schools and districts should ensure they can produce carefully-crafted technology plans that outline how technology will work successfully in classrooms.

Let’s Inspire Each Other During #ISTE2016 #NotAtISTE16

Teacher Reboot Camp

“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole (education) community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.” ” – George Bernard Shaw. This week I am attending the Badge Summit and ISTE convention in Denver, Colorado. Events. Sign on as a guest here.

How to Create a Book Trailer Video

Free Technology for Teachers

Creating a book trailer video can be a great alternative to writing a book report. To create a good book trailer video students will have to make a list of highlights of a book and arrange them into proper sequence. Students should also include commentary on why they liked a book and why someone else should read it. Those tools are Stupeflix , Photos for Class , Bitly , and Vocaroo.

8 things you can do this summer to make back-to-school less stressful

The Cornerstone Blog

Some teachers have no problem disconnecting from work over the summer and truly giving themselves a break. Enjoy! Your time off is incredibly short, and you’ve earned it.). But other teachers struggle to turn off their “teacher brains” and feel like the countdown clock for back-to-school is always ticking in their minds. Did you spend too much time grading papers?

Technology Starts with Professional Development and Training

EdTech Magazine

By Tommy Peterson Districts offer advice on how to integrate technology with an emphasis on coaching teachers first. Management Professional Development Training

New sites use research to help students select the right college

eSchool News

New site aims to help students envision return on investment for higher education choices. series of state-specific websites, grounded in work conducted by the American Institutes for Research (AIR), will offer students a new way to plan for life after high school. Its interactive features show the potential return on investment for a wide array of higher education choices. million from USA Funds.

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10 Tools And Resources For Using Technology to Teach Critical Thinking Skills


Engage Students in Critical Thinking Activities With These Fun Web Apps The most important gift that educators can give to students is the ability to think critically. Critical thinking is the. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!]. Assessment Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality Collaboration & Brainstorming Educational Games & Gamification Free Tools & Resources Making the case for Education Technologies Student Response Systems