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Edtech Data Analytics - The Devil is in the. Interpretation

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The shift towards digital workflows, the move towards assessment and the adoption of standards has transformed schools into a data rich environment. There is a wealth of knowledge to uncover from the intersection of student assessment data, attendance records, demographics from the SIS, feeds from instrumented classrooms, and a variety of other sources. Research Edtech Update

District Offers Secure Exams with Hapara and GAFE

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Offering a secure examination experience for teachers and students in the cloud can be a daunting task. There is a reason that standardized exams are so simplistic in nature. It is a lot easier to standardize procedures if every student takes the same exam at the same time and the scores can be tabulated by a machine that counts black and white circles. GAFE Edtech Update Hapara Highlights hapara workspace standardized testing

Using Technology to Rethink Summer Learning

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“Summer slide,” “Summer brain drain,” no matter what term you use for it, it’s well-known that students lose critical academic skills during the weeks that they are out of school. This is true in both reading and math, and especially true for low-income students. Edtech Teacher Dashboard Education Workspace Project Based Learning Edtech Update

Crossing the Chasm of GAFE Adoption

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In their first and second year using Google Apps for Education (GAFE), many organizations focus evaluation metrics purely on adoption rather than how teachers are using the technology or how the technology is impacting teaching and learning. Chromebook GAFE chromebook management Edtech Update monitoring Chasm Adoption

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.

Bridging the Trust Gap – Student Privacy More Fundamental than Common Core

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A recent EdSurge article discusses bridging the trust gap between parents and schools regarding student privacy. Edtech Edtech Update

Education Research Meta Analysis from Hattie and Yates

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The Hapara team is reading Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn by John Hattie and Gregory Yates. The book is an easy to read distillation of Hattie’s work synthesizing the results from education research around the world. Edtech Blended Learning Hattie Edtech Update

10 add-ons to Google Classroom you MUST try

Ditch That Textbook

The basic functions of Google Drive and Google Classroom are only the starting point for the innovative and creative uses one can use in the classroom. Alice Keeler, my co-author in our upcoming book Ditch That Homework, proves that again and again. Alice is one of the only people I know personally who codes for [.].

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10 strategies for lightning-quick feedback students can REALLY use

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Using homework assignments to give feedback is pokey. Inefficient. Think about the length of the feedback loop for traditional homework assignments: Teacher assigns homework to students. Students take it home (maybe) and work on it (maybe). Students turn it in the next day. Teacher grades and provides comments that night (if not completely swamped [.].

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.

Android on Chromebooks! Here are some resources and apps to check out

Educational Technology Guy

Android has come to Chromebooks and is available on EDU Domains! This opens up a whole new world of possibilities with Chromebooks, adding thousands of great apps, features and capabilities. id=com.visionobjects.calculator&rdid=com.visionobjects.calculator Turns handwritten equations into typed and solves them Evernote https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.evernote

Eric Sheninger Talks About Digital Pedagogy That Improves Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 39 of the 10-Minute Teacher Show From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Eric Sheninger @E_Sheninger challenges us to move to the next level with digital technologies. We can’t use tech because it is “cool and new.” ” It must improve learning. If it doesn’t improve learning, why are we spending the money? Full Bio.

How to improve student engagement

The Christensen Institute

Most teachers struggle with low student engagement, particularly at the middle school and high school levels. “My My students don’t seem to care.”. They don’t see how school is relevant.”. They won’t put in the effort.”. Those statements from teachers about their students are all too common. Unsure if student engagement is a problem at your school? Last month in Little Rock, Ark., Feel successful.

#06: The 6 Most Motivating Sketchnotes in Education Today

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT: Sylvia Duckworth on the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Sylvia Duckworth (@ sylviaduckworth ) is a leading sketch note artist in education today. Her new book Sketchnotes for Educators: 100 Inspiring Illustrations for Lifelong Learners is a MUST BUY for every teacher and administrator. SMART Learning Suite is today’s sponsor.

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | #29 Steven Anderson talks technology trends From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Augmented reality and virtual reality. Are these buzzwords or are they things that can be used to improve learning? Today Steven Anderson @web20classroom brings back the veil and helps us learn about these emerging technologies. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Costs?

5 Things That Harm a Student’s Ability to Succeed

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode #09: A 10-Minute Teacher Show Interview with Dr. Brad Johnson From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We ask students to sit and expect them to learn? We want children to act like adults? These are just two of the five things that sometimes we educators are doing today to harm student learning. SMART Learning Suite is today’s sponsor. Full Bios.

3 Ways To Combat Recipe Learning

The Web20Classroom

When I was a middle school science teacher I regularly assigned projects. At the time I thought that the projects would be a great way for me to understand what my students understood about particular concepts and topics. I had them make visual representations of atoms of the periodic table, reports outlining the effects of global warming on our community, and several others. Sure. Certainly not.

2 BRAND NEW tools to help students display work, reflect

Ditch That Textbook

Google Slides is such a versatile tool in G Suite (Google Apps). It goes much further than creating a slide presentation to show on the screen to the entire class. Mix in images — the visual tools that make instant connections in our brains — and you’ve got an engaging activity in the making. I [.].

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14 ways to create great classroom video with Screencastify

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Not too long ago, video creation required bulky, awkward video cameras with big, plastic VCR tapes. Playback required a TV, a VCR and a hope that everything worked nicely together. And video editing … well, that just wasn’t readily available to the average person. My, how things have changed. Everything seems to have a camera [.].

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Creating eye-popping infographics with Google Drawings

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Infographics are everywhere. I first started noticing them on the front page of USA Today as a journalism major in college. As Pinterest became more popular, the long, tall infographics have begun popping up everywhere. There’s a reason you see infographics all over social media and beyond: They’re eye-catching. They summarize information succinctly. They’re very visual, [.].

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#08: The BreakoutEDU Box: The Classroom Experience That Has Everybody Talking

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | A 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Adam Bellow From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Learn the pitfalls, challenges, and advantages of these BreakoutEDU adventure game boxes used to teach everything from grammar to math. Kids and teachers are raving about BreakoutEDU boxes. Let’s learn what they are from Adam Bellow, cofounder of BreakoutEDU.

Teaching through the camera lens: 10 activities with photos and video

Ditch That Textbook

Once, it was so handy to carry one of those disposable film cameras around in our pockets. Once, we were so thankful for our point-and-shoot digital cameras because they made instant photography so much easier. Today, so many of us carry cameras around in our pockets. We pull them out at a moment’s notice. Many [.]. Ed Tech cameras cell phones edtech educational technology mobile learning photos

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12 tips for using Google Apps with young students

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There’s a common misconception with students and Google Apps: sometimes, they’re just too young to use them yet. Not so, says Christine Pinto. She teaches kindergarteners and previously taught four-year-olds in a transitional class. Regardless of their age, her students use Google Apps. No, more specifically, her students thrive with Google Apps. They create. They take pictures. [.].

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12 ways to really make Genius Hour work in your class

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Lots of schools and classrooms are making innovation a priority and changing how day-to-day school is done. Don Wettrick’s students take it to a whole new level. Don teaches “Innovation Class,” where students take on a project that connects with their passions. In this class, his students have created apps, designed new products and created [.].

Doing More With The Classroom Makerspace

The Web20Classroom

When I was 6 or 7 years old I was at home on a boring rainy weekend. Being an inquisitive kid and generally looking for mischief I found some tools in a closet and decided something in my house needed taking a apart. I'd always wondered how a toaster actually made toast so it became the subject of my experiment. Galileo. Newton. Edison. And there are spaces in between. How can making help?

Formative Assessment Tools and Tips from Monica Burns #FormativeTech

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 37 of The 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Monica Burns, author of #FormativeTech , shares essential tools and tips for effective formative assessment. Learn how to get results. Pick some tools. Accelerate learning. Monica’s book comes out today! Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Stream by clicking here. Kahoot.

A Pedagogical Shift Needed for Digital Success

A Principal's Reflections

In a previous post I discussed in detail strategies to help ensure the effective use of technology to improve learning outcomes. You don’t have to be a fan of technology, but you do need to understand that it’s a catalyst for some exciting pedagogical changes. These are all outcomes that any educator would (or should) openly embrace. Just using it to access information is also not a sound use.

Cool Cat Teacher’s 31 Favorite Everyday Tools I’m Using Right Now #edtech

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A special Valentine's Day Episode of 10MT with Links to Tools and Tech I Use From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Do you want to know my productivity tips and tricks? How about what I use for digital film class? The technology I use in my classroom everyday? Well, Happy Valentine’s Day! I’ve included links below for you. Check them out. .

#17: Microsoft One Note: Useful Tips and Tricks for the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | A 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Dr. Tom Grissom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Let’s learn about One Note with Dr. Tom Grissom. But perhaps to understand why I’m a Microsoft One Note fan, I’d like to tell you a story from several months a go. This past fall, I ran into my former student, Miller, at an away football game.

5 Essential Effective Blended Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

Tips and Tricks I've Learned from Experience From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Online and face-to-face spaces blend to create a today’s classroom. Most schools have physical buildings. For purposes of this article, we’ll call these “the bricks.” ” Also, schools also have online spaces where students work and collaborate. iPad).

10 ways Google Keep can help streamline life at school

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For a long time, I’ve been a list-maker and a note-taker. You should see my desk. It can get littered with them pretty easily. The worst is when I would take down some valuable details and then leave the paper sitting on my desk at school. I have literally driven to school late at night [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology gafe google apps for education google keep organization

140 Twitter Tips for Educators

The CoolCatTeacher

Help for teachers curious or skeptical about Twitter From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The curious teacher opened up Twitter. In the teacher’s lounge this morning, an excited teacher was talking about a new tool she’d found on Twitter that had her students raving. Oh, my! She thought Twitter made no sense. I’m still learning.

Education innovation in 2017: 4 personalized learning trends to watch

The Christensen Institute

At the Clayton Christensen Institute, we track disruptive innovations in K–12 schools that upend the traditional factory-based model of school in favor of instructional approaches that better center on each individual student. Here are four trends in personalized learning we’ll be watching unfold in the coming year: 1. Platform plays will play themselves out. Projects will proliferate.

5 ideas for using Google Classroom’s new differentiation and grouping feature

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One huge drawback of using Google Classroom has beenthe inflexibility of creating assignments. Everything you assigned had to go to every student. Deliver assignments to small groups? Differentiate to subsets of students? Until now. Google announced a few changes to Google Classroom, and this one was the bombshell: assign activities to small groups [.]. Ed Tech differentiation edtech educational technology g suite for education gafe google apps for education google classroom grouping gsuiteedu

You Probably Believe Some Learning Myths: Take Our Quiz To Find Out

NPR Learning and Tech

A new survey shows widespread misconceptions and unfounded confidence about learning. Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR

10 great virtual field trips to check out in 2017

Ditch That Textbook

In 2004, I was about to start my first teaching job. That’s when I got introduced to the world. I went on a 10-day mission trip to Uruguay. We drove the streets of Montevideo, a world capital that reminded me a lot of life in the United States. We walked through centuries-old Colonia del Sacramento, [.].

10 Ways to Flip a Kid and Turn Their Day Around

The CoolCatTeacher

Teaching and Reaching Every Child In A Story of a Young Life Turned Around by Great Teachers , Kevin Honeycutt shared, “I believe you can flip a kid on any given day in one hour.” ” I’ve been thinking. Can you? Well, when something horrific happens: death in the family or other trauma — maybe not. But on most days with most kids, I think this is true. Talk to them.

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Wonderful World of Wearables in Education

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An Epic Guide to Wearables From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Wearables are in education. Without us noticing, many of them walked through the front door. Since wearables are here, let’s understand and use them today. This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Steps. How many hours you sleep at night and more.

Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners

User Generated Education

Design thinking is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, conceiving original ideas, lots of experimentation, and sometimes building things by hand. The projects teach students how to make a stable product, use tools, think about the needs of another, solve challenges, overcome setbacks and stay motivated on a long-term problem. The Goal.