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The triple threat: affordability, access, and alignment

The Christensen Institute

In a recent paper , I highlight five institutions that are innovating against a triple threat: (1) rising costs, (2) students who are shut out of higher education, and (3) persistent misalignment between what higher education is producing and what the labor market is demanding. This is a false dichotomy. Each is important and necessary, but to different ends. Sustaining innovations. Education Blo

Safe teaching is risky teaching

Ditch That Textbook

I remember lots of important moments from my time in all levels of school. Many of them are my times with friends, conversations at the lunch table, sports competitions, etc. I remember some lessons from the classroom. The most vivid ones are projects I did with others or collaborative activities: I remember getting worksheet packets (blech!) [.].

How Perla Zamora and Her students in Mexico are Tearing Down Walls

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode #34 The 10-Minute Teacher on Global Collaboration From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Perla Zamora @pzamoraats from Tampico, Mexico is tearing down walls. For thought leader Thursday, today, ask yourself how you’re connecting your classroom to the world. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Stream by clicking here. Padlet. Lucid Press.

Personalized learning reshapes school PD

District Administration

Coaching, #EdCamps and other education models allow educators to brush up on targeted skills Jessica Terrell Hattiesburg School District designs technology training to empower teachers to take charge of their own professional development by letting them decide what they want to learn, when they want to learn it and how

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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Why students love a game-based learning experience


For as long as children have preferred playing to sitting quietly and learning their ABCs, preschool teachers have been craftily devising games as Trojan horses to teach them concepts such as shapes, letter recognition, colors, seasons and relationships. Also, most students are digital natives, so they are already primed towards game-play via tablets and computers. Mastery. Autonomy. Feedback.

What Does it Mean to Prepare Students For a Future With Artificial Intelligence?


Last year, in the height of the election season, the Obama administration quietly released a national strategic plan for artificial intelligence (AI) research and development. The plan was the beginning of a national effort to prepare Americans for a future with AI—a future some computer scientist believe our nation is ill-equipped to handle. AI has become a part of the American fabric for some time. Siri and Alexa are already taking orders, self-driving cars have hit some streets, and the concept of interconnectivity is now a reality through the Internet of Things. Who is the car beholden to?

Implications for K-12 Companies in Trump’s Big Proposed Cuts to Ed. Spending

Marketplace K-12

President Trump's proposal to bring deep cuts to PD, after-school programs, and other areas would have an indirect but potentially big impact on district spending on technology and other needs. The post Implications for K-12 Companies in Trump’s Big Proposed Cuts to Ed. Spending appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Budgets Educational Technology/Ed-Tech ESSA professional development

5 Must-Have Tech Tools for Formative Assessment

Class Tech Tips

It’s so exciting to see the way that tech tools can transform the way “quick checks” take place in the classroom. When used purposefully, digital tools can provide a window into student thinking, making it easier to figure out who needs extra help or who is ready for something new. Assessment & LMS Chromebook iPad Apps iPad/Laptop Use iPhone Apps

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.

The Paralysis of Fear

The Principal of Change

“Perfect is the enemy of done.” ” I saw this quote and it has stuck in my thinking. Often we hold back our ideas because we are scared of being criticized, sometimes for the major components, but sometimes for little things that people will nitpick. If that held people back, nothing would ever get done. Jon Rubinstein, former iPod engineer. David Pogue, The New York Times.

How Can We Create Amazing Lesson Plans Around #MinecraftEDU? | @PlayCraftLearn @Mr_Isaacs

My Paperless Classroom

On this episode of the TechEducator Podcast we welcome Minecraft EDU team member Meenoo Rami and MIE Expert Steve Isaacs onto the show to talk about how teachers can actually create real world lesson plans around Minecraft Education Edition. Microsoft Education TeacherCast Podcast TechEducator Podcast MIcrosof Minecraft

18 St. Patrick’s Day Sites For Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day? Try these fun activities: Color the shamrock. Color the Pot-o-gold. Color the leprechaun. Puzzle–St. Pat’s Puzzle. Puzzle–St. Pat’s puzzle II. Puzzle–St. Pat’s drag-and-drop puzzle. Puzzle–St. Pat’s slide puzzle. Puzzles and games. Pat’s math. Patrick’s Day history–video. Tic tac toe.

Why six states still spend nothing on preschool

The Hechinger Report

Aaron Thompson and Peyton Stilwell, both 4, race a car around a track in their Head Start classroom, which is housed in a public elementary school in Caldwell, Idaho. Photo: Lillian Mongeau. IDAHO CITY, Idaho — In 1864, the tiny town of Idaho City was the biggest American settlement in the state. We can’t go to the museum; we can’t go to the Discovery Center. We don’t have licensed day care.

50 Brain Breaks for Middle Schoolers


Responsive Classroom's 50 brain breaks give kids a chance to rest their brains by redirecting their minds. Some are calming, some are energizing, and all of them help students refocus and release stress. Quick, easy and student approved, says teacher Linda Biondi. Book Reviews Brain-based Teaching brain breaks Linda Biondi middle school reflect refocus responsive classroom

How Socioeconomic Diversity In Schools Helps All Students


“Millions of poor, disadvantaged students are trapped in failing schools.” ” So said President Trump at the White House recently. It’s a familiar lament across the political spectrum, so much so that you could almost give it its own acronym : PKTIFS (Poor Kids Trapped In Failing Schools). Where there’s no consensus, however, is on the proper remedy for PKTIFS.

Trump's Budget Blueprint Pinches Pennies For Education

NPR Learning and Tech

The proposal from the White House calls for a $1.4 billion increase in funding for school choice; a total of $9 billion in cuts. Image credit: Hanna Barczyk for NPR

Teachers Guide to Creating Educational Visuals Using Google Drawings

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

March 16, 2017 There are several web tools teachers can use to easily design educational visuals, posters and infographics to use in their instruction without the need for any graphics more. Google Drawings my freebies

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Staying Student-Centered in Whole Novel Study


Ariel Sacks' Whole Novels for the Whole Class is "the ultimate teacher-friendly manual for accommodating all students around a single book," says ELA veteran Mary Tedrow, who finds Sacks' practical specificity convincing and her confidence infectious.

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A Great Tool to Highlight and Share Specific Parts of Videos

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

March 16 , 2017 Vibby is a very good tool that you can use to highlight and share specific parts of videos. Viewers will only see the cropped portion you sent and not the entire video. This more. video tools

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Try This One Trick To Improve Student Outcomes

NPR Learning and Tech

Richard Kahlenberg of The Century Foundation argues that it's time to take a closer look at integration. Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR

5 Education Technology Terminology Dictionaries/References


Keeping up with these ever changing terms can be a challenge – these resources will help! With the ever-evolving nature of education technology, it can be helpful to have some resources to tap. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].

Edtech Executives Weigh In: Three Conditions for Personalized Learning Success


Personalized learning is a way to engage learners in a customized set of resources, tasks, and environments in order to meet their learning needs and goals. In many schools, there are certain classrooms or teams with pockets of success, yet successful school-wide adoption of a personalized learning model is elusive. Often, in order to have success, a personalized learning platform is required. But merely deciding to purchase an edtech tool is not the key to personalized learning success. Merely deciding to purchase an edtech tool is not the key to personalized learning success.

EdTechTeam Leadership Symposium Ohio


On March 10, 2017, at Avon Lake High School in Avon Lake, OH nearly 100 educational leaders gathered for a day of learning, discovery, exploration, reflection and energy. With a leadership conference for leaders with and by leaders, the excitement and anticipation was palpable. I had the honor of presenting three times, two one hour break-out sessions and the keynote presentation. Filippi J.,

Facebook combats fake news with new warning label

eSchool News

Don’t believe everything you read on Facebook. The Silicon Valley tech firm has started rolling out a new warning label for news stories that are “disputed” by a third-party fact checker, such as Snopes and PolitiFact. These fact-checking organizations are part of Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network. Next page: Mark Zuckerberg’s take on fighting fake news).

Activating Student Thinking through Strategic Annotations

Digital Promise

Teachers are always looking for ways to facilitate deeper student learning through reading. The true goal of any classroom is to prepare students not only for comprehension, but also higher-order analysis where they feel comfortable interpreting content and using it in new ways. Getting there, however, requires that students understand how to practice metacognition and critical thinking while reading; teachers cannot simply hand students text and expect them to do so. Learn more about the value annotating can have on students by starting your micro-credential today.

7 Cool Toys and Unique Gifts for the Kids Who Have It All!

Fractus Learning

Searching for the perfect gift for the kid who has everything? Want something out-of-the-box? Foldable? …Buildable? …Throwable? We’ve compiled a list of seven cool toys that’ll be sure to surprise and delight anyone, even the picky and the hard-to-please. There’s a gift for every interest, from sports to robots, and everything in between! 7 Cool Toys and Unique Gifts.

Federal Budget Proposal Cuts Billions in Higher Education and K-12 School Programs


The Department of Education would face some major downsizing under the Trump administration’s newly released budget proposal that seeks a $9 billion dollar (or 13.5 percent) reduction. The $59 billion-dollar budget eliminates teacher training grants, supplemental K-12 school programs, and higher education financial assistance while increasing funds for school-choice programs. The plan would eliminate: $2.4 732 million from the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant program. These funds that provide college assistance to low-income students. Education Technology Government Policy

What Blocky Video Games Can Teach You About Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post What Blocky Video Games Can Teach You About Learning appeared first on TeachThought. Technology Terry Heick Trends & Shifts video games

'Neighborhood Schools' Bill Could Dismantle Louisville's Integration Efforts

NPR Learning and Tech

A bill making its way through the Kentucky legislature might end a decades-old busing program in one of the state's largest — and most segregated — cities. Image credit: Elissa Nadworny/NPR


Teacher Voices: Naomi Hancock

Learning with 'e's

It's great to catch up with former students and discover what they are doing. That is exactly the purpose of this series of blog posts. This is number six in my series, asking former students on the B.Ed primary education degree programme what they are doing now. It's also a chance for them to voice their hopes and fears about teaching, now they are actually in the thick of it. Unported License.

A Very Good Web Annotating Tool for Research Students and Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

March 16, 2017 Lumio is an excellent tool to use for bookmarking, curating, and clipping web content. Students can use it to highlight interesting content in a webpage, add notes to it and more. web annotating tools

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Real-Time Data: Empowering Formative Classrooms


Discover how technology can truly transform teaching outcomes. Techlearning Miscellaneous