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What Did SXSWedu Have to Say About Adult Learning?

Digital Promise

What did this year’s SXSWedu conference have to say about adult learning? Turns out, more than you might think. SXSWedu is one of the country’s largest educational technology conferences and, as most of these conferences go, has tended to focus more on the K-12 segment than on adults who are in need of foundational skills to help them advance in the workforce. But with tracks like equity, employability, and ESL/ELL, there was plenty at the 2017 conference to consider and apply to low-skilled adult learners. First, equity was a major theme. The short answer was yes, sometimes.

Powerful Language Learning in the 21st Century

The CoolCatTeacher

Rachelle Dene Poth talks language learning and STEAM on 10MT From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Rachelle Dene Poth @rdene915 talks about teaching Spanish and STEAM with technology, student choice , and project based learning. For Wonderful Wednesday, take a trip inside her classroom to learn how she does it all. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes.

Are online preschools signaling the future of education?

eSchool News

[ Editor’s note : This piece was originally published on the Hechinger Report.]. In education, there are always a host of programs and policies clamoring for funding. But of all the options policymakers could invest in, the most worthwhile may very well be universal preschool. Recently , Nobel laureate James Heckman and his colleagues published a report that makes this point loud and clear.

PL Superpowers - My Journey to Personalized Learning Superpower Stardom

Education Elements

I was blessed to become a Personalized Learning Lexington Education Leadership Award Fellow (2nd Class) back in December of 2015. Education Elements not only influenced my personal work, but it motivated me to make learning meaningful for my students (all 4,970) in an exceptional way. My work in personalized learning has been inspirational in my district. Every district educational leader will always answer yes to certain questions. So, if you ask leaders if they use data to drive instruction, the answer will be yes. Personalized Learning Personalized Learning Summit

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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A Collection of Some Great Google Drive Tools for Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

March 15, 2017 We have revisited our Google Drive add-ons’ chart we published last year and added few more categories to the list. More specifically, we added Drive tools for creating more. Charts Google Drive Tools

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National Survey Shows High Rates Of Hungry And Homeless Community College Students

NPR Learning and Tech

Researchers surveyed more than 33,000 community college students and found that a greater number are going without food and housing than previously thought

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Not All Screen Time Is Created Equal

Catlin Tucker

As a parent, I am fiercely protective of my children. I want them to be kids. I want them to play sports, get lost in great books, collect bugs in our backyard, and engage with one another creating art projects, choreographing dance numbers, and playing good old fashioned board games. I often feel these traditional pastimes are less attractive than the pull of the screen. Click To Tweet. Learning

Successful Online Education in K–12 Requires Accountability

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez A new proposal from the state of Virginia has the potential to create more access to education. Classroom Curriculum Digital Content Online Learning

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.

Getting Good at Prioritizing

Education Elements

As a startup, we have a small team and limited resources to work on problems where the solution is not obvious and success is not guaranteed. When working on Touchpoint , our new project management tool which complements our consulting services, every feature we build and every test we run is a precious use of our limited time and resources. This probably sounds pretty familiar to school administrators across the country — lots to do with limited resources to get it done. Let's talk priorities. Good prioritization requires focusing on the real problems, the things that move the needle.

Always Know Which Virtual Speakers Are Available for Your Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

Do you want to know which virtual speakers and field trips are available for your class? Use this auto-notification from Nepris for real-time updates. Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to sign up with any mobile device. . If you aren’t familiar with Nepris : It is an amazing source of experts available to meet virtually with your class. Check out my review here for more details.

10 Ways To Help Kids With Learning Differences That Could Benefit All Students


Schools are typically designed to serve the average student, and those with learning differences — such as dyslexia or trouble with executive functioning skills — usually make up a smaller part of the population. Estimates find that 5 to 20 percent of Americans have learning differences. If struggling students don’t find the help they need in school, keeping up with the rest of the class can be an enormous challenge. Currey Ingram Academy is an independent school in Nashville developed specifically for kids with learning differences. Be Intentional. Rely on Evidence.

Dealing with a 'Culture of Fear'—Administrators on PD in the Age of Blended Learning


It’s pretty clear that very few people in education enjoy those typical sit-and-get professional development sessions. And when blended learning gets thrown into the mix, the situation gets even more complicated—what happens when educators seem afraid of products? Who should deliver PD, the administrators or the teachers? Talk to administrators, and they have some answers to these questions—as well as thoughts about what parts of PD should be left far, far behind. to get their thoughts. Take a look at their answers below, or listen to the entirety of the panel on the EdSurge podcast.

The Five Best STEM Toys That Will Teach Kids How to Code By @Davish241

My Paperless Classroom

Toys that enhance children's STEM skills are becoming extremely popular, but this year, toy manufacturers have started focusing on one important key component of the STEM curriculum: coding. The post The Five Best STEM Toys That Will Teach Kids How to Code By @Davish241 appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network. Editorial Robotics

The Journey Back to a Summit: An Inspirational Story


On October 26th, 2016, my urologist told me that I would need to undergo emergency surgery to remove a concerning mass on my left testicle*. After asking logistical questions about when and where the surgery would be, we turned to discussing what would happen afterwards. He said the recovery would take at least a week, if not longer. However, what was going on with my health was far from minor.

Taking Personalized Learning Personal

Tech Helpful

When I think about personalized learning I see two faces- my own girls. One daughter is a junior in college and the other is a senior in high school. They will both be graduates at the school I have been an educator at for the last 13 years. All through their k-12 educational experience they struggled with math. With tutors in their life studying for exams became less tearful.

Study: Half or more of community college students struggle to afford food, housing

The Hechinger Report

Two-thirds of students at American community colleges struggle to pay for food and half to find a stable place to live, according to a new survey billed as the biggest ever on the subject. The Topic: Some community college students are too poor to afford food and housing. Why It Matters: Homelessness and part-time work derail many students’ educations, leaving them in debt with no degree.

Books are Awesome… I’ll Give You One of Mine

Teacher Tech

Okay, this is a bit shameless, my kids’ school is building a new library. I like books, my kids like books, I want my kids to have access to books. If you will consider voting for Kepler School Library in this contest I’ll raffle off a few copies of my books! Google Form to Win […]. The post Books are Awesome… I’ll Give You One of Mine appeared first on Teacher Tech. Google

Simple, Free Text-to-Speech Tool Boosts Literacy


Natural text-to-speech tool helps kids with reading difficulties. Techlearning Resources App of the Day

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Writing a Better Conference Abstract


Ah, spring–when it’s time to start securing next winter’s conference plans, usually by pulling together abstracts in response to various Calls for Papers. It’s a terrific post, so please do check out the whole thing! Do you have a favorite resource for writing conference abstracts, or a great tip for would-be abstract writers? Let us know in comments!

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Over 30 Good Infographics for Language Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

March 15, 2017 Today as we were looking into GrammarCheck tools we discovered this great resource of infographics designed specifically to help enhance students writing. There are over more. infographic

9 Indicators Of Authentic Mobile Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 9 Indicators Of Authentic Mobile Learning appeared first on TeachThought. Terry Heick Trends & Shifts Experienced Teacher General

Superheroes in Personalized Learning!

Education Elements

What comes to mind when you hear the word, superhero: Batman or Superman? Merriam-Webster defines a superhero as an exceptionally skillful or successful person and that is exactly what West Fork High School is producing in our Personalized Learning Academy (PLA)! When brainstorming ideas to write about, I immediately thought “the real superheroes are the students and skills they gain throughout PLA.” Now don’t get me wrong, I AM a superhero too. So below, are several reasons why I feel my ability to empower my students is my superhero power!

20 Tips For Your Next Paper, Digital, or Social Resume

My Paperless Classroom

Learn 20 tips and tricks to help you create a successful paper, digital, and social media resume that will help you land your next job. The post 20 Tips For Writing Successful Paper, Digital, and Social Resumes appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network. Learn 20 tips and tricks to help you create a successful paper, digital, and social media resume that will help you land your next job. Editorial Podcasting Network Jersey Educator Podcast

2 Excellent Tools to Help Students with Their Writing

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

March 15, 2017 Here are two interesting web tools created by an English language teacher to help students with their writing. The first one is an online word counter to assist students more. writing tools

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Register Now for the Open Mini-Conference on Library "Expertise, Competencies, and Careers"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We're getting close to our Library 2.017 mini-conference: "Expertise, Competencies and Careers," which will be held online (and for free) March 29th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). REGISTER HERE to attend live or to receive the recording links. Abels , John Bertot , and Valerie J. What will employers be expecting? Tucker, Assistant Professor, SJSU.

7 Essential Tips to Concentrate on the Study


One of the most difficult things for many students is to concentrate and avoid distraction while studying. It’s not always easy to focus for several hours on memorizing concepts that may be dense and difficult to understand. That’s why we explain the most essential advises to help you concentrate on the study and use your time efficiently as you prepare for your upcoming tests. Discover the free tools to study better. How to concentrate on the study and be productive? Find a proper study zone. Create summaries and diagrams. Without smartphones.

Market for PCs in the U.S. Is Growing, But Global Sales Take a Hit

Marketplace K-12

The international market for PCs in K-12 education has fallen off over the past year, in part because of governments scaling back on big ed-tech projects. The post Market for PCs in the U.S. Is Growing, But Global Sales Take a Hit appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Apple chromebooks Google international markets Microsoft Mobile Devices

Off to #CUE17 http www cue org conference…

There is no box

Off to #CUE17 ( [link] ). Perhaps it will prompt a blog post or two… Commentary

OPINION: Why is Trump’s ed secretary ignoring the biggest development in education since the printing press?

The Hechinger Report

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos arrives in the House Chamber before President Donald Trump addressed a joint session of Congress in the Capitol, February 28, 2017. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call. Education Secretary Betsy Devos is widely expected to make school choice the centerpiece of her reform agenda. Related: Making an environment where teachers can create bespoke lessons.

Easy Peasy Data Driven Snow Day Plan for Innovative Educators

The Innovative Educator

There was a snow day for New York City schools this week. Everyone had something to say about whether or not schools should have stayed opened or closed. It was even the topic of the popular news program, " The Call." Some felt the city was too darn soft. Some felt the city made the right call. It's a familiar refrain. Unfortunately, no Mayor or schools chancellor can ever get the judgement call right for all. But why not? Why have this decision rest on a judgement call? Why not let the let data drive the decision? If the National Weather Service says this and/or this. then do that.

Multilingual Global Platform For Teachers Seeks To Respond To Globalization

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post Multilingual Global Platform For Teachers Seeks To Respond To Globalization appeared first on TeachThought. Digital Citizenship globalization