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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?

How This Teacher Builds A Professional Learning Community Online

EdNews Daily

This is the first article in our series about building professional learning communities for online teachers. In this series, we share ideas from online teachers who work at 51Talk. 51Talk is the largest online English education platform in China. In June 2016, it became a publicly listed company on the New York Stock Exchange (COE). We hope you find these tips encouraging and helpful.

How to Differentiate Questions with Google Forms

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Differentiate Questions with Google Forms appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Shut the Front Door (Again)! Updated Differentiation with Google Forms! UPDATED March 2017! There are so many amazing things we can do with Google Forms. It can get complicated very fast, so hang on tight for some tutorials, details, and classroom application ideas! What is Branching in Google Forms?

Intent vs. Impact

The Principal of Change

Speaking to a group of principals, one of the participants, thanked me for my time, and gave a very elegant “call-to-action” to the group. It was not simply discussing what I talked about, but what they needed to do to move forward. One of her quotes that resonated with me was, “Intention is not good enough; we need to look at our impact.” ” It jolted me.

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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If You Teach And No One Learns, Did You Really Teach?

The Jose Vilson

This past week, my school had parent-teacher conferences. It’s like Christmas four times a year… Sidenote: When I said this aloud to one of my classes, one of my students said “Doesn’t that mean you have Christmas five times a year including Christmas?” ” I responded, “Nah, because it’s not exactly Christmas, but it’s like Christmas, though.”

Students Use The Internet of Things, Big Data and Big Ideas to Build Smarter Cities


Using waste to heat homes or sitting on park benches that detect air quality (while also charging phones) are just a few examples of what it means to live in a Smart City. In countries such as South Korea and the United Arab Emirates, designing a smart city might mean planning and developing brand new cities from scratch. But for places like New York City, which in 2016 was named the “Best Smart City” by the Smart City Expo World Congress in Spain , making a city smarter means boosting interconnectivity. In either case, creating smart cities is not only for architects and technologists.

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5 Innovative School Models You Might Not Know

The Innovative Educator

When it comes to education, innovation is nothing new. Innovative models have been around but forgotten in the current climate of accountability and standardization. Before that there were models, like Montessori, that were more well known. While innovative educators understand their value, such models are not able to thrive, or even survive, under the current public school structures. Watch here.

Teaching Students to Write about Contraptions


Kevin Hodgson's sixth graders experience systems thinking when they explain Rube Goldberg contraptions, design interactive stories, and diagram sports plays. Hodgson offers many examples of student work and shows how the approach addresses Common Core objectives.

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.

Google Slides Animation: Teach Kids Control Z

Teacher Tech

In the debate over what keyboard shortcut is the best I think Control Z is the hands down winner. Control Z allows you to ask “I wonder what this does?” ” And then NOT WONDER… DO IT! Control Z is undo. When you try sometime or mess something up, Control Z to the rescue. Keyboard Shortcuts Teaching […]. The post Google Slides Animation: Teach Kids Control Z appeared first on Teacher Tech. Google Intermediate Keyboard Shortcuts Slides google keytips slides

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Women’s History Month Video Playlist from YouTube

Class Tech Tips

Video clips can help students access information and thanks to online platforms like YouTube it’s easier than every to find multimedia to share in your classroom. Although YouTube has an overwhelming amount of videos to search through, organizations will often create channels or playlists to help users find the perfect set of video clips.

Why Even Great Teaching Strategies Can Backfire And What To Do About It


Educators often look for classroom inspiration from instructional strategies that “work,” focusing on how many students improved based on a given strategy. While that’s important and helpful, focusing only on how a strategy works, without examining why it didn’t work for some learners, is a missed opportunity. Examining the conditions when a strategy is ineffective or unintentionally misleads students doesn’t necessarily mean teachers should abandon that strategy altogether, but it does help them plan ahead for how it might backfire. But sometimes it’s a horrible way to learn.”. What happened?

Louvre HD is Free Today- Access Thousands of Famous Paintings and Masterpieces of World Art

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

March 19, 2017 The popular app Louvre HD is free today and only for a limited period of time. Louvre HD allows you to virtually tour the wonderful galleries in the Louvre museum and discover more. iPad museums apps

Instructional Technology Tweet Wrap w/e 03-18-17


Inspiring, informative, useful, or just plain fun tweets posted on Twitter over this past week … collected here to share with our blog readers. This week in the wrap we have a couple of articles. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!]. Education Technology Twitter Post Weekly Summaries

Start Youngsters on a Coding Adventure with Cubetto

Learning in Hand

Primo , a London-based company, offered to send me a Cubetto in exchange for a review. I typically say no to these kinds of requests. However, at ISTE 2016 in Denver , I saw Cubetto at Techterra’s poster session. I was intrigued by this wooden robot designed for girls and boys aged 3 to 6. And since I have four year old twins who I suspected would love this, I agreed to write a review. More Maps.

6 Good Educational iPad Apps Free Today- Grab Them

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

March 19, 2017 Here is a collection of some good iPad apps that are free today and only for a limited period of time. Hopefully by the time you are reading this post the apps are still free. Some more. Apps gone free

Introducing Music to All – In All of Our Schools


Frank Buck remembers the joy of playing the Tonette with 4th grade classmates. Today, any teacher with access to a set of iPads and a free app can introduce all students to elements of music, enjoy the kids' hands-on sound experiments, and build engagement and a more vibrant classroom culture.

In the America first budget, schools come last

The Hechinger Report

When it comes to education, President Donald Trump’s “America First” budget flips the famous line from the baseball movie, “Field of Dreams,” that people have adapted to use in business ever since: “If you build it, they will come.”. Trump’s philosophy seems to be, “If you break it, they will come to private and charter schools” — “it” in this scenario being the traditional public school system.