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This is what Google Expeditions can do in a classroom

eSchool News

Virtual reality is one of the latest tools to hit education, and educators across the country are excited to engage students with dynamic, immersive visuals and virtual field trips. But getting started can be overwhelming, especially with different platforms and devices on the market. Larger device sets will likely be needed at the elementary level.

Is Technology Being Integrated Effectively?

A Principal's Reflections

In many cases, there seems to be a tendency to water down expectations when it comes to integrating technology. During a recent presentation on digital pedagogy for deeper learning I asked attendees to discuss then share out on TodaysMeet how they were effectively integrating technology in their classroom, school, or district. Others confessed that they weren’t sure what effective use constituted.

Learning spaces of the third kind

Learning with 'e's

The first kind of space was highly organised. In these 'class' rooms, our students gathered, seated in rows, facing toward a single part of the space - the front. At the front of the classroom were all of the important things, such as the teacher, and of course, the teacher's tools. The students looked on as spectators, and occasionally as active participants in their education. Watch this space).

Scan QR Codes from Chrome Mobile

The Electric Educator

QR codes provide a quick way for someone with a mobile device to visit a web site. The problem is that mobile devices don't come pre-loaded with a QR code scanner. Explaining what a QR code is and asking users to download an app takes far more time than manually typing in a web address. For now, that's only a wish. For now, this is probably the best option for scanning QR codes.

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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Makerspaces: New Prospects for Hands-On Learning in Schools

Leadership Lounge

In my last blog post , I wrote about the rebirth of career and technical education (CTE) in U.S. high schools. But I also bemoaned the lack of opportunities available to non-CTE students who wish to work with their hands. I closed by suggesting the growth of maker labs — or makerspaces — in schools presented some interesting opportunities.

Betsy DeVos Made Me Want To Run For School Board

NPR Learning and Tech

The controversy over President Trump's Education Secretary has brought new interest in seeking local office. Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR

CUE Presents the LeRoy’s Big Idea 2017 Finalists


CUE is you, the educators. CUE is big ideas and steps forward and risk-taking. CUE is always looking for ways to not only acknowledge those efforts, but to support them. To support you. We want to help you bring your ideas to life, and in that way help your students to grow and succeed. We asked for a one minute video and a pitch- What’s your Big Idea for your school? The audience (you!) Big Idea-.


Why ‘What Works’ Doesn’t: False Positives in Education Research


If edtech is to help improve education research it will need to kick a bad habit—focusing on whether or not an educational intervention ‘works’. Answering that question through null hypothesis significance testing (NHST), which explores whether an intervention or product has an effect on the average outcome, undermines the ability to make sustained progress in helping students learn. It provides little useful information and fails miserably as a method for accumulating knowledge about learning and teaching. How does NHST look in action? Left unanswered is why and for whom. We think there are.

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.

6 Ways to Avoid Those Social Media Landmines

The Daring Librarian

This article is planned to be published in the May issue of NEA Today Magazine (sadly, without my nifty custom graphic) but it's already online ! So YAY! I guess I can share it with you early! I’ve been sharing on social media professionally for eight years now, and I have to admit, it can be kinda tricky. Try these six tips to share sensibly online. If so, read it and follow it to the letter.

How Technology Can Cultivate Creative Art Skills in Students?

My Paperless Classroom

In this post, we take a look at 6 different artistic fields and examine how our students can leverage technology to prepare them for their futures. The post How Technology Can Cultivate Creative Art Skills in Students? appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network. Editorial

The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting February 27, 2017 #IMMOOC

The Principal of Change

How do you move from “pockets of innovation” to a “culture of innovation”? How do we start to innovate inside of the box? What does innovation mean for education, and should every educator be an innovator? The brilliant Katie Martin will be joining again to help host this experience, but alumni from the first course will also be taking part to lead in this experience as well. Topic. Guests.


From burnout to Teacher of the Year: Pam’s story of loving her job again

The Cornerstone Blog

I got an email a few months ago from a woman named Pam Gresser. She wrote, I’m starting my 20 th year teaching and 2 years ago, I didn’t know how much longer I could go on. I read your book Unshakeable: 20 Ways to Enjoy Teaching Every Day…No Matter What and it truly changed my whole attitude! I am so excited to be on state boards and panels for education to be a part of change! What an honor.

Background Knowledge: 12 Ways to Set the Stage


Activating prior knowledge and building background knowledge are crucial steps in preparing students for whole class novels and other assigned readings. Cheryl Mizerny shares a dozen strategies she's developed to promote enthusiastic reading among her students.

5 EdTech Tools That Have Recently Caught My Eye

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 5 EdTech Tools That Have Recently Caught My Eye appeared first on TeachThought. Technology General New Teacher

Are We Covering or Are Students Discovering?


Rather than "covering" a curriculum with instruction that's driven by the chapters in a textbook, Diana Fenton and Nancy Van Erp advocate student centered standards-based lesson planning, relying on frameworks like Understanding by Design and concept-based teaching.


App of the Week: Program a robot buddy

eSchool News

note : App of the Week picks are now being curated by the editors of Common Sense Education , which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Click here to read the full app review. SPRK Lightening Lab-Programming for Sphero Robots. What’s It Like? .

Join Our Live Event: Using Interactive Virtual Reality in the Classroom

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Explore the powerful possibilities for teaching and learning with interactive virtual reality across all content areas and grade levels. Participants will learn how to turn 360 images into engaging student-driven learning experiences using ThingLink’s 360 photo editor. Participate live on 2/13 @ or receive an archived copy. --> Reserve your spot for this 30-minute session

The Pros and Cons of Different Business Models in Edtech


Dear Esteban, I have an idea for an edtech product but have no idea on how to monetize it. What are the different business models possible in edtech? Are You My Model? Dear "Are You My Model," There is a general perception that education is full of regulations and red tape that make it impossible to innovate. However, many edtech business models resemble business models you see in other industries with some nuances particular to the education space. Below is a quick summary of four common edtech business models, with an example of a company that is implementing each.

Teaching Social Literacy Through Communication Design

The ASIDE Blog

Source: TED As middle school advisors, we constantly deal with the trials and tribulations resulting from miscommunication. One thing we try to convey to the middle school mind is that in order to fully understand a message, they need to recognize that key factors play into how information is received. The relationship between communication and interaction goes hand in hand with perception.

Allsides: Curating diverse perspectives (or looking at news from most sides now)


Free people from filter bubbles so they can better understand the world and each other. mission. It’s a search tool. It’s a conversation opener. It’s a bubble burster. Though I just discovered it, the news aggregator AllSides has been around for around four years as a platform that curates and uses crowd-sourcing technology to identify perspective in news stories.

Did Warren Buffett Really Asked You To Forward His Email? 5 Ways To Know.

The Innovative Educator

Note: Twitter won't let you Tweet my blog url. Please use this shortened url instead: [link] Fake news isn’t a new thing and it isn’t an internet thing. Many of us had our first experience with fake news when we were told about Santa Claus coming to town. That was followed by old wives tales. Stories that were generally told to discourage some type of behavior. Of course there was never proof.

Check Out These Apps- They Are Free Today

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

February 12, 2017 Below is a collection of some of interesting iPad apps that are free today and only for a limited period of time. You may want to check them out and see what works for more. Apps gone free

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Breakout of Your ThingLink 360!

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

We hope you will join our webinar event featuring Dan Gallagher's session on how to facilitate Breakout EDU type learning experiences, powered by ThingLink 360/VR. This session will take place live on February 28th @ 6:00 pm EST. Sign up to receive an archived copy of the recording. Breakout of Your ThingLink 360! Breakout EDU is taking education by storm! Think of the concept of an Escape Room but modified for education. Students will experience how to work as a team, think critically and problem-solve various challenges applied to any grade level or content area. Reserve your spot today!

More Alike Than Different


In many schools, this time of year is the start of annual review season for students with IEPs (Individualized Educational Programs). It can also be the time when students begin to show some difficulty in current placements and teams grow justifiably concerned about supports. I am not new to the field of special education. I am that person that believes in 100 chances for kids. To be understood.

Education and EdTech Tweet Wrap, w/e 02-11-17


Inspiring, informative, useful, or just plain fun tweets posted on Twitter over this past week … collected here to share with our blog readers. So I was away last week and traveling or disconnected. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!]. Education Technology Twitter Post Weekly Summaries