January, 2017

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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.

A Simple Guide to Podcasting in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

How to improve learning and listening in the classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Teachers want their students to create, but don’t want to fight with clunky technology. Listening skills and learning can be improved with podcasting. Podcasting sparks imagination, creativity, and builds listening skills. Listen to the Audio. About Us.

The 3 Biggest K–12 Tech Trends for 2017

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Classroom tech and data will continue to boost learning outcomes. Blended Learning Business Intelligence Classroom Data Analytics Data Governance Makerspaces Personalized Learning STEM

5 Resources To Make Your Next Presentation Pop

The Web20Classroom

Perhaps you are like me and have to sit through presentations often. Sometimes they are great. You can tell the presenter put a lot of thought into what they want to talk about and it feels like they really know their stuff. The slides they use are engaging and help reinforce the story that’s being told. But then there are those times that are the complete opposite. Best part they are all free!

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

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Our hopes and dreams for Global Prosperity at the Christensen Institute: Will you join us?

The Christensen Institute

How we got here. spent the first 16 years of my life in Nigeria before moving to the United States for college. And as far as I knew, the only way to solve the global poverty problem was by spending significant sums of money. Then, I read a book that made me begin to question these assumptions. Clearly, something is wrong with this picture. Where will we go from here? Emerging Research

How Mainstreet Media Steps Up When Mainstream Media Lets Us Down

The CoolCatTeacher

What we can learn from the media's silence about the South Georgia Storm Disaster 2017 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Is it that we don’t have a dead baby in a ditch like we had in the Camilla tornadoes in 2000 to get people upset? Is that Albany Georgia’s tragedy is ignored? And this complete lack of reporting is a problem. MOBILIZE!

How The Systemic Segregation Of Schools Is Maintained By 'Individual Choices'

NPR Learning and Tech

Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones says school segregation will continue to exist in America "as long as individual parents continue to make choices that only benefit their own children." Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR

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Digital Differentiation with Google Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post Digital Differentiation with Google Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. How to Differentiate Assignments in Google Classroom. I am often asked about differentiation strategies that will work in the Google Classroom application. Google Classroom is a very robust tool that can make differentiating digital assignments a reality. UPDATED January 24, 2017!) NEW Feature! Voila!

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How this Teacher is Finding True Joy in Her Profession: A Chat with Ariel from 51Talk

EdNews Daily

This is our third interview with teachers from 51Talk. enjoyed this interview. You can hear the happiness in Ariel’s voice as you read her experience. If you have any questions about teaching with 51Talk, please reach out to us. You can also apply to teach at this link: 51Talk Application. Ariel, You’ve been teaching with 51Talk for the past four months. It’s a very fun dynamic.

Shaping Student Management Skills through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Teachers understand the value teamwork, communication, and collaboration holds in our increasingly complex and fast-paced world. To prepare their students for long-term success, teachers are constantly looking for ways to incorporate those behaviors into their students’ daily activities since they strengthen critical project management skills. Planning a Learning Project.

Finding ‘personalized learning’ and other edtech buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle

The Christensen Institute

Education buzzwords come and go, just as the fads they sometimes represent. But some endure and come back, much as in the Gartner Hype Cycle —or perhaps as in a metaphorical Ferris wheel, in which concepts take their seats and then rise and fall, over and over. This is problematic. Peak of inflated expectations: personalized learning. What is personalized learning? That’s tougher to say.

Web Filtering: equally beneficial for your 5-year-old & 15-year-old

Securly

Web filtering is required by law, as long as schools wish to receive e-rate funding to supply their digital classrooms. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires that schools “block Internet access to pictures that are (a) obscene (b) child pornography or (c) harmful to minors.” The general sentiment: students –especially teens– hate web filtering*. And even save lives. 2.

5 Big Ideas In Education That Don't Work

NPR Learning and Tech

Some of the most popular ideas in education aren't necessarily the best fixes. Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR

How to Find the Parent-Teacher Communication App Your Classroom Needs

EmergingEdTech

Jessica Meacham built a robust worksheet and did a lot of research to find the parent-teacher app that best fit her requirements.  Teacher Gets Serious About Comparing Apps to Find the Right one for. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].

250+ Google Classroom Tips, Tutorials and Resources

Shake Up Learning

The post 250+ Google Classroom Tips, Tutorials and Resources appeared first on Shake Up Learning. The Best Google Classroom Resources for Teachers. I’ve been curating Google Classroom tips and resources on Pinterest   (also embedded below), which now includes over 250 Google Classroom tips, tutorials, and resources for teachers. Keep reading for more information below! What is Google Classroom?

K–12 Schools Embrace Anytime, Anywhere Learning

EdTech Magazine

By Jacquelyn Bengfort Districts go beyond reconfiguring classrooms and prepare students to take their learning mobile. Bring Your Own Device Classroom Cloud Collaboration Management Networking

Inequality and education in the age of Trump

The Christensen Institute

Fears are mounting that technology will automate and displace jobs on a scale never before seen. At the same time, despite its clear benefits, free trade does lead to the displacement of some individuals’ jobs. As a recent Harvard Business Review piece titled “ What So Many People Don’t Get About the U.S. The same is true for the continued development and spread of new technologies.

15 hot edtech trends for 2017

eSchool News

With every new year comes new ideas. To get a glimpse into what the next 12 months will hold for everything from professional development to digital learning, and from communication to virtual reality, 15 ed tech luminaries looked back on 2016 edtech trends to help predict what’s in store for 2017. Here’s what they said: 2016 was The Year of Video. By Stephen Downes, National Research Council.

Improve Your Teaching By Doing a Few Things Well

The CoolCatTeacher

The Innovator's Mindset with George Couros From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. There are too many apps. Too many ideas. Too many initiatives. Too many jobs to do. Too many strategic objectives. Too many standards. Lack of focus plagues almost every aspect of education. What if by doing less, we can achieve more? What if simplicity is the way forward?

Curriculum Mapping with G Suite

EdTechTeam

Wouldn't it be great to create a flexible, collaborative and free Curriculum Mapping solution for unit planning and horizontal and vertical articulations using G Suite? It's now possible! In this community, we share all the steps through a Google Drawing Infographic with YouTube Video tutorials and interact regularly with a diverse community of over 700 members. Wait a minute! Want to explore more?

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How can schools protect student data without training teachers in privacy basics?

The Hechinger Report

 . Gearing up for their district’s password-reset day in October, teachers and school administrators in Raytown, Missouri, watched a spoof video “gym” tour by their tech-support staff, who offered tips for stronger passwords amidst “laptop lunges” and “cross-tech” training. Every few months in Raytown, there’s a new silly video with the serious purpose of safeguarding student information.

8 Things to Keep in Mind When Executing a Digital Transformation

EdTech Magazine

By Eric Sheninger By following a process, K–12 leaders can be assured they are making the most of education technology. Classroom Digital Content Leadership Management Professional Development Training

3 Areas Where Having “The Innovator’s Mindset” is Crucial

The Principal of Change

As I have contended for years, “Innovation” is about mindset, not skill set. How we look at the world, is how we move forward, learn, and create.  In my book, “ The Innovator’s Mindset “, I defined it as the following: “Belief that abilities, intelligence, and talents are developed so that they lead to the creation of new and better ideas.” ” .

How to use student voice to improve engagement

eSchool News

When it comes to strategic planning, school district leaders know they must involve all stakeholder groups from the beginning. Though they are arguably the most important stakeholder group, students are sometimes overlooked in the planning process. Many school leaders are finding that when they listen to student voice, student engagement and achievement improves. Resource School Administration

8 of the Best Research Tools for Inquiry

iLearn Technology

As an inquiry based school, Anastasis students (and teachers) spend a LOT of time researching. Our students essentially build their own living curriculum as they follow a line of inquiry. Below are my very favorite research tools for students. Research platforms: 1. Kiddle – This is a kid-friendly, Google Safe powered search engine. Kiddle searches safe sites that were written FOR kids.

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4 Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Revolutionize the Classroom.

EdTech4Beginners

It’s hard to see anything other than artificial intelligence being the next frontier of the edtech front. More specifically, machine learning has quickly gained the potential to overhaul what educators can accomplish with technology due to how rapidly the field has advanced within the last two years. Here’s four ways artificial intelligence is going to do just that: 1) More collaboration. link].

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Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

Two students share a computer as they prepare for their geometry final at Northridge High School, in Greeley, Colo. Photo: Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor. GREELEY, Colo. — — Inside a high-ceilinged library at Northridge High School here, seniors are typing on 16-year-old laptops donated by a local Rotary Club. Some of the computers are missing keys. real plan.”.

Department of Education Creates New Evaluation Tool for K–12 Administrators

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez A simplified ed tech evaluation process is on the horizon. Classroom Digital Content Management Return on Investment

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District transformation: Help us discover the keys to success

The Christensen Institute

This post describes research I will conduct over the coming months to better understand how school districts can successfully transform mainstream instruction using blended learning. If you have suggestions regarding school systems I should look at as I undertake this research, please contact me at tarnett@christenseninstitute.org. The new year is often a time for predictions. The work ahead.

Can robotics teach problem solving to students?

eSchool News

Throughout my 35 years of teaching, I’ve watched students grow up in what I lovingly call the “worksheet generation.” In this environment, students are accustomed to a very structured style of learning, where they are handed a worksheet, then asked to turn to page five in their math book and solve problems one through 15. Set the expectation up-front that there is more than one answer.

First Steps to Personalize Learning

Education Elements

If you wait until you’re ready for personalized learning, you’ll never get started! Our antiquated, factory-style education system is failing our students. It’s also failing our teachers. We have more and more students each year struggling to find relevance and connections between what they do in school each day and their future hopes and dreams. Sadly, the current structures of most educational systems will not allow for these students to see that day come about. Personalized Learning Education Educators Leaders innovation