December, 2016

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Personalizing Student and Educator Learning through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) has prioritized a culture of technology-enriched student learning through its Students and Teachers Advancing Tomorrow Initiative (S.T.A.T.). The central mission of S.T.A.T. is to transform BCPS into a student-centered, personalized learning environment. BCPS leadership thought educators would be better prepared to apply S.T.A.T. teacher. It was empowering.”.

How TED Talks Make Tough Conversations Easy

The Web20Classroom

We've all been there. We are sitting in a group of peers or strangers ready to discuss a topic but no one wants to take the lead and get things going. You need that one focal point for everyone to rally around to get things moving. Videos and images are a great way to jumpstart creative thought and to get folks talking. The same is true in the classroom. That is why I love the TED Talks.

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The 4 Biggest K–12 Education Tech Trends in 2016

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Here’s a look at back at some of the year’s most impactful and buzzworthy ed tech trends. Access Points Classroom Curriculum Digital Content Networking STEM

The Imperative of Experiential and Hands-On Learning

User Generated Education

For the past several decades, I have had my feet in both elementary education and teacher training and development. Regardless of age, grade level, and setting, I include hands-on and experiential learning as a integral part of my instruction. It is learning by doing with a reflective element which, in turn, creates conditions for deeply engaged learning. What is EE ). Adults Say No. Persistence.

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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Using @Grammarly to Improve Writing – Reviewing Grammarly Premium #edtech

techieMusings

I have been a fan of Grammarly for some time now. I have the Chrome extension and find it very helpful to eliminate errors, particularly before I hit that send button on an email. A couple of weeks ago, though, I decided to sign up for a trial of the premium plan. And honestly – I’m learning a lot! This is very different than the typical spelling and grammar check where you go word-by-word.

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Technology’s Impact on Adult Learners and their Children

Digital Promise

The Critical Importance of Family Literacy. Only 36 percent of our nation’s fourth-graders are proficient in reading. This result earned the U.S. a ranking on reading achievement of only 17 out of 34 countries by the Program for International Student Assessment. Even though the U.S. spends more per student than other countries on K-12 education, that spending is not translating into better performance. Mounting data like this makes us question whether our children are receiving the education they need and deserve. But the challenges do not end – or even begin – in the classroom.

Homework: a low return-on-investment activity

Ditch That Textbook

As teachers, we’re so used to assigning homework. Students are used to doing it. It’s what we’ve come to expect as the norm. Why do we do it? We hope that kids will improve. We hope they’ll be smarter, or more resilient, or develop positive skills that will prepare them for the future. But does it [.]. Homework critical thinking education reform education research homework passion-based learning problem solving

Will blended learning fulfill its disruptive potential?

The Christensen Institute

As I mentioned in my last post , the history of education in the United States includes a long list of ambitious programs, initiatives, and reforms that have floundered in producing their promised improvements in student outcomes. Veteran teachers and school leaders have seen wave after wave of pedagogical, curricular, and policy fads wash over the education landscape with little lasting effect.

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.

4 Ways to Cultivate Motivation in Your Students

The CoolCatTeacher

How to Become a Master at Student Motivation From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Student self-motivation is, perhaps, the Holy Grail of teaching. In fact, the hardest days of teaching are when your students don’t care. In those circumstances, we start to wonder if we should care either. ” “My students just don’t care.”

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Teachers Are Stressed, And That Should Stress Us All

NPR Learning and Tech

When educators are buried under problems beyond their control — here's a solution: Get mindful. Image credit: Vivian Shih for NPR

Chromebooks and G Suite for Education Boost Student Engagement and Learning

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Google surveys examine the impact of their products and apps in K–12 education. Classroom Hardware Notebooks

Scaling Practice-Based Coaching through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University recently scaled access to professional learning content for educators by taking advantage of the Massive Open Online Courses for Educators (MOOC-Eds) format. But there wasn’t a clear path to similarly scale the personalized, job-embedded support needed to transfer that content into practice. Enter micro-credentials.

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15 YouTube videos all educators must see

Ditch That Textbook

Whenever I work with teachers, I always have a YouTube playlist handy. It has videos that always seem to resonate, entertain, educate or inspire. I constantly find encouragement in videos that others share. And in a world where well produced, stunning videos can be created by virtually anyone, it’s easier to find than ever. Here [.]. Teaching creative teaching edtech educational technology humor inspiration skype youtube

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Complement and ‘commoditize’ teachers, but don’t substitute for them with tech

The Christensen Institute

With technology’s presence growing in virtually every field, the specter of technological unemployment has raised its head again and again. In education, the question of whether technology will replace teachers was a common meme to fight the emergence of digital learning but has increasingly faded away as a serious threat. The basic pattern Arnett elucidates is not confined to education. In all industries, when a disruptive innovation emerges, it typically commoditizes expertise. This does two things. And it unleashes the experts to be able practice to the top of their craft.

What is the SAMR model?

EdTech4Beginners

A new acronym floating around at the moment is SAMR. But what does it mean and what implications does it have for classroom practise? SAMR stands for: substitution, augmentation, modification and redefinition. It basically details all the ways technology can impact or not on learning. Substitution. This is when teachers or pupils are using tech tools but in no different way to old ones.

#1: The 7 questions every new teacher should be able to answer

eSchool News

[ Editor’s note: This story, originally published on June 13th of this year, was our #1 most popular story of the year. Happy holidays, and thank you for tuning into our 2016 countdown!]. Not long ago, the leadership team of a school district I was working with asked me: “If you were going to hire a new teacher, what would you ask in the interview?” How do you continuously learn?

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The Next Big Thing in Ed Tech Is Here

EdTech Magazine

By Eric Patnoudes Online contractors help create video that highlights passion for education. Collaboration Collaboration Management

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The Potential of Virtual Reality

A Principal's Reflections

Many educators, including myself, routinely talk about the need for innovation in education. If we continue to employ the same type of thinking then we will get the same or results. We also run the risk of taking a step backwards and experiencing worse results than anticipated. Change isn’t coming; it is already on our doorstep! Thus we must begin to embrace new ideas and methodologies.

Virtual Technology: A Solution to Rural Isolation

Digital Promise

How do you help low-skilled adult learners who are also struggling with the persistent problem of rural isolation? Enter the power of virtual technology. The Students and Parents in Cooperative Education (SPICE) Family Literacy Program serves central Maine’s Regional School Unit #3 (RSU 3). SPICE’s mission is to integrate childhood and adult education. You can do a whole bunch with your kids very young, and you’re giving a parent the confidence that he can help his child be a better student,” says Pat Hughes, RSU 3 Career, Adult, and Community Education Director. What Do Your Learners Need?

What The People Who Read Your College Application Really Think

NPR Learning and Tech

The college application process can be confusing and frustrating for prospective students. Here's a look at what happens behind the curtain. Image credit: Mouni Feddag for NPR

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What should new teachers know before they set foot in a classroom?

The Hechinger Report

First-grade teacher Elly Eckhoff worries new teachers aren’t getting enough about tending to children’s social-emotional needs in their preparation. Photo: Peggy Barmore. COLUMBIA, Mo. And then she spoke. They need to know about mental illness, poverty training and assistance,” she said. They need to know what poverty does to kids’ brains — the state of being in fight or flight.”.

IT#1: What’s next in ed-tech? These 18 trends

eSchool News

[ Editor’s note: This story, originally published on September 14th of this year, was our #1 most popular IT story of the year. For last week’s #2 IT story, click here.]. I do a lot of speaking about ed-tech trends, and none of my talks seem to get larger audiences than those that address new or emerging technologies. The answer to the first question is easy. Next page: The key trends.

10 ideas from Google’s 2016 Education on Air Conference

Ditch That Textbook

Students and teachers are doing amazing things with Google tools in the classroom. They’re collaborating. They’re creating. They’re sharing. They’re doing things that would be pretty tough — or impossible — without those tools. Some people look at all that innovation and think, “That’s all well and good … but I can’t dream up all [.]. Uncategorized edtech education on air educational technology g suite gafe google apps for education

Microsoft ‘Hacks’ the Classroom to Help Teachers Innovate

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez With the help of some new programs, the tech leader is assisting educators with STEM. Classroom Management Professional Development STEM Training

17 Things for Teachers to Try in 2017 (Infographic and FREE Download)

Shake Up Learning

The post 17 Things for Teachers to Try in 2017 (Infographic and FREE Download) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. 17 Things for Teachers to Try in 2017 #SUL #edtech Click To Tweet. 17 Challenges for Teachers in 2017! 2017 is upon us, and there are so many new and exciting advances in technology coming our way. The new year always inspires us to set new goals, learn new things, and start fresh.

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Getting Good Career Advice Will Make Your College Experience Better

NPR Learning and Tech

College graduates who say they received high-quality career services are much more likely to feel good about their education, recommend their university and donate to their alma mater. Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR

New Google Sites + Google Classroom

Teacher Tech

New Google Sites + Google Classroom New Google Sites is finally out! This is a great option for creating a class website and sharing resources. Since New Sites is essentially a new product it does not have all the features of Classic Google Sites, but be assured more features are coming. What I particularly like […]. The post New Google Sites + Google Classroom appeared first on Teacher Tech.

8 teacher-loved edtech tools to try in 2017

eSchool News

Want to be an innovative teacher? There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of apps and online edtech tools for that! But which ones have the most potential for the New Year? Probably the ones that have already seen success in a number of schools and districts across the country. Explore and enjoy! For Online Courses/Blended Learning. Coursera. iTunes University. Wolfram Alpha.

8 Tools to Create How-To Videos for Students

Class Tech Tips

Are you empowering your students as creators? One of my favorite ways to set a purpose for learning is to have students show off what they’ve mastered. You can use technology tools to create how-to videos! Students can demonstrate what they’ve learned and share their knowledge with others by creating how-to video clips.

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A Vision for the “4 Non-Negotiables for All Schools”

The Principal of Change

In a previous post, “ 4 Non-Negotiables for Schools “, I shared what I believe should be evident in all schools: Charlie Hutzler, summed it up nicely on Twitter: ✔ #Climate. Develop whole child. Model #learning. Stoke #curiosity. 4 Non-Negotiables for Schools @gcouros https://t.co/gzVEeew3E3 gzVEeew3E3 #edchat. Charlie Hutzler (@CAHutzler) December 18, 2016. Attempt 2: . Attempt 3: .

How health plan innovation can cure the Affordable Care Act

The Christensen Institute

Rhetoric surrounding the Affordable Care Act from President-elect Donald Trump has shifted from a hard-and-fast stance of ‘ repeal and replace ’ to a concession that some provisions in the bill are worthy of merit. After three years of operation, insurer participation in the ACA exchanges has dwindled to 3.9 companies per state in 2017 (down from 5.4 For more, see: Obamacare, we have a problem.