September, 2016

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Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners

User Generated Education

Design thinking is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, conceiving original ideas, lots of experimentation, and sometimes building things by hand. The projects teach students how to make a stable product, use tools, think about the needs of another, solve challenges, overcome setbacks and stay motivated on a long-term problem. The Goal.

300 Ways to Help Students Love Writing

The CoolCatTeacher

Ideas from the "The Reading Strategies Book" From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Do you want to help students love writing? In this segment, we talk about a new book including 300 strategies to get students excited about writing. So, if you’re struggling to teach writing and get students engaged, listen to Jennifer Seravallo’s ideas.

Digital Citizenship: The Critical Call To Educate and Prepare 21st-Century Learners

EdNews Daily

By: Robyn Shulman, M.Ed. We live in unprecedented times of great digital advances and innovation. Technology is moving and changing rapidly across the world while connecting us in unforeseen ways. Today’s youth are digital natives who are unaware of life without Internet access, instant communication, mobile phones and an abundance of on-demand information sitting in their pockets.

How to Really Use Data With Students

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Several years ago I co-taught a reading class for students, who were three or more grade levels below their peers, based on some data. Within the class, reading abilities ranged significantly. Our “lowest” students were not progressing at an acceptable rate. Reflecting on several years of co-teaching, we were satisfied with our planning and daily […].

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5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

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Microsoft Education Community - great, free resource for teachers

Educational Technology Guy

The Microsoft Education Community is a great, free resource for teachers. It has free web courses on using Microsoft tools and on best practices for using technology in education. There are discussion groups, resources and training tools available. You can earn badges and certifications through the site also. The site is easy to navigate and has some excellent resources. Check it out!

FREE CLASS: 8 Steps to Global Collaboration in Every Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 7pm EDT From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I’m continuing the Education Technology Series that I’ve been running this fall. Tomorrow night, Tuesday, September 6 at 7pm, EDT I’ll host 8 Steps to Global Collaboration in Every Classroom. How to connect and build projects that transform learning and thinking.

Bias Isn't Just A Police Problem, It's A Preschool Problem

NPR Learning and Tech

A new study by researchers at Yale found that pre-K teachers, white and black alike, spend more time watching black boys, expecting trouble

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35 Awesome Apps that Integrate with Google Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post 35 Awesome Apps that Integrate with Google Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Google Classroom Apps! Did you know that Google Classroom plays well with others? Google is known for making their applications open to working with third-party applications, and Google Classroom is no exception. Are you using Google Classroom? Translation: more goodies for you and your students! I

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The demise of Google’s Project Ara and modularity in computing

The Christensen Institute

The idea behind Project Ara was simple: when an improvement in a phone component, say the camera, would become available, instead of having to buy a new phone, users could swap in a new module. Project Ara was billed as the modular phone. However, on September 2, 2016, Google announced that Project Ara had been cancelled. This “have-it-your-way” flexibility was what modularity enabled.

My Top #EdTech Tools for Teaching Online AP Calculus @wacom @PearDeck @SlackHQ @EDpuzzle @OneNoteEDU @SocraticOrg #flipclass


I am teaching a purely online section of AP Calculus AB this school year! I am excited (and nervous) but mainly pumped for the challenge, learning, and growth that teaching in a purely online environment will bring. In this post, I want to highlight some of the tools that I am relying on to run this course. With the Wacom tablets , handwritten work become possible and effortless!

What Is on the Horizon for Education Technology?

EdTech Magazine

By David Andrade Report outlines important tech issues facing school districts. Classroom Curriculum Digital Content STEM

Tips for Teaching the Classics Without Boring Your Students to Death

The CoolCatTeacher

Level Up to Teach Classic Literature Like a Pro From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Classic literature can be exciting. You can teach classic literature like a pro with today’s insight from Starr Sackstein. What do Rodney Dangerfield, Alfred Hitchcock, and Harry Potter have to do with teaching students about classical literature? Sign Up for Free.

6 Myths About Suicide That Every Educator And Parent Should Know

NPR Learning and Tech

One of the biggest myths? That children don't kill themselves. It's just not true. Children as young as 5 take their own lives every year

5 Great Digital Tools for Teachers

Educational Technology Guy

Planning for the first month of school can take on average 16 hours of prep, research, practice and refinement for every one hour of actual teaching time. In the hopes of giving teachers some hours back this month, here are 5 digital tools that teachers can use to lifehack their course planning. #1 BRAINSTORM IN THE CLOUD: Always forgetting great coursework planning ideas you have outside of class? Jot your brainstorms on your phone’s Evernote app. Trello mimics your wall of Post-Its so you can drag and drop course ideas and to-do’s, big questions or due dates for projects.

Reducing the cost burden on the insured

The Christensen Institute

Since the open enrollment in the health exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) began in late 2013, the percentage of American adults without health insurance has fallen from 18% to 9%, the lowest rate ever recorded. Despite such a positive trend, the average cost burden for single workers continues to increase (Figure 1). Several factors might contribute to this trend of increasing burden.

What does a flipped classroom look like at each grade level?

eSchool News

Although the term “flipped learning” is almost universally recognized, teachers apply it in many forms, in all grades levels, and in various school environments. If you are a teacher using flipped learning, the chances are that you share some similarities with other teachers who flip—as well as some differences. Beth Hobbs, third-grade teacher. Burkett Elementary, Pennsylvania.

How to Design Educational Technology Products to Motivate Students

Digital Promise

Given students’ interest in technology, educational technology tools are a promising way to motivate them to learn. But how can ed tech developers make sure their products deliver on this promise? Research shows there are four elements that help students become naturally motivated to learn: challenge , goals , feedback , and curiosity. To find out how learning products can incorporate these elements, we spoke with Michelle Riconscente, president of Designs for Learning, Inc. , a consulting company for product designers. Challenge. Goals. solving math problems to unlock a door) (4, 6). Feedback.

Top Tips, Tools and Techniques for Easy Formative Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

a Talk with Tony Vincent From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. secret to great teaching is to understand what students know. I’ve had times when one or two students begged me to move on because what I was teaching was “so easy” or they were “bored. We need them to master the material. We need to teach it. Lesson flow. That is it.

Is Your School’s Network Ready for the Future of Education?

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez State IT leaders outline recommendations for school infrastructures over the next 10 years. Access Points Bandwidth Management Networking

CK-12 Concept Maps - see the connections between math and science concepts

Educational Technology Guy

CK-12 , one of my all time favorite, free resources for teachers, has a very cool new feature called "Concept Maps". Concept Maps" uses visual concept mapping to show connections between different concepts in math, science and connections between math and science. Just search for a topic and suggested items appear. Select one and see the concept map. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.

The biggest problem with poverty alleviation programs is that they actually work

The Christensen Institute

At the Chhattisgarh Irrigation Development Project in India, poverty is alleviated with the help of improved irrigation services and agricultural resource management. It is perhaps one of the most counterintuitive findings in our research, that the biggest problem with poverty alleviation programs is the fact that most of the programs work. And we succeeded. And some are actually poorer.

Here’s how 5 more schools are innovating and educating

eSchool News

As the school year gets underway across the nation, many schools and districts are launching new technology initiatives and programs designed to improve teaching and learning. Educators love to share their successes, learn from the success of other schools and districts, and they also love to share lessons they learned along their journey. Want to apply for the awards? You can do that right here.

Here's How Schools Can Support Students' Mental Health

NPR Learning and Tech

Dealing with students' mental health looks different at every school. But experts say doing it well requires a strategy that gets everyone involved

Making Math Meaningful with Virtual Math Manipulatives

The CoolCatTeacher

Use technology to help you teach math From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Use the real world to teach without the mess of physical manipulatives. In brief, virtual math manipulatives are powerful tools for math teachers everywhere. On the whole, many teachers don’t understand how to use them. Listen to this show on: BAM Radio Network | iTunes.

Microsoft Education Updates Improve Classroom Efficiency and Promote Exploration

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez From interactive quizzes to virtual field trips, the latest Office 365 updates have a lot to offer. Classroom Curriculum Digital Content Learning Management Software Productivity Suites Software

A National Call for Awareness: Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

Digital Promise

Approximately 36 million adults in the U.S. have low literacy skills. At the same time, research has shown that a mother’s reading ability is the biggest predictor of her children’s future academic success. Adult education and family literacy efforts are critical for helping some of our most vulnerable learners: low-skilled adults and their children. National Adult Education and Family Literacy (AEFL) Week, held from September 26 to October 1, 2016, is focused on raising public awareness about these incredibly important issues. Who are adult learners? How can we help adult learners?

Making the case for market-creating innovations: a look at Tolaram Industries

The Christensen Institute

People buying and selling food at a market in Nigeria. Flickr: International Institute of Tropical Agriculture. In 1988, Tolaram Industries, maker of Indomie Instant Noodles and a myriad of other products, decided to target nonconsumption in the food industry in Nigeria. Typical modes of segmentation would have deemed this market unviable. This is what Tolaram has done so well.

We flipped professional development and our teachers loved it

eSchool News

Learning cultures have no doubt shifted for students in most K-12 public schools. With new one-to-one initiatives, blended learning, online courses, project-based learning, one could argue that students are now more prepared than ever before for the 21st century. But what about teachers? How are teachers learning to operate as professionals in the 21st century?

What to do when a student constantly refuses to work

The Cornerstone Blog

There’s at least one in every classroom–yep, I’m talking about the kid who just sits there, and doesn’t work. The one who needs constant cajoling to put pencil to paper and get started. In some cases, there’s an attitude problem and the student is disengaged from school in general, and in other cases, the student just lacks focus or self-discipline. Download the audio and listen on the go!

If Some High-Poverty Schools Do Well, Can All?

The CoolCatTeacher

Anael Alston talks about what really turns schools around From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today we’re talking to Dr. Anael Alston about specific issues with high-poverty schools. In a refreshing take on dramatic school change, Anael does not recommend that we assign blame. We all have students who need us to believe in them. Get the Bloomz App.

3 Ways Educators Can Embrace Social Media to Increase Engagement

EdTech Magazine

By Steven W. Anderson By using digital tools, teachers can promote more interactivity and community outreach. Classroom Curriculum Digital Content Internet Online Video Social Media