October, 2016

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Teaching through the camera lens: 10 activities with photos and video

Ditch That Textbook

Once, it was so handy to carry one of those disposable film cameras around in our pockets. Once, we were so thankful for our point-and-shoot digital cameras because they made instant photography so much easier. Today, so many of us carry cameras around in our pockets. We pull them out at a moment’s notice. Many [.]. Ed Tech cameras cell phones edtech educational technology mobile learning photos

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140 Twitter Tips for Educators

The CoolCatTeacher

Help for teachers curious or skeptical about Twitter From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The curious teacher opened up Twitter. In the teacher’s lounge this morning, an excited teacher was talking about a new tool she’d found on Twitter that had her students raving. Oh, my! She thought Twitter made no sense. I’m still learning.

50 Hacks That Make Every Single Student Love You and Your Class

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Do students hate your class? Do they hate you? Think long and hard before you answer. I often hear my own children say, “I can’t stand that class”. There were plenty of times in my 23 years as a classroom teacher that students were saying, “I hate Mr. Barnes”. They didn’t usually say it to […]. Featured Inspiration HackLearning

10 Essential Characteristics of a 21st Century Educator

The Principal of Change

This is a first draft and I am trying to learn through reflection. Would love your thoughts on the ideas below. People have come to loathe the term “21st Century Education”, or “21st Century Teacher” The argument is that “we are 16 years into the 21st century!”, ”, yet I would argue, we have 84 years to go! If you know better, you have to do better.

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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10 Google Classroom time savers for teachers

Ditch That Textbook

If you and your students are using Google Apps in the classroom, Google Classroom can save you tons of time and effort. It helps you assign, collect, grade and return work seamlessly. But, like anything else, there are tricks that can help you do the same work in less time. They make you more efficient [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology efficiency gafe Google Apps google classroom time management

Epic Guide To Game Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

100+ Game Based Learning Resources to Get Started in Your Classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Games are fun. We can use them to teach. It isn’t that hard. Game based learning excites learning in my classroom. It can ignite your classroom too. In this post, I’ll share what I’m doing in my classroom. What are serious games?

The global extreme poverty rate has reduced to less than 10 percent…so what?

The Christensen Institute

In October 2015, for the first time ever, the World Bank estimated that the global rate of people living in extreme poverty (calculated as people living on less than $1.90 per day) fell to just under than ten percent. Consider this—in 1990, there were approximately 5.2 billion people on the planet, 37 percent of whom were living in extreme poverty. per day. Image via Washington Post.

SmartFeed - quality, curated content for kids

Educational Technology Guy

SmartFeed is the trusted platform & tool for parents to easily and conveniently curate and manage kid's digital media - across all content and device platforms. By serving up better media to kids, SmartFeed is helping to positively shape the next generation’s mindset in the midst of a media-saturated world. Why do we need this? Enter SmartFeed ! Follow me on Twitter and Google+.

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.

How Librarians Hold the Key to Future Ready Schools

Digital Promise

Do you see librarians as part of the future? Courtesy Mark Ray Mark Ray is the Chief Digital Officer for Vancouver Public Schools. I posed that question in my recent TEDx talk during the 2016 Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools meeting in San Diego. In my district , across the League, and across the U.S., the answer is coming back: “Heck Yeah!”. Blog Educators League of Innovative School

11 Ridiculously Easy Classroom Cleaning Hacks

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. You spend lots of time before school even starts making sure that your classroom is in great order—supplies away, surfaces sparkling, shelves and cubbies totally organized. And then the students arrive. It doesn’t take too many days and too many students for that well-planned order to disintegrate—especially when you tend to the daily work of […].

Improve retention, re-teach less with this learning technique

Ditch That Textbook

What if you didn’t have to spend so much time re-teaching material to your students? What if that material was securely saved in their minds, ready for recall whenever necessary? And they could apply that knowledge to whatever they were learning at the moment? Even though there’s no magic bullet to make students remember everything [.].

6 Riveting Ways to Make Reading and Writing Fun for Students

The CoolCatTeacher

Creative Literacy Lessons with Kids From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Therapy dogs. Lunch bunch. Reading groups. These are just of a few ideas you can use to excite students about reading and writing. Writing can be fun. So can reading. Let’s discuss lots of creative ideas that work. This inspiring show will get you started. Writing Competitions.

The chasm between math research and classroom practice

Dangerously Irrelevant

Steve Leinwand and Steve Fleischmann said: In mathematics instruction, a chasm exists between research and practice. For evidence of this gap, look no further than the mismatch between what research says about developing students’ conceptual mathematics understanding and what we actually do. An example is the way we teach math content in elementary and middle schools. emphasis added].

If poverty is not a resource problem, then what is it?

The Christensen Institute

In his 1949 presidential inaugural address, popularly referred to as the Four Points speech, Harry Truman introduced the concept of international development as we know it today. In his speech, he asked Americans to “embark on a bold new program for making the benefits of our scientific advances and industrial progress available for the improvement and growth of underdeveloped areas.” and $3.10

The Top 4 Reasons Why Teachers Should be Using Google Classroom

EdTechTeacher

This fall, as part of our #ETTchat series , Communications Editor James Daley will be chatting with our EdTechTeacher instructors about some of their favorite tools, apps, and strategies for the classroom. In this post, he chats with Ben Sondgeroth about why teachers should be using Google Classroom. Ben is a Google for Education Certified Trainer, and one of EdTechTeacher’s newest instructors.

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Learning About Ormiboard-Part 1

The Web20Classroom

When I began to introduce Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to my former district one of the questions (albeit anxiety filled) from teachers was with all these devices in the classroom how will we make sure students are doing what we need them to be doing? While those conversations around content and pedagogy are important, the need for specific tools to enhance that learning environment are crucial.

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50 people and hashtags you MUST check out on Twitter

Ditch That Textbook

Getting connected professionally on Twitter was the single most important, most powerful thing I ever did as an educator. The most important. I’m not overstating that. And I can remember exactly when it happened. I was at the Indiana Conference on Learning in Indianapolis, and our state Superintendent of Public Instruction was giving the keynote [.].

How Do You Mend a Broken Teacher?

The CoolCatTeacher

Life Lessons from Hall of Fame Teacher Kim Bearden From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Broken. It happens. It hurts deeply. I have had days when I didn’t know how I would get out of bed and make it to school. Most teachers I respect have had periods of deep brokenness too. So has Hall of Fame Teacher Kim Bearden, co-founder of Ron Clark Academy.

I made my classroom look like the real-world—and test scores soared

eSchool News

Think about the jobs in today’s economy — the ones we’re supposed to prepare students for after graduation. Are employees evaluated using bubble-in tests to prove they know the ins and outs of their job? Do they learn and use new skills one at a time in a vacuum? The questions sound a bit silly until you realize too often that’s what students take away from their education.

Are students buying what we’re selling?

The Christensen Institute

Calls for innovation in education seem to get louder by the day. Innovation” has become the catchall term for the urge to make up for what our current system lacks; a system that, on balance, is neither delivering an equally high-quality education to all students equally, nor designed to reliably prepare young people for the modern workforce. The take away? appeared first on Christensen Institute

How To Spark Learning Everywhere Kids Go — Starting With The Grocery Store

NPR Learning and Tech

A $20 intervention caused a big boost in conversations between parents and kids. Researchers say there are lots of untapped opportunities like these to help kids learn out of school

Celebrating Five Years of Leadership with the League of Innovative Schools

Digital Promise

This week, as we celebrate Digital Promise’s fifth anniversary , we also welcome the districts who are part of the 2016-2017 cohort of the League of Innovative Schools. Members of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools are changing the model of traditional public education and building policies, programs, and practices that demonstrate how forward-thinking leadership, combined with driven, empowered educators and smart technology use, can transform learning. In addition, as we highlight our new League leaders, we also want to feature the work and knowledge of our current members.

5 ways tech can truly improve learning (with examples)

Ditch That Textbook

Trainers, bloggers and education pundits tend to use lots of catch phrases and buzz words to talk about the power of technology in education. You’ll hear things like this: Technology is a game changer. Technology can do so much for education. The Internet is full of resources we can use. Technology is the future of [.].

How Do We Teach Politics to Kids During an R-rated election?

The CoolCatTeacher

The US Presidential Election Can Be Taught: But How? From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The fifteen thousand pound Statue of Freedom placed upon the US Capitol Building is dressed to defend her country. During my summer in DC, I would squint into the bright light and try to see the Statue of Freedom a little more clearly. That summer, she captured me.

Technology does not equal innovation, but using technology is often crucial to innovation.

The Principal of Change

Lately I have been doing things a little different in my workshops. Instead of slowing down and showing step-by-step every little thing that I am doing with technology, I am purposefully going fast and showing people the speed of how quickly I can get things done amazingly well with the technology. They see the value, so they figure it out. That’s the hard work. See image below).

Uncovering what works in blended learning

The Christensen Institute

To scale effective blended and personalized learning environments, we first need to develop a better understanding of what learning approaches work, for which students, in what circumstances. This level of insight is necessary to build replicable theories of change, and it will move us beyond educational “best practices” that lack true predictive power. Blended learning up close—really close.

A Sesame Study In Kindness

NPR Learning and Tech

A new survey from Sesame Workshop found that parents and teachers worry a lot about kindness — what it looks like, how to cultivate it and why there isn't enough of it in the world

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Implementing Wearable Technology at Schools Boosts Engagement, Motivation

EdTech Magazine

By Courtney Pepe, Stephanie Talalai These best practices from a New Jersey school for students with disabilities outline four ways wearable tech can head to the classroom. Classroom Digital Content Mobility STEM Wearables

20 books by teachers, for teachers to inspire your teaching

Ditch That Textbook

I wrote my book, Ditch That Textbook, in 2014 and it was published in spring 2015. When that book was published, I didn’t realize that I would be part of a huge movement to equip and empower teachers. My book was published by Dave Burgess Consulting, led by Dave and Shelley Burgess. Dave wrote Teach [.]. Teaching books creative teaching edtech educational technology inspiration motivation

45 Minute Goals Can Transform Your Teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

Shelly Sanchez Terrell dives deep into the transformative program From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Don’t walk in the classroom defeated. Make professional development personal. Start tomorrow. It is easy in simple, small steps. For the last seven years, Shelly Terrell’s 30 Goals Challenge has ignited teacher learning. Listen to the show.

Does the classroom of the future look more like a coffee shop?

eSchool News

Peek inside Brittany Horning’s second-grade class at L’Ouverture Elementary School, and you’ll see kids sprawled on large ottomans, perched atop bouncy seats, lying back on gamer-style recliners and using footstools as makeshift desks. It looks more like a living room or a neighborhood coffee shop – minus the whirring espresso machine – than a traditional classroom with rows of desks.