February, 2017

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10 add-ons to Google Classroom you MUST try

Ditch That Textbook

The basic functions of Google Drive and Google Classroom are only the starting point for the innovative and creative uses one can use in the classroom. Alice Keeler, my co-author in our upcoming book Ditch That Homework, proves that again and again. Alice is one of the only people I know personally who codes for [.].

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Android on Chromebooks! Here are some resources and apps to check out

Educational Technology Guy

Android has come to Chromebooks and is available on EDU Domains! This opens up a whole new world of possibilities with Chromebooks, adding thousands of great apps, features and capabilities. id=com.visionobjects.calculator&rdid=com.visionobjects.calculator Turns handwritten equations into typed and solves them Evernote https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.evernote

#06: The 6 Most Motivating Sketchnotes in Education Today

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT: Sylvia Duckworth on the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Sylvia Duckworth (@ sylviaduckworth ) is a leading sketch note artist in education today. Her new book Sketchnotes for Educators: 100 Inspiring Illustrations for Lifelong Learners is a MUST BUY for every teacher and administrator. SMART Learning Suite is today’s sponsor.

A Pedagogical Shift Needed for Digital Success

A Principal's Reflections

In a previous post I discussed in detail strategies to help ensure the effective use of technology to improve learning outcomes. You don’t have to be a fan of technology, but you do need to understand that it’s a catalyst for some exciting pedagogical changes. These are all outcomes that any educator would (or should) openly embrace. Just using it to access information is also not a sound use.

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 strategies for lightning-quick feedback students can REALLY use

Ditch That Textbook

Using homework assignments to give feedback is pokey. Inefficient. Think about the length of the feedback loop for traditional homework assignments: Teacher assigns homework to students. Students take it home (maybe) and work on it (maybe). Students turn it in the next day. Teacher grades and provides comments that night (if not completely swamped [.].

3 Untapped Social Media Resources For Students

The Web20Classroom

Last week I laid out 3 Untapped Social Media Resources for Teachers. This week we take a look at how to leverage social networks for students. My sister is a senior in high school. Whenever we spend time together I ask her about “what the kids are into these days?” She is right in the heart of the age range for kids who use social media the most (13-18 yrs old). That is their world. Enter Snapchat.

5 Things That Harm a Student’s Ability to Succeed

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode #09: A 10-Minute Teacher Show Interview with Dr. Brad Johnson From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We ask students to sit and expect them to learn? We want children to act like adults? These are just two of the five things that sometimes we educators are doing today to harm student learning. SMART Learning Suite is today’s sponsor. Full Bios.

TOP TIPS for Classroom Management in the Digital Age

EdTechTeam

Classroom Management in the Digital Age: Effective Practices for Technology-Rich Learning Spaces (2016) by Heather Dowd and Patrick Green Cross-posted from Learning Light Bulbs by Nate Gildart Get your own copy of Classroom Management in the Digital Age! The nature of classrooms has. The focus is teaching in the 1:1 environment, or in environments where kids are connected. see p.5 for an example.

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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.

5 Arguments Against “Innovation in Education” and How You Might Respond

The Principal of Change

Innovation in education should not be a luxury, but is now a necessity. The world is changing so rapidly and it is not longer about schools “embracing change”, but creating it. You can wait for it to happen, or you can make it happen; either way change will continuously head our way. ” Yet these concerns are actually the reason that innovation is necessary in education.

Betsy DeVos Confirmed As Education Secretary

NPR Learning and Tech

The most controversial Cabinet pick in recent memory squeaks through with some help from Vice President Pence. Here are some implications for higher education, school choice and more. Image credit: Carolyn Kaster/AP

12 ways to really make Genius Hour work in your class

Ditch That Textbook

Lots of schools and classrooms are making innovation a priority and changing how day-to-day school is done. Don Wettrick’s students take it to a whole new level. Don teaches “Innovation Class,” where students take on a project that connects with their passions. In this class, his students have created apps, designed new products and created [.].

10 Characteristics Of An Authentic-Based Learning Classroom

The Web20Classroom

Along with my good friend and literacy expert Shaelynn Farnsworth , we examine what authentic learning means and what these classrooms truly look like. Reimagining education is frequently sparked by advancement in technology. From the introduction of the No. 2 pencil to the streaming of video in to support learning and teaching, technology is typically the driver to change. Download the Post Image.

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#08: The BreakoutEDU Box: The Classroom Experience That Has Everybody Talking

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | A 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Adam Bellow From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Learn the pitfalls, challenges, and advantages of these BreakoutEDU adventure game boxes used to teach everything from grammar to math. Kids and teachers are raving about BreakoutEDU boxes. Let’s learn what they are from Adam Bellow, cofounder of BreakoutEDU.

Technology in Education: How Chromebooks and Google Classroom Change the Learning Process

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez It’s a new year and time for new tech to take learning to the next level. Classroom Digital Content Hardware Notebooks Personalized Learning

12 augmented reality apps students can use today

eSchool News

Augmented reality–a technology that uses a trigger image to superimpose digital content over a user’s view of the real world–is growing in popularity and accessibility, and it holds a wealth of potential for education. Peterson presented a TCEA 2017 session on augmented reality’s application in classrooms. This is a great way to grab kids and get them involved.”.

5 Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News

NPR Learning and Tech

In an era of national attention to what's real and what isn't, we asked educators to share their strategies for helping students sort out fact from fiction. Image credit: Courtesy of Scott Bedley

If we’re not irrelevant, what are we?

Dangerously Irrelevant

utilize digital technologies in academic- and work-productive ways that go far beyond social uses or mere replication of analog instructional practices. We do a great deal of research and teaching on interesting and important topics. We speak out against the marginalization of underserved and underrepresented groups. We talk a lot against federal and state policy. Principal 2.0 (new new book!).

3 Ways To Encourage Creativity In Your Classroom This Year

The Web20Classroom

This post is in partnership with ACER. Over the next few months I will be writing and sharing many of the exciting classroom products they offer like tablets, desktops and more! A while back I was having a conversation with a colleague about creativity in learning. We debated back and forth about what creativity looked like and could you really teach creativity. But does that mean I am creative?

Cool Cat Teacher’s 31 Favorite Everyday Tools I’m Using Right Now #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

A special Valentine's Day Episode of 10MT with Links to Tools and Tech I Use From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Do you want to know my productivity tips and tricks? How about what I use for digital film class? The technology I use in my classroom everyday? Well, Happy Valentine’s Day! I’ve included links below for you. Check them out. .

Can Virtual Reality “teach” empathy?

The Hechinger Report

A still photo from “One World, Many Stories: New York City,” one of three VR videos about young people in different parts of the world created by Global Nomads Group. Photo courtesy Global Nomads Group. In November 2015, middle-school students from Westchester County, New York, found themselves on a windswept field in Southern Sudan mingling with a crowd of refugees fleeing civil war.

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.

Using Improv To Help Kids With Autism Show And Read Emotion

NPR Learning and Tech

Communicating and interacting socially can be hard for some children with autism. Researchers are looking at how improv classes may help these kids do better day-to-day. Image credit: Peter Balonon-Rosen/Indiana Public Broadcasting

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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.

Station Rotation Model: Student Designed & Led Stations

Catlin Tucker

One of the benefits of the Station Rotation Model is how easy it is to design activities at different levels to meet the diverse needs of a group of students. I spend a lot of time tailoring activities to support students who need additional scaffolds, but it’s important to challenge the strong students in our classrooms as well. . This creates a clear path for the learning. Learning

#17: Microsoft One Note: Useful Tips and Tricks for the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | A 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Dr. Tom Grissom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Let’s learn about One Note with Dr. Tom Grissom. But perhaps to understand why I’m a Microsoft One Note fan, I’d like to tell you a story from several months a go. This past fall, I ran into my former student, Miller, at an away football game.

What the New England Patriots can teach us about healthcare data

The Christensen Institute

This piece was originally published in The Health Care Blog. American football is rich with statistics and advanced analytics meant to depict success in specific facets of the game. For years, patients with diabetes have relied on their glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c or hemoglobin A1c) levels to assess their success in managing their diabetes. What does this have to do with football?

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Why personalized learning should start in school libraries

eSchool News

With personalization a growing initiative in schools, the library may not be the first thing educators think of as a resource. However, according to Michelle Luhtala, library department chair at New Canaan High School, CT, and Jackie Whiting, librarian at New Canaan High School, the library is often the best place to look for personalizing instruction through assessing, reading and making.

Betsy DeVos' Graduation Rate Mistake

NPR Learning and Tech

In written answers to a Senate Democrat's questions, Trump's pick to lead the Education Department grossly overstated the graduation rates of several online schools. Image credit: Carolyn Kaster/AP

K-12 Blueprint - tools, research, devices, best practices and more to support effective EdTech projects

Educational Technology Guy

K12Blueprint is a great, free resource for technology in education. There are toolkits with information and resources for developing and deploying technology initiatives, information on choosing the right device for your schools, software and apps, curriculum, news, research, and blogs from educators and edtech leaders. The information and resources are timely, relevant and easy to use.

3 Untapped Social Media Resources Worth A Second Look

The Web20Classroom

In a world where we are constantly bombarded with information as adults and as educators, there are still many untapped resources to learn from and share with and grow, especially through social media. Being a connected educator doesn’t mean sticking to one favorite platform and having that singular lens to learn from. They just updated their social media data for 2016. Of All U.S Social Media

5 Ideas for Improving Student Writing

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode #10: Jennifer Serravallo on the 10-Minute Teacher Show From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. She was a Senior Staff Developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and taught in Title I schools in NYC. Happy 5 Idea Friday! Thank you PowerSchool Learning for sponsoring this episode. Pitfalls of a lack of focus when teaching writing.