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How to improve student engagement

The Christensen Institute

Most teachers struggle with low student engagement, particularly at the middle school and high school levels. “My My students don’t seem to care.”. They don’t see how school is relevant.”. They won’t put in the effort.”. Those statements from teachers about their students are all too common. Unsure if student engagement is a problem at your school? Last month in Little Rock, Ark., Feel successful.

3 Ways To Combat Recipe Learning

The Web20Classroom

When I was a middle school science teacher I regularly assigned projects. At the time I thought that the projects would be a great way for me to understand what my students understood about particular concepts and topics. I had them make visual representations of atoms of the periodic table, reports outlining the effects of global warming on our community, and several others. Sure. Certainly not.

What Did SXSWedu Have to Say About Adult Learning?

Digital Promise

What did this year’s SXSWedu conference have to say about adult learning? Turns out, more than you might think. SXSWedu is one of the country’s largest educational technology conferences and, as most of these conferences go, has tended to focus more on the K-12 segment than on adults who are in need of foundational skills to help them advance in the workforce. But with tracks like equity, employability, and ESL/ELL, there was plenty at the 2017 conference to consider and apply to low-skilled adult learners. First, equity was a major theme. The short answer was yes, sometimes.

Powerful Language Learning in the 21st Century

The CoolCatTeacher

Rachelle Dene Poth talks language learning and STEAM on 10MT From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Rachelle Dene Poth @rdene915 talks about teaching Spanish and STEAM with technology, student choice , and project based learning. For Wonderful Wednesday, take a trip inside her classroom to learn how she does it all. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes.

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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Tight on Goals, Flexible on Means: Universal Design for Learning Empowers Opportunity Youth

Digital Promise

YouthBuild USA , a Digital Promise Adult Learning Beacon , is an international intermediary for a network of 250 community-based YouthBuild programs and schools around the country. We and our partners are committed to bringing the voices and experiences of Opportunity Youth learners (low-income young people of promise, ages 16 to 24) and educators to the conversation about learning differences. UDL and Opportunity Youth. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is “a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn” ( CAST ).

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5 Ideas to Amp Up Chromebooks

The CoolCatTeacher

John Sowash shares ideas on the 10-Minute Teacher Episode 35 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today John Sowash @rsowash talks formative assessment, multimedia, and the must-have apps for Chromebooks. Today he gives us five ideas to amp up our Chromebook classroom. Many of these tools and tips will work for any device that can access the Web. Quizziz.

3 ways a new E-rate funded technology is helping schools save

eSchool News

As schools near completion of their E-Rate filing for this year, one game-changing E-rate technology has the potential to save schools precious time and money. This emerging network model offers a number of potential benefits to users, including less hardware and cost, simplified management and greater flexibility to deploy new services. How does NFV Save Schools Time and Money?

The triple threat: affordability, access, and alignment

The Christensen Institute

In a recent paper , I highlight five institutions that are innovating against a triple threat: (1) rising costs, (2) students who are shut out of higher education, and (3) persistent misalignment between what higher education is producing and what the labor market is demanding. This is a false dichotomy. Each is important and necessary, but to different ends. Sustaining innovations. Education Blo

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.

Top 7 education apps for the classroom

Neo LMS

We people are funny creatures. We fight for our liberty of choice like a gorilla beating its chest, yet when we have too many options to choose from we hold still and try to blend in with the surrounding environment like a chameleon and avoid making any decision. You’d think this behavior makes no sense, but the paradox of choice is real. The easiest decision ever. Too many options. Kahoot!

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Movie-Making on Chromebooks: Simple Steps for Getting Started

Class Tech Tips

Today I had the chance to lead a webinar for teachers for the fantastic team at SimpleK12. I’ve shared lots of favorites during SimpleK12 webinars in the past and today I focused on how students and teachers of all ages can create movies on a Chromebook! Have you used the totally free, BYOD-friendly Spark Video? Chromebook ELA - Reading/Writing iPad Apps iPad/Laptop Use

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Are online preschools signaling the future of education?

eSchool News

[ Editor’s note : This piece was originally published on the Hechinger Report.]. In education, there are always a host of programs and policies clamoring for funding. But of all the options policymakers could invest in, the most worthwhile may very well be universal preschool. Recently , Nobel laureate James Heckman and his colleagues published a report that makes this point loud and clear.

Google Classroom: Updated Group Docs Maker

Teacher Tech

If you are having students do work in small groups the activity may require a collaborative document for the students to work on. Manually creating documents for each group can be challenging. Group Docs Maker Template alicekeeler.com/groupdocs To make the process of assigning students to groups and getting them going on editing the group’s template easier […].

What Is It Like to Learn Math In a Different Language?

MIND Research Institute

As classrooms become more diverse and rich, educators are finding the need to ask this question with great empathy: What is it like to learn math in a different language? Thankfully, advances in research are helping educators uncover the strategies and solutions for providing ELLs equal access to rigorous learning. Nigel Nisbet, MIND Research Institute. The Science of Learning. Length: 23:40.

Epic Ways to Celebrate Pi Day

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode #32 with Scottish Maths Teacher Chris Smith From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Chris Smith @aap03102 is a Maths teacher from Scotland where his irrational passion for Pi earns him geeky renown. He is an enthusiastic ambassador for the beauty and usefulness of Mathematics and shares this message with his anyone who will listen. Listen Now.

Making the case for common K-12 standards

eSchool News

Education is changing, things are in flux, and there is uncertainty. In this ever-dynamic landscape, “common” standards for education seemingly get a bad rap, but they’re useful, particularly for the development and distribution of open education resources (OER). When OER curation was in its infancy, there were few common standards in place for vetting and cataloging this content.

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Safe teaching is risky teaching

Ditch That Textbook

I remember lots of important moments from my time in all levels of school. Many of them are my times with friends, conversations at the lunch table, sports competitions, etc. I remember some lessons from the classroom. The most vivid ones are projects I did with others or collaborative activities: I remember getting worksheet packets (blech!) [.].

Join Us for The Symposium on Global Competencies - Chicago, April 3

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We hope you'll consider joining us for The Symposium on Global Competencies , April 3rd, in Chicago, Illinois, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. This event is the kickoff day for the 2017 CoSN conference, and is being held in partnership with UNESCO, the Partnership for 21st Century Learning, and our own Global Education Conference Network. Registration for the full day including lunch is only $69.

Data Analytics, Blended Learning Methods Make Sure Students Are College Ready

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Technology can assist administrators with getting students prepared for the future. Blended Learning Business Intelligence Classroom Data Analytics

PL Superpowers - My Journey to Personalized Learning Superpower Stardom

Education Elements

I was blessed to become a Personalized Learning Lexington Education Leadership Award Fellow (2nd Class) back in December of 2015. Education Elements not only influenced my personal work, but it motivated me to make learning meaningful for my students (all 4,970) in an exceptional way. My work in personalized learning has been inspirational in my district. Every district educational leader will always answer yes to certain questions. So, if you ask leaders if they use data to drive instruction, the answer will be yes. Personalized Learning Personalized Learning Summit

5 Ways to Bridge the Gender Gap in STEM

EmergingEdTech

Image Source Keep the Celebration, and Encouragement, Going Year Round With These Ideas Last week, we celebrated International Women’s Day, and March is Women’s History Month. There are some great. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!]. Miscellaneous Tools and Topics

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Here Is An Interesting Infographic Featuring The Best Google Apps for Teachers Using Android

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

March , 2017 Below is a collection of some of the best Google apps for teachers and educators using Android. Our selection is based on our previous reviews of apps and tools created and shared.read more. Android Google Apps my freebies

OMG – Google Classroom For Gmail Accounts

Teacher Tech

Today my life got infinitely better. Google Classroom now allows users with Gmail accounts (email ends in @gmail.com) to join a Google Classroom class. Eventually, Gmail users will be able to create a class, patience! Notice that new features for G Suite ROLL OUT so if your Gmail account does not have access to Google […]. The post OMG – Google Classroom For Gmail Accounts appeared first on Teacher Tech. Classroom Google Intermediate classroom google

How Perla Zamora and Her students in Mexico are Tearing Down Walls

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode #34 The 10-Minute Teacher on Global Collaboration From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Perla Zamora @pzamoraats from Tampico, Mexico is tearing down walls. For thought leader Thursday, today, ask yourself how you’re connecting your classroom to the world. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Stream by clicking here. Padlet. Lucid Press.

Applying For College Aid Just Got Harder

NPR Learning and Tech

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool has been temporarily disabled for security concerns. Without it, many at-risk students will have a harder time finishing their paperwork. Image credit: Maria Fabrizio for NPR

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Personalized learning reshapes school PD

District Administration

Coaching, #EdCamps and other education models allow educators to brush up on targeted skills Jessica Terrell Hattiesburg School District designs technology training to empower teachers to take charge of their own professional development by letting them decide what they want to learn, when they want to learn it and how

9 Ways To Support A Culture Of Wellness In Your School

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 9 Ways To Support A Culture Of Wellness In Your School appeared first on TeachThought. Whole Child Experienced Teacher General

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GIVEAWAY: The Chromebook Classroom Book by John Sowash

The CoolCatTeacher

A 10-Minute Teacher Show Giveaway From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. John Sowash will be on the 10-Minute Teacher show on Friday morning sharing his ideas for a Chromebook classroom. As part of our ongoing celebration of the launch of the show, John has agreed to give away two copies of his book The Chromebook Classroom. Thank you so much! Events

National Survey Shows High Rates Of Hungry And Homeless Community College Students

NPR Learning and Tech

Researchers surveyed more than 33,000 community college students and found that a greater number are going without food and housing than previously thought

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Teachers and IT: How to keep kids safe on Chromebooks

eSchool News

Just a few short years ago, Apple was the undisputed king of tech in schools. If you didn’t have iPads in your classroom, you were planning to get them soon. But today the momentum has shifted dramatically. Google’s Chromebook has almost completely replaced Apple’s iconic tablet as the first choice for classroom-tech initiatives. A Worrying Security Gap. Possible Risks with Off-Campus Chromebooks.

A Collection of Some Great Google Drive Tools for Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

March 15, 2017 We have revisited our Google Drive add-ons’ chart we published last year and added few more categories to the list. More specifically, we added Drive tools for creating educational.read more. Charts Google Drive Tools

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Not All Screen Time Is Created Equal

Catlin Tucker

As a parent, I am fiercely protective of my children. I want them to be kids. I want them to play sports, get lost in great books, collect bugs in our backyard, and engage with one another creating art projects, choreographing dance numbers, and playing good old fashioned board games. I often feel these traditional pastimes are less attractive than the pull of the screen. Click To Tweet. Learning