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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.

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

Education 101

Get students learning by MAKING quizzes instead of TAKING quizzes.

EdTech4Beginners

QuizPedia is a fun and engaging learning tool that can be used in primary education and onwards. And it’s free ! How is it different to a typical quiz making tool? Quizzes aren’t new to the classroom but QuizPedia’s approach is. We flip the tables and transfer the task of making quizzes from teachers to students. Instead of learning from taking a quiz, they learn from making a quiz. Why quizzes?

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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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

Bridging the gap between traditional and innovative teaching and learning

The Christensen Institute

In a field aiming to shift educational practices from the Industrial Age to the Knowledge Age, educators on the ground today work in a distinctly brave new world. Leaders who are innovating around classroom instruction by adopting nascent practices of blending and personalizing learning are still on the periphery of a system very much entrenched in a time-based world of education. Education Blog

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.

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.

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.

Teachers: Should you use business tactics for happier classrooms?

eSchool News

In recent years, school leaders have debated what, if anything, schools can glean from the way businesses are run. Should schools be managed like business organizations? And to what extent? Three common strategies emerged: empowering teams and avoiding micromanagement, being great coaches, and emphasizing accountability. Each educator used different approaches in their research.

The Number Of Hungry And Homeless Students Rises Along With College Costs

NPR Learning and Tech

Research shows that many college students across the country are working, borrowing and still falling behind. Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR

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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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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.

10 ways to create interactive multimedia in any grade/subject

Ditch That Textbook

Watch a video. Move definitions around to match their term. Jump to an article online. Get instant feedback to a multiple choice question. Student-centered learning lets kids get right to work and take control. It also lets the teacher connect and help with students one on one. That student-centered learning is at the heart of [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology multimedia storytelling sutori timelines

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If you give a kindergartner a Chromebook…

eSchool News

Although even the youngest children are considered tech-savvy today, there exists a difference between a child who knows how to use a tablet to watch videos and a child who knows how to navigate a device for active learning. The thought of giving 30 kindergarten students their own Chromebooks might be daunting. Much of that achievement is due to the Chromebooks, Morgan said.

Catching the sharing economy wave: Office space

The Christensen Institute

This is the first post in a three-part series examining nonconsumption as a strategy for maximizing the sharing economy. The series addresses three areas of opportunity: rooms, rides, and recreation. Today the sharing economy is a mainstream phenomenon. From the perspective of consumers, sharing has facilitated the creation of useful alternatives to existing products and services.

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#07: Getting Started Using Twitter for Educational Excellence

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Billy Krakower From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Billy Krakower (@ wkrakower ), co-author of 140 Twitter Tips for Educators, is a co-moderator of a weekly Twitter discussion for current and emerging school leaders called #Satchat. He is one of the Lead Organizers of edcampNJ. Stay tuned! Listen Now. lang=en.

Professor hopes his quickie calculator will show low-income students they can afford a selective college

The Hechinger Report

Phillip Levine, Katharine Coman and A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Economics at Wellesley College, speaks at a panel discussion there. Photo: Richard Howard Photo: Richard Howard. Yuna Ishikawa was in her senior year of high school in 2014 when she made the drive with her mother from Oberlin, Ohio, to visit Wellesley College in Massachusetts. I have a Ph.D. I have a Ph.D. We couldn’t believe it.

Librarians: Information literacy is a must-have skill

eSchool News

[ Editor’s Note: This article is Part 2 of our 3-part series on information literacy. For Alan November’s Part 1 article, click here. Check back soon for Part 3.]. Nearly half of librarians in a recent survey said their libraries do not advocate for information literacy as much as they should. We are badly in need of an integrated presence in the curriculum,” said one respondent.

Hosting Images in Google Drive

The Electric Educator

The simplicity and reliability of Google Drive makes it an ideal place to host content that you post around the web. This is a bit of a problem when trying to host images, however. While you can store images in Drive, you can't directly link to them because Google doesn't give you the full web URL of an image. These services require a direct link to the image - something that ends in.jpg,png, etc.

MAD About Mattering 2017 Kickoff! #appsthatmatter

The CoolCatTeacher

Global Collaborative App Development From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Last night we kicked off the MAD about Mattering 2017 project. Last year, we started with five schools. This year, we have fifteen schools. We’ll be in two cohorts– the Mad-junior group (kids under 13) and the MAD-senior group (kids 13 and up.) The Organizers.

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NEW FEATURE: Add Google Drive Videos into Google Slides Presentations!

My Paperless Classroom

Starting Today, Teachers can create student safe video content and right from inside of Google Drive, present these videos inside of Google Slides Presentations. The post NEW FEATURE: Add Google Drive Videos into Google Slides Presentations! appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network. Google Education Product Updates Google Slides

Why are rural schools still struggling with high-speed internet access?

eSchool News

Despite federal and state progress expanding high-speed internet access to more schools across the nation, rural school districts are still playing catch-up. Now, new efforts offer opportunities to improve connections speeds–and along with them, learning. In fact, many students’ skills will fulfill requirements for jobs that don’t yet exist today. And when they do, it’s very costly. states.

Why the School Library Is the Perfect Place for Maker Education

Educator Innovator

Library makerspaces, including members of the YOUmedia Learning Labs Network, offer students a chance to design, tinker, and build critical thinking skills. Libraries are all about inquiry,” says Valerie Jopeck, a former librarian and current education specialist for a large public school district in Virginia. Exploratory, hands-on learning is also known as “maker education.” A rough draft?

Developing “The Innovator’s Mindset” (Video)

The Principal of Change

I had the honour to be able to keynote the “ Arts Integration Conference “, an online conference focusing on the importance of arts in education (hint…it’s very important). I was asked to prepare an online keynote discussing “ The Innovator’s Mindset “, and wanted to share it below. March 29, 2016 Checklist or Art Form?

Empathy Is Tough to Teach, But Is One Of the Most Important Life Lessons

MindShift

Brené Brown has become famous for her speaking and writing about vulnerability, worthiness, shame and the other important emotions running underneath daily life all the time. One theme she returns to over and over is the importance of cultivating empathy , a very different reaction than sympathy.

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20 lessons that incorporate the 4Cs

eSchool News

By now, the 4Cs –communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity–are part of most educators’ vocabulary. But it isn’t always easy to put these concepts into practice, especially when the 4Cs can look vary depending on students’ age and ability. We discovered that we had the classroom access and teachers had the skills, but we were lacking in classroom use,” Lusby said.

Why teachers should free up their time

The Christensen Institute

I am concerned when I see a classroom that is locked in teacher-led instruction. Of course, some good can come from an interesting lecture, demonstration, or lesson. If it is part of a Station Rotation blended-learning model, then teacher-led instruction can be a good opportunity for teachers to enhance the content their students learn online. Kelly Kosuga felt this limitation firsthand.

10 Reasons To Use Virtual Reality In The Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 10 Reasons To Use Virtual Reality In The Classroom appeared first on TeachThought. Technology The Future Of Learning General Veteran Teacher

Google Voice is NOT dead!

The Electric Educator

Google Voice, an absolutely awesome product, has FINALLY gotten and update. The Voice mobile app (iOS and Android) got a visual update to to match Google's Material Design standard. Is this an important update? No.but yes. The update doesn't provide any [major] new functions or features, but it means that Voice is NOT DEAD! Voice has not been updated in years. In any case, Voice is not dead yet!

How to address executive function skills in the classroom—and why you should

eSchool News

No matter what subject or topic an educator is teaching, sometimes the best way we can approach an instructional challenge is by taking a step back to look at the big picture of learning. In order to learn skills such as sentence fluency or multiplication, students need to develop the brain functions that will first enable them to focus on tasks and retain information. Knowing Cognitive Capacities.

A Socratic Seminar for Elementary Learners

User Generated Education

In line with the theme of this blog, student-centric and user generated educational techniques. I’ve used them successfully in my teaching training classes but never with elementary learners. Socratic seminars have been around, obviously, since the days of Socratics. I believe they are an underutilized but powerful instructional strategy. link]. Embrace the power of open-ended questions.