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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.

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 [.].

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 Ways to Be Technology’s Master and Not Its Slave #productivity

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | Aaron Sams shares productivity secrets on episode #25 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Aren’t you tired of being overwhelmed by technology? Do you really need the latest thing to be more productive? Or is the latest thing killing you one wasted moment at a time. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Full Bio.

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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We should rethink our definition of ‘wasting time’

Ditch That Textbook

On Sunday, I was cleaning the kitchen. On hands and knees scrubbing the floor, to be more specific. Yep, I’m that guy, and that’s OK with me, You know what they say: happy wife, happy life!) All of a sudden, mid-scrub, I thought, “Where are my kids and what are they up to?” ” I have [.]. Teaching creative teaching genius hour homework passion-driven learning video games youtube

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Virtual inclusion helps this district commit to all students–no matter what

eSchool News

Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all education. Today, forward-thinking school leaders know that leveraging powerful learning technology can help all students excel and learn to work collaboratively with peers–even if that student is homebound due to chronic illness. They also can’t participate in extracurricular activities such as clubs. Piloting the robot.

Parent Alert! Your Child Just Skipped Class

NPR Learning and Tech

In a study, automated text messages to parents reduced absences and the number of F's earned by high school students. Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR

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25 Simple Ways To Develop A Growth Mindset

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 25 Simple Ways To Develop A Growth Mindset appeared first on TeachThought. Learning Experienced Teacher General growth mindset

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.

From Classic to FANTASTIC- New Google Sites


Classic sites was an “acquired taste” for myself, students, and attendees. Anytime I presented a session on classic sites, I would give myself a pep talk about how classic sites was not for the faint of heart and only for those that wanted a challenge. I grew to appreciate classic sites for it provided a platform for creativity, collaboration, and choice. Yes, a FOLDER!

The key to deep learning? Listen more, risk more, learn more

eSchool News

[ Editor’s note : This post by Alan November, written exclusively for eSchool Media, is part of a series of upcoming articles by this notable education thought leader. Check back later this month for the next must-read post!]. Have you ever taught a lesson really, really well—but not all of your students got it right on the test? Counterintuitive Teaching.

Universities gone innovating

The Christensen Institute

Simmons College in Boston made headlines this week with the news that two online graduate degree programs it launched less than five years ago are on track to generate more tuition revenue than its 30 other graduate programs combined and nearly as much as its undergraduate offerings. It’s not. It’s now.”. The colleges profiled are diverse. Some are small and others are large.

Just What IS A Charter School, Anyway?

NPR Learning and Tech

The Trump administration has indicated that charter schools are a major part of its education agenda. Many Americans, though, aren't sure how they work. Image credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Managing Workflow with Google Sites and Google Classroom

Tomorrow's Learners

Many teachers battle with the decision of whether to use Google Sites or Google Classroom. In my opinion, it is not a question of either or, it is a question of how we can use them both to manage workflow efficiently and in a way that will transform the learning for our students. Besides, ask yourself this question: Would Google create two products that do the same thing? Google Sites .

11 Things to Start with in Google Classroom

Teacher Tech

11 Things to Start With in Google Classroom In a nutshell, Google Classroom is Google Drive Management. It allows you […]. The post 11 Things to Start with in Google Classroom appeared first on Teacher Tech. Beginner Classroom Google classroom google

Poverty and the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | Superintendent Anael Alston Shares His Thoughts in Episode #24 for Thought Leader Thursday From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Dr. Anael Alston @ DrAAlston talks about common misconceptions that educators have about students in poverty. Born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn, Anael “Dr. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Full Bio.

9 must-read blogs for innovative teachers

eSchool News

Social media’s popularity means educators have a number of avenues to develop their professional learning networks and learn from one another. Blogging gives educators a platform to share best practices, pose questions to their peers, and explore new ideas about teaching and learning. If you have a favorite blog that isn’t on this list, use the comment section below to let us know.

Students’ worry: education technology might predict failure before they have a chance to succeed

The Hechinger Report

A high-tech program designed to predict which students are at risk of failure might sound like a way to extend a helping hand. Some students don’t see it that way. They worry that the data will be used to label them before they have a chance to make their own impression on a teacher. That it will relegate them to the heap of students who are written off. Around this time last year, Mount St.

Using @Flipgrid in Online #APCalculus to Allow Students to Verbalize Their Thinking Process #mathchat #flipclass


One of my biggest goals in teaching my section of Online AP Calculus this year has been finding ways to continue to hear my students “talk.” I want to hear how they are thinking through the process of solving problems. When I play back this recording, I get to hear my students work through problems as they help one another, and I get to view their interactions with classmates.

7 Misconceptions About Charter Schools Clarified at #IQ2USLive Debate

The Innovative Educator

Our president has shared that education is a civil rights issue of our time. He and his newly appointed Secretary of Education believe the solution is school choice in the form of charter schools and vouchers. While the concept makes sense at face value, when we scratch beneath the surface, it becomes clear that the solution is based on a premise riddled with misconceptions. These misconceptions were brought to light this week during the IQ2S Debate: Are Charter Schools Overrated. As the debate unfolded, several misconceptions the public has about charter schools were addressed. Read on.

3 tips for finding the best teacher-helpful edtech

eSchool News

Learning how to effectively use and implement new classroom edtech requires educators to spend their most valuable currency: time. Time spent troubleshooting technology in the classroom is wasted, and it can make educators skeptical of new technology. My role as a school technology coordinator in San Diego is to make the edtech integration process easy and manageable for our teachers.

Is teacher preparation failing students with disabilities?

The Hechinger Report

Students in Montclair State University’s dual certification program work on an assignment during class. Photo: Jackie Mader. BLOOMFIELD, N.J. When Mary Fair became a teacher in 2012, her classes often contained a mix of special education students and general education students. Calling out a child with a behavioral disability in front of the class usually backfired, and made the situation worse.

What to Buy for Your Maker Space #makered

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT #22 | An Interview with Librarian Chad Lehman From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Librarian Chad Lehman helps us learn about the technologies we need to set up an awesome maker space. Guess what? Great maker spaces often have arts and crafts too! Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Stream by clicking here. Book, bracelet and sticker! Thanks Todd Nesloney!

How to Create Awesome Infographics for Your Students

My Paperless Classroom

It’s easy to find infographics on any topic with a simple Google search. Do you know what would make you an even cooler teacher? Your own infographics! The post How to Create Awesome Infographics for Your Students appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network. Editorial Infographics

How one platform is launching student careers in high school

eSchool News

Tinh Tran likes to bring his science classes at University High School in Irvine, Calif., on field trips to local companies to get a firsthand look at how scientists and engineers spend their day. But even though these experiences are very powerful for students, they require time and money—and they’re hard to scale so that all students can participate.

Similar students, different results: a look at where black college students do best, and worst

The Hechinger Report

. It seems it really does matter what college you go to, especially if you’re black. Colleges that say they can’t improve graduation rates for their black students because they enroll too many poor students or too many who are academically unprepared are sometimes just making excuses, a new report says. Related: What happens when a college recruits black students others consider too risky?

Creating a Student Centered Library Where Kids Love to Learn

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | #23 A 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Micki Uppena From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Librarian Micki Uppena has a student centered library. In addition to a rich maker space, Micki takes us on a journey into a 21st century library where kids love to learn. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Stream by clicking here. Inspiring life long learning.

Hey, Students: 5 Things That Are Wrong With Your Cover Letter

NPR Learning and Tech

Think about what do we do at NPR: We tell stories. If your resume, your cover letter and your writing samples don't tell us a story, we're not interested. Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR


Guiding Principles and Tech Help Students Become Leaders

EdTech Magazine

By Nathan Lang Education technology tools help promote and cultivate leadership skills. Classroom Leadership Management

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Are schools really made for learning?


How to teach more efficiently? and How to learn more efficiently? are two questions that puzzle educational professionals and students from the dawn of education. Teaching has been around for thousands of years and it changed and adapted many times during the course of history in order to satisfy the human hunger for knowledge. Why standardization of education misses the mark. E-learning Teachers

Transforming college into a hub of lifelong learning: Northeastern University’s Level bootcamp

The Christensen Institute

Last month, The Economist released a special report on Lifelong Learning, noting that the speed of economic transition is putting a greater emphasis on efforts to retrain and reskill workers, and pressuring policymakers to focus on the role of higher education in lifelong learning. percent of students are women. Those insights drove Level’s curriculum development.


Singapore: World Class Education Embraces EdTech and Skills Based Learning


Small Country Embraces Education Technology at a National Level In a little-known city state in South East Asia lies the world’s top performing primary and secondary school students in maths and. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!]. Miscellaneous Tools and Topics