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7 sneaky ways to get students reading using technology

eSchool News

We all have had students in our classroom who dislike reading. You can spot them easily during their silent reading time: staring at the wall, using the bathroom, or attempting to sharpen pencils that clearly do not need sharpening. Sadly, the number seems to jump year after year. You attempt to cajole, differentiate, and bring in parents knowing that the only way to improve reading is to read.

A Simple Guide to Podcasting in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

How to improve learning and listening in the classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Teachers want their students to create, but don’t want to fight with clunky technology. Listening skills and learning can be improved with podcasting. Podcasting sparks imagination, creativity, and builds listening skills. Listen to the Audio. About Us.

250+ Google Classroom Tips, Tutorials and Resources

Shake Up Learning

The post 250+ Google Classroom Tips, Tutorials and Resources appeared first on Shake Up Learning. The Best Google Classroom Resources for Teachers. I’ve been curating Google Classroom tips and resources on Pinterest   (also embedded below), which now includes over 250 Google Classroom tips, tutorials, and resources for teachers. Keep reading for more information below! What is Google Classroom?

First Steps to Personalize Learning

Education Elements

If you wait until you’re ready for personalized learning, you’ll never get started! Our antiquated, factory-style education system is failing our students. It’s also failing our teachers. We have more and more students each year struggling to find relevance and connections between what they do in school each day and their future hopes and dreams. Sadly, the current structures of most educational systems will not allow for these students to see that day come about. Personalized Learning Education Educators Leaders innovation

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

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Digital Differentiation with Google Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post Digital Differentiation with Google Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. How to Differentiate Assignments in Google Classroom. I am often asked about differentiation strategies that will work in the Google Classroom application. Google Classroom is a very robust tool that can make differentiating digital assignments a reality. UPDATED January 24, 2017!) NEW Feature! Voila!

Tips for teaching students with Autism about digital citizenship

eSchool News

Instructional Technology Specialist at Cumberland Academy of Georgia, Jennifer Liang, knows all about digital citizenship. But teaching the fundamentals of digital citizenship to students with High Functioning Autism is all the more important, especially as they prepare to enter college or the workforce. Build a Culture of Responsibility. Understand Nuances.

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

Two students share a computer as they prepare for their geometry final at Northridge High School, in Greeley, Colo. Photo: Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor. GREELEY, Colo. — — Inside a high-ceilinged library at Northridge High School here, seniors are typing on 16-year-old laptops donated by a local Rotary Club. Some of the computers are missing keys. real plan.”.

5 Questions to Help People Embrace Meaningful Change

The Principal of Change

One of the biggest errors in leadership is when people aren’t moving forward and leaders look outward first, and not inward.  If you are wondering why people aren’t moving forward, ask how you are changing your leadership first, not why they aren’t changing their practice.  I have seen this mistake over and over again in my travels. Do I know and build upon the strengths of those I serve? Nothing.

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What is Google Keep and Why Use it in Your Classroom?

Ask a Tech Teacher

My daughter just bought her first house (though it went on hold several times as the Navy threatened/offered to move her). We wanted a simple way to share a ToDo list that would be available on phones, iPads, and computers, and would auto-update with our ideas. looked at a variety of options, but found something wrong with each of them. Until I found Google Keep. That’s it.

EXCLUSIVE: They’re here–robots are teaching your children

eSchool News

Unbeknownst to parents, all first-grade classes in a suburban Los Angeles elementary school were successfully taught by teacher robots during the 2015-2016 school year. Only one parent was in on the secret. “We’ve been working on some super cool artificial intelligence (AI), and in lab tests, the AI robots demonstrated instructional capability,” Miller said.

A new movement to treat troubled children as ‘sad, not bad’

The Hechinger Report

Sherlae, 13, is now on the Crocker honor roll. Just before Thanksgiving, when she went to her mother’s latest court appearance, she brought her report cards to show off. “I want her to be proud,” Sherlae said. “I want her to be happy. And I want to show her that I’m going to succeed.” Photo: Clarence Williams. On dress-down days, Sherlae’s outfits almost always include sequins and sparkles.

Using the iPad for Deeper Learning

iTeach with iPads

Deeper learning is the process of learning for transfer. Student competencies that allow for deep learning include cognitive reasoning and problem solving, intrapersonal competencies which involve self-management, and interpersonal competencies which refer to working and communicating with others. When these competencies are in place, students are better able to experience deeper learning.

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5 Best Practices for Professional Development with a Chromebook Rollout

EdTech Magazine

By Mike Karlin For new technology to be effective, educators need to be prepared. Classroom Internet Management Online Video Professional Development Training

How 4 visionary schools are venturing into a new mixed reality

eSchool News

A new collaboration between Pearson and Microsoft is using a self-contained holographic computer to develop “mixed reality” learning experiences for students. The collaboration will explore how mixed reality can help solve real challenges in areas of learning, ranging from online tutoring and coaching, nursing education, and engineering to construction and surveyor training.

Back to school for teachers – My tips for a digital classroom

Tomorrow's Learners

With the start of the 2017 school year just around the corner, it’s time for teachers to get ready for a new year full of innovative and future-focused learning opportunities for their students. Below are my ideas for creating a digital classroom where the learning of all students will be enhanced. I am a huge fan of the Google Suite for Education and this is reflected in my choice of tools.

“Use adversity to your advantage.”

The Principal of Change

One of the things that I have been trying to be really thoughtful of as of late, is what I put into my mind.  I have become more thoughtful about the media I consume, the people I surround myself with, and how I spend my time.  If those things are positive, my thoughts become positive. Some days are easier than others, but staying mindful is an important step.

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What’s happening beyond the public eye in the Dept. of Education?

The Hechinger Report

Capitol building. Here’s the question everyone’s asking: Will the new administration’s education department spur states toward voucher programs and relax regulation of for-profit higher ed? Maybe the question should not be if these changes would be made, but how. Related: Betsy DeVos may push vouchers — but how would that impact students with the greatest needs? Rebecca S. of Education?

New generation of Chromebooks designed for millions of students and educators

eSchool News

[Editor’s Note: At Bett , one of the largest education technology conferences in the world, Google is announcing a new line of Chromebooks for education. Check out @GoogleForEdu and #BETT2017  for more information.]. When I was a student, I juggled different tools throughout my day—a paper notebook for history, a shared desktop for research, and a TI-83 for calculus. More versatile Chromebooks.

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Lecturing v. active learning

Dangerously Irrelevant

Annie Murphy Paul said: a growing body of evidence suggests that the lecture is not generic or neutral, but a specific cultural form that favors some people while discriminating against others, including women, minorities and low-income and first-generation college students. via  https://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/13/opinion/sunday/are-college-lectures-unfair.html. Related Posts.

Join Us For the filmMAKER Challenge Webinar Series

Digital Promise

The Digital Promise filmMAKER™ Challenge is an opportunity for middle and high school students to learn about product design and filmmaking through a set of activities, projects, and challenges. These experiences culminate in a final project: redesigning an everyday object and creating a documentary video that tells the story of the process. Starting a new project with students can be daunting.

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30 Of The Best Books To Teach Children Empathy

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 30 Of The Best Books To Teach Children Empathy appeared first on TeachThought. Books Teaching Elementary School New Teacher

What educators can learn about effective teaching from a Harvard prof

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 soon for the next must-read post!]. Harvard professor David Malan has managed to pull off a neat trick: His Computer Science 50 course is the most popular course at both Harvard and Yale. Teach students to self-assess.

Will alternative credentials replace college degrees?

The Christensen Institute

The question of whether alternative credentials—in the form of everything from badges to nanodegrees and from micromasters to certificates—will displace degrees from colleges and universities is heating up. In his book The End of Average , Todd Rose profiles some companies that have already moved to such an approach. Beyond the degree. Education as a benefit. Closing the skills gap. Education Blo

Moving from Challenges to Solutions: The Future of Educator Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Digital Promise gathered developers, researchers, educators, and thought leaders from the educator professional development field on January 9-10 in Redwood City, California, for The Future of Educator Micro-credentials Summit. The Summit focused on developing action-oriented solutions to meet the needs of this growing ecosystem. The Summit was an excellent starting point for continuing that work.

Finding Words in Paint: How Artists See Dyslexia

NPR Learning and Tech

It's the most common learning disability, yet it's hard to understand. We asked six artists who have dyslexia to share their experiences in images. Image credit: NPR

Education Technology Trends for 2017: An Interview With Martin McKay.

EdTech4Beginners

Martin McKay is  the Chief Technology officer and one of the founders of Texthelp Inc. He directs all research and development at Texthelp with a focus on developing new technologies to assist people who struggle with reading and writing. Martin also serves in working groups to advise the US Department of Education on the accessibility of education materials, and Universal Design for Learning.

How an #EdTech Lens Can Improve a Learning Culture

A Principal's Reflections

I remember the days when I was not a very big believer in educational technology. For one, I saw the use of tools just as a means to become more efficient at delivering instruction. Man, could I rock a PowerPoint lecture. As Chris Lehmann says, “You deliver pizzas, not instruction.” Boy, did I have it all wrong. To say I had a fixed mindset would be a gross understatement.

Comments vs Compliments – a mini lesson

The Thinking Stick

Last week I had the pleasure of running a lab site in an Enumclaw 5th Grade class as part of my work with the district over the past couple of years. It’s a lesson that I first taught in 2009 and is still as relevant today as it was then. The students were working on opinion writing. They were writing in Google Docs which made it easy to have students peer edit with their editing partner.

4 tips for making your data usable

eSchool News

K-12 and higher education institutions around the country have invested in data visualization software with the promise of better information and insights. Unfortunately, there can be lots of pitfalls along the way. Here are four areas K-12 and higher education institutions should focus on to realize the most value from data visualization technologies: 1. Provide Training and Self-Help Materials.

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10 ways to collaborate digitally + visually in class

Ditch That Textbook

In my own high school Spanish classes, this happened all the time. We talked in class. wrote and drew notes on the board, creating a great summary of our discussion. Guess what the students wanted to do at the end of class. Yep, you guessed it: take a picture of the whiteboard. I’m not [.]. Ed Tech a web whiteboard aww app collaboration edtech educational technology visual thinking

9 ways to create tomorrow’s classrooms today

The Cornerstone Blog

On Saturday, May 20th, 2017, I’ll be giving the keynote address at #TCT17, the third annual “Tomorrow’s Classrooms Today” conference.  It’s an intense one-day conference packed with a variety of sessions facilitated by educators from across the country.  . Since its inception, TCT’s developers have pursued the goal of connecting educators and technology to enhance and energize classrooms.