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14 ways to create great classroom video with Screencastify

Ditch That Textbook

Not too long ago, video creation required bulky, awkward video cameras with big, plastic VCR tapes. Playback required a TV, a VCR and a hope that everything worked nicely together. And video editing … well, that just wasn’t readily available to the average person. My, how things have changed. Everything seems to have a camera [.].

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Big Jump in Use of Games, Videos in K-12 Schools, Survey Finds

Marketplace K-12

Cross-posted from the Digital Education blog. The number of American teachers using games in classrooms–particularly with younger students–has doubled over the past six years, according to a large survey released last week that measures national ed-tech use. In 2015, 47 percent of K-12 teachers and almost two-thirds of K-5 teachers reported using game-based learning environments in their classes, up from 23 percent of K-12 teachers in 2010. The use of online instructional videos in classrooms, meanwhile, has risen over that stretch from 47 percent to 68 percent.

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Epic Effective Classroom Decoration and Design Resources

The CoolCatTeacher

30+ ideas to improve learning with awesome classroom design From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. A well-designed classroom boosts student learning by as much as 16% (Barrett, Zhang, Davies, & Barrett 2015), but overdecorating is a distraction. Busy teachers can use good classroom decoration and design principles to boost learning. Blog Posts. Books.

Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners

User Generated Education

Design thinking is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, conceiving original ideas, lots of experimentation, and sometimes building things by hand. The projects teach students how to make a stable product, use tools, think about the needs of another, solve challenges, overcome setbacks and stay motivated on a long-term problem. The Goal.

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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The Four P's—The Future of Edtech

LearnBop

We're happy to share this post by Julie Davis, Technology Coordinator at Chatanooga Christian School (CCS). Julie first published this piece on her blog, Thoughts on All Things Edutechie Oriented. I've found myself thinking about what this looks like from an instructional technologists viewpoint, from the eyes of future students, and from the perspective of the classroom teachers. Personalization.

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Chicago Public Library: The Library as a Gateway to 21st Century Skills

Digital Promise

Gabe is the Program Manager for the Adult Learning Initiative at Digital Promise. You can reach him on Twitter at @marvelousreal. “Libraries are safe places. That’s why I come here to learn,” says Christine, a student at one of Chicago Public Library’s (CPL) Learning Circles. The leadership at CPL believes Christine’s trajectory is not unusual.

Unlocking stackable global credentials

The Christensen Institute

It took 912 years from the founding of the first university in Bologna in 1088 for the global higher education system to grow to serve 100 million students annually by the year 2000. Current projections are that by 2025 there will be 263 million students providing 163 percent growth in 25 years: a rate that dwarfs the growth over the previous nine centuries. In 2015, ACE received a $1.89

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The 10 Musts of Classroom Management

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. One of the most important roles of a classroom teacher is that of classroom manager. Learning cannot take place in a poorly managed classroom. Conversely, the best classrooms provide environments where teaching and learning can flourish. Follow these tips and you’ll improve your classroom management skills immediately. Innovation classroom management

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 tips for creating a makerspace for less than the cost of an iPad

eSchool News

You don’t need power tools and 3D printers to start a makerspace. Instead, get creative. Where others see trash, I see treasure. Reusing, repurposing, and recycling items that can be found in the kitchen garbage can, on the curb, or collected by friends and families helps educators to save money while protecting the environment. But it wasn’t always this way. I had a makerspace.

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12 tips for using Google Apps with young students

Ditch That Textbook

There’s a common misconception with students and Google Apps: sometimes, they’re just too young to use them yet. Not so, says Christine Pinto. She teaches kindergarteners and previously taught four-year-olds in a transitional class. Regardless of their age, her students use Google Apps. No, more specifically, her students thrive with Google Apps. They create. They take pictures. [.].

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18 must-try apps for the new academic year.

EdTech4Beginners

I am currently on the last day of my summer holiday and have started thinking about new technology I can use in the upcoming year. I have found 18 apps / websites that I am definitely going to try. Image courtesy of saffluence.com. 1) Evernote. I am looking forward to exploring this free app / website in lessons. 2) See. Touch. Learn. 3) Sight Words For Reading. 4) TED-ED . 6) Showbie.

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100+ Great Google Classroom Resources for Educators

The CoolCatTeacher

The easy tool educators are using every day From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Google Classroom allows teachers to easily manage student work and teaching with Google Docs, Google Forms, Google Spreadsheets and anything Google. This handy tool has opened up the doors of blended learning and collaborative classrooms like never before. What are yours?

An Educator’s Gift to Their Learners: Seeing Each One of Them

User Generated Education

One of the greatest gifts an educator can give to their learners is to see each one; really seeing each and every one of them. seeing each student’s uniqueness and interacting with each one based on that uniqueness. Some strategies to do this include: Listen More Than Talk. If educators talk to their learners more than listen to them, then this is a problem. Act Upon What Learners Say.

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What Does the Future of Assignments Look Like?

Chalkup

Our newsletter subscribers got a sneak peek of this piece last week. Now, we're sharing with all of our readers and asking you to tell us what assignments will look like in the future. Tweet us your idea at @Chalkupedu or leave your two cents in the comments. We're game to offer a guest post to our favorite replies. Assignments today are undergoing a drastic change.

Quick List STEM Resources For The Classroom

The Web20Classroom

This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Science Technology Engineering Math STEM. I had the honor of being both a Middle School Math and Science teacher. Those were some of my fondest times in the classroom, blowing things up (it happened once!) while at the same time being able to connect the math to the science we were doing. Heck, I even married a Math Teacher!).

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Lots of great new things coming to Google Apps and Chromebooks!!!

Educational Technology Guy

Google Apps for Education and Chromebooks have become truly awesome resources for schools and Google just keeps improving them. Here are some of the recent announcements: Android apps are coming to Chromebooks! some Android apps have already been available for use on a Chromebook. I've been using the Evernote app for a while and love it. But in order to get them to work, developers had to do some work themselves. With this new announcement, the Google Play Store and most of it's app will work with Chromebooks. Three models are getting access in June with more getting access later.

Navigating the Digital Transformation Journey

Digital Promise

You lower your hands to the ground and feel the texture of the rubber track against your fingertips. You slowly inhale the clean smell of fresh-cut grass and feel the wind gently pull the hair away from your face. The referee stands to your left, ready to count down to the beginning of the race. It isn’t enough to know where you want to go; you need to know the steps you’ll take to get there!

Personalized learning in the context of a person, not a school

The Christensen Institute

Personalized learning is the current big buzz in education. Everyone is trying to figure out how best to personalize the learning experience for each and every child. I applaud this effort. In particular, the disruptive rise of online and blended learning has made the concept of anytime, anywhere customized learning plausible. What are the attributes of this learner?

5 Leadership Strategies Every School Leader Must Consider

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Listen to the podcast episode In the new Hack Learning Series book, Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students, and Parents Love (June, 2016), school leaders Joe Sanfelippo and Tony Sinanis discuss how important it is for leaders to be present and engaged with all stakeholders. The Hack Learning Podcast episode embedded […].

8 E-Learning Trends Changing The Learning Landscape

TeacherCast

As technology advances and the disadvantages are dealt with, elearning is becoming ever more competitive. The post 8 E-Learning Trends Changing The Learning Landscape appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network. Editorial

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8 interactive Google Slides activities for classroom excitement

Ditch That Textbook

So often, people think of presentation slides as just that: a visual aid for delivering a presentation in front of an audience. But these slide apps (like Google Slides and PowerPoint in Office 365) really are powerful tools for delivering interactive user experiences. They can also create visually stimulating products to deliver a message and valuable [.].

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The 4 Biggest K–12 Education Tech Trends in 2016

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Here’s a look at back at some of the year’s most impactful and buzzworthy ed tech trends. Access Points Classroom Curriculum Digital Content Networking STEM

140 Twitter Tips for Educators

The CoolCatTeacher

Help for teachers curious or skeptical about Twitter From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The curious teacher opened up Twitter. In the teacher’s lounge this morning, an excited teacher was talking about a new tool she’d found on Twitter that had her students raving. Oh, my! She thought Twitter made no sense. I’m still learning.

Why Social Media Education Is Needed In Schools

User Generated Education

Social media is an intimate part of a large majority of tweens’ and teens’ lives. The following graphs about teens’ social media use come from Pew Research’s Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015: For young people, social media is not an add-on nor an extracurricular activity. Social media is like eating, bathing, talking. It is a part of their identity.

Ten Tech Problem-Solving Tips You Don’t Want to Miss

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the top ten problem-solving tips according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: Tech Tip #108: Got a Tech Problem? Google It! What to do when your Computers Don’t Work. 25 Techie Problems Every Student Can Fix–Update. How to Teach Students to Solve Problems. I Can Solve That Problem…. Let Students Learn From Failure. Let’s Talk About Habits of Mind. Computer Shortkeys That Streamline Your Day. #81: 81: Problem Solving Board. 5 Ways to Cure Technophobia in the Classroom. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. You can find her resources at Structured Learning

Flipping Out For Professional Learning

The Web20Classroom

During a professional development session a while back I thought I killed someone. He didn’t respond when his name was called. He didn’t respond I tapped his shoulder. Finally, he responded when I shook him a bit harder. Lucky for me (and him) he was just asleep. But it was a wake up call to me and the way I approached delivering Professional Development. Who is going on the field trip?

How educators and teachers can get the most out of online forms software - guest post

Educational Technology Guy

How educators and teachers can get the most out of online forms software Online forms might not be the first thing that comes to mind as a helpful classroom tool. 10 years ago the idea would have seemed absurd. But today? Online form tools can save hours, paper, and your budget. That’s because the way students and teachers interact with technology has completely changed. forms online forms

Personalizing Student and Educator Learning through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) has prioritized a culture of technology-enriched student learning through its Students and Teachers Advancing Tomorrow Initiative (S.T.A.T.). The central mission of S.T.A.T. is to transform BCPS into a student-centered, personalized learning environment. BCPS leadership thought educators would be better prepared to apply S.T.A.T. teacher. It was empowering.”.

Is blended learning really “the best of both worlds”?

The Christensen Institute

You’ve likely heard the declaration that blended learning combines the best of online learning and face-to-face instruction, or simply, is “the best of both worlds.” The idiomatic expression “the best of both worlds” describes two things that are seemingly at odds with each other and not designed to co-exist. A cheeseburger that helps you lose weight fits that description. are good. This is false.

12 Productivity Tools for Tech-Savvy Teachers

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. We are living in an age when what we can achieve in one day is becoming more and more important. The rise of technology has helped spur productivity to heights never previously seen. In the not-too-distant future, people may even be using 3D printers in their homes to make household goods and clothing. Schools also […]. Featured Social Media Technology edtech

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Becoming Innovative: 15 New Ideas Every Teacher Should Try

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post Becoming Innovative: 15 New Ideas Every Teacher Should Try appeared first on TeachThought. Trends & Shifts Experienced Teacher General

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