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10 Ways to Flip a Kid and Turn Their Day Around

The CoolCatTeacher

Teaching and Reaching Every Child In A Story of a Young Life Turned Around by Great Teachers , Kevin Honeycutt shared, “I believe you can flip a kid on any given day in one hour.” ” I’ve been thinking. Can you? Well, when something horrific happens: death in the family or other trauma — maybe not. But on most days with most kids, I think this is true. Talk to them.

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20 Google Apps activities for classroom innovation

Ditch That Textbook

Google Apps for Education has made new ideas and activities possible in classrooms all over the world. They’ve allowed for creation and collaboration in ways that weren’t possible in the past. One of the best parts about the entire Google Apps suite is that teachers and students can use these versatile tools to create their [.].

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Let’s Change the Conversation About Education (Technology)

Digital Promise

Sara Schapiro is the director of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. Jason Tomassini is the communications director at Digital Promise. You can view the full-size version of the image above here. There’s been a lot of discussion among policymakers and the media recently about the pitfalls of using technology in the classroom. We know that technology belongs to the classroom.

Google App Kickstart Guides - help learn how to use Google Play for Education Apps in your classroom

Educational Technology Guy

Google has created App Kickstart Guides for Google Play for Education apps to help you build your "Android app-titude" for some specific apps in Google Play for Education. The guides include videos, best practices, how-to''s and more. They are easy to use and very helpful. The guides are built in Google Slides with embedded videos and are very well done. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.

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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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Evaluating Technology? Here's What To Look For.

The Web20Classroom

In my former life as a Director of Instructional Technology I worked with school leaders to make the best choices when it came to technology. We would spend great deals of time looking at funds and how they could best be used to make an impact on student learning. I believe many districts do that. I began looking at technology after the purchase. Who is using the technology? By the students?

With @ClassDojo you can NOW send private messages, share photos, & voice notes to parents & students!

Kleinspiration

New Flagship ClassDojo App Enables Teacher­-Parent Partnerships to Help Students Achieve their Greatest Potential - click here to connect now for free - I''ve blogged about ClassDojo for a number of years. In fact, I was one of their first users when they were just starting up in 2011. I have always had a desire to support individuals who possess such passion to support teachers.

Create 3D Models with Mobile Devices

Two Guys and Some iPads

Structure Sensor is the World''s first ever 3D sensor for mobile devices! The small sensor clips to your iPad using a bracket and connects using cable. I was lucky enough to get one very early on and it has only got better since then. Check out some magnificent apps below that work with Structure Sensor. Captured objects can be sent via email (uses OBJ format). Models are scale-accurate.

The key to rigorous online assessments

The Christensen Institute

Although online-learning software can be a powerful enabler of personalized learning, many educators struggle with what they see as learning software’s limited ability to provide rigorous assessment and feedback. I spoke recently with the principal of a charter middle school that is using blended learning and alternative staffing to try to develop a breakthrough personalized learning model. For example, he explained that his math teachers create rigorous, multi-step word problems that require students to “explain their thinking” using writing and drawings. Speeding up feedback.

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.

6 Ways the New National Education Technology Plan Could Help Close Achievement Gap

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith The latest update to the U.S. National Education Technology Plan has big plans for addressing unequal access to the powerful technology changing schools today. Classroom Digital Content Funding Leadership Management Online Learning

10 Stress-Busting Secrets of Great Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Sail Through the Stress of the Storm If I look through a window pane and see teaching as weather, teaching would be the thunderstorm. And as we sail our classroom ship on this maelstrom of hormones, stress, conflicting priorities, and distractions, it takes rock-solid habits of mind and life to be the kind of self-assured captain who can weather the storm. “I The highest of all careers polled.).

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6 new free Google tools to upgrade your classroom

Ditch That Textbook

When my students and I work with Google Apps, there are two common struggles that we face: 1. Options for slide templates are scarce (and the ones in Google’s directory aren’t very good). When we add Creative Commons images to our work, adding accurate attribution can be tricky. Thankfully, I’ve come across some solutions in the [.].

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Highlighting Ed-tech Research and Pilot Best Practices

Digital Promise

Education technology developers and schools – we want to hear from you! Companies with strong research-based product development approaches and schools with strong results-based pilot approaches will be highlighted on the Digital Promise website. School leaders will also have a chance to win a trip to San Francisco. " We want to know: How ?do? schools run ?ed-tech ed-tech ?pilots?,

Important Skills Students Need for the Future that we need to help them learn

Educational Technology Guy

Back in January of 2012, I published a post entitled " 10 Important Skills Students need for the Future " in which I described what I, and other research, felt were the 10 most important skills for students to learn. The list: Sense-making. The ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed Social intelligence. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.

Maker Education Card Game

User Generated Education

I like and have always used games in my classrooms. One of my current educational interests is maker education. As such, I have begun creating games for maker education – see my first one, a board game, at Reflecting on the Making Process. The game I am presenting here is a card game that ends with the makers making something based on selected cards. The Product. The Population.

5 Principles for a Problem-Solving Classroom

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Districts across the United States are implementing the Common Core State Standards, and they are realigning curriculum for English Language Arts and Mathematics. Unfortunately, some of them are simply purchasing a shiny, new “Common Core Edition” of their existing textbook, most of which aren’t any more aligned to these standards than their pre-CCSS versions. Whatever [.].

A More Holistic Approach To Technology Planning

The Web20Classroom

When I was a Director of Instructional Technology I was deeply involved in the technology planning process from one end to the other. Regularly I had to sit through presentations of new products, listening with a skeptical ear while instructional promises were made. I'd also council administrators who felt that the next flashy thing they saw walk through their door, their school had to have. Great!

A Helpful Resource to Support Close Reading in the Classroom via Snap!Learning

Kleinspiration

Taking a Closer Look at Close Reading - click here to take a look - I''ve had the pleasure of speaking across the country on a variety of literacy topics, mostly focused on reading and writing workshop. Recently I''ve been asked to consult with several districts and speak at many conferences on close reading. Last year was the first time I presented on the topic of close reading in Las Vegas.

Does Homework Help or Hinder a Students Love of Learning?

Two Guys and Some iPads

I have read a lot of articles, blog posts, and tweets recently regarding a VERY sensitive subject: Homework. This debate has really heated up lately when a New York school stopped giving homework, and told kids to play. Many questions are often asked when debating this subject: Is homework beneficial to our kids? Is homework only about the content? Does it take away from important family time?

What the demise of Google Helpouts means for education

The Christensen Institute

This is the third post in the #WhoYouKnow blog series on the overlap of social capital, EdTech, and innovation. A few months ago, Google Helpouts —a barely two-year-old effort to connect users to on-demand experts via video chat—folded. I was a bit deflated when the news of Helpouts’ failure hit. The end of Google Helpouts, however, is not altogether surprising. One problem is valuation.

When Grading Harms Student Learning

Edutopia

Andrew Miller Assessment Instead of issuing zeros, penalizing late work, and grading formative assessments, teachers should make the classroom a place of hope instead of fear

How a school threw out their reading program and finally got everyone excited about reading.

The CoolCatTeacher

ECM 152: Principal Todd Nesloney tells you how to really get kids excited about reading. No trinkets. No prizes. No book levels. One school led by Principal Todd Nesloney got rid of it all. Every teacher and every student set a simple goal: read twenty books in one semester. Any book. Any kind. If you hate the book — STOP READING IT. Listen on iTunes. ” No gimmicks – just reading.

10 engaging Google Drawings activities for classes

Ditch That Textbook

Using a document in Google Apps or Microsoft Word is perfect for many activities, but sometimes they can be so limiting. They’re restricting. They force you to enter information in a fairly linear fashion, and linear just doesn’t cut it sometimes. Sometimes, you want your work to be all over the place. Think of sticky [.].

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Personalized Learning Isn’t Enough. How Do We Create Learners?

Digital Promise

We hear a lot about 'personalized learning' – the importance of reaching every student at their level, including their interests and passions, and giving them choices. This isn’t really a new concept. Teachers have been trying to do this forever, and the only difference is that we now have tools to do this more efficiently and effectively than we could before. I know learners.

3D CAD and 3D Printing with Chromebooks

Educational Technology Guy

Everyone who reads this blog knows I'm a huge fan of Chromebooks , especially for education. One area that I get asked about often is 3D CAD and 3D Printing. So here is some info. I am by no means an expert on 3D printing though. Tinkercad is a completely web-based, 3D CAD system that works on Chromebooks. You can easily download the STL file to use with the 3D printer. Pretty much everything.

Learning: It’s All About the Connections

User Generated Education

I’ve written about connections before in It’s All About Connection. Today, though, I was thinking about all of the connections important for learning. Connecting of Concepts – Deep Conceptual Learning: Creating Connections That Last. Connecting with the Internet and Computer Networks -T echnology Integration for the New 21st Century Learner.

10 Quick Fixes That Every School Can Implement Immediately

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane Teachers worry about the Common Core, high stakes testing, accountability, parent complaints, and many other issues that face educators daily. What if you could stop worrying? What if there were quick fixes for your school and classroom that you can implement right now? Sound unrealistic? It’s not. Featured Inspiration edchat HackLearning

The 3 Things Digital Classrooms Really Need

The Web20Classroom

My first experience with technology in the classroom was the good ol' Apple IIe and endless hours playing Oregon Trail and Math Blaster. That evolved to an after school coding club in high school where I learned how to make a square and a flower using BASIC. And look at where learning is today. The classroom is becoming less about the physical space it occupies and more about the cloud.

Beyond "Ditching the Desks," 9 Creative Ways to Avoid "The Cemetery Effect"

Kleinspiration

Avoiding “The Cemetery Effect” a collaborative post via Thomas Murray and Erin Klein - click here to download Erin's FREE 18 page eBook with images, templates, printables, and more - This first segment reads from the Voice of Thomas Murray : State and District Digital Learning Director for the Alliance of Excellent Education , Washington D.C. Each stone was equidistant from the other. Declutter.

How the maker movement inspires every student to love learning

eSchool News

No matter the subject, making and collaborating engages students in inspiring ways. You know the maker movement has hit the big leagues when even the President is talking about it. Earlier this year, for the National Week of Making, President Obama issued a call to action to educators, designers, and makers of all stripes. I was about to learn firsthand. He landed a job teaching eighth-grade U.S.

Taking personalized learning to scale

The Christensen Institute

As the call for personalized learning gains steam, we’re hearing more about how best to invest in systems that support schools that break the traditional mold. Although advocates are pleased by having a growing number of proof points out there, a handful of individual schools that depart radically from the traditional school design and perform well is not enough: we should be striving for transformation at scale. To get there, oftentimes reformers, philanthropists, and policy analysts talk about nurturing the “ecosystem” for reform in which key players come together to drive change.

We have to stop pretending

Dangerously Irrelevant

When it comes to education, we have to stop pretending… that short-term memorization equals long-term learning. that students find meaning in what we’re covering in class. that low-level facts and procedures are a prerequisite to deeper learning. that analog learning environments prepare kids for a digital world. that what we’re doing isn’t boring. Please join us. Related Posts.