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4 Guidelines for Early Learners Using Technology

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez These best practices from the Department of Education will help educators seamlessly integrate tech in the classroom. Classroom Curriculum Digital Content

3 Easy Web Accessibility Guidelines

The Innovative Educator

If you want to know three easy guidelines to always keep in mind, a colleague of mine, shared the following with me and I'm sharing with the innovative educators who read this blog. Three easy guidelines for web accessibility: Text: For text, stick to contrast that is close to that of black on white and fonts that are at least 12 point. Are these guidelines you generally follow?

Simple Guidelines for Speaking at Conferences


Academics ought to be great at public speaking, or at the very least pretty comfortable with it, but it doesn’t often seem that way. While I’m sure everyone who reads this can think of some presenters they admire (hi, Bethany ), it’s probably also easy to conjure up images of suboptimal lectures or conference presentations one’s seen over the years. have a strong opening!),

Guidelines for Setting Up a Facebook Page for Your School

The Innovative Educator

Visit Select: Company, Organization, Institution Category: Education Email: Use the NYC DOE email (or other professional email) that you have set up for your school, institution, or program. This is what the set up looks like. Note: Following this process you will not need to set up a Facebook profile for the page you are administering

Student-Friendly Social Media Guidelines Make a Great Bulletin Board

The Innovative Educator

Innovative educator Samantha Stouber uses the NYCDOE student-friendly social media guidelines as part of her efforts to teach digital literacy to her students. The guidelines  provide a roadmap for to use digital media effectively. For students, the guidelines are in infographic format. Visit the social media guidelines infographics and print them out for your classroom.

5 Guidelines for Rational School Leader Response to Social Media Issues

The 21st Century Principal

This Winston-Salem Journal Editorial “More Education, Guidelines Needed for Officials, Students on Social Media and School Security,” makes the usual call for more rules and education about improper use of social media. It is important that guidelines focus on the threat, no matter how that threat was communicated. educational use social media effective use of social media school administrator social media school guidelines social media social media school leaders What should be a school leader’s response when a student uses social media in an inappropriate manner?

10 Surefire Ideas to Remove Writing Roadblocks


Articles Writing audience brevity demonstration format guidelines Regie Routman stories writingLiteracy expert Regie Routman takes teachers for a ride and demonstrates how to avoid roadblocks that make writing less than doable, effective and gratifying. The destination? Classrooms where students routinely write to think, problem solve, create and explore.

How Do We Integrate STEM Across Subjects?


STEM Across Curriculum STEM By Design anne jolly ethics history Mobile Area Education Foundation pyramids schoolwide STEM social studies STEM guidelines subject areasSome schools are putting all subjects under the STEM umbrella. Can they be true to STEM's engineering focus? Anne Jolly talks to schoolwide-STEM expert Judy Duke, who points to history.


A Welcome Letter to New STEM Students


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10 Guidelines for #EdTech Companies + Social Media - It's All About Relationships

The Innovative Educator

Social media has changed how vendors do business. It is no longer one way communication. Instead with social media, like never before, there is now two-way communication allowing companies to have conversations with their customers. Those who are doing so effectively. Those who are doing so effectively, grow customer loyalty and respect. Those who are not doing it well, will be perceived as out-of-touch and will move further toward irrelevance.  Those who serve our schools should be expected to engage with educators via social media. Simply providing products is no longer enough.

The Zen of Coloring

The Daring Librarian

Guidelines NOT Rules Ok, sorta like rules. After a few weeks, I did find that we had to have some guidelines for the coloring corner -but I don't like to call them rules! coloring crayons designs guidelines Henna jung makerspace mandalas Mehndi minecraft relaxation rules star wars stress zenThere's a NEW! feature in our Library Media Center Makerspace area! It's Coloring!

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It's #SoMe - Great #BacktoSchool Activity for Digital Citizenship

The Innovative Educator

This means that educators need to spend time with students on ensuring they know how to be responsible online.   In NYC schools we have social media guidelines created by students and teachers to guide this work. SoMeGuidelinesNYC digital citizenship Padlet social media guidelines social media in education Like it or not, today's students are not just citizens.

Department of Education Spearheads Ed Tech Developers Guide

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith A 66-page document sets recommended guidelines for educational technology developers. Classroom Collaboration Digital Content Management

Chicago Schools Update Guidelines for Transgender Students

K-12 Schools - Education News

Updated guidelines for Chicago Public Schools have been announced, including a statement concerning transgender and gender nonconforming students. The guidelines informed these students that they would be allowed to use the restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identities. The same guidelines apply to students. (Photo: Flickr, Creative Commons).

Some Resources for Summer Rejuvenation


Once refreshed and centered, co-teachers can look ahead to the new school year by tapping into UDL guidelines and planning tools & templates. Summer Growth Two Teachers in the Room centering co-teaching co-teaching models Elizabeth Stein guidelines learning Patti Ralabate rejuvenation relaxation Summer tools UDL Universal Design for Learning

The Gift of Failure Can Lead to Success


Book Reviews Parenting bullying failure growth mindset Harper helicopter parenting Jessica Lahey Mary Langer Thompson middle school parenting praise school guidelinesIn The Gift of Failure, teacher/writer Jessica Lahey calls on parents to value failures along the way to help children build growth mindsets.

What Special Ed Teachers and Parents Need To Know About Social Media

NPR Learning and Tech

psychologist offers some guidelines to help kids with special needs stay safe online The internet can be a dangerous place, especially for kids who may struggle with communication.

Update: AASL’s Infographic on Standards and Guidelines Research


Earlier this week, Marcia Mardis, Chair of AASL’s Standards & Guidelines Editorial Board shared an update on their work on our  Standards project. Our Standards for the 21st Century Learner debuted in 2007, followed in 2009 by Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs, what Marcia calls a cornerstone of many school librarians’ practice.

ISTE Standards: Districts Build Off the Essentials

EdTech Magazine

By Wylie Wong Districts look to follow ISTE’s 14 critical elements as guidelines to more effectively leverage technology for learning. Classroom Management Networking Security

College Board Revises AP US History Guidelines After Controversy

K-12 Schools - Education News

After controversy over the guidelines for the Advanced Placement United States History curriculum, a new, “more-balanced” take on the past was released last week that will go into effect immediately. ” However, those on the liberal side may see the revisions made to the guidelines as an example of the College Board giving in to pressure.

Creating Social Media Guidelines.The Handout

The Web20Classroom

Over the past few weeks I have been working on a project for Edutopia and Facebook Education to develop a set of steps to follow when developing social media guidelines in your school or district. There are some simple, yet necessary steps that are important for the implementation of such guidelines. What steps have you taken to create social media guidelines in your school or district? You can read what we created here.) have embedded the document below for download. It has examples and samples of social media policies and additional resources to explore. Social Media

Stop Fighting Social Media. Start Working with Students + Teachers to Integrate It Into Learning!

The Innovative Educator

Many students and teachers are in districts like Wake County where they are subjected to policies, guidelines, and mandates that they rarely have any say in. Instead the newly released social media guidelines for students 12 and younger incorporated the participatory design process and were developed with rather than for students and teachers. Pre-teens wanted something different.

Top 10 Social Networking Guidelines for Educators Who Wish to Keep Their Career Intact


I put this together about two months ago at the request of some educational technology professionals I know who were curious about boundaries when it comes to what to post and do on social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook. tweaked it just this week to present to a group of elementary (K-5) teachers. I''m not a lawyer or legal expert, but based on my observations over the past few years, here''s my suggestions for teachers, particularly K-12 (but higher ed isn''t exempt) who want to participate in social networks but still keep their privacy and their jobs. 1. Yours or anyone else’s.

How to Grow a Classroom Culture That Supports Blended Learning


Palo Alto High School teacher Esther Wojcicki shares her guidelines on creating a culture of trust, respect and independence for blended learning. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Big Ideas Blended Learning blended learning featured full-image

Restrictive social media policies don't prevent inappropriate relationships

The Innovative Educator

banned sites social media guidelines social media in education Last week NBC news  announced that some Colorado school districts are creating tougher social media policies for staff in hopes of preventing inappropriate relationships with students. While banning staff from connecting with students is certainly the easy way out, doing so not only fails to prevent inappropriate relationships, but it also fails to prepare students for success in the 21st century.   The problem with such policies is that they are based on the premise that social media causes inappropriate behavior.

Incorporating Student Voices with Participatory Design

The Innovative Educator

Crossposted at the iZone blog Students and teachers spend their days subjected to policies, guidelines, and mandates that they rarely have any say in. If we develop policies, guidelines, programs, even buildings  with  rather than  for   students and teachers, the result can be a success for all. Why is that? Only later did we realize this process has a name. And it worked!

iPad Classroom Visit Look-Fors


Photo Credit: Cathy Yenca's HCMS Classroom by Lisa Johnson Lisa Johnson 1:1 Implementation Administrators and support staff could use these guidelines to help focus their walk-throughs when evaluating a classroom where students are using iPads

More on Social Networking Guidelines for Educators


A couple of months ago I posted ten social networking guidelines for educators that I had come up with in response to a request from colleagues in my district. Today I came across some more detailed guidelines in the making. Guidelines for Educators Using Social Networking Sites [link] Social Media Guidelines for Schools [link]. One is a blog with several thoughtful comments, and the other a wiki that is being collaboratively created. great amount of detail in both and much food for thought.

Asking students to work in complete isolation

Dangerously Irrelevant

12 education guidelines from Alfie Kohn. Joe Bower said: I would never ask students to complete anything that is worth doing in complete isolation from their peers, parents, books, or the Internet. I’ve worked hard to encourage my students to see collaboration as a critical characteristic of learning. via  [link]. Image credit:   Sitting Alone , naraekim0801. Related Posts.

Notice the emphasis on ‘feeding them content’

Dangerously Irrelevant

’ 12 education guidelines from Alfie Kohn. via NYR47-XJq64#t=01m55s. Related Posts. Adaptive learning. 10+1 reactions to closing Iowa’s achievement gaps. What does it mean to be ‘aligned to the Common Core?’ Test makers should not be driving instruction.

10 data safety principles every school should be following

eSchool News

The guidelines spell out dos and don’ts of collecting and storing data as well as best practices for sharing and using them appropriately. For example, the new guidelines suggest limiting access to student data, collecting only what’s necessary, and providing training to anyone coming in contact with it. Suggestions for proper governance is also included.

Quick List of Classroom Blogging Resources

The Web20Classroom

Student Blogging Guidelines -Some teachers will want some guidance in place when they undertake blogs with kids. Kim lays out some easy to follow guidelines that might make implementation easier. I originally wrote this in 2013. Since then a few resources have changed and I've come across some different ones. Enjoy! It is my public reflection on technology, leadership and learning.

#ASCD12-A Presentation On Creating Social Media Policies For Schools And Districts

The Web20Classroom

As you can see, our social media policy is not a policy at all, but it is a set of guidelines that anyone in the education community (students, teachers, administrators, parents, etc) can follow. Earlier today I had the honor and pleasure of presenting at the Annual Conference for ASCD. The presentation was the featured morning session and livestreamed.

Does your school have a growth mindset when it comes to change?

eSchool News

How well does the person accept the need for organization wide guidelines? (As compared to “I will do what I want to do”.). An organization needs consistent change within certain organization wide guidelines, while still encouraging the “experimenters” to flourish. As an example, many franchises are successful as they have clear organizational guidelines that all must adhere to.

6 Pillars to Successfully Integrate Technology In Your 1:1 Classroom


This includes providing guidelines for how to advantageously conduct research on the web ; students have to evaluate search results and sort for reliability, validity, and relevance. Inspired By Gary Spracklen of Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (IPACA), United Kingdom. Digitally Mature Leaders  . Digitally Mature Teachers. Digitally Mature Students. Digitally Relevant Curriculum.

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Inspirational Videos Help You Frame Focus + Follow Up Professional Development

The Innovative Educator

Should you decide to use them, you may want to follow these guidelines from WNET for using digital media in the classroom. If you are looking for inspirational videos to spruce up professional development at your school this year, you have to look no further than "The Brainwaves" video anthology which features videos on a myriad of topics from innovative educators. want more ».

The Wait is Over! Set your Sights on the New Google Sites


There are guidelines in each rectangle to help guide your size choices. The guidelines are consistent throughout each page and each rectangle ensuring all of your elements line up perfectly! The wait is finally over - the New Google Sites is being released to all users over the next month. You can also sign up for email updates at the same site. Clicked on the wrong group?

Principles for school districts’ social media policies

Dangerously Irrelevant

This one is about some general guidelines and principles for school districts to consider as they formulate their social media policies. My newest article is out. segment is below. You can read the full article online or in AASA’s School Administrator magazine. Consider your tone. Districts everywhere are doing everything they can to put digital tools into the hands of students and staff because of the powerful learning opportunities that they enable. And then they usually create policy documents that hector and admonish youth and educators about all of the things they shouldn’t do.

4 Smart Rules to Guide Administrators in Selecting iPad Apps

The 21st Century Principal

Guidelines iPad iPad apps technology leadership One of the most difficult decisions in tight budgets and deciding how to spend what little technology money we have.If Will this application function in a manner to address that need? By approaching the selection process from this functionality perspective, we only look at whether the product meets the need or needs we are trying to address.

Merging Classrooms: How I Shared My Students with a Class in Egypt

The CoolCatTeacher

What are some guidelines for facilitating global competency and awareness? Every Classroom Matters episode 214 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Talking about ISIS and Arab Spring online with kids from the US and Egypt. Did teacher Adam Jones really do that? Yes he did. He merged his classroom with a colleague in Egypt with incredible results.