Quiet In The Classroom: How To Recognize And Support Introverted Entrepreneurs
FEBRUARY 22, 2017
The fascination over the differences between extroverts and introverts, how they communicate, and what they need, is by far, one of the most compelling topics over the past decade. Although we talk about the phenomena quite often in our personal lives, we have yet to see tangible changes in the workforce and within schools. Transforming The Classroom to Support Innovative Introverts.
Edusketching: A Tool to Help Students Understand Complex Concepts
FEBRUARY 3, 2016
Your recall of information is up to 55% greater with the use of a picture linked to the content, according to edusketch expert and National Board Certified Teacher, Wendy Pillars. Wendy coined the term edusketch and authored the book Visual NoteTaking for Educators: A Teacher’s Guide to Student Creativity. Add Wendy Pillars to your PLN: @ wendi322. Teachin
6 ways to improve PD in STEM for every grade level
DECEMBER 7, 2016
At the secondary level, studies show that about 33 percent of middle school math and science teachers and 30 percent of high school chemistry and physics teachers didn’t major in these fields and haven’t earned a certificate to teach them. In traditional “sit and get” PD, it’s easy to overwhelm teachers with content or pedagogy. Here are a few: 1.
How to make your year more awesome
JANUARY 6, 2016
This week at Anastasis, we watched Kid President’s rules for being more awesome in this new year: “What if all made it our resolution to make this year awesome for somebody else?” I’m taking this resolution to heart and want to help make your year awesome! Learner Profiles- How do develop a complete learner profile to inform individualization.
How to Parent Teens in a High-Tech World Without Losing Your Mind
JANUARY 14, 2017
As I reflect back on her childhood, I tend to do what many parents do: compare her life now to how my life was as a teenager then -my then seems like a different planet. To say parenting and childhood have changed over the past thirty years is an understatement. Parents with younger children reach out to me in worry and concern. I will do my best to answer.
How to help principals do a better job? Train their bosses
The Hechinger Report
MAY 16, 2016
Ron Smith (left), a middle school network superintendent in Oakland, speaks to Jaime Aquino of New Leaders during a “learning walk” at a local middle school. They examined work and eavesdropped on kids, then filed out to huddle in an empty hallway, where it was their turn to answer some questions. But they didn’t really have the technical language to express it.”.
How to Compare and Contrast Authentically
Ask a Tech Teacher
MAY 18, 2015
To students, knowing how to ‘compare and contrast’ sounds academic, not real world, but we teachers know most of life is choosing between options. Here’s a partial list: Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take. Why is this skill so important?
Curious about classroom Makerspaces? Here’s how to get started.
The Cornerstone Blog
SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
Makerspace is a rapidly growing trend in schools across the country, but to be honest, I’ve never implemented one myself, and I can’t quite picture the logistics of orchestrating a Makerspace. How do kids know what to do? How can you find out what they’re learning? How do you make time for that with all the other tasks crammed into the school day?
How to Build Entrepreneurs in Your Classrooms by @hejames1008
My Paperless Classroom
JULY 1, 2016
You may have read the title of this article and thought, Why would I want to build entrepreneurs in my classroom? The post How to Build Entrepreneurs in Your Classrooms by @hejames1008 appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network. Editorial entrepreneurship incubator secondary startups Technology
How to Connect Data to Effect Meaningful Change
JULY 3, 2016
Its roots can be traced back to the 1990s when Congress reauthorized Johnson’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Improving America’s Schools Act (IASA) required the development or adoption of state assessments and tied them to Title I funds. These assessments, as well as the later assessments under NCLB, were originally envisioned as an effective means to measure student learning and hold educators accountable, but the results haven’t lived up to the promise. Connected data, similar in concept to feedback loops described by D.
Discipline Outdoes Talent—Here’s How
DECEMBER 21, 2016
The grade we never want to have to give. Are some students simply doomed to low marks forever? Can their brains only struggle to deliver D-level work? In…studies of both secondary school and university students, self-discipline has surpassed intelligence test scores to better predict school performance, attendance, and graduation honors. 2009).
8 of the Best Research Tools for Inquiry
JANUARY 3, 2017
Kiddle editors hand choose sites that deliver content that is age-appropriate and written in easy to understand language. Best of all, Kiddle’s image and video searches brings about the results you would expect it to for kids. Boolify teaches this skill by asking them to use keywords and Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) in a search to refine results using a drag/drop interface.
How to make Cleveland ‘great again’
The Hechinger Report
JULY 19, 2016
CLEVELAND— Cleveland Metropolitan School District has a countdown clock to Election Day on its website. When city residents head to the polls that day, they’ll be doing more than picking a president. Officials gave themselves till 2016 to show progress. There have been some improvements, such as new schools and higher graduation rates, but there is still a long way to go.
How to Monetize Your Education Technology Product (Hint: Positioning Is Paramount)
AUGUST 24, 2016
Lately I’ve seen quite a few edtech companies that hope to graduate from offering a free product to actually monetizing it. Perhaps that’s a sign of their business’ growing maturity, or maybe it’s because in today’s tighter investment climate, their investors are urgently demanding to know how they will make money. Either way, it is important for all edtech entrepreneurs, especially those who develop instructional technology for use by teachers and students in the K-12 grades, to understand how to position their products for maximum sales success.
Aurasma: Create Augmented Reality Experiences in Under 2 Min.
JANUARY 4, 2017
What it is: Aurasma is an app (also a website) that allows learners to quickly create augmented reality experiences for others. Aurasma makes it simple to quickly create these types of experiences for others. This photo is what the Aurasma app will look for to trigger the event that has been layered on top of the photo. whatever you are taking a picture of). Last year, our Jr.
Adobe Spark: Easily create and share videos, images, and newsletters
JANUARY 2, 2017
Create social graphics that are stunning and easy to share (you know the kind: flyers, memes, posters, ads). The example above took under 2min to create and share! Produce and share impressive videos for storytelling, projects, or to share to social media. Teachers, you can use Adobe Spark to create a weekly newsletter (SO easy to share home with parents!),
My Simple Show: Create your own explainer videos for free!
SEPTEMBER 22, 2016
How to integrate My Simple Show into the classroom: My Simple Show is a fantastic option for digital storytelling. Students begin by choosing to write their own script, or by uploading a Power Point presentation. Next, they can choose from one of many templates to start from, or alternately, start from scratch. this is an awesome way to check for understanding!),
How to use Genius Hour to transform student motivation and ignite creativity
The Cornerstone Blog
NOVEMBER 6, 2016
Genius hour is a movement in schools that allows students to explore their own passions. This is Google’s work structure for its employees, who are allowed to spend 20% of their time on projects they design and are interested in. The idea is that when people are allowed to work on things they care about, their motivation for the job as a whole will increase. Here’s AJ.
8 Tips to Maximize Your Note Taking Efficiency
APRIL 19, 2016
How do we keep up? The first question: to hand-write or to type? Often, we’re told to review our notes daily, re-write them, go over them. But reality is, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do all that while reading hundreds of pages of a textbook each night. Some tips to taking good notes: 1. Ex: Prof refers to pg. Use color.
Acquisition & the Teacher
JANUARY 4, 2017
Textbooks all focus on it, seminars are dedicated to it and training programs will not pass you if you cannot demonstrate it in your classroom. All this focus on how to make the student more independent, how to encourage autonomous learning and reduce reliance on the teacher, what is there for the teacher to do in the classroom? How can they do this?
“…many kids are learning how to be good at going to school.” #InnovatorsMindset
The Principal of Change
JULY 6, 2016
I started to read this extremely enjoyable book by Amanda Lang, titled “The Power Of Why: Simple Questions That Lead to Success” Although I only have read the first chapter at this point, there was so much that connected with education, that I couldn’t help but to take a “blog break” and share some of my thinking. My source of this information?
123D Design: The simplest (FREE) way to get ideas into 3D
APRIL 7, 2015
What it is: 123D Design is a free super powerful, but simple to use, 3D creation and editing tool. There is also a quick start guide and a library of video tutorials that will explain how the different tools within the app work. The app has lots of 3D designs to start with that can be altered, but it also gives students complete creative license to create all on their own.
Woot Math: Adaptive learning for fractions and decimals
FEBRUARY 24, 2016
What it is: Woot Math uses adaptive technology to personalize the math learning experience in new ways for 3rd-6th grade students. With a focus on fractions and decimals, Woot Math allows students many inroads to understanding. It is super user-friendly, and gives teachers the ability to customize for each student in the class as a starting point.
Hello Ruby: A whimsical way to learn about computers and programming
FEBRUARY 3, 2016
What it is: Hello Ruby began as a whimsical children’s book by Linda Liuka meant to help kids learn about computers, technology, and programming. Her secret superpower is being able to imagine impossible things. How to integrate Hello Ruby into your classroom: The Hello Ruby site has a special educator page to get started with Hello Ruby in your classroom.
World Education Games 2015! Math, Literacy, Science
OCTOBER 12, 2015
In World Literacy Day, students will enter the Spellodrome to compete with students from around the world. A sentence will be read aloud and it is the student’s job to spell the missing word. For World Maths Day, students will enter Mathletics, to compete with students around the world. This is a place for students to practice and work on math fluency speed and accuracy.
Evaluating the Evaluators: How to Reduce Conflict of Interest in Higher-Ed Quality Assurance
AUGUST 3, 2016
Last fall the Department of Education announced a pilot project to open up financial aid to students in unaccredited education programs, such as coding bootcamps. Bootcamps and universities that have teamed up to submit proposals for the “Educational Quality through Innovative Partnerships” (EQUIP) program are still waiting for the green light from the department. Imagine a bootcamp claims that 90 percent of its graduates land a job related to their training within three months of graduating. the QAE should not be a lender to students in the program).
YouCubed: Think like a Mathematician
NOVEMBER 28, 2016
If you are a math teacher (and even if you aren’t) you need to know about this awesome resource! Links to really wonderful math apps and games, videos and radio shows, tasks (also known as mathematical brain teasers), and visual mathematics resources. How to integrate YouCubed into your classroom: There are SO many resources that can transform your classroom!
Photomath: Scan math problems for immediate step-by-step instructions
FEBRUARY 23, 2017
With Photomath , students can scan a math problem and learn how to solve it with step by step instructions and an answer. How to integrate Photomath into the classroom: On the surface, the Photomath app might look like the ultimate way for students to “cheat” their learning. What it is: Photomath is an app available on the App Store and Google Play.
“What if we started a school?” – Come see us in action!
JANUARY 9, 2017
I would love to see a school who actually implemented _, instead of just talking about it.” I would be energized by discussions with colleagues at conferences and then again each week during Twitter chats; I was inspired to do something better, but unsure of where to start. Our goal isn’t to inspire you (although inspiration will be here in abundance). cycle?
Seesaw: The ultimate ePortfolio for every classroom!
SEPTEMBER 1, 2015
What makes Seesaw such an awesome option as a digital portfolio is the way that it empowers kids to build and keep a digital portfolio totally independently with features like QR code login for young students. From the teacher perspective, Seesaw makes it simple to access student work immediately from their own device. Seesaw also has direct import features from lots of popular apps.
Technology: the savior of education?
OCTOBER 5, 2015
I loved the freedom of writing my own curriculum every day, and getting to know my students. I had a great time helping other teachers learn how to use technology, and coming up with ideas for how they could integrate it into their classrooms. I was teaching my students how to build a website using Wix. At this point I started to panic a little.
Monster Math: Build Mental Math Skills and Fact Fluency
MAY 4, 2015
When students begin their journey in Monster Math , they are introduced to monster Maxx who is working to save his friend Dextra. What makes Monster Math different from most math practice apps, is the narrative and journey that they go on that keeps them wanting to play. Each “level” has them working to defeat a monster with math. paid version of the app.
Plan It Green: build an energy efficient model city
JANUARY 17, 2017
What it is: Plan It Green, the Big Switch is an online game/simulation from National Geographic that allows students to create their own energy-efficient city of the future. Through Plan It Green , students begin to better understand various energy options and can experiment with different energy sources and see their impact through this game/simulation.
Literature-Map: Help students find new authors to fall in love with
JANUARY 5, 2017
It is really easy to discover a new author. Click on any name on the map to travel further and find more recommendations. How to integrate Literature Map into the classroom: It’s a common problem, a student falls in LOVE with an author and devours everything the author has ever written. Tips: Hat tip to @michellek107 for sharing this with Anastasis staff this week!
StackUp: track self-directed learning online
JANUARY 16, 2017
Nick Garvin , the founder of StackUp , was fresh out of school and wanted to apply for a job at Tesla Motors. His traditional resume failed to document the thousands of hours that he spent online in self-taught learning about the automotive industry. This frustration led to the creation of StackUp, a way for Nick (and others like him) to better document self-directed learning.
Metanoia- the journey of changing one’s mind, heart, self, or way of life (basically what #edu is all about!)
JANUARY 21, 2015
The problem with education reform is that we keep attempting to change surface level systems and hoping for deep systemic change as a result. If you’ve been involved in education for any amount of time, you begin to see a pattern emerge. I’ve often heard education veterans lament about how this is, “just one more new program.” How do we change our minds?
Swift Playground: Apple’s free app that teaches kids to code!
SEPTEMBER 19, 2016
What it is: Swift Playground is an awesome new app from Apple that teaches kids how to code in Swift. This free app for iPads uses games to teach kids Apple’s coding language used to create apps. Students can drag and drop code, and easily edit the code to customize it. Students can even post videos of their creation for others to see!