March, 2017

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How to improve student engagement

The Christensen Institute

Most teachers struggle with low student engagement, particularly at the middle school and high school levels. “My My students don’t seem to care.”. They don’t see how school is relevant.”. They won’t put in the effort.”. Those statements from teachers about their students are all too common. Unsure if student engagement is a problem at your school? Last month in Little Rock, Ark., Feel successful.

Eric Sheninger Talks About Digital Pedagogy That Improves Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 39 of the 10-Minute Teacher Show From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Eric Sheninger @E_Sheninger challenges us to move to the next level with digital technologies. We can’t use tech because it is “cool and new.” ” It must improve learning. If it doesn’t improve learning, why are we spending the money? Full Bio.

3 Ways To Combat Recipe Learning

The Web20Classroom

When I was a middle school science teacher I regularly assigned projects. At the time I thought that the projects would be a great way for me to understand what my students understood about particular concepts and topics. I had them make visual representations of atoms of the periodic table, reports outlining the effects of global warming on our community, and several others. Sure. Certainly not.

10 ways Google Keep can help streamline life at school

Ditch That Textbook

For a long time, I’ve been a list-maker and a note-taker. You should see my desk. It can get littered with them pretty easily. The worst is when I would take down some valuable details and then leave the paper sitting on my desk at school. I have literally driven to school late at night [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology gafe google apps for education google keep organization

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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A short note to [Indian and emerging market] e-commerce investors: Be patient for growth, but impatient for profits

The Christensen Institute

In one of his books, The Innovator’s Solution , Harvard Business School professor and Christensen Institute co-founder, Clayton Christensen, explains that investors and entrepreneurs should learn to be patient for growth, but impatient for profits. In a fast-paced world where everyone wants and feels the need to be first, best, and big, as quickly as possible, that advice sounds archaic. billion.

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | #29 Steven Anderson talks technology trends From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Augmented reality and virtual reality. Are these buzzwords or are they things that can be used to improve learning? Today Steven Anderson @web20classroom brings back the veil and helps us learn about these emerging technologies. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Costs?

Doing More With The Classroom Makerspace

The Web20Classroom

When I was 6 or 7 years old I was at home on a boring rainy weekend. Being an inquisitive kid and generally looking for mischief I found some tools in a closet and decided something in my house needed taking a apart. I'd always wondered how a toaster actually made toast so it became the subject of my experiment. Galileo. Newton. Edison. And there are spaces in between. How can making help?

Why I Hack My Classroom

EdNews Daily

Written By: Grace O’Shea. New York City, Summer 2011. I was excited to be joining a force of Teaching Fellows poised to tackle the opportunity gap in NYC. I began my summer school assignment feeling a healthy mix of zeal and terror. I was about to go live. The challenge? Get a group of straggling eighth graders excited about science. Room 230. I enter. I wanted to get my students talking.

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.

The Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of A Special Education Student

NPR Learning and Tech

In a case involving a Colorado school district, the high court finds that schools must ensure students make more than minimal progress. Image credit: Andrew Harnik/AP

How to Differentiate Questions with Google Forms

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Differentiate Questions with Google Forms appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Shut the Front Door (Again)! Updated Differentiation with Google Forms! UPDATED March 2017! There are so many amazing things we can do with Google Forms. It can get complicated very fast, so hang on tight for some tutorials, details, and classroom application ideas! What is Branching in Google Forms?

Can Workers Learn Basic Skills on Their Phones?

Digital Promise

When low-skilled workers have access to quality education and training, great things happen. Too often, however, because these workers hold down several jobs, rely solely on public transportation, and have childcare responsibilities, they miss out on many of the in-person classes available to them. The post Can Workers Learn Basic Skills on Their Phones? appeared first on Digital Promise.

Formative Assessment Tools and Tips from Monica Burns #FormativeTech

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 37 of The 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Monica Burns, author of #FormativeTech , shares essential tools and tips for effective formative assessment. Learn how to get results. Pick some tools. Accelerate learning. Monica’s book comes out today! Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Stream by clicking here. Kahoot.

11 Technology Tools for the Reading Classroom

Class Tech Tips

Last week I made my third trip to Nebraska for the Nebraska State Reading Conference. It was so much fun meeting new teachers and sharing plenty of my favorites technology tools for reading. You might have seen the picture of the tiny plane that took me to Kearney, NE in the graphic of this post.… Chromebook iPad Apps Reading & Writing

How This Teacher Builds A Professional Learning Community Online

EdNews Daily

This is the first article in our series about building professional learning communities for online teachers. In this series, we share ideas from online teachers who work at 51Talk. 51Talk is the largest online English education platform in China. In June 2016, it became a publicly listed company on the New York Stock Exchange (COE). We hope you find these tips encouraging and helpful.

A new technology is fundamentally changing learning–here’s how

eSchool News

Middle school students across the U.S. are learning how the body works by studying the anatomy of a frog, a vertebrate with an organ system similar to that of humans. What is Blended Reality? Blended reality combines the physical and digital with augmented reality that takes sensory inputs – sounds, scents, sites and haptic or “touch” feedback–to blur the lines between the real and virtual worlds.

5 Coping Mechanisms for Bouncing Back from Your Bad Teaching Day

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. 5 Coping Mechanisms for Bouncing Back from Your Bad Teaching Day by James Sturtevant Just because I’ve authored a couple of books and host a podcast on engagement does not mean that I don’t have challenging days in the classroom. Last Friday was one of those days! The first three periods went great. My students […]. Featured Inspiration #hackingengagement #edchat

Parkinson’s and the power of business model innovation

The Christensen Institute

Over half of the adult population in the United States suffers from a chronic disease, and $0.86 of every healthcare dollar is spent on a patient with at least one chronic disease. Because spending on those with chronic diseases represents such a big piece of the national health expenditure pie (roughly $2.7 The definitive cause and cure for Parkinson’s Disease (PD) still eludes medical experts.

Saving Big Money with iPads and Google Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | Kyle Taylor tells how they saved half their setup costs per classroom on the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Kyle Taylor @kyletaylor13 and his school have implemented iPads with Google Classroom and are saving half (yes, I said half) of what it previously cost to set up a classroom with technology. Listen Now. Full Bio.

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Learning With Technology

The Principal of Change

Does this happen in your school or district? One teacher prefers google sites. Another blogger. A different teacher prefers Edublogs. One teacher started their students on seesaw. So for the sake of “teacher autonomy”, we have students with minimal amounts of learning exhibited in a multitude of spaces. There is a difference. Who owns the learning? What brings people to the portfolio?

How the ‘Pre-Professionals’ Title Gives High Schoolers the Upper Hand

EdNews Daily

The high school years are a time for discovering oneself — learning strengths and weaknesses, identifying dreams and goals for the future, developing key communication and real-world skills, and mapping out plans for college or a career after graduation. Many high schoolers never receive the guidance, training, or opportunities necessary to adequately prepare them for post-graduation life.

Virtual inclusion helps this district commit to all students–no matter what

eSchool News

Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all education. Today, forward-thinking school leaders know that leveraging powerful learning technology can help all students excel and learn to work collaboratively with peers–even if that student is homebound due to chronic illness. They also can’t participate in extracurricular activities such as clubs. Piloting the robot.

Learning is the Reward

A Principal's Reflections

Let’s face it, school, as we know it is driven by grades as the main reflection of what students do, or do not, know. What has resulted is a rat race of sorts where many kids and parents alike have their eye on the prize. Micro-credentials, although a step in a better direction as a means to make feedback more personal, can also perpetuate this problem. The issues with grading are not new.

Universities gone innovating

The Christensen Institute

Simmons College in Boston made headlines this week with the news that two online graduate degree programs it launched less than five years ago are on track to generate more tuition revenue than its 30 other graduate programs combined and nearly as much as its undergraduate offerings. It’s not. It’s now.”. The colleges profiled are diverse. Some are small and others are large.

5 Ways to Be Technology’s Master and Not Its Slave #productivity

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | Aaron Sams shares productivity secrets on episode #25 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Aren’t you tired of being overwhelmed by technology? Do you really need the latest thing to be more productive? Or is the latest thing killing you one wasted moment at a time. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Full Bio.

Parent Alert! Your Child Just Skipped Class

NPR Learning and Tech

In a study, automated text messages to parents reduced absences and the number of F's earned by high school students. Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR

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KidZania: Hands-On Kid Sized Cities Coming To America

EdNews Daily

The world’s fastest growing experiential learning center for children is coming to the U.S., promising to bring unique educational experiences to American children. KidZania’s are mini, kid-sized cities and experiential learning centers that allow kids to role-play in a variety of real life professions, from firefighter to doctor to TV news personality to marine biologist. . The inaugural U.S.

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5 tips for getting blended learning right

eSchool News

When implementing a blended learning model, it is important for schools to be aware of key components and steps to integrate into their plan. Plan first, technology second: Although it may seem easier to dive right in, schools cannot go technology-first into a blended learning model. Since blended learning is about changing instruction, technology must follow an instructional plan.

AP Jeopardy Review – Using @PearDeck & @Wacom Tablets to Engage, Gamify & Reflect #edtech #mathchat

techieMusings

Note: I am editing/revising an old post to reflect some updates in the process of how I run AP Jeopardy Review in my AP Calculus Class! Have you ever been super excited about “gamifying” a review session (ie: Jeopardy review) only to realize that the competitive feel in the room becomes overwhelming? Each year, around this time, I play a game of AP Calculus Jeopardy with my class.

What hotels and higher education have in common

The Christensen Institute

In the mid-1990’s, Amazon started selling books online and quickly moved to dominate the space, running Border’s online store by 2001 and driving them to bankruptcy by 2011. Kodak, which once had 90% market share in the U.S. film market, was disrupted by digital photography, and ultimately filed Chapter 11 in 2012. We’ve see disruption across industries–but not everywhere. More stats here.

5 Ideas to Amp Up Chromebooks

The CoolCatTeacher

John Sowash shares ideas on the 10-Minute Teacher Episode 35 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today John Sowash @rsowash talks formative assessment, multimedia, and the must-have apps for Chromebooks. Today he gives us five ideas to amp up our Chromebook classroom. Many of these tools and tips will work for any device that can access the Web. Quizziz.

Tight on Goals, Flexible on Means: Universal Design for Learning Empowers Opportunity Youth

Digital Promise

YouthBuild USA , a Digital Promise Adult Learning Beacon , is an international intermediary for a network of 250 community-based YouthBuild programs and schools around the country. We and our partners are committed to bringing the voices and experiences of Opportunity Youth learners (low-income young people of promise, ages 16 to 24) and educators to the conversation about learning differences. UDL and Opportunity Youth. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is “a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn” ( CAST ).

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