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The Importance of Civics Education

User Generated Education

Truth be told, I always disliked history and government classes as a K through undergraduate student. I found it dry, boring, irrelevant, and unimportant. I believe this was due to it all being about memorization. memorizing events and dates in history; memorizing the branches of government; memorizing states and their capitols. This type of learning reflects only remembering, the lowest level of Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Creating Future Ready Schools and Classrooms

Tom Murray

What is it that today’s modern learners need to thrive? How can schools and districts systemically create a vision of teaching and learning that’s personal, authentic, relevant, and harnesses the power of technology?

Teaching responsibility and preparing students for the real world: 20 alternatives to homework

Ditch That Textbook

Homework is a hot button topic. It ignites strong emotions and there are people firmly planted on both sides of the fence. Many educators claim that homework teaches students responsibility and prepares them for the real world. But does it really? Are there more meaningful ways that we can teach these skills in school? In a […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Homework alternative homework assignments alternatives to homework ditching homework homework

40 Ways to Celebrate Teachers and Impact Teacher Retention

Education Elements

Do you ever have trouble falling asleep because you can’t stop thinking about what you need to accomplish the next day? Maybe you’re one of those people that has your best ideas for solving a problem while washing your hair?

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.

Insights for innovating in emerging markets: Identifying “Jobs” opens up innovation opportunities

The Christensen Institute

In this five-part series, Five insights for innovating in emerging markets , I explore several insights, one by one, that my research has uncovered for innovators interested in emerging markets. This is part three of the series, based on an earlier blog.

How Online Education Is Changing The Global Ecosystem

EdNews Daily

Technology has had a critical effect on the way we do almost everything. For example, it has changed how we shop, interact, behave, get our news, and even learn.

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Themes, teams, and side quests: A superhero’s guide to gamification

Ditch That Textbook

Gamification in education is not new, and thanks to Michael Matera and his book, Explore Like A Pirate, a thriving community has been formed that helps educators all over as they start their own journey. If you are already a part of that amazing community, then high fives and woot woot! If you are on […]. Guest Blog Teaching creative teaching game-based learning games gamification

What Is Four-Dimensional Questioning?

TeachThought - Learn better.

What Is Four-Dimensional Questioning? contributed by Dr. Jamie Schwandt, (Ed.D.) Questioning is like a missile guidance system designed to attack a specific target; whereas, a question guidance system is designed to identify an exact issue, problem, or answer.

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Why standards often disappoint

The Christensen Institute

In September, TNTP released a provocative report with a disheartening finding: many students’ expectations for life after high school are a myth. They assume their success in their K-12 schools will prepare them to pursue their ambitions in college.

Tip: Creating Interactive Presentations Using @PearDeck, @WeVideo, and @Flipgrid #edtech

techieMusings

I know that the end of the trimester is typically a popular time for student presentations. So, I wanted to share a couple of tips that might be helpful in planning projects. The goal of these tips is to encourage all students to actively engage with the presentations.

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Today’s Curriculum for the Higher Ed HR Leader

Speaker: Joseph Clay, Business Transformation Strategist at Oracle, and Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Today’s universities and colleges face many challenges ranging from reconciling financial pressures, to ensuring student success, to managing complicated workforce dynamics. One thing they all have in common: Their head of HR must align the HR function to best support the institution as it navigates this current landscape.

There’s A War Going On Inside We Ain’t Safe From [A Conversation with Lorena Germán]

The Jose Vilson

Jose Vilson: Recently, there’s been some conversation as to whether or not our schools should be compared to war. Lots of folks, for example, say that teachers are the “people in the trenches.”

Google Slides sticky note brainstorming: Powerful planning

Ditch That Textbook

Have you ever felt like autumn has arrived and your desk is covered with sticky notes like leaves falling from the trees? You have sticky notes on your monitor, on your computer, on the filing cabinet, on your desk … There are stacks of sticky notes. There are stacks of stacks of sticky notes sometimes! […]. Ed Tech digital brainstorming google slides activities google slides in the classroom sticky note brainstorming

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Certiport Opens 2019 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship

techlearning

To enter the competition, students age 13 to 22 must take a qualifying Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam to demonstrate their mastery of Microsoft Office products

Why schools should bridge the generational divide

The Christensen Institute

Every so often a book I’m reading for work morphs into a book I’m reading for pleasure. This month that book was Marc Freedman’s How to Live Forever.

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Have Students Create Ninety-Second Videos Retelling Books With The Newbery Film Festival

Larry Ferlazzo

EliFrancis / Pixabay. Thanks to Richard Byrne , I learned about The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival. The idea is that students create ninety-second videos retelling the stories of books that have won the Newbery Award , which is given for exceptional children’s literature.

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OPINION: Can this 12-step program from Finland aid U.S. education?

The Hechinger Report

Children in eastern Finland in what is considered one of the most important activities of the day: recess. Photo: William Doyle. We are two American public-school dads who just returned from a fact-finding trip through Finland.

20 ways to celebrate the Hour of Code in ANY class

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You don’t have to be an expert programmer yourself to get your students started coding in the classroom and the Hour of Code is a great place to start. With the incredible amount of resources available to educators, you can learn to program along WITH your students. The Hour of Code is celebrated the first […]. Ed Tech Teaching activities for the hour of code coding computer science computer science education week csedweek hour of code

Tech & Learning Announces Finalists for Awards of Excellence Contest

techlearning

Annual contest selects education technology products that are improving teaching and learning in the classroom

What Gartner’s Top Tech Trends for 2019 Mean for Education

EdTech Magazine

What Gartner’s Top Tech Trends for 2019 Mean for Education. eli.zimmerman_9856. Mon, 11/12/2018 - 13:21.

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The Best Ways To Help Victims Of The Camp Fire

Larry Ferlazzo

skeeze / Pixabay. I previously shared some resources about the terrible Camp Fire near here, including ways to help victims (see RESOURCES ON TERRIBLE CAMP FIRE NEAR HERE & HOW TO HELP VICTIMS ).

Studious friends and roommates might lead to higher grades in college

The Hechinger Report

A study found that studious friends influence study habits and boost college grades. Photo by Jeff Gritchen/Digital First Media/Orange County Register via Getty Images). Choose your friends wisely may not only be good parental advice but also a way to do better in college, a research study finds.

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Using Google Slides live closed captions in the classroom

Ditch That Textbook

You can turn on closed captions at the bottom of videos you watch on TV and online. But providing closed captions in real time in the classroom has been harder to pull off — until now! Google Slides has a new feature — live closed captions. They transcribe your speech on the fly and display […]. Ed Tech Screencasts google classroom accessibility google slides google slides in the classroom live closed captions

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How to Create a Class Template in Google Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Create a Class Template in Google Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. What if I told you that you could create a class template inside Google Classroom? You can!

Embracing the Leader/Coach Paradox

Reading By Example

Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash. There are many contradictions in life that, for whatever reason, actually support one another. For example, as a school leader, I am responsible for student learning outcomes and staff culture.

Important New Video: “The Science of Racism”

Larry Ferlazzo

GDJ / Pixabay. The Science of Racism is a new video from YouTube’s “Creators for Change” program. I’m adding it to Revised & Updated: Useful Resources For Learning About Race & Racism. social studies video

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When schools use child protective services as a weapon against parents

The Hechinger Report

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services began investigating Tiffany Banks for alleged child neglect and abuse, she says, around the time her son started to misbehave in school and she pushed back on a plan for his educational services.

The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Leading Virtual Field Trips with Google Expeditions

Nick's Picks for Educational Technology

The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Leading Virtual Field Trips with Google Expeditions Google Expeditions – Beyond Virtual Field Trips From the bottom of the sea to the moon and beyond: virtual and augmented reality now enable us to take students virtually anywhere.

5 Ways to Create a Doodling Culture in Your Classroom by @sylviaduckworth

Teacher Tech

Doodling as Visual Note-Taking A Guest Post by Sylvia Duckworth Sketchnoting, or visual note-taking, has so many benefits for students. Many studies have proven that images are considerably more effective than words when it comes to memory retention, comprehension and motivation. There are psychological benefits as well, because sketchnoting has a calming effect similar to […]. The post 5 Ways to Create a Doodling Culture in Your Classroom by @sylviaduckworth appeared first on Teacher Tech.

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Why You Shouldn't Limit Screen Time

techlearning

As innovative educators know, not all screen time is created equal and one-size-does not fit all when it comes to learning and development

Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Larry Ferlazzo

BiljaST / Pixabay. Five years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention.

The future includes good (human) teachers

The Hechinger Report

A man watches an artificial intelligence (AI) news anchor from a state-controlled news broadcaster, on his computer in Beijing on November 9, 2018.

Q&A: Rachel Gorton On How K–12 Schools Envision the Future of Education

EdTech Magazine

Q&A: Rachel Gorton On How K–12 Schools Envision the Future of Education. eli.zimmerman_9856. Mon, 11/19/2018 - 08:21.

A Grading Strategy That Puts the Focus on Learning From Mistakes

MindShift

Teachers know that students learn a tremendous amount from scrutinizing their mistakes , but getting them to take the time to stop and reflect is a challenge. Some teachers have stopped giving grades altogether to try to refocus class on learning instead of on grades.

Computer Gaming Gets Real

techlearning

The successful Overwatch tournament hosted by the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) lends even more credibility to the Esports craze

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New Resources On Race & Racism

Larry Ferlazzo

I’m adding these new resources to various “Best” lists.