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Achieving a Balance

A Principal's Reflections

When it comes to work, I have had to battle some internal conflicts over the years. Early on in my career as a school administrator, and then again in my work in my current position as an ICLE Senior Fellow , I had to be put in place, thankfully, by those who care a great deal about me.

3 Google Docs Tools

Teacher Tech

The Google Docs Tools Menu When using any program explore the menus to find those extra features that increase your productivity. Take a look at the Tools menu in Google Docs. Here are 3 noteworthy items in the Tools menu. Document Outline To the left of the document, the Document Outline should be visible. […]. The post 3 Google Docs Tools appeared first on Teacher Tech. Docs Google Intermediate google

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How Lifelong Readers Are Helping Communities Thrive

Digital Promise

It’s a well-known fact: A child who develops a love of books and reading will recognize a lifetime of benefits. 1-4, 25-26) While children who visit the library to immerse in their favorite books may not realize it at the time, they’re building the skill of thoughtful reading—the foundation of critical thinking, academic success, and, eventually, a happy and productive adult life. (1,

8 Math and Science Simulation Resources For Any Classroom

The Web20Classroom

"Science is fun. Science is curiosity. We all have natural curiosity. Science is a process of investigating. It's posing questions and coming up with a method. It's delving in." Sally Ride I was a Middle School Science and Math teacher.

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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Spooktacular STEM Activities & Apps for Halloween!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“As astronauts and space travelers children puzzle over the future; as dinosaurs and princesses they unearth the past … as monsters and gremlins they make sense of the unreal.”- ”- Gretchen Owocki. Halloween, All Saints Day, All Souls’ Day and Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) are around the corner. It’s the season where all are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild and dress up!

Teacher: These are “My Tech Essentials” for a 1:1 Classroom

eSchool News

Technology is an incredible resource for learning. It connects us to people all over the world, it enables us to find answers to our questions with the click of a button, and it is versatile enough to be used by students of varying skill levels.

Personalized learning…is it all a matter of time?

The Christensen Institute

Sometimes I worry that the call to personalize learning is actually code for asking leaders and teachers to do more than they’ve ever been asked to do—but without additional resources to do it. And by resources, I mostly mean time. This is especially true for traditional systems that may be aiming to adopt new approaches to teaching and learning but less willing to do away with legacy structures.

Four tips from a successful elementary school

The Hechinger Report

In this file photo, a student at a Mississippi elementary school reads during class. Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report.

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.

Honoring Unique Student Learning through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

“ We must meet our students exactly where they are with exactly the brains they have right now. We must use all the tools we have available to us and not expect them to fit into a mold or all behave exactly the same. ” – Dr. Gene R. Carter. While many districts, schools, and educators understand the need to shift to a culture of personalized learning, many others still struggle to transition fully from the one-size-fits-all approach and truly change instruction.

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Do You Know the Edtech Adoption Rules in Your State? SETDA’s New Guide May Help.

Edsurge

What’s the difference between selling an education product to California versus Indiana—or any other state, for that matter? A new report from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) aims to clear up the murky waters surrounding the adoption of digital learning materials, a process that varies wildly between states.

How & Why to Use @PearDeck’s New @Google Slides Add-on #edtech

techieMusings

A huge thank you to Alice Keeler for the opportunity to write a guest post on her very amazing blog – Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler. In my guest post: Pear Deck + New Google Slides Add-ons , I talk about how I use Pear Deck to: Engage each learner in the classroom; Gauge how students are thinking about bigger picture questions; and. Give each student in the classroom an opportunity to ‘talk.’.

Less Work, Deeper Learning

The Principal of Change

The quote above has been sticking in my brain for awhile, and although this is something that I have thought about often, John Spencer puts it into words in a succinct yet compelling way.

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Visible Learning and John Hattie

Ask a Tech Teacher

Over the years, I’ve struggled to teach in ways my students would understand.

When The Focus Is On The Student, Not The Class

NPR Learning and Tech

One small school district in New Hampshire was performing at the bottom of the state when it came to standardized tests and graduation rates. Then, leaders totally changed the way teachers taught. Image credit: Richie Pope for NPR

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Top 22 Google Apps for Teachers Using Android

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

October 10, 2017 For those of you using Android, here is a collection of some of the best Google Apps you may want to try out in your instruction. Almost all of these apps are free. Some of the.read more. Repost

Email Challenge Half-Way Mark: Taking Control of my Inbox #Productivity

techieMusings

I have hit the half-way mark in my email challenge. I will start by saying that one of the strongest takeaways from this experience has been the importance of setting a daily intention. I am no yogi, but I do incorporate yoga into my regular routine.

Latino students are falling behind their peers in college, new research shows

The Hechinger Report

Latino students have been making progress in college and earning degrees at a faster rate than in the past, but not at nearly the same rates as their peers, a new report shows.

Bullying and Cyberbullying: The Things You Need to Know

The CoolCatTeacher

Anne Collier on episode 169 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Anne Collier helps us understand the statistics on bullying and cyberbullying.

Should You Unschool?

Ask a Tech Teacher

The first time I read about Unschooling, I ignored it. Surely, it was a fad that would go away. When that didn’t happen and I read about it a thousand more times, I dug into it.

Google Slides Explore Tool Color Match

Teacher Tech

Google Slides Explore Tool Color Match Google uses machine learning in Docs, Sheets, and Slides to help us to be more productive. The Explore tool in each of these products reads your content and gives you suggestions for information you may want to know. In Google Slides you can not only explore content from your […]. The post Google Slides Explore Tool Color Match appeared first on Teacher Tech. Advanced Google Slides google slides

Is creative work REALLY worth the time in the classroom?

Ditch That Textbook

It’s a fair question. I’ve heard similar questions to this at teaching conferences, in discussions and versions of it on social media. I’ve even thought it myself. “This creative work takes a lot of time. Does it really give a return on all of that investment?

Like their students, colleges are vastly increasing the amount they borrow

The Hechinger Report

When the number of students at Hawaii Pacific University started to fall at an alarming rate, the university embarked on an ambitious plan to attract more.

Google Masters For Kids of All Ages: Badges, Skills and More

The CoolCatTeacher

Lee Ann Yonker on episode 168 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Lee Ann Yonker helped start the #MiniGoogleMasters movement in her school in K-3rd grade, demonstrating littles can be tech-savvy too!

Teaching Adult Learners: 5 Things Teachers Need to Know

EdNews Daily

Online courses have become very popular over the course of five short years. According to an article on Imo Education , they predict that by 2019, 50% of classes will be taken online.

Let’s Help One of Ours: Catlin Tucker

Teacher Tech

Catlin Tucker Lost Her Home in the Santa Rosa Fire I am pretty sure I head the Catlin Tucker fan club. Her book on Blended Learning is required reading for my college class I teach. I frequently find my self reading and learning from her blog (catlintucker.com). She packed the house when she keynoted the […]. The post Let’s Help One of Ours: Catlin Tucker appeared first on Teacher Tech. Blog Entries

Pearson Fights Award of Iowa Testing Contract to Rival Vendor

Marketplace K-12

Pearson is appealing the award of a $31 million testing contract to the American Institutes for Research, one of a number of assessment deals secured by AIR over the past few weeks. The post Pearson Fights Award of Iowa Testing Contract to Rival Vendor appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Assessments / Testing Procurement / Purchasing / RFPs

A Great Way To Use Tech To Help Teachers Meaningfully Engage With Families

EdTech4Beginners

Strong parent-teacher partnerships are key to student success in the classroom. In fact, parental engagement is very effective at predicting student achievement.

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Hundreds Of Thousands Of 'Missing' Educators; A Hundred Thousand Homeless Students

NPR Learning and Tech

Plus, a 48 percent graduation rate at some of the for-profit and virtual schools often touted by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

How Snapchat and Instagram are Influencing Teacher Training at Washburn

Edthena

Today’s learners—and tomorrow’s teachers—use video throughout their everyday lives on platforms like Snapchat and Instagram. Cherry Steffen says video should be used throughout a teacher candidate’s university experience, too.

Udacity Official Declares MOOCs ‘Dead’ (Though the Company Still Offers Them)

Edsurge

Udacity helped popularize the idea of offering college-level courses online to anyone for free, a format known as MOOCs (for Massive Open Online Courses). But this week a Udacity official called MOOCs “dead,” leading to questions about what that means for one of the company’s offerings (which still include free MOOCs). It was Udacity vice president Clarissa Shen who this week said “they are dead,” when talking about MOOCs in an interview with The Economic Times in India.

Change the World or Simply Maintain It?

The Principal of Change

Image via Chris Bick (chrisbick1963) Two things stuck out to me this week… One was that I had the opportunity to work with students on how they use social media and tried to help them focus on “what’s possible,” not on what you shouldn’t do.

10 Dos & Don’ts For Group Work & Student Grouping

TeachThought - Learn better.

10 Dos And Don’ts For Group Work & Student Grouping by Jennifer Rita Nichols Educators have learned much about the benefits of using projects for learning, and collaboration is easily recognized as an important skill for students to build. There are very few arguments against having students work together in class and on assignments. However, […]. The post 10 Dos & Don’ts For Group Work & Student Grouping appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching New Teacher