How to Know You Make a Difference #LoveTeaching

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In this heartwarming episode, Christie shares one of the stories of how she knows she is making a difference. As we continue to celebrate #LoveTeaching week, remember to share your story of why you love to teach.

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TCEA 2011 Legislative Update Advocacy Panel


Notes from TCEA 2011 Panel. Jennifer Faulkner, Director of Instructional Technology, Alamo Heights ISD (Moderator) Question #1: What is your vision for the use of digital content in Texas schools for the next five years and how will that content be delivered? Question #2: What are the barriers to implementing that vision? Hochberg: HB 2488 Allows the Commissioner of Edu to purchase digital content and provide it free of charge to all students in the state.

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iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Sean Nank’s research shows that the single biggest method for improving learning with iPads is to use online formative assessments. This intriguing research is a must listen for any school with access to technology. You do not need iPads to implement and learn from this research.

5 Blogs to Read in 2011

The Electric Educator

Spearheaded by Daniel Rezac , the purpose of EdReach is to "To take education forward, by bringing voices together." The contributors to EdReach are a innovative and influential bunch. I am humbled and privileged to be one of them! Thanks for subscribing to my blog.

It's All About The Hashtag

The Web20Classroom

If you remember, in my 3 part series on Twitter , I wrote about how I completely changed the way I do professional development on Twitter. I always show how to use Twitter without ever signing up. I believe it''s important to establish the value in using it rather than using it and attempting to find the value. Just like Google, if you know how to use the search effectively you can find pretty much anything.

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The Today Show's Top Tech Gifts for Women


It''s so nice to be at home with the kids and not have to be anywhere at any specific time - whoo hoo! I was quite curious to see what gadgets they''d feature, and to ask my readers what is their must have tech toy this season. How much more? And how you watch TV.

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How To Create An LLC For Your Educational Podcast


You are here wondering how to create an LLC for your educational podcast … that's great! Or, perhaps you are here looking to learn how to set up a small business and form an LLC … that's also great! The term LLC means Limited Liability Company.

The K-12 Business Model: How to Innovate in an Ever-Changing Learning Environment

EdNews Daily

And with that type of model in mind, it leads us to wonder what effect annual student influx has on technology adoption in the classroom and the cultural effect on the ability to experiment and personalize. Low Barrier to Entry. By Steve Halliwell and Cheryl Miller.

Steve Jobs, Visionary. 1955-2011


Through the years, I have loved the products conceived and nurtured by Steve Jobs, even in those years the company was expected to go under (Jobs himself got kicked out of the picture for a period of time). Now look where we are, thanks to Steve.

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Week of March 28, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Event recordings are posted and available after the events if you aren''t able to attend them live. Why is it necessary to build online community when facilitating online? Join this webinar to participate in this discussion. link] ET@LKING: WHERE TO START IMMERSING TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION, PART 2: THE STAFF! This topic continues this week, looking at how we bring staff on board in immersing technology in education.

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Week of January 3, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Event recordings are posted and available after the events if you aren''t able to attend them live. Laurie Conzemius will share strategies for creating positive relationships with teachers and administrators in your school and district to build support for your media program. Shelee King George will present peer coaching as a way to make library media specialists change agents in their schools. Educators gather virtually to discuss student work and educator dilemmas.

10 Ways to Re-Imagine the Classroom: 8. Educational Resources

The Playground Advocate

This post is part eight in a series in which I offer some ways that we can work together to re-imagine our classrooms so that students are more engaged, our work is more relevant, and student learning is more enriching. On the one hand, they bring a cohesive set of materials to the learner.

How to Build a Successful Instructional Coaching Program

Insight Education Group

Atul Gawande, an acclaimed surgeon and research scientist, wrote in a 2011 New Yorker article , “Coaching done well may be the most effective intervention designed for human performance.”. How to Build a Plan. At best, failing to make this connection results in isolated support.

College and Career Ready: How to set your students up for success?


Welcome to the Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Spotlight Series Podcast. In this episode, we learn how teach a college and career ready curriculum. The post College and Career Ready: How to set your students up for success?

The Closing of

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

As well, a discussion forum has been set up at [link] to answer any specific questions and provide transition help. Foremost for me, right now, though, is to give each of you a HUGE "thank you" for being on this journey with us. I''d love for this program to continue in some fashion, so if you know an organization that might like to sponsor it, have them reach out to me directly. In addition, CourseSites offers access to a 50-seat Collaborate room.

May 19th - Chris Guillebeau on The Art of Non-Conformity

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This is part of the series of interviews I''ve been doing on personal "branding" and the ways that the Internet magnifies the ability for both students and teachers to follow individualized passions and interests.

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Learning from Verizon's Experience: 5 Lessons for School Leaders About Social Media

The 21st Century Principal

Verizon’s decision to not charge customers a $2 convenience fee is a lesson about power of social media, for all of us, including 21st century school leaders.(See Verizon heard that megaphone and decided to let customers know they were listening. When Verizon decided to announce a $2 fee, they ran right into thousands of consumers yelling loudly through the power of social media. They issued a statement that said, “At Verizon, we take great care to listen to our customers.

As LinkedIn’s Video Library Grows, Company Says It Has No Plans to Compete With Colleges


The move made clear that the professional networking platform wanted to play a broader role in the future of employment (and it raised the eyebrows of some college officials who wonder how big that role might get). To check in on how the Lynda courses fit into the LinkedIn strategy, EdSurge sat down with Mordy Golding, director of content for LinkedIn, at the ASU+GSV Summit last month. Golding: I joined in 2011. How do you decide what to add?

Great Leaders Focus and Build Teams


He wasn''t co ntent with running things the way others did just because that''s how it''s always been done. Great leaders see where they are going, plan for it, remain focused on the goal, and know how to develop others. How do you build relationships and connect with others?

A traditional model of organizational knowledge creation

Connecting 2 the World

Unfortunately, I still haven't figured out how to include my word graphics into blogger and since I don't have a lot of time to figure it out, it will just have to be left out of this post. This can further be linked to depth of knowledge being greater as it is internalized (Yaklief, 2010), as exhibit 2 illustrates. Competency, as discussed earlier, requires experience to understand and develop skills that become tacit knowledge.

New Wikispaces Ad-free Program for Higher Education

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Their "Free Wikis for Educators" program has given away some 980,000 free classroom wikis for K-12 education over the last five years (I''ve got to imagine that it will be a great moment for them to hit the 1 million mark). This program has done a really great job of helping Wikispaces to become well-known at the same time making a difference for in-the-classroom educators, a terrific combination of marketing t o and serving an audience at the same time.

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Ed Tech News, a New Podcast, and the Hack Education Roundup!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This new weekly blog post / email is replacing the regular email I have sent out for the last couple of years for the now-defunct Host-Your-Own-Webinar program (I still have hopes of resurrecting that near-to-my-heart program, and when that happens we''ll wrap it into this weekly missive). Huge thanks to the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science , the founding sponsor of the conference. Send your best wishes to Peggy , Lorna , and Kim !

Yet Another Educational Robot Acquisition


Like Lego blocks clicked together, two educational robot companies have combined to offer their collective programming and robotics lessons to students spanning from 4 years old to college. The two companies joined in part to reach wider age groups.

Stop Struggling! Teach English Language Learners with Karaoke!

The CoolCatTeacher

He found that Karaoke is an incredible way to teach reading and English as a Second Language (ESL) students. You’ll find so many ideas that you can use to teach reading (and any subject). The California state Senate named Jon “Tech Hero of 2011.”

Cutting-edge tech is exciting, but innovations don’t need to be flashy to be impactful

The Christensen Institute

It can do everything from controlling home appliances to taking photos and communicating with its human owners, all while rolling around the house on its own. . However, innovation doesn’t need to be flashy in order to make a big impact.

Make P.E. great—for the first time?

The Christensen Institute

When I first began researching the field of online learning in K–12 education, I was surprised to learn that one of the most popular online offerings was physical education (P.E.). How could that be done online? Click To Tweet. Click To Tweet.

The Magic Number for Any Successful Education Technology Acquisition


When deciding whether a company is viable to be bought, CareMonkey president Peter Bencivenga says the magic number is 90 percent. For him, companies need to clear the bar of 90 percent customer retention in order to be suitable acquisition candidates.

Learning in the Making: The Role of the Educator as a Maker Educator

User Generated Education

I have been working with ASCD for the past few years to publish my book, Learning in the Making: How to Plan, Execute, and Assess Powerful Makerspace Lessons. This often requires teachers to express out loud the metacognitive strategies they use when.

Using Skype Video Conferencing To Connect Our Classrooms


Welcome to the Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Spotlight Series Podcast. In this episode, Jeff sits down with Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Stacey Ryan to discuss how Skype video conferencing is being used to connect her classrooms worldwide.

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Focusing on the Process: Letting Go of Product Expectations

User Generated Education

I focus on how to learn rather than what to learn. I’ve addressed this in Freedom to Learn : In order to facilitate these desired elements of learning, I believe it is important to focus on the process of learning rather than the products of learning.

Coursera Co-Founder Andrew Ng Wants to Bring ‘AI to Everyone’ in Latest Course


In popular culture, artificial intelligence is used to describe anything from product recommendations to self-driving cars and futuristic robotic overlords. With such broad interpretations of AI, Andrew Ng wants to simply things for the average person in a new course called AI for Everyone. Lessons will include how to select AI projects, as well as how to work with and manage AI teams within companies. He left the company in 2014.)

With a New CEO, Can Edmodo Regain Its Ed Mojo?


After two “salvage operations” where she turned around struggling companies, Susan Kim wanted a break from the fervor of startup life. But when she got a call a year ago about an education company with a vibrant community of teachers, she reconsidered. She is no stranger to rebuilding.

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How can we use Office 365 for Professional Development in our schools?


The post How can we use Office 365 for Professional Development in our schools? Welcome to the Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Spotlight Series Podcast. It is also one of the world’s most valuable companies. Professional Development can be much more than "sit and get."

How do we teach our students Practical Entrepreneurship?


In this episode of the Microsoft Innovative Expert Spotlight Series Podcast, we welcome MIE Expert Ole Johnny Devik on to the program to discuss how he is bring the world of business and marketing into the classroom. It is also one of the world’s most valuable companies.

MinecraftEdu Creators Struggle to Find a Second Hit


Those developers, whose company TeacherGaming pivoted sharply after Microsoft took over MinecraftEdu two years ago, are facing tough times—and laying off staff—as they try to craft a niche in a crowded educational gaming landscape that has struggled to attract broad interest from schools. In the past few days, the Finland-based company has decided to shrink its staff to about eight, down from 13 (and a peak of 18 employees a few years ago).