Storms over liberal education: notes on the 2016 AAC&U conference

Bryan Alexander

Last week I participated in the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) 2016 conference. The event became much more dramatic than expected, once the hosting city, Washington DC, was clobbered by the great snowpocalyspe of 2016.

3 Ways Educators Should Use Blogs

Gaggle Speaks

ePortfolios. Try using a blog as an ePortfolio where students can store and track their assignments. The great thing about using a blog as an ePortfolio is that students will always have access to it even after they’ve completed your course.

6 Ways Technology Can Reinvent Parent-Teacher Conferences

Edsurge

Show parents how kids can access assignments or notes they may have missed or watch screencasts you have created. Create ePortfolios. We’re about a third of the way into the school year and we know what that means: The dread of parent teacher conferences! Well, okay, not dread. But conferences would not make it on my Top Ten Reasons I Like to Teach list. the traditional parent teacher conference as it once was is both redundant and outdated.

Marketplace trend update: 5 new ed-tech developments

eSchool News

A new tool for teacher resource sharing, Boom Learning , will help teachers access a collection of teacher-created content for classroom devices. Cricket Media and the Smithsonian have launched the 2016 Global Folklorist Challenge.

Effective Student-Led Parent Conferences

The CoolCatTeacher

Laura is giving away free access to Meego. Sculpted from her experience in economic development, she is passionate about student eportfolios. She is the inventor of Meego®, a cloud-based collaborative platform for artifact collection and eportfolio creation.

Future Trends Forum #9 with Gardner Campbell: full recording, notes, and Storify

Bryan Alexander

Gardner, participants, and I explored pedagogy, the power of the hyperlink, data, instructors, institutions, eportfolios, language, students, assessment, a great card deck, our personal histories, and a lot more.

Nampa School District 131 becomes first in Idaho to implement the itslearning LMS

eSchool News

Designed specifically for the K-12 sector, itslearning is a cloud-based digital learning platform that gives teachers, students and parents access to as appropriate course materials, assignments, communities for collaboration, progress reports, and more. We wanted to provide our teachers with a way to easily access a wide variety of content, as well as the ability to collaborate on best instructional practices.

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Make Reading Relevant with Thematic Units

Graphite Blog

The biggest limitation for younger students is finding materials written at an accessible reading level, but this can be overcome by focusing more on videos and finding books with a “read to me” feature. Some of the books offer a “read to me” feature so I can assign books to students at a more difficult level than they might be able to access independently. Students can independently access the necessary materials at any time during the unit.

Make Reading Relevant with Thematic Units

Graphite Blog

The biggest limitation for younger students is finding materials written at an accessible reading level, but this can be overcome by focusing more on videos and finding books with a "read to me" feature. Some of the books offer a "read to me" feature, so I can assign books to students at a more difficult level than they might be able to access independently. Students can independently access the necessary materials at any time during the unit.