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5 Essential Effective Blended Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

Online and face-to-face spaces blend to create a today’s classroom. For purposes of this article, we’ll call these “the bricks.” In the final analysis, don’t think that blending doesn’t apply to your classroom. My students need to be ready.

How to create beautiful online courses: colors


Have you ever bought something not because you really needed it, not because it offered much value to you, but simply because it had a nice packaging? The company allegedly melted other commercial chocolate, while claiming they were making bean-to-bar chocolate.

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A Shakeout Coming for Online Program Management Companies


With so many online program management companies offering similar services, many market observers agree: something’s got to give. Ten years ago, just three or four companies existed to help universities start online programs. Article Source: [link].

Epic Guide To Game Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

100+ Game Based Learning Resources to Get Started in Your Classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We can use them to teach. Welcome to serious games. Therefore, we educators need to educate ourselves on game based learning.

11 Essential EdTech Action Steps for Back to School

The CoolCatTeacher

Simple Updates to Your Classroom Procedures and Workflow sponsored by EdTech Software From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Use this checklist and infographic to make sure you’ve included the edtech essentials in your workflow this year.

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How to Interest the Next Generation of Great Minds to Work in STEM Fields

Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Sara Stringer, has a great article that will help demystify this topic: . Scientific research thrives off the exploration of chemistry and biology, in addition to climatic initiatives such as sustainable and nuclear power.

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Take the 21-day Productivity Challenge #makeitstick

The CoolCatTeacher

Now is the time to get organized. In this blog post, I’ll give you my 1-2-3 steps to stress less and 5 productivity hacks. I use them all the time, from storyboarding, to drafting articles, to accenting my DIY planner. Focus is necessary to get anything done.

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Staples and Katy Perry Impact 1072 classrooms and 98,609 students!

The CoolCatTeacher

A Big Thank You to Staples for their Support of Teachers and Students From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. As I blogged this past June, Staples partnered with Katy Perry to help classrooms across the country. 13, 2016, in Los Angeles.

6 ways to make your blended learning PD more successful

eSchool News

“Just do it” may be an effective slogan for a sporting shoe company, but it is not an effective change management technique to move to blended learning. Thus, it would seem obvious that substantial professional development should be available to staff involved in this change.

How to Use Virtual Reality and Google Expeditions in the Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Use Virtual Reality and Google Expeditions in the Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Virtual Reality has the power to transform the future of learning. How can students interact with the environment? Only you know the answer to that.

How to Fight Phishing in Your School District

Leadership Lounge

Fast-growing phishing scams — where perpetrators use social engineering tactics to trick people into giving up information — are targeting school districts and businesses alike. I am tied up in a meeting and there is urgent matter i need you to take care of.

What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you!

The Hechinger Report

High School seniors (left to right) Hayley Striegel, Olivia Poplawski, Cheri Zheng-Fredericks and Julie Pignataro look for ways to verify information they’ve encountered on social media. Sign up for our newsletter to get a weekly update on blended learning. Northport, N.Y.,

Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Wearables for Learning! Oh My!

Teacher Reboot Camp

Teachers are using these technologies to send learners on virtual field trips or getting students to keep track of their steps, cardio, and health with fitness bands. For your next classes, go beyond getting students to read and learn only from worksheets and books. Integrate virtual reality, augmented reality, or wearables to create meaningful learning experiments for students. Get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers and Learning to Go.

Guest Post: Is Virtual Reality For Education All Hype?


VR is here to stay, love it or hate it. To name a few, San Francisco Unified School District and Polk County Public Schools in Florida are reported to have adopted VR technology, Fortune says. According to Venturebeat, Google has taken more than 1 million students on Expeditions.

This Company Wants to Gather Student Brainwave Data to Measure ‘Engagement’


Students sit at desks wearing electronic headbands that report EEG data back to a teacher’s dashboard, and that information purports to measure students’ attention levels. The video’s narrator explains: “School administrators can use big data analysis to determine when students are better able to concentrate.” The company says it has a working prototype and is in conversations with a Long Island school to pilot the headset.

How to Monetize Your Education Technology Product (Hint: Positioning Is Paramount)


Lately I’ve seen quite a few edtech companies that hope to graduate from offering a free product to actually monetizing it. Perhaps that’s a sign of their business’ growing maturity, or maybe it’s because in today’s tighter investment climate, their investors are urgently demanding to know how they will make money. How do your customers see you? But I ask you to be honest with yourself in this matter. then your product lends itself best to a.

Grit in the Classroom

EdNews Daily

Guest Article by: Matthew Pietrafetta, Ph.D. Less attention has been given to the day-to-day experiences of educators who are working to strengthen students’ grit and incorporate grit into classroom curricula. Look at how many ways they try to solve problems.

Striking a Balance Between GPA and Grit With Ed Tech Integration

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

In a recent New York Times article critiquing grit in education, David Brooks writes, “Creative people are good at asking new questions, but the GPA rewards those who can answer other people’s questions.”. This applies to parents too. But how?

Why Can’t We Be Friends? A Superintendent and a Vendor Talk It Out

Digital Promise

We hope to dig deeper into those feelings, facilitating discussion and generating ideas for innovation. When we talk about advancing K-12 educational systems and outcomes, we have to know the people involved, their goals, what takes up their time — especially when their effectiveness is a lever for student success. I just stepped out of a meeting, actually, with two teachers helping them design a project that we hope will lead to the building of a food truck.

OERwashing: Beyond the Elephant Test

Doug Levin

Doug Levin (@douglevin) May 3, 2016. I said my piece in the updated article that spurred my original comment (including that the service the company in question provides looks “interesting and valuable,” especially in the context of the K-12 assessment market).

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Tools of the Trade

Digital Promise

An innovative organization provides free tools and resources to make learning accessible to all students. This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Bring universal learning ideas to life in your classroom by creating and sharing your own educational materials. Help your students learn to write a better lab report. The goal of learning is not to all learn to do something the same way.

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Thriving SAT Scores: Meet Shaan Patel, Founder of Prep Expert and Shark Tank Winner

EdNews Daily

Have you ever wondered how to achieve higher SAT scores? I had the pleasure to interview Shaan Patel, founder of 2400 Expert SAT Prep (renamed Prep Expert this weekend) and winner on ABC’s Shark Tank. More graphs and charts to interpret. SAT Scores: A New Number.

Fighting FAKE NEWS: Recommended Reading and Resources for Teachers

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

It's time for all of us to step up our efforts to fight fake news. I've created a reading and resource list to help battle fake news at our school. Feel free to share these resources with your teachers! 1, 2016. • 15, 2016. Fast Company, Nov. 18, 2016.

College Prep: The Often Winding Road for Parents, Students and High Schools

EdNews Daily

You can now hold the future in your hand before this phrase comes to life. Today, parents and students have the ability to access endless amounts of college and career planning information. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. And best of all, the app is FREE to all students.

The case for integrating teacher preparation into K–12 schools

The Christensen Institute

One well-known philosophy for improving teaching in K–12 schools is to define clear and rigorous standards for teacher licensure and teacher preparation programs—and then hold teachers and programs to those standards. In short, IBM had to do everything in order to do anything.

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Four Reasons I Use Twitter in My Classroom – Guest Post from Christine Boyer


Using it in my classroom allows me to model appropriate use and teaches my students necessary skills they will need for their lives beyond our classroom. To connect with parents: Using social media in a classroom gives parents a window into their child’s day. Want to learn more?

Empathy, Strategy, and Edupreneurship: Fostering a Culture of Innovation – From Beth


Even though the topics of these conversations ranged from iPads to learning commons to student data, at some point, I came to the same revelation: what is the problem that we’re trying to solve? It represents one more thing to do or one more thing to learn.

What Data Will Show That Edtech ‘Works’?


As schools and districts choose from a growing menu of online educational products and services, many educators seek evidence to inform their purchasing decisions. They’re look for data—but which numbers are the most useful to collect and analyze? Those two words fail to capture the complexity of factors influence whether a tool can deliver results. To do so, they seek to help schools figure out how ask the right questions—and what data to collect and analyze.

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Friday 5 — 12.2.2016

Perry Hewitt

Thanks to the 200+ readers who filled in the survey. Great feedback on areas of digital to cover, and I am equally impressed that the most common write-in entry was for NYC food and drink recommendations — see below. Your experience of email is starting to look a lot like your experience of the web. Animation and interactivity are providing rich new email functionality for communications ranging from standard retail to product education.

Collaboration for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

Although it may seem unusual to connect collaboration to the practice of personalized learning, it is important to remember that students don’t learn within a vacuum. Review the top ten qualities in this Forbes article. How will I know that we have been successful?

Collaboration for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

Although it may seem unusual to connect collaboration to the practice of personalized learning, it is important to remember that students don’t learn within a vacuum. Review the top ten qualities in this Forbes article. How will I know that we have been successful?

Personal Statements 2017: Growing Up in the Digital Age


Editor’s Note: ‘Tis the season of giving, eating and reflecting, a time to look back on 2016 and to make bold predictions about what next year may hold. In our third year-end personal statement roundup, we’ve again asked thought leaders to share their outlooks on education, but with a twist. Here’s what Chris Aviles, edtech coach for for Fair Haven school district , had to say. But there’s another side to this coin.

Tips for Making Your Website Ready for the Start of School


Do you know how to keep current and potential parents informed about everything going on at your school during breaks or the out-of-touch summer months? Having all this intel readily available online will make returning back to school a breeze for parents, teachers, and students alike.

Who will help teachers rescue the 800 million people who can’t read or write?

The Hechinger Report

The statistics on worldwide illiteracy are overwhelming — nearly 800 million people (or roughly one in five worldwide) are considered illiterate, according to UNESCO. Related: How to help principals do a better job? What can we do to advance literacy leadership?

Why teacher-authors don’t give everything away free (& neither should you)

The Cornerstone for Teachers

Sometimes I just ignore the comment, and sometimes I try to educate the person. 2) I wanted to have a blog post that I could point people to so that I’m not explaining the same thing over and over again. Want to listen to this post instead of read?