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Standards-Based Grading: How to Start the Journey

The CoolCatTeacher

Today we talk to an award-winning French teacher turned Instructional Technology Program Manager who can help us understand the pitfalls and possibilities of successful implementation.

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Virtual Mentorship for Emerging Leaders

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn about this program, how you can join in, and how you can become a better mentor. Jennifer gives you a description in simple language, a screenshot of the tool in action and then a play button that takes you to a video about how the tool works.

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5 Ways NOT to Implement Next Generation Science Standards

The CoolCatTeacher

Legends of Learning has amazing game based science experiences for students in 3-8 aligning with Next Generation Science and select state standards. Go to coolcatteacher.com/science and sign up for your free account now. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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Palm Trees and Professional Learning

Buncee

This past weekend, I had the honor and privilege to travel with Buncee to Teach Your Heart Out in Miami, Florida. I was so excited about sharing my love for Buncee and to meet and learn from so many educators that inspire me daily.

A State-Wide Model for Online Professional Learning

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The GaDOE Social Studies Department and three of their virtual specialists presented an edWebinar on their three-year journey in creating and maintaining virtual learning communities for social studies for every grade level and course from K through 12. How they did it.

How to Help Kids Innovate From an Early Age

Digital Promise

As community makerspaces begin to take root in Ontario’s elementary schools , students are behaving better. They’re creative spaces where students can gather to explore, tinker, discover and create, and they’re making students more enthusiastic about school.

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Wanda Terral: 5 Ways to Help Kids Understand Digital Safety Without Scaring Them To Death

The CoolCatTeacher

In today’s show, Wanda Terral talks about how to help kids understand digital safety. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. 5 Ways to Help Kids Understand Digital Safety Without Scaring Them To Death. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e305.

CUE 2018: How 4 California Principals Scaled Up Tech Integration

EdTech Magazine

CUE 2018: How 4 California Principals Scaled Up Tech Integration. From creating inventive professional development programs to pioneering new technologies, four California principals told the crowd at the Spring CUE 2018 conference how administrators can support technology integration. Determine How to Provide PD. When Principal John Martinez first arrived at Rowland Elementary School in Rowland Heights, Calif., Find out how.

Multistate Initiative Will Help Elementary Teachers Integrate Coding and Robotics into the Classroom

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Nonprofits in eight states are first to partner with developer of popular educational robots; Wonder Workshop initiative will provide teachers with professional development to support state-of-the-art coding and robotics education.

California’s Fallbrook Union Elementary School District Broadens Partnership with Discovery Education Transforming Instruction Districtwide

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­ - District Chooses Discovery Education’s STEM Connect to Bring STEM Lessons to Life for Students Districtwide - Silver Spring, Md. Discovery Education has been a great partner in helping us achieve this goal, we look forward to the next phase of this powerful relationship.”

Class Tech Tips: How-To Find Success in Your Co-Teaching Partnership

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Professional development can take many forms. The most powerful professional learning is relevant and actionable. I’m so excited to share a new online course from a former colleague and fellow Participate author. What inspired you to create a course on this topic?

Change Agents: Tech & Learning’s Most Influential People in EdTech In 2018

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Each of these leaders is working in thoughtful and creative ways on the frontlines of some of today’s most pressing issues—from the way we think about learning, AI, and innovation to gun control, refugees, and student privacy. Change has to be made now.”

Creating a Vision for Your School and Getting Buy In from Stakeholders

The CoolCatTeacher

In today’s show, learn how one successful district has tackled this process and how they are getting buy in from teachers on the vision during the second year of implementation. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher/e259.

Beyond the Micro-credential: A Teacher’s Unexpected Professional Development

Digital Promise

Over the past 10 years as a teacher (and more recently as an aspiring administrator), I have consistently sought out new and innovative professional development. This work has included gaining a doctoral degree, attending trainings, reading books, going to conferences, and a multitude of other opportunities I have engaged in as others sought to support my personal and professional goals. I was asked to co-facilitate this work, as well.

Jackson Charitable Foundation and Discovery Education Announce Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! Elementary School Contest Winner, Set to Empower the Next Generation of Fiscally Fit Leaders

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Mary’s Elementary School in Bellevue, Nebraska as the $10,000 grand prize winner of the Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! The contest invited elementary school teachers and families to take a pledge to teach kids how to “earn, save, spend and donate.”

5 Ways Curriculum and Technology Leads Can Better Work Together to Support Students

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However, in today’s educational world, we have so many new tools and resources to make learning engaging and fun for students that building curriculum CAN actually be fun and rewarding. However, for this to occur, curriculum and technology leaders need to collaborate as never before.

Barrow Oral History Project: An Update

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Back in 2009, the 5th grade classes, teachers, and I worked on an oral history project to try to capture some of the stories of Barrow’s history. That year, the teachers and I participated in virtual professional learning with the Library of Congress.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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Capstone is pleased to announce its most popular PebbleGo databases are now available in Spanish. Three new modules PebbleGo Biografías (Biographies), Ciencia (Science), and Estudios Sociales (Social Studies) have been added to the database.

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5 Ways to Organize Assignments in Google Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post 5 Ways to Organize Assignments in Google Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Wondering how to organize Google Classroom? Deciding what topics to create and how to organize your assignments on this page has been trial and error.

For Teachers, a STEAM Workshop Where Arts Are Key

Edsurge

Las Vegas — Inside a science lab here on a scorching summer day, 27 kids sit in small groups itching to get started on the day’s science activity: putting finishing touches on their model volcanoes. Think about where your lava is going to go,” she advises, as kids start brushing on coats of black and brown paint and rivulets of red dripping off the sides. But we weren't actually seeing how that was translating into general-ed classrooms.”

The Beginner’s Guide to the Hour of Code

Shake Up Learning

The post The Beginner’s Guide to the Hour of Code appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Here’s your Beginner’s Guide to the Hour of Code! Did you know that only 27 states allow students to count computer science courses toward high school graduation?

Personalized Learning, Teachers Unleashed, and a Learning Analytics Partnership: The Story of Fresno Unified

Edsurge

How does a fifth grader feel getting ready to do a live edtech demo at their local school board meeting? At last February’s Board meeting, 10-year old Ryan inspired the adults in the room to see how tech can be leveraged for learning in a whole new light. Ryan had this chance to shine because of Fresno’s Personalized Learning Initiative (PLI), which has been fostering student voice, choice and collaboration over the last two years.

Watch Out for These Red Flags to Help Identify Dyslexia

edWeb.net

It is critical to keep an eye out for all possible red flags at every grade level to understand when intervention is needed. Elementary-level red flags. Tracy noted, “Accommodations do not replace remediation—we need to still do remediation.

We Created Subscription Boxes for Learning—and Teachers Love Them!

Edsurge

As I sat at a giant table with 15 colleagues pondering how to make professional learning more personal for our teachers, my eyes drifted to my screen. I saw people excited to receive their StitchFix, FabFitFun or Blue Apron boxes. What if we could apply the subscription box model to professional learning? What if we could apply the subscription box model to professional learning?”

Transforming Struggling Readers into Engaged, Enthusiastic Students

edWeb.net

With 10 million students in grades K-12 struggling to read, taking those struggling readers from disengaged to enthused may seem like a huge feat. However, doing just one thing to take action can cause a wave of reaction throughout the entire school.

Itron and Discovery Education Launch National Effort to Advance Conservation, Applied-Learning, Technology and STEM Education

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--‘Conservation Station: Creating a More Resourceful World’ to Inspire Middle School Students Across the Country to Explore Energy Needs, Resource Utilization and Pathways Toward a More Sustainable Future -- Liberty Lake, Wash. Monday, October 8, 2018) – Itron, Inc.,

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5 Tips for Planning a Kidcamp, the Student-Driven #Edcamp

Edsurge

By now you’ve probably heard of edcamps —free, organic, participant-driven, “un-conferences” that empower educators to maximize professional learning experiences and peer networks. So, what if we gave our students the same opportunity their teachers have to learn alongside one another, lift each other up and maximize their learning experiences, all while promoting empathy and kindness? Parker Elementary School. Make time to reflect.

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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www.getalma.com ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system. All audience members need to do is talk into the box.

Rebuilding a School Community with Maker Learning

Digital Promise

In July 2018, Digital Promise launched a new Maker Learning Leadership Cohort dedicated to professional learning, peer connections, and school transformation in the Pittsburgh region. professional learning and new learning experiences.

Jackson Charitable Foundation and Discovery Education Launch Second Annual “Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids” Contest to Encourage Fiscally Fit Habits Among Youth

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– Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids Launches Second Annual Pledge Contest Awarding $10,000 to a Winning School, Plus $1,000 for a Charity of their Choice – – Standards-Aligned Resources for Educators and Families to Help K-6 Grade Students Become Financially Empowered Adults – Silver Spring, Md.

Program Combatting Privacy and Tech Overuse Encourages Students to Take Control

edWeb.net

Overall, the goal is to educate students and parents about privacy and technology overuse. Instead, by encouraging students to share their stories and having them explain how technology impacts their lives, the program gives students the agency to take control over their technology use.

Empowering Superintendents to Connect Technology and Learning

edWeb.net

“If it’s edtech, it must be good,” used to be the mantra in schools. In fact, many school technology plans fluctuated depending upon the latest fads and what someone learned at a conference and had little connection to curriculum or learning goals.

Media Literacy Strategies for Tackling Fake News

edWeb.net

Twenty years ago it was easier to identify fake news. Now, between the number of online information sites and the proliferation of social media apps, plus near constant mobile phone use, determining a story’s credibility seems to call for advanced detective skills.

Using Single Sign-On to Streamline Edtech Access

edWeb.net

Digital educational materials have provided many benefits for K-12 educators and students from computer adaptive assessments to tools that allow students to collaborate and communicate 24/7. Or, in order to avoid writing them down, they create basic passwords that are easily hacked.

Driving Change to Personalized Learning? Here’s How Three Leaders Have Done It

Edsurge

Moving towards personalized learning can be fraught with tension. How do you set a vision? How can you get district and state level systems to work together to get a full picture of what is happening? Ahead of our 2018 EdSurge Fusion conference in October, we sat down with three attendees to discuss the secret sauce of what is working in their communities. Creating teacher buy-in for personalized learning Change management can be a lonely process.