May, 2018

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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.

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Failure is for the privileged.

User Generated Education

This past week I attend the Infosis CrossRoads Institute. It was filled with some great speakers and panels, but the most profound moment for me was a single statement made by Kipp Bradford , “failure is for the privileged.” ” I have written about failure before in The Over Promotion of Failure : Almost daily I see posts on social media by educators promoting the benefits of failure. It often seems that there is a push to intentional embed failure into instructional activities.

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Don’t add. Make better.

The Principal of Change

Having just received an email from someone starting a new “technology” position in their school, they asked me what advice I would give. I shared the following advice: My only suggestion for you is to start from the curriculum and work backwards from there, not try to force technology into the curriculum. If teachers can see a new and better way to teach, they are way more open to it. If technology is forced without them seeing the value, it will be a struggle.

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It’s 2018 – Do You Know Where Your Personalized Learners Are?

Education Elements

Personalized learning, like so much of what we value most in our schools, should be aligned to the particular educational needs of individual learners – that’s what it’s all about.

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Contact vs. Company Intent Signal Data

Intent signal data comes in two types: either companies or individuals signaling interest in products like yours. Which kind of data delivers more advantages to B2B marketers? It depends. Get this infographic to learn about the advantages of intent-based leads and how you can most effectively use both types of data.

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Two studies point to the power of teacher-student relationships to boost learning

The Hechinger Report

Two studies on elementary schools published in June 2018 point to the importance giving teachers and students plenty of time to form relationships. Students may learn more. Photo: Jamie Martines. Two studies on how best to teach elementary schools students — one on the popular trend of “platooning” and one on the far less common practice of “looping” — at first would seem totally unrelated other than the fact that they both use silly words with double-o’s.

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What 15,000 Kids Taught Me About Creativity

The Web20Classroom

When I walked into the Houston Convention Center a few weeks ago I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had never attended a FIRST LEGO League World Championship. Walking through the doors I was in awe. 15,000 kids from nations all over the world gathered to show off their robotic and LEGO creations and compete for the title of World Champion. I heard multiple languages, adults reminding kids about how they got there and some of the craziest chants you’ve ever heard.

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Assessing Maker Education Projects

User Generated Education

Institutionalized education has given assessment a bad reputation; often leaves a sour taste in the mouths of many teachers, students, and laypeople. This is primarily due to the testing movement, the push towards using student assessment in the form of tests as a measure of student, teacher, principal, and school accountability. Educators should be clear about why they include assessment in their instruction; be strategic and intentional in its use.

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10 great education books for summer reading

Ditch That Textbook

Summer … the time when all teachers spend carefree days sitting by the pool and drinking fruity drinks, right? Many teachers I know (especially the best ones!) spend at least part of their summers honing their craft. It’s a time to do things we were too busy to do during the school year, and […]. Teaching summer reading for teachers top books for educators top education books top teacher books

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STEAM Up Learning Outdoors! 15+ Ideas to Try Now or this Summer!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“[Science] is more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves. It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world.” ” – Barack Obama, Former U.S. President.

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How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs

EdTech Magazine

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs. jena.passut_7651. Wed, 05/09/2018 - 11:57. What’s the best way to define a makerspace? For Laura Fleming, library media specialist at New Milford High School in New Jersey, a library makerspace is a unique learning environment that encourages tinkering, play and open-ended exploration for all.

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You Can't Teach Without Eye Contact

Millions of us choose – or have to choose – to learn remotely. As interactions become increasingly rooted in digital experiences, what are we actually losing besides the proximity of people? What are the risks of this loss and are they avoidable?

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Positive focus; Positive behaviors

Ask a Tech Teacher

There’s a lot of chatter about PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) on educator forums I participate in. I don’t have direct experience with it so I jumped at the chance to share Middle School teacher Karessa Parish’s experiences.

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7 Ways to Close the Access Gap

Tom Murray

Over the past few years, districts have been working diligently to close the access gap (coined in D.C. as the “Homework Gap”) to support students, particularly those most in need. According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 5 million families do not have connectivity at home. According to the numbers, it’s our black and hispanic students that make up a disproportionate percentage.

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This Is Why Education Begets Education

EdNews Daily

Welcome back to our “Teacher Feature Series,” where we chat with educators who work online across borders. Today, please read about Serena Bloom’s journey with 51Talk American Academy, or now known as HAWO American Academy. Serena, please tell us all about you and your work with 51Talk/HAWO American Academy. My name is Serena Dawn Bloom, and I’m an ESL Teacher, and I hold a BS in Human Development, and AS in Business Administration.

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Tic Tack Toe in the Blended Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

The other day I was conducting some learning walks with the administrative team at Wells Elementary School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD). Throughout the school year, I have been assisting them with digital pedagogy as it relates to blended learning and the use of flex spaces.

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The Art of Making Engaging and Effective Learning Videos

Speaker: Joseph Suarez - Learning Experience Designer at Suarez Media Production

In this webinar, Joseph Suarez will break down the craft, the art, and the science, of video production and reveal how to leverage the production process to create engaging learning videos of all types and sizes.

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9 Web Tools for Creating Digital Magazines

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.” ” – Joseph Pulitzer. When I was a child, my father only accepted homemade gifts. My sisters and I spent several days creating various publications with construction paper and markers, including magazines. Now, creating a digital magazine is much easier.

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Digital Signage Growth Helps K–12 Schools Get Their Messages Out

EdTech Magazine

Digital Signage Growth Helps K–12 Schools Get Their Messages Out. jena.passut_7651. Mon, 05/21/2018 - 09:49. Cluttered bulletin boards, garbled loudspeaker announcements and missed memos are becoming a thing of the past as a growing number of schools turn to digital signage. The tools make communicating with students, staff and parents easier, more effective and even less expensive.

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Lesson reflection sheets

EdTech4Beginners

I have recently been looking for new ways to end lessons. Aiming for more of a focus on reflection, I created a poster for my classroom: *Click here for the high-quality, printable PDF version. I also wanted something to stick in the books, that children could self or peer assess work on, so I created this: *Click here for the high-quality, printable PDF. Click here for the high-quality, printable PDF (black and white version).

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How PBL Changes the Teacher

Battelle for Kids

At the end of this school year, I will have finished my twentieth year in education and my tenth as a facilitator of Project-Based Learning. Practicing PBL as my “day job” has changed me in many ways that I absolutely did not expect. And I am not just talking about improving as an educator. So even though my PBL time is half of my career, it is definitely the case that far more than 50% of my personal and professional growth have occurred during the past decade. P21 Blog

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Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

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Why should teachers encourage Computational Thinking?

Neo LMS

In your edtech journey and research you may have come across the term “computational thinking”, and like me, you may have delved into a few definitions of the term; at which point you may have also have come across a variety of definitions, most of which have their origin in computer science. What is Computational Thinking? The most cited of these definitions being Jeannette M. Wing ’s ACM article “ Computational Thinking ” published in 2006.

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Awesome Teacher Summer: 12 ways to grow and learn

Ditch That Textbook

Our lives as educators totally change in the summer, don’t they? During the school year: hustle and bustle. Teach. Grade. Answer emails. Go to meetings. Collapse into bed. Repeat. In the summer, though, the pace changes. Many of us are still busy. (I’ve I’ve been to SO many baseball and softball games already!) But it’s […]. Teaching summer professional learning for teachers teacher summer learning ideas teacher summer reading

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Encourage Students to Reflect on Their Growth with This Free Slides Portfolio Template

Teacher Reboot Camp

“We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience.” ” Paraphrase of John Dewey’s work . One of the most important ways to end the year is by getting students to reflect on the learning journey in your class. They need to reflect on the purpose of different tasks and projects. They need understand what learning they achieved and think about how to use this learning in their future classes and life.

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Microsoft to Use TV White Space to Put Wi-Fi on Rural School Buses

EdTech Magazine

Microsoft to Use TV White Space to Put Wi-Fi on Rural School Buses. jena.passut_7651. Wed, 05/02/2018 - 11:41. Microsoft wants to outfit school buses in Hillman, Mich., with high-speed internet to help bridge the “homework gap” that many rural students face because of lack of internet access at home. The tech giant plans to use empty television airwaves to accomplish this mission.

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The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).

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Touch-Typing: Rote vs Integrated Learning or Rote and Integrated Learning?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a fascinating article by Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, James Lovelock, discussing the balance between rote drills and integrated learning in teaching keyboarding: As a pre-service teacher, I have always found the arguments around different forms of teaching and learning to be highly frustrating.

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Hyperdocs Literacy Task Boards and Flipgrid Reading Circles

The CoolCatTeacher

Laura Dennis on episode 317 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Hyperdocs literacy task boards and Flipgrid are two favorite tools of Laura Dennis, third grade teacher. Learn more about how Laura’s classroom has become more modern and simplified with these valuable tools. Listen Now. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Stream by clicking here. Enhanced Transcript. Laura Dennis: Hyperdocs Literacy Task Boards.

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BLC18: Come to the Best Little Conference on Educational Technology!

The Journal

Alan November has run the Building Learning Communities (BLC) Conference since 2000, each year drawing almost 1,000 educators from all over the world to "be challenged and be affirmed." In this week’s blog post we describe the "Pixie Dust," the formula, that Alan and his team use to create a unique venue for educators to come together and immerse themselves in "education and technology

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20+ ways to supercharge your summer learning

Ditch That Textbook

Summer is a time for rejuvenation and relaxation. It’s a time to focus on our lives outside of education and recharge. It can also be an opportunity to grow as an educator. Whether it’s through professional development training, online courses (check out information on the NEW Tech to Learn course below) or tackling that pile of […]. DitchBook Twitter chat edtech education educational technology motivation online learning professional development

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Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

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May the 4th Be With You! 20+ Ideas for Teaching and Learning with the Force

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The force is strong with this one.” ” – Darth Vader. May 4th is Star Wars day and what better time to teach and learn with the Force as you end the school year! Students of all ages enjoy Star Wars. The movies and books teach us about being heroes , complicated relationships with family, being brave, and picking ourselves up after failing or making mistakes. Below, find over 15 Star Wars themed STEM and literacy activities.

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5 Tips That Foster Collaborative Professional Learning

EdTech Magazine

5 Tips That Foster Collaborative Professional Learning. jena.passut_7651. Fri, 05/25/2018 - 14:29. Leveraging new technology for professional learning requires some creative thinking — and it also takes money. A few years ago, a group at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte received a grant from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction that paid for notebooks and software for creating a professional development program for elementary school teachers.

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Study.com Makes the College Dream a Reality for Lots of Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

In a world where college fees go up every year, where the cost of campus-based classes invariably includes expensive extras, where the time commitment to complete college classes often can’t be balanced with work and family needs, Study.com stands out. These web-based classes offer motivated students a self-paced, self-directed path to achieving their college dreams in an affordable, flexible, quality ecosystem that prepares them for future careers in fields they love.

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Linguistically Responsive Teachers

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. In schools across the United States, the presence of English learners in mainstream classrooms is commonplace. But do ordinary classroom teachers have the knowledge and abilities to support these learners? Researchers Tamara Lucas , Ana María Villegas , and Margaret Freedson wanted to give teachers a roadmap for effective teaching of ELs.

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Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.