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Are Hope and Engagement Key Student Success Indicators?

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Engagement is driven when students know how to apply what they know. Have you seen the 2016 Gallup Student Poll? According to Gallup, the Student Poll will track for 10 years the hope, engagement, and well-being of public school students in … Continue reading → student motivation ASCD Edtech update Gallup Student Poll hope student engagement well-being

It’s not about technology!

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“Write the following on the blackboard 100 times: Schools don’t want technology. Schools want curriculum. Schools don’t want technology. Schools want curriculum. Etc.” From THE Journal, In K-12, the New, New Thing is the Old Old Thing: Currriculum by Cathie Norris, Elliot Soloway. Okay, we have certainly gotten past the premise that technology itself holds answers for education.

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NY Times article discusses engagement and gamification

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Last week, the New York Times ran an article on Kahoot, an online quiz system from Norway being played in some schools. The article is well worth reading for its smart discussion of “engagement” and “gamification.”. These are two subjects near and dear to my heart. The article, by NY Times reporter Natasha Singer, also made mention of Ascend Math.

Intensive Math Intervention Program Gets Even Better

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We consistently ask the teachers and administrators at our Ascend Math partner schools to tell us how to make Ascend better so we can help students have more success. This has resulted in important improvements including adding interactivity to all video lessons, new conceptual lessons and virtual explorations, plus the dashboards for school, teacher, class and student. Their most recent suggestions were the impetus for the valuable enhancements found in the 6.0 version of Ascend Math.

White Paper: Enabling digital creativity with Augmented Reality in K12 education

We have conducted 2 research projects on teaching with AR. This research has been conducted with the UiO and the UiS. The resulting white paper is an in-depth look at the state of creative learning through the use of 3D modeling and exploration in AR.

The Challenge of Differentiated Instruction

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I was recently asked for a good source on differentiated instruction. I replied that ASCD put out some exceptional publications. You can find them at: [link]. My concern with differentiated instruction has always been classroom management, simply put one teacher trying to see to the needs of numerous students. When each of these students has individual skill gaps, that challenge becomes even more daunting.

Should Learning Be Personalized or Individualized?

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There has been a lot of discussion lately regarding Personalized Learning. What is Personalized Learning? Is it really any different from Individualized Learning? Some people think so. I read an interesting article on the subject of “personalized learning.”

A Decade of Research on Math Instruction

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Education Week just released a highly informative article summarizing what has been learned from a decade of federally funded research into math instruction. I enjoyed reviewing these findings again. The research has been very advantageous. At Ascend Education, we developed 80 new math lessons over the past two years taking advantage of these findings bringing our total objective count to over 600. Much of the research strongly supports the use of the hands-on Explorations found in Ascend Math.

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Intrinsic or Extrinsic motivation? Why not both!

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In past articles I’ve written “Interactive engagement, not entertainment, is at the core of a computer game’s ability to motivate. Finding ways to make math more interactive and more engaging is the key to making math software better as well.”. When students play a game they expect to face a struggle of some kind at which they may need to try multiple times before succeeding. In an app or mobile game this is sometimes referred to as “the grind.” At the end a reward is expected.

A Book New–and Veteran–Teachers Will Want to Read

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They Call Me Mom. by Pete Springer. Pete Springer’s memoir They Call Me Mom (Outskirts Press 2019) about his first years teaching will delight new teachers and have experienced educators nodding along with him.

2021 Trends in Online Student Demographics

BestColleges.com’s second annual report on online student demographics explores the characteristics of today’s online students and their insights on college decision-making and the online learning experience amid the challenges of COVID-19.

Battling Blended Learning Burnout and Finding Balance

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Tiffany Wycoff, the co-author of the bestselling book, Blended Learning in Action , talks about the state of blended learning today.

How to Use Gamification for Attention-Getting and Fun Learning

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Paolo Tolomeo gets kids excited about learning math and language arts by sailing the 7 seas.

15 Real-World Lessons You Can Teach Kids NOW

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The time for financial literacy and real-world learning is now. And there is no better free resource for educators to use than Everfi.

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Do you need a career coach?

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Now more than ever, teachers are struggling with more questions about teaching than they can find answers for. Let’s start with those you may have about running your classroom. Maybe your school doesn’t offer mentors that will answer these on a daily basis.

2021 Trends in College Career and Employment Planning

In this second annual report, part of the BestColleges.com research series, 624 business leaders shared how their companies and organizations currently recruit and hire college students from both online and campus-based programs.

6 Ways to Help Kids Learn Real-World Skills

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. With free financial literacy courses for high school and middle school, social-emotional learning, and digital literacy classes, today we highlight six ways you can help students learn real-world skills.

Lesson Plan: Online Art Sites

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Lots of kids think technology is technical, another word for complicated/difficult/math-like. Here are six websites students can visit that will change their minds: Note: Mr. Picasso Head is no longer available. Click image to enlarge if it’s blurry.

365 Inclusive Learning Strategies to Help Every Child

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Karen Janowski and her coauthors have written a book Inclusive Learning 365: Edtech Strategies for Every Day of the Year.

Creative Options for Remote Learning

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With schools closed for in-person learning and many children being educated at home, parents are scrambling for quality alternatives that work in a home environment.

Why Genentech Is Transforming the Employee Experience for Mental Health Leave

Speaker: Deborah Olson, Lead Strategist, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group & Smita Das, MD, PhD, MPH, Medical Director, Lyra Health

Employees with the greatest mental health needs often find themselves navigating a complex disability system. Streamlining their mental health leave and recovery time leads to an overall more productive workforce. In this Lyra webinar, hear how Genentech is changing the employee experience to provide fast access to care for members who are suffering from severe mental health needs.

16+ Websites on Assessments

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Here are a few of the popular resources teachers are using to. Blendsapce –if you create your lesson plans in BlendSpace, it includes opportunities to assess learning. Easy CBM. Educreations –video a whiteboard explanation of how students are completing a task (app).

How to Get the Most Out of Google Apps Now with Eric Curts

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Some awesome changes have happened with Google Apps over summer 2021.

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Here’s a Preview of September

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Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in September: What is Genius Hour and Why Should I Love it? teacher-Authors. Free Posters. Websites to teach Chemistry. 9/11… Mouse Skills Webtools. Tech Tips. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years.

Technology is Here to Stay: Now What?

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Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Christian Miraglia, taught for 36 years before retiring. He has some interesting reflections on technology’s place in education: Remember the days of Oregon Trail on the old Apple IIe’s or students drawing pictures with Kid Pix.

3 Templates for Uncomplicating Your Product Management Process

In this workbook, you’ll find a comprehensive set of templates product development and cross-functional teams can adopt to better leverage your existing skills and your data.

Tech Tip #96: How to Add Zip to a Slow Computer

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In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.

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Using Pop Culture to Teach Writing Skills

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Nancy Barile has an incredible story of how she uses the show The Walking Dead to engage learners in writing skills and more.

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How to Use Google’s Free Applied Digital Skills Curriculum

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Google's Applied Digital Skills Curriculum is a fantastic free resource of lesson plans, videos, and learning experiences for students everywhere.

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SEL in Your Classroom

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SmartBrief, news on technology in education, recently published an article, Uniting technology and SEL to teach the whole child, on the importance of SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) in an educational landscape shaped by COVID-19.

6 Strategies for Using Actionable Data to Impact Student Success

Educators need effective tools to drive student success. The trend to use actionable, comprehensive data—like attendance, assessments, grades, and more—is an effective way to give teachers the visibility they need to make a difference. Videri gives teachers and administrators access to comprehensive, integrated data so they can easily filter, drill down, and analyze data—to get the information that they really need, when they need it, and improve student outcomes. Download the eBook today!

15 Back to School Resources

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I’ve collected a series of back-to-school tips that are suited for in-person or remote learning. Pick those that work for you: 8 Tech Tools to Get to Know Your Students for Back to School. 3 Apps to Help Brainstorm Next Year’s Lessons. 11 Back-to-school Activities for the First Month of School.

Book Review–My Secret EdTech diary

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My Secret EdTech Diary. by Al Kingsley. Al Kingsley’s My Secret EdTech Diary (John Cott Educational 2021) is a big-goaled, meandering overview of edtech (educational technology) available and pertinent to teachers and students.

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6 Ways Teacher-authors Protect Their Online Privacy

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If we humans aren’t giving away our personal information (as we do on FB, Tiktok, Instagram, Twitter and every other social media account), we’re having it stolen without our permission or knowledge and sold to those who mean us harm.

12 Websites for High School Drivers Ed

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Here are a few of the popular resources teachers are using to reinforce Drivers Ed in High School courses: Crash Test Simulator. Driver Education and Training Videos. Edriving –driving simulations. Operation Lifesaver. Simulated driving (fee). Driving and Texting.

The SaaS Guide to Conversion Rate Optimization

Every SaaS business has a strategic responsibility to improve Conversion Rate Optimization across their product or site. Learn 7 detailed steps to infuse data into your process, surface customer drop-off points, and generate ideas to drive conversion.