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10 quick thoughts on mobile phones in schools

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A few quick thoughts… Most people realize that mobile phones are actually mobile computers. But many schools that claim to be doing everything they can to get technology into the hands of schoolchildren then ban their students from using the computers that they bring in their pockets every day.

F.A.I.L.W.

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F.A.I.L. = F irst A ttempt I n L earning. We see this saying in classrooms all over. And I’ve never liked it… . One reason is because we rarely seem to ask the important question of First Attempt In Learning What? First attempt in learning some rote memorization task?

10 signs that you may be missing opportunities with your school’s technology integration

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Here are some signs that you may be missing opportunities with your school’s technology integration efforts: Your LMS is primarily used as a document management system. Lots of Kahoots but not much student creation.

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Failing our students

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If our students get a good grade in government class but leave class as apathetic, uninvolved future citizens… we have failed. If our students pass the state reading test but never voluntarily read a book … we have failed.

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5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

AI software gets a B on a 12th-grade science exam

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Calculators. Grammar editors. PhotoMath. Automatic language translation. Some of these mental work helpers (substitutes?) work fabulously. Some of them aren’t quite there… yet. And now we have this: AI technology that can pass a 12th grade science exam.

25 professional learning conversation stations

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This past Thursday I created 25 professional learning ‘conversation stations’ for my principal licensure students. I printed them all out and spread them around our classroom (which is a school library).

18 things that leaders of innovative schools do differently

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I had a wonderful time this past week at the TIES conference in Minneapolis. Having worked at the University of Minnesota for six years, it was super fun to connect with old educator friends and new (including a lot of goofiness with Shelly Terrell while at Flipgrid headquarters).

2 questions about cheating, copying, and student ‘integrity’

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We’re so quick to bemoan the lack of ethics in our students. They cheat. They copy. They take shortcuts on the work.

9 questions that help get at student agency and personalization

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If your goal for a lesson, unit, or other instructional activity is to have students drive more of their own learning, consider these 9 questions from Section C of the 4 Shifts Protocol. If you like your answers, awesome! Keep doing that!

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

Don’t tell us we’re inspiring and then keep doing nothing

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“Please save your praise, we don’t want it. Don’t invite us here to tell us how inspiring we are with doing anything about it. It doesn’t lead to anything.” ” And with that, climate change activist Greta Thunberg sums up so much of how we also treat student input in schools. .

The decline of civics

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Danielle Allen said : No democracy can survive if its citizens do not believe that democracy is worth having.

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8 questions that help get at authentic, real world work

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If your goal for a lesson, unit, or other instructional activity is to move toward more authentic, real world work, consider these 8 questions from Section B of the 4 Shifts Protocol. If you like your answers, awesome! Keep doing that!

Culture will tell you what it needs, but only if you ask it

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We had the pleasure of having Zac Chase as a guest facilitator this past week in one of my principal licensure cohorts. Zac was amazing, which is no surprise to anyone who knows him.

Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

Is the purpose of school really low-level content and procedures?

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In The Genius Myth , Michael Meade said: If each person has natural gifts and innate talents, then the true nature of education must involve the awakening, inviting, and blessing of the inner genius and unique life spirit of each young person. Kindle location 371].

12 questions that help get at robust technology infusion

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If your goal for a lesson, unit, or other instructional activity is to infuse technology more robustly, consider these 12 questions from Section D* of the 4 Shifts Protocol. If you like your answers, awesome! Keep doing that!

The ability to say no

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Mike Crowley had a wonderful blog post the other day about the need for self-care and giving educators permission to say ‘no’ instead of jeopardizing their professional efficacy or mental health.

6 articles on teacher-assigned summer reading

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The school year is ending for most children here in America, and that means we also often see the imposition of schoolwork on students’ free time over the summer months. Here is a quick collection of six articles and blog posts on teacher-assigned summer reading: Rethinking summer reading.

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Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

Suspended for a tweet?

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In Michigan, a student was suspended for using ‘profanity’ in a tweet that encouraged his district superintendent to clear the snow in the school parking lot.

Running back into school on Day 164

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Tom Murray has been inspiring a lot of educators to think about what they can do on Day 1 of the school year so that kids come running back into school on Day 2. That’s a great message. Can we please also remember that we want kids running back into school on Day 37 and Day 89 and Day 138?

If you want deeper learning…

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… you must have deeper teaching. You can’t get to deeper learning with worksheets and end-of-chapter review questions. You can’t get to deeper learning with self-paced adaptive learning modules that emphasize facts and procedures.

The surveillance of our youth

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Like many school districts, the Southeast Polk School District in Pleasant Hill, Iowa monitors the Web usage of its students on district-provided computers for inappropriate activity.

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

Unthoughtful consumption

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We spent the last 200+ years (at least) pushing consumption models of learning on most of our students. We asked them to be passive recipients of whatever information came from the teacher or textbook.

Our new book, Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning, was released today!

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After 4+ years of piloting our 4 Shifts discussion protocol with thousands of educators, I am delighted to announce that our new book, Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning , is now available! Over the past few years the protocol has really started to take off.

It’s 2018, not 1918. Basic skills are not enough.

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Here is a quote from Kentucky Education Commissioner, Dr. Wayne Lewis (who is a friend of mine). The context is a statewide conversation about higher education standards for Kentucky high school graduates.

Inspiring… or not

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Learning math by building bridges or designing aircraft wings is inspiring. Chugging through the odd-numbered practice problems at the end of the chapter is not. Improving our community by collecting data and investigating the causes of local environmental challenges is inspiring.

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

Podcast – Harnessing technology for deeper learning

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Last week my interview with Tom Vander Ark went live on the Getting Smart podcast. Tom grilled me about my law degree(!) and then we got to the core of the interview. Podcast: Dr. Scott McLeod on harnessing technology for deeper learning.

How am I going to make this work relevant?

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Peter Greene said: … if your spouse says, “I’m looking for ways to make you interesting and appealing,” that is not a good sign.

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Be proud of your pockets of innovation. AND…

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Every school system has pockets of innovation. Those three forward-thinking teachers in the elementary school, that one grade-level team in the middle school, the department that’s really trying to do something different at the high school, that amazing principal over there, and so on.

Aligning the 10 building blocks for future ready schools

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A growing number of schools are recognizing that they must start transitioning their learning environments toward deeper learning, greater student agency, more authentic work, and robust technology infusion.

LMS Comparison: What Learning Solution is the Best Fit for Your Business?

Explore this detailed guide to see how traditional Learning Management Systems compare to an advanced online learning platform, and find out which type of solution is best suited to meet your learning program needs.