How to Build Your PLN

Ask a Tech Teacher

’ You might even understand the purpose of a PLN–to provide educators with a collaborative learning environment–but think you don’t need one, or staff development provided by your school is all you can handle. According to D. More simply, it’s: …an extended group of knowledgeable people you reach out to for answers, and trust to guide your learning. If they don’t know how, they’ll have a friend who does.

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How to Keep Student Minds Open to New Worldviews Even When Campus Is Closed

Edsurge

Among the hallmarks of in-person higher education that students might lose in a semester or entire year without ordinary campus encounters are chances to learn from and build relationships with people who are different from them. While the loss of in-person campus community life may deal a blow to extracurricular programs of all kinds, diminished opportunities for interfaith learning directly relates to the mission common to so many colleges to develop “global citizens.”

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How Can School Leaders Personalize Learning? New Book Offers a Guide

Wisewire

But what does personalized learning actually mean, and how can school leaders do it? It’s called Pathways to Personalization: A Framework for School Change , written by two long-time school innovators, Cathy Sanford and Shawn Rubin. He designed the Highlander Institute’s “Fuse” program, which trains educators to lead personalized learning in schools and districts. Listen to the discussion on this week’s EdSurge On Air podcast. Why did you want to do it back then?

What is the 21st Century Lesson Plan?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Technology and the connected world put a fork in the old model of teaching–instructor in front of the class, sage on the stage, students madly taking notes, textbooks opened to the chapter being reviewed, homework as worksheets based on the text, tests regurgitating important facts. Here are seventeen concepts you’ll want to include in your preparation: Students are graduating from high school unable to work in the jobs that are available.

5 Favorite Activities to End the School Year

Ask a Tech Teacher

For many, this means, during the last few weeks of school, learning limps to a grinding halt but increasingly, teachers use this time productively to introduce curricular- and standards-aligned activities that “color outside the lines” — step away from the textbook to blend learning with dynamic activities that remind students why they want to be life-long learners. How to search. That isn’t the best way to do it.

How IT Staff Provide Tech Support During Remote Learning

EdTech Magazine

When Calgary Catholic School District was pushed to close its doors in March due to the novel coronavirus, students, faculty and other school staff had to quickly adjust to the new reality thrust upon them: navigating remote learning. “We We had no time to plan — our local government here announced that schools were closing on Sunday afternoon for Monday,” says John Schutte, IT director for the Canadian school district. “It

How IT Staff Provide Tech Support During Remote Learning

EdTech Magazine

When Calgary Catholic School District was pushed to close its doors in March due to the novel coronavirus, students, faculty and other school staff had to quickly adjust to the new reality thrust upon them: navigating remote learning. “We We had no time to plan — our local government here announced that schools were closing on Sunday afternoon for Monday,” says John Schutte, IT director for the Canadian school district. “It

How IT Staff Provide Tech Support During Remote Learning

EdTech Magazine

When Calgary Catholic School District was pushed to close its doors in March due to the novel coronavirus, students, faculty and other school staff had to quickly adjust to the new reality thrust upon them: navigating remote learning. “We We had no time to plan — our local government here announced that schools were closing on Sunday afternoon for Monday,” says John Schutte, IT director for the Canadian school district. “It

Pre-K Learning: Enhancing Education with Digital Technology

Kitaboo on EdTech

The child smiles and moves to the next learning chapter. Children who received high-quality, practical knowledge-based learning in their formative years are less likely to fail in high-school. Hence, this article will discuss how technology can become a companion for pre-k children. Hand-eye coordination is essential in school learning as children have to coordinate their eyes and hands to see and then, write or draw.

Chromebooks: The Key to Successful Management

Vizor

Reading Time: 4 minutes As schools introduce technology in their classrooms, are they figuring out how to manage the new devices? How do you distribute hundreds or even thousands of Chromebooks? What if one needs to be repaired? What if students move the devices from one classroom to another when they’re not supposed to? Managing devices in a spreadsheet is prone to human error and can easily lead to inaccurate data.

Becoming an Anti-Racist Childhood Educator and Social Warrior

edWeb.net

It requires educators to deeply understand how institutional racism comes to be and manifests in environments where young students learn. The reality is that instructional practices and policies tend to emerge from an inherently racist foundation. For early childhood educators to become equity advocates, they must fully explore racism’s deep roots to eradicate it. How does the work I do connect to the larger system and programming?

What Makes Professional Development Work?

edWeb.net

There are a vast plethora of people who could be the best teachers ever, yet they don’t want to be in the profession. It is not easy for teachers to thrive and to grow when teacher professional development is irrelevant, generic, and unsustainable. This approach can enable administrators to differentiate to meet the needs of all their teachers. This article was modified and published by eSchool News.

Fake news: Fact or opinion?

Kathy Schrock

This great poster, in a post on ISTE’s site, describes it best: "A good digital citizen applies critical thinking to all online sources and doesn’t share non-credible resources, including fake news or advertisements." link] But how can a student, searching the Web to learn something new, know if they have landed on a non-credible site? Without a knowledge-base in the topic, it may be hard for them to determine incorrect information.

Considering OpenClass to Manage Your Classes? Check out these Resources (and the P.S.)

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Pearson Promo/Intro to OpenClass Just discovered Pearson''s OpenClass , a learning management system with social and collaboration tools. It''s new and in beta and there doesn''t seem to be too much in the news about it, other than its launching at EDUCAUSE in October, 2011. Here are some articles announcing the launching of OpenClass. First full-featured learning environment that''s free, easy to use and scalable." I like that they respond personally to each question.

Is It Time To Go Back To Basics With Writing Instruction?

MindShift

Often students struggle to begin writing, so some teachers have shifted assignments to allow students to write about something they care about, or to provide an authentic audience for written work. While these strategies are important parts of making learning relevant to students, they may not be enough on their own to improve the quality of writing. Practice is important, but how can teachers ensure students are practicing good habits?

Aliteracy: 3 Signs Boys Have It (and what you can do about it!)

Fractus Learning

All the boys I know can read, they just don’t like to read, so they won’t. I don’t need this article. ”. Aliteracy is the state of having the skills to read, not the will to read, and this unwillingness to read puts a person at a distinct competitive disadvantage in the 21st century. Aliteracy is the state of having the skills to read, not the will to read. How do I know? Unknown (attributed to Mark Twain).

Friday 5 — 3.3.2017

Perry Hewitt

New research finds that adding emojis to subject lines can boost email open rates 85%. A wiki can be a terrific tool for collaboratively creating and updating an organization’s knowledge base, but not without challenges. aims to surface knowledge in wikis by making it accessible through Slack’s conversational interface. This article explains how to build a digital experience your customers will hate.

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Creating the felt for the velcro to stick

Connecting 2 the World

In other words, schooling should prepare students to be receptacle to learning from new environments, interactions, information, and experience. Like felt, new ideas will "stick" best to younger learners who have more room in their developing brains. However, as we age, the felt becomes crowded with knowledge we have accumulated. Older learners may need to change their thinking (lift the velcro from the felt) which can be difficult. project based learning).

Top 10 Tips for Using Social Media for Administrators & Other Educators

The 21st Century Principal

According to Andy Beal and Judy Strauss, authors of Radically Transparent: Monitoring and Managing Reputations Online , “Shifting from traditional to social media requires new skills, new tools, and an understanding of social media platforms.” Any school leader bringing an archaic understanding and knowledge of old media to social media is in danger of looking foolish and perhaps in danger of getting himself in major trouble with stakeholders.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via Politico : “ National Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning delivered dozens of letters to President Donald Trump from her students on Wednesday afternoon, with one of the letters urging the president to ‘take care’ with his language about immigrant and refugee communities.” high school’s track turned out to be superintendent, cops say.”

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

I think it is worthwhile, as the decade draws to a close, to review those stories and to see how much (or how little) things have changed. But as the ed-tech sector is never willing to let a bad idea die, the report will live on. They want to choose a school.