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. How to build a PLN.

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


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. Why did you want to do it back then?

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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.

5 Favorite Activities to End the School Year

Ask a Tech Teacher

Many of these, educators would love to teach but “just don’t have time for “, even though they align well with broad goals of preparing students for college and career. How to search. When students finish, they can move on to the next activity.

Chromebooks: The Key to Successful Management


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? Connect to Ticketing System.

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.

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." Here are some additional sites and resources to help teach about bias.

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.

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


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. And I didn’t know how to expect more.”.

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.

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.

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.”