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How Differentiating Instruction Helps Students Connect to Learning

Edsurge

I pay close attention to classroom solutions that can meet these students exactly where they are. As we got near each other, the young man literally grabbed and hugged me,” my colleague reported. I’ll never be back in a place like this again, because I’m closer to being ready for a job as a border patrol officer.” My colleague finished his email to me with this: “What we do MATTERS!” How to Navigate the Needs of (M)any Student(s) So All Paths Lead to Learning.

MobyMax: Tablet + help differentiating instruction

iLearn Technology

It’s always nice when new toys show up in the mail to review. Especially when they promise to help make your program more tailored to the individual, that I really like! As a teacher, the continuous progress monitoring makes formative instruction that much easier.

Research roundup: 4 new reports on what’s working for blended learning practitioners

The Christensen Institute

At the start of the year, we published a blog post on interesting research from 2017 related to innovative approaches to school design. Even though we aren’t even half-way through 2018, there are already several insightful reports on blended and personalized learning from this year that are worth highlighting. Recent research highlights circumstances that support successful #blendedlearning implementation Click To Tweet.

Real talk on how to make differentiation less time-consuming

The Cornerstone Blog

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: Real teachers talk about differentiated teaching strategies that worked — and didn’t work — in their classrooms. Last season of the podcast, I introduced you to a new episode format I’m calling the Productivity Roundtable.

Stories from the Road to Data Interoperability

Digital Promise

As they adopt more and more technology to support students’ learning, more and more data is generated—and most schools struggle to use this data effectively to improve teaching and learning. Creating the Assessment Data Interoperability Challenge Collaborative. The “How”.

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How to make math a key part of your ELL curriculum

eSchool News

Historically, English language learner (ELL) instruction has primarily focused on reading and writing. Classroom teachers often do not have the time to spend on individual math tutoring to bring each student up to proficiency.

From “Data Driven” to “Evidence Driven”

The Principal of Change

In my last post, “Common Assessments” vs “Common Understandings” , I was reminded of how powerful comments are on a blog, and why blogging is a hugely powerful tool for not only sharing your learning, but learning from others. let’s make sure not to prioritize flash over substance.

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What teachers want in a data dashboard

eSchool News

When Amber Teamann was a teacher in Garland, Texas, seven years ago, her use of data to help guide her instruction was fairly limited. Based on the programs I was using, I could evaluate how to differentiate instruction for my students,” she said.

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How You Can Take the Pain Out Of Data-Driven Classrooms

Edsurge

How often do you hear your fellow educators talking about data, data, and more data? This will not be another article about how you need to use data to drive your instruction. You already know how to do that. Instead, let's take a look at some ways to use data regularly in your classroom and take some of the pain out of obtaining it to differentiate instruction. These are painless assessment tools.

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How Teaching Compares to Working in an Ed-Tech Startup

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Teachers are both starting companies and leaving the classroom to join startups. I didn’t come out of the classroom to start my company, Listen Current. I came out of the newsroom as a senior reporter for WBUR in Boston. So she always makes sure to listen to teachers.

What I Wish My Teacher Knew: One Question That Could Change Everything

The CoolCatTeacher

Today’s Sponsor: GradeCam is a web-based tool that lets you customize assessments with multiple choice, true/false, number grids, rubrics, and more. See how Gradecam can save you time and speed up your grading. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

Can teachers really do it all?

The Christensen Institute

Many teachers feel a need to go beyond their regular responsibilities to support and nurture their students. I’ve written previously about the heroic lengths we often expect teachers to bridge. Traditional classrooms were never designed to prepare all students for academic success nor to meet students’ social, emotional, and non-academic needs. Instead, schools were designed to train students for work in an industrial economy of the past.

Gamechanger: Type to Learn is Now in the Cloud!

Ask a Tech Teacher

When I started teaching a decade ago, Type to Learn was the MS Word of typing programs–everyone used it. At some point in the past, busy teachers moved away from a committed program that teaches typing to solutions that promised to automate the process with rote drills and games.

Night Zookeeper Star Writing Challenge

Technology Tidbits

Night Zoopkeeper is a excellent new site for students to help them w/ their Writing skills through fun interactive lessons/competition. Also, it has an educational portal that allows educators to: assign lessons, track student progress, and assess their work in real-time. This makes it easy for teachers to differentiate instruction and implement project based learning in their classroom.

Four innovative staffing takeaways from personalized learning schools

The Christensen Institute

Through our research over the past few years, we’ve seen schools around the world adopt technology to amplify the impact of teachers and make learning more student-centered. Increasingly, we also see schools experimenting with staffing arrangements—essentially, how adults are being utilized in the classroom—in an effort to further magnify personalized learning. We are excited to share our first set of case studies on these schools.

Night Zookeeper's International Writing Cup

Technology Tidbits

Night Zookeeper is an excellent new site for students to help them w/ their Writing skills through fun interactive lessons/competition. Also, it has an educational portal that allows educators to: assign lessons, track student progress, and assess their work in real-time. This makes it easy for teachers to differentiate instruction and implement project based learning in their classroom.

Technology doesn’t drive blended learning success … or does it?

The Christensen Institute

Blended-learning proponents can point to a growing number of schools that consistently achieve extraordinary student learning results. But is technology the key to their success? All five schools use some variation of the Station Rotation or Lab Rotation blended-learning models for core instruction in math and English language arts. All five schools have created systems and structures to help drive teachers’ professional learning through individual coaching and goal setting.

What to Avoid - and Embrace - in Personalized Learning

Digital Promise

Six Risks To Avoid. I am glad to report I’ve never seen a district make all these mistakes, but most districts make at least a few. Each risk is a trap easy to fall into, but also easy to avoid if you know how. Four Elements to Include.

What is the VARK model of Student Learning?

Ask a Tech Teacher

VARK started as a questionnaire to help students and teachers understand their best approach to learning but has since become more of a guideline for teaching and learning. The acronym VARK refers to four learning modalities — Visual, Auditory, Reading/Writing, and Kinesthetic.

What to Avoid – and Embrace – in Personalized Learning

Digital Promise

Nearly 100 districts, 300 schools, 5,000 teachers and 300,000 students later, the team at Education Elements has used what we’ve learned to identify six things to avoid when designing and implementing personalized learning, as well as four elements every personalized learning environment should include. Six Risks To Avoid. I am glad to report I’ve never seen a district make all these mistakes, but most districts make at least a few. Four Elements to Include.

Part 1: Tech Resources and Tools for Differentiated Learning … Reading

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a series that supports the use of technology in support of differentiated learning in and beyond the PBL classroom. Before reading, please take a moment to subscribe by email or RSS and also give me a follow on Twitter at mjgormans. Welcome to the Future!

Part 3: Tech Resources and Tools for Differentiated Learning … Writing Process

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to the third post in a series designed to support the use of technology for differentiated learning… in and beyond the PBL classroom. Before reading, please take a moment to subscribe by email or RSS and also give me a follow on Twitter at mjgormans.

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Project Based Learning Tips that Will Transform Your Classroom – SULS015

Shake Up Learning

She shares lots of tips for project-based learning, using the “In-Flip,” method, and how she helps students discover their passions. It is such a pleasure to have her on the show today. Click To Tweet. She teaches introduction to computer science to ninth graders.

Strategies for Supporting ELL Students in Math

edWeb.net

Supporting ELLs requires a commitment to a shift in practices which involves the entire school and also branches out to the community. According to nprEd , in 2016 32 states reported not having enough teachers for ELL students. “We For many of the 4.5

Part 4: 20 Tech Resources and Tools for Differentiated Learning … Writing Engagement

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to the fourth post in a series designed to support the use of technology for differentiated learning… in and beyond the PBL classroom. Before reading, please take a moment to subscribe by email or RSS and also give me a follow on Twitter at mjgormans.

Top 50 Sites/Apps of 2015

Technology Tidbits

The reason for this as not as many new learning tools came out this year compared to years past, while more current tools focused on regular updates. However, that does not mean there are not a lot of new items to look through, as sites/apps for programming/coding, Math/STEM, and Game Based Learning played a predominant role in this year's list. Code Kingdoms - One of my favorite sites for learning how to program (Javascript) by drag-n-dropping blocks of code (i.e

Google Apps and Chromebooks Web App Recommendations - a whole lot!

Educational Technology Guy

Google Apps and Chromebooks App Recommendations and Substitutions Here is a list of Google Apps and Web Apps to use. Suggestions for extensions/apps to be preloaded on Chromebooks Edmodo Google Keep - notes and lists Evernote Web Adblock Plus Evernote Web Clipper WeVideo - Video Editor and Maker GeoGebra math app Read&Write - reading support EasyBib Desmos Graphing Calculator A to Z of Google Services https://docs.google.com/viewer?srcid=0B6dF7rWxc-5aMGMyanRsMW5DbzQ&pid=explorer&efh=false&a=v&chrome=false&embedded=true

The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!

Kleinspiration

scroll all the way down to enter the give-away * Many of my teacher friends often do give-aways to honor and thank their loyal readers. I can''t begin to explain what an amazing experience this conference was for those who attended. It’s hard to keep it all in focus.

Kiddom’s Planner: A new (free) teacher tool to simplify planning for differentiation

The Cornerstone Blog

I shared with you before how much I love Kiddom as an easy tool for managing standards-based grading , and there’s a couple of new updates that you definitely need to know about if you’re spending too much time creating resources for differentiated instruction.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

Achieve3000 will add 30 of iCivics’ best-in-class student readings to its platform. Achieve3000 will apply its online differentiated instruction to the content, helping students to digest critical material so they can read, discuss, and debate core U.S.

Top 100 Sites/Apps of 2014

Technology Tidbits

As w/ the previous year''s list, more and more mobile apps are making the list as mobile learning continues to be the rising trend in education. However, that''s not to say that there isn''t a good amount of websites and Learning Management Systems showing up as well.

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Top 100 Sites/Apps for Game Based Learning

Technology Tidbits

This is going to be one of my most ambitious posts yet, as I have curated a gigantic list of my favorite sites/apps for Game Based Learning (a.k.a The resources below will vary from drill and practice to all out epic adventures in 3D virtual worlds, to help Gamify a classroom.