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How to Teach Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom. Learn some thinking routines and how to apply these valuable techniques in your classroom. They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning. Resources to Learn More.

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iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Sean Nank’s research shows that the single biggest method for improving learning with iPads is to use online formative assessments. However, his formative assessments have a twist — students are all answering DIFFERENT math questions. We created Assessment Items.

Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom. Learn some thinking routines and how to apply these valuable techniques in your classroom. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. How to Teach Thinking Routines in the Classroom.

The Vocabulary Doctors: How to Teach Vocabulary

The CoolCatTeacher

Download the transcript PDF by clicking here or scroll down to read it on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. Three components to help teach vocabulary. How modeling vocabulary acquisition is important.

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How to make your year more awesome

iLearn Technology

This week at Anastasis, we watched Kid President’s rules for being more awesome in this new year: “What if all made it our resolution to make this year awesome for somebody else?” I’m taking this resolution to heart and want to help make your year awesome!

Teaching isn’t Rocket Science – It’s Way More Complex

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Doug Green challenges our thinking about school, how we should teach, and the flaws with the testing programs we have in education today. For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

Tic Tack Toe in the Blended Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

The other day I was conducting some learning walks with the administrative team at Wells Elementary School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD). A secondary goal has been facilitating a transition from blended instruction to blended learning.

How to use Genius Hour to transform student motivation and ignite creativity

The Cornerstone Blog

Genius hour is a movement in schools that allows students to explore their own passions. This is Google’s work structure for its employees, who are allowed to spend 20% of their time on projects they design and are interested in. So, I’ve invited AJ Juliani to share his observations.

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How to Connect Data to Effect Meaningful Change

Edsurge

Its roots can be traced back to the 1990s when Congress reauthorized Johnson’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Improving America’s Schools Act (IASA) required the development or adoption of state assessments and tied them to Title I funds. In an effort to salvage the usefulness of end-of-level testing, supporters have proposed that data from these tests can be used to inform student learning.

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Books to Africa and A Personal Transformation to a Global Educator

The CoolCatTeacher

Julie Hembree and her students are sending Books to Africa. Built for Chromebooks, it saves all of your recordings directly to Google Drive. Screencastify is an essential tool for making flipped lessons, student videos and creative formative assessments. They love to play.

Flipgrid for every classroom

iLearn Technology

It’s simple (and free) to get started, just create a grid and add a topic to spark some discussion. Embed YouTube or Vimeo videos, upload images for your students to discuss, feature a file or a weblink. Flipgrid makes for an excellent addition to the portfolio.

“What if we started a school?” – Come see us in action!

iLearn Technology

I would love to see a school who actually implemented _, instead of just talking about it.” I would be energized by discussions with colleagues at conferences and then again each week during Twitter chats; I was inspired to do something better, but unsure of where to start.

Woot Math: Adaptive learning for fractions and decimals

iLearn Technology

What it is: Woot Math uses adaptive technology to personalize the math learning experience in new ways for 3rd-6th grade students. With a focus on fractions and decimals, Woot Math allows students many inroads to understanding. Do all of your students have access to a technology device?

Metanoia- the journey of changing one’s mind, heart, self, or way of life (basically what #edu is all about!)

iLearn Technology

The problem with education reform is that we keep attempting to change surface level systems and hoping for deep systemic change as a result. If you’ve been involved in education for any amount of time, you begin to see a pattern emerge. We have to change our minds.

How to use Genius Hour to transform student motivation and ignite creativity

The Cornerstone Blog

Genius hour is a movement in schools that allows students to explore their own passions. This is Google’s work structure for its employees, who are allowed to spend 20% of their time on projects they design and are interested in. The idea is that when people are allowed to work on things they care about, their motivation for the job as a whole will increase. So, I’ve invited AJ Juliani to share his observations. How often to hold Genius Hour.

Prodigy: Virtual world of math

iLearn Technology

What it is: Prodigy is a fantastic way to differentiate math in your classroom. In the virtual world, students are wizards who learn magic and spells to defeat over 100 monsters. To learn a new spell or add powers (or adopt pets), students must complete different math challenges.

How Do We Stop Illiterate Educators?

My Island View

The fact of the matter is no matter what educators, who are mostly products of a 20 th Century education, think, our students today will need to be digitally literate in their world in order to survive and thrive. Digital literacy is recognized by the developers of common core to be important enough to be included as a component of the curriculum. We can certainly wait for attrition to clean out the system, but that might take years at the expense of our kids.

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! Really helpful when you are working to meet the needs of a lot of different students!

Hacking project-based learning: tips for management, assessment, & more from Ross Cooper & Erin Murphy

The Cornerstone Blog

I have two guests on the show today–they are the co-authors of the new book Hacking Project Based Learning: 10 Easy Steps to PBL and Inquiry in the Classroom. It’s an incredibly powerful, effective, and cross-curricular way for kids to learn. How do they create models?

This Toolkit Helps Take the Stress Out of State Testing

Edsurge

If you’re an educator, the weeks leading up to state testing are likely some of the most stressful and demanding days in your year. At Edmentum , it’s our goal to put educators first in everything we do. One of the ways we do this is by working hard to make teachers' lives easier during the busiest times of the academic year. We believe that when test day rolls around, students’ scores should reflect their content knowledge—not their ability to decode the test itself.

Debate on new education law overlooks future of testing

The Christensen Institute

As the House of Representatives prepares to vote tomorrow on reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—also known since 2001 as No Child Left Behind (NCLB)—a fierce fight has continued over the proper role of testing. Seeing the rapid growth of testing in recent decades, many educators and parents are tired of tests taking time away from learning and want the federal government to push back on its prominence in schools.

Avoid the One-Size-Fits-All Classroom

Catlin Tucker

When I volunteer in my children’s elementary classrooms (1st and 3rd grade), I am struck by how frequently the teacher finds time to work directly with small groups of students to offer additional support, review concepts, assess understanding, and practice skills.

How SEL Can Promote Hard Conversations About Mental Health

Edsurge

Through each heartbreaking loss, administrators and staff worked to find lifesaving mental health supports and strategies for the 30,0000 students in Kansas' second largest district. “We EdSurge: How does SEL fit into your efforts to support students’ mental health?

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We need to change the teacher vs. technology narrative

The Christensen Institute

A recent chart from Bloomberg on the future of artificial intelligence and employment lends evidence to a point I have been making for years : teachers will not be replaced by machines. Sure enough, elementary and secondary teachers are among the most educated yet least paid professionals; and their likelihood of automation: practically zero. We need to start talking more about the best ways to integrate technology and teaching in order to amplify teachers’ impact.

Using Single Sign-On to Streamline Edtech Access

edWeb.net

Digital educational materials have provided many benefits for K-12 educators and students from computer adaptive assessments to tools that allow students to collaborate and communicate 24/7. How strong is the company’s K-12 track record?

What are your edtech resolutions?

eSchool News

This year, I resolve to … Support high-quality learning. For 2019, our IT emphasis will be on cybersecurity and on high-availability, high-resiliency, high-speed wireless access to support 24 x 7 x 365 learning. Kristina Stratton, principal, Westside Elementary School, Florida. “In

Notes from the 2015 Iowa STEM Summit

Dangerously Irrelevant

Used to live in Kigoma, Tanzania. to move to the U.S. Learned enough English to transition into regular classes in 8th grade, finished all high school coursework by 11th grade, now taking 5 AP classes as a senior. What would we like to see more of in the NW region?

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Kids struggle to read when schools leave phonics out

The Hechinger Report

“It was really looking yourself in the mirror and saying, ‘Which four in 10 students don’t deserve to learn to read?'” People who struggle with reading are more likely to drop out of high school, to end up in the criminal justice system, and to live in poverty.

In the Future, Today’s Education Will Look Like ‘19th-Century Medicine’

Edsurge

By most measures, Massachusetts is one of the nation’s highest-performing states when it comes to K-12 education. Yet to hear the state’s commissioner of elementary and secondary education tell it, there’s still a lot of work to be done. But I think in a few years, this will start to look like 19th century medicine: Get your solder out, because the best we can do is amputate. You could steal lessons and bring them back to the classroom.

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Fighting Teacher Stress

The Hechinger Report

I said, ‘OK, I’ll try it, but it’s not going to work,’ ” recalled Lopes, who teaches at the William D’Abate Elementary School. Stress is linked to many physical ailments, including migraines, asthma, and heart disease. I don’t want to leave teaching.

OPINION: Despite opposition, homeschooling is thriving

The Hechinger Report

Homeschooling mom Andrea Forte, right, pauses in her reading to answer a question from her daughter, Elena Forte, left, during Elena and her brother Devon’s language arts and history class time upstairs in the Forte family home on Aug. Here’s how to help them.

Teacher Development Research Review: Keys to Educator Success

Digital Promise

Teaching quality has been defined as “instruction that enables a wide range of students to learn” ( Darling-Hammond, 2012 ), and it is the strongest school-related factor that can improve student learning and achievement ( Hanushek, 2011 ; Nye, Konstantopoulos, and Hedges, 2004 ; Rivkin, Hanushek, and Kain, 2005 ). Knowing this, what is the best way to foster and provide ongoing support for good teaching practices? This article originally appeared on Edutopia.

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Framework: Ed Elements Provides Model, Plan, Hand-holding

Edsurge

It recognizes that districts have different characteristics that need to be addressed in program designs; rural is different than small is different than urban, for instance. Using the Instructional Model Design , the Ed Elements team brings deep expertise, examples from other districts, and design-thinking processes to help schools create their unique designs. Download and examine Ed Elements’ three models for elementary schools and its three models for secondary schools.

Teaching to the student, not the test

The Hechinger Report

Most days in Nancy Barile’s English course at Revere High School, a visitor might begin to wonder when the real class is going to start. Three years ago a student who wasn’t completing his work dared Barile to watch the zombie show, saying he’d study if she did.

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Why haven’t new federal rules unleashed more innovation in schools?

The Hechinger Report

And it has everything to do with the policies of the states.”. His school and his state are trailblazers in personalized learning, a method that tailors instruction to students’ individual interests and learning speeds. 15, according to the U.S.

Digital Design Principles for English Language Learners

Fractus Learning

There is a growing population of students using digital tools to support their specific learning needs. Opportunities for technology are used to meet the needs of personalization and help build a student’s agency. Encourage teachers to model growth mindset and grit—show, not tell.

Why we need to change the teacher vs. tech narrative

eSchool News

A recent chart from Bloomberg on the future of artificial intelligence and employment lends evidence to a point I have been making for years : teachers will not be replaced by machines. Fortunately, technology offers a new alternative to the traditional model.

10 More Digital Citizenship Resources: The Web in the Classroom…Part 4

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to the fourth article in a series devoted to facilitating proper student internet interaction in the classroom. This classroom might be 1 to 1 or might be using technology to leverage student centered learning. January is a great time to travel to Orlando and FETC.

Common Core-Based Tests Causing Scramble for Computer Literacy

K-12 Schools - Education News

This spring, elementary and high school students nationwide will be taking Common Core-related tests, which frequently are taken on computers and require accurate and quick typing skills. Now, starting in second grade, students begin to learn how to type.

More States Opting To ‘Robo-Grade’ Student Essays By Computer

MindShift

Multiple-choice tests are useful because: A: They’re cheap to score. It would take a computer about a nano-second to mark “D” as the correct answer. Computers are scoring long form answers on anything from the fall of the Roman Empire, to the pros and cons of government regulations. “We have artificial intelligence techniques which can judge anywhere from 50 to 100 features,” Foltz says. “What is the computer program going to reward?”