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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. This intriguing research is a must listen for any school with access to technology. You do not need iPads to implement and learn from this research. Go to [link] today to get your Free Fire Forensics Kit.

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. Today in the show, I recommend taking this quiz to see if Angela Watson’s 40-hour workweek club is right for you. Want to hear another episode on helping students learn?

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10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

Video and Infographic From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Teachers are moving from face to face classrooms to online classrooms quickly. Top online course designers who have also taught face to face tell us how. Here is the video and infographic to help you. Use the code COOL20 to receive 20% off your teacher professional development. in Secondary Education from Ball State University.

Notes from the 2015 Iowa STEM Summit

Dangerously Irrelevant

Here are my notes from today’s 2015 Iowa STEM Summit … Welcome , Lt. STEM should be a catalyst for active learning. Launching a STEM Council Seal of Approval for programs (e.g. Over 5,100 applications were submitted for STEM Scale-Up Grants. Numerous STEM externships are available for teachers. Peek Into a STEM Classroom: Sioux Center High School. Peek Into a STEM Classroom: Davenport West High School. Used to live in Kigoma, Tanzania.

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7 ways data collection is improving STEM education

eSchool News

STEM classes in particular have a natural potential to be both tech-rich and inquiry-based, especially hands-on lab activities. The recent addition of probeware—sensory-based handheld devices for measuring things like water quality, light, and temperature—has allowed us to bring students out into nature and introduce them to the world of data collection and analysis. Here are 7 ways technology is enhancing and expanding STEM education in our school district.

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How to Integrate Multimedia and Writing Instruction With VR, Video and Digital Timelines

Edsurge

My kids love it whenever they get the chance to use technology as part of the writing process. My job is to make sure that the tech use is meaningful and purposeful - when used correctly technology can help enhance and transform my lessons, provide real-world activities, and increase student engagement. We all strive to develop students with the skills necessary to be successful after high school graduation. We all want our students to write more.

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Part 4: Over 35 Formative Assessment Tools To Enhance Formative Learning Opportunities

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I hope you are enjoying this series on formative assessment, and I am sure you will find these tools most valuable. as you continue to amplify formative learning with digital technology. Do you have some formative tools to share… please let me know and I will share them in an upcoming post. Please take a moment to subscribe by email or RSS and also give me a follow on Twitter at mjgormans. Booking Info – It is time to think about your school or conference needs.

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

The Cornerstone for Teachers

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.

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

The Cornerstone for Teachers

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.

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

The Cornerstone for Teachers

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. I’m really excited to have them here to help us move past the jargon and buzzwords, and talk about the realities on doing PBL with kids. It’s an incredibly powerful, effective, and cross-curricular way for kids to learn. We’re also going to look at how to address some of the pitfalls that students face.

5 Fantastic Peer Feedback Strategies for Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Today, Starr Sackstein @mssackstein shares 5 feedback strategies to supercharge your writing instruction and classroom culture. We are also hosting a giveaway contest with her book on assessment. Click to download a PDF copy of the transcript or scroll down to read it right here on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. How to help kids practice and give recognition for feedback.

COVID-19 Forces Science Labs Online and in Homes

Edsurge

The challenge: how students can complete lab work without access to a science lab. Illinois suspended in-person classes in March, potentially disrupting everything from graduations to financial aid disbursements. They are designed to work on low-end computers.

10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices – Free Webinar

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter We took our school from a physical school on a Friday to a distance learning campus by Monday. However, I want to share and talk more about this. I also know that that I too have a lot to learn, even though I’ve been teaching online since 2006 and have collaborated globally for years. They know how to do distance learning. in Secondary Education from Ball State University.

How to make Cleveland ‘great again’

The Hechinger Report

CLEVELAND— Cleveland Metropolitan School District has a countdown clock to Election Day on its website. When city residents head to the polls that day, they’ll be doing more than picking a president. That year, voters passed a levy that raised school taxes by nearly 40 percent to pay for this plan, ultimately adding about $60 million a year to the school district’s budget of about $725 million. Officials gave themselves till 2016 to show progress.

Rice U. offering free AP Physics online prep course

eSchool News

A free online course from Rice University uses attention-grabbing videos, interactive lab activities, dramatic physics demonstrations, engaging instructors and a free online textbook to help high school students prepare for the Advanced Placement (AP) Physics 1 Exam. I think it will be a great experience for current AP physics students, or anyone who wants to learn physics without a background in calculus.”. Professor Hafner and his ‘accomplices’ really try to make physics fun.

Can Individual Tests Really Measure Collaboration?

Edsurge

That’s the idea at least behind the latest summative assessments from Project Lead the Way , a project-based STEM curriculum, which is introducing new tech-based question types to measure a raft of noncognitive skills from collaboration to general problem solving (in addition to subject-specific questions about engineering or coding concepts). “We Is it important to measure those skills? Is it important to measure those skills?

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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. At the secondary level scenes like this are less frequent. Many middle school and high school teachers feel immense pressure to move quickly through the curriculum.

4 Tips for Facilitating Powerful Student Collaboration

Digital Promise

In HP Teaching Fellow Melissa Wrenchey’s class, students collaborate to design prototypes that address real-world challenges. Students model how professional product teams work together to create prototypes for authentic users. Below, Melissa shares advice for how teachers can facilitate these kinds of powerful collaborative learning experiences with their students. Simultaneously, we introduce students to the SDGs as focus concepts for the projects.

The Resurgence of 3D Printers in Modern Learning Environments

EdTech Magazine

Once a novelty in many classrooms and makerspaces, 3D printers are again flourishing as valuable classroom tools thanks to advanced technology , lower costs and more products and services geared toward K–12 education. . 3D modeling and printers can bring almost any educational concept to life, while building practical skills such as problem-solving, creative coding and design. How Teachers and Students Use 3D Printing in Today’s Classrooms.

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How Do We Know When Technology Helps—or Hurts—the Classroom? Educators at ISTE Weigh In

Edsurge

Over the past few years, “efficacy” has entered the edtech lexicon as a word commonly used to reference whether or not edtech is driving student learning. But as educators and edtech companies look to track the most effective tools and practices, two big questions are at the fore: How do we measure technology’s effectiveness? And if there’s an answer to that question, then is the technology actually improving student learning—or has it been a waste of time and money?

What is Blended Learning? Tips from 3 Bett Speakers

ViewSonic Education

This video offers a good introduction to blended learning if you've never heard the term before. To gain more insight into this methodology, we’ve asked 3 Bett show speakers the same question, as well as which challenges they faced and tips to leverage when implementing blended learning into your classroom. Read on below to find out what they had to say. Blended learning enables me to effectively bring technology into the classroom.

How Using Slack Can Improve Socratic Seminars

Edsurge

If you’ve ever tried a Socratic seminar with your students, or know a colleague who has, this story may sound eerily familiar: After spending the semester shoring up students’ contextual knowledge through multimedia presentations and analyzing primary and secondary sources together, students file in for the big day and gently pick up their Socratic seminar prep packet. he dutifully enunciates with full confidence to the circle. First, introduce students to a habit.

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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. In this post I would like to introduce 10 more resources that are available for facilitating proper digital citizenship in the classroom. Booking Info – It is time to think about your school or conference needs.

High School Students Invited to Compete in New Solar Energy Design Challenge

techlearning

The Solar Energy Design Challenge will run from June 1 through July 31, and all submissions to the virtual solar grid during this time will be evaluated for the challenge. Contest participants will have unlimited, free use of Energy3D , a computer-aided design simulation tool, to model existing solar energy systems or design new ones. By encouraging these students to design and submit models, we’re inviting them to propose alternatives for a more sustainable future.”

OPINION: Why we need to know more, not less, about what students get from college

The Hechinger Report

The federal government, in concert with the states and institutions, could do more to increase transparency and enhance market account- ability in higher education. Students could use the information to avoid investing in schools or programs that do not provide a positive return on investment and to discover options that they may have eliminated on the basis of incomplete or faulty information. Related: Universities and colleges struggle to stem big drops in enrollment.

Hotspots, YouTube, WiFi, Oh My! How Renton Prioritizes Infrastructure Over Devices

Edsurge

Since 2013, close to a third of the US school districts have charged into “one-to-one” digital instruction, putting a computer in the hands of every student—and the number is growing. But too many have also had a chilling moment when they realized their bandwidth infrastructure couldn’t begin to deliver on their technology goals. Want to learn more about Seattle’s burgeoning edtech scene? 2 to 3! To solve these issues, Renton decided to unlock access.

Text Complexity? Helping Readers See The Whole Text

TeachThought - Learn better.

In the previous literacy posts in this series I identified a few guiding questions that stem from the research: Do students understand the real point of academic reading? Am I attending to the fewest, most powerful comprehension strategies for academic literacy? Do students have sufficient general understanding of the strategies (which is key to transfer)? Am I doing enough ongoing formal assessment of student comprehension, strategy use, and tolerance of ambiguity?

Text Complexity? Helping Readers See The Whole Text

TeachThought - Learn better.

In the previous literacy posts in this series I identified a few guiding questions that stem from the research: Do students understand the real point of academic reading? Am I attending to the fewest, most powerful comprehension strategies for academic literacy? Do students have sufficient general understanding of the strategies (which is key to transfer)? Am I doing enough ongoing formal assessment of student comprehension, strategy use, and tolerance of ambiguity?

Alan November on the '$1000 Pencil' and Why Edtech Companies Aren’t Pushing the Envelope

Edsurge

A few weeks back, EdSurge published a podcast interview with education consultant and commentator Alan November, and Director of Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Houston Independent School District Mike Dorsey, after chatting with the two education experts at ISTE. However, November was only able to be with us for about ten minutes in that interview, so we really didn’t get a chance to delve into what he meant by “a mess.”

Future Trends Forum #9 with Gardner Campbell: full recording, notes, and Storify

Bryan Alexander

Gardner, participants, and I explored pedagogy, the power of the hyperlink, data, instructors, institutions, eportfolios, language, students, assessment, a great card deck, our personal histories, and a lot more. These notes are something less than a transcript, as I tried to force my fingers to keep up with Gardner’s and participants’ thoughts. We all have a stake in it, since this ecosystem is something we all contribute to, and are nourished by.

Future Trends Forum #9 with Gardner Campbell: full recording, notes, and Storify

Bryan Alexander

Gardner, participants, and I explored pedagogy, the power of the hyperlink, data, instructors, institutions, eportfolios, language, students, assessment, a great card deck, our personal histories, and a lot more. These notes are something less than a transcript, as I tried to force my fingers to keep up with Gardner’s and participants’ thoughts. We all have a stake in it, since this ecosystem is something we all contribute to, and are nourished by.

High schools fail to provide legally required education to students with disabilities

The Hechinger Report

Read the whole series, “ Willing, able and forgotten: How high schools fail special ed students,” here. As a teenager, Michael McLaughlin wanted to go to college. He had several disabilities, including dyslexia and bipolar disorder, which threatened to make the road ahead more difficult. With help, he should have been able to graduate alongside his classmates, ready to pursue higher education. We could get no one to listen or do what was needed.”.

Different Definitions of Personalized Learning Conflict, Cause Confusion

MindShift

One teacher, many students: It’s basically the definition of school as we know it, going back to the earliest days of the Republic. It’s called personalized learning: What if each student had something like a private tutor, and more power over what and how they learned?

Held back, but not helped

The Hechinger Report

To her, earning her diploma, even two years late, feels like something of a miracle. It was hard to get up in the morning and go to school,” she said. “I I wanted to give up. I felt like I was already behind and I was too old to still be in high school.”. There’s so much shame attached to it. Students constantly tell me, ‘I want to be at my right grade,’” said Jerel Bryant, Carver’s principal. “It’s I wanted to give up.

Five Classroom Dimensions That Show Deep Math Learning Is Happening

MindShift

Mia Buljan remembers the specific moment eight years ago when she realized she had to give kids more space to grapple with a problem on their own. At that time I thought my job was to be super helpful,” she said, “like ask some pointed questions, or give some suggestions of where he might go next.”. When she turned back to the struggling student, he had solved his issue. At that moment she knew she needed to stop talking so much. Mathematics Assessment Project).