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A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

NeverEndingSearch

SHEG currently offers three impressive curricula that may be put to immediate use in secondary classrooms and libraries. These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning. Webpage Comparison : Students examine two websites and select the one that they would use to begin research on gun control, assessing their ability to identify the strengths and limitations of websites for learning about political topics.

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5 Awesome New Screencastify Features

Cool Cat Teacher

In this post, I’ll share some of the new features in Screencastify and how I’ve used it in my classroom. Screencastify has some awesome new editing features making it an even more important part of the flipped or online classroom.

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Reflection of ISTE from a Newbie

wwwatanabe

I found that Jackie Gerstein ''s session on the Flipped Classroom at Edubloggercon gave me incredible perspective. Later in the day when I had a moment to ponder this, I realized the possibility of the Flipped Classroom was no longer something intangible to me that only districts with lots of money and high SES could do. Their incredible commitment to building teachers up so they can create learning-centered classrooms is honorable. Share your learning.

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Ed Tech Vocab: Keeping Up with Trends in Education

eSpark

Edtech is being used in classrooms more than ever before. Think of it as a cheat sheet to help you learn all you need to know about technology in the classroom! It is also often referred to as “hybrid learning” and can incorporate many different types of education technology.

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EdTech Acronyms Explained

EdTech4Beginners

BLearning – Blended Learning (using a range of multimedia and strategies). BYOD – Bring Your Own Device. BYOL – Bring Your Own Learning. FC – Flipped Classroom ( click here for my guide to flipping lessons ). FL – Flipped Learning ( click here for my guide to flipping lessons ). LMS – Learning Management System (software that runs and manages educational programs). MLD – Mobile Learning Devices.

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5 Steps Toward Building Successful Digital Communities Infused With Rigor and Relevance

A Principal's Reflections

A dynamic combination of mindset, behaviors, and skills is required for schools to become places where social media and digital tools are integral and beneficial parts of a rigorous program and where they work symbiotically with active, engaged, and applicable learning. How can we take the greatest advantage of this moment in time and create compelling and challenging learning spaces for students? Change culture digital learning Rigor

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Ed Tech Vocab: Keeping Up with Trends in Education

eSpark

Edtech is being used in classrooms more than ever before. Think of it as a cheat sheet to help you learn all you need to know about technology in the classroom! It is also often referred to as “hybrid learning” and can incorporate many different types of education technology.

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Why are some educators still reluctant to using technology in the classroom?

Neo LMS

Technology seems to be involved nowadays in most aspects of education and many schools are adopting it quite well, whether it’s adopting BYOD initiatives, blended learning, flipped classrooms , creating content using authoring tools, or using a learning platform. It’s amazing how the amount of technology available today makes learning more interactive and easier. Why are some educators still reluctant to using technology the classroom?

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Using Google Forms to Streamline Feedback & Document Growth

techlearning

This method of using Google Forms is meant as a companion piece to this article I wrote about how I improved my rubrics by turning them into 1-column, hyperdoc-ish rubrics that students use as part of their everyday learning. Also, feel free to join GEG:NJ and learn with us even if you’re not from Jersey because not everyone is perfect. A few weeks ago, I was on our New Jersey Google Educator’s Group (GEG:NJ) show called The Suite Talk hosted by Kim Mattina.

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A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: Learning Models & Technology

TeachThought - Learn better.

Learning Models, Theories, and Technology: A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers. Purpose: Improving our chance for a common language in discussing existing and emerging learning trends, model, and technology in hopes of innovation in classrooms, and collectively, education at large. Form: An index of learning models, theories, forms, terminology, technology, and research to help you keep up with the latest trends in 21st century learning. Blended Learning.

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Video for learning: Today and tomorrow

Learning with 'e's

The first time I saw video being used in a classroom was in 1973. We recorded micro-teaches - usually a 10 minute lesson - and then played back the footage to the students so they could see and hear themselves and learn from the experience. Today, video use in the classroom is more commonplace. Present-day students, who interact with a steady stream of digital media throughout the day, are generally unsurprised by video in the classroom; if anything, they expect it.

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Gamification Stage Three: The Constraint

techlearning

The Innovation Lab presents the world’s most popular classroom game show: The Constraint! In the future, I plan to turn over the editing of The Constraint to my FH Gizmos students and I’m planning to tap into what students are learning in class and turning it into challenges they’ll face on The Constraint. cross-posted at Teched Up Teacher Chris Aviles presents on education topics including gamification, technology integration, BYOD, blended learning, and the flipped classroom.

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It’s About the Learning, Not the Technology … Until It Breaks

Graphite Blog

This is the second in a series of posts that examine how schools and districts are planning for and implementing digital learning efforts. We lose sight of our primary goal of providing a computing platform to enrich, empower, and facilitate teaching and learning. We lose sight of our primary goal of providing a computing platform to enrich, empower, and facilitate teaching and learning. Upcoming Webinars: It's About the Learning, Not the Technology … Until It Breaks.

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Is Your School "Future Ready"?

Graphite Blog

This is the first in a series of posts that examine how schools and districts are planning for and implementing digital learning efforts. By signing, school leaders committed to working with teachers, families, and community members to transition their districts to "personalized, digital learning.". Learning is always the goal, with pedagogy and curricula as the driver. Upcoming Webinars: It's About the Learning, Not the Technology … Until It Breaks.

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Taking Student Voice Beyond The Classroom: Student Perspective

techlearning

At ISTE this year, beyond attending sessions and trading ideas with other educators, I’ll be meeting with Ross Smith and other members of the Skype in the Classroom team. As outlined here , our student-run businesses at Fair Haven Innovates will have the opportunity to work with Skype to make Skype in the Classroom the best it can be for teachers and students. We are doing this because we want Skype in the Classroom to be easy and fun for teachers.

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Being ‘The Guide on the Side’ is not Enough. Become The COO.

techlearning

Since Alice Johnson though, these terms have found their way into the mouths of almost every “educational thought leader” and administrator as a way to describe the role of the teacher in the 21st century classroom. We need to become the COO of our classrooms, the Chief Opportunity Orchestrator. I first heard ‘sage on the stage’ and ‘guide on the side’ early in my teaching career when I decided to try The Flipped Classroom™.

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Why We Need To Embrace eSports In Education

techlearning

Taking Student Voice Beyond The Classroom ] I can feel the eye rolls from those of you who don’t get it, so let me help you understand why esports in education is a good thing. All the social/emotional learning and soft skills I developed in football, wrestling, track, and rugby can be developed through esports. The research is clear that involvement in extracurriculars at school lead to better student development and learning.

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5 Ways I’ve Redesigned My Rubric and You Should Too

techlearning

If you’ve never heard of design, I’ll give you the simplest, best definition as created by my good friend and design mentor Kevin Jarret : Project-Based Learning + Empathy = Design. I can go on and on about how design-based learning should replace problem, project, and passion-based learning (this -based learning stuff is getting out of control), but what I wanted to share today was how I redesigned my design rubric a few months ago and have been thrilled with the results.

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A Teacher’s Guide to Surviving Fortnite

techlearning

If you’re like me, Fortnite mania has taken over your classroom. I can’t take attendance in my classroom without a kid doing the Jubilation Dance in my direction. And while the pathway to being a pro streamer, progamer, and even earning a college scholarship for eSports is getting easier, it is getting harder to teach in a post-Fortnite classroom. There are many meaningful ways Fortnite can be used in the classroom without even installing the game.

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Welcome To Fair Haven Innovates

techlearning

The video introduces my program and what students will be learning while the letter lets parents know why I made Fair Haven Innovates and how I run the program. I encourage everyone: send home a video and letter before school starts or before back to school night so everyone can be on the same page when it comes to the learning taking place in your classroom. People can’t always imagine learning in a classroom that they didn’t grow up in. What a wild summer.

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Taking Student Voice Beyond The Classroom

techlearning

I started that school year with one goal: to take what students loved and incorporate it into the classroom. I started embracing student voice by asking them “how do you want to show me what you learned?” Fast forward six months, 4 student-led meetings, and over a dozen pitches later and FH Gizmos and Skype are joining forces on a new cooperative: We know student voice can revolutionize their learning, but can it revolutionize the edtech they use?

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The Free and Online 2014 School Leadership Summit Starts Wednesday! (Full Session List)

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

If you want to follow those tweets, you can either track the conference hashtag #ticalsls14 or you can follow the Learning Revolution Twitter account at @learnrevproject. Free Synchronous Meeting Tools to Deliver Faculty Professional Development - Dr. Rochelle Franklin, Director of Faculty Training and Development Providing follow-up support to village school teachers for improved teaching and learning processes - Mr. Asher Javaid Who Has Time for Data?

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CrazyIdeas.Doc

techlearning

I’ve tried to apply some of what I learned in my free time about Nudge Theory to my classroom, but I would love to see more work done by the professionals on how it can be applied to schools. What if the next keynote we went to was a hands on activity where we tried some best practices that improve learning for our kids and helped make teachers’ lives easier? She writes tons about practical things you can do in your classroom to make a difference.

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What Student Passion Looks Like

techlearning

In its second full year, student passion is on full display as I’ve given up even more control of the classroom to students as I’ve asked them to grow a business around what they care about with whomever they want. I’ve asked them to share their team name, what they’re making, why they’re making it, and what they’ve learned so far, and why they like class. What you’ve learned: How to use gravit so we can make models of our frames. We learned how to make a website.

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