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10 Popular Educational Trends and What You Need to Know

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Some, like social-emotional learning and digital citizenship, have long been important—and they may require even more focus this year. Others, like genius hour and bite-sized learning, are recently arrived educational trends that may have a helpful place in your classroom. This year, as schools moved to online learning and teachers scrambled to adjust their curriculum, many teachers, students, and parents gained new appreciation for the value of self-care.

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New Ways to Gamify Learning

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The first thing most teachers think about when discussing gamified learning is the online math games kids play. But those webtools exemplify where the gamification of education started. It is used to discuss the implementation of technology in the classroom by organizing tech-in-education tools into four categories or types of usage: Substitution: Technology is a direct replacement for something, e.g. ebooks in place of print books or online math drills in place of worksheets.

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20 Ways to Personalize Your Learning This Summer

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But the reality is also that we’re going to have to prepare for a fall that – whatever it looks like – will include an online learning component. Even if we go back to face-to-face learning, we will all have to be prepared to teach online, and the best way to do this is to first educate ourselves with research and pedagogy. Learning online will also help us become better teachers and now is the perfect time to take an online course. Blended learning is not new.

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The Learning Revolution Weekly Update October 14th, 2014 In some cases we learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself. Lloyd Alexander The Learning Revolution Project holds online and physical learning events, and highlights professional development opportunities from a network of 200 partners in the learning professions. Digital Citizenship Week.

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

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Using everyday digital content, the COR paper and online assessments directly connect to the questions posed in SHEG’s study and engage learners in credibility decision-making around three COR Competencies: Who’s behind the information? The free assessments include Google Docs assessments to copy and digital rubrics to download. These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning.

8 Practical Ways to Use AI in Learning

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Every year, education finds new ways to make learning more inclusive and diversified. The latest change agent is Artificial Intelligence (AI), now being used in classes to focus learning, simplify redundant tasks, and infuse lesson plans. Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Kamy Anderson has eight practical ways to use AI in learning: Artificial intelligence (AI) is disrupting the education industry. After all, this is the age of digital content and interactive mediums.

What’s Changed in Lesson Planning

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Students are digital natives, in the habit of learning via technology. What students learn must be applicable to other classes—and life. Collaboration and sharing is treated as a learned skill. Failure is a learning tool. The textbook is a resource , supplemented by a panoply of books, online sites, experts, virtual chats, and anything else that supports the topic. Problem solving is integral to learning. The power of games makes learning fun.

5 Resources to Gamify Student Writing

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A modern teacher implements different kinds of incentives that make students interested to learn more. Do you know how you can make them interested in learning? Educade gives you gamification resources for science, math, social studies, language arts, business, health and wellness, engineering, and more. This is your doorway to gamification. You’ll find recommendations for apps that will make the learning process fun for your students. Games Make Learning Fun!

5 Tech Tools That Motivate Every Reader

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I love having guest posts on Ask a Tech Teacher because I always learn a lot. Luckily, technology not only comes as second nature to the digital citizens in your classroom, but engages readers of every level, motivating them to read. Harness the power of peer-to-peer book recommendations and gamification to motivate your students to read more every day. Gamification can make almost any subject more fun, especially reading.

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10 Virtual Teaching Tips For Beginners

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contributed by Pippa Davies , Director Learning Commons at Heritage Christian Online School. As a result, many educators have shifted to online classes to support the learning needs of their students. For many students and parents, virtual learning is a new landscape. Thus, it’s important to educate them on the digital tools needed for success. Furthermore, make sure each student has access to a digital device. Use your learning commons as a vital resource.

35 Take-aways from Summer 2016 Professional Development

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We experimented with some of the hottest tech tools available for the classroom such as Google Apps, differentiation tools, digital storytelling, visual learning, Twitter, blogs, Common Core and tech, digital citizenship, and formative assessment options. Some had been teaching for thirty years and still enthusiastically embraced everything from twitter to the gamification of education. Time after time, they took responsibility for their own learning.

8 Websites that Explain Elections

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The first five explain elections in general and the next three teach the process through gamification. It includes enrichments, review, projects, and a quiz so students can show their learning. You can also play this through BrainPop (with or without a subscription) which provides expanded options to extend learning and test your knowledge. Let them pick the ones best-suited to their learning style. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

Preparing High Schoolers For A Career In Cybersecurity

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Luckily there are technology & resources that are helping educations with the task of teaching cybersecurity to K-12 students…meaning that educators don’t have to just rely on the old school techniques like books & whiteboard drawings to teach the complicated subject of cybersecurity. Rather, when teaching such a complicated subject such as cybersecurity, it only helps students for them to be learning in an interactive digital environment.

What is the 21st Century Lesson Plan?

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Students are digital natives, already in the habit of learning via technology. It’s the teacher’s responsibility to insure students learn over-arching concepts such as how to speak to a group, how to listen effectively, how to think critically, and how to solve problems. To focus on the over-arching concepts above, make learning platform-neutral. What students learn in one class is applied to all classes (where relevant). Failure is a learning tool.

17 Take-aways from Summer PD

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A couple dozen of us–teachers, library media specialists, tech integrationists, lab teachers–gathered virtually for three weeks to experiment with some of the hottest tech tools available for the classroom–Google Apps, differentiation tools, digital storytelling, visual learning, Twitter, blogs, Common Core and tech, backchannels, digital citizenship, assessment, and more (12 topics in all). That is today’s learning–taking it to students.

12 Websites that Explain Elections

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The first five explain elections in general and the next three teach the process through gamification. It includes enrichments, review, projects, and a quiz so students can show their learning. You can also play this through BrainPop (with or without a subscription) which provides expanded options to extend learning and test your knowledge. The Learning Network’s list of 17 election activities. Let them pick the ones best-suited to their learning style.

Website Review: Prodigy Game

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intuitive to use with a short learning curve. Once your account is established, add your class, create/review assignments, view student progress, get help, evaluate learning materials, and more. Your students are assigned user names and passwords which they then use to log in from their digital device. From there, student play is self-managed and self-learned. They learn the math as they play and cannot progress until it is mastered.

3 Websites to Gamify Your Math Class

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Land of Venn is easy to use, with no learning curve. Land of Venn simulates the way children initially learn from parents: by imitation, play and conversation. The letters do a great job of sharing the purpose of the Prodigy math site and explaining how parents can get involved in learning. They learn the math as they play and cannot progress until it is mastered. More on gamification of education: 29 Online Educational Activities Kids Will Love This Summer.

14 Education Advancements in a Year

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The past decade saw significant improvements in the application of technology to learning and 2017 became a tipping point where embedding technology into education finally moved from fringe to mainstream, remaking classrooms in the image of the future. Chromebooks and iPads have become the two most popular digital devices in classrooms (with laptops, 2-in-1 devices like Surface Pro, and Macs next). Personalized student learning. Gamification of classes.

7 Educational Transformations for Any Classroom

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While it’s not listed in the 7 transformations, the overarching goal will be to help students navigate their digital world and build a positive digital footprint. The first month of school will be focused on lessons on digital citizenship and leadership. Hyperdocs - I was first introduced to Hyperdocs while taking the EdTechTeam Teacher Leader program and had to learn more. Inquiry Based Learning - Do you ask your students many questions?

Its 2019. So Why Do 21st-Century Skills Still Matter?

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Instead of relying on textbooks and teacher direction, these students had to think critically about unfolding events, collaborate with peers and adults, and make creative use of digital tools to communicate their ideas. In the process, they also learned plenty about social studies and civic engagement. Although some educators have grown weary of the term “21st century learning,” the drive to transform education “matters more today—a lot more—than when we started the conversation.”

Transforming and Personalize PD in Your Own District

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What about our Digital Age educators? Differentiation and personalized learning opportunities are just as important for teachers--creating empowering learning communities is key. Instead of ”professional development,” we need authentic, personalized “professional learning opportunities” that improve workflow and foster creativity. Here are few of the unique ways educators are given opportunities to expand their learning environment through creative measures.

BEST OF SHOW AT TCEA 2018

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Tech & Learning has announced the winners of the TCEA Best of Show Awards. The TravelMate Spin B1 (TMB118) convertible notebook features a 360-degree hinge that allows the device to be used in four versatile modes that facilitates all aspects of classroom learning, including Stand and Tent modes for group projects and sharing. All the bonus content is also available online via a code found in the book.

The 2018 Honor Roll: EdTech’s Must-Read K-12 IT Blogs

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In the digital age, using your voice has taken on a whole new meaning. He's a writer, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all-around digital guy. Keeler has more than 50 tips for Google Classroom under her belt, with an e-book on that series in progress. The tech team at Fayette County Public Schools in Kentucky offer what they call “tech snacks,” or bite-sized pieces of advice to help transform learning and teaching. Keller ISD Digital Learning Blog.

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WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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www.getalma.com ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system. BLACKBOARD ALLY ( www.blackboard.com ) Blackboard announced that Blackboard Ally is now available for multiple learning management systems used by K-12 school districts. Original reporting features (time spent reading, books read, etc.)

The 2013 Reform Symposium This Week - Online, Free, and with Amazing Speakers and Presenters

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It''s an online global event highlighting “wow” moments in teaching and learning , and the entire conference will be held online using the Blackboard Collaborate webinar platform, running out of my FutureofEducation.com community. Derek Barkalow Teenage Kicks (for Grown-Ups) - Fiona Mauchline Urban Legends Through Digital Storytelling - James Gubbins What is this ''new'' writing?