7 Ideas for Student Genius Hour and Passion Projects

The CoolCatTeacher

Now, I strive to have personal interest projects for just about everything. Whether you’re already having genius hour at your school or you want to get started, this blog post will give you ideas for getting started with genius hour, no matter the age or grade.

Give me some credit, please! (Exploring plagiarism through a series of clever case studies by Jen)

NeverEndingSearch

In going through my grad students’ final workshop presentations this semester, I found one just too useful not to share. Jen describes the thinking behind the workshop: As a social studies teacher, students’ plagiarism was always an issue for me.

How to Become a Google Certified Trainer (FREE eBook Download)

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Become a Google Certified Trainer (FREE eBook Download) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Download the FREE eBook: How to Become a Google Certified Trainer. Who wants to become a Google Certified Trainer?

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How to Build a High-Functioning Remote Team for Your Edtech Company

Edsurge

It’s no secret that remote work is growing rapidly, thanks to advancements in communication and productivity tools. A study by the International Workplace Group estimates that 50 percent of people globally work outside their headquarters for at least 2.5 Here’s how we did it.

How to Create a Safe 1:1 Learning Environment

Gaggle Speaks

Sure, you might have a larger student population, and you could be separated by hundreds, if not thousands, of miles, but you both are looking for new ways to create digital learning environments that facilitate critical thinking, creativity and collaboration.

What life before edtech can teach us about personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

This is unsurprising given the enormous uptick in online courses and technology tools in K–12 schools nationwide, not to mention the promise that technology holds to dismantle barriers to access and experience that have plagued the education system for years.

4 NEW Google Certifications! Plus a NEW Google Training Center!

Shake Up Learning

4 NEW Google Certifications! Plus a NEW Google Training Center! New and Updated Google Educator Certifications! I spend a lot of time helping other educators prepare for Google Certifications, and I am happy to share some new information today.

Did You Know You Can Search Google Drive and Gmail From Chrome?

Shake Up Learning

The post Did You Know You Can Search Google Drive and Gmail From Chrome? Did you know you can search your Google Drive from Chrome? With this one little trick, you can search right from the search box (aka the Omnibox) in Google Chrome. Click To Tweet. How awesome is that?

The NEW Become a Google Certified Trainer E-Course is Here!

Shake Up Learning

The post The NEW Become a Google Certified Trainer E-Course is Here! Ready to Get Google Certified? My new e-course: Become a Google Certified Trainer is open for enrollment! Watch the video below to learn more. CLICK HERE to get all the information!

The Rumors are True! There’s a New Google Sites Coming!

Shake Up Learning

There’s a New Google Sites Coming! Credit: Google Apps Updates. The NEW Google Sites. There is FINALLY a new version of Google Sites coming. If you have ever attended my Google Sites training, you know that I often refer to Google Sites as an, “acquired taste.”

So You Want to Be a Google Certified Trainer? FAQ Answers!

Shake Up Learning

The post So You Want to Be a Google Certified Trainer? Are you ready to take your career to the next level and become a Google Certified Trainer? I am a Google Certified Trainer, Google Certified Innovator, and Google Educator Group Leader.

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FREE #GoogleEdu PD in Your PJ’s! #GoogleEduOnAir 2016

Shake Up Learning

Google Edu On Air 2016 is FREE PD for You! You heard me…FREE Google professional development is coming on December 3rd. How awesome is that? I am super excited to be a part of Google Edu On Air again this year. GoogleEduOnAir Click To Tweet.

Investing in Your Students’ Safety

Gaggle Speaks

Having used Gaggle’s platform for years to monitor online activity, CPS found their student safety investment became even more valuable as they expanded students’ access to technology.

20 YouTube Channels for Educators

Shake Up Learning

When you want to learn something new these days, most of us head over to YouTube. You can learn just about anything on YouTube: how to fix your dryer, how to create a blog, or how to use Google Docs. Great way to support ELL!

Teaching Computational Thinking: In practice

Neo LMS

Which serves as a credit to the many teachers who continue to train their students to solve problems, using rigorous methods of examination, discovery and logic. As Sue Wilson, the district’s curriculum director framed it, Data is a tool to get people to hear you.

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Flipping Instruction for Struggling Students

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The “Flipped Classroom” starts with one question: what is the best use of my face-to-face class time?” We can flip the traditional model of instruction to help support all our students! We can get students to learn at home with engaging content and show them how to use web tools and apps to seek help. When our students come back to the classroom, they will have the foundational knowledge to add to discussions or complete activities.

30+ YouTube Channels for Teachers

Shake Up Learning

There are so many ways to learn with YouTube channels for teachers and students! When you want to learn something new these days, most of us head over to YouTube. You can learn just about anything on YouTube: how to fix your dryer, how to create a blog, or how to use Google Docs.

Your Device Rollout Isn’t About Hardware—It’s About Engagement

Edsurge

And the need for both student engagement and buy-in cannot be overstated when it comes to device rollout. A clear strategy is a must to drive student engagement effectively around a rollout to generate buy-in.

Gaming, VR Exploring, and App Building: The Ellis Island Hack-A-Thon

techlearning

As educators, we are constantly seeking to engage our students in the most meaningful ways. Not engage, like simply hooking them in with entertaining or trending toys, rather we work to engage our students in meaningful learning. See the two animated gifs below to identify similarities.

Resources for Using Edmodo in the Classroom

Educational Technology Guy

It has forums, messages, files, calendar, and more to create an online presence for your class. Create a global classroom where you can invite students from other parts of the world to meet your students and develop language skills, communicational skills, skills of initiative, problem solving, self awareness and working collaboratively in teams. Create book clubs where students can get to develop their reading and writing skills. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.

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23 Earth Day Activities, Resources, Web Sites, & Apps

Teacher Reboot Camp

Earth Day is April 22nd and serves as an important reminder of how each of us needs to do our part to care for the planet we call home. Teachers can help their students begin to care about their impact on the environment and take action to minimize their impact on the Earth by making them aware of environmental issues. Students can use web tools and apps to conduct research on environmental issues then come up with solutions on how to protect the environment.

Friday 5 — 4.24.2015

Perry Hewitt

If you are responsible for a high-volume brand homepage, be sure to read this Nieman Lab take on the Atlantic re-design. Mobilegeddon is here without any apparent, major fallout to date, but Moz has listed some potential big losers.

Applied Learning in a Test-centric World

Tech Helpful

There were groups of us there studying our hearts out day in and day out. We could use our tax book and write any notes we wanted to inside that book. I remember sitting there looking at the first exam and thinking "Oh dear goodness, I'm going to flunk this!"

A rural Montana district goes all in on makerspaces

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Related: Teachers share tips on making makerspaces accessible to all.

Teachers are managers—so let’s give them the tools to manage

The Christensen Institute

In both, newly minted young professionals are asked to take on management roles from the very start. For any manager, numbers like these are daunting—and having the right systems in place to manage effectively can make all the difference. Good management is hard.

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Learning to Learn – From Sabba Quidwai

EdTechTeacher

Maria decided to begin with an upcoming module on endocrinology that in years past she noticed had been challenging for students. Rather the conversation began by examining what we wanted students to know and what skills we wanted them to acquire as they prepare to go into the field.

A Single Sign-On Platform Revolutionized How This District Uses Tech—and Saved $120,000

Edsurge

That’s how Aleigha Henderson-Rosser describes the technical issues around access to digital learning resources when she joined Atlanta Public Schools (APS) in 2010 as Executive Director of Instructional Technology. To Henderson-Rosser the logical next step was single sign-on (SSO).

Flipping Instruction for Struggling Students

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The “Flipped Classroom” starts with one question: what is the best use of my face-to-face class time?” We can flip the traditional model of instruction to help support all our students! We can get students to learn at home with engaging content and show them how to use web tools and apps to seek help. When our students come back to the classroom, they will have the foundational knowledge to add to discussions or complete activities.

Investing in leadership capacity: The amazing, wonderful District 59

Dangerously Irrelevant

Two years ago I had the incredible opportunity to work with the entire leadership team of District 59 in Arlington Heights, Illinois for SEVEN days. We met approximately once per month from September to May. How could we make them better? How could we make them better?

Leveling Up Language Learners’ 21st-Century Skills with Minecraft

Edsurge

It was time to create our own stories. I needed to intervene. Were there any popular TV shows to use as a starting point? “Or Its endless possibilities mean there is always something new to discover. How could a game featuring so little language drive this much language learning? Its endless possibilities mean there is always something new to discover. When a player spawns to start a new game, the map stretches in all directions.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 9 Edition)

Doug Levin

Ever wonder how stories covered by popular edtech outlets – such as edSurge, eSchoolNews, Tech & Learning, and THE Journal – get selected? A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 9 Edition). Tagged on: March 4, 2017 Most of the time, innovators don’t move fast and break things | Aeon Essays → Because of their importance, it’s essential to reflect more critically on our collective myths about innovation.

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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. Read on below to find out what they had to say. Blended learning enables me to effectively bring technology into the classroom. Teacher may have to create additional resources.

Active Learning in the Math Classroom

techlearning

Active learning encompasses many different things—from students taking ownership of their own learning and participating in activities that stimulate deeper thinking to movable classroom furniture and teachers embracing the role of facilitator. Their final step is to ask Thomason for help.

Tips from the pros: Making an Enriched Virtual program work for your students

The Christensen Institute

The Enriched Virtual model allows students to complete the majority of coursework online at home or outside of school, but attend school for required face-to-face learning sessions with a teacher. The Enriched Virtual is considered a disruptive blended-learning model because it transforms the student learning experience beyond just adding an online-learning feature to a traditional classroom. Both programs have grown to serve students in grades 6 through 12.

Disruptive innovations in higher ed emerging from outside mainstream

The Christensen Institute

Yesterday I had the opportunity to testify before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee about the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act to explore the barriers to and opportunities for innovation. They tend to be simpler than existing services, so the elite and the sector’s leading organizations tend to dismiss them. Accordingly, the existing regulatory structures do not know how to judge them.

Thoughts on CyberSafety

Rebecca Davies

Laptops and iPads have been rolled out in 1:1 programs, shared tech resources have been updated and are ready to go. Do the Year 2s remember not to type in their whole name on the Internet? Intellectual property can seem like a behemoth to tackle at times.

Here's How Single Sign-On Saved One District 2,500 Hours of Instructional Time Per Month

Edsurge

Two students can’t remember their passwords for the math application she wants to use in her lesson. The teacher’s voice is sharp as she asks the IT department to reset the students’ login information; she’s losing valuable teaching time, not to mention her students’ attention. teachers were stressed out about logging in to the point where some would just give up on using technology and go back to their regular pen and paper process.

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Discovery Education’s Top 9 Ideas of 2016

Discovery Education

With 2016 quickly coming to a close, it’s time to reflect on what the year brought us. We’ve reviewed some of our best articles, white papers and case studies posted to the Discovery Education Blog this year to bring you a sampling of some of the most powerful education leadership ideas we read. Each post below includes a link to a more dense article or downloadable document so you can fully explore the topic.

Resources, stories, and connections with those who use social media in today’s k-12 classrooms

The Innovative Educator

Thank you to the 300+ folks from around the world who joined me for the Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship webinar on EdWeb. In case you missed it, the webinar was called “Social Media: An Essential Tool for Today’s Classroom.” In the webinar, I shared case studies of amazing students, parents, and teachers. Below are the people behind the stories I mentioned, how to learn more and a way to reach each of them via social media.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 12 Edition)

Doug Levin

I’ve been on planes a lot lately – flying from coast to coast. While there are inconveniences to air travel, the upside for me is that I use these long haul flights as a chance to catch up on my long-form reading list. While it may seem quaint or old fashioned to some (when accessing WiFi and on-demand videos seem de rigueur), it has been part of my travel routine for too many years to casually cast it aside. Take it and see how you do!

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