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What is Collaboration for Professional Learning?

My Island View

After being involved in social media for over a decade, I have made a few observations that might be helpful to folks who use social media, more specifically Twitter, to develop and maintain a Personal Learning Network. I started my Twitter account with a plan and focus to use it to develop collegial sources for my professional learning. Using Twitter for professional learning requires a collaborative mindset.

4 Great Alternatives to Google Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

In today’s K-12 education ecosystem, most classroom management tools have moved online. The first ‘lite’ option that most educators think of is Google Classroom. It’s only free if you have a G Suite for Education account. Designed by Freepik.

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Practicing Mindfulness in the Classroom

EdTechTeam

Several years ago, while I was teaching high school, one of my favorite students would regularly come into my classroom and ask, “Mrs. Classroom teachers have very little downtime in their day; (I always envied my husband’s lunch hour at his corporate job).

Investing in leadership capacity: The amazing, wonderful District 59

Dangerously Irrelevant

Here’s what we discussed… Day 1: The Big Picture: Start With the Why – How is the innovation decade going to change learning of, by, and for young people? – Transmedia – Blended learning models – Personalization v. We also had fun as we learned.

Common Classroom Management Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

edWeb.net

Not having a seating chart on day one: This is the teacher’s opportunity to exercise their authority from the beginning while also learning students’ names and the dynamics of the room. and TechTools for the Classroom communities on edWeb.net.

Back to School with G Suite: 6 Activities for the Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post Back to School with G Suite: 6 Activities for the Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. teachers are gearing up for back to school–gathering ideas, planning lessons, and getting their classrooms ready for learning. How do you learn best?

Art-Infused Education Empowers Educators and Schools

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This January, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) produced an insightful report based on the results of its Turnaround Arts initiative, a program that seeks to reform schools by implementing art-infused education.

Tips and Activities for Computational Thinking in the Classroom

edWeb.net

Computational thinking provides an important foundation for learning computer science but can also inspire skills like the 4 Cs (collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking) across other subjects. Creative reflection really captures authentic learning for our students.

Illustrative Mathematics and Khan Academy Collaborate to Support Educators

techlearning

20, 2018 — Illustrative Mathematics (IM) today announced it has partnered with Khan Academy to provide free practice exercises tightly aligned to its highly-regarded curriculum, IM 6–8 Math. Educators can access the IM practice exercises on Khan Academy at [link]. “We

Tips and Tricks for Coding and STEAM in the Classroom

edWeb.net

For more creativity, exploration, and freedom, educators can incorporate play into their coding and STEAM lessons. Why is play a forbidden word in education today?” Play can instead be structured for learning, which builds relationships, benefitting all involved.

How These 26 Teachers and an Author Are Redefining Today's Student-Centered Classroom

Edsurge

One of Meg Ormiston’s biggest frustrations with education today is how long everything takes to roll out. We can’t wait years because these kids need to get college and career ready, and we’re not doing that by over-scripting lessons,” says Ormiston, a former classroom teacher who now works out of Chicago as a consultant, spending her time speaking, working with schools and writing. A related fifth book focuses on leadership skills for educators).

Novo Nordisk and Discovery Education Announce “Super Health, Super You” National Community Health Challenge Winners

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The Super Health, Super You Community Health Challenge, designed to help elementary school teachers incorporate healthy lifestyle education into their curricula, inspired elementary school students to develop new ways to help their school’s community healthfully and holistically flourish.

New Education Techniques are Creating Work-Ready Students

Mindspark Learning

New Education Techniques are Creating Work-Ready Students Kids around the world share a common complaint about what they study in school: “When am I ever going to use this in real life?”. That’s why mindSpark Learning’s mission is to aim for change, and produce work-ready students.

3 tips and tricks for coding and STEAM in the classroom

eSchool News

For more creativity, exploration, and freedom, educators can incorporate play into their Coding and STEAM lessons. Why is play a forbidden word in education today?” Play can instead be structured for learning, which can benefit all involved by building relationships.

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

Edsurge

The story offers a good example of how education is shifting as we wrap up two decades of the 21st century. In the process, they also learned plenty about social studies and civic engagement. For Loudoun County Superintendent Eric Williams, what makes such authentic learning experiences worthwhile is how they prepare students “to make meaningful contributions to the world.” The third and current phase of the 21st century learning movement is all about “empowerment,” says Kay.

Why Spatial Reasoning Is Crucial For Early Math Education

MindShift

Her teacher training program hadn’t mentioned these skills, and yet at a professional development session for math teachers a group of researchers from the University of Toronto explained the large body of research that ties spatial reasoning skills to future success in math and reading.

Creating a Vision for Your School and Getting Buy In from Stakeholders

The CoolCatTeacher

In today’s show, learn how one successful district has tackled this process and how they are getting buy in from teachers on the vision during the second year of implementation. Her district has done a lot of work with one-to-one teaching and learning. You have learning beliefs.

Beliefs and Practices: Embracing Failure and Supporting Each Other

Reading By Example

The distance between beliefs and practices is a group’s willingness to embrace failure as an opportunity for collective learning. Today, I facilitated a professional learning session with teachers about reading comprehension.

What Actually Works in EdTech? with Tom Murray

The CoolCatTeacher

In this podcast, Tom shares the research and highlights, some of which are included in the book Learning Transformed that he co-authored with Eric Sheninger. Point A: We need to be asking what works because we’re spending a lot of money on education technology.

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Digital Portfolios + Micro-credentials = Massive Impact for Students & Teachers

Digital Promise

…very little of the work we give students in school provides them with a sense that they are making a contribution to anything other than their own educational progress toward graduation. Now that we have powerful, easy-to-use design tools and a capacity for worldwide publishing, we have an opportunity to restore the dignity and integrity of a work ethic by redefining the role of the learner as a contributor to the learning culture. The Learning Is In The Struggle.

Personalizing every student’s level of success

Dangerously Irrelevant

More recently, Van Meter has been diving deeply into project-based learning, standards-based grading, competency-based education, and flexible, modular schedules in which students can exercise some choice and determine how much time they need to spend on their various learning endeavors.

25 Ways to Use Audio in Google Slides Projects

Shake Up Learning

The post 25 Ways to Use Audio in Google Slides Projects appeared first on Shake Up Learning. There are workarounds, but those never really satisfied our needs in the classroom. Podcasting is a fantastic way for students to create and demonstrate their learning.

Want to Give Students More Voice and Choice? Start with Teachers

Edsurge

Stop me if you’ve seen this one before: In an effort to encourage teachers to abandon traditional, lecture-style instruction in favor of next-generation learning models, we sit them down and ask them to listen for an hour or two. Conversations around personalized learning are nothing new for the staff at the M.S.D. Teachers in our virtual high school and blended learning programs, which I help direct, have been having them for a few years now via webinars and seminars.

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Providing Accessible Math Tasks for All Students

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A three-act task is a group exercise consisting of three videos or pictures. In part two, the exercise is repeated except half of the data is provided by the teacher and the other half by the students. His work has focused in mathematics, science, and special education.

These are “accessible” math tasks for all students

eSchool News

A three-act task is a group exercise consisting of three videos or pictures. Throughout the three acts of the exercise, students use skills such as: thinking. In part two, the exercise is repeated except half of the data is provided by the teacher and the other half by the students.

CUE 2018: 5 Steps to Create More Accessible, Personalized Professional Development

EdTech Magazine

CUE 2018: 5 Steps to Create More Accessible, Personalized Professional Development. was preparing to deploy one-to-one Chromebooks a few years ago, the amount of professional development and training needed for educators was overwhelming. In order to make sure educators were getting the professional learning experiences they needed , Douglas and her team went through several steps to create more flexible (and fun) PD.

OPINION: The arts help refugees, other students to master academics

The Hechinger Report

As more schools across the country experiment with d personalized learning approaches to better meet the needs, goals and interests of individual learners, many are overlooking an important piece: arts integration. Related: Can testing save arts education?

One word every idea shared at #ISTE2015 depends on

The Cornerstone Blog

I’ve spent the last 4 days at ISTE surrounded by 21,000 incredibly passionate educators. Do we choose to trust our students to take ownership of their own learning? Do we trust them enough to create classrooms where they’re not dependent on us in order to learn?

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Easy Intervention Strategies for Struggling Readers

edWeb.net

Personalized learning for struggling readers can be timesaving and easy to execute. Finding patterns and honing in on students’ reading skill deficits will quickly point educators to the appropriate intervention. This broadcast was hosted by edWeb.net and sponsored by Learning Ally.

Shaping K-12 Learning Experiences with Online Mapping Activities

edWeb.net

In “ How Online Mapping Activities Shape Learning Experiences for K-12 Students ,” Charlie Fitzpatrick, K12 Manager at Esri; and Mike Wagner, Teacher at Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia, shared how online mapping can shape learning experiences for K-12 learners.

3 Ways to Fix District PD—Tap Internal Talent, Analyze Your Data Footprint, and Listen

Edsurge

Like many small districts seeking professional development opportunities for their teachers, the Mancos School District in southwestern Colorado has seen its share of what Principal Cathy Epps calls “one-hit wonders.” They had limited impact on professional learning, says Epps, principal of the Mancos Early Learning Center and Elementary School. That’s critical, given the growing belief among educators that digital tools are worth their time.

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The Greatest Challenge Facing School Leaders in a Digital World

Edsurge

As founding director of CASTLE (the Center for the Advanced Study of Tech­nology Leadership in Education), the nation’s only university center dedicated to the technology needs of school leaders, I have had the good fortune to work with administrators all over the world on digital leadership issues. None of these have to do with learning, of course, and inevitably are insufficient to smooth over the challenges that arise as digital tools enter classroom spaces.

Personalized learning supports a diverse student body

edWeb.net

In fact, a conservative 30-40% of students may require an alternate learning path or support during their learning. Personalized learning comes into play with such a high level of learner diversity. Research and technology are key to improving personalized learning.

Keep Your Class Engaged Beyond the Hour of Code

edWeb.net

This year during the annual Computer Science Education Week, educators and students around the world participated in the Hour of Code, an event designed to demystify and engage educators and students in coding. Set your classroom up for success.

How to Create a Vision

Edsurge

As Education Elements has worked with districts across the country, we’ve found a few simple guidelines can help make the visioning process invigorating and inspiring rather than routine or frustrating. Get the right people in the room to start, and consider who will be involved over time This sounds simple, but spending time thinking about the type of team you want involved at the outset of your personalized learning vision-setting is critical.

How to prepare students for 2017’s Hour of Code next week

eSchool News

From December 4th to 10th, educators and students around the world will be participating in the Hour of Code, an annual event that takes place during Computer Science Education Week, and is designed to demystify and engage educators and students in coding.

How to Create a Vision

Edsurge

As Education Elements has worked with districts across the country, we’ve found a few simple guidelines can help make the visioning process invigorating and inspiring rather than routine or frustrating. Get the right people in the room to start, and consider who will be involved over time This sounds simple, but spending time thinking about the type of team you want involved at the outset of your personalized learning vision-setting is critical.

Enhance Long-Term Student Learning

edWeb.net

Learning seems like a simple process. During the edWebinar, “Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning,” Pooja K. Based on years of research, retrieval practice reverses the typical classroom dynamic. Errors can be a good thing for learning.”.

Helping Others Along – Motivation Theory and the SAMR Model

techlearning

Elbert Hubbard As a second year teacher, I remember being very excited about leading my students to participate in a project-based learning activity. This mantra in education particularly in adopting emerging technology is incredibly important. What Mentors Learn About Teaching.

Personalized Learning: Exploring the What, Why and How

Reading By Example

In a typical teacher’s day, taking the time to learn about digital tools can be a low priority. America’s system of education was built for an economy and a society that no longer exists” (National Education Association, n.d.). National Education Policy Center.