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How to Roll Out Game-Based Learning—and Boost Engagement—in Your Classroom

Edsurge

When Vadim Polikov—my childhood friend and a successful entrepreneur—approached me with a game-based learning business idea in the summer of 2015, I jumped at the idea. . Many of the teachers described the games as “transformative.”. Vadim wanted to create enough curriculum games so they would be effective daily learning tools in schools. I had one big question: Would using games as a primary learning tool actually improve my students’ performance?

5 Reasons Teachers Using Tech are Super Heroes with Kecia Ray

The CoolCatTeacher

If you don’t “get” why technology is important, or know people who don’t, take a listen to understand and learn about transformative practices that work in education. They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning.

The “Secret Sauce” of Education Transformation: Agency

Digital Promise

Before my decade-or-so in education technology, I was a Fortune 500 executive with the responsibility of leading an organization and developing my employees to their greatest potential. Students with agency learn more deeply, persist longer in their tasks, and enjoy school more.

Take PD To the Next Level with Badges

Shake Up Learning

It's a local conference for me, and a great time to connect with other educators in my area. I had heard about this amazing, gamified professional development plan implemented in Denton ISD, but to see the badges outside the door really brought it home.

?3 Types of Summer PD That Won’t Sacrifice Your Vacation

Edsurge

After a Master’s degree, 120-plus credits, and 30 years in education, I now understand that whatever I do and wherever I go, I am happiest when I’m learning. And if I can find an opportunity that allows me to further my learning without sacrificing my summer vacation—or better yet, enhances it—you can bet I’m going to be the first to sign up. The nice thing about summer learning is choice. Personalized Learning Through Gaming. Classroom Device Management.

#07: Getting Started Using Twitter for Educational Excellence

The CoolCatTeacher

Billy Krakower (@ wkrakower ), co-author of 140 Twitter Tips for Educators, is a co-moderator of a weekly Twitter discussion for current and emerging school leaders called #Satchat. Get a 45-day free trial of SmartLab Game-Based Learning Software.

5 Simple Ways to Improve Teacher Professional Development

The CoolCatTeacher

A common cry from teachers across the world is for relevant professional development. So, what can we do to improve teacher professional development? This is a contribution to Cathy Rubin’s Global Search for Education Top Global Teacher Blogger’s Column.

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Getting Started with Minecraft in the Classroom

Graphite Blog

Minecraft​ ​is an extremely popular game for kids and​​ adults. Whenever I even allude to the game to a new group of students, their eyes light up and they ask me, “You​​ play Minecraft, too?!” There are already many articles detailing the educational benefits of Minecraft, and though I believe the advantages of using it the classroom far outweigh the disadvantages, the roadblocks can be very real. Students are not actually interacting with the game.

Why PD is like piano lessons

edWeb.net

You’ll connect online with educators all around the country, and the world. Unfortunately, most schools and districts don’t have the time, money, or expertise to provide information and training on these exciting new frontiers in education.

Where Schools Need to Focus Their Ed Tech Efforts

EdTech Magazine

The market for educational technology solutions is massive, with numerous gadgets and programs to choose from. . This means that administrators can’t see what has produced better learning outcomes for students as a result of their purchases.”. High-Outcome Schools Focus on Collaboration and Games. A little more than 40 percent of high-outcome schools also reported using game-based programs in the classroom, compared to only 32 percent of low-outcome schools.

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.

Coding and Computer Science during CSEdWeek

edWeb.net

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual initiative that aims to inspire K-12 students to take interest in computer science. In schools that wish to have coding become a regular part of the curriculum, where do educators begin if they are unfamiliar with the subject?

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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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.

Learning Revolution Newsletter - Weekly Free Event Calendar - Conference Keynotes Update - Edcamp USDOE - Digital Citizenship

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update June 3rd, 2014 Discovery is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought. Albert Szent-Gyorgi The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own "conference 2.0" Interested in becoming a Learning Revolution Partner?

Week of August 14, 2011 - Live and Interactive Webinars in Blackboard Collaborate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Below are this week''s public, free, and interactive Webinars through LearnCentral.org , the social learning network for education that I work on for Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Scott recently presented a similar session at the Innovations Showcase for the Department of Education in Victoria, Australia. If time permits, he will share innovative uses of technology in his classroom and school. link] ADOBE YOUTH VOICES AND POV ( Classroom 2.0

8 Tried and True Edtech Tools to Try in 2018

The CoolCatTeacher

Richard Byrne, author of Free Technology for Teachers has several online professional development options to check out: GSuite for Teachers , Teaching History with Technology , and Practical Edtech Coaching. Because play is going to make me a better educator.”