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7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning

Tom Murray

During my time as a public school employee, I’d occasionally hear about educational organizations that were working to support schools in some capacity. This is the second post in a short series meant to highlight the great work of many nonprofit organizations that are working diligently to support students’ learning on a daily basis. All of these organizations are shifting the needle and rocking professional learning nationwide. Organization: Learning Forward.

8 Things to Look for in Today’s Professional Learning (Part 2)

The Principal of Change

(This is the second of two parts on professional learning. It is based on the visual below that was created by Sylvia Duckworth and adapted from “ 8 Things to Look for in Today’s Classroom “ ). Connected Learning. EDCAMP professional learning day.

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Qualities of Effective Educator Professional Development

User Generated Education

Most administrators and teachers believe in the importance and value of professional development. Sadly, though, too many teachers believe that those mandatory, one-size-fits-all professional development sessions offered by their schools are a waste of time and money.

Why Computer Science Belongs in Every Science Teacher’s Classroom


During the summer, I taught a computer science course for educators at the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College. Within that group were science teachers who decided to spend their summer break learning how to incorporate computer science into their classes. Released in 2013, the NGSS was created to align science education with how scientists actually work and think. MIT’s Starlogo Nova is a simulation tool for the K-12 classroom.

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60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom. Google Classroom is quietly becoming the most powerful tool in education technology. As such, it scratches the itch for many teachers in many classrooms right here, right now. 60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom.

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Wanda Terral: 5 Ways to Help Kids Understand Digital Safety Without Scaring Them To Death

The CoolCatTeacher

Vicki: Today we are talking with Wanda Terral, 23-year educator and district tech coordinator in Lakeland, Tennessee. Give them guidelines for how to behave. They’re learning, and we are providing them that environment to push those boundaries.

3 Questions to Promote Innovative Leadership in Education

The Principal of Change

What practices are we modeling in our work that we want to see in our classrooms? I have seen administrators encourage teachers to be forward-thinking and create a trust-focused classroom while practicing extreme levels of micro-management.

Level-Up Summer Learning for Students and Teachers with Hands-On STEM Activities and Professional Development Resources from Siemens STEM Day

Discovery Education

As summer approaches, many families are in search of supplemental virtual resources to support continued learning over the summer. Likewise, many educators are faced with the need to adjust their professional development plans for the summer to more virtual experiences.


How Online Learning Research Can Improve Remote Instruction


At a time when millions of educators have been thrown into remote learning with no formal training, any answer to that question might seem too good to be true. There's not a lot of research on very young children and online learning,” Rice says. “So,

Putting UDL to Practice for Increased Engagement in a Standards-Based Learning Environment

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

With abundant access to data, schools can personalize learning to help each student demonstrate success in a standards-based. learning environment. Universal Design for Learning is an approach aimed at supporting the diverse needs of ALL learners in a classroom. .

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What Will Schools Do in the Fall? Here Are 4 Possible Scenarios


state has begun, in varying degrees, to reopen businesses and relax lockdown restrictions, there is still little certainty—or consensus—as to what the future of education holds this fall. The details: Over the summer, teachers will receive training in delivering online learning.

Using the iPad to Enhance Creative Writing in a Junior Preparatory Classroom


In a junior preparatory classroom, a great deal of our time goes to teaching children how to write in lines, form letters, write neatly, space their work correctly and introduce the concept of using grammar rules, amongst many other things.

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Tools of the Trade

Digital Promise

An innovative organization provides free tools and resources to make learning accessible to all students. This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Bring universal learning ideas to life in your classroom by creating and sharing your own educational materials. Help your students learn to write a better lab report. The goal of learning is not to all learn to do something the same way.

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When Teaching the Holocaust, Heed These Three Recommendations


Twelve states currently have Holocaust education mandates, seven have state commissions tasked with the teaching of the Holocaust, and several others have legislation in the works. Rich primary sources—not just textbook overviews—are crucial to this deep learning. Professional Learning.

It’s NOT About Google, It’s About the LEARNING (ISTE Empowered Learner)

Shake Up Learning

The post It’s NOT About Google, It’s About the LEARNING (ISTE Empowered Learner) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. But despite the sometimes Google-centric ideas, I am a firm believer in a focus on learning, not tools. Using Google Classroom is a no-brainer!

10 Tips for teachers to make the most of ISTE


Edtech conferences are a great opportunity for everyone activating in the education sector to connect and network with fellow like-minded people and take the pulse of the industry. Follow our guidelines to make the most of your ISTE experience!

A perfect pairing: UDL and PLCs

eSchool News

PLCs are often beneficial for educators working towards similar goals, such as improving student outcomes through the implementation of a new curriculum, program, or framework. One such framework is Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

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How to Make an Impact as a Tech Coach

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Make an Impact as a Tech Coach appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Alison Jalufka is a Learning Coach at an elementary school in her Central Texas school district. Are you ready to make an impact as a technology and learning coach? Shake Up Learning 2019.

Support English Learners with Micro-credentials from Digital Promise

Ask a Tech Teacher

Education is changing. As a result, an increasing number of schools are making micro-credentials a fundamental piece in their professional development plan. . Teachers pick specific skills that fill the holes in their education toolkit. Again.

The Professional Development Problem

EdNews Daily

While debate about professional development expands, educator hopes for feeling supported are shrinking. Only 40 percent of teachers’ value PD activities (TNTP) and few teachers (34 percent) think professional development has improved (Gates Foundation).

Fake Instagram Template with Google Slides (FREE)

Shake Up Learning

The post Fake Instagram Template with Google Slides (FREE) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Back in episode 32 of the Shake Up Learning Show , I interviewed Lisa Johnson. Carly was also featured in an “On-Air” Coaching episode of the Shake Up Learning Show.

How to measure edtech impact in the ESSA era

eSchool News

The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) and Empirical Education Inc. recently released the Guidelines for Conducting and Reporting EdTech Impact research in U.S. In “ Measuring Edtech Impact in the ESSA Era ,” experts delved into the details of the guidelines.

Conducting Edtech Impact Research in the ESSA Era

The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) and Empirical Education Inc. have recently released the Guidelines for Conducting and Reporting EdTech Impact Research in U.S. In “ Measuring Edtech Impact in the ESSA Era ,” experts delved into the details of the guidelines.

How to create a dyslexia-friendly environment in your school

eSchool News

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, 80 percent of students with learning disabilities have dyslexia. In order to create a learning environment that feels safe, comfortable and empowering for students, schools need to adhere to basic guiding principles.

How we stopped using Accelerated Reader

Reading By Example

The purpose of this post is not to decry Accelerated Reader, although I do know this reading assessment/incentive program is not viewed favorably in some education circles. The difference is collective commitments are focused on student learning.

Getting Whole Community Buy-in for 1:1 Technology Initiatives

Everyone has been to school and has their own image of what a classroom should look like. And depending on their background and experience, not everyone is supportive of tech-infused learning. Yet, 1:1 classrooms, BYOD, and tech-supported education are today’s reality.


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.

16 Books About Learning Every Teacher Should Read

TeachThought - Learn better.

16 Books About Modern Learning Every Teacher Should Read. While digital content is handy and accessible, many of the issues we face as educators are deeper than any single post–or series of posts–can adequately address. 16 Books About Learning Every Teacher Should Read.

3 Innovative Solutions to Combat #EdTech Issues #CDEtop30

The Innovative Educator

Problem - Lack of Tech Expertise & Funding for Learning Opportunities Solution : Developing and leveraging partnerships to build expertise across the district in using cutting-edge technology. It’s no surprise that a few years later the lack of support was evident in classrooms.

Strategies for Surviving All Types of Assessments

Whether you are a first-year teacher or a veteran teacher, classroom and system-wide assessments can be a time of high anxiety and stress for everyone involved. Classroom Prep. She obtained her master’s degree in education from Grand Canyon University in 2009.

Digital Equity: Urban, Suburban, Rural Districts Weigh In at #TLTechLive Leadership Summit

The Innovative Educator

Educational Leaders from various US districts gathered in New Orleans, LA on December 2019 to discuss current trends in education and technology and share how each of us have been working to solve some critical problems.

Esports Emerge as Learning and Social Catalyst in Schools

And K-12 schools are buying in because it’s not only fun but also a viable educational tool! A recent edWebinar sponsored by Common Sense Education, “ Ready Player One: Esports in K-12 ,” highlights why esports has taken hold in schools. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

Upgrading infrastructure, device maintenance, and ongoing professional development, in addition to program and device costs, mean tech initiatives need permanent budget lines that take into account the total cost. Department of Education Secretary in October 2016.

Digital Portfolios and Content


Digital Portfolio Challenges When I work with schools, educators, and learners around the world, I discovered that they have many of the same challenges in common. It seems to make no difference if the digital portfolio owner is a student or a professional educator.

Improve the Effectiveness of Digital Instruction

The principles of learning have been around for centuries while only in the last 20 to 30 years has the science of learning been studied. For students to make connections to their learning, digital instruction should include activities that engage this area of the brain.