The Open Classroom: A Perspective on Differentiated Instruction

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In the 1960s, when America became frightened by the Soviets' rapid space advancements during the Cold War, educators pushed new approaches on how students should be taught and how they should learn. Math rods and other visuals replaced rote learning seemingly overnight. New curricula were developed, including "Physics Computer Support Center" Physics and "Chemical Bond Approach" Chemistry, both of which offered a different way to learn these subjects.

5 Things Teachers Want from PD, and How Coaching and Collaboration Can Deliver Them—If Implementation Improves

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We rarely accept “sit and get” instruction as ideal for our students. In a nutshell, they want professional learning opportunities that are: Relevant. As with students, teachers’ professional learning needs are rarely one-size-fits-all. “It Rather than listening to lectures, teachers want to apply learning through demonstrations or modeling and practice. Teachers value learning most when it comes from other teachers.

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4 Critical Characteristics of High-Quality Instructional Content

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K-12 educators are increasingly turning to digital resources to enhance instruction and address student needs. K-12 educators are increasingly turning to digital resources to enhance instruction and address student needs. The initial research revealed four critical characteristics of instructional digital content. Providing teachers with a wide range of high-quality resources coupled with research-based instructional strategies is also important.

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Installing Network Infrastructure for Mobile-First Learning

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Pre-K–12 schools and districts are shifting toward personalized learning through blended learning, project-based learning, design thinking, STEM/STEAM, and other inquiry-based learning models, whether or not they are 1:1. In fact, instructional strategies are shifting away from those that are teacher directed to more collaborative learning environments where students take responsibility for their own learning.

EdTech definitions every teacher should know: Part 2

Neo LMS

Welcome to Part 2 of our EdTech terminology post — where we hope to give you a relatively simple roadmap to help navigate the thickets of education technology buzzwords and phrases that tend to appear in discussions and debates. Last time I focused on more purely tech phrases, such as “artificial intelligence” and “machine learning”, today I will zero in on a few education-based phrases that are often conflated or interchanged leading to a lack of clarity. E-learning

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Answerables

Technology Tidbits

Answerables is a wonderful site that is a cross between Game Based Learning meets a Learning Management System. This is an innovative place where educators can "Gamify" a lesson and have their students collaborative learn in a safe 3D dimensional environment (think Second Life for kids). Teachers can use the latest in technology for many different strategies for teaching such as: Guided/Blended Learning, Project Based Learning, and even Differentiating Instruction.

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How to Create a Vision

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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. If you’re counting on principles of personalization to impact all levels of your organization, from IT support to HR decision-making to classroom instruction, you’ll likely want to include a diverse range of representatives early in the process.

How to Create a Vision

Edsurge

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. If you’re counting on principles of personalization to impact all levels of your organization, from IT support to HR decision-making to classroom instruction, you’ll likely want to include a diverse range of representatives early in the process.

4 Important Lessons from 15 Years in EdTech

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Today, Gaggle provides our Safe Classroom Learning Management System and Safety Management products for Google Apps for Education or Office 365 to millions of students who are creating, collaborating and sharing in a safe environment. Lesson learned #1: Eyeballs are not a business model. One of my very memorable failures was in 2003, when I went to Austin ISD to present to the technology team as the final step of a large purchase. More lessons learned.

Tech Ed Resources–Mentoring and Online Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

All of them, I’ve found well-suited to the task of scaling and differentiating tech skills for age groups, scaffolding learning year-to-year, taking into account the perspectives and norms of all stakeholders, with appropriate metrics to know learning is organic and granular. What do you do with third graders who join your class and haven’t had formal technology classes before? You’ve been thrown into the technology teacher position and you’ve never done it before.

2016 Global Education Conference - Final Day!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

IMPORTANT NOTES: Simple instructions on joining the conference for newcomers: [link]. Associate Professor The comparative analysis of different online education and blended learning solutions in the non-OECD context. - Mr. Mohamed Ramadan 9:00am (iEARN) Impact of STEM learning program on main stream education - Ms. Wednesday, November 16th, is the final day of our the seventh annual Global Education Conference.

Collaboration Coaching

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As we wrap up our second year of Collaboration Coaching , we celebrate the success we''ve had with collaboration, learning with colleagues, and creating 21st century, student-centered classrooms. What is a Collaboration Coach? Our Collaboration Coaching is based on the Microsoft Peer Coach Training developed the Peer-Ed Team. During the first two years, it was through invitation only to become a collaboration coach. It''s a learning process.

Reflecting On My Visit to Saint Stephen’s College in Australia: The Learning Spaces #flipclass #edtech

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Their school is committed to organization-wide change to effectively infuse technology into the curriculum and they are truly forward-thinking in their approach; the school has already implemented many innovative teaching practices and spaces. They are well into their journey to bring blended and flipped learning to all classrooms. In this post, I wanted to share some of what I learned from the school. Touring their learning spaces was eye-opening and insightful.

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Reflecting On My Visit to Saint Stephen’s College in Australia: The Learning Spaces #flipclass #edtech

techieMusings

Their school is committed to organization-wide change to effectively infuse technology into the curriculum and they are truly forward-thinking in their approach; the school has already implemented many innovative teaching practices and spaces. They are well into their journey to bring blended and flipped learning to all classrooms. In this post, I wanted to share some of what I learned from the school. Touring their learning spaces was eye-opening and insightful.