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Websites for Hour of Code by Grade

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The 200,000+ teachers involved came away believing that, of all their education tools, coding was the best at teaching children to think. Popular shortkeys are to open programs, activate tools, and take screenshots using the digital device’s native tool.

An Information Literacy Credential for California (finally!)

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by CUE Member and Library Media Educator Network Co-Chair Glen Warren An Academic Challenge in California Over the course of the last 30 years, the number of teacher librarians (TLs) per student has diminished radically. Common Core Standards Digital Citizenship

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17 Ways to Add Tech to your Lessons Without Adding Time to Your Day

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Because I teach graduate classes for educators, I talk to lots of teachers all over the country. Despite the claims of tech gurus that technology makes the job of teaching easier, few educators see it that way. rework existing lesson plans in the school’s mandated digital program that too often, changes every year. the digital devices–computer or Chromebooks or iPads–won’t work on the Big Day. Use a digital timer for quizzes or other events.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

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You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. SHEG currently offers three impressive curricula that may be put to immediate use in secondary classrooms and libraries. The free assessments include Google Docs assessments to copy and digital rubrics to download. Using resources from the Library of Congress, these 80 units cover both U.S.

It’s Time for Social Studies to Make a Comeback. Here Are 3 Insights for Educators.

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Take digital citizenship, an area that is evolving before our eyes, and one that by definition cannot possibly be taught from print materials. At Newsela , we’ve put our content to the test in three crucial ways, and we think the lessons we’ve learned can be helpful for schools and educators as well. Zinn Education: Life in an internment camp drove Yuri Kochiyama's commitment to social justice. Social studies is poised for a comeback in U.S. schools.

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The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017

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In December 2010, The Journal –“t he leading Technology based education publication for K-12 and higher education”– published an article with a 5-prong prediction for the following year. ” 2010 was also the year that the Common Core Standards Initiative was enacted in response to numerous indicators of low student academic performance. Billion has been invested in US K-12 education technology companies since 2010. ” 1:1 + Common Core = $$$$$.

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10 Things to Think About Before You Post

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Common Core State Standards ) We''ve been using their Week in Rap news feature in our MHTV school TV studio since they landed on the hip hop education scene in 2008 ! So, when I heard that they were teaming up with the awesome Common Sense Media people, to put out a music video about Digital Citizenship, - I was SO excited! common sense media digital citizenship facebook flocabulary twitter vine week in rap

Why Game Based Learning Is the Right Choice for Remote Teaching

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Savvy educators have built lesson plans based on this interest for years. SplashLearn is an easy-to-use COPA-compliant, Common Core-aligned math curriculum for grades Kindergarten-5th that uses game-based learning to teach mathematical concepts.

Kids become teachers: Helping out at a Senior Center

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As schools look ahead to serving not just student needs, but the greater needs of their community and world, service learning becomes an increasingly important part of high school education. In any number of homes and schools across the nation, students are more comfortable with using digital devices than many adults. In this lesson plan, students will teach a group of seniors how to use common technology to help them manage their life and relationships better.

What is Actively Learn and Why Should I Try it?

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Actively Learn is a freemium online education platform that allows students to read a book (or some other document), make comments, answer questions posed by the teacher, and even collaborate with others. It provides reading resources either uploaded by the teacher or selected from the platform’s library of thousands of fiction and nonfiction books (some free; some through Prime plans), Common Core-aligned lesson plans, videos, or simulations.

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Storyboard That–Digital Storyteller, Graphic Oranizer, and more

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Storyboard That is a leader among online digital storytelling tools thanks to its comic-based themes, clean layout, vast collection of story pieces, varied strip options, and intuitive drag-and-drop interface. Students can map out ideas, write stories, or relay events in a comic format using Storyboard That’s huge library of backgrounds, characters, text boxes, shapes, and images. Education applications. Writing comics digital storytelling visual organizers

Learning Revolution - Week's Free Events - Reinventing the Classroom - Library 2.014 - The Real 1:1 - Reclaim Learning

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update April 1st A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. Thanks to Promethean (who are also sponsoring Hack Education and ISTEUnplugged.com this year!), Common Core Writing Prompts.

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35 Take-aways from Summer 2016 Professional Development

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A couple dozen of us–teachers, library media specialists, tech integrationists, and lab teachers–gathered virtually for three-five-week-classes that included: The Tech-infused Teacher. We experimented with some of the hottest tech tools available for the classroom such as Google Apps, differentiation tools, digital storytelling, visual learning, Twitter, blogs, Common Core and tech, digital citizenship, and formative assessment options.

Read Across America Day

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Open Library. Stories to read—International Library. First Site Words (fee)–focuses on the core vocabulary your children will need throughout their lives. Murky Reef –Murky Reef is a series of thematic educational apps that encourages critical thinking through contextual game play. More reading resources: Common Core Reading lesson plans.

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52 Resources for Read Across America Day

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Here are seven online libraries with a wide variety of free/fee books: Bookopolis. International Library. Open Library. First Site Words (fee)–focuses on the core vocabulary your children will need throughout their lives. Murky Reef –Murky Reef is a series of thematic educational apps that encourages critical thinking through contextual game play. More reading resources: Common Core Reading lesson plans.

3 Comic Creators That Will Wow Your Students

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It’s equally appropriate for fiction and nonfiction and does a solid job of reinforcing Common Core standards related to writing in a fun, agile way that appeals to students. Free; fee for education accounts . Storyboard That is a leader in online digital storytelling thanks to its comic-based themes, clean layout, varied strip layouts, and intuitive drag-and-drop interface. With an education account, teachers also get lesson plans. .

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17 Take-aways from Summer PD

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A couple dozen of us–teachers, library media specialists, tech integrationists, lab teachers–gathered virtually for three weeks to experiment with some of the hottest tech tools available for the classroom–Google Apps, differentiation tools, digital storytelling, visual learning, Twitter, blogs, Common Core and tech, backchannels, digital citizenship, assessment, and more (12 topics in all). They were connected educators.

10 Most Popular Tech Tips and Click-throughs in 2017

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22 Digital Tools You Must Have in Your Classroom. 19 Topics to Teach in Digital Citizenship–and How. What are Common Core keyboarding standards? I include lots of links for readers to sites that will help them integrate technology into education. They cover websites on lesson plans, math, keyboarding, classroom management, cloud computer, digital books, teacher resources, free tech resources, and more.

3 Digital Tools to Encourage Close Reading

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‘Close reading’ entered the teacher’s lexicon with this Common Core literacy anchor standard: Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text. I don’t see an option for an education account. Educational Applications. All content is Common Core-aligned. Educational Applications.

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Top Ten Reasons to sign up for Summer PD

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Technology in education is the greatest show on earth. ” Education’s fix requires technology. Summer PD is for credentialed and non-credentialed K-8 teachers, tech teachers/integration specialists, library media specialists, and pre-service professionals. Digital portfolios—via wikis. Each student has their own personal page that serves as their class digital portfolio. Education reform pd summer summer pd training

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Zap Zap Math–Gamify any Math Curriculum

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Zap Zap Math is a free gamified way to teach math skills that’s tied to many national and international standards (like Common Core). The Education account includes a student report card so all stakeholders can track student progress. These folks constantly respond to customer inquiries and the evolving math education environment. This could include the grade-level teacher, computer lab specialist, library media specialist, and more.

32 Math Apps for a Rigor-infused Classroom

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Here are some great math apps for iPads and smartphones that add rigor and automaticity to your classroom: AIRR Math –student centered math activities in AIRR Math promote a strong, solid foundation for students’ success throughout their educational experiences. Elevated Math –Elevated Math provides initial instruction or intervention on math topics that cover place value, estimation, large digit addition all the way through Algebra I (two years of math instruction!).

Top 10 Reasons to Sign Up for Summer Learning with Ask a Tech Teacher

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Technology in education is the greatest show on earth. ” Education’s fix requires technology. Summer PD: The Tech-infused Teacher is for credentialed and non-credentialed K-12 teachers, tech teachers/integration specialists, library media specialists, and pre-service professionals. Digital portfolios—via wikis. Each participant has their own personal page that serves as their class digital portfolio. Education reform pd summer summer pd training

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Events + News - Library 2.0 Spring Summit - Free-Range Kids - Testing "Chaos" and Opting Out - Student Debt - Will College Survive?

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This is a LIVE show presented in news show format featuring a Wrap up of “This Month in School Libraries” and deeper discussion of topical school library issues with special guest experts. Wednesday, April 29th at 4pm Common Sense Media Webinar: Helping Students Make Good Digital Decisions with Digital Compass , Join Common Sense Education for a webinar to celebrate the launch of their newest free education resource, Digital Compass.

eSpark–Self-paced Learning for Math and Reading

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eSpark works on all devices–desktops, Chromebooks, iPads (with the free app)–pretty much whatever digital device you use in your classroom. Review the teacher resources on the educator dashboard. Create assignments from scratch or from an on-demand library where teachers select skills, grade level, and students to be targeted. 4 Great Education Applications.

Cyberbullying Facts and Other Student Safety Concerns That Will Astound You

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Students are creating an increasing amount of digital drama on social media, email, mobile apps and online collaboration tools. ” Diana Graber, co-founder of Cyberwise, an online resource for adults seeking to help kids be safe and productive online, started the webcast with some statistics and information about her middle school digital citizenship media literacy program called Cyber Civics. “It all starts with education,” she said.

3 Free/Freemium Tools for Rubrics

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Educational applications. For registered users, there’s a vast library of rubrics created by members that can be used. But: There are no education accounts, so each student must create their own. Educational applications. Common Core Rubric Creator. Essay Tagger’s Common Core Rubric Creation Tool is an easy way to create rubrics that address exactly the Common Core standards important to you.

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Why Blended Learning Fits Your Class, 3 Issues to Think About, and 5 Easy Ways to Begin

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When the Internet arrived, I — as did my colleagues — adopted it mostly for two reasons: 1) research — in place of the library, and 2) rote drills, such as supporting math practice. In fact, it’s transformed 21st-century education, offering a normative tool for adapting to varied student needs, a scalable approach to differentiating for student learning styles, and a collaborative must-have with its vast offering of virtual meeting and storage options.

6 Ways to Make Classroom Typing Fun

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take digital notes (using Evernote, OneNote and similar). use online tools for core classes (Wordle, Animoto, Story Creators). If you’re a Common Core state, keyboarding shows up often in the Standards, but can be summarized in these three ways: Keyboarding is addressed tangentially –students must be able to type pages in a single sitting (see CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.6 keyboarding is required to take Common Core Standards assessments in the Spring.

Top 10 Reasons to Sign Up for Summer Learning with Ask a Tech Teacher

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Technology in education is the greatest show on earth. You get CEUs (Continuing Education Units)–between 18 and 24 hours, depending upon the class you select (where applicable). ” Education’s fix requires technology. Summer PD: The Tech-infused Teacher is for credentialed and non-credentialed K-12 teachers, tech teachers/integration specialists, library media specialists, and pre-service professionals. Digital portfolios—via wikis.

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How to Run a Parent Class

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demonstrate how to use the school online library/lunch order system . review what is being covered in core classes (adapt this to the age-level of students of the parents who signs up for the class). help them understand how technology supports the school’s mission and overarching curricula (such as Common Core or Everyday Math). how to digitize photos to use on phones/desktops/ a desktop slideshow. 3 Digital Tools To Keep Parents Up to Date.

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3 Great Special Needs Digital Tools

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Besides iPads and Chromebooks and a plethora of free websites that enable students to collaborate, share and publish, education’s tech explosion has resulted in a wide (and increasing) variety of tools that extend the teachers reach, making it easier to differentiate for the varied needs of students even in a busy classroom. There are a lot of digital note-takers that can tape a lecture or a class or even a conversation. Educational Applications.

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Measuring Up–the Key to Meeting State/National Standards

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We teachers recognize it is our fiduciary responsibility to fulfill state and national education standards that prepare students for college or career. This is where Mastery Education’s Measuring Up can help. This is done through its standards-aligned assessment library or teacher-created assessments developed from a bank of over 60,000 standards-specific questions. How curriculum-based assessment improves education. What are Common Core keyboarding standards?

Tech Ed Resources–Classes

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Learn granular approaches to infusing differentiation into all of your lesson plans, whether you’re a Common Core school or not, with this hands-on, interactive class. The Tech-infused Teacher: The 21st Century Digitally-infused Teacher. In this course, you will use a suite of digital tools to make that possible while addressing overarching concepts like digital citizenship, internet search and research, authentic assessment, digital publishing, and immersive keyboarding.

5 Ways to Involve Parents in Your Class

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According to the National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education Research Review and Resources , no matter income or background, students with involved parents are more likely to have higher grades and test scores, attend school regularly, have better social skills, show improved behavior, and adapt well to school. demonstrate how to use the school online library/lunch order system (or similar). help them understand Common Core math, or the school’s math program (i.e.,

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