Fri.Oct 26, 2018

Halloween Projects, Websites, and Apps

Ask a Tech Teacher

Three holidays are fast-approaching–Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. If you’re a teacher, that means lots of tie-ins to make school festive and relevant to students. Here are ideas for Halloween projects, lesson plans, websites, and apps: Projects. ASCII Art–Computer Art for Everyone (a pumpkin–see inset). Lesson Plan: Halloween letter for grades 2-5. Make a Holiday Card. A Holiday Card. A Holiday flier. Books. 16 Holiday Projects. Click to view slideshow. Websites.

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Innovative college sees success in going beyond courses to serve the “whole student”

The Christensen Institute

In a recent piece , we argued that colleges need to do more to support adult learners and nontraditional students. As a variety of studies have pointed out, the needs of college students aren’t always purely academic; they often include basic needs like food, shelter, childcare, and healthcare.

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15 innovative lesson ideas for outside the box teaching

Ditch That Textbook

Innovation is another buzzword that we often hear used to describe the ideal lesson. As teachers, we work hard to create activities for our students that can be described as “outside the box” But what does that really look like for teachers and students? And how can we utilize technology to innovate lessons and think outside the box? […]. DitchBook Twitter chat creative teaching edtech education educational technology innovative lesson ideas innovative teaching

A Really Cool Database For Paper Airplanes

TeachThought - Learn better.

A Really Cool Database For Paper Airplanes by Terry Heick When I was a kid, my dad taught me how to make paper airplanes. I remember two designs in particular–a sleek ‘jet’ plane and a more-square stunt plane.

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SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

How our district is becoming “Digital from Day One”

eSchool News

Four years ago, our schools in Pickens County , South Carolina had funding approved for a 1:1 initiative that we called Tech It Home. We started with Chromebooks for 9th graders, then added tablets and at-home internet access for 6th and 7th graders.

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Here’s a must-do for E-rate applicants

eSchool News

Calling all E-rate coordinators–there is one important step you can take now to ensure a smooth process when the E-rate filing window opens in 2019.

Don't Disregard Displays


Technology transforms the way students learn and how educators teach. That is why Portsmouth Public Schools embraces new technology, such as BenQ’s interactive flat panels, as a means to strengthen instruction and student achievement.

A New $5M Investment Fund for Higher-Ed Startups Launches—With Strings Attached


A new $5 million investment fund launched this month to support startups building tools to scale online learning. But for entrepreneurs seeking to tap into this pot, there’s a catch. Companies that take investment have to agree not to sell their products to a list of colleges that includes Arizona State University, Purdue University Global, Southern New Hampshire University and Western Governors University.

Help Students Address a Garden of Emotions with QR Coded Book Featuring Innovative Wellness Technique


Before educators can help students get to the learning, we must first ensure we help students feel good about themselves.

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Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

MinecraftEdu Creators Struggle to Find a Second Hit


As The Verve and Billy Ray Cyrus can probably tell you, a second hit is far from guaranteed. The makers of the once-popular MinecraftEdu know a thing about it too. Those developers, whose company TeacherGaming pivoted sharply after Microsoft took over MinecraftEdu two years ago, are facing tough times—and laying off staff—as they try to craft a niche in a crowded educational gaming landscape that has struggled to attract broad interest from schools.

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Casio Ultra Short Throw Projector XJ-UT311WN [link] This tech combines the company's hybrid LED-laser light source with an otherwise standard ultra-short-throw design for brilliant, shadow-free images up to 110" diagonal.

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A Good Website for History Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Ancient History Encyclopedia is a good educational resource for history teachers and students. It provides a wealth of documents, articles, illustrations, videos, images (some of which are 3D),read more

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Explore Wealth of American History Classroom Activities & Resources


American Social History Project Deep, research-backed resources highlight America's rich diversity Pros: Large collection of teaching activities, primary documents, and professional development opportunities. Cons: The wealth of resources can feel overwhelming due to less-than-ideal organization.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

What Teachers Can Do To Be More Inclusive Of LGBTQ Students


Back in September, teacher Mary Gilreath’s first-grade class was asked to wear blue for Peace Day. An adult worried the girls might not own blue shirts, and Gilreath saw an opportunity for her Boulder classroom. She shared the story with her students. “What do you all think about that?” ” Gilreath asks them. “Maybe it’s because girls mostly wear dresses?” ” a girl wonders. “Oh, is that true?” ” Gilreath replies.

Important Chrome Privacy Tips for Teachers and Students

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

While the Internet has radically transformed the way we live, connect, interact and learn, and while it has empowered us with unlimited means and resources for growth and prosperity, but this more

Google Success Story: Jacinta Keenan, Google Certified Trainer

Shake Up Learning

The post Google Success Story: Jacinta Keenan, Google Certified Trainer appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Becoming a Google Certified Trainer is no small feat, and everyone’s journey is a little different.

360 Degree Learning with Google Tour Creator


Google has a rich history of creating map-related tools that can be used across all subject areas for engaging, immersive learning experiences. Some of these include Tour Builder , Earth , Expeditions , My Maps , and many more (see my slideshow on Google mapping tools ).

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

*Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. (Oh Oh my god, it’s almost time to start working on that year-end project.). National) Education Politics. Via Politico : “Employee satisfaction in the department [of Education] ’s main K–12 office dropped markedly this year.

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