Tue.Feb 12, 2019

This is What Happens When You Teach From Antarctica

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Developing an “explorer’s mindset” is the goal. To help nurture the explorer’s mindset in his students, Donnie Piercey traveled to Antarctica and connected with his students.

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Why teachers should consider differentiated instruction


This post was originally published on September 26 2018 in The Teaching Factor. Students (like all people actually) have this paradoxical characteristic: they’re all the same; except when they’re not.

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15 President’s Day Activities

Ask a Tech Teacher

Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February–this year, February 19, 2018. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still unofficially called “Washington’s Birthday” by many.

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Insights for innovating in emerging markets: Create the market you want to be a part of

The Christensen Institute

In this five-part series, Five insights for innovating in emerging markets , I explore several insights, one by one, that my research has uncovered for innovators interested in emerging markets. This is part five of the series, based on an earlier blog.

10 things teachers can do today to prepare students for the future

eSchool News

In 2008, I read Clayton Christensen’s Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns. It inspired me to think about changes in education that would benefit students by transforming teaching and learning and I was excited about the possibilities.

Disrupting teacher prep for diverse, plentiful opportunities for teachers

The Christensen Institute

This guest blog was written by Susanne Nobles, Partnerships Director for Digital Promise. Prior to Digital Promise, Susanne was a teacher and administrator, leading and advising 1:1 programs at middle , secondary, and collegiate levels, as well as teaching English and advising yearbook staffs. She earned her Ph.D. in Composition and New Media from Old Dominion University, her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Commonwealth University, and her A.B.

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Not an academic exercise, not business as usual

The Christensen Institute

This guest blog is written by Jay Gerhart, Vice President of Consumer Strategy, Atrium Health. As part of Atrium Health’s Innovation Engine, Jay has a passion for applying the theories of Professor Christensen, human-centered design, and improv to drive consumer-focused innovation. In November 2015, Dr. Jean Wright, Chief Innovation Officer of Atrium Health, took an action that fundamentally changed our Innovation Engine team.

The other victims when colleges decline or close: their hometowns

The Hechinger Report

Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, which has been placed on probation by its accreditor, is a big customer for Justin Cote, co-owner of Flywheel Farm.

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Progress Made on K–12 Connectivity, But Work Remains

EdTech Magazine

Progress Made on K–12 Connectivity, But Work Remains. eli.zimmerman_9856. Tue, 02/12/2019 - 11:41.

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Writing as Threat

The Jose Vilson

On the Saturday after I spoke on a panel at the Schomburg , I attended the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators conference here in NYC.

Collaborative Coaching Models: EdTechTeam Dynamic Learning Project


“What went well in your lesson today?”. I was nervous. It was the first time my coaching supervisor was observing me coach, and I was pretty sure it wasn’t going well.

Making Math Fun, Accessible, and Real-World Based


Many students dread working with math and have trouble finding the fun in it. As a self-professed “math nerd,” I’m here to tell you that mathematics can be incredibly rewarding and fun when it’s done. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

Playing Games Can Build 21st-Century Skills. Research Explains How.


As anyone who’s ever spent hours hunched over Candy Crush can attest, there’s something special about games. Sure they’re fun, but they can also be absorbing, frustrating, challenging and complex. Research has shown our brains are “ wired for pleasure ,” and that games are an effective way to learn because they simulate adventure and keep our brains engaged and happy. But what exactly do we learn from them?

Have You Seen What Is New At Microsoft EDU?


A few weeks ago, I had the amazing opportunity of attending the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) along with almost 10,000 of my closest friends.

School Needs a Redesign, and Educators Can Lead the Way


Imagine yourself back in a classroom. You’re not taking English or history or pre-calculus; the sign on the door says “Obstacles.” You enter and on the board is your first assignment: create something—a drawing, a model of a house, a sketch of a new product, a sculpture. You do, and then as you step back, the teacher steps forward and smashes your creation. And tells you your next assignment is to pick up the pieces (including yourself) and make something new. How would this course impact you?

Have You Seen What Is New At Microsoft EDU?


A few weeks ago, I had the amazing opportunity of attending the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) along with almost 10,000 of my closest friends.

Can Online Education Lower Costs and Improve Quality?


Inspired by the breakout podcast Serial, four years ago two digital learning leaders at the University of Central Florida created their own podcast—focused on online learning instead of true crime. It’s called the Teaching Online Podcast, or TOPcast , and co-host Thomas Cavanagh says he is driven by his quest to figure out one of the grand challenges of higher education: how to use technology to raise the quality of instruction while lowering costs.

Using Anchor To Record Your Educational Podcast


Learn how to create and manage a podcast featuring multiple cohosts that all need to work together and be on the same page. TeacherCast Educational Network. The post Using Anchor To Record Your Educational Podcast appeared first on The TeacherCast Educational Network.

16 Questions To Help Students Brainstorm Project-Based Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

16 Questions To Help Students Brainstorm Project-Based Learning by Terry Heick We’ve written about inquiry-based learning in the past, as well as its mother project-based learning, and its more complex cousin self-directed learning. So it made sense to take a look at challenge-based learning–the process of anchoring the learning process through problems–usually local, authentic, and personal to the student. […].

Top 7 Innovations in K-12 Education

Kitaboo on EdTech

The education sector has undergone significant changes in the last decade. It has also evolved rapidly with the changes taking place in the digital world. Today, you would find most of the schools and universities using digital aids in classrooms.

Inclusion for All – and Ideas for Making it Happen


As we continue to highlight CUE educators who are catalysts for change, we look next to Christy Cook – a special education teacher from the Inland Empire who seeks to empower her students through inclusionary practices at her place of work.

Going back to school after 50

The Hechinger Report

Army veteran Chester Dixon, right, works with William Moore, Georgia Department of Labor veterans representative, to apply for a new skills-based program to get out-of-work veterans trained and back in the job market, in Atlanta. The program is open to veterans between the ages of 35 and 60.

Storybird in 30 Seconds


Is it right for your classroom

Building Blocks for Edu


When it comes to building blocks for education, there is no better platform than Minecraft Education!

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Google’s AI Assistant Fund Invests in GradeSlam to Make Online Tutoring More Equitable


Online tutoring services are a dime a dozen, and in recent times they’ve raised many dimes. Since 2016, these companies have raised more than $1.2 billion in venture capital, according to EdSurge data—most notably Chinese startups that connect local students with English tutors. Most online tutoring startups offer their services directly to consumers, or, in the words of former teacher Philip Cutler, those who can afford to pay for them.

Where do you focus your attention for the growth of your organization?

The Principal of Change

Have you ever done a presentation and get overwhelmingly positive feedback but also get the one negative, snarky comment that you just can’t get out of your mind? We have all been there in some form, and although we know it can be irrational we still get stuck on it.

Stranger Google: Crazy Tools From the Upside Down!

Shake Up Learning

The post Stranger Google: Crazy Tools From the Upside Down! appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Any Stranger Things fans out there?

Learning for All with UDL in the Classroom


ELA educator Cheryl Mizerny invites you to have fun developing your own UDL-enhanced unit. The former special ed teacher details how using Universal Design for Learning helps all learners grow, then she shares her argumentative writing unit enhanced with UDL practices.

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How Vancouver Public Schools Safeguards Students Using District-Provided Devices

Gaggle Speaks

Following the implementation of a 1:1 technology initiative at Vancouver Public Schools in Washington, the district’s superintendent recognized the need for a watchful eye on student safety.

Matt de la Peña: Writing From the Outside

Reading By Example

“How many wizards do you have in your school?” Examining book selection and cultural representations in our school libraries. – @mattdelapena #WSRA19 #PointerNation pic.twitter.com/YE2ZYuUmNL — Matt Renwick (@ReadByExample) February 9, 2019.