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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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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Storybird in 30 Seconds


Is it right for your classroom

Today’s Curriculum for the Higher Ed HR Leader

Speaker: Joseph Clay, Business Transformation Strategist at Oracle, and Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Today’s universities and colleges face many challenges ranging from reconciling financial pressures, to ensuring student success, to managing complicated workforce dynamics. One thing they all have in common: Their head of HR must align the HR function to best support the institution as it navigates this current landscape.

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?

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. […].

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?

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.

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.

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.

Building Blocks for Edu


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

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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.

Game Design: World War 1 Student Design Team Game Building Project


We started our project with a brief discussion about gaming using two World War One games


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.

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.

9 top YouTube channels to boost classroom lessons

eSchool News

Video can be a powerful tool for classroom learning, and it’s safe to say that teachers have never had more videos at their fingertips than they do today. But with so many videos on YouTube, how do you find the good stuff?

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.

Denver teachers are next to take to the picket line

The Hechinger Report

Denver high school social studies teacher Nick Childers, right, chants as teachers picket outside South High School on February 11, 2019 in Denver, Colorado.

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.

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.

Great Digital Learning Resources for the Month of February


February is not only Black History Month but also Career & Technical Education Month

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?

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.

Student Hope Sculptures: The Analog Version

The ASIDE Blog

Source: 6th Grade Students, ASIDE 2019 In our last post, we wrote about using the " Building Hopes " website , or app , to create " Hope Sculptures." While we realize the value of technology, sometimes having students use the simple act of looking, drawing, and coloring by hand is just as effective.

How Network Access Control Can Save the Day

SecurEdge Networks Mobility Blog

Who should have access to your network? And who shouldn’t? How can you ensure that only authorized users are on your network, while the bad guys are kept out? Managed WiFi Wireless Network Security Network Access Control

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.

Building Growth Mindset with Grants in Massachusetts

MIND Research Institute

I won't give up, no I won't give in Till I reach the end -- Shakira, "Try Everything". What does Shakira’s “Try Everything” have to do with math education? Dr. Matthew Peterson, co-founder and chief research and development officer at MIND Research Institute (MIND), says Shakira has a growth mindset.