Tue.Aug 21, 2018

How Instructional Technology Coaching Can Help Teachers Create Powerful Learning Experiences

Digital Promise

“Technology use must, first and foremost, be designed to support learning goals, not the other way around.”. This insight, penned by Peggy A. Ertmer and Anne T.

AR, VR, and MR for All Classrooms

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality are terms being thrown around in technology circles. But what do the mean? How are they being used in the classroom?

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Great Back to School Classroom Activities

Ask a Tech Teacher

The first week of school is different from all others.

Are K-12 teachers struggling to keep up with edtech?


Technology is changing the landscape of industries everywhere. From retail and agriculture to design and healthcare, societies are adapting fast to the changing times. K-12 education is no exception. Technology has paved the way for new opportunities to improve this crucial period of student growth.

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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.

Five Easy Ways to Boost Children’s Spatial Skills

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. When we read maps, pack the car for holidays, assemble flat-pack furniture or cut cake into equal slices, we use spatial reasoning skills. These allow us to mentally manipulate objects or think in a way that relates to space and the position, area, and size of things within it.

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15 Tips and Online Resources That Will Help Students Improve Their Writing


While this is a topic that gets covered on education blogs with some frequency, I haven't tackled it here in a while, and it is such a vital skill. Written and oral communications are the most. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].

MOOCs are No Longer Massive. And They Serve Different Audiences Than First Imagined.


MOOCs have gone from a buzzword to a punchline, especially among professors who were skeptical of these “massive open online courses” in the first place. But what is their legacy on campuses? MOOCs started in around 2011 when a few Stanford professors put their courses online and made them available to anyone who wanted to take them. The crowds who showed up were, well, massive. We’re talking 160,000 people signing up to study advanced tech topics like data science.

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50 Ways To Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

50 Ways To Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom by Terry Heick Bloom’s Taxonomy is a powerful teaching and learning tool that can help you shape nearly everything that happens in your classroom. Why you would want to do this is another conversation, though I will say that, in brief, Bloom’s places the focus […]. The post 50 Ways To Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom appeared first on TeachThought. Learning How-To Resources For Teaching With Bloom's Taxonomy

Cut the Bull

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

Have a look at this study of a bull by Pablo Picasso: It starts off with intricate drawings and step by step Picasso moves from detail to just the essence of what a bull is, using just a handful of lines.

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Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

TEACHER VOICE: A summer in a science lab taught me the importance of hands-on learning

The Hechinger Report

. Growing up in Texas with Nigerian-born parents, I loved movies, comic books — and science. In middle school, I participated in my first science fair. By high school, I never wanted to leave the lab. Flash forward to the present. I’m a high school chemistry teacher with 22 years of experience.

New Teacher Center and Nearpod Partner in New Teacher Professional Development


Today, Nearpod and New Teacher Center announce a new partnership that will provide teachers research-based professional learning opportunities. This new approach aims to provide live, connected learning experiences to teachers through a digital platform.

TLC Ninja: Jay Salerno Empowers Students and Promotes Digital Equity


The TLC Ninja team had a great time learning how Jay Salerno empowers students by helping them grow from “TechSprouts” to “Techsperts” as they mentor peers, teachers, and community members.

Ten Inspiring Lessons From An Almost Analog Native … Back To School 2018


It is back to school time 2018 for many of us in the United States and beyond… welcome to the future! I dedicate this post to all of you wonderful educators. It is my hope that as many educators as possible read this post as they begin a new year journey… I hope you share and make this happen!

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

The Quizizz you never knew…

Ditch That Textbook

Quizizz is a fun, student-centered study tool. It is used to engage students in review and assessment at school or at home. And best of all, it’s free. Teachers everywhere are finding new and exciting ways to use Quizizz with their students. Deepak Cheenath, Quizizz co-founder, shared some suggestions including an innovative idea from Joe […]. DTT podcast #DitchPod creative teaching edtech gamification student engagement

School’s Out for the Latest Y Combinator Batch, and Here’s What Its Edtech Graduates Are Up to


Investors and founders packed into the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. for startup accelerator Y Combinator’s Summer 2018 Demo Day. For those counting, this was the 27th version of the event, which always features a motley of startups and services: There’s Kobo360, an “Uber for trucking in Africa,” and Cambridge Glycoscience, which wants to bring the concept of “cake zero”—sweets with sugar substitutes—to the masses.

Have You Ever Seen A Class Goin’ Apesh**? [Part One of Two]

The Jose Vilson

To Dulce, Tamir, Patrick, James, Jemelleh, Kelisa, Julia, Lorena, Shana, Val, Cornelius, and the rest of us, too, A few years ago, I was in the middle of a gathering of young burgeoning educators. It was ostensibly about becoming better educators, but everyone received the messages differently. Some took the presenter to heart when she tried to impart wisdom from her decades of experience in the classroom.

Knewton’s New Business Attracts New $25M in Funding. But Some Things Don’t Change.


The company that set the bar for hyping adaptive-learning technology has had to adapt to new leadership and a new business model. But some things seem to stay the same—such as its ability to win new investors and capital. Knewton has raised $25 million in a new funding round—the eighth since it launched in 2008. This new money was raised as debt financing, of which Triple Point Capital contributed $20 million.

Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

Top 6 Security Benefits of SecurEdge WiFi as a Service


At least among IT professionals, it’s no big secret that public WiFi networks are not safe places.

Income-Share Agreement Providers Want to Woo Higher Ed. But Will It Work?


This month the U.S. Education Department announced a proposal to remove a set of higher education regulations meant to punish college programs that turned out to be bad deals for students—specifically, ones whose graduates’ student-loan payments were higher than a specific portion their incomes.

Digital Text is Changing How Kids Read—Just Not in the Way That You Think


After his bath each night, Julie Atkinson’s eight-year-old son grabs the iPad and settles into bed for some reading time through kids’ book app Epic!

Making the move to standards-based grading: How we did it & what we learned

eSchool News

Traditional letter grades have been around since the beginning of the 20th century. Today’s parents received As, Bs, and Cs from their teachers when they were in school, and most parents expect to see similar letters on their child’s report card.

The Ultimate 12 Step Guide For Choosing The Perfect Learning Management System

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

What is Dynamically Active Student Engagement?

MIND Research Institute

Engage , (v.) j: to hold the attention of; to provide occupation for. Engaged , (adj.) jd: Involved in activity. Engagement , (n.) nt: the act of engaging; the state of being engaged. Source: Merriam-Webster.

Knowledge Comes From Exposure and Curiosity


It’s depressing how little most of us remember from school. It seems like at a certain point our brains just give up on taking in new information. There is so much to learn that it can be overwhelming. What has happened to our curiosity and creativity?

Classworks Provides New Resources for Teachers


Classworks® by Curriculum Advantage, Inc., an online intervention solution, released a number of upgrades for the 2018 - 2019 school year. The improvements include new activities available on any device, professional learning, and a more streamlined user experience.

New, SIMPLIFIED, Student Portfolio System (or "feeling the fear of not being 'innovative' enough this year")

Cycles of Learning

In past years I always had students create either a blog or a website to publicly share their work and curate their progress. Click here for an example.

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.