Wed.Feb 13, 2019

Valentine’s Gift: Confessions of the Pain, Joy, and Love of Teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today’s show is different. I share some stories of insults, struggles, mistakes, and joys of teaching. The hope is that you’ll be encouraged, not feel alone, and remember why we do this profession.

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Educator Micro-credentials are Grounded in Research

Digital Promise

Micro-credentials offer an important opportunity for educators to strengthen their professional learning.

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One story, MANY endings: A fun, creative Google Slides activity

Ditch That Textbook

Reading a story as a class is great. It transports everyone to a different world, to a different time, with a different set of characters. Solo reading is great for the same reasons. We learn great life lessons we can take with us for years — sometimes forever — from a good story. But we […]. Ed Tech choose your own adventure stories google classroom google slides classroom google slides learning linking google slides

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Empowering Educators of Refugees as Teachers and Learners

Digital Promise

For every lesson plan I toiled over while teaching English as a New Language for 16 years in New York City and Tucson high schools, there were at least 15–20 adjustments made as I enacted that lesson plan with real people in real time.

Our Approach to Strategic Planning in Education

Education Elements

The year 2020 is shaping up to be a record year - Summer Olympics, a World Cup, a presidential election, and in the education world, the year many strategic plans expire. As districts gear up to write their next strategic plan, we have mixed feelings about the process.

The Easy Way to Teach Internet Skills

Ask a Tech Teacher

Education used to focus on the 3 R’s — reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic. Without a doubt, those remain critical subjects but these days, they are just the beginning.

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3 steps for bridging the equity divide in classrooms

eSchool News

When Robert Runcie became superintendent of Broward County (FL) Public School District (BCPS) in 2011, he faced more than academic challenges.

OPINION: How one school came together to create a safe place for immigrants

The Hechinger Report

. The Donald McKay School in East Boston, where I serve as principal, has always reflected our community not only in terms of population, but also in spirit and approach. For generations, immigrant strivers have called East Boston their Gateway to America.

5 strategies to improve the learning experience for K12 students

eSchool News

From retailers to restaurants, advances in user experience (UX) are transforming nearly every facet of our lives. Customer satisfaction is shaped by more than just the content, products, and transactions that take place. It is influenced by the way customers feel and experience those interactions.

Data analysis reveals keys to student success

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Subscribe today!

It’s Time Teachers Reclaimed ‘Personalized Learning’ in the Name of Equity


Many believe that for learning to be personal, it must be individualized. But over-individualization can be isolating when we over-rely on digital programs that individualize curriculum and unintentionally track learners. What’s more, it strips students of their agency and autonomy and strips learning of curiosity and serendipity.

A Story of Perseverance and Conquering Uncertainty

Mindspark Learning

A Story of Perseverance and Conquering Uncertainty In the furthest wastelands of the ocean there is a vortex where sea and sky bleed together in a monochromatic mural of uncertainty. On all accounts, there is no natural escape from this place.

How This Business Simulation Prepared My Students for 21st-Century Careers


High-schooler Caitlyn sits in front of a computer on the campus of Rider University, frantically scanning various pop-ups on her screen. Business reports, market trends and price fluctuations race through her mind, as she seeks the one piece of information she needs. Her team is spending the day figuring out how to effectively sell bottled water in three German provinces— all while competing against six other groups doing the same.

Close Reading in Science Deepens Understanding


Classroom studies should emulate what is happening in the real world of scientists, says NBCT Kathy Renfrew. This means students are not only questioning, investigating, talking and writing – they are reading about science. She suggests reading strategies and resources.

The Tech Industry is Hijacking School Data. But Decentralized Systems Can Change That.


My three children—aged six, eight, and nine—enrolled in a US public school last year (having moved from Europe). Since last fall they’ve already submitted digital data about their demographics, household income, ethnicity and legal status, food intolerances, medical profiles, grades and socio-emotional skills. Every activity on computers and the software applications they use in class further generates data about them everyday.

Several Excellent Free Flipped & Blended Learning Tutorial Series from Matthew Moore and the FLN


First, let me make it clear that I work for the Flipped Learning Network(as their Community Administrator), so yes, I am a fan and advocate of their work. One of the many inspiring educators on the. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!]. Flipping the Classroom (Reverse Instruction) FLN Hub Syndicated Posts Free Tools & Resources Future of Education Technology Professional Development

Fullstack Academy Enters Extension School Market With First University Partnership


San Luis Obispo, Calif., may be better known for its wineries and golden coastline than its tech economy. But that could change, thanks to a partnership between one of the major universities in the area, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and Fullstack Academy, a coding bootcamp based in New York and Chicago. The two schools announced this week that Fullstack Academy will begin running 26-week coding bootcamps for the university’s continuing education school.

New Resource for Strengthening Career and Technical Education


How Can Your State Strengthen Career and Technical Education? Today, we’re releasing ExcelinEd’s fifth and final career and technical education (CTE) playbook, Aligning State Career and Technical Education Programs with Industry Needs and Priorities.

Explore the Planet in 3D with Google Earth VR


Google Earth VR is a version of Google Earth designed to work with virtual reality headsets such as the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift

How Extra Arts Education at School Boosts Students’ Writing Scores — And Their Compassion


Originally posted on Chalkbeat by Matt Barnum on February 12, 2019. When you’re the big fish, it’s not OK to pick on the little fish just because you can. That’s an important lesson for everyone. But some Houston first-graders got a particularly vivid demonstration in the form of a musical puppet show, which featured fish puppets and an underlying message about why it’s wrong to bully others.

2 Tips to Connect with More Families on Facebook


More and more educators and schools are using Facebook to connect with families. However, they might not be connecting with as many families as possible if they are not ensuring they are posting inclusive content.

How To Create An Effective Classroom Management Plan in 2019

Fractus Learning

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a well-behaved class always? Having good relationships with your students could eliminate 90% of the issues, but there will still be the 10% that requires classroom management. As a new […]. Classroom Techniques

Game On: Training Employees To Battle Cyberattacks

The Game Agency

Cybersecurity is still one of the biggest challenges companies face today and one of the top priorities for CEOs in 2019. Aside from a strong firewall, the most important way to prevent future attacks is to train employees. They’re often the ones responsible for letting a hacker access private data. According to Cisco’s 2018 annual report , 65% of email is spam, 8% of which is malicious.

4 Good Task Management Apps for Chrome Users

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Below is a compilation of some of the best task management Chrome apps for teachers. Some of the things you can do with these apps include: creating and arranging your to-do lists and tasks, more


When Teens Threaten Violence, A Community Responds With Compassion


Psychologist John Van Dreal has spent almost 30 years working with troubled kids. Still, it’s always unsettling to get the kind of phone call he received one morning eight years ago as he was on his way to a meeting.

6 Things You Can Do with Inbox

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Inbox by Gmail is now open to to everyone. Inbox is a versatile app created by Gmail team to provide users with an enhanced email experience. The app provides some cool functionalities more


How High-Crime Neighborhoods Make It Harder For Kids To Show Up At School


Getting students to show up is one of the biggest challenges schools face: How can someone learn at school if they’re not there in the first place? A new study suggests living in a high-crime area, or simply passing through one on the way to school, can impact how often students show up to class.

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#3quotes from Holt

Learning with 'e's

Image from Wikimedia Commons In this series called #3quotes I have been citing directly from the texts of education thinkers, because it is important to apply ideas within context. Too often, writers cite from theorists without delving into the original texts.

10 Smart Test-Taking Tips for Students [Infographic]

Where Learning Clicks

Download our smart test-taking tips to help students mentally prepare for tests and cut down on stress before it negatively affects their performance. The post 10 Smart Test-Taking Tips for Students [Infographic] appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.