Thu.Sep 13, 2018

New Ways to Gamify Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

The first thing most teachers think about when discussing gamified learning is the online math games kids play. Maybe and its spelling games come to mind next. But those webtools exemplify where the gamification of education started.

HE Challenges: Combating declining completion rates


Last time we started to explore the top four challenges facing higher education in the US.

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All 4’s and 5’s: Secrets to AP Teaching Success

The CoolCatTeacher

Andrew Sharos on episode 359 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. AP US History Teacher, Andrew Sharos, talks about how to create a collaborative environment that helps students learn and succeed in AP courses.

Insights for innovating in emerging markets: There are two types of economies

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 one of the series, based on an earlier blog. Consider the following story.

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.

Sparking a Culture of Innovation in Northern New Jersey

Digital Promise

From creating academies for student learning in Leonia School District to establishing a STEM program for girls in Wyckoff School District, there is plenty of great work to spotlight and learn from in Northern New Jersey.

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Inspiring… or not

Dangerously Irrelevant

Learning math by building bridges or designing aircraft wings is inspiring. Chugging through the odd-numbered practice problems at the end of the chapter is not. Improving our community by collecting data and investigating the causes of local environmental challenges is inspiring.

Using Google Drawings to create blackout poetry in the classroom

Ditch That Textbook

Blackout poetry takes standard text (from a newspaper or magazine article … really any text you find). The artist then uses a marker and blacks out all of the words except for a select few, leaving a pithy piece of prose behind. I was first introduced to blackout poetry by Austin Kleon, author of the […]. Ed Tech Screencasts blackout poetry creative google drawings creative lesson plans digital blackout poetry

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4 Ways K–12 Can Maximize the Impact of Immersive Technology in the Classroom

EdTech Magazine

4 Ways K–12 Can Maximize the Impact of Immersive Technology in the Classroom. eli.zimmerman_9856. Thu, 09/13/2018 - 08:51. Immersive technologies such as virtual reality and 3D scanning are becoming so hot that educators across the country are beginning to roll them out for students of all ages.

Fall CUE Speaker Showcase: Laurie Roberts


Data should drive instruction. We know. But why does it have to be so difficult, time-consuming and monotonous to collect? Well, Laurie Roberts has the solution for your PLCs. Check out her session at Fall CUE. Laurie Roberts is a veteran CUE presenter. She believes in bringing the party. Everywhere.

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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.

A new challenge for colleges: opioid-addicted students

The Hechinger Report

Keith Murphy, recovery counselor, and Lisa Laitman, director of the Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program, speaking with a resident of the Rutgers University Recovery House. Photo: John O’Boyle for The Hechinger Report. NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. —

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A World of PBL: 25 Authentic Resources To Connect Students Beyond The Classroom


“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” ? John Dewey Learning must be authentic and meaningful in order for the content to really be understood and usable.

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One solution for boosting Latino graduation rates

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Higher Education newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Thursday with trends and top stories about higher education. Subscribe today!

Breaking the Mold – How VR Can Help Teachers


In India, the fifth of September is celebrated as Teacher’s Day, commemorating the birth of Dr. S Radhakrishnan , the first Vice President and second President of India. Dr. Radhakrishnan was also an exemplary educator, who believed that ‘true teachers are those who help us think for ourselves.’ Teachers, therefore, are not only instrumental in building knowledge networks and nurturing the growth of young learners, but more importantly, they have the power to decide the future of education.

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.

For Teachers, a STEAM Workshop Where Arts Are Key


Las Vegas — Inside a science lab here on a scorching summer day, 27 kids sit in small groups itching to get started on the day’s science activity: putting finishing touches on their model volcanoes. Vicky Zblewski, a 12-year veteran of the 4th-grade classroom, stands at the front of the room wearing a Hawaiian shirt studded with erupting volcanoes, as she reviews some volcanology basics (What is a cone volcano? Does it have thin or thick lava?).

Technology Beyond the Tools

My Island View

I recently read a blog post about how teachers will never be replaced by technology. The author stated that technology was just a “tool for learning”. This had to be among literally hundreds, if not thousands, of similar posts and comments that I have read over the years.

Polls Reveal What Teachers and Parents Want From School Data


Two new polls show that parents and teachers are in step when it comes to their beliefs on data in education. Both groups think data can help them make important decisions for students. The polls were commissioned by the Washington, D.C.-based based nonprofit Data Quality Campaign and carried out by the Harris Poll. One poll asked 842 parents with children between the ages of 5-17 who are in public school for their thoughts; the other focused on 762 full-time K-12 teachers in public school.

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How Can You Create A Podcast For Your Local Community? Just Ask the @PhillyFamousPod for Advice!


In this episode of Educational Podcasting Today, we meet Greg Holdsman, the creator of the new Philly Famous Podcast. Greg and I met this summer at Podcast Movement and he produces a fantastic podcast called the Philly Famous Podcast where he interviews local Philadelphians.

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.

Fake News, Confirmation Bias and Selective Attention: Teaching Digital Literacy #DLNchat


How do educators support digital citizenship? Does information need singular meaning to be useful? Has cognitive dissonance grown in the digital era? These were a few of the questions tweeted at #DLNchat on Tuesday, September 11, when we debated how to best teach digital and information literacy in higher education. What is digital literacy and how is it different from information literacy? DLNchat -ters agreed that the two are closely intertwined.

How Can You Create A Podcast For Your Local Community? Just Ask the @PhillyFamousPod for Advice!


In this episode of Educational Podcasting Today, we meet Greg Holdsman, the creator of the new Philly Famous Podcast. Greg and I met this summer at Podcast Movement and he produces a fantastic podcast called the Philly Famous Podcast where he interviews local Philadelphians.

Study of 4,000 Students Shows a Gain of One Grade Level After 30 Minutes of MobyMax Language Per Week


A study of more than 4,000 students from 230 randomly selected U.S. classrooms concluded that students who spent just 20 hours using MobyMax increased a full grade level more than students in the same classroom who did not use MobyMax.

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Jeff Bezos Adds Preschools to His Resume


Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has his hands in e-commerce, space expeditions and carbonless energy —and now, he’s adding preschools to that list. In a tweet today, he wrote that his new “Bezos Day One Fund” will start with $2 billion behind it. The Associated Press reports that the entirety of the funds will come from Bezos—the world’s richest person with a net worth of more than $150 billion.

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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!

OPINION: Betsy DeVos’ slippery slope of religion, ethnicity and race

The Hechinger Report

May 2, 2018, Washington D.C. Education Secretary Betsy Devos at the Teacher of the Year ceremony at the White House. Photo: Alex Edelman/CNP via ZUMA Wire. I regularly offer a course at my university called Teaching the Holocaust: History and Memory.

Let’s Lead our Students on the Path to Happiness

Discovery Education

LG and Discovery Education want to help you discover your happy. Through a series of guest blog posts, we’ll cover topics from the science behind happiness to how to make the most of the Discover Your Happy resources.

Beyond Test Scores and Retention of Information

The Principal of Change

There are two terms that I have seen thrown around which mean a lot more than how they are being used; learning and achievement. The reason these two come to mind is due to their direct connection to one another in the context of education.

Opinion: With the Fox in the Henhouse, Betsy DeVos’s Ed Department Is Hurting Low-Income College Students


In the 19 months since becoming the U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos has issued a rush of announcements that remove or undermine previous rules designed to protect students from predatory corporate-run colleges and student debt-collection agencies—changes that are likely to impact low-income students disproportionately.

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.