Mon.Apr 22, 2019

How AI is Changing Writing: Check out Robot Don

Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Lisa Griffin, has an interesting AI-inspired tool to share with readers. It brings the best of today’s AI functions to classroom writing programs.

Inspiring Action through Storytelling on Earth Day 2019

Digital Promise

Each year on April 22, millions of people around the world come together to demonstrate their support for environmental protection. Since the first Earth Day in 1970, these actions have taken many forms, from advocacy to direct action to storytelling.

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5 Ways to Teach Conflict Resolution Through Social-Emotional Learning

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Skills for settling differences--and handling the feelings around conflict--in the classroom are essential to create healthy learning environments for students. The post 5 Ways to Teach Conflict Resolution Through Social-Emotional Learning appeared first on Market Brief.

Technology and Change in Pedagogy Lead to Big Gains in the Classroom

Digital Promise

When the Verizon Innovative Learning schools initiative came to Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky, principals and teachers knew things were going to change as their students experienced the benefits of technology in the classroom.

6 Things Every High School Senior Should Have Access To Before Graduation

EdNews Daily

In Gary Vaynerchuk’s recent video , My Reaction to the 2019 College Admissions Scandal , he states, “If a parent thinks a kid’s accomplishment is a reflection of them, now you have a disconnect. Now you’re not a parent and a child. You’re a person with a product.”.

Planning for Success

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here.

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Alabama Leaders in Ed Tech Offer a Model for Professional Development

EdTech Magazine

Alabama Leaders in Ed Tech Offer a Model for Professional Development. eli.zimmerman_9856. Mon, 04/22/2019 - 10:58.

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Benetech, Macmillan Pioneer Effort to Make All Digital Books ‘Born Accessible’


There are more than 711,000 books—and counting—in Bookshare , a digital reading platform for people with reading barriers including dyslexia, blindness or cerebral palsy.

5 edtech accelerators that are changing K-12

eSchool News

Five powerful edtech accelerators are influencing the skills and needs of K-12 students and educators, according to a new CoSN report released during the advocacy group’s 2019 conference.

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School districts are going into debt to keep up with technology

The Hechinger Report

This story about school debt is part of the series Districts in Debt , which examines the hidden financial pressures challenging American schools. In a combined biology/literature class, students at James Lick High School complete assignments using school-supplied Chromebooks.

5 online discussion tools to fuel student engagement

eSchool News

Creating a classroom community where meaningful conversations can happen isn’t easy—it’s an ongoing process that takes time. But using online discussion tools can be one great way to help your students build these skills.

What do Philadelphia’s students want? More college counseling

The Hechinger Report

Nayeli Perez, an 18-year-old senior at the Academy at Palumbo, a public magnet high school in central Philadelphia. She would like to study zoology and become a veterinarian. Photo: Sarah Gonser/The Hechinger Report.

World BookTalk Championship (Video)

Adjusting Course

The #30SecondBookTalk is back and this year's bracket is on fire! We’ve gathered the best of the best: 16 epic book talks, each only 30 seconds long, from educators (and one student!) around the world.

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When school districts can’t raise funds for facilities

The Hechinger Report

This story about school debt is part of the series Districts in Debt , which examines the hidden financial pressures challenging American schools.

How an Open-World Video Game Teaches Kids STEM


Imagine learning math and science from the perspective of a middle or high school student. The student’s mental image of the subject is more than likely that of a textbook—dense, daunting, and dry—accompanied by a sigh exclaiming, “Please, anything but this!” Only the rare student, who already is passionate about the topic, would consider navigating a textbook alone or for pleasure.

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How rising teacher pension costs hurt school districts

The Hechinger Report

This story about teacher pensions is part of the series Districts in Debt , which examines the hidden financial pressures challenging American schools. Glenn Gustafson, CFO of the Colorado Springs School District, talks to Christina Butcher, the interim principal of Queen Palmer Elementary School.

How Can We Best Get Our Senior Class Ready For Their Post Graduation Colleges and Careers?


In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, Jeff sits down with Sharifa Extavour and Ingrid Renderos to discuss how K12 teachers can help get our college and career ready seniors prepared for their post-graduation activities.

I And You And Us: 30 Inspiring Messages For Students

TeachThought - Learn better.

I And You And Us: 30 Inspiring Messages For Students by Terry Heick The premise is simple enough here: What are the kinds of messages that inspire students? We’ve talked about student engagement and motivational videos for teens, in addition to ‘good class rules.’ ’ This is similar but not intently meant to ‘inspire.’ ’ Rather, the […]. The post I And You And Us: 30 Inspiring Messages For Students appeared first on TeachThought.

When school districts fall into debt and can’t get out

The Hechinger Report

The atrium of Whitmore Lake High School, part of a nearly $48 million capital campaign approved by voters in 2006. The district has struggled since then to pay off its construction debt. Ben Smith for The Hechinger Report. WHITMORE LAKE, Mich.

For Colleges, Outsourcing the Virtual Future Is a Bad Idea


More colleges are looking to online programs for financial health these days—and even survival—as demographic changes are leading fewer students to seek traditional campus experiences.

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Ending the School Year with English Learners


End of year is an optimal time for educators to step out of our comfort zones and try innovative techniques with our students. Don't fall into "countdown mode." Think of this time as a gift, without the pressure of state testing. Give Valentina Gonzalez's strategies a try!

Short on financial knowledge, some school districts get bad deals on bonds

The Hechinger Report

John Brazeal, chief financial officer at Fox C-6 School District, at Fox Middle School in Arnold, Missouri. Whitney Curtis for The Hechinger Report. This story about school bonds is part of the series Districts in Debt , which examines the hidden financial pressures challenging American schools.

Why The Brain Loves Practice

Fractus Learning

Traffic moves faster on a superhighway than a gravel road with potholes. Which road would you prefer to travel? If you are like most people, you would take the faster route. It’s the same for the […]. Psychology Resources

OPINION: Waiting for that day when ‘safe spaces’ seem unnecessary

The Hechinger Report

. “They just don’t want us here.” These were the searing words of a young African American woman standing nearby, as I watched a rally from the back of a crowd gathered on my campus.

4 Good Sources of Educational Video Content

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Looking for educational video content on the web becomes almost synonymous with searching popular video platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo and to a certain extent TED. Important as these sites are more

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Most Teachers Don’t Teach Climate Change; 4 In 5 Parents Wish They Did


More than 80% of parents in the U.S. support the teaching of climate change.

Use Real Data and Put into Google Sheets

Teacher Tech

Use IMPORTHTML to Get Website Data into Your Google Sheets In the information age, it is easy to find real data to use rather than contrived situations in a textbook or on a worksheet. Who is Bob and why is he carrying 40 watermelons? Use this student guide with your students to help them get […]. The post Use Real Data and Put into Google Sheets appeared first on Teacher Tech. Advanced Google Sheets G Suite google sheets spreadsheets

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American Museum of Natural History: Ask a Scientist


This Earth Day (April 22) marks the 49th anniversary of the modern environmental movement


Pro-Innovation Bias in Education: Any Old Innovation Will Do and Adventures in Educational Fadsurfing

The 21st Century Principal

As wave after wave of educational reform has hit our educational shores, one thing becomes very clear: the field of educational leadership and education has what is often called an “pro-innovation bias.”

Five Steps to Ensure Accessibility for All

While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was last reauthorized in 2004, with amendments in 2015, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) were updated back in 2008, the demand for accessibility and equality in education continues to grow. Administrators and teachers, who want to help every child reach their potential, can’t afford to wait for new laws and policies.