Wed.Dec 12, 2018

Why Should Students Learn Computer Science? A Teacher’s Perspective

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you participated in December’s Hour of Code, you may have come to realize the importance of Computer Science to students. Greg Beutler is the Director of , a school devoted to teaching kids this fundamental skill through the lens of robotics, coding, competitions, and more.

Recruit and Retain the Best Teachers by Tapping into Teacher Agency

Education Elements

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Why Should Students Learn Computer Science? A Teacher’s Perspective

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you participated in December’s Hour of Code, you may have come to realize the importance of Computer Science to students. Greg Beutler is the Director of , a school devoted to teaching kids this fundamental skill through the lens of robotics, coding, competitions, and more.

Five Top Technology Trends In Special Education


(TNS) — Fueled by technological advances, changing state policies, and a continued push from advocates, ed-tech companies and researchers are crafting new tools and strategies to better serve students with disabilities.

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4 Factors to Consider When Debating Cell Phones in Schools - Guest Post

Educational Technology Guy

4 Factors to Consider When Debating Cell Phones in Schools Hilary Bird is a digital journalist who writes about the things that fascinate her the most: relationships, technology, and how they impact each other.

10 things I learned flipping my classroom

eSchool News

In the spring of 2013, after attending several conferences and beginning research for my dissertation, I set out to flip some of the aspects of my classroom.

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How our district connects learning to the real world

eSchool News

Efforts to equip students for college and career readiness are beginning earlier and earlier in the classroom. A 2015 Gallup poll of one million students in the U.S. found that only half reported feeling engaged in school, and one-fifth feel actively disengaged.

Some colleges extend scholarships and other help to rural high school grads

The Hechinger Report

Cameron Russell, left, is a freshman at the University of Michigan from rural Crowley, Louisiana. His mentor as part of a special program for first-generation students is Elijah Taylor, a senior who grew up in Detroit. Photo: Diane Weiss for The Hechinger Report. ANN ARBOR, Mich. —

Chrome Can: Coding on a Chromebook!

Dr. Shannon Doak

Many people think it is not possible to code on a Chromebook. This post sets out to prove this thought wrong. Because there are various levels of coding.

OPINION: Hometown teachers more likely to ‘stay in school’

The Hechinger Report

. Teaching is the hardest job I’ve ever had. Keeping teachers in the classroom might be the second most difficult.

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Google Applied Digital Skills + Flipgrid in Middle School


At the beginning of this school year, our Creative Technology teachers were hoping to find some new lessons to infuse digital learning into our existing projects – specifically, we were looking for a new way to teach spreadsheets that would be engaging and relevant for students at the middle school level.

Study explores use of digital tools in out-of-school programs

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!

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GlassLab Set Out to Prove Games Could Assess Learning. Now It’s Shutting Down.


Since the days of “Oregon Trail,” educational games have teased at the possibility that learning in school can be freed from the doldrum of textbooks and tests. So if games are fun, and learning should be fun, doesn’t it behoove the education and gaming industries to join forces? That question has spurred the creation of many companies, conferences and other collaborative educational gaming efforts.

Hacking the Sub Lesson: Videos IN Google Forms.


I tend to miss class from time to time. I hate missing class.    I love nothing more than being with my 9th grade Biology students and 10th grade Honors Chemistry students helping them to negotiate the complexities, and beautiful intricacies of science. Teaching is my hobby  

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Will 2019 Be the Year of Privacy? Five Things to Look for in Education


This article is part of a collection of op-eds from thought leaders, educators and entrepreneurs who reflect on the state of education technology in 2018, and share where it’s headed next year. Buckle up. That white noise you heard around student data privacy in 2018 is about to be replaced with thunder. Relative to the flurry of legislative activity seen in prior years, it was a somewhat measured year for student data privacy.

New from Pew: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humans

Perry Hewitt

Almost every event I attend — whether it’s within the marketing, technology, or social entrepreneurship communities — raises both the inevitability and the risks of artificial intelligence.

Four MTSS Strategies for the Middle Grades


An effective Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) throughout a school serves every student while it helps identify and support those with learning disabilities. To demonstrate, teacher educators Barbara Blackburn and Bradley Witzel share four instructional strategies.

What’s your Learning Style?


Riya is finding the Biology class very tough since the teacher is only speaking about the topic and does not use any diagrams or slides to make it easy to understand. Some of her friends are not facing any challenges in this class, but for Riya, this class is frustrating.

Binge-Watch the Top 25 edWebinars of 2018!

“I never know what I don’t know until I attend edWebinars!” ” If you get some down time over the holidays, it’s a great time to catch up on some of the most popular edWebinars of 2018!

Education: How Important is a Reliable Wireless Network With Your Instructional Devices?


Early on in my career, I had the good fortune to be part of two very well-funded programs that supported both higher education and K-12 technology adoption. Classroom Technology Wi-Fi as a Service

Increase Student Engagement with @PearDeck, Guest Post on @alicekeeler’s Teacher Tech #edtech


A huge thank you to Alice Keeler for another opportunity to write a guest post on her very amazing blog – Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler.

Life Science App Teaches Classification Skills


Cool tool teaches kids to observe, identify, classify living things

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Beliefs and Practices: Embracing Failure and Supporting Each Other

Reading By Example

It’s one thing to have a belief in an approach for teaching or leading. It’s another thing to apply those beliefs to our practices. The distance between beliefs and practices is a group’s willingness to embrace failure as an opportunity for collective learning.

Digital Wellness Appears to Have Joined Our Lexicon


A recent study shows social media may be more addictive than cigarettes or alcohol

How A Later School Start Time Pays Off For Teens


Many American teenagers try to put in a full day of school, homework, after-school activities, sports and college prep on too little sleep.

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Web Edition of Bloom's Digital Taxonomy

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

If you haven't already seen it, here is one of our popular visuals on Bloom's digital taxonomy. It features a number of key educational web tools to digitally operationalize Bloom's more

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Top of Mind Podcast – Exploring Student Success


The Tambellini Group is a leading market research and advisory firm for higher education. They've been sharing insights and ideas through their Top of Mind blog for years, and more recently, they've. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!]. Making the case for Education Technologies Student Centered Learning _ Miscellaneous Tools and Topics

Take Your Students on Virtual Field Trips with This Excellent Google Tool

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Google Earth Tour Builder is an excellent tool to use with students in class to create virtual tours and explore places from all around the world. You can design a tour of any location you want, more

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You Can’t Spell STEAM without TEA

My Paperless Classroom

Teaching STEAM requires that I learn every day. Somedays, I need to be smarter than I really am. Long ago, I learned that these demanding brain moments can be eased with the right amount of caffeine. Looking for the right amount of caffeine has lead me on a tour of so many delicious sources. At schools, the communal coffee urn has been retired for a couple of K-cup machines and a water filtering machine. We chat about weekends as we fill our water bottles and thermal mugs.

TalentFound Helps Communities Find Success

Mindspark Learning

TalentFound Helps Communities Find Success Demand for higher cognitive skills, such as creativity, critical thinking, decision making and complex information processing, is expected to grow by 19% in the United States and 14% in Europe by 2030, according to a recent report by McKinsey and Company.