Fri.Dec 06, 2019

4 Unplugged Activities for Hour of Code

Ask a Tech Teacher

Hour of Code is a time when teachers show students why they should love-not-fear coding and students find out that these activities — often seen as geeky or impossible — aren’t. They’re actually fun.

Express Learning with Animated Character Videos!

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! A fun way and safe way for students to share their knowledge is through animated character videos. The web tools below will get your students started with creating these videos.

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Educating for the Design Economy

EdNews Daily

By LeiLani Cauthen. Editor’s Note: This article was first published in 2014. It’s remarkable how it has increased in relevance now that the bulk of education is sailing into the choppy waters of redesign and digital-first.

Increasing Accessibility for Students on the Web


Use Immersive Reader on Websites (unofficial) Chrome Extension. Technology tools can make accessibility possible by creating embedded supports that differentiate and personalize instruction. The Google Suite has many built-in tools to support students’ reading, writing, and fluency.

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.

Personalized Learning “Twister”: A Future of Learning Live Demo in Dallas

EdNews Daily

By Charles Sosnik. If you ask a dozen educators to define personalized learning, you’ll no doubt get some enthusiastic answers, and all twelve will probably be different.

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Put To The Test—HP Chromebook X2


The Chromebook with a Dual Personality

Trade Shows: When to Go and What to Do When You Get There

Attending trade shows seems like an absolute must for educational publishers; the cost, personnel, and logistics can be obstacles for even the larger companies. But going shouldn’t be booth or bust, though.

S I M P L I F Y I N G: New Class Website Approach


I am going to be transitioning all of my class websites from traditional Google Sites to simple Google Documents

How to Create Effective Professional Development


Are you responsible for planning professional development activities for your colleagues in education?

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.

Harnessing the Power and Potential of Social Media to Build Learning Communities #CDNedtech19

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

I’ve been invited to host a Round Table Breakout Session at the 10th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit today, titled: “ Harnessing the Power and Potential of Social Media to Build Learning Communities.

Word Cloud Generators to Use in Your Instruction

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A word cloud is a visual representation of the frequencies of words in a text. Teachers can use word clouds for a variety of instructional purposes from creating class groups using students' names more

The 1619 Project: Resources, Opinion and Guidance on Teaching About Slavery


The 1619 Project is a collection of articles and supporting materials on slavery and its significance to American history and culture by the New York Times

Exploring Poetry: A Writer’s Workshop Support

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Our 4th grade is currently reading poetry in their reading block and writing poetry during writer’s workshop. To support their work, they asked me to create a lesson to give their students an opportunity to read multiple kinds of poetry to inform their work back in class. Planning.

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.

BreakoutEDU: More Than a Time-Filling Game

Shake Up Learning

The post BreakoutEDU: More Than a Time-Filling Game appeared first on Shake Up Learning. In this post, we are going to explore how BreakoutEDU is more than a time-filling game! Think of BreakoutEDU as an escape room game for your classroom, aligned with your learning goals.

Teachers' Essential Guide to Coding in the Classroom

Graphite Blog

What is coding? Why teach coding? Is coding relevant to non-STEM subjects? At what age can students learn coding? What do students need to know before taking coding? How do I get started teaching coding? What are the best resources for teaching coding? What is coding? Coding is the process of writing out steps for a computer to follow to achieve a goal or perform a task.

FCC Issues New Category Two Rules

Education Superhighway

The Federal Communications Commission has issued a highly anticipated Report and Order (12/3/2019), that makes notable and permanent changes to E-rate rules for Category Two funding applications.

Helpful Google Sheets for Teachers and Educators

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

After Google Docs poster, here is the one we promised to prepare for Google Sheets. Our purpose behind these visuals is to highlight basic features teachers (and students) need to know to more

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.

Special Holiday Wishes for Our Law Enforcement Officers


As the very proud daughter of a retired police chief with thirty-two and a half years in the department, all things law enforcement related are very near and dear to my heart. I have seen firsthand the risks and sacrifices that these brave men and women make for us on a daily basis.

Take Flight to Accessibility with the AEM Pilot


This is a guest post written by Cynthia Curry, Director of the AEM Center at CAST. SETDA continues an on-going partnership with CAST to support access to instructional materials and tools for all learners.

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Check your public library.


Recently I was trying to get a copy of a book, Sally Gets A Job , that would align with a vocabulary set from one of my favorite apps, WWP-Vocabulary. The set featured good Tier-2 words such as skill, operate, career, successful, earn.

#FactFriday: All 50 States Offer Schools Flexibility from Seat-Time Requirements


Time-based systems, also known as “seat-time” requirement systems, still form the basis of today’s traditional schools. The prevailing assumption has been that state policies for seat-time requirements constrict schools and hinder attempts to innovate.

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.

10 network and physical school safety resources

eSchool News

School safety is paramount to administrators, educators, parents, and students across the country. Teaching and learning can’t occur when school staff and students feel unsafe in their classrooms and school buildings.

Does Work on a ‘Learning Credential Blockchain’ Have Implications for K-12?

Marketplace K-12

IBM is working with a consortium of organizations that are seeking to create a "learning credential blockchain" for education. The post Does Work on a ‘Learning Credential Blockchain’ Have Implications for K-12? appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Blockchain Data Data Privacy

5 ways to celebrate this year’s Hour of Code

eSchool News

The Hour of Code is a global movement by Computer Science Education Week and to teach students about coding and computer science. The event takes place during Computer Science Education Week, which is Dec. 9-15 this year.

#TwistedTropes 24: Maslow's awkward hierarchy

Learning with 'e's

Photo from Wikimedia Commons Everything was awkward about the famous psychologist Abraham Maslow.

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.