Mon.Sep 16, 2019

Teacher-Author? Me too! Let’s talk

Ask a Tech Teacher

This week, my wonderful efriends and fellow teacher-authors are helping me launch my latest prehistoric fiction novel, The Quest for Home. Driven from her home. Stalked by enemies. Now her closest ally may be a traitor. An early review… “I can’t begin to imagine the hours of research, not to mention the actual writing time, that went into this wonderful gem of a story. I highly recommend this book. It’s a must read for those who love prehistoric fiction.”

Girl Power(ed): 5 STEM Activities and Lessons for Girls

Educational Technology Guy

Girl Power(ed): 5 STEM Activities and Lessons for Girls By Kate Began Empowering girls through STEM activities not only prepares them for a bright future, it’s also a fun way to keep them engaged while they learn. Little girls love tinkering with things and tackling complex topics just as much—if not more so—than the boys. Unfortunately, some harmful stereotypes just don’t seem to die.

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Assessing Writing Without Grading

CUE

Over the next several weeks, OnCUE will be introducing readers to some of the presenters who will be showcased up in Sacramento at this year’s Fall CUE Conference. These presenters want to give you a teaser of what to expect at their session – and hopefully inspire you to join them! Read on to hear from them […]. The post Assessing Writing Without Grading appeared first on OnCUE. Learn assessments edtech education conference ELA ELA teachers Fall CUE writing

How to Keep Students at the Center of Your Digital Transformation

Edsurge

While there’s no exact formula for a seamless digital transformation, certain school districts are providing examples of how to take this on while keeping learners at the center of everything. Student agency is a top priority at Frederick County Public Schools in Virginia, and it definitely shows in their approach to technology implementation.

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SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

The K-12 Business Model: How to Innovate in an Ever-Changing Learning Environment

EdNews Daily

By Steve Halliwell and Cheryl Miller. Each fall, teachers will get a new sea of smiling faces in their classrooms. Almost no other industry operates under this unique business model, where each year your audience is replaced with a completely new one. And with that type of model in mind, it leads us to wonder what effect annual student influx has on technology adoption in the classroom and the cultural effect on the ability to experiment and personalize.

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10, 9, 8…We’re counting down edtech tools and strategies

eSchool News

Do you love numbers? Do you love countdowns? If so, keep reading this story–we’ve put together a countdown of sorts that focuses on edtech tools and classroom strategies. Each component of our countdown features resources you’re likely to find helpful as an administrator or classroom teacher. Need 10 strategies to get students ready for the future? Or maybe you’re interested in 9 ways to create and manage better makerspaces.

Inside the School Where Every Student Gets Their Own Teacher

Edsurge

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — At the start of her introductory chemistry class, rising sophomore Olivia takes out her laptop and begins following along while the teacher in front of her navigates a slideshare presentation. Today’s topic is figuring out how to convert atoms to moles, a measurement of matter used by scientists. Halfway through, Olivia asks a question and later demonstrates what she’s just learned on a whiteboard behind the teacher’s desk.

Building Long Lasting Professional and Personal Relationships With Your Teachers

TeacherCast

Welcome to the TeacherCast Educational Network. Today we are going to take a look at several things that a Tech Coach can do to make sure they are helping their fellow teachers see their vision of what digital learning could look like in their classrooms. The post Building Long Lasting Professional and Personal Relationships With Your Teachers appeared first on The TeacherCast Educational Network.

The Unexpected Benefit of Differentiation? Student Happiness

Edsurge

Her voice cracking with emotion, first-grade teacher Candy Mobley recalls the day in 2014 when her school district's one-to-one program launched. Their faces were so happy—it was like Christmas. I could have cried. Some of them had never seen an iPad or a laptop and probably wouldn't have without the program here." Their faces were so happy—it was like Christmas. I could have cried.

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.

7 steps to collaborative leadership this year

eSchool News

When the word “collaboration” is spoken in a school, it is not always welcomed with open arms. Educators or leaders who have had success or are comfortable working solo may feel they are being encroached on or that their ideas are being invaded. However, when your school community respects each other and acknowledges individual skills and participation, all staff can move forward in a positive environment while also becoming learners.

Economists find free community college can backfire

The Hechinger Report

College is expensive, so what’s the best way to help more Americans afford a degree? One team of researchers has a surprising answer. The most cost-effective way to increase the number of Americans who get a four-year degree, they found, is to increase tax-payer spending at all public colleges and eliminate tuition for students from families with incomes under $60,000 a year.

Why Single-Point Rubrics Are Awesome And 4 Ways To Use Them

The Web20Classroom

Feedback is one of the best ways to support student learning. According to John Hattie , Feedback has an effect size of.64 and is often considered as one of the top 5 influential factors on student learning, BUT… it is also the most variable. Most of the time the feedback students receive consists of answers to the questions: Where am I going? How am I going? But neglect the third essential answer to the question, Where to next?

You Established Norms, But Did You Teach Them?

MiddleWeb

It’s not enough to set classroom norms and post them on the wall, says author and instructional coach Geoff Krall. We have to teach them and live by them. Here are some of his strategies for teaching and reflecting on norms in ways that really support student learning. Articles Classroom Culture class culture classroom management classroom norms Geoff Krall math teaching strategies

Develop A Feature-Rich App for Any Virtual Classroom

Building an e-learning platform? Download the solution brief to learn how you can create a customized, feature-rich, interactive classroom for an enhanced learning experience.

A Key Element of Professional Trust

Reading By Example

Today I video recorded four classrooms in action plus my instructional walks. Previously I had asked if any faculty were interested in this project. (I I am putting together content for an e-Course/book on instructional walks; read more about walks here , pg 2.) I had four teachers volunteer their time. I would not have made this request three years ago when I first started in my school. Why not? Because the trust wasn’t there yet. So how do I know there is trust now? In a word: confidence.

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OPINION: Why some American students are attending college in Mexico

The Hechinger Report

We’ve seen Mexican students face hurdles when attempting to cross the border to attend class in the United States amidst obstacles like closed borders or long wait times. But educational opportunity is also sending U.S. residents south of the border, with American students often facing challenges similar to those of their Mexican counterparts, even as they take pride in their trans-border identity, attending college in Mexico. Knowledge is perhaps one of the most overlooked “goods.”

5E/Hero's Journey Cycle Example: From Density to Dining

Cycles of Learning

Albeit corny, I don't think a blog post goes by where I don't allude to the beautiful connection between the 5E Learning Cycle and Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey. ​Our students are HEROES and our standards are their JOURNEY. Why not!?! It certainly makes lesson planning more fun.meaningful.etc. Click here , here , and here for past writing and literature about this connection. Keeping the above in mind, I was planning for parent Back to School Night last week.

How to Create Deeper Student Learning Experiences Through Authentic Questions

MindShift

Excerpted from Think Like Socrates: Using Questions to Invite Wonder and Empathy Into the Classroom, Grades 4-12 copyright 2018 by Shanna Peeples. Used with the permission of the publisher, Corwin. By Shanna Peeples. A favorite opening question of mine in designing professional development workshops for teachers is this: What do you struggle with the most as a teacher? And the answers are almost always the same: Students are apathetic, unmotivated, or disengaged. Students don’t value education.

8 Reasons to Invest in a New Student Information System

If your school’s SIS has limited functions, only works on campus or breaks down more than you would like, it might time to invest in a new one.

7 Good Lesson Plans Sources for Teachers and Educators

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

In today's post we are sharing with you this collection of some of our favourite websites that provide free lesson plans to teachers. They provide you access to a wide variety of lesson.read more

Can the Chinese Tutoring Bull Be Tamed?

Edsurge

Investors seeking to fund tutoring companies usually look for those that target massive markets, have scalable tech-enabled products and focus on highly-sought skills. So it’s no surprise that China, India and the U.S., the three most populous nations in the world, are hotspots for investment activity. India and China also boast growing middle classes hungry for skills that propel them socioeconomically.

Heading Structure Guidance to Make Content Better & Accessible

techlearning

Here's why content is better with headings

Guest Blog: Navigating the Future of Learning

ExcelinEd

Excel in Ed is excited to share KnowledgeWorks’ recent forecast, Navigating the Future of Learning , and the following guest blog from their VP of Strategic Foresight, Katherine Prince. The report outlines the new societal paradigm schools and students face and presents a clear framework for policymakers, educators and other stakeholders to navigate. This work is important.

7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

Districts Adopt Gaggle Digital Security Solution

techlearning

"We are pleased to join the Gaggle team given our intense focus on the health, safety, and well-being of our students and community,” said Dr. Mark Johnston, superintendent, Shenandoah County Public Schools, Virginia

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The Forgotten Girl: A Visit with India Hill Brown

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Thanks to Scholastic Book Fairs our fourth and fifth graders were introduced to debut author India Hill Brown. Her new book The Forgotten Girl releases in November, but it is a featured book on Scholastic’s fall book fair allowing readers to enjoy it well in advance of release day. The Forgotten Girl is about 2 friends, Iris and Daniel, who leave their home one night to play in the first snowfall of the year. They sneak away into the woods to get to some fresh snow and to be out of sight.

Kids Master Skills at Their Own Pace Using Khan Academy

techlearning

Khan Academy, a free website aimed at promoting self-paced instruction, houses thousands of academic videos that are baked into guided, adaptive instruction

Educational iPad Apps for Middle School Students

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Here is a updated collection of some good iPad science apps curated specifically for middle school students. Our selection is primarily based on iTunes App Store 's featured collections. We edited.read more

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Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.