Wed.Oct 16, 2019

Unique Teacher Appreciation Ideas

The CoolCatTeacher

André Sasser on episode 574 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter “Room service” door hangers are one of the unique ideas that André Sasser shares on the show.

Student Agency: What Do Students Want to Create to Demonstrate Their Learning?

Catlin Tucker

In my blog post titled “ 3 Ways to Build Student Agency into Your Lessons ,” I encouraged teachers to design lessons that allow students to make key decisions about their learning. Student agency is one of the easiest ways that teachers can begin to personalize learning.

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Digital Assistants in the Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s been a couple of years since my tech teacher advice column “Dear Otto” got its first question about classroom digital assistants like Google Home and Amazon Alexa.

How 1% Change Adds Up to a Big Impact for Schools and Districts

Education Elements

I was on a phone call with two principals earlier this week who shared a concern I hear often in working with school districts through large change management initiatives.

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.

Better book reports: 10 techy alternatives

Ditch That Textbook

Books are amazing. They transport students to a different time and place. They boost vocabulary and improve achievement. Book reports, however, can be a drag. They can suck the fun out of reading. They can turn it into a chore. There has to be a better way, right? Use technology to your advantage! Here are […

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Digital Citizenship Alert: Do NOT Click Between the Parentheses

Teacher Tech

Do Not Encourage Bad Habits I was on Facebook today and saw multiple people sharing “Touch the sentence inside the parentheses.” ” If that statement doesnt send blood cuddling chills down your spine this blog post is for you.

How to Teach Cyber Safety in Kindergarten

EdTech Magazine

How to Teach Cyber Safety in Kindergarten. marquita.brown_tC0Z. Wed, 10/16/2019 - 16:36. One reality of the increasingly connected K–12 classroom is even the youngest students are routinely going online, using email and engaging with mobile apps that collect their information.

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75 Questions Students Can Ask Themselves Before, During, And After Teaching

TeachThought - Learn better.

Are there questions students can ask themselves while you're teaching? Questions that can guide their thinking before, during, and after your teaching? The post 75 Questions Students Can Ask Themselves Before, During, And After Teaching appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching Questioning


OPINION: Why are schools that predominately serve black and brown students consistently underfunded?

The Hechinger Report

Over my 25 years as an educator, I have worked as a teacher and principal, and I have also worked in philanthropy. I have seen how our nation’s public education system is not serving its students equitably, especially students of color and students from low-income backgrounds.

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.

The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 180 Rethinking Academic Credits For Digital Natives

TeachThought - Learn better.

Drew Perkins talks with Nadav Zeimer about his idea to offer digital natives a set crowdsourced standards and academic credits. The post The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 180 Rethinking Academic Credits For Digital Natives appeared first on TeachThought. Podcast


Better book reports: 10 techy alternatives

Ditch That Textbook

Books are amazing. They transport students to a different time and place. They boost vocabulary and improve achievement. Book reports, however, can be a drag. They can suck the fun out of reading. They can turn it into a chore. There has to be a better way, right? Use technology to your advantage! Here are […]. The post Better book reports: 10 techy alternatives appeared first on Ditch That Textbook. Ed Tech

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The TNT Edtech Podcast Episode 18


TNT EdTech Podcast – we are now powered by CUE! In Episode 18 Scott interviews Tara Martin – the BookSnaps creator! Tara shares her philosophy of taking risks and what it means to cannonball in.

Blind Spots

Adjusting Course

Last week I had the chance to facilitate a couple workshops at a conference center in Ohio. Over the course of the conference, two different employees shared something fascinating.

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.

The TNT Edtech Podcast Episode 18


TNT EdTech Podcast – we are now powered by CUE! In Episode 18 Scott interviews Tara Martin – the BookSnaps creator! Tara shares her philosophy of taking risks and what it means to cannonball in.

Where to Find Incredible Student Templates for Google Docs, Slides, Sheets and Drawings!


Just copy, edit and tweak the template as you like, then share the template url with your students so they copy it and complete the work

Stellic Raises $3.1 Million to Help Students Navigate Course Scheduling


As a new college student in 2012, Sabih Bin Wasi found his excitement over his many course options tempered by his confusion at scheduling them. He spent a weekend logging in a spreadsheet course prerequisites and planning semesters ahead for classes in computer science and business.

Engage Students with Interactive Quizzes and Polls Using Slido


Polling options include multiple choice, word cloud, rating scales, and short answer, and teachers choose the length of time sessions will remain active


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.

Twice-Exceptional Students Find An Intellectual Oasis In Iowa


Educators refer to teens like Alex as “twice exceptional.” ” “I have a large degree of skill in almost every subject of learning,” says Alex, who is 16. “But I also have autistic spectrum disorder.”

The latest K-12 digital content trends & strategies that make a difference


Digital content is here and in our classrooms. The real opportunity to unlock the opportunity that digital content provides comes from understanding what is working now and how to make the learning experience even better as needs evolve.

Implementing an Effective Learner-Centered Approach

Shifting from an industrial-age education model to a post-industrial learner-centered model is an essential part of preparing students for college and 21 st century careers, and the process works best when the learner-centered approach is applied to the professional learning of teachers and administrators, as well as the education of their students. During a recent edWebinar , Katie Martin, Ph.D and Symon Hayes of Altitude Learning explained how using a learner-centered process prepares administrators and teachers to implement the same approach with their students. Kimberly Hatten, Ed.D. discussed how the approach had worked successfully in the Futures Academy network of schools. The learning model Dr. Martin presented is known as Competency-Based Learning, and one key aspect is that learners “articulate” their own progress toward competencies. This is important because with today’s diverse students and educators, learners have different timelines and trajectories and the pace of the learning may vary. Deep collaboration between the learners and the people guiding their progress is therefore necessary, and ongoing evaluations should guide the process as well as determine mastery. Application to Professional Learning. Based on input from educators, a learner-centered approach to professional learning can help educators develop a shared vision of their goals and how to achieve them. They can identify and proceed with their personal learning pathways, and develop or obtain the resources needed to implement a learner-centered approach with their students. Coaching and feedback should be provided on an ongoing basis to guide the progress that is occurring, and there should also be “collective efficacy” so that teaching or learning are not isolated experiences, but instead occur as part of a collaborative process. Hayes explained how these goals can be reached through a professional learning process designed to increase educator effectiveness and positively impact all students. This process includes establishing professional learning communities committed to continual improvement, and integrating theories, research, and models of human learning that are aligned with desired outcomes. To make the process effective, professional learning needs to occur over time, with everyone moving in partnership and in the same direction, rather than it being a brief, isolated event. The process needs to be learner driven, with support provided to individuals and to the group as a whole, and it should be inspirational and interactive. Through this type of meaningful professional learning process, educators become engaged and motivated, develop transferable skills, and increase the capacity of their schools and districts. Implementation at Futures Academy. Dr. Hatten explained how this approach worked at her schools, which specialize in providing one-to-one and small-group instruction to students for whom a traditional school is not the right fit. She noted that one of the most influential factors in the success her students achieve is “the partnership they and their teachers forge,” so that made a professional learning organization with a similar emphasis on partnership and collaboration an especially good fit. The process at Futures Academy included defining the specific traits to be developed and demonstrated by students and teachers, and creating rubrics with indicators to evaluate the attainment of those traits. Research-based instructional strategies were aligned with the indicators to create a roadmap to becoming highly effective educators. Another key aspect of the process was designing a professional learning experience across the school year, in order to achieve long-term improvements. This started with the campus leaders and included book studies and regional trainings with campus teams. There was a focus on making the learning meaningful and relevant, so educators could bring it back into the classroom and apply it effectively in ways that were aligned with the work they were already doing. The result, as one teacher observed afterwards, is that “Teachers will take more ownership…learn new strategies, and most importantly become even better teachers.” And, these processes will now become part of a professional learning cycle, with educators continuing to evaluate and celebrate what they achieved, while also developing effective new plans to achieve their evolving goals. This edWeb webinar was sponsored by Altitude Learning. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING. This article was modified and published by eSchool News. About the Presenters. Katie Martin, Ph.D. is Vice President of Professional Learning at Altitude Learning where she supports schools and districts in their shift to learner-centered education. Before joining Altitude Learning, she served as Director of District Leadership at the Buck Institute for Education, which prepares students for the future through project-based learning. Katie began her career as a middle school English language arts teacher and also served as an instructional coach and led a mentoring program for new teachers in her district. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in middle school education, and her doctoral studies focused on new teacher induction. A leader, teacher, and speaker, Katie believes that if we want to change how students learn, we must change how educators learn. She is the author of Learner Centered Innovation: Spark Curiosity, Ignite Passion, and Unleash Genius. Kimberly Hatten is dedicated to serving students through transformational teaching. In her role as the director of curriculum, instruction and assessment at Futures Academy she serves all 16+ campuses and their exceptional teaching teams. Her areas of expertise include teacher preparation and curriculum development with a focus in equitable learning for diverse students. She holds a doctorate in education in educational leadership from the University of Southern California where her research focus was on multimodal composition and teacher preparation. Prior to joining Futures Academy, she taught English language arts at the middle school and high school levels. Symon Hayes is the senior learning designer at Altitude Learning where he designs and facilitates professional learning experiences that support educators shifting to learner-centered practices. With over 25 years of experience in education as a classroom teacher, school-based and district-wide instructional coach, learning designer, and professional learning facilitator he has a deep understanding of instruction and assessment practices for learners of all ages. His work is informed by extensive collaborations with schools and districts across the country, his tenure at Eagle County School District in Colorado, teaching in the UK where he is from, and degrees in art, education, and education design technology. He also presents at conferences and is a regular at the annual Deeper Learning Conference at High Tech High. Join the Community. Leadership and Innovation is a free professional learning community on that serves as an online forum for collaboration on leadership and innovation in schools to meet the needs of the next generation. Altitude Learning is an educator-run startup powering the growing learner-centered movement. With both professional learning and a software platform, it meets schools and districts where they are and accelerates their shift to learner-centered education. The post Implementing an Effective Learner-Centered Approach appeared first on edWeb. edWeb Blog assessment for learning learner-centered professional learning

300 Higher Education Customers Use Modo No-Code App Building Platform


The Modo Campus® solution helps to build and deploy a campus app unifying all aspects of the student experience into a single mobile app

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!

What to Look Forward to at the iNACOL 2019 Symposium

Where Learning Clicks

The iNACOL Symposium offers great opportunities for networking and professional development. Find out what this year’s iNACOL Symposium has in store for you! The post What to Look Forward to at the iNACOL 2019 Symposium appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

Honor Noah Webster’s Birthday by Celebrating Vocabulary and Learning on National Dictionary Day.


To honor pioneering lexicographer Noah Webster , National Dictionary Day is celebrated on October 16, the date of his birth in 1758. National Dictionary Day emphasizes the importance of learning, using dictionary skills and increasing one’s vocabulary.

5 takeaways about the state of edtech today

eSchool News

Using the right edtech tools, combined with knowledgeable and confident teaching, can help accelerate student learning, according to Promethean’s 2019 U.S. State of Technology report.

Playware is a part of S3, Asia’s leading Healthcare Simulation Conference

Playware Studios

Playware Studios is proud to be a Sponsor of S3 conference this 22nd to 25th of October. The Conference brings to one venue, the collective resources and expertise of three renowned healthcare simulation institutes: SingHealth Duke-NUS Institute of Medical Simulation (SIMS) from Singapore, Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM) from Europe, The Gathering Of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists (SimGHOSTS) from the United States. About the Conference.

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.