Wed.Aug 08, 2018

Revive Your Creativity

iTeach with iPads

When I was in elementary school, I played outside almost every day with my next door neighbor. We created elaborate play schemes, including an outdoor “kitchen”, complete with mud pies. We also had fun reenacting one of our favorite books, Harriet the Spy.

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How to Make the Most of the First 20 Days of Personalized Learning

Education Elements

As the 2018-2019 school year begins, I can’t help but think back to my years in the classroom and the days and weeks leading up to a new school year. The feeling of getting back in my classroom after recharging during summer break, the excitement of unpacking book boxes, decorating the walls, and way too many trips to Target for those must-have new supplies. The moment that made it feel most real was getting my class list, picturing the faces that would soon fill the empty desks.

Make your LMS a social learning platform

Ask a Tech Teacher

Vivek Singh, education professional and contributor to Ask a Tech Teacher, has some interesting ideas on using your native LMS as a social learning platform. He has some great thoughts on breakout rooms, discussion forums, virtual reality, and gamifying lessons.

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How to Make the Most of the First 20 Days of Personalized Learning

Education Elements

As the 2018-2019 school year begins, I can’t help but think back to my years in the classroom and the days and weeks leading up to a new school year.

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.

A thorn in the side of education innovation

The Christensen Institute

This is the third post in a three-part series on strategies for expanding the impact of schools and teachers. The other posts in the series are available at the following links: part 1 , part 2. Innovation is the key to real and lasting progress in education, but it isn’t easy to get right. In principle, innovation allows schools to push past time and resource constraints so teachers can accomplish more with their students.

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Learning to Teach for the Future


“If you can dream it, you can code it.” As I looked around the huge ballroom filled with eager educators, Hadi Partovi’s words began to energize and excite me. It also seemed Partovi’s words were having a similar effect on the overly air conditioned room, filled with over 500 teachers.

OPINION: ‘The fact that today’s youth feel ill-prepared or uninformed should set off alarm bells’

The Hechinger Report

. For many high school graduates, “career-ready” is more a catch-phrase than an accurate description of their educational experiences.

How Classroom Design, Technology and Furniture Can Enhance Student Learning


At a CTO summit this summer, I joined a group of educators discussing the effect of spatial design and furniture selection on learning. It was clear that attempts to influence learning by changes to spaces and furniture had not always met with success.

12 Of The Best ASMR Videos With No Talking

TeachThought - Learn better.

? Does This Help You Relax?

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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.

Thoughts on OER and Cost Savings

iterating toward openness

Yesterday, Phil Hill wrote about OpenStax’s new method for calculating the savings students see when their faculty adopt OER. Welcome Change: OpenStax using more accurate data on student textbook expenditures. His article highlights these paragraphs from Rice University’s recent press release : Our community is creating a movement that will make a big impact on college affordability.

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Give Audio and Text Feedback Quickly With This Google Docs Add-On


Kaizena Nifty add-on enables audio and text feedback in Google Docs Pros: Private or group-level feedback via text or audio. Good Google Classroom integration. Cons: The initial sync with Google Classroom is slow.

What It’s Like to Be a Teacher Vlogger Star on YouTube


Educator Charles Reynolds has gotten recognized at teacher conferences and restaurants. That’s because he’s not just a ninth-grade literature teacher at Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia High School. For approximately the past two years, he’s been vlogging on YouTube about his experience as an educator—and garnered hundreds of thousands of video views in the process. Reynolds is just one of many teachers that have taken to vlogging over the past few years, creating a vibrant community along the way.

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Project Inspiration: Using @SutoriApp in Math Class – Video Walkthrough


I wanted to share a video I created where I walk through two assignments that I had my AP Calculus AB students do this past year, both using Sutori.

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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.

Pathrise, a Career Accelerator ‘By Students, For Students’ Raises $1.2 Million


Would you take career advice from a 23-year-old—and pay a chunk of your salary for it? That’s the question that may surface when one first encounters the team behind Pathrise , a startup co-founded by a pair of early twentysomethings (who look even younger in pictures). But what the team may lack in age, it makes up for with a staff whose resumes are padded with stints at some of the most sought-after companies including Yelp, Facebook, Salesforce, GitHub and, of course, Google.

Ultimate Resource Guide for the NEW Google Classroom!

The Electric Educator

Google Classroom is an essential tool for any teacher using Chromebooks or Google Drive as a teaching tool. On the surface, classroom is a simple tool, but with a little creativity and ingenuity it can do some awesome things!

Want to influence your school leaders?


Focus on the problems they are trying to solve. In a recent OnCUE blog post, Kristina Allison references some of the challenges of teacher leadership, including the dilemma of being spread thin over multiple, sometimes conflicting, priorities.

Today's Newsletter: Where to Find & Curate OER Resources


Guest post by Steve Baule, Educational Leadership Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Superior: As the school year begins, one of the struggles many teachers have is finding good repositories of Open Education Resources (OER).

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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.

Integrating Coding with SpheroEdu


I love walking into a classroom with Spheros in my hands. The students, no matter what age, smile with excitement. These little ball robots have opened up so many possibilities. Students don’t fear failure because Spheros offer a level of engagement like no other. And the beauty is you can use this little robot in any lesson, in any subject, and with any age. For me, it all started in 2015 when I asked for a Sphero to use with my after-school Environmental Club.

How Learning Science Is Catching Up To Mr. Rogers


Editor’s note on Aug. 8, 2018: This piece has been substantially updated from a version published in 2014. A solemn little boy with a bowl haircut is telling Mr. Rogers that his pet got hit by a car.

The TeachThought Podcast Episode 126 Improving School Ratings And Accountability

TeachThought - Learn better.

New York’s Yonkers Public Schools Joins Forces with Discovery Education to Create Culture of Student Inquiry Districtwide


- Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Streaming Plus Digital Resources Will Help Create Immersive Learning Experiences in All 39 District Schools- Silver Spring, Md.

EdTech at School

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

New Site Connects Students With Ed-Tech for ‘Real World’ Expertise, Guidance

Marketplace K-12 is a new resource from the Clayton Christensen Institute to help schools identify ed-tech that will connect students with ideas, opportunities, and expert advice from their communities, and the world. The post New Site Connects Students With Ed-Tech for ‘Real World’ Expertise, Guidance appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Academic Research Assessments/Testing Career/College Readiness English-Language Learners Market Research Online/Virtual Learning

Indianapolis District Awarded $700,000 WiFi Grant


The Metropolitan School District (MSD) of Decatur Township today announces it has been awarded a $700,000 two-year grant through T-Mobile's EmpowerED program.

To Bolster K-3 Literacy, North Carolina Provides 24,000 iPads for Reading Teachers

Marketplace K-12

North Carolina is providing iPads for every K-3 reading teacher in the state as part of its literacy program, Read to Achieve. The post To Bolster K-3 Literacy, North Carolina Provides 24,000 iPads for Reading Teachers appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Apple Hardware/Software iPads Mobile Devices Pricing/Procurement Reading/Literacy

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Follett Expands Book Fairs to Include PreK-1, Middle School


Follett today announced its one-year-old book fair business is expanding for the 2018-19 school year to offer fairs focused for early childhood (PreK-1) and middle school (grades 6-8). Follett Book Fairs launched a year ago on a regional basis with fairs designed especially for K-6 and K-8 schools.

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.