Tue.Mar 12, 2019

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I love this new trend of putting reading times on top of articles, so you know up front if you have the time to commit to it or not.

5 Essential Things Teachers Need to Know About UDL

The CoolCatTeacher

Loui Lord Nelson on Episode 458 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast Universal Design for Learning (UDL) doesn’t have to be mind-boggling. Today’s guest is international UDL expert Loui Lord Nelson, Ph.D.

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Who Does the Edtech Marketplace Benefit, Anyway?

Digital Promise

“There is definitely something wrong, something broken, with the edtech marketplace. People who should really care about research are turning a blind eye to the lack of research supporting product development.” – Ben Grimley, CEO of Speak Agent.

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Humorous Look at What I Learned from my Computer

Ask a Tech Teacher

As a teacher on a mission to infuse technology into my classes, I’m often surprised how often technology can be applied to teaching and life. I share these humorous gems with students during classes, post them on the classroom walls, and incorporate them into conversations with colleagues.

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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.

New Micro-credentials Provide Path to PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification

Digital Promise

This blog post originally appeared on KQED.org. PBS and KQED offer a set of free media literacy micro-credentials that validate media literacy skills and classroom implementation practices.

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K–12 Departments Work Collaboratively to Support New Pedagogies

EdTech Magazine

K–12 Departments Work Collaboratively to Support New Pedagogies. eli.zimmerman_9856. Tue, 03/12/2019 - 13:54. Engaging students and personalizing instruction with technology requires IT and instructional experts to work effectively , together, outside of their traditional silos.

To the next President of the World Bank—it’s time to switch it up

The Christensen Institute

Two months ago, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim abruptly resigned, creating an opportunity for new leadership at the world’s foremost development institution.

It’s Time Edtech Conferences Stopped Ignoring Equity and Race


The typical edtech conference buzzes with gadgetry, infrastructure and new ways to engage students. Most session tend to focus on new apps or software over deep dives into pedagogy and building better relationships. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that—the world needs both. But when was the last time you hear someone talk about racism or digital equity? Where are the conversations about reaching all learners and examining our own biases as educators?

Alan November to Present at #CUE19 on Media & Information Literacy


Author and international EdTech leader Alan November will take Palm Springs by storm later this week at this year’s annual Spring CUE Conference.

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.

Who Owns Digital Badges? A Company's Patent on Credential System Raises Questions


When the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted two patents last year for creating, managing and tracking digital credentials, it raised new questions and concerns among a community of innovators who are trying to create an open platform for rethinking credentials.

The Teacher’s Guide to Podcasts

Shake Up Learning

The post The Teacher’s Guide to Podcasts appeared first on Shake Up Learning. As co-host of The Google Teacher Tribe Podcast , and host of the soon-to-be-released Shake Up Learning Show , it’s no secret that I like podcasts.

Teachable Moments: How Four Educators Learned to See Their Students Differently


When students struggle, so do educators. That’s why this week on the EdSurge On Air podcast, we hear from four educators who remember a time when they faced difficulty with an issue or a student, but overcame that struggle to find a positive outcome. This episode is the first of a four-part series about why teachers teach, called Teachable Moments. In this series we'll hear directly from educators who attended the EdSurge Fusion Conference last fall.

Learning while you earn in college

The Hechinger Report

Columnist Andre Perry with Georgetown University junior Marissa Marshall, who is working this semester as a research intern at The Brookings Institution. Photo courtesy of Mark Hoelscher. Marissa Marshall, a junior at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.,

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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.

10 Last-Minute Test Prep Ideas to Improve Test Scores [Infographic]


For educators and students alike, state testing days are often the most stressful part of the school year. And although those dates may be marked on the calendar the very first day of class, they can still catch many by surprise. If you find yourself running short on time as the testing window approaches, consider the helpful tips below. Your students will be ready to tackle the test in no time! Click here to see the full infographic.

What you should know before moving ahead with online assessment

eSchool News

Even in today’s tech-heavy environment, before moving to online assessments, leadership needs to ask: Should we?

The Edtech Buying Process Is Broken. ISTE Says Teachers Can Fix It.


At North Carolina’s Rowan-Salisbury Schools, a room in the central office showcases 3D printers, virtual reality headsets and a variety of iPad apps. Educators can stop by at their leisure to experiment with the tools, which have been vetted and approved by the district’s technology department.

Post 1982 Penny Battery: Experiment in Withholding Information


Pennies made after 1982 are ~ 95% zinc with a plated copper exterior. Thus, a penny contains two metals and can, if manipulated properly, be converted into a battery. See video below:  

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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.

How Can Microsoft Learning Consultants Help Your District By Providing FREE Training Opportunities and 1:1 Support?


In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, Jeff sits down with Lindsey, Zia, Brandon, and Danielle to learn how Microsoft Learning Consultants are providing FREE support and training to Office365 schools worldwide. The post How Can Microsoft Learning Consultants Help Your District By Providing FREE Training Opportunities and 1:1 Support? appeared first on The TeacherCast Educational Network. The TeacherCast Podcast Microsoft Education

Follow Along With a Grad Seminar About Edtech: Part 1, Picking the Best Tech


This semester I’m teaching a graduate seminar on education and technology for Georgetown University. Over the next two months, I’ll share the experience and highlights in a series of columns for EdSurge with highlights from the course. When teaching a course on edtech, it’s logical to start with a look at how professors can select the best tech tools for their courses. That choice has gotten both easier and more complicated (and challenging) in recent years.

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4 Ideas to Help Improve Teacher Well-Being

The Principal of Change

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” ” Ferris Bueller. One of the things that I say to teachers beginning the profession is that they should be much better than I was from when I first started teaching.

Swing Education Releases New eBook to Help Navigate Teacher Shortages


The eBook covers causes of teacher shortages and provides steps school and district leaders can take to address it

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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.

How we turned around our school culture and student performance

eSchool News

Demographics: Santa Rosa County (FL) District Schools is a high-performing rural district of about 28,000 students that stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to Alabama. The district has 33 schools, ranks in the top 6 or 7 in every category in the state, and is growing by 400 to 500 students per year.

Have You Done Your Digital Spring Cleaning?


It seems Spring cleaning is all the rage lately. From a popular Netflix show that encourages ruthlessly discarding anything that isn’t joy-inducing—to my memories of being forced to clean out that corner of the closet I never touched—it seems it’s time to tidy.

How Can Colleges Build a Better Future for Work-Study?


Los Angeles, CA —On-campus jobs have long offered a way for students to help students pay for college. But how can these gigs—which could range from data-entry to dining hall service—better prepare students for their careers and keep them in school? A new report from NASPA–Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education offers recommendations on how colleges can rethink work-study programs to more intentionally prepare working students with career-ready skills. “As

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Mining for Diamonds


To say that I am passionate about technology integration is an understatement. I had a rewarding thirty-year teaching career. Along the journey, I searched for ways that technology could help me be a better teacher.

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LMS Comparison: What Learning Solution is the Best Fit for Your Business?

Explore this detailed guide to see how traditional Learning Management Systems compare to an advanced online learning platform, and find out which type of solution is best suited to meet your learning program needs.

Bridgepoint Education Acquires a Coding Bootcamp in Fullstack Academy


Coding bootcamp Fullstack Academy has been acquired by Bridgepoint Education , a publicly-traded higher education company. Bridgepoint, which owns Ashford University and offers online program management services, will pay $17.5 million in cash and 2.5 million shares of common stock upon the closing of the deal, which is expected to happen by the end of March. (At At the time of writing, Bridgepoint was trading at $7 a share, which means the total transaction value could be around $35 million.)

Edtech Thought Leaders Gather for TCEA Convention in Texas

MIND Research Institute

The 2019 TCEA Convention and Exposition – an exciting hub of activity for educators and ed tech leaders – was held in San Antonio, TX, on February 4-8.

How to Develop a Greater Sense of Motivation in Students


Teachers can know their content backwards and forwards. They might have put hours into their lesson plans. But if their students aren’t motivated, learning won’t happen.