Wed.Apr 25, 2018

10 low-prep, high-return activities for class TOMORROW

Ditch That Textbook

Low-prep doesn’t have to mean less learning. Technology allows us to be more efficient and effective in the classroom in many ways. When we focus on sound teaching and learning, we can do high-quality learning in less time — AND take less time to prepare for it!

Effective Edtech Pilots with Adult Learners

Digital Promise

Do you struggle with how to get started with technology in your adult learning program? Do you understand your goals and your expected learner outcomes?

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The EDTECH Survey 2018 – Results Are In!


Recently, I set up a survey to find out about EDTECH & its use in schools around the globe. Thanks for the hundreds of responses I got from you all! . The questions asked were: How much do you use technology with your class? What is your favourite educational app?

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Flipping Awesome Physics with an Asynchronous Flipped Gameful Mastery Learning Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Jonathan Thomas-Palmer on episode 298 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Jonathan Thomas-Palmer teaches physics.

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.

Where is the magic kingdom for nontraditional learners?

The Christensen Institute

Disney has reigned as the premier brand in kids & family entertainment for decades, since its founding in 1923. Despite having raised ticket prices by 6% over the past ten years, Disney has seen record-breaking attendance. At the end of 2017, Disney made headlines for having to temporarily close its premier theme park in Orlando, Florida, having already filled the parks to capacity.

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Making Bold Changes Through Personalized Learning

Education Elements

In Harrisburg we have been implementing personalized learning for a little over 5 years. In our 5 years of implementation we have learned a ton and have started to create a solid roll out plan: Personalized Learning Classrooms

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Questions to Ask if You're Worried About Student Data

Education Elements

Last week I heard a district leader say, “In God We Trust - everyone else, bring data.” I chuckled - because we talk out of both sides of our mouth when it comes to data. In the same breath we demand “data driven instruction” instruction in our classrooms but it’s also clear that we don’t understand (and many times don’t trust) the technology that captures this very data needed to drive instruction.

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High-Paying Trade Jobs Sit Empty, While High School Grads Line Up For University


Like most other American high school students, Garret Morgan had it drummed into him constantly: Go to college. Get a bachelor’s degree. “All through my life it was, if you don’t go to college you’re going to end up on the streets,” Morgan said.

T&L Reviews Lexia PowerUp Literacy

techlearning ? Retail Price: Contact Lexia for pricing and licensing options that match your school’s needs.

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High-Paying Trade Jobs Sit Empty, While High School Grads Line Up For University

NPR Learning and Tech

Huge shortages loom in the skilled trades, which require less — and cheaper — training. Should that make students rethink the four-year degree? Image credit: Sy Bean/The Hechinger Report

Today’s Curriculum for the Higher Ed HR Leader

Speaker: Joseph Clay, Business Transformation Strategist at Oracle, and Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Today’s universities and colleges face many challenges ranging from reconciling financial pressures, to ensuring student success, to managing complicated workforce dynamics. One thing they all have in common: Their head of HR must align the HR function to best support the institution as it navigates this current landscape.

AV that Makes the Grade


New audiovisual tools are supporting next-level collaboration, soft skills development, and design thinking in K-12 schools. If you want to prepare for the future of educational technology, start by exploring the past.

How I Read as a Literacy Leader

Reading By Example

Schoool leaders cannot know literacy without being a reader. Therefore we have to read. Here, I share five suggestions for becoming a more intentional reader. Read widely. This means reading across a variety of genres and modes. Both online and offline.

In this innovative program, barbers cut hair and health risks

The Christensen Institute

All healthcare requires collaboration between providers and patients, but chronic disease management demands particularly high levels of patient engagement over an extended period of time. And that often means changes in lifestyle and routine to incorporate regular exercise, nutritious diet, medication, progress tracking, and check-ins with providers.

AV Tech Gets Creative


Whether tossing around a blue foam ball microphone to record verbal book reviews or using interactive displays for multiple small hands to track migration patterns across the Serengeti, teachers are using AV tools in creative ways to engage their students.

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Virtual, augmented, and mixed reality in education: a NERCOMP workshop

Bryan Alexander

Yesterday I organized a NERCOMP event on virtual, augmented, and mixed reality in education. I’d like to share some of the proceedings which seem especially important and also cool.

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Lessons from a Decade of 1:1: a Crowd-Sourced Interview


At the Tech & Learning Leadership Summit in October 2017, several districts that have been involved in 1:1 initiatives for many years came together to discuss their experiences.


Announcing the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center

Doug Levin

I’m pleased to announce the beta launch of the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center at: [link] : The K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center website will be the new home of the K-12 Cyber Incident Map and related cybersecurity resources and commentary that has been published on this website. Over the coming days and weeks as cybersecurity resources are migrated to their new home, visitors will be redirected to the new site – and what is now legacy content on this site will be removed.

Our 3 Favorite Features of the new Gmail.


This week, Gmail was updated with a brand new version introducing several new features. At first glance, much of Gmail may seem the same as the previous version however with a close eye, you will notice several important updates. Here are three new features I am excited about.

Workplace, Teams, or Slack, Oh My! What's Right for You?

The Innovative Educator

If you haven't heard, and it's likely you haven't, Microsoft launched a product called Teams in 2017 following the company's decision not to sink 8 billion dollars into the purchase of Slack. Instead, they decided to build out their Skype product and develop their own version of Slack.

Teacher Walkouts: A State By State Guide

NPR Learning and Tech

The West Virginia teachers strike in mid-February started a movement. Here's a look at what the issues are and where it's spread, including Colorado, Arizona and Kentucky. Image credit: Colleen Slevin/AP


SAT Prep From the Masters


SAT Trustworthy, practical SAT prep from the makers of the test The Classroom Assessment Gap: Key Findings Pros: Who knows about the SAT more than the folks who make the test? Cons: The free stuff on the site can be run through pretty quickly; then, paid content is your only option.

Tinkerine U: Learn and teach 3D printing

iLearn Technology

What it is: So you have a 3D printer…now what?! Introducing Tinkerine U the place where you can learn (and teach) 3D printing. Tinkerine U is a great starting point (no matter what brand of 3D printer you have!).

How one innovative college uses technology to energize active learning


Physics professor and pedagogical researcher Chris Whittaker is a firm believer in the power of active learning. He’s read and contributed to the academic research, weighed the evidence and seen the results in his own classroom. “S S tudents are getting to much deeper levels of conversation in my classes, asking me much more profound questions and engaging with the material in a way that I’ve never seen before,” says Chris, who teaches at Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Selfie Exit Ticket

Teacher Tech

Selfie Exit Ticket Here is a fun idea for an exit ticket. Ask students to submit a selfie about how they felt about the activity. You can have students submit the selfie or add one to Google Slides. (If If you would like to add a selfie exit ticket to the sample slides below click here.) […]. The post Selfie Exit Ticket appeared first on Teacher Tech. Advanced Google Slides G Suite google slides

T&L Reviews Wowzers

techlearning ? Retail Price: Contact company for pricing. Wowzers provides multiple professional development opportunities for districts. There are two primary options available: free, on-demand, virtual PD; or onsite PD ($1,000 plus expenses for one day, $2,000 plus expenses for two days).

Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Larry Ferlazzo

© 2010 Enokson , Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio. Five years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention.

Education Design Lab Releases 21st Century Skills Badge Program


To develop in-demand skills and streamline employers’ hiring process, Education Design Lab launches the 21st Century Skills Badges after three years of research, design and pilots.

“The Waiting Game” Simulates The Challenges Facing Someone Seeking Asylum In The U.S.

Larry Ferlazzo

Choose Your Own Adventure games often have to be careful balancing respecting the experiences of those who are being simulated and portraying it sensitively with a social conscious.

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The (Virtual) 2018 Global Education Fair Is Next Week! Sign Up Now.

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Our 2018 Global Education Fair is next week, April 30 - May 4! Looking to take your school global? Working on a classroom global-connection project? Come learn about and connection with global organizations and projects in our free, virtual, online exhibit hall for teachers and school districts.

Delightful New “Hamilton” Video

Larry Ferlazzo

As regular readers know, I’m a big fan of Hamilton: An American Musical (see The Best Teaching/Learning Resources On The Musical, “Hamilton” ).

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Technology Tidbits

hyperPad is an excellent iOS app for educators to use to introduce students to programming/coding. This is done in the familiar to use drag-n-drop interface where students can easily create games, presentations, banners, and more.

“Be George Washington” In This New Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Activity

Larry Ferlazzo

Be George Washington: It’s Your Turn To Lead is a new online choose-your-own-adventure game from Mount Vernon. Players can choose various well-know scenarios where Washington had to deal with crises.

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OPINION: States hold the keys to career education

The Hechinger Report

Some states are waiting for Congressional reauthorization of legislation on career and technical education. Photo: Kathleen Kordek for The Hechinger Report.

This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Larry Ferlazzo

© 2011 CGP Grey , Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio.

It’s Time to Make Student Privacy a Priority


Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission and the US Department of Education held a workshop in Washington, DC. The topic was “Student Privacy and Ed Tech.”