Mon.Nov 05, 2018

Are Smartphones in the Classroom a Smart Move?

The CoolCatTeacher

Liz Kolb in episode 387 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Liz Kolb reflects upon how far cell phones have come since she wrote one of the first books on cell phones in the classroom. Are Smartphones a good idea?

Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) Displays: A Maker Education Project

User Generated Education

I have lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico for a few decades. One of my favorite things about living here is that it celebrates and embraces Hispanic and Mexican cultural traditions. I have the privilege of working with gifted kids at two elementary schools with over 80% Hispanic students.

Measuring Up–the Key to Meeting State/National Standards

Ask a Tech Teacher

Last year, only 61 percent of high school students who took the ACT English achievement test were deemed college-ready. In math, it was 41 percent. We teachers recognize it is our fiduciary responsibility to fulfill state and national education standards that prepare students for college or career.

3 Levels of Connectivity K–12 Schools Should Consider

EdTech Magazine

3 Levels of Connectivity K–12 Schools Should Consider. eli.zimmerman_9856. Mon, 11/05/2018 - 11:35.

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.

How to Engage Your Students With the 12-Minute Rule and Quizzes They’re Meant to Fail


Quick: In which Asian country is it customary to touch the elbow of your right arm with the fingers of your left hand when you are passing an object to another person?

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Despite popularity with parents and teachers, review of research finds small benefits to small classes

The Hechinger Report

A small classroom in Richton, Mississippi. Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report. Small classes are very popular with parents. Fewer kids in a room can mean more personal attention for their little ones. Teachers like them too. Fewer kids mean fewer tests to mark and fewer disruptions.

5 ideas for creating an interACTIVE classroom

Ditch That Textbook

Students today are all too often being forced into a traditional model of schooling that is no longer relevant to them. So, how can we be better? The answer comes not so much in WHAT we teacher but HOW we teach. If we want these students to be successful in our classrooms, we need to figure […]. Guest Blog Teaching creative teaching edtech interactive class interactive classroom

12 General Critical Thinking Questions About Voting And Government

TeachThought - Learn better.

12 General Critical Thinking Questions About Voting & Government by Terry Heick Just a quick post that’s self-explanatory enough: It’s almost #ElectionDay! Some questions for student critical thinking: What is the relationship between voting and democracy?


Meet the 83-Year-Old App Developer Who Says Edtech Should Better Support Seniors


“Lifelong learning” may be the latest buzzword in education. But for Masako Wakamiya, it’s much more than lip service. Three years ago, at the ripe age of 80, Wakamiya decided to learn how to code. Last year, she developed and published an app to the Apple’s app store, making her one of the oldest app developers in the world. Now at age 83, Wakamiya beams with excitement when she recounts her journey, which has been featured in news outlets and even at Apple’s developer conference last year.

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.

Is open a means to an end, or is open its own end?

iterating toward openness

Is open a means to an end, or is open its own end? This is a question worth thinking long and hard about. I’ve done some writing as I’ve been thinking about it, so I figured I may as well post it. Think about the phrase “open education.” ” This phrase denotes something very different when you believe open is a means than it does when you believe open is the end. When we consider open to be a means and education to be the end, open is subservient to education.

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Why Edtech Specialists Should Focus on Transformation, Not Tech


In the last decade, schools have dedicated tremendous resources to deploying technology into the classroom. As they invested in hardware and software, they began employing educational technology specialists to incorporate technology that improves pedagogy. Ideally, these specialists partner with teachers to design unique and creative experiences using new technology to boost engagement and risk-taking.

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Go vote. The best civics lesson requires you to leave the classroom

The Hechinger Report

UCI students vote early at the University of California, Irvine on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Photo: Paul Bersebach/Digital First Media/Orange County Register via Getty Images. Election Day is one time you shouldn’t scold your teenagers for cutting class.

What Robots Can Teach Us About Being Human


Over the next few months, Michelle R. Weise will be devoting her column to explaining one small thing about the future of work. Here’s the first of her series for EdSurge. Tell me how you do your job. This simple phrase is one way to determine how quickly your job might become automated in the future.

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.

How to Provide Leadership and Direction In Your School District as a Tech Coach


In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff and Nick discuss the many hats that a Tech Coach wears during the day. It’s always important to remember that as a Tech Coach you represent not just the teaching staff, but the administrative direction of district policy as well. .

Do You Really Know How Your Students Are Using Technology?


Do you know how your students are using technology? Are they struggling with cyberbullying? Falling prey to fake news stories? If you think you have the answers, put your knowledge to the test. Take this quiz and find out if you really know your students' digital habits. As a bonus, you’ll be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Scroll down to take the quiz! Having trouble viewing? Click here to see the quiz full screen. Sweepstakes rules. Education Technology Fun Stuff Community

Learn How Your Students Can Perform on the Same Stage as Hamilton the Musical


In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we speak with members of The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History about their partnership with the award-winning Broadway Musical, Hamilton. About The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E.

STUDENT VOICE: Homeless in fifth grade, now a college sophomore

The Hechinger Report

knew there was something different about our family. When I’d spend the day with friends, I wasn’t allowed to tell them where I lived. If they offered to drive me home, I was supposed to ask that I be dropped off at the grocery store down the street from the shelter.

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 to Provide Leadership and Direction In Your School District as a Tech Coach


In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff and Nick discuss the many hats that a Tech Coach wears during the day. It’s always important to remember that as a Tech Coach you represent not just the teaching staff, but the administrative direction of district policy as well. .

Get Ready for Media Literacy Week with TWO New Podcasts featuring @CommonSenseEdu & @MediaLiteracyEd


Media Literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create media in a variety of forms. Media Literacy Week take place November 5th - 9th

The Pedagogy of Urgency

Cycles of Learning

I began teaching in August of 2000. This year marks my 19th year in the classroom.

Not using DocsTeach!? We need to talk


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EdTech at School

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

If These Walls Could Talk: 3 Ideas For a Creative Classroom Culture, Part Two by @amyburvall

Teacher Tech

Fostering a Creative Culture in the Classroom, Part 2 of 2 Guest Blog Post by Amy Burvall Continued from part one where Amy shared the importance of creativity in the classroom and her idea for Wonder Walls. Metaphors are arguably one of the greatest communication tools humans have. And while they serve to make the complex […]. The post If These Walls Could Talk: 3 Ideas For a Creative Classroom Culture, Part Two by @amyburvall appeared first on Teacher Tech.

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What Will You Create this Year?


As we’re gearing up to welcome a new year, I’m asking myself and all educators to imagine all the possibilities for tomorrow. Looking inward, I have challenged myself and my team to create a summit experience that will help you reignite your passion, potential, and purpose.

edWeb Guide to New Models for Personalized Professional Learning

“When you have administrators, teachers, and people in my position who are planning PD do so in a way that is meaningful to each and every teacher, in any content area – it’s really exciting.

NEWS & TRENDS: FBI Warns Educators and Parents about Edtech’s Cybersecurity Risks


This month the FBI released a public service announcement warning educators and parents about the cybersecurity risks for students

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.