Mon.Nov 05, 2018

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.

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

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?

¡EdTech Brunch con EdTechTeam en la U!


Dispositivos Chromebook, herramientas colaborativas, aplicaciones para potenciar el trabajo de los docentes y estudiantes fueron el centro del EdTech Brunch realizado el sábado 27 de octubre en el Laboratorio de Aprendizaje Docente, LAD, en la Universidad del Norte en Barranquilla.

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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.

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.

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.

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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?


The Dangers Of “Choose Your Own Adventure” Genre For Real & Painful Stories

Larry Ferlazzo

paulracko / Pixabay. I’m a big fan of Choose Your Own Adventure Games – both having students play them, and having them create ones. That’s why I have The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories.

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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.

Two Useful Videos On The Migrant Caravan

Larry Ferlazzo

StockSnap / Pixabay. I wrote a fairly popular post yesterday headlined THE DEMONIZATION OF IMMIGRANTS AS INVADERS, AND WHAT TEACHERS & STUDENTS CAN DO ABOUT IT. As a follow-up, I thought readers might find these two new videos about the caravan useful.

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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.

Teach Like the Tonight Show: Mad Lib Theater in the Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post Teach Like the Tonight Show: Mad Lib Theater in the Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Jimmy Fallon cracks me up, and I love to find ways to use some of his Tonight Show games in the classroom.

“A Hundred Years of American Protest, Then and Now” Is A Great Video, Except….

Larry Ferlazzo

OpenClipart-Vectors / Pixabay. This new video from The New Yorker is great – almost masterful, in fact. It contrasts various iconic moments in American protest history from the past one-hundred years.

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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.

‘Writing Frames Are the Recipes of Writing’

Larry Ferlazzo

‘Writing Frames Are the Recipes of Writing’ is the headline of my latest Education Week Teacher column. In it, Patty McGee, Jules Csillag, Sara Holbrook, Michael Salinger and Kathy Glass share their ideas on instructional strategies for teaching writing.

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?

The Pedagogy of Urgency

Cycles of Learning

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

A Look Back: “I Did A Presentation Today On The Concept Attainment Instructional Strategy – Here Are My Materials”

Larry Ferlazzo

This blog has gained many new readers over the past year. Because of that, I thought it might be worth sharing a daily “A Look Back” where I share a best post from the past twelve years. You can also see all of my choices for “Best” posts here.

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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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

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.

Not using DocsTeach!? We need to talk


Okay. I know some of you are using DocsTeach


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.

Describing Words


Here is a great web tool that will help us and our learners find and learn new adjectives while describing nouns

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Child care available for only 23 percent of Mississippi’s infants and toddlers, report finds

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Mississippi Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes with trends and top stories about education in Mississippi. Subscribe today!

Promethean Extends US Grant Program Deadline to December 2018


Promethean announced today that the deadline for the U.S. grant program has been extended to December 1, 2018


7 steps for a smooth technology deployment

eSchool News

As the director of student learning at a pre-K-12 school district, my job is to deploy technology that will prepare students for college and career readiness.

Free Game Offers a Hard Look at Choices & Poverty


Spent is like a jazzed-up, text-based, choose-your-own adventure, but with a powerful message about social justice


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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BACK OFFICE BUSINESS: North Carolina School Districts Adopt IM Certified Professional Learning


A growing number of districts are turning to Illustrative Mathematics (IM) Certified Professional Learning

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

FEATURE: Are Curriculum Specialists in Edtech Denial?


Effective teaching practice incorporates the tools and skills that students are already using and will need to learn for the future

How Teachers Designed a School Centered On Caring Relationships


Roberto Vega has taught at schools all over Los Angeles, but when he came to Social Justice Humanitas Academy he knew he’d found something special. Everything about how the school is structured and run is done with the best interests of students in mind.

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

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.

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.