Wed.Nov 21, 2018

Google for Education Best Practices Resources and Tips

Educational Technology Guy

Google Apps for Education and Chromebooks are very popular with education for many reasons, one of which is the ease of management and deployment. The Admin Console allows staff to manage apps, user settings, devices settings and much more.

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Why we don’t recommend using the 4 Shifts Protocol as a classroom observation tool

Dangerously Irrelevant

Julie Graber and I often get asked if the 4 Shifts Protocol can be used as a comprehensive walkthrough or observation tool. While the protocol is open source and people can do whatever they want with it, we do NOT recommend using it in this manner.

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7 Things We're Grateful For at Education Elements

Education Elements

I recently read Chip and Dan Heath’s new book, The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact and was struck by the impact that expressing gratitude and appreciation has on both the receiver of the message, as well as on the giver.

Ditch Summit 2018: PD on your couch, on your time

Ditch That Textbook

Want to spend a little of your December learning ideas from world-class educators you can start using in class right away? You’re in the right place. The third annual Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit runs from December 14-31. More than 15,000 educators from around the world participated in the summit last year. Be among them […]. DTT Digital Summit ditch summit ditch that textbook digital summit online professional development

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

Educators See Positive Impact of Mobile Devices in K–12

EdTech Magazine

Educators See Positive Impact of Mobile Devices in K–12. eli.zimmerman_9856. Wed, 11/21/2018 - 10:53. A new report from national education nonprofit Project Tomorrow says adding mobile devices to the classroom provides students with equity, empowerment and a better understanding of complex concepts.

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3 ways lesson planning is like following a recipe

eSchool News

Recently, when a friend shared a recipe on Facebook for a pumpkin cheesecake (yum!), it reminded me of the time I tried to make my own cheesecake. I purchased all the ingredients and some new equipment, including that special pan that snaps around the cake. Unfortunately, I missed a step.

60 Ways To Help Students Think For Themselves

TeachThought - Learn better.

60 Ways To Help Students Think For Themselves by Terry Heick Motivating and engaging students is the goal of most teachers–priming them to receive instruction, or otherwise align themselves to a pre-set process you’ve sketched out that you hope will yield a learning goal you selected beforehand. But I’ve also been thinking recently of how learning […]. The post 60 Ways To Help Students Think For Themselves appeared first on TeachThought.

Here’s What Happened When One University Asked Everyone for Ideas to Reinvent Campus


Here’s an idea for revolutionizing a college campus: run a zipline from one prominent building to another. That would help keep pathways less crowded and could be opened to the public on weekends to generate new revenue. That was one of about 24,000 suggestions sent in last week during a two-day online discussion asking students, faculty, staff, alumni and anyone else to make suggestions for what Long Beach State University should look like in the year 2030.

What Happens When Teachers Connect

TeachThought - Learn better.

What Happens When Teachers Connect by Terry Heick Digital and social media have replaced the landscape for education. This isn’t a case of mere impact or transformation–it’s all different now.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

How Faculty Can ‘Click’ Their Way to a More Inclusive Classroom


What do you think is important for an instructor to do when using classroom response systems (polling software or clickers)? Select all that apply. A) Choose questions that most students will be able to answer correctly. B) Vary the types of poll questions beyond multiple choice. C) Ask students “Please discuss your answer with a neighbor.” D) Stress that students answer questions independent of their peers. Classroom response systems (CRS) have a mixed reputation.

10 Sites for Checking Plagiarism


The best free plagiarism checkers for your classroom

6 Tips for How to Build an Online College Degree from Scratch #DLNchat


Last week the #DLNchat community gathered for a thought experiment around this question: If you could design an online college degree from scratch, how would you do it? Faculty, instructional designers, administrators and entrepreneurs shared their thoughts—from first steps to long-term sustainability. The discussion is outlined below but it’s not too late to share your own ideas, just tweet them with the hashtag #DLNchat.

Teach Finance & Politics With Engaging Free Budget Game


The People's Pie is an educational game in the iCivics series designed to teach students how the federal budget works

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.

Express Gratitude By Blogging

Reading By Example

Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash. This month I have committed to reading one blog post a day and leaving a comment. It’s my way of saying thanks to other educators and writers who take the time to share their thinking online, as well as to frequent the sites of readers of my own blog.

Operation Prevention Video Challenge Launched as Part of National Opioid Education Initiative


The video challenge encourages teens to create a 30-60 second original public service announcement that alerts other students about the dangers of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use

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Enhance Your Productivity with These Apps

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The ability to effectively plan and manage tasks is key to enhancing your overall productivity. And while some web technologies can be, if not used wisely, a major element that undermine more

NEWS & TRENDS: We’re Closing the Digital Divide, But What About the Participation Gap?


This observation around screen time and media usage has profound implications for educators

EdTech at School

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

ASHA Recap


I was happy to attend and present at ASHA in my hometown of Boston this past week! I am still suffering from what we call the #ashahangover, despite being able to drive to the convention center. It is still as always an exhausting and overwhelming three days with a lot to absorb!

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NEWS & TRENDS: When the SAMR Model Isn’t Enough


For many educators, using technology to achieve individualized learning experiences where students move at their own pace is the ultimate goal of the SAMR model

6 EdtTech Tools to Try out in Your Teaching

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Here are six promising EdTech tools with huge educational potential you may want to check out. Some of the things you can do with these tools include: find quality open access academic more

5 Levels of Difficulty Videos: Alternative Assessment Inspiration


It reminded me how explaining a difficult concept to a novice and expert audience simultaneously requires deep conceptual knowledge, and how listening to such an explanation helps to build simultaneous conceptual and mechanical knowledge of a concept

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.

4 Leadership Fake-Outs

Adjusting Course

A Collaborative Post by: Eric Skanson , Elementary Principal (MN) and MESPA President-Elect LaQuita Outlaw , Middle School Principal (NY) and Scholastic Principal Advisory Board Brad Gustafson , Elementary Principal (MN) and Scholastic Principal Advisory Board Larger than Literacy This post pertains to literacy leadership, but we think the leadership principles within apply to many different arenas - including leading from the classroom or supporting meaningful change.

CDI Partners with Parlay to Promote Student Discussions


CDI Computer Dealers, provider of classroom-ready technology to schools, has partnered with Parlay to bring its new online classroom discussion tool to schools throughout North America

Ed. Dept. Pulls Plug on ‘Learning Registry,’ an Obama-Era Tech Initiative

Marketplace K-12

The Education Department said the resource-sharing hub became reliant on "rapidly aging technologies," though it hopes other public and private sector innovations spring from the project. The post Ed. Pulls Plug on ‘Learning Registry,’ an Obama-Era Tech Initiative appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Innovation Learning Registry Online / Virtual Learning

NEWS & TRENDS: Facial Recognition Software Sparks Fears of Government Overreach


Opponents of facial recognition software point to their concern that not enough concern is being paid to the privacy risks of students

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.