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5 Ways to Improve Conferences and Make Them More Productive

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

To create a conference that works for attendees and vendors, use these suggestions from an experienced entrepreneur and conference-goer. The post 5 Ways to Improve Conferences and Make Them More Productive appeared first on Market Brief.

Why gamification works [Part 2]


In my last blog we started discussing the “why” of gamification , with a specific focus on the nature of motivation, lensed through one broadly held theory of motivation called Self-Determination Theory (SDT), not to be confused at this point with self-directed learning.

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Diagnosing Development: Why wealthy nations distribute resources

The Christensen Institute

The international development industry is vast. When official development assistance ( aid offered by wealthy countries for the “economic development and welfare of developing countries”) and other forms of aid including disaster and relief are taken into account, the industry spends upwards of $200 billion annually. In some countries, such as Malawi, Mali, and Uganda, official development assistance funds more than half of government expenditures.

Restorative justice is about more than just reducing suspensions

The Hechinger Report

Students participate in a restorative circle, a practice that’s part of a movement away from harsh discipline in schools. Photo: Jim Vaiknoras for The Hechinger Report. With just two words, a classroom can be thrown into chaos.

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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.

The big gamble: how accreditation turns innovation into a game of Russian roulette

The Christensen Institute

Does accreditation stifle innovation in higher education? It depends. In October 2012, the accrediting commission of New England Association of Schools & Colleges approved Southern New Hampshire University’s request to create an online, competency-based program that would partner with employers to provide a college education for just $3,000 per year.

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The potential of telehealth in managing rare diseases

The Christensen Institute

This guest blog was written by Rosie Rosati, health advocate for the Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center. In recent years, the healthcare industry has begun embracing the benefits of telehealth and acknowledging the obstacles this digital advancement can overcome. The patient-centered technology provides easy access to quality care for patients residing in remote areas or living in locations with limited access to specialists.

7 proven reasons why should you create an email distribution list for your brand


Have you thought of what might happen if Twitter or YouTube disappeared? Learn why you should create an email distribution list for your blog or website today!

Moving Beyond a “Growth Mindset”

The Principal of Change

This is an image I modified from the book, “ The Growth Mindset Coach ,” and then added my column for “ The Innovator’s Mindset “: As focusing on a “growth mindset” has become amazingly popular in schools, there have been several criticisms that the work is not beneficial, or sometimes misinterpreted. All fair criticisms of the work, even coming from Carol Dweck herself. Although I truly believe that there is no “mindset” that applies to every situation; I have a very fixed mindset about skydiving. I also believe that the notion of not having a growth mindset has been used to label people that don’t agree with a certain direction of an organization or school. Many people challenge, not to hold on, but to move forward. But with any idea, there are interpretations and modifications that are made to apply to the context people are working within. There is no idea that can be simply carbon copied to work with students. People use Hattie’s work all of the time, but the factors that are deemed to “work” do not necessarily work with all students in all situations. We have to remember that people are always a variable, and we have to realize that people have different experiences, as well as wants and needs for their own personal growth. I recently read a quote (paraphrasing) that research should be used to influence practice, not determine the exact path. This combines both the “science” and “art” of teaching. I do this activity after I do a keynote where I have people write down, what they hope to get out of the day, and what they would like to learn moving forward. Even though the same keynote is shared with everyone, the answers from individuals greatly, and then I reshape the day on what the learners need, not on what I want to teach them. With all this being said, this is why I have been focusing on helping people develop an “innovator’s mindset” in their work. As defined in my work: Similar to the idea of not having a growth mindset in all situations, this mindset does not apply to anything and everything. It is also meant to be an extension of the concept of the “growth mindset,” not a competing idea. The simplest way I explain this to people is that I do not want our students to only “learn” math, but to be able to do something with the math they have learned. This quote from Thomas Friedman really makes sense to me: But this cannot be reserved for only students, but something we develop in adults as well. I want to be a person that creates opportunities for myself and for those that I serve based on what I know. Too often though, people connect the word “innovation” to “entrepreneurship,” but it can be applied to any position and any role. My first assistant principal exemplified this mindset in spades, as not only was she amazingly knowledgeable, she would continuously create opportunities for students and staff without waiting for any direction from myself as the principal. I cannot remember asking her to do one thing in my role as principal, because she was always so far ahead creating so many incredible opportunities for others. So many educators do the same within the constraints of doing their job, balancing doing what they have to do, while ensuring they find a way to do what is important. That is the “Innovator’s Mindset” exemplified. Something I believe: Again, there are some spaces when change is thrust upon me, and sometimes when I create it for myself. It is not an “all or nothing” scenario. But, as we look to the future of schools, I hope that we focus on how to empower our students to find and create their pathways, by modeling the same mindset ourselves. January 27, 2017 A World that is Asking for Continuous Creation September 21, 2016 Beyond Knowing July 30, 2016 Is a “Growth Mindset” Enough? September 11, 2014 The Innovator’s Mindset June 20, 2015 Ask Questions and Listen. Embodying Visionary Leadership Providing Instructional Leadership Carol Dweck growth mindset innovation in education innovators mindset the growth mindset coach thomas friedman

EdTech Pioneer Flocabulary Taps Seasoned Leader


Flocabulary , a learning platform that brings the K-12 curriculum to life through its standards-aligned hip-hop videos, today announced the appointment of Din Heiman as president.

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.

TLC Ninja: Tammy Lind Brings Makerspaces into the Classroom


Tammy Lind believes that maker is an innovative mindset that both teachers and students should have, and she prefers having the makerspace in the classroom instead of in the library or a specialized room.

Computational Thinking: 10 Ways To Promote CT Across The Curriculum, Part 1


Welcome to part one on this series based on Computation Thinking. This first post will provide the “what” along with some steps to promote this important practice. The second post will provide a goldmine of resources to get you started with your students. You will not want to miss it!

Why One Professor Says We Are ‘Automating Inequality’


Often the algorithms that shape our lives feel invisible, but every now and then you really notice them. Your credit card might get declined when you’re on vacation because a system decides the behavior seems suspicious. You might buy a quirky gift for your cousin, and then have ads for that product pop up everywhere you go online. In education, schools and colleges even use big data to nudge students to stay on track.

The Cost of Not Educating Girls: $30 Trillion

Marketplace K-12

The biggest economic gains for countries come from giving girls not just a primary education, but leading them through secondary school, a new World Bank study finds. The post The Cost of Not Educating Girls: $30 Trillion appeared first on Market Brief.

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.

Digital Book Clubs for ELA


I don’t know if you’re like me, but whenever I get asked to join a book club (whether it be a for a local mommy group, my kids’ dual language program, or even my beloved teacher circle) I kind of want to puke a little. Don’t get me wrong, I would absolutely love to be one of those eager, go-getter, teacher moms that grabs a book and a cup of tea and sinks into a nice, comfy spot to read.

Successful 1:1 Device Programs Help Students Get Online at Home

EdTech Magazine

Successful 1:1 Device Programs Help Students Get Online at Home. eli.zimmerman_9856. Tue, 07/24/2018 - 11:13. For the past decade, bringing digital equity and broadband access to U.S. schools has been a main focus for educators and administrators. Thanks to nationwide efforts to pursue high-speed connectivity for K–12 students , Wi-Fi is available in more schools than ever before.

The 'Over-Parenting Crisis' In School And At Home

NPR Learning and Tech

Cutting kids' meat or doing their laundry can undermine their sense of self-worth, two books argue. Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR


How User Feedback Helps Shape ST Math Updates

MIND Research Institute

Have you ever provided customer feedback on a product or service and wondered whether or how it was used? Was anyone listening to that feedback? Did listening to feedback prompt them to make changes?

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.

5 Things Ed Tech Should Not be About (Problems EdTech Should Not Try to Solve)


Technology is by no means a panacea for all of the issues education faces … I started this blog back in 2008 (and formally launched as EmergingEdTech in April of 2009). I've read, learned, [Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!]. Future of Education Technology _ Miscellaneous Tools and Topics

Pear Deck for You!

Teacher Tech

Win a One Year Subscription to Pear Deck It’s pretty universal, see Pear Deck and fall in love. Pear Deck allows for making interactive lessons. Not only do they have really cute pear drawings, but their interface is super easy to use. Pear Deck is supporting the Teachers Are Professionals initiative by donating one year […]. The post Pear Deck for You! appeared first on Teacher Tech. Advanced Google G Suite google Pear Deck slides

What’s new in Jamf Pro 10.6

Jamf on EdTech

Jamf Pro 10.6 offers new features, performance and stability enhancements, plus initial compatibility for Apple's fall operating systems — which are currently in beta. Get the details

20+ Emoji Activities and Resources for Teaching Math, Science, and English


Today is World Emoji Day and to celebrate I’m sharing 20 emoji activities, my slide presentation, and resources to engage your learners. Emojis are an important part of our students’ digital culture and the way students humanize time spent communicating with others constantly through a machine.

The Ultimate 12 Step Guide For Choosing The Perfect Learning Management System

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

Data-driven learning, not instruction, is the future of education


Data-driven instruction may be the popular catchphrase in education, but in a recent edWebinar, the speakers advocated for data-driven learning. The student, they said, should be at the center of all educational efforts, especially when the goal is to improve outcomes.

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The Value of CTE for the Students of Today and Tomorrow

Where Learning Clicks

Our students, workforce, and economy thrive when students have access to career & technical education. What’s the value of CTE and where are we as a nation? The post The Value of CTE for the Students of Today and Tomorrow appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

Soccer & STEM Camp Day 1:  Gearing

Cycles of Learning

During Day 1 of the STEM portion of "Soccer & STEM Camp", campers built ball pitching machine to experiment with the process of "gearing up". After building the same machine, campers were challenged to modify their projects to change the speed and/or structure of their machine.


Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.