Fri.Jun 22, 2018

Introducing AudioPlayer for Slides


EdTechTeam is excited to release to the latest EdTechTeam Chrome Extension, AudioPlayer for Slides ! Music often accompanies a beautiful presentation. Until now, there has not been a convenient way to add music to different slides. Today, we change that. I first tried to fix this by creating a Google Slides Add-On, and today it is the 3rd most installed Add-On with over 85,000 users.

Facial Recognition Technology Has No Place in Schools

Doug Levin

Facial recognition technology is dangerous, and it has no place in U.S. schools for the foreseeable future. Says Evan Selinger, a Professor of Philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology and a Senior Fellow at The Future of Privacy Forum, about the current state of facial recognition technology: Imagine a technology that is potently, uniquely dangerous?—?something something so inherently toxic that it deserves to be completely rejected, banned, and stigmatized.

How trauma and stress affect a child’s brain development

The Hechinger Report

Pediatricians and child development experts are concerned about the long-term effects that the Trump Administration’s family separation policy could have on migrant children who are separated from their parents.

“The Slang Map Of The USA” Shows What Its Name Says

Larry Ferlazzo

The Slang Map Of The USA shows what are supposed to be the most common slang terms in each state. I’m adding it to The Best “Language Maps”. Thanks to Google Maps Mania for the tip. social studies

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.

Digital Tools for Preventing the Summer Slide


It’s the end of the school year, and as students get ready for fun and relaxation, many educators across the nation are worried about one thing – the summer slide. Digital Learning Tools and Tips SmartSpot MDM

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Really Interesting “70 People Around The World” Video Series

Larry Ferlazzo

© 2013 Sam Howzit , Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio. Conde Nast has a very interesting video series called “70 People Around The World.” ” You can see them all here. I’m adding this info to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures.

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Great Saturday Opportunity For Free ELL Teacher Professional Development!

Larry Ferlazzo

VirtuEL is a great annual online day for ELL teacher professional development, and this year’s event is on Saturday! You can see the full schedule of events, including a session by me, here. And you can view last year’s sessions here.

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Making Schools Safer: Harsh Consequences, Or Second Chances?


“For the last 14 years I had been a stay at home mom and a soccer mom of three kids,” says Lori Alhadeff. “On Valentine’s Day my daughter was brutally shot down and murdered and I became a school safety activist.”

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Collaborative Learning

Larry Ferlazzo

This is the twenty-fourth post in a series I’m creating that will highlight the Best “Best” lists in a particular topic I have posted over the years. You can see all those lists at the bottom of this post. These are lists I’ve also recently reviewed and revised, so they are up-to-date.

Learner Variability: The Why of Personalized Learning from Tom Driscoll


Learn more from Tom by following him on Twitter: @Mr_Driscoll. Over the past few years, in several different roles, I have researched and experimented with various frameworks and approaches to Personalized Learning.

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.

Statistic Of The Day: People In The U.S. Support Immigration

Larry Ferlazzo

In the midst of anti-immigrant hysteria, this new poll from Gallup, which includes lots of interesting data, would be good to share with our students – especially our ELLs.

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Making Schools Safer: Harsh Consequences, Or Second Chances?

NPR Learning and Tech

The tragedy in Parkland, Fla., this year kicked off a national debate over how to reduce school violence: through tighter security and tougher discipline. or more help for troubled students? Image credit: Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images

Google Unveils System To “Verify” Who You Are

Larry Ferlazzo

Taking a page from Twitter’s “verified account” tool (but, one can hope, they will better apply), Google just unveiled a “verify” feature. You can read all about it here.

Digital Tools to Transform the Learning and Reading Experience

As a growing number of school districts are turning towards digital tools to support teaching, it’s important to ensure that these tools are adding value by transforming learning experiences.

“Ways to use Tech to Differentiate Instruction”

Larry Ferlazzo

Ways to use Tech to Differentiate Instruction is the headline of my latest Education Week Teacher column. In it, Anne Jenks, Ge-Anne Bolhuis, Dr. Nancy Sulla, Sarah Shartzer, Daniel L. Schwartz, Jessia M. Tsang, and Kristen P.

It’s All About Relationships

Reading By Example

“Culture exists whether we are intentional about creating it or not, but it’s a positive culture that is essential to making the necessary changes within our school.” -Jay Jay Billy #TLAP. People ask me all the time-’What’s the next big thing coming in education? This is what I tell them. Relationships relationships relationships relationships relationship relationship relationships-those never go out of style!” -Adam Welcome #KidsDeserveIt.

Buncee Design School – Day 5: Making Professional (But Fun) Buncees


When making presentations, marketing your company, or even just making a portfolio, Buncee is a great tool to use. Buncee provides everything that you need to add links, videos, and anything else that you have to include! Not only is this a great tool to use, but it's easy and fun.

Lego Robotics Day 5: Sumo Championship!

Cycles of Learning

See video from the championship Sumo Wrestling battle below: Robotics STEM

Take The New Skype Course: Digital Compositions and Authentic Audiences


We are excited to announce the release of our new Skype Course - Digital Compositions and Authentic Audiences! Complete the course to take your students’ growth to new heights as you learn how to empower and engage students as real authors, publishing work to authentic audiences.

A Night at the (Virtual) Museum


For many of us, summer vacations include a trip to a museum to see famous works of art. If you can’t get away, don’t like crowds, or simply can’t get enough, give Google Arts and Culture a try.

The Buck Institute for Education Announces its 2018 PBL Champions


Napa Valley, California (June 22, 2018) – The Buck Institute for Education has named its 2018 PBL Champions – a designation that honors a school, a school district, and an individual for their commitment to high quality Project Based Learning.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. Immigration and Education. “The Trump administration is committing violence against children ,” says UVA professor James Coan in The Washington Post – that is, of course, by separating them from their parents and placing them in jail.

Casio Showcases Classroom Solutions at ISTE 2018


Casio America, Inc. announces it will showcase its latest projection technology at the 2018 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) event.

ClassDojo's Summer Kindness Series

Technology Tidbits

ClassDojo is one of the most popular free educational/communicative tools for schools has just released their "Summer Kindness Series" for parents and students. This weekly series will include ideas and activities for students to learn about kindness and what all that entails. For more information click here. I highly recommend checking out ClassDojo by clicking here !!! For my Pinterest board on Web 2.0 click here. For my Edshelf board on Web 2.0 click here.

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Taking Student Voice Beyond The Classroom: Student Perspective


At ISTE this year, beyond attending sessions and trading ideas with other educators, I’ll be meeting with Ross Smith and other members of the Skype in the Classroom team.

Over 20 Good Writing Apps for Teachers and Students

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Here is an interesting infographic we have been working on over the last few days. The visual is inspired by Apple's classification of writing apps featured in App Store. We did some tweaking more. iPad writing apps

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Discovery Education and 3M Announce National Finalists in Young Scientist Challenge


Today, Discovery Education and 3M announced 10 finalists from across America as part of its Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Students were invited to submit short videos that describe a new invention or idea that could solve or impact an everyday problem.

Weekend Reading: Midsummer Edition


For those of us on a May-August academic calendar, summer is quickly vanishing: I for one cannot believe July is nearly upon us. This time of year is a great opportunity to reflect on the spring semester at a comfortable distance, and start ramping up for next year.

Insight ADVANCE Launches Updated Video Coaching Software for Educators at ISTE


Insight ADVANCE , today announced a collection of updates to its observation, coaching, and evaluation software.

Set Sail with the Summit at Sea Sweepstakes


We’re pleased to announce our sweepstakes for our inaugural “Summit at Sea.” Teachers and school district employees are invited to enter June 22 – September 1 for a chance to win a spot on an educational Caribbean cruise hosted by our team. Sweepstakes entry is available online at [link]. Those visiting the site on the specified dates will be asked to complete an online entry form.

Sci-Fi World Inspires Student Storytelling


Elegy for a Dead World has been named a Best Summer Learning Game by Common Sense Education Elegy for a Dead World Summary: Compelling sci-fi world imagined -- and written -- by its players Pros: Charming graphics and a sense of intrigue draw kids into the writing process.

Putting Yourself OUT THERE Professionally

Tech Helpful

As I reflect over my school year, I realize I had a lot of disappointments. In fact, a crazy amount of disappointments.

Teacher stress could cost your schools more than you think

eSchool News

Teachers need the right support to deliver high-quality instruction, and a new study finds that teachers who do not have access to the proper resources have higher job-related stress that negatively impacts student achievement.

Another Coding Bootcamp, Learners Guild, Bites the Dust


Another coding bootcamp has kicked the bucket. Learners Guild , which offered a 10-month program for aspiring software engineers, has shut down. The following note now appears on the website of the Oakland, California-based company: “Nearly three years ago, we set out to create a radically accessible program whereby anyone with the will and determination to do so could become a software developer.

Beware: Your SIS might not be protecting student data

eSchool News

Obligatory CYA note: This article is presented as an “insider’s look” at how SIS security works and the common pitfalls associated with the “convenience vs. compliance” dilemma. The author is not a lawyer and the piece should not be misconstrued as legal advice.

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