Mon.Dec 03, 2018

Beyond the Hour of Code: 20+ free lessons for teaching computer science

Ditch That Textbook

Computer Science Education Week is the first week of December. Have you heard of, participated in, or seen images of the Hour of Code on social media? If so, you probably know how engaged students are and how creatively they solve problems when learning computer science. If you have wondered how to harness that excitement […]. Guest Blog Uncategorized code coding computer science computer science education csedweek hour of code

Why I Became A Teacher

EdNews Daily

Guest article by Jill Drum. A few years ago, I began planning my retirement for when I reached the end of 31 years of teaching. This June will be it, and as the date rapidly approaches, panic is setting in. My whole identity is that of a teacher.

College Major Myths

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. Anyone studying the humanities probably has a story of someone raising a skeptical eyebrow and asking: “What do you plan to do with that?”

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Innovative Science Teaching in Grades 6-12

The CoolCatTeacher

Isabella Liu from Hong Kong on Episode 397 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Isabella Liu is a science teacher in Hong Kong who is using technology with her grade 6-12 classrooms.

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.

For safer schools, we need more hugs, not more guns

The Hechinger Report

“In less than 18 years, we have already seen more deaths related to school shootings than in the whole 20th century,” said Antonis Katsiyannis, Clemson University researcher and the lead author of a 2018 study on school shootings.

Designing Inclusive Learning Spaces

Tom Murray

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” ” – Jonathan Swift Over the past few years, learning space redesign has become one of the trendiest topics in education. Yet, it’s imperative to remember that redesigning learning spaces is about how design impacts the brain and learning; NOT about being pretty for Pinterest.

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5 Handy Tools that Combat Fake News and Create Informed Citizens


Civic engagement is one of the latest education buzzwords. But for many of you, prepping kids to be engaged, informed, and knowledgeable citizens has always been job one. So it’s good to see the rest of the Ed world climbing on board

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How to Create Powerful Student ePortfolios with Google Sites

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Create Powerful Student ePortfolios with Google Sites appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Let’s Talk About How to Create Powerful Student ePortfolios with Google Sites! Online student portfolios are a great way to showcase student work and show growth over time.

3 lessons from data on how students are actually using educational apps and software at school

The Hechinger Report

Apps are increasingly common in U.S. classrooms but a study finds that students aren’t using much of the pricey software that schools buy (Photo by Jackie Mader). BrightBytes Inc. is a for-profit company that sells data analysis to public schools.

The Difference Between Education 1.0 & 3.0

TeachThought - Learn better.

The Difference Between Education 1.0 & 3.0 contributed by Jackie Gerstein For specific training and professional development around technology integration, contact TeachThought Professional Development to bring Jackie Gerstein and other TeachThought professionals to your school today.

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.

You Don’t Have To Like It (Students Watch and Talk About Us, Anyways)

The Jose Vilson

A few times a month, I’ll be on the whiteboard, jotting down examples for my lesson with my back turned to my students. The students find ways to distract themselves (while believing they have nothing to copy down along with me, but that’s another story).

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‘Not All Feedback Is Created Equal’

Larry Ferlazzo

‘Not All Feedback Is Created Equal’ is the headline of my latest Education Week Teacher column. The final post in this series on student writing feedback includes answers from Stacey Shubitz, Carol Pelletier Radford, Melanie Ward, Tasha Thomas, Dawn Mitchell, Jen Schwanke and Donna L.

Seeking Clarity


The Urgent Care doctor seemed incredibly concerned. Instead of treating us there in her office, she instructed us to gather our things and prepare to go to the Emergency Room. Emergency Room? That didn't sound right.

December’s Top 5 Books on Education: See What’s Coming Out This Month!

Where Learning Clicks

With so many great books to choose from, we picked a few of December’s top 5 books on education that you won't want to miss! The post December’s Top 5 Books on Education: See What’s Coming Out This Month! appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

LEARN with Marginal Syllabus (December): What’s Radical about Youth Writing?

Educator Innovator

Our December reading for Literacy, Equity + Remarkable Notes = LEARN, considers the shortcomings of traditional writing instruction in schools and suggests a radical approach. In an article recently published in Voices From the Middle , author Marcelle Haddix shares her experience leading an interest-driven, asset-focused, out-of-school writing program that has implications for the classroom.

Today's Newsletter: How to be a Part of the Biggest Week in Edtech!


Late January 2019 in London will be the place to be for all things edtech with three major events in one week

OPINION: Don’t trust university accreditors to stop for-profit schools from scamming veterans

The Hechinger Report

. When U.S. Marine Anselm Caddell completed his tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, all he wanted to do was pursue a degree in criminal justice. It was a path he believed would provide him with the skills and credentials for a career in the security industry.

A Look Back: “New Research Quantifies The Vocabulary Improvement Generated By Reading – Here’s How I Plan To Use It In Class”

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.

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Simply Way to Incorporate Game-Based Learning into the Classroom


TeacherGaming pairs digital games with high-quality lesson plans and learning analytics

I Am Connected, Therefore I Learn

Catlin Tucker

Is it possible to learn without being connected to a network of other people? Click To Tweet. Before technology redefined the way information is developed, organized, shared, and archived, it might have been possible for an individual to learn without a network.

Students Advance to Finals of Cyber Robotics Coding Competition


Finalists in California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas will be traveling to venues in their home state this December to compete in person

You Can Code! Start Learning Today!

Teacher Tech

Coding Google Forms Workshop Starts December 3rd You can code Google Forms with Google Apps Script. Google Forms are pretty amazing on their own but coding makes them even better. If you would like to learn how to code Google Forms, with an emphasis on increasing your productivity as a teacher, this is the workshop […]. The post You Can Code! Start Learning Today! appeared first on Teacher Tech. Advanced Coding Google coding go slow Google Apps Script

How Much Screen Time Is Too Much for Kids?


The digital divide between rich and poor students isn’t what it used to be. As more devices find their way into homes, screen time across the socioeconomic spectrum is growing. But some more affluent parents are starting to pull back, setting stricter limits on device use both in and out of the classroom. That was the focus of a recent New York Times article, which noted that even as America’s public schools promote the use of devices, others are banning screens from class.

Report outlines long road ahead for Jackson Public Schools

The Hechinger Report

High school students from Jackson Public Schools gather to discuss ways to improve district schools at Jackson Convention Complex in Mississippi last week. Photo:Liz Willen/ The Hechinger Report.

8 Great Ways to Enhance Retention [Infographic]


Whether we’re studying arithmetic or calculus, we tend to forget most of what we learn and only hold onto a few key details. How can we retain more of what we’ve learned and fight our tendency to forget? How can teachers equip their students to retain more of the information they’re given? To learn more, check out these 8 great tips for enhancing retention. Click here to see the full infographic. Education Technology Learning Research Research

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Collaborate and Paste Into the Private Comments

Teacher Tech

Paste Link to Collaborative Google Slides in the Private Comments One of my favorite activities is to have ONE Google Slides that all students contribute to. Feedback can be immediate, peer feedback is a snap, and we can take advantage of social learning theory. Additionally, that is fewer documents to open, making a teachers work […]. The post Collaborate and Paste Into the Private Comments appeared first on Teacher Tech. Advanced Classroom Google Slides classroom G Suite google slides

Hundreds of thousands of people could lose their legal status. One hopes to graduate with his college degree first

The Hechinger Report

Jose is unphased by the cold. Born in El Salvador but raised in Minnesota from the age of 11 months, he says it’s heat that bothers him more than anything. Arizona, California,” he says shaking his head, “it just hurts to go to those states.”. Jose is big, six-feet tall, with glasses.

Dive into Computer Science with Hour of Code!


The holidays aren’t the only thing we can look forward to celebrating this December! This coming week marks the start of Computer Science Education Week (December 3-9). Computer Science Education Week is held annually in recognition of computing pioneer Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).

How Should You Prepare to Present a Multi Hour Presentation or Workshop?


In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff and Nick dissect the dreaded “multi-hour workshop presentation” and provide key tips, tricks, and strategies for your next large conference workshop presentation or school based professional development day. .

Smithsonian: Letter Writing in America


It's time to celebrate Letters! Letter Writing Day is December 7th.


Designing Accessible Ed Tech Can Be Costly, But Demand is on the Rise


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

Do other countries value classroom technology equally?

eSchool News

Technology use is becoming more prevalent in classrooms and for academic work outside of school, but it still varies widely by country, according to a new global survey.

Helpful Newspaper Templates For Students In Your Classroom

Fractus Learning

The secret about a newspaper is the articles are current and of interest to the reader. Some adults will read a newspaper from the front page to the back page. Others will go directly to a […]. Apps How To Resources Tools

In a New Survey, Teachers Say There’s a Disconnect in Computer Science Education


Is there a disconnect in current efforts to teach computer science? Some teachers think so. In a new survey, 88 percent of teacher respondents said they believe computer science is critical for students’ success in the workplace—but two in 10 teachers said their students aren’t taught any computer science. Commissioned by Microsoft, in time for Computer Science Education Week, the survey was conducted by public opinion and data company YouGov, who surveyed 540 K-12 teachers.

The 14 most innovative SEL districts, part 1

eSchool News

[ Editor’s Note: This article was first published on the Move This World blog on November 1, 2018. Come back tomorrow for part 2.]. In this article, we will be highlighting districts that have shown tremendous commitment to the well being of their students and staff.