Wed.Nov 14, 2018

40 Ways to Celebrate Teachers and Impact Teacher Retention

Education Elements

Do you ever have trouble falling asleep because you can’t stop thinking about what you need to accomplish the next day? Maybe you’re one of those people that has your best ideas for solving a problem while washing your hair? Have you found yourself half-listening to a loved one while saying, “Let me just finish one more email…”? What do all of these experiences have in common?

A Thanksgiving Poll for Students–What does ‘Turkey’ mean?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Last year, I did a poll on the meaning of the word ‘turkey’ This was to demonstrate how powerful symbols are to your students and do so with an authentic use of technology to support discussion on math, language standards, and the holidays. As a summation to your discussion with students on symbols, idiomatic expressions, geography, farms, or another topic, post this on your Smartscreen.


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Google Slides sticky note brainstorming: Powerful planning

Ditch That Textbook

Have you ever felt like autumn has arrived and your desk is covered with sticky notes like leaves falling from the trees? You have sticky notes on your monitor, on your computer, on the filing cabinet, on your desk … There are stacks of sticky notes. There are stacks of stacks of sticky notes sometimes! […]. Ed Tech digital brainstorming google slides activities google slides in the classroom sticky note brainstorming

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Why standards often disappoint

The Christensen Institute

In September, TNTP released a provocative report with a disheartening finding: many students’ expectations for life after high school are a myth. They assume their success in their K-12 schools will prepare them to pursue their ambitions in college. But for many, K-12 learning experiences do not rise to the required rigor of post-secondary preparation.

3 Templates for Uncomplicating Your Product Management Process

In this workbook, you’ll find a comprehensive set of templates product development and cross-functional teams can adopt to better leverage your existing skills and your data.

Q&A: Security Advocate Erich Kron on Protecting K–12 Schools from a New Phishing Scam

EdTech Magazine

Q&A: Security Advocate Erich Kron on Protecting K–12 Schools from a New Phishing Scam. eli.zimmerman_9856. Wed, 11/14/2018 - 19:24. An advanced form of phishing attack is spreading throughout K–12 schools and small colleges, leaving users vulnerable to ransomware attacks and cryptomining. According to cybersecurity company KnowBe4 , hackers have begun to impersonate senior education officials as a new phishing tactic against teachers and staff to gain access to sensitive data. .

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Q&A: Darrell Ashton of the D.C. OSSE Explains How Data Keeps Kids in School

EdTech Magazine

Q&A: Darrell Ashton of the D.C. OSSE Explains How Data Keeps Kids in School. eli.zimmerman_9856. Wed, 11/14/2018 - 08:39. Big Data has become a helpful tool for educators in the K–12 sphere, especially as personalized learning continues to rise in popularity in classrooms across the country. . For the Washington, D.C., Office of the State Superintendent of Education , data analysis is the key to getting students who have dropped out of school to re-enter and graduate. Photo: Courtesy of OSSE.

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We all teach SEL: Empathy activities & tools for students

eSchool News

Building social and emotional learning (SEL) skills such as empathy requires face-to-face interactions, meaningful discussion, and reflection. Edtech is no complete substitute for that, but there are tools that can supplement the development of character in the classroom and at home. According to the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, empathy is the ability to sense other people’s emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling.

Moving from Face-to-Face to Online Teaching Can Be Hard. Here’s One Expert’s Advice.


Enrollment in online courses is rising. But the shift to online instruction can be challenging for some instructors who have spent most of their academic careers teaching (and learning) face-to-face. At the 2018 OLC Accelerate conference in Orlando on Wednesday, Julin Sharp, director of digital education at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, discussed reasons why that transition can be daunting. One reason comes down to a lack of tech training for higher-ed faculty, Sharp said.

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Textbooks Do Not Update for the News

Teacher Tech

Design Lessons to Include Current Events This morning a teacher in New York texted me excited about finding a website that uses real data to allow people to track the fire spreading each day. This week I was working with a college student using the math program ALEKS. One of the many frustrations I had […]. The post Textbooks Do Not Update for the News appeared first on Teacher Tech. Advanced Lesson Design lesson planning

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The SaaS Guide to Conversion Rate Optimization

Every SaaS business has a strategic responsibility to improve Conversion Rate Optimization across their product or site. Learn 7 detailed steps to infuse data into your process, surface customer drop-off points, and generate ideas to drive conversion.

Designing accessible ed tech can be costly, but demand is on the rise

The Hechinger Report

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! The people designing educational technologies are far removed from the students who end up using them. Perhaps most obviously, they’re adults, often many years away from their own time in a classroom. But the differences don’t end there.

Education Looks Eastward: Snapshots from Beijing's Global Education Technology Summit


Beijing —China is a different world when it comes to education and tech. Teachers are revered , most families spend about a third of their income on their children’s education, and most students spend at least an hour a day on some kind of online learning. To try to better understand this dynamic and fast-changing environment, thousands of entrepreneurs and education leaders from 34 countries gathered here this week for the Global Education Technology Summit.

How to choose the best active learning technology for your spaces


Many years ago, when I worked as an instructor at a mid-sized polytechnic, there was a (possibly apocryphal) story making the rounds – about a storage room filled with new state-of-the-art hardware technology, just collecting dust. I never found out exactly why the tech had ended up in purgatory. It could have been the result of a last-minute scramble to use up budget dollars, without enough time spent analyzing what students really needed.

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How to Create a Class Template in Google Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Create a Class Template in Google Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. What if I told you that you could create a class template inside Google Classroom? You can! I’m going to show you how to create a class template in Google Classroom that can be reused over and over again. In 2018, Google released several significant updates to Google Classroom. One particular update allows us to make a copy of an entire class inside Google Classroom.

The Ultimate Guide to Conversion Rate Optimization

Every business has a strategic responsibility to improve Conversion Rate Optimization across their product or site. Learn 7 detailed steps to infuse data into your process, surface customer drop-off points, and generate ideas to drive conversion.

Google Is Discontinuing Inbox In March 2019. Here’s What You Need To Know

TeachThought - Learn better.

Google Is Discontinuing Inbox In March 2019. Here’s What You Need To Know by Terry Heick I woke up to a push notification from Google regarding my beloved Inbox. It’s going away in March of 2019 Google recently announced that it is discontinuing support for Google Inbox in March 2019. Kind of a bummer but […]. The post Google Is Discontinuing Inbox In March 2019. Here’s What You Need To Know appeared first on TeachThought. News Google Education Tools For The Classroom

OPINION: These governors favor a group that didn’t vote for them: small children

The Hechinger Report

. Maryland re-elected a Republican who raised subsidies for child care, while Maine’s first female governor-elect pledged universal preschool. Around the country, voters used Election Day in 2018 to favor a number of governors who ran on platforms of expanding programs for child care and early education. This news shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Editing Videos for Involuntary Curiosity: 3 Chemistry Examples

Cycles of Learning

When reading the research on Curiosity , Involuntary Curiosity ​ is of particular interest to us teachers. Defined by Loewenstein (1994) as curiosity that ".arises arises spontaneously as a result of a curiosity inducing stimuli" , it isn't difficult see how honing the art of curating such moments is a powerful lesson planning tool. Specifically, editing a video to reveal only a specific portion of a clip is a useful technique.

MIND Solves for the Scare Root of Fun on Halloween

MIND Research Institute

Halloween at MIND Research Institute is really quite special. It could be just another ordinary work day, but our colleagues come together to make the holiday exciting, engaging and of course, filled with math! For me, the fun started before I even arrived at the office. I drove to work in my Where’s Waldo costume and entered the building with excitement, wondering what costumes I would see from my colleagues. Right off the bat, I saw the product team dressed in the ST Math® spirit!

Wireless Projecting with Google Meet

Wireless projecting using Google Meet to replace the Google Cast for Education extension!

What does WCAG mean to you?


For students with visual impairment, it can mean everything


Struggling College-Pathway Provider Quad Learning Pivots and Sells


An experiment to create an inexpensive pathway for students to attend prestigious, four-year universities ended up costing one company a lot of money. As a result, it has pivoted from its original mission and has been sold—at a fraction of the venture capital it raised. Quad Learning , a company based in Washington, D.C. best known for its “American Honors” program, has been acquired by Wellspring International Education , a student recruitment firm for universities around the world.

3 Practical Tools to Create Educational Comics for Your Class

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Comic strips can be a great way to engage students in a wide variety of multimedia enriched learning activities. Using group work, you can assign each group with a writing or digital story more

Changing How Educators See Negative Experiences in the Classroom


Excerpted from The Trauma-Sensitive Classroom: Building Resilience with Compassionate Teaching © 2018 by Patricia A. Jennings. The following is from Chapter 8: “Compassion.” ” Used with the permission of the publisher, W. Norton & Co. By Patricia A. Jennings. Overcoming the Negativity Bias. An easy first step is to recognize and mindfully attend to positive emotional experiences in your classroom and at home.

Develop A Feature-Rich App for Any Virtual Classroom

Building an e-learning platform? Download the solution brief to learn how you can create a customized, feature-rich, interactive classroom for an enhanced learning experience.

43 Apps, Games, and Websites Transforming This Year's Classrooms

Graphite Blog

When it comes to the most popular edtech tools among teachers, some apps, websites, and games have stood the test of time, while others tend to come and go with each new year. So, what are the most popular edtech tools this year? Here's a collection of some of the most-searched-for edtech tools among today's teachers. But just how effective are these tools at helping students learn? Some tools definitely have more potential than others.

Helping Families Ask Questions Could Be Your Most Powerful Engagement Tool


Fifth-grade teacher Deirdre Brotherson has been teaching long enough that she knows how parent-teacher conferences will likely go. Parents will come in feeling uncomfortable and a little ill at ease; she’ll have a general conversation with them for 15-20 minutes; and they’ll leave. Neither party will get much useful information about the student out of the conference, although it’s a good relationship builder either way. She knew this precious face-to-face time with parents could be so much more.

Game Offers Serious Look at Ordinary People During WWII


Attentat 1942 is a story-based game focused on uncovering a family's story of survival during World War II


Applying Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in Your Classroom: SEL and Self-Awareness

Where Learning Clicks

Incorporating SEL and self-awareness into your teaching can enhance the learning experience and help students become more comfortable in the classroom. The post Applying Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in Your Classroom: SEL and Self-Awareness appeared first on Where Learning Clicks. Inside the Classroom SEL SEL and self-awareness social and emotional learning Student Success Teaching Strategies

8 Reasons to Invest in a New Student Information System

If your school’s SIS has limited functions, only works on campus or breaks down more than you would like, it might time to invest in a new one.