Tue.Nov 13, 2018

Young Children are Terrible at Hiding – Psychologists Have a New Theory Why

Digital Promise

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Young children across the globe enjoy playing games of hide and seek. There’s something highly exciting for children about escaping someone else’s glance and making oneself “invisible.”.

Tip: Creating Interactive Presentations Using @PearDeck, @WeVideo, and @Flipgrid #edtech


I know that the end of the trimester is typically a popular time for student presentations. So, I wanted to share a couple of tips that might be helpful in planning projects. The goal of these tips is to encourage all students to actively engage with the presentations.

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There’s A War Going On Inside We Ain’t Safe From [A Conversation with Lorena Germán]

The Jose Vilson

Jose Vilson: Recently, there’s been some conversation as to whether or not our schools should be compared to war. Lots of folks, for example, say that teachers are the “people in the trenches.”

Tech & Learning Announces Finalists for Awards of Excellence Contest


Annual contest selects education technology products that are improving teaching and learning in the classroom

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.

Top 5 new EdTech tools that you might use in your university


Most people don’t consider education technology to be such an important industry, but it’s actually gigantic. According to the report, the EdTech industry will reach a global value of $252 billion by 2020.

Thanksgiving Math Activities for the Classroom

MIND Research Institute

Math is everywhere - including in food! At MIND, we had a chance to explore the culinary arts with our Taste of Math event a couple of years ago, but there’s more accessible ways to bring math into food, especially during one of the ultimate food-lover’s holidays, Thanksgiving.

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3 Questions for Reflection to Move Forward

The Principal of Change

“Student Voice” is something that many schools are focusing on and for a good reason. If we, as educators, understand that we serve our students and not the other way around, getting their thought and feedback for not only problems but solutions in moving our schools forward, is crucial.

Four Important Thanksgiving Resources

Larry Ferlazzo

Sabrina_Ripke_Fotografie / Pixabay. Here are four new additions to The Best Sites To Teach and Learn About Thanksgiving : Decolonizing Thanksgiving: A Toolkit for Combatting Racism in Schools is by Lindsey Passenger Wieck. We Can Do Better: Rethinking Native Stories in Classrooms is from NCTE.

If You Teach a Language, You Need to Know About the Extempore App


Create speaking assignments and get your students talking in minutes with the speaking practice app™ I recently talked with Carlos Seoane, co-founder and CEO of Extempore. I've been aquainted with. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

A Look Back: How Much “Content” Knowledge Do You Really Need To Be An Effective Teacher?

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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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.

Time to Think

Reading By Example

Photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash. My wife and I are still at the stage in our lives where, if one of our kids is sick, one of us is staying home. Today was my turn. I planned to be back at school tomorrow, assuming my son only had a virus and not strep throat.

Depressing Statistic Of The Day: Hate Crimes In U.S. Increase By 17 Percent

Larry Ferlazzo

Hate crimes rose 17 percent last year, according to new FBI data is the headline of a depressing, but not surprising, Washington Post article today.

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It’s Time to Plan for World Read Aloud Day 2019

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

It’s time for us all to start making plans and building excitement for World Read Aloud Day 2019 with Litworld. This year, World Read Aloud Day takes place on February 1, 2019, but many of us will celebrate the entire week of January 28-February 1, 2019.

New PBS NewsHour Video Segment: “Nearly 1 in 5 teens seriously considers suicide. Can schools offer relief?”

Larry Ferlazzo

You’ll want to watch this segment from tonight’s PBS NewsHour. video

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HundrED Announces List of the Most Inspiring K12 Innovations from Around the World


HundrED, a Finnish education nonprofit, announced its Global Collection 2019, the 2nd annual list of 100 inspiring K12 education innovations taking place around the world and representing 36 countries  

Video: “The science behind California’s surging wildfires”

Larry Ferlazzo

skeeze / Pixabay. Our discomfort is obviously infinitesimal compared to those who lost their homes – and their lives – due to the Camp Fire.

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ReadWorks in 30 Seconds


This quick video digs into this popular reading and literacy tool's key features from its library of texts and questions to lesson plans and units

Statistic Of The Day: The Importance Of Teacher Diversity

Larry Ferlazzo

Study: Having Just One Black Teacher Can Up Black Students’ Chances of Going to College is the headline of an Education Week story that appeared today. It’s about a new John Hopkins study. If you can’t get past Ed Week’s paywall, you can read about it on John Hopkins’ site. Interestingly, John Hopkins published a related study about a year-and-a-half ago. They titled the summary With Just One Black Teacher, Black Students More Likely to Graduate.

Questioning the OER Orthodoxy: Is the Commons the Right Metaphor for our Work with OER?

iterating toward openness

At OpenEd18 I gave a presentation titled “Questioning the OER Orthodoxy: Is the Commons the Right Metaphor for our Work?” ” I’ve been meaning to translate some of that thinking into writing, and a prompt in my inbox this morning finally has me moving. In the presentation I made the point that metaphors are extraordinarily powerful. The metaphors we choose to employ literally determine what we will see, consider, and understand – as well as what we will not.

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Peers Are Powerful: Using Positive Social Norms to Tackle Unhealthy Behaviors


No one ever shows up at brunch and says, “Oh my gosh, I was so sober last night!” ” Risky behavior draws attention. As a result, people tend to assume that everyone else is doing it more than they really are.

5 Reasons for Formative Assessment and 5 Methods for Utilization

Fractus Learning

What is formative assessment? Formative assessment refers to a wide variety of methods that teachers use to conduct in-process evaluations of student comprehension, learning needs, and academic progress during a lesson, unit, or course.” ([link] It […]. Miscellaneous

As Tech Companies Hire More Liberal Arts Majors, More Students Are Choosing STEM Degrees


The number of students choosing liberal arts majors is dipping. At the same time, more STEM employers are hiring workers with humanities backgrounds, according to a new report by researchers at Strada Education Network and Emsi, a labor market analytics firm. Bachelors of arts degrees in the humanities decreased from 36 percent in 1970 to 23 percent in 2016, according to data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

WiFi as a Service: Making Enterprise-grade WiFi available to SMBs

SecurEdge Networks Mobility Blog

Wireless networking has been around for literally decades -- starting as a project to connect the Hawaiian Islands in 1971 (ALOHAnet, developed at the University of Hawaii). SMB WiFi as a Service


How to Make Education Research Relevant to Teachers


My goal is to make information useful, usable and used. Research shows that good teachers are the most important ingredient that schools can provide to help students succeed. This is especially true for struggling schools. Now here’s something we’re realizing about our current education research: Too few educators feel that the research that the US government supports has a tangible impact on their work in the classroom. That’s something that has to change.

Media Literacy Strategies for Tackling Fake News


Twenty years ago it was easier to identify fake news. There were the tabloid papers in the grocery store checkout line and the sensationalized “news” programs that promised inside looks at celebrity lives.

iKeepSafe certifies Learning A-Z Products


iKeepSafe tested and approved Raz-Plus®, Reading A-Z™, Headsprout®, Raz-Kids®, ELL Edition®, Science A-Z®, Writing A-Z™, Vocabulary A-Z™, and ReadyTest A-Z

How individualized supports for students with autism promote success in the mainstream classroom

eSchool News

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is, at its heart, a processing disorder.

You Can Code: Go Slow Workshop

Teacher Tech

Code Google Apps Script Coding Google Apps Script is not as scary as you think. It’s multiple choice and copy and paste. Starting Nov 19th, 2018 I have an online workshop for “Introduction to Coding with Google Apps Script.” ” If you are already familiar with Google Apps Script (or have some grit) “Coding Google Forms […]. The post You Can Code: Go Slow Workshop appeared first on Teacher Tech. Advanced Apps Script Beginner Google G Suite go slow google

What’s in a Name? The Potential for Students to Self-Advocate


Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started. That probably holds true for a lot of people. But for some, like myself, it boils down to more than garden variety procrastination. It’s a research-backed phenomenon—and with a little work, it can be overcome. I am a journalist, and sometimes (like with this story you’re reading), when I’ve wrapped up all my interviews, finished all my reporting and am ready to start writing, I just can’t seem to do it.

Learning Analytics Can Be Deceiving

The Journal

"… Learning analytics … has the potential to transform American education …" A(nother) Holy Grail? Perhaps. In this week’s blog post we present a cautionary tale from a real classroom with real students and real learning analytics

Principal prep is changing for the better

eSchool News

Universities are starting to change their principal prep programs to better prepare principals to meet real-world challenges, according to a new RAND Corporation report.

SETDA Honors Two Michigan Leaders With 2018 State Policy Maker of the Year Award


Governor Snyder and Superintendent Whiston were honored for their vision and leadership in support for the effective use of technology in Michigan

The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 141 Using SEL to Manage Emotions, Set Boundaries, And Empower Vs. Protect Kids

TeachThought - Learn better.

The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 141 Using SEL to Manage Emotions, Set Boundaries, And Empower Vs. Protect Kids Drew Perkins talks with Tamara Fyke, creator of Love in A Big World, about her work in Social Emotional Learning and how things like managing emotions and setting boundaries can empower kids.

3 Ways to Help Students Analyze Visual Texts


Kids love visual texts such as art and photographs, but as with written texts, they often don’t know where to begin when asked to look at the works critically. Author and NBCT Marilyn Pryle finds that if given specific doorways, her students have much richer discussions.


Facebook Launches Courses to Help Adult Learners Skill Up


In its latest move in the education space, Facebook has launched career development courses geared toward adult learners looking to get a foothold in the digital economy. The 13 free, digital courses, each run around nine minutes long. They’re designed for people looking to re-enter the workforce or simply refresh their skills, such as how to build a resume and how to maximize marketing with analytics.