Sat.Aug 12, 2017

Freedom to Learn

User Generated Education

I was painfully bored during my K-12 education. I looked forward to college anticipating that it would be different – more engaging, more interesting, more innovative. I was wrong.

Focusing on Mastery Over Marks

The Principal of Change

I came across this interesting article on parents.com, titled, “ Goodbye to Grades? Mastery-Based Learning Is Becoming the New Standard “, and thought it was great that an outside education site was talking about changes in education in mostly a positive way.

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Go Slow with Google Classroom Workshop

Teacher Tech

Google Classroom Workshop One of the best ways to learn Google Classroom is to experience it as a student. The student experience is different than the teacher experience. My Go Slow workshops take place online through Google Classroom.

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Grade Interviews

Catlin Tucker

Over the last two years, I’ve moved further and further away from traditional grading. I’ve blogged about grading for mastery of skills instead of the accumulation of points and ditching my traditional grade book in favor of an ongoing assessment document.

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.

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In The News: On Copyright Propaganda in ESSA

Doug Levin

As a favor to powerful industry lobbyists, ESSA mandates the teaching of the 'harms of copyright piracy' in schools. Blog In the News News copyright ESSA

5 Essential Periodic Table Apps for Science Students

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

August , 2017 Here are five great periodic table apps to use on your iPad in class. Tables summarize properties and provide more information related to each chemical element. These apps are.read more. Repost

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Everything’s Bigger in Texas…Including (Maybe) the Data Breaches

Doug Levin

UPDATED: August 14 16, 2017. Data breaches happen. Some argue they are even inevitable. Given that K-12 school districts – along with state and local governments – are increasingly relying on online tools and services to conduct business and provide services, there is no reason to believe that the K-12 education sector is or will be immune to these larger and concerning IT trends.

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5 Great Presentation Templates for Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

August 11, 2017 A few days ago we shared with you a collection of some very good templates teachers can use to create professionally designed forms. In today's post we are featuring another.read more. Repost

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In The News: On Copyright Propaganda in ESSA

Doug Levin

As quoted in: Cavanagh, Sean. “ How Did ‘Copyright Piracy’ Language Get Into ESSA, the K-12 Law? EdWeek Market Brief. 11 August 2017. Doug Levin, the president of a consulting organization EdTech Strategies, said he supports introducing students to rules surrounding intellectual property and copyright. But he also believes that K-12 schools are generally more aware of copyright rules and more committed to following them than industry groups acknowledge.

The 'Fundamental Right To Literacy' Debated In Court

NPR Learning and Tech

Changes to remedial education in California, high school students feel underprepared for college, and more in our weekly roundup. Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR

Quality Instruction: The Most Important Classroom Variable

Reading By Example

The instruction that you provide to your students is the most important variable regarding student achievement. Good instruction can deliver up to two years growth for some students. The opposite, Jennifer Allen writes, “focus on improving the quality of instruction that (you are) providing to all students…student achievement would improve if we focused more energy on supporting classroom instruction as opposed to putting all of our resources toward supporting individual students”.

The 'Fundamental Right To Literacy' Debated In Court

NPR Learning and Tech

Changes to remedial education in California, high school students feel underprepared for college, and more in our weekly roundup. Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR

Unconventional (and Timely) Fundraising Tips for Edtech Startups

Edsurge

Hi Guido & Esteban, My edtech company has started achieving rapid user adoption and we believe we have a compelling story to start fundraising. As we get all of our ducks in a row to start approaching VCs, I’m wondering, is there a specific time where VCs are more actively looking for companies to invest in? Conversely, is there a downtime? Time Sensitive. Dear Time Sensitive, I want to start by saying that this post is.

NCDLCN | A Dream is Born

The PL2C Blog

By: Alec Clark | Bladen County Schools | Instructional Technology Facilitator. In the 2015-16 school year, I was fortunate to be chosen for the NCDLCN cohort. During the course of the program, a plan was developed to best meet the needs of our teachers while keeping the students in mind. At first I was floundering, what is the best way to meet the need of our customers? This question continually came to my mind. We needed a new way to meet the needs of our teachers/students.