Sun.Aug 16, 2015

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When Vision Isn't Enough

A Principal's Reflections

There is often a great deal of emphasis on establishing a vision when beginning the change process and rightfully so. Great leaders understand the importance of a shared vision and the need to articulate lofty goals and resulting outcomes. They are forward thinking, which turns out to be a highly admirable trait right up there with honesty as described by James M.

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Back to School: 4 Ways to Get Ready and Save Money

The CoolCatTeacher

Sponsored by Staples Now is the time. I start back to school. So does my son. Lots of you will soon too. How do we get totally ready? Start by making a list. But sometimes I don’t know everything that is out there. So, I headed down to my local Staples store in Albany, and my son and I did some shopping. 1. Help Your Child Get Ready. For quite some time, I’ve had my son look at his list and shop for what he needs.

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How One Simple Tool Makes Teachers Crave More Student Data

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Collect a Different Kind of Student Data: an excerpt from Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School In the spring of 2015, Denver elementary teacher Kyle Schwartz asked her students to complete this sentence in writing: “I wish my teacher knew…” The student responses were so unexpected, so moving, Schwartz shared some of them online, […].

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Guiding Assessment: The Ultimate 21st Century Instructional Model

Battelle for Kids

August 13, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 9, Number 7. Let's start with an assessment. A simple agree or disagree. Circle A (agree) or D (disagree). 1. A D It is important that teachers formatively assess students in the middle of lessons 2. A D Test Prep is a valuable teaching tool. 3. A D Feedback to students is the most important part of the assessment process. 4.

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Enhancing School Device Management for Improved Learning

Schools face increasing challenges as technology becomes integral to education. Efficient device management is essential for maximizing technology use and safeguarding investments. Our article discusses the importance of tracking devices, outlines current challenges, and suggests modern solutions that go beyond traditional methods like Excel. Learn how advanced tracking systems can streamline operations, improve maintenance, and offer real-time updates for better resource allocation.

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Back to School with Socrative


A conversation with Avra, Beth, and Brenda Socrative ( [link] ) is a FREE student response system that can be used on any device. During this Hangout on Air, Beth Holland , Avra Robinson , and Brenda Doucette will walk through the features of Socrative 3.0 and provide some tips and tricks for using Socrative during those first few weeks of school.

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30 Universal Strategies For Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

30 Universal Strategies For Learning. by Terry Heick. As teachers, we’re all trying to better understand how people learn–not now they’re taught in terms of teaching strategies, but more so learning strategies–only not really strategies. Learning actions, or cognitive actions. Strategies for learning. Self-directed and social learning will undoubtedly be at the core of any sort of future learning–both near and far future.

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6 New EdTech Tools for Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

August 16, 2015 Educational Web Tools is a section we created in this blog a year ago where we periodically feature new releases in the world of educational technology. The purpose is to more.

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Crafting a History Skills Scope & Sequence


If you could design your ideal social studies curriculum for middle school, what would it look like? After surveying area high schools, Jody Passanisi and Shara Peters decide to focus on skills development. Here's their draft scope & sequence for grades 6-8.

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A Great Augmented Reality App for Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

August 16, 2015 Junaio is a great Augmented Reality app to add to the list of the best AR apps for teachers. Junaio enables you to easily access augmented content on images and objects more.

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PDF my Google Drive Folder

Teacher Tech

Tweet In response to a tweet asking how to print a folder of student work in Google Drive I wrote a script that will list all the files in a folder in your Google Drive and create a PDF. The advantage to this is you can download all of the PDF’s at once to your […].

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Quickly Create Personalized Learning Experiences that Work

How can we actively engage learners 24/7, on their level and according to their interests, while respecting their learning styles? It’s not impossible. In this guide: Explore how to transform traditional, one-way videos into two-way interactive learning experiences Understand different types of artificial intelligence (AI), including - Generative vs.

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10 #BacktoSchool Tips for Students to Keep in Mind When Using Social Media

The Innovative Educator

Traditionally as students come back to school, it is important to establish a positive classroom culture. Today, more and more districts are following the lead of places like New York City where schools are empowered to support students in the responsible use of cell phones and social media. That means that not only must we support the establishment of a positive classroom and school culture, but we must also ensure our students are engaging positively and responsibly as digital citizens.

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Teach Climate Change Through Positive Action


Middle school science teacher and Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow Joshua Sneideman and energy education specialist Erin Twamley share seven ways that teachers and schools can involve students in climate change studies. Included: Project ideas.

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Helping students use smartphones responsibly

eSchool News

Rules for responsible smartphone use can vary by age and student. For many tweens heading into middle school, the transition from elementary school won’t be marked only by new teachers, class schedules and locker assignments but also by a gleaming new phone. Deciding whether a middle schooler is ready to take on mobile phone responsibility is a personal decision for each family.

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Teaching and Tech Tweet Wrap for Week Ending 08-15-15


Inspiring, informative, useful, or just plain fun tweets posted on Twitter over this past week … collected here to share with our blog readers. This week … two pieces that discuss learning by doing, [Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].

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Can Brain Science Actually Help Make Your Training & Teaching Stick?

Speaker: Andrew Cohen, Founder & CEO of Brainscape

The instructor’s PPT slides are brilliant. You’ve splurged on the expensive interactive courseware. Student engagement is stellar. So… why are half of your students still forgetting everything they learned in just a matter of weeks? It's likely a matter of cognitive science! With so much material to "teach" these days, we often forget to incorporate key proven principles into our curricula — namely active recall, metacognition, spaced repetition, and interleaving practice.

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New TV series focuses on social-emotional learning

eSchool News

HMH, WGBH partner to create TV, cross-platform learning series. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and national public media producer WGBH today announced a co-production agreement for the creation of a television and cross-platform series based on the Gossie & Friends book series, published by HMH and written and illustrated by Olivier Dunrea. HMH and WGBH will partner to pursue a domestic broadcasting arrangement for the series, as well as international co-production financing.

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Have Awesome Be Your Ritual #KidsDeserveIt

Adam Welcome

Lately I've been thinking about my daily rituals as a Principal. I typically arrive at school around 630am each morning and after dropping my briefcase, my rituals begin. First off I always find our head custodian and check-in, that morning communication is so important and they appreciate touching base! A quick walk around campus is vital. No matter what type of neighborhood your school is in, there is always a chance for some paraphernalia from the night before.

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App of the Week: Build your own inventions

eSchool News

Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated with help from Graphite by Common Sense Media. Click here to read the full app review. Inventioneers. What’s It Like? Kids can either create their own inventions or build inventions to accomplish a given task. In Create mode, kids can add a user name, create their own inventions, and share them with friends.

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Maybe Not Tomorrow, but When?

The Principal of Change

I just read a great post by Alice Keeler , titled “ In the Real World “, where she discusses the irony of the idea that schools need to prepare students for the “real world”, yet many of the things that happen in our schools do not necessarily mirror the current realities of the world we live in at the moment. Here is a sample of some of what she listed as the world’s current realities: In the real world, we look things up on Google.

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Reimagining Chickering & Gamson's Principles Post-Pandemic: Technology's Central Role in Modern Edu

This white paper examines and proposes revisions to the "Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education" introduced by Arthur Chickering and Zelda Gamson in 1987 for today's technology-driven world.

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Hobsons, Gallup partner for strengths-based PD courses

eSchool News

New PD program’s strengths-based culture aims to improve teacher engagement, student success. Hobsons and Gallup have announced plans to launch on-site and online professional development courses to help teachers identify their strengths and apply them in their teaching. The program will also help teachers to show students how to pinpoint and build upon their own unique talents to succeed in school. “Our research tells us that people who use their strengths are six times more likely

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E-learning’s Promise and Failure

Knowledge Avatars K-12

Since the early days of computers, many of us dreamed of how computers were going to revolutionize education. We didn’t know exactly how it was going to work, but we knew that the “personal” computer made it possible to individualize education. In learning, one size does not fit all, so individualized education is the “holy grail” of education! Industrialization brought us mass education, essential to building an educated workforce, but today’s workforce requires specialization and skills that a

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How to figure out what you really NEED to buy for your classroom

The Cornerstone for Teachers

August and September are very expensive months for educators as we try to navigate all the back-to-school advertisements. Often we need to buy basic supplies like pencils and paper for our students. We see adorable decorations on Pinterest that we need to buy craft supplies for. We see awesome books we need to purchase, both for our classroom libraries and for our own reference.