Thu.Dec 20, 2018

The fallacy of the paperless classroom


I write to you today from a desk littered with notebooks and bits of paper — and I’m a tech blogger. The main reasons my desk is piled with paper: I’ve yet to process my receipts into the requisite shoebox.

The League of Innovative Schools’ 12 Days of Innovation

Digital Promise

2018 was an incredible year for the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools and Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters).

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Innovators Worth Watching: Voyage

The Christensen Institute

Welcome to our “Innovators Worth Watching” series, spotlighting interesting and potentially disruptive players across a spectrum of industries. Autonomous vehicles (AVs) or self-driving vehicles hold the potential to offer immense benefits.

Have Santa Call Your Kids

Ask a Tech Teacher

DialMyCalls (an AATT sponsor) has a special Christmas offer for kids: Free Santa Calls To Your Family This Christmas. This Christmas we have a great gift for everyone! Whether you’re an existing DialMyCalls user or not, you can take advantage of our completely free phone call from Santa.

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.

10 Chromebook features you (probably) don’t know about

Ditch That Textbook

Chromebooks are packed with some pretty amazing features that make them unique digital devices for students. In a Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit video presentation, I shared some of my favorite tips for making the most of Chromebooks in the classroom — for students and for YOU! The Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit is a FREE […]. Ed Tech chromebook in the classroom chromebook tips ditch summit ditch that textbook digital summit google classroom chromebook

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Authentic PBL: Santa Believes in Project Based Learning … Do You?

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Did you know that Santa believes in Project Based Learning? It’s true… in fact, I have worked quite hard at finding evidence that supports this conclusion. Upon further reflection, it occurred to me that not only does Santa believe in PBL, he practices many of its positive attributes at his workshop.

OER Cost Savings and Adoption Rates: New Methodologies, New Data, and New Results

iterating toward openness

At the OpenEd Conference in 2013, Nicole Allen and I challenged the OER community to save students one billion dollars. Five years later, SPARC have collected a significant amount of data in order to answer the question of whether or not we have achieved that goal.

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3 Group Work Strategies That Help Hold All Students Accountable

TeachThought - Learn better.

3 Group Work Strategies That Help Hold All Students Accountable by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought PD We love and encourage collaborative work between students (and teachers) and this is a staple in project-based learning to be sure.

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Blockchain Could Rewire Higher Ed. But Should It?


Bitcoin is volatile. Even so, a growing number of colleges are exploring how the technology behind cryptocurrencies could change the way students communicate their academic accomplishments to employers. That technology is called blockchain , and it's a way to maintain digital records that can't be tampered with. So what are colleges already doing to experiment with blockchain? We recently held an online discussion to explore that question as part of our monthly EdSurge Live series.

Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

ASSISTments: Free Comprehensive Tool for Assigning Work, Assessing Student Skills


ASSISTments provides online homework with the added optional perk of help in the form of hints, videos, links, and more embedded in each question

Seven Questions for Sandra Liu Huang, Chan Zuckerberg's New Head of Education


Earlier this week, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative named Sandra Liu Huang as its head of education, filling a vacancy created when Jim Sheldon, the former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, left the organization this summer. Unlike Sheldon, Liu Huang’s background isn’t in education philanthropy, nonprofits or government.

Write Better with Writer's Highlighter Add-on for Docs


Writing is a process, not a one-and-done event. When a student is writing their first draft, it is important that they simply get their ideas out, mistakes and all. After that brain dump, now comes the work of editing and revising


“Locked Mode” Goes Beta in Google Forms


Earlier this summer, Google announced their plans to introduce a new feature called “Locked Mode” for Forms – much to the anticipation of teachers across the globe.

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

How colleges are adapting to the future of education

Linways Technologies

Most of the jobs that today’s students will do in the future does not even exist yet. If that seems too far fetched, just think about the number of jobs that was created in the last few decades, like social media manager, drone operator, mobile app developer, system admin etc.

Become & Thrive as a Teacher


When I think back to the days I was working to earn my California teaching credential through the University of San Francisco, I am reminded of all the wonderings and worries I had. Am I in the right program? What happens if I change my mind and want to teach something else? Should I get […].

2018 Annual Report: Celebrating 20 Years of MIND

MIND Research Institute

2018 was quite the year for MIND Research Institute! As we celebrated two decades of working to transform education, we also rejoiced over new partnerships, awards, resources and ways to showcase our mission. Here are just a few highlights from our Annual Report.

Apps to Enhance Students Critical Thinking Skills

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Critical thinking is a much needed skill especially in this era which is fraught with digital distractions and infomania. As a cognitive competence, critical thinking embraces more


Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

A Snake, A Sandwich And A Glass Eye: Teachers Share Memorable Gifts From Students


It’s the time of year when schoolchildren and, let’s be honest, sometimes their parents, face a big decision: what gift to give their teacher for the holidays. There’s the old standby, an apple on the desk. Gift cards are also convenient; and homemade cookies can earn bonus points.

What I learned about leadership development in 2018

eSchool News

At Colonial (DE) School District , we’ve been focused on retaining teachers through various leadership development and empowerment programs for a few years. As the programs have matured, we’ve learned plenty about empowering our best educators this year.

Student Book Budget: Meeting with Vendors

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Our 2018-19 student book budget team is hard at work creating consideration lists of books for purchase. So far, they have created an interest survey, surveyed numerous students in our school, and set purchasing goals.

Keeping Students Engaged During Winter Break

Where Learning Clicks

Keeping students engaged during long breaks from school is a great way to ensure they return ready to learn, so here are some ideas to help you do that! The post Keeping Students Engaged During Winter Break appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

Jamf After Dark podcast: Past, present and future

Jamf on EdTech

The Jamf podcast gives you an inside look at the people, teams and processes that make Jamf what it is. See what episodes we launched in 2018 and what you can expect in 2019


Top Posts of 2018 Focus on Big Education Companies and Popularity of Digital Tools

Marketplace K-12

What were the biggest news stories about the K-12 market in 2018? Check out Marketplace K-12's 10 most popular blog posts over the past year. The post Top Posts of 2018 Focus on Big Education Companies and Popularity of Digital Tools appeared first on Market Brief.

Helping Visual-Spatial Learners Be Successful


In the 2nd edition of Visual-Spatial Learners, Alexandra Shires Golon looks at the needs of these often bright but disengaged students. Golon explains the brain science underlying student learning and offers extensive tools for differentiation, says teacher Joanne Bell.

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4 Easy Tools Students Can Use to Create Presentations

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Here is a collection of some very good tools you can use in class with students to create beautiful presentations and slideshows. All of these tools are web-based and do not require more

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6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.