Fri.Aug 17, 2018

5 Ideas to Tap Social Media to Enhance PD and Student Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Nikki Robertson in Episode 340 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Nikki Robertson, ISTE Librarians Network President Elect, shares five ways to use social media to enhance professional development and improve student learning.

Supporting Writing In Every Classroom With ThinkCERCA

The Web20Classroom

This post is sponsored by ThinkCERCA , an online platform designed to empower teachers to personalize literacy instruction across disciplines. Just as literacy is a part of every classroom at every grade level, writing is a powerful component of the curriculum.

Curriculum Companions Start September 10th!

Ask a Tech Teacher

Curriculum Companions (K-5 only) follow a tech professional as s/he teaches each lesson in the SL K-5 curriculum textbooks. Presented via video (10-15 minutes each), you can see how another teacher uses the curriculum and access additional resources like vocabulary and how-to videos.

Learn about the Prosperity Paradox at SXSW

The Christensen Institute

The international development industry is vast.

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.

25 ways to create experiences your students will remember

Ditch That Textbook

Most of us have fond memories of a fantastic experience we had with our teacher and fellow classmates. Maybe it was creating soundtracks for dramas. Or perhaps making a board game to show off your knowledge of biomes. For many of us, it was just having the choice to do something that we enjoyed. It […]. DitchBook Twitter chat creative teaching innovation inspiration motivation

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For students teetering on the edge financially, micro-grants help them finish college

The Hechinger Report

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Every semester, thousands of students drop out of college because they are a few hundred dollars short of being able to pay their bills. Many are only a few credits shy of graduation. Most are already working one or more jobs to keep up with their college costs.

Data Analytics a Key Skill for Administrators in K–12

EdTech Magazine

Data Analytics a Key Skill for Administrators in K–12. eli.zimmerman_9856. Fri, 08/17/2018 - 17:00. K-12 school districts looking to improve student success rates should invest in training administrators in data analysis, according to a report from the Data Quality Campaign.

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Critics warn that well-meaning reforms may be lowering the quality of college

The Hechinger Report

A student walks past the Bender Library on the American University campus in Washington, D.C.

Creating Animated GIFs

Teacher Tech

Using Vidyard Go Video to create animated GIFs A Guest Blog Post from Marcia Carrillo Evaluate is the last “E” in the 5E’s lesson plan.This phase encourages learners to assess their understanding and abilities and lets teachers evaluate students’ understanding of key concepts and skill development. In one of our professional development sessions this year […]. The post Creating Animated GIFs appeared first on Teacher Tech. Google

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.

Teachers in Space


Right now, NASA is celebrating a Year of Education on the International Space Station (ISS), and two of the astronauts are former teachers. As part of this celebration, NASA has made available several STEM activities related to the ISS and its role in helping us reach Mars.

Do Your Students Have These Tech Skills?


Before you can use technology to teach arts.etc, you need to make sure that your students have mastered some basic skills.

As the Higher Ed Opportunity Act Turns 10, Here’s How the Landscape Has Changed


Ten years ago, on August 14, 2008, President George W. Bush signed into law the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the last comprehensive reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). This took place during the buildup to a financial crisis that ultimately cost 8.7 million American jobs.

New Pear Deck Critical Thinking Templates for Google Slides


Pear Deck is an awesome add-on for Google Slides that lets you add interactive elements to your presentations including multiple choice, text entry, numeric entry, drawing, and draggable activities.

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.

More Popular Than Gmail, Facebook and Instagram: The Education App That Hit #1 on the iOS Chart


Gmail. Instagram. YouTube. Chances are you’ve opened up one of those apps today on your phone (and perhaps spent more time on them than you might like to admit). But earlier this week, one educational app reigned over all in the endless galaxy of apps. According to both Apple and App Annie , a website that tracks the popularity of mobile apps by number of new downloads, Remind , a school communications platform, took the #1 spot on the chart of free iOS apps.

What happens when a borrower defaults on student loans

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Higher Education newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Thursday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Subscribe today!

Digital Devices in the Classroom Can Hinder Long-Term Retention


The question of whether or not to allow students to use smartphones, laptops and other technology in the classroom has been long-debated , and at times, heated. And just as a new school year is set to begin, a new study raises fresh concerns about potential downsides of multitasking during class.

The 2018 Horizon Report has appeared, thanks to EDUCAUSE

Bryan Alexander

The 2018 Horizon Report , started by the New Media Consortium in 2017, was completed and published by EDUCAUSE this week. I have many thoughts to share here. I’d also like to broaden the conversation beyond what I’ve seen so far.

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.

What is Up with Flipgrid and Book Creator? Big Updates Announced!


TODAY on EduSlam we release the fourth short video in our two-week series: . What’s Up with Flipgrid and BookCreator? Big Updates Announced! To watch the video which will be released today but disappear on Sept 4. Sign-up HERE. __. Get Up to Speed with Flipgrid?

The Inaccessibility of Making, Tinkering & Coding — Part 1


The inaccessibility of learning “how computing works” & applying that learning in unique ways is real…especially when we view it as something only done in “that geeky teacher’s classroom,” the designated makerspace or worse…gifted only. I live 2.5 hours away from my nephew and as much as it was his desires to make animatronic puppets […]. The post The Inaccessibility of Making, Tinkering & Coding — Part 1 appeared first on OnCUE. Inspire access equity EquityEDU

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “The Education Dept. Wants to Hold Colleges Accountable by Reporting Graduates’ Earnings. One Problem: The Data Aren’t All There.”

Being OK Saying IDK

Kyle Pace

Have we become too afraid to say, “I don’t know.”? ”? In an age of abundant information, should we ever need to say, “I don’t know.”? ”?

EdTech at School

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

On building learning playlists


We create them on Spotify and YouTube and iTunes. Before music went digital, some of us made CD or cassette mixtapes and shared them as gifts.

Tech tools enhancing the implementation of Formative Assessments!

Think Exam

Identifying the right tech-friendly tool to carry on with the process of formative assessments is a critical point for teachers. With numerous options accessible for teachers it can be an intimidating task to pick a right one that suits your needs.

Building Cities on the Red Planet


Surviving Mars Colonizing Mars is in our future, but why wait? Pros: Engrossing beginning keeps the player busy with many buildings and tasks to attend to. Cons: Once the initial base is set up, the middle part of the game is a slog, and the game expects the player to want to play multiple times!

Personalized Learning: Mistakes, Moving Furniture and Making it Work


This story about personalized learning was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. Sign up for the Hechinger newsletter.

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.

16 Practical Strategies to Help You Differentiate Your Teaching

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

No two learners learn the same way. Learning is a social practice, a form of social behaviour whose development requires attention to a number of variables least of which are the social, cultural,read more

Book Creator

Technology Tidbits

Book Creator is a fantastic (iOS/Chrome) app that educators are everywhere to create and share eBooks. This is done using a very user-friendly interface that makes it easy to creating stunning presentations, digital stories w/ the ability to record audio, projects, and more.

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10 Great Educational Websites for Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teachers may sometimes feel overwhelmed by the multitude of resources available online. It might take one a tremendous amount of time to sift through and locate required materials to use in class,read more