Wed.Apr 19, 2017

The Importance of Online Personal Learning Networks.


Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) are the groups of people around us that help us develop skills and knowledge. They can be: Work colleagues. Teachers in other schools. People who you network with. Online PLN’s (usually social media based). What are online PLN’s?

How the African STEP Dance Ignited Kids at Ron Clark Academy

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Junior Bernadin on episode 58 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. African Step, based on the African Gum Boot Dance, has an American version with a competition.

From Teacher to Student and Back Again

Digital Promise

In each of the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools , educator professional development is a major component on the journey to enhance student learning and engagement.

Be The Change You Want to See By Shifting Traditional High School


Great ideas and extraordinary teaching happen in public school classrooms all over the country, but these pockets of innovation often don’t get the attention they deserve.

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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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6 IT nightmares plaguing schools-and 6 solutions to stop them

eSchool News

From constricted budgets to needing to protect large numbers of devices and users, educational institutions face a unique set requirements for data protection and business continuity. As a result, many school IT departments are struggling to create new data backup and business continuity practices.

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Student Check Ins – Using @Flipgrid to Ask Students How Things Are Going & What Supports They Need #edtech


As teachers, we identify many personalized needs for our students – from coming up with individuals topics where a student needs review to strategies that can improve their performance. But how many times do we remember to allow students to tell us what they *think* they need? I feel this activity is powerful on multiple levels: It helps students think about big ideas.

People Are Always Your Best Resource

The Principal of Change

You can have a shiny new vision and mission statement, school or district goals, and a myriad of things that say what your district does. But none of this happens without people.

The Difference a Game Makes in Student Engagement [Video]

MIND Research Institute

It’s no secret that successfully engaging students requires educators to perform a tricky balancing act. Oversimplify a lesson and students may tune out, but plan a lesson that’s too challenging and students may become frustrated and give up.

Personalized Learning Summit is Bigger and Better than Ever

Education Elements

Four years ago the team at EE had an idea.what if we brought together groups of personalized learning leaders in regional Blended Learning Leadership Academies (BLLA) to help spread innovation and best practices? We hosted these BLLAs for two years across the country, from Chicago to Washington DC and San Francisco. We facilitated collaboration time, hosted choice workshops, shared out highlights from the past year, and hosted silly photo booths.

Teaching the Power of Adaptability: How to be more like the Rubber Band and less like the Twist Tie

Fractus Learning

It was a weekday night much like any other in my house. Pick up the kids, arrange them at the dining room table to work on homework while I try and cobble together something for dinner […]. Educators Kids Miscellaneous Parents Techniques adaptability failure life lessons

And Here is Your 5000th Poster Assignment

Teacher Tech

By the time a student is a high school senior how many posters have they been asked to create for projects? Obviously, we have no clue, we do not usually confer with teachers who came before us and catalog a list of the types of assignments they did. But stop and think when assigning a […]. The post And Here is Your 5000th Poster Assignment appeared first on Teacher Tech. Lesson Design projects

OPINION — We can’t afford not to launch rural youth into college success

The Hechinger Report

Expanding college access for rural students is a national imperative. It’s good for our communities, our economy and our country. Most compellingly, it’s good for the students themselves.

Down With 8 A.M. Classes: Undergrads Learn Better Later In The Day, Study Finds

NPR Learning and Tech

A recent study shows that college classes start too early for students' brains to be functioning at their best. Does that mean that high schools and middle schools also start too early? Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR

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How to Smashboard


So What Exactly Is a Smashboard and How Do I Create My Own? In my last EdTeachTeam blog post I shared why I use Smashboards and in this post I would like to share in more detail what a Smashboard is, how my students are using them and how to create your own.

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21st Century Learning: The Shift to Digital Content


The more students read, the more likely they are to think critically, learn independently and develop a lifelong love of reading. Research shows that using a variety of texts helps students develop s. Techlearning T-L Partner Post

How #Grow17 Can Change Your Classroom Next Year

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post How #Grow17 Can Change Your Classroom Next Year appeared first on TeachThought. Project-Based Learning PBL

Successful IT Implementation Requires Breaking Leadership Silos

Leadership Lounge

Educators sometimes feel as if they are stuck in a system filled with silos.

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?Online Courses Shouldn’t Use Remote Proctoring Tools. Here’s Why.


Thoughts about online proctoring have been taking up more of my time and energy than I’d like to admit. Rather than spending most of my time time helping people become better online teachers, I have been figuring out how to meet two competing objectives: increase online course offerings and avoid adopting an online proctoring system. My first objective, to increase the number of online courses, is grounded in research and campus goals for increasing student success.

Literacy, Personalized

Reading By Example

Lately, I have been exploring personalized learning as an approach to meeting all students’ needs. Personalized learning “places the interests and abilities of learners at the center of their education experience.

Why Language Learning Apps Haven’t Helped Struggling ELL Students


When asked what technology he used while learning English, Bryan Estrada fidgeted nervously as he contemplated whether or not he should share a personal story with a stranger. There was this girl.,” stammered Estrada, a native Spanish-speaking sophomore from Yes Prep High School in Texas. “My My friends pushed me, even though I was really nervous, and we started texting,” he continued. That was the first thing I did to learn English.”.

The Learning Difference: 12 Online Resources and Apps for Dyslexic Students


Image Source Many of These (Mostly Free) Tools Can Help Dyslexic Students Succeed With Various Tasks While in the recent past a student with dyslexia could be overlooked by the education system, it’s. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

New Educator Program from MakerBot Aims to Help Teachers Leverage 3D Printing

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Powered by mentoring, educators can give students better access to tech tools. 3D printing Classroom Digital Content Hardware STEM

11 New EdTech Tools for Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

April 19, 2017 We are back again with another collection of some interesting educational web tools and mobile apps to try our in your instruction. Some of things you can do with these more. educational web tools

“When I started to realize that I didn’t have to teach alone, and that there were many mentors and resources to turn to, my teaching was transformed.” – Meenoo Rami

Daily Edventures

Meenoo Rami. Manager, Minecraft Education at Microsoft. Seattle, Washington, USA. meenoorami. Meenoo Rami has taken a diverse path as an educator – both in the traditional sense, and also in the world of technology.

21 Great Websites and Apps for Earth Day

Ask a Tech Teacher

April 22nd is Earth Day. Celebrate it with your students by letting them visit these websites: Breathing earth– the environment. Breathing Earth YouTube Video –of CO2 use, population changes, and more. Conservation Game. Earth Day—NASA Ocean Currents. Earth Day Printables. Eco-friendly house.

Laptop Ban? Things You Can Do With Just a Smartphone


I recently had a conference in London, and I was flying I direct from Cairo. The laptop ban on this route came into effect shortly before my trip and it would have been really inconvenient for me to re-route.

12 of The Best Research Methodology Textbooks for Research Students and Educators

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

April 19, 2017 A few days ago we received an email from one of our readers inquiring about a book we featured in a previous post so we thought it would be good to re-share the visual here for more

Learners Invited to Check Out Websites, Tweak the Code


Remix tool reveals code, can strengthen kids' understanding of the Web. Techlearning Resources App of the Day

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How to Schedule and Start Google Hangouts on Air (And where are the links to share?)

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Hangouts on Air are now only possible using YouTube. Here's a 5-step guide, no extras needed. The location of the 3 links to share (for panelists, for YouTube viewers, and for embedding on a website) are on Slide 6. ( ◕‿◕ ✿ ) [ Subscribe ] This post was originally published at mauilibrarian2 in Olinda. hangouts Google hangouts on air Google tips YouTube

Google Earth VR Is A Great Tool for Taking Students in Virtual Field Trips

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

April 19, 2017 Since its launch a few months ago Google Earth VR has exponentially grown to include a wide range of new functionalities. For those of you who are not familiar with Google Earth VR,read more. Google Earth Virtual field trips tools

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Need To Write Recommendation? Use This.

The Innovative Educator

Innovative educators are often asked for letters of recommendation from students as well as colleagues. This can become a little overwhelming if you don't have a few good strategies. Lisa Buitekant, Kris Karlson, Steve Warre, t hree teachers at Horace Greenley High School in Chappaqua, NY have a useful strategy that others can customize for their needs. They are high school teachers and each year they several requests from students for college letters of recommendations.

Google Photos / Apple Clips

My Paperless Classroom

In this weeks episode of the TechEducator Podcast, we take a look at a brand new app from Apple called Clips that allows users to quickly create and edit video with live closed captioning. We also dive into Google Photos and learn how it can be best used in your classroom. The post Using Google Photos and the NEW Apple Clips App in your Classroom appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network.