Thu.Mar 16, 2017

Safe teaching is risky teaching

Ditch That Textbook

I remember lots of important moments from my time in all levels of school. Many of them are my times with friends, conversations at the lunch table, sports competitions, etc. I remember some lessons from the classroom.

How Can We Create Amazing Lesson Plans Around #MinecraftEDU? | @PlayCraftLearn @Mr_Isaacs

My Paperless Classroom

On this episode of the TechEducator Podcast we welcome Minecraft EDU team member Meenoo Rami and MIE Expert Steve Isaacs onto the show to talk about how teachers can actually create real world lesson plans around Minecraft Education Edition.

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How Perla Zamora and Her students in Mexico are Tearing Down Walls

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode #34 The 10-Minute Teacher on Global Collaboration From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Perla Zamora @pzamoraats from Tampico, Mexico is tearing down walls.

Why students love a game-based learning experience


For as long as children have preferred playing to sitting quietly and learning their ABCs, preschool teachers have been craftily devising games as Trojan horses to teach them concepts such as shapes, letter recognition, colors, seasons and relationships.

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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Teachers and IT: How to keep kids safe on Chromebooks

eSchool News

Just a few short years ago, Apple was the undisputed king of tech in schools. If you didn’t have iPads in your classroom, you were planning to get them soon. But today the momentum has shifted dramatically.

5 Must-Have Tech Tools for Formative Assessment

Class Tech Tips

It’s so exciting to see the way that tech tools can transform the way “quick checks” take place in the classroom. When used purposefully, digital tools can provide a window into student thinking, making it easier to figure out who needs extra help or who is ready for something new.

What Does it Mean to Prepare Students For a Future With Artificial Intelligence?


Last year, in the height of the election season, the Obama administration quietly released a national strategic plan for artificial intelligence (AI) research and development. The plan was the beginning of a national effort to prepare Americans for a future with AI—a future some computer scientist believe our nation is ill-equipped to handle. AI has become a part of the American fabric for some time.

The Paralysis of Fear

The Principal of Change

“Perfect is the enemy of done.” ” I saw this quote and it has stuck in my thinking. Often we hold back our ideas because we are scared of being criticized, sometimes for the major components, but sometimes for little things that people will nitpick.

Join SETDA: Affiliate Memberships Now Accepted

SETDA's Affiliate program connects non-profit education membership organizations with state leaders. SETDA's mission is to build the capacity of education leaders to improve learning through technology policy & practice. Benefits include: SETDA conferences, webinars and news feeds.

How Socioeconomic Diversity In Schools Helps All Students


“Millions of poor, disadvantaged students are trapped in failing schools.” ” So said President Trump at the White House recently.

Why six states still spend nothing on preschool

The Hechinger Report

Aaron Thompson and Peyton Stilwell, both 4, race a car around a track in their Head Start classroom, which is housed in a public elementary school in Caldwell, Idaho. Photo: Lillian Mongeau. IDAHO CITY, Idaho — In 1864, the tiny town of Idaho City was the biggest American settlement in the state.

Teachers Guide to Creating Educational Visuals Using Google Drawings

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

March 16, 2017 There are several web tools teachers can use to easily design educational visuals, posters and infographics to use in their instruction without the need for any graphics more. Google Drawings my freebies

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Closing the Gap in Adolescent Reading Skills


How LANGUAGE! Live redefines literacy intervention. Techlearning T-L Partner Post


18 St. Patrick’s Day Sites For Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day? Try these fun activities: Color the shamrock. Color the Pot-o-gold. Color the leprechaun. Puzzle–St. Pat’s Puzzle. Puzzle–St. Pat’s puzzle II. Puzzle–St. Pat’s drag-and-drop puzzle. Puzzle–St.

50 Brain Breaks for Middle Schoolers


Responsive Classroom's 50 brain breaks give kids a chance to rest their brains by redirecting their minds. Some are calming, some are energizing, and all of them help students refocus and release stress. Quick, easy and student approved, says teacher Linda Biondi.

Implications for K-12 Companies in Trump’s Big Proposed Cuts to Ed. Spending

Marketplace K-12

President Trump's proposal to bring deep cuts to PD, after-school programs, and other areas would have an indirect but potentially big impact on district spending on technology and other needs. The post Implications for K-12 Companies in Trump’s Big Proposed Cuts to Ed. Spending appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Budgets Educational Technology/Ed-Tech ESSA professional development

Edtech Executives Weigh In: Three Conditions for Personalized Learning Success


Personalized learning is a way to engage learners in a customized set of resources, tasks, and environments in order to meet their learning needs and goals. In many schools, there are certain classrooms or teams with pockets of success, yet successful school-wide adoption of a personalized learning model is elusive. Often, in order to have success, a personalized learning platform is required. But merely deciding to purchase an edtech tool is not the key to personalized learning success.

Staying Student-Centered in Whole Novel Study


Ariel Sacks' Whole Novels for the Whole Class is "the ultimate teacher-friendly manual for accommodating all students around a single book," says ELA veteran Mary Tedrow, who finds Sacks' practical specificity convincing and her confidence infectious.

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A Great Tool to Highlight and Share Specific Parts of Videos

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

March 16 , 2017 Vibby is a very good tool that you can use to highlight and share specific parts of videos. Viewers will only see the cropped portion you sent and not the entire video. This more. video tools

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What Blocky Video Games Can Teach You About Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post What Blocky Video Games Can Teach You About Learning appeared first on TeachThought. Technology Terry Heick Trends & Shifts video games

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Trump's Budget Blueprint Pinches Pennies For Education

NPR Learning and Tech

The proposal from the White House calls for a $1.4 billion increase in funding for school choice; a total of $9 billion in cuts. Image credit: Hanna Barczyk for NPR

5 Education Technology Terminology Dictionaries/References


Keeping up with these ever changing terms can be a challenge – these resources will help! With the ever-evolving nature of education technology, it can be helpful to have some resources to tap. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

EdTechTeam Leadership Symposium Ohio


On March 10, 2017, at Avon Lake High School in Avon Lake, OH nearly 100 educational leaders gathered for a day of learning, discovery, exploration, reflection and energy. With a leadership conference for leaders with and by leaders, the excitement and anticipation was palpable.

Try This One Trick To Improve Student Outcomes

NPR Learning and Tech

Richard Kahlenberg of The Century Foundation argues that it's time to take a closer look at integration. Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR

Federal Budget Proposal Cuts Billions in Higher Education and K-12 School Programs


The Department of Education would face some major downsizing under the Trump administration’s newly released budget proposal that seeks a $9 billion dollar (or 13.5 percent) reduction. The $59 billion-dollar budget eliminates teacher training grants, supplemental K-12 school programs, and higher education financial assistance while increasing funds for school-choice programs. The plan would eliminate: $2.4

Activating Student Thinking through Strategic Annotations

Digital Promise

Teachers are always looking for ways to facilitate deeper student learning through reading. The true goal of any classroom is to prepare students not only for comprehension, but also higher-order analysis where they feel comfortable interpreting content and using it in new ways. Getting there, however, requires that students understand how to practice metacognition and critical thinking while reading; teachers cannot simply hand students text and expect them to do so.

From Heartache to Hope

Tom Murray

This post is dedicated to the five people that lost their lives and the many that were affected by the events at the Fort Lauderdale airport on January 6, 2017. January 6th began like so many other travel days for me. After keynoting an event the night before, I woke up, packed my belongings from the hotel where I was staying, grabbed breakfast with some new friends I had met while at the event, and later that morning caught an Uber ride to the airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

A Very Good Web Annotating Tool for Research Students and Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

March 16, 2017 Lumio is an excellent tool to use for bookmarking, curating, and clipping web content. Students can use it to highlight interesting content in a webpage, add notes to it and more. web annotating tools

7 Cool Toys and Unique Gifts for the Kids Who Have It All!

Fractus Learning

Searching for the perfect gift for the kid who has everything? Want something out-of-the-box? Foldable? …Buildable? …Throwable? We’ve compiled a list of seven cool toys that’ll be sure to surprise and delight anyone, even the picky and the hard-to-please.

Teacher Voices: Naomi Hancock

Learning with 'e's

It's great to catch up with former students and discover what they are doing. That is exactly the purpose of this series of blog posts. This is number six in my series, asking former students on the B.Ed primary education degree programme what they are doing now.

Real-Time Data: Empowering Formative Classrooms


Discover how technology can truly transform teaching outcomes. Techlearning Miscellaneous

“Through Skype in the Classroom, I can not only take my children to places they would never be able to visit, but I can also empower them to make a difference in the world.” – Kristy Griffin, UK

Daily Edventures

Kristy Griffin. Year 3 Teacher/Computing Curriculum Lead. Bolsover Church of England Junior School. Derbyshire, UK. misskmgriffin. After attending Microsoft’s E 2 Educator Exchange last year, Kristy Griffin returned to her classroom inspired to do more.

A Glance at Redesigning Learning Spaces


While reviewer Rita Platt agrees with the authors' sincere hope that classroom redesign can strengthen learning, she finds the book falls short of being helpful to teachers in their everyday quest to make their classrooms warmer, smarter, and better. Book Reviews Class Space Design A.J.