Wed.Apr 17, 2019

Choice Boards, Playlists, Pathways.Oh My!

Education Elements

For many districts and schools, choice boards, playlists, and pathways are used interchangeably to describe instructional designs that provide students with a menu of options to guide and own their learning. Yet we ask educators to use these design practices very differently.

Using Micro-credentials for Personalized Professional Development

Digital Promise

The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) is an educational service agency in rural southeastern Kentucky that serves 22 school districts, 134 schools, over 3,000 teachers, and more than 50,000 students.

8 easy brain boosts for state testing time

Ditch That Textbook

State testing is an expected part of life in many states across the U.S. and in lots of countries). At the end of the year, as mandated by law, students endure hours of testing to measure their progress. There’s a lot on the line — for teachers, for students, and for school districts. Much of […]. Assessment Teaching standardized testing strategies standardized testing tips state testing strategies state testing tips

Innovators Worth Watching: Bootcamps

The Christensen Institute

Welcome to our “Innovators Worth Watching” series, spotlighting interesting and potentially disruptive players across a spectrum of industries.

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.

169 Tech Tip #12 Wrap Text Around a Picture

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.

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4 Steps to Create an Effective K–12 Drone Curriculum

EdTech Magazine

4 Steps to Create an Effective K–12 Drone Curriculum. eli.zimmerman_9856. Wed, 04/17/2019 - 13:43.

Girls Who Code Helps Draft ‘Landmark’ Legislation Aimed at Closing the Gender Gap

Edsurge

In the 10 months since Girls Who Code announced a set of policy recommendations aimed at closing the gender gap in K-12 computer science, the national nonprofit has been working with states to promote legislation that would help measure the extent of the gender disparity in U.S. classrooms.

The Crossroads of Design Thinking & 3D Printing

EdTechTeacher

Why Design Thinking ? How Might We Create meaningful learning environments for students? A huge question to tackle and one with countless reasonable answers.

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School district secessions gather speed, a new report shows

The Hechinger Report

Leslie Williams grew up in the North Smithfield community where she currently lives with her children. Students in the community attend Bragg Middle School (pictured here) and Gardendale High School. Photo: Tamika Moore for The Hechinger Report.

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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.

Waterford Gets $20M+ Grant for Online Preschool. Its Critics Are Not Happy.

Edsurge

In the world of education, some debates rage eternal. How much testing is too much? What’s the right balance between public schools and charters? And lately, are digital screens appropriate for teaching young learners?

OPINION: Early ed should adopt these 3 ideas from Montessori schools

The Hechinger Report

. Parents, policymakers and teachers increasingly realize that funding early childhood initiatives is vital to the nation’s future.

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Putting the “T” in STEM! 60+ Resources for Teaching Children with Technology!

techlearning

All resources have a free version or trial for educators and many are registration and ad free so that students don’t have to give their private information

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In professional development for online teachers, highlighting failure led the way to success

The Hechinger Report

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

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.

LEGO Education Launches New SPIKE Prime System and New LEGO League Sets

TeacherCast

LEGO Education announces several new additions to their educational lineup of products including SPIKE Prime, Boomtown Build, and City Scraper designed to help students become more comfortable and confident in STEAM Subjects in Middle School.

New ISTE Book: How to Close the Digital Divide for Students

techlearning

A 2016 survey of 1,200 parents revealed that while 94 percent of families are connected to the internet, 23 percent access it on mobile devices, 26 percent share a single computer and 20 percent experienced loss of internet service due to lack of payment

The Importance of Integrating Technology in the Classroom

Where Learning Clicks

Teachers are the key to student success, and one way to empower teachers is to give them valuable classroom tools—like technology! The post The Importance of Integrating Technology in the Classroom appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

Accessibility vs Inclusion. What's the Difference?

The Innovative Educator

The World Report on Disabilities says that 15% of the population today lives with some form of disability. If you're not in that 15% today, chances are you may be In the future. That's because in the years ahead, the prevalence of those with disabilities will rise as the population ages.

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.

How we created a growth mindset in math

eSchool News

Historically, students have been led to believe that they are either destined to be good at math or that they just “aren’t a math person.” At Springfield (MO) Public Schools, we wanted all of our students to feel empowered as mathematicians.

Our 4 Do’s and Don’ts for Companies Selling to Schools

Edsurge

Combined, we have worked in schools for nearly 40 years. In that time, we have been on the receiving end of the sales process for many products and services. We have heard pitches that we expected, and have also suffered through pitches that somehow snuck past our filters.

Registration Open for Learning Impact Leadership Institute

techlearning

IMS Global Learning Consortium's 13th annual Learning Impact Leadership Institute will be held in San Diego, California, May 20-23, 2019

NEW! Google Classroom Filter by Topic

Teacher Tech

Filter the Classwork Page by Topic The Classwork page in Google Classroom allows you to organize your assignments by topic, but it can get quite long as the school year goes on. One of the downsides to the Classwork page is the inability to see the full assignment title and assignment description without any clicking. […]. The post NEW! Google Classroom Filter by Topic appeared first on Teacher Tech. Classroom Google classroom G Suite 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.

Where in the World Is Planet3? An Educational Gaming CEO Seeks His Second Act

Edsurge

When Tim Kelly started Planet3 in 2013, he aimed for the stars. He envisioned a game-based educational platform used by teachers and students to learn about science and the environment. He had the staff, as many as 35 employees with experience in game and curriculum development.

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Science App Offers Hands-on Freshwater Learning

techlearning

DIY Lake Science offers watershed-related activities and info for elementary and middle school students via three sections: activities, video clips, and an “Under the Lake” simulation

Does Your Company Really Need AI? Stanford Executive Course Aims to Demystify the Hype

Edsurge

Artificial intelligence has become a ubiquitous buzzword for tech companies these days, but even though all kinds of founders and CEOs say their product is infused with AI, the meaning of the term varies from advanced machine learning to a smart spreadsheet.

7 Ways to Support Diversity in the Classroom [With Examples]

Prodigy

Why do children go to school? Most people would say it’s to learn the three R’s: reading, writing and ‘rithmetic. But a school culture that promotes diversity in the classroom teaches students something that’s more important: how to live and work in a society where every individual is unique.

LMS Comparison: What Learning Solution is the Best Fit for Your Business?

Explore this detailed guide to see how traditional Learning Management Systems compare to an advanced online learning platform, and find out which type of solution is best suited to meet your learning program needs.

Creative Coding and Robots in the Classroom

edWeb.net

Two common computer science misconceptions are that it’s just about programming and that only teachers with computer science degrees should teach it.

LEGO® Education and FIRST® Introduce New Architecture-Themed LEGO sets

techlearning

The new sets for the 2019-2020 FIRST LEGO League season are based on the theme of architecture and are titled BOOMTOWN BUILD?” and CITY SHAPER

Using Technology to Extend Speaking Practice in a Language Classroom.

Dr. Shannon Doak's Blog

Learning a foreign language is not an easy task. There are multiple components to learning a language which includes reading, writing, listening and speaking. Often, in a language classroom, students have ample time to do all of these, but at home, work is usually focused on the reading and writing aspect of the language. This is because there is no other person at home to practice the language with. This is where technology can help!