Mon.Apr 17, 2017

Stop Taking Grading Home

Catlin Tucker

In January I wrote a blog post titled “ New Year’s Resolution: I’m Moving ALL Assessment into the Classroom.” ” I’m here to update everyone. Since January, I have not brought a single stack of digital papers home to grade! It’s been amazing!

District says 24 credits and a D-minus average aren’t good enough

The Hechinger Report

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. When Kylie Jones brings home her report card, it doesn’t have any A’s, B’s or C’s. The Windsor Locks High School freshman belongs to the first cohort of students going through middle and high school under a new system.

Reinventing Math Class with EquatIO (Chrome Extension)

Shake Up Learning

The post Reinventing Math Class with EquatIO (Chrome Extension) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Reinventing Math Class. Guest post by John McGowan, Math Product Manager, Texthelp. Let’s get real for a minute: math has always had a bit of an image problem, hasn’t it?!


OPINION: The biggest tech trendsetter you know just may be – your local teacher

The Hechinger Report

As more teachers reinvent their classrooms as blended, personalized learning environments, something else is happening – the nation’s 3.6 million-strong K-12 teaching workforce is becoming a consumer-electronics force capable of shaping new technology trends.

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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Motivating Special Needs Breakthroughs #mondaymotivation

The CoolCatTeacher

A special needs conversation with Jennifer Cronk on episode 56 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Empowering special needs students with technologies is one of the greatest ways to motivate and ignite their learning.

App of the Week: Better parent-teacher communication

eSchool News

note : App of the Week picks are now being curated by the editors of Common Sense Education , which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly.

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If universities did more to help poor students, maybe 40 percent wouldn’t drop out before college even begins

The Hechinger Report

In an open letter she read out at a rally last week, New Orleans high school senior Karriem Bennett (justifiably) protested the amount in TOPS financial aid Tulane University told her she’d likely receive next year: a measly $2. But if the Louisiana legislature fully funds the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, the state merit scholarship program, Bennett would be eligible for $5,567.

School sees massive literacy boost thanks to new assessment attitude

eSchool News

At the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, 82 percent of Morgen Owings Elementary School’s students were working below grade level. Now, six months later, just 40 percent are working below grade level. We have work to do, but shifting our mindset regarding assessment has made a huge impact.

Move from a Static Classroom to a Dynamic Classroom (Shake Up Challenge!)

Shake Up Learning

The post Move from a Static Classroom to a Dynamic Classroom (Shake Up Challenge!) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Is Your Classroom Static or Dynamic?

Win an Acer Spin 11 Chromebook

Teacher Tech

The new Acer Spin 11 Chromebook is designed for students at school. It has a rugged design, obviously runs Google Chrome, is touchscreen, has 2 cameras, runs Android apps, integrates with Google Keep, and comes with a stylus.

Reinventing the Right Curriculum Is Impossible — But Necessary!

The Journal

Fixing the curriculum means replacing its current focus on English, math, history, science, etc. with content relevant to a future where 65% of today’s students will have jobs that don’t yet exist! This week’s guest blog by Jonathan Grudin explores making that "impossible" fix … possible


Schools Will Soon Have To Put In Writing If They 'Lunch Shame'

NPR Learning and Tech

Advocates hope the recent law out of N.M., banning school staff from shaming kids for not having lunch money, helps to shape policies the USDA is requiring school districts write by July 1. Image credit: Baerbel Schmidt/Getty Images

Flashback to 2000: Classroom Tech That Doesn’t Exist Anymore


Since the turn of the 21st century, technology has progressed rapidly, leading to new opportunities and a fair share of distractions in the classroom. The post Flashback to 2000: Classroom Tech That Doesn’t Exist Anymore appeared first on Edudemic. Articles Featured For Students Trends

Rogue approaches to scholarly communication

Bryan Alexander

This week I’m participating in the Open Scholarship Initiative (OSI) conference in the Washington, DC area. I was active in the first OSI meeting last year, and am looking forward to this one. Hopefully I’ll tweet events and reflections ( #OSI2017 ).

Collaboration is an Essential Skill for Students – Embrace its Challenges

Indiana Jen

When I am asked “What is the most important skill for students to learn these days” I always answer “The ability to effectively collaborate.” ” This answer often surprises people; as an ed tech director, they assume I am going to talk about programming.

Coming This Summer: ISTE’s Refresh of Its Standards for Teachers

EdTech Magazine

By Mike Patterson Stay tuned for more information at annual conference in June. Classroom Curriculum

A Pilot Test of Revision Assistant and What We Learned in the Process

Ask a Tech Teacher

Revision Assistant , part of the Turnitin family, is a comprehensive virtual writing assistant for students that allows them to digitally edit and rewrite documents for any class.

So Far in 2017, Pace of Investment Into Ed Tech Bouncing Back

Marketplace K-12

The number of ed-tech deals rose from 100 late last year to 131 in the first quarter of 2017, with a value of $545 million, a new analysis shows. The post So Far in 2017, Pace of Investment Into Ed Tech Bouncing Back appeared first on Market Brief.

Math Teachers Need Better Professional Development. Here’s a Personalized Approach.


When I was serving 18,000 students as the K-12 Math Curriculum Coordinator for the Parkway School District in suburban St. Louis, I wore many hats—arguably too many for any one person. One of the most difficult challenges I faced was supporting our 400 K-8 math teachers with substantive professional learning. I wasn’t alone.

Why STEAM Education Is Important for both our Teachers and Students

My Paperless Classroom

As a parent or an educator, you may have heard the term' STEAM' being used to describe a new way of learning. What is it though, and what does it mean for students today? Here's exactly what STEAM means for the future of learning. What is STEAM? If you've heard of STEM learning, then STEAM […].

These 4 Quirky, Unorthodox Letters Got People Hired at Edtech Startups


Nothing beats personal connections when it comes to landing a job interview. Yet what you know. can matter more than who you know, especially at early-stage startups. Employees will likely wear many hats, placing a premium on those with multifaceted skillsets. That could mean writing code in the morning, editing marketing copy in the afternoon, and moderating a panel at night.

Why an Education Can Help You Live Longer by @Sarah_Daren

My Paperless Classroom

Americans are living longer nowadays for a number of reasons, but many studies show a strong correlation between life expectancy and education. In fact, the average life expectancy in America these days is higher than any other period in history and is projected to soar by 2050.

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Favorite Sites for Free Clipart and Photos

Learning in Hand

I use a lot of visuals in my work. I prefer to use my own photographs and to draw my own illustrations. When it's not practical or possible to use my own work, I rely on a handful of websites that provide copyright friendly images.


Nitty Gritty of Technology Integration

Tech Helpful

Lately our school has been in a discussion of what technology integration should really look like. Some had discussions have happened but progress is being made to better identify how technology can both support the learning in the classroom and prepare the students for their future.

#APCalculus Cram Video – Tips & Tricks for the #APCalc Exam #flipclass


I wanted to share a massive review video that I created with some of my final tips & tricks for AP Calculus test takers! This video is *not* meant for one sitting.

Illuminate Education Shines Light on Growing Need for Better Data Sharing


Interoperability, defined dryly, is the seamless, secure and controlled exchange of data between different applications and technologies. The term is a mouthful, yet the concept enables many conveniences we take for granted. It allows, for instance, pharmacists to verify and prepare your medications after your doctor’s visit. It allows companies to pay employees via direct deposit, and for you to pay others via mobile apps or online banking services.

6 Best Financial Literacy Smartphone Apps for Students


April is Financial Literacy Awareness Month Today children of all ages have access smartphones or tablets, and this reality makes mobile apps one of the best avenues for teaching kids and young. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].

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The Five Best STEM Books for Children By H. Davis

My Paperless Classroom

What’s the most important trait you’d like for your child to develop? If you’re like most parents and educators, intelligence is probably at the top of your list. Generally speaking, almost all parents want clever, thoughtful children, which is why we spend so much time choosing the right schools and making sure educators are exceeding […]. The post The Five Best STEM Books for Children By H. Davis appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network. Editorial STEM Education

169 Tech Tip #20: How to Add a Link to MS Word

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.

Q&A: Richard Culatta Aims to Use Government Experience as New ISTE CEO

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Former Department of Education official brings innovation experience to the job. Classroom Leadership Management

Of Progress, Problems, and Partnerships

iterating toward openness

In 2012 Kim Thanos and I founded Lumen Learning because, through our Gates-funded work on the Kaleidoscope Project, we had seen first-hand how hard it was for faculty to replace publisher materials with OER. The 2000s were an inspiring decade as institutions and individuals created and published a huge amount of openly licensed educational materials (e.g., MIT OCW, Wikipedia, Khan Academy), but in 2010 it was difficult to find a faculty member who had made the switch.

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How Instagram, Facebook and Twitter Foster Digital Citizenship & Safety

Gaggle Speaks

Did you notice any peculiar trends on Instagram recently? In efforts to foster a safer, kinder community, tens of thousands of Instagrammers came together a few weeks ago for the Worldwide InstaMeet 15 to share their stories and spread kindness in the world. Instagram also announced enhancements to their app to promote a safer environment. They’re adding a screen over images and videos with sensitive material, warning users of potentially inappropriate content.

#CelebrateWithDE – International Day for Monuments and Sites

Discovery Education

Encourage your students to think about the cultural significance of monuments and commemorative sites on the International Day for Monuments and Sites, coming up next week. Around the world, people use specially designed statues, buildings, and works of art, or designated natural spaces, to memorialize, commemorate, and honor people and events in history. Thinking about the importance of honoring history and culture is a great exercise for students of all ages. These examples are just starters.