Wed.Jul 13, 2016

Mobile Learning: Making the Digital Promise Real

Digital Promise

In my work with Cell-Ed and Avasant Foundation, I have seen adult learners study basic literacy, English, citizenship, and workforce skills at all hours of the day and night. Juggling long and often irregular work schedules, they study on the bus, while waiting in lines, and on work breaks between mopping floors, milking cows, picking fruit, and caring for others. The market for mobile education technology is vast and, more important, mostly untapped.

Why new technologies often don’t help students

The Christensen Institute

It’s easy to get caught up in the allure of new technologies. Companies do a great job showing off the improved bells and whistles of their shiny new products. But the truth is, breakthrough innovations rarely come from the technologies themselves.

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Memory Machines: Learning, Knowing, and Technological Change

Hack Education

This is the transcript of the talk I gave today at the Digital Pedagogy Lab at the University of Prince Edward Island. You can find the slides here. Image and data credits are listed at the bottom of this post.

4 Great Ted Talks That Will Challenge Your Thinking

The Principal of Change

Getting a message from a friend on Facebook, she had mentioned Daniel Pink’s book “Drive” , and it reminded me of how much his Ted Talk really made an impact on my learning and thinking.

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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9 Reading Response Apps and Websites

Class Tech Tips

A reading response provides teachers with lots of information on student understanding and sets a purpose for reading. It helps students make connections to what they’ve already read or experiences in their own life.

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Educators Commit to the Journey

Digital Promise

Last month, our Verizon Innovative Learning Schools initiative held its second annual project-wide summer convening.

5 Barriers To More Authentic Teaching And Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 5 Barriers To More Authentic Teaching And Learning appeared first on TeachThought. Project-Based Learning Teaching PBL

Constant Learning and Creative Response: Charting the Course in Personalized Learning

Education Elements

At Education Elements we try to walk the walk of personalized learning. We strive to make our workshops interactive, upbeat, and fun. We create space for spirited large and small group discussion, and we honor time for quiet individual processing and reflection. We believe teachers should be designers of their classrooms. We want school teams to build connections at our workshops. We help districts visualize their personalized learning journey.

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.

Always Model Kindness, Especially to Children

K-12 Schools - Education News

(Photo: Pixabay, Creative Commons). By Julia Steiny. The trim, tall elementary teacher, whom we’ll call Ms. Larch, paused before answering the question that had been posed to everyone in the circle. Larch was among a group of teachers from all levels in a Restorative Practices (RP) training.

Don’t Teach Grit. Embed It.


In Paul Tough’s new book, he writes that the people who are best at engendering “noncognitive”—or character—abilities like grit in students hardly ever mention these skills in the classroom. It’s an observation that has won attention and admirers such as New York Times columnist David Brooks.

Authenticity and Co-Opting Voices of Color without Permission

Yesterday, I along with a few of my Educolor/POCEdtech colleagues received an email from MJ of Edsurge asking for our opinion about their plans to publish a libguide, basically story with resources, about the most recent shootings and wait for it…black oppression.

In the Age of 'No-Excuses' Schools: A Case for Compassion and Better Social-Emotional Learning


Take a minute to ruminate on your own K-12 academic experience. Was it a pleasant experience that left you with a love for lifelong learning? Or was it an exercise in drudgery that left you wishing every Monday was Friday? I used to see this imbalance every day. When I was a first-year teacher to thirty 6th graders, I was excited and fully expecting the students to share my enthusiasm—but my students were there for safety, a hot meal, to see friends, and to have shelter for the day.

A New Excellent Google Forms Feature to Auto Grade Quizzes

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

July 3, 2016 Google Forms has recently introduced a new powerful feature that allows teachers to auto-grade multiple choice and checkbox questions. Grading students' quizzes has always been one more. google forms

184 Ways to Teach Writing with Mentor Texts


With 184 lessons building on Writers Workshop principles, Stacey Shubitz provides guidance in mentor-text-based literacy instruction that can result in independent and proficient writers. Linda Biondi expects Craft Moves to be part of teachers' "go-to book" collections.


What Educators and Parents Should Know About Pokémon Go

Gaggle Speaks

Pokémon Go is taking over the world as ‘trainers’ of multiple generations hunt for Pokémon at landmarks and favorite spots in your hometown. Released last week on iOS and Android, players in a virtual reality world hunt for Pokémon, seek out items at Pokéstops and battle each other at Gyms.

Tech and the Future of Education

Fractus Learning

Technology. It’s reshaping nearly every facet of our lives. From commerce to agriculture, communication, the media, trade and travel: our world is being remade by the digital age.

Designing Higher Ed: The Search for a Process to Innovate


If you’ve been hearing a lot lately about design, there’s a good reason. Design as a discipline has found a full seat at the table of private enterprise as a driver of business value and competitive edge. Recent mergers and acquisitions activity underscores the growing recognition of the critical role of design in innovation, strategy, and business development.

Leadership Coaching and How Students and Teachers Benefit

Digital Promise

Recognizing that transformation, especially digital transformation, is complex and sometimes “messy,” Digital Promise is launching a second cohort of our Leadership Coaching program to support K-12 leaders working towards transforming learning in their districts through technology.

On Kids And Screens, A Middle Way Between Fear And Hype

NPR Learning and Tech

A researcher argues for better sources of advice for parents and educators. And for greater balance between warnings about the dangers and emphasis on the positive role parents can play

6 tips for making the most of your iPad and Chromebook carts

eSchool News

They’re used to charge, secure, store, and distribute tablets, laptops, and mobile devices—and in schools that aren’t using one-to-one take-home initiatives, they’ve become a mainstay.

Solving the Public School Numbers Problem


What would would happen if we put the kids in charge? peer learning Social Emotional Learning

Beyond Build or Buy: The Case for Co-Designing Edtech


All too often, the connection between teachers and technology tools falls flat. Pioneering schools and educators search for technology to support teacher-led instruction, only to find that existing technologies do not meet teachers’ needs. The alternative to off-the-shelf technology is build-it-yourself, but most schools find they lack the scale, revenue sources or expertise to support a software development department.

Vocabulary Across All Languages

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Every ThingLink starts with an image. This week's ThingLink Summer VR Challenge activity will help educators learn how to create a simple, yet powerful vocabulary lesson that starts with a 360 image. You will add tags to the image to introduce students to new words and concepts and build vocabulary.

The end of FlipCon means big changes for flipped learning

eSchool News

If you’ve never attended a FlipCon, you may have missed your chance.

A Commitment to Confronting Our Bias and Privileges


“We educators do the work not just in the classroom, but also with our feet and voices. We move in unison with our folks on the street.”. Jose Vilson. On July 10, New York teacher and. EduColor founder Jose Vilson tweeted the above message after noticing that more of his fellow educators were endeavoring to be more “socially aware and vocal about oppression,” whether they were teachers of color or otherwise.

Singapore Math offers new summer webinar series for educators

eSchool News

Singapore Math publisher Marshall Cavendish Education has introduced a new, professional development webinar series for teachers of grades K-5 scheduled throughout August.

Belonging and Believing: Transforming Remedial Math at Community Colleges


Developmental or remedial education forms a core service of community colleges, with a staggering 68% of all community college students taking at least one remedial course , most commonly English or math. The stark number of students not prepared for college work presents a two-fold dilemma for community colleges, one that is both financial and self-defeating, eating at the very purpose of community colleges’ existence.

Why is the Supreme Court So Important — and How to Explain That to Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

When you think of the Supreme Court, you think of old people in black robes that dispassionately determine the fate of the country’s laws. That’s all true, but there’s more to maintaining law and order than a podium and a gavel.


Technology Tidbits

GatherEducation is a innovative new virtual learning platform that educators can use to reach students from around the world. This is done in a easy to use way where teachers create their avatar and present to a virtual class of students.

New Teachers: Are You Using Periscope? #ntchat

Teaching With Soul

Last year I began to use Periscope and I shared a post about that here. I have since been using it so much more. I’ve also been studying some big time scoper’s and want to see how often new and pre-service teachers are using it. Sadly, not many are.

What Machine Learning and Draymond Green Have To Do With Education


Sure, that sounds like a total click bait headline. But weirdly enough, it’s not. For the past 15 years, technology entrepreneurs, investors and others have gathered in Aspen, CO in the summer, drawn to a conference convened by Fortune magazine called Brainstorm Tech. Attendees revel in the chance to dip a toe into the jetstream of technology. Here’s Fortune’s coverage.)

How can we show disenfranchised, black students that they matter when everything else is telling them otherwise?

The Hechinger Report

As an educator and as a black woman from the Bronx, I do not know how to begin to process the state-sanctioned murders of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling — or the killing of five Dallas police officers. I worry about my family and me. I worry about our safety obsessively.