Tue.Jan 16, 2018

Engaging Kindergartners with Technology: Augmented Reality, Ipads, QR Codes and More

The CoolCatTeacher

Greg Smedley on episode 232 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Greg Smedley Warren @kindersmorgie shares his tips and tricks for using technology in kindergarten. It should be simple.

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Teaching Together for Change

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. While 21st-century pedagogy puts group projects and collaborative learning at center stage for students, these cooperative habits have not yet assumed such a prominent role for teachers. But collaboration among teachers — and a desire for that teamwork — is growing, with positive repercussions across schools. A new paper by Susan Moore Johnson , Stefanie K.

The Lie of Giving 110%

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 14 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We cannot let how we feel determine how hard we work. Famed basketball coach John Wooden always taught his players that there’s no such thing as 110%.

Setting School Culture With Social And Emotional Learning Routines


Over the past several decades public education has shifted to focus on literacy and math learning, largely due to high stakes tests measuring those two elements of school.

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.

Diversity at the front of the classroom could mean more diversity among future scientists

The Hechinger Report

Woodrow Wilson High School students in Camden, N.J., see a rich orange flame in a chemistry lab that digs into atomic structure of elements. Photo: Tara García Mathewson/The Hechinger Report.

7 Tips on How to Make Lessons More Engaging and Fun


The ideas here have certainly been shared on the site before, but I thought a fresh look at them might be helpful, as many of us continue to look for ideas to spark the new year and bring more. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].

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Reclaiming Your Day: 3 Simple Digital Efficiency Hacks For School Principals

TeachThought - Learn better.

Reclaiming Your Day: 3 Simple Digital Efficiency Hacks For School Principals by Heather Warrell, TeachThought PD Leadership Workshop Facilitator Let’s be honest—while school leadership can be highly rewarding, it can, at times, be absolutely brutal. From juggling district demands, to tracking data, to cooling down angry parents, to drowning in emails (gag), to attempting to make ‘an appearance’ […].

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Check Out The Number One Song In 3,000 Locations Around The World

Larry Ferlazzo

The Pudding created an interactive map – with audio – where you can see and listen to the number one song (in December, 2017) in 3,000 locations around the world. It’s pretty cool. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures.

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Blockchain Essentials – A 25-Year Reflection Through the Internet and Digital Age

Leadership Lounge

During the mid-1990s, the world of education was introduced to the Internet. The early World-Wide-Web browsers for the Internet were Mosaic and Netscape. Most educators were focused on discussing the potential impact of the Internet, computer-based training (CBT) and object-oriented learning.

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Design To The Edges


There have been many instances that stand out in my mind when discussions with non-educators have sparked ideas and blog posts. I often find that some of the best ideas come from those outside of the profession.

Today’s Curriculum for the Higher Ed HR Leader

Speaker: Joseph Clay, Business Transformation Strategist at Oracle, and Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Today’s universities and colleges face many challenges ranging from reconciling financial pressures, to ensuring student success, to managing complicated workforce dynamics. One thing they all have in common: Their head of HR must align the HR function to best support the institution as it navigates this current landscape.

Teachers Can Learn About Ed Research At The “Learning Zone”

Larry Ferlazzo

I learned through a tweet by Dylan Wiliam about the Learning Zone. It’s a UK-based site that offers information about education research.

Why You Need More Than "One Good Study" To Evaluate EdTech

MIND Research Institute

You probably wouldn’t be surprised to hear that every education technology (edtech) publisher says their product works, and they all have some sort of supporting evidence. But oftentimes that evidence—if it’s fully experimental—is very scarce. In many cases, it’s just one study. Yet just that one piece of "gold standard" evidence is often considered good enough by educators when making a purchasing decision. But it shouldn’t be.

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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Larry Ferlazzo

© 2011 CGP Grey , Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio.


Technology Tidbits

Emaptico is a new learning tool that connects teachers and classrooms around the world. Empatico reminds me of a cross between Skype and Wiziq and is a great way for educators to easily teach online classes.

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Video: “Human Trafficking: A Modern Day Slavery”

Larry Ferlazzo

I’m adding this new video from Newsweek to The Best Resources For Learning About Human Trafficking Today : social studies video

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Storyboard That Illustrated Guides

Technology Tidbits

Storyboard That the amazing site that educators are using for creating timelines, graphic organizers, digital stories, storyboards, project based learning, and much much more, just released their Illustrated Guides.

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Write in Markdown on Your Mac with Macdown


We have written quite a lot at ProfHacker about Markdown , a convention for writing in plain text while encoding the structure of your document—headers, block quotes, lists, footnotes, etc.—using using simple typographic characters.

Students Across D.C. Graduated Despite Chronic Absences, An Investigation Finds

NPR Learning and Tech

An official investigation into Ballou High School and other high schools in the District of Columbia found that students received diplomas despite missing more than 30 days in at least one class. Image credit: Tyrone Turner/WAMU


LISTEN: Why most single moms in college don’t finish

The Hechinger Report

When Robyn Young was growing up, she never thought of herself as college material. She says when she graduated from high school, her classmates applied for college, and she applied for food stamps. By the time she was 21, she had a baby, and was in and out of jobs and living on friends’ couches.

“Using Videos to ‘Enhance Learning Experiences for Students'”

Larry Ferlazzo

Using Videos to ‘Enhance Learning Experiences for Students’ is the headline of my latest Education Week Teacher column. In it, Amber Chandler, Jen Schwanke, Dawn Wilson, Katie Alaniz, Laura Greenstein, Russel Tarr, and Sarah Thomas share their ideas on using video as a teaching tool.

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5 Technology tools that will keep your students engaged in the classroom


Students are obsessed with technology and gadgets nowadays, so why can’t we use technology to keep them engaged while learning? The education department is evolving on a global scale along with the techniques of teaching and learning.

Ready Player One: Science Fiction’s Vision for The Future of Education


Humans living in abject poverty are warring over the few resources they have left. There’s an energy crisis, and fossil fuels are in low supply. The weather has gone to extremes. This is the setting of Ernest Cline’s science-fiction novel, Ready Player One, where human civilization is in decline, and life in virtual reality beats any day in the real world.

What have legislators proposed for education in Mississippi this year?

The Hechinger Report

The Mississippi State Capitol. Photo: Terrell Clark for The Hechinger Report. Mississippi’s legislators have proposed dozens of bills this year aimed at improving education in the state.

This Standing-Room-Only Class Features Music Videos, a Gaming App and. Breathalyzers


If organic chemistry were easy, an old joke goes, it would be called biology. Getting a seat in Garg’s Chemistry 14D class—even one on the floor in the aisle—is for many undergraduates a cause for a victory dance. For some, O-chem is where med school dreams go to die. Many see it as an impossible maze of ceaseless memorization. But Professor Neil Garg looks at organic chemistry and sees a delightful puzzle, an engaging problem to be solved.

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7 Tips For Improving Your Memory In 2018

Fractus Learning

No matter if you are in the classroom, the storeroom or the boardroom, there’s always a benefit from improving your memory. Quicker and deeper recall of people, places, events and information can help improve your life […]. Psychology Resources

Betsy DeVos Touts Personalized Learning, Slams Common Core and Reform Efforts


Education Secretary spared no words in her critique of education reform efforts during the Bush and Obama administrations. “I I don’t think there is much we can hold onto, from a federal level, that we can say was a real success,” she said at a Jan. 16 event organized by the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative public policy think tank.

Tons of Free Virtual Manipulatives for Math Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

January 16, 2018 The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives is a digital library that provides K-12 teachers and students with a wide variety of math activities and virtual manipulatives. These.read more. math resources

Healthy Schools Now: protecting students and staff to improve learning.


Welcome to the Jersey Educator Podcast, a show created by NJEA members … for NJEA members. Whether you are a teacher, an education support professional, or a New Jersey Student Education Association member, this show will serve as a platform to help YOU bring out the best in your students. each and… The post Healthy Schools Now: protecting students and staff to improve learning. appeared first on TeacherCast.

Schools Invest in Infrastructure for Their Students' Futures

EdTech Magazine

By Jacquelyn Bengfort K–12 districts anticipate and adapt to changing technology needs. Access Points Bandwidth Management Networking Switches Wide Area Networks Wireless

5 of The Best Rubric Making Tools for Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

January 16, 2018 In yesterday’s post we talked about grading and we featured a number of apps to help teachers with their grading. In today’s post we cover a closely related concept: rubrics.read more. rubric making tools

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How a New Hampshire Tech Director Convinced His School District to Upgrade to Fiber

Education Superhighway

In addition to being the technology director for SAU#19 (Serving the Goffstown and New Boston, NH, School Districts), Gary Girolimon is a certified teacher.

Share a Copy of a Google Form

Teacher Tech

Copy and Share a Google Form It can be a little tricky to share a Google Form without making your data vulnerable to who you want to share with. I have coded an Add-on for Google Forms that creates a copy of the Form you are using and asks who you want to share the […]. The post Share a Copy of a Google Form appeared first on Teacher Tech. Advanced Forms Google G Suite google

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Feds Searching for Partner to Support Open Educational Resources Project

Marketplace K-12

The U.S. Department of Education is seeking an outside, nonprofit organization to help it support and build the #GoOpen Network. The post Feds Searching for Partner to Support Open Educational Resources Project appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Curriculum / Digital Curriculum Federal / State Policy Open Educational Resources

Rocketbook, Flipgrid, Awesome Tables….Oh My….Best Weekend of Professional Development!


Walking into my se cond EdTechTeam Summit , there was a sense of excitement in the air. I was greeted by Juan de Luca and Emily Fitzpatrick , and I knew in that instant that this would be a great weekend of learning. The icing on the cake was the gift of a Rocketbook. At first, I was just excited about another notebook, since as much as I like technology (especially my Chromebook), I still love to write notes and ideas down. Little did I know this was an upgrade to my original notebook.

Based on a True Story: History vs Hollywood


Examining differences between the movie and the actual history – and the processes screenwriters use to adapt a true story – is worthy of media literacy classroom time, says Frank Baker, author of Close Reading the Media. Truth is, the film will never match the book!