Tue.Mar 19, 2019

5 Ways to Help Teachers Progress in Their Use of Technology [Free Webinar]

The CoolCatTeacher

Teachers can progress in their use of technology. Even though we’re busy. Even though we’ve got so much to do. We can do it. In this webinar, I’ll be sharing how to help teachers “innovate like a turtle.” This practical, simple way to improve is my personal secret to success.

3 Favorite Webtools for students (and teachers)

Ask a Tech Teacher

I subscribe to lots of technology-in-education forums (here’s a list of my trusted education advisors ) and attend as many webinars as I can.

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Advice from a Filmmaking Pro About How to Help Kids Make Movies

The CoolCatTeacher

Steve Hullfish on episode 462 Steve Hullfish is a film editor and has also interviewed many of the world’s top film editors about the craft. He shares his story in Art of the Cut , a must-read for anyone editing films.

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6 Ways to create meaningful teamwork experiences through an LMS


How many times per day do students hear the phrase “get in groups/pair up”? Chances are that no matter the subject, they are told to collaborate quite frequently. In fact, even in popular kids or teen TV shows, the group project is used as a catalyst for interaction between characters. Plenty of examples can be found from Boy Meets World and Dawson’s Creek to Gilmore Girls. The popular kid has to work with the new kid. Best friends do not get to work together on an assignment.

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SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

In the wake of one university’s headline-making failure, a look at business models

The Christensen Institute

When trying to innovate, no institution wants to make national headlines for having a key initiative go “ belly-up. ”

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When personalized learning also boosts special education students

The Hechinger Report

Students at Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School benefit from personalized learning and two hours per day of small group instruction. Tara García Mathewson/The Hechinger Report.

5 Ways to Prevent Cheating on Your Google Form Quiz


Google Forms is a tremendous tool for organizing and automating digital quizzes. Here are five tips for designing "cheat proof" Google Forms

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Asset Management Tools Help Time-Strapped K–12 IT Teams

EdTech Magazine

Asset Management Tools Help Time-Strapped K–12 IT Teams. eli.zimmerman_9856. Tue, 03/19/2019 - 22:03. Looking back, Robert Chinnici finds it hard to believe how ­overmatched he was. Until about a year ago, Acero Schools ­managed most IT assets for 15 schools and 7,500 ­students manually.

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How we turned around our scheduling methods

eSchool News

Demographics: Alpine School District in Utah serves over 82,000 students across 89 schools. Biggest challenge: Our student count in any given grade level (9-12) ranges from 450 students to almost 1,200.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Helping Students Track Their Learning in ST Math

MIND Research Institute

Guest Blog by Miriam. JiJi the penguin is a celebrity in my class. JiJi is the star of many stories at the writing center, often listed as something students are thankful for at Thanksgiving, and commonly discussed at lunch.

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Dude, Where’s My Purpose? Ashton Kutcher on Today’s ‘Abysmal’ Schools


Ashton Kutcher is not one of those celebrities who has his own name-brand school, or who used to be a teacher. But he is one who lobs plenty of critiques about education, and thinks he can do it better. For one, he thinks “schools are doing an abysmal job at raising capital.” If he ran one himself, he’d call up Elon Musk asking for a free Tesla X, and maybe some starter cash to see if his students could create something of value for the car company.

Why College Students have a Greater Risk of Identity Theft: Lessons and Tips


What is identity theft? Identity theft is an act of stealing and using one’s personal information in order to commit fraud and other criminal activity. Once the personal information is obtained, [Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].


Counselors Couldn’t Keep Up With Our Growing Mental Health Crisis, So Peers Stepped Up


It’s 7:30 a.m. on a Monday morning. I welcome students into the building with an optimistic smile on my face while teachers give an endless supply of high fives, and students yawn and find a corner to sit with their friends. The bell rings and I head to make my coffee, eager to hunker down and prioritize my tasks for the week. Before I make it to the coffee pot, I hear my name over the walkie talkie and off I go—without caffeine. A student needs me, and so it begins.

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.

Hyperconvergence Hits Mainstream in K–12 Data Centers

EdTech Magazine

Hyperconvergence Hits Mainstream in K–12 Data Centers. eli.zimmerman_9856. Tue, 03/19/2019 - 20:53. While preparing to move the data c­enter at Iron County School District to a ­building with more space, the IT team received an alert: The air ­conditioning system had failed.

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Text Choice Helped Boost This District’s Literacy Success—and Empower Students


Amalia Lopez became a high school English teacher because she thinks functional English is one of the greatest gifts you can give anyone trying to navigate life in the United States. So it may have been fate that she landed a job in the low-income, heavily immigrant California Central Valley community of Lindsay in 2009.

Inspiring Girls to Study STEM


Despite some progress that’s been made in the last few years, it’s no secret that the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) are still male dominated.


Apple Launches Media Literacy Initiative, Pledges Support to Education Nonprofits


As misinformation continues to spread, a growing number of organizations are jumping in to help young people develop critical thinking skills, distinguish fact from fiction and become smarter consumers of the news. Apple elevated three groups—the News Literacy Project , Common Sense and Italy’s Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori —on Tuesday when the company announced a new initiative to support the nonprofits’ media literacy programs.

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

To Learn about Respect, 4T Kids Pay It Forward


"My learners are young and impressionable," writes grade 4 teacher Mary Tarashuk. Teaching them true respect, for themselves and for others, just might get us on the path to improving some bigger problems we see around us." Learn how Room 4T's Pay It Forward project supports that goal.

Working to Bring Diversity to Tech is a ‘Trek for a Lifetime’


Harvey Mudd College is known as a powerhouse in engineering and computer science—but like those fields, it has struggled historically with recruiting diverse staff and students. Maria Klawe became the first woman president for the college in 2006, and she’s made it one of her missions to change that trend. That has meant working to do things like make introductory computer-science classes more welcoming to all.

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Key Questions and Recommendations for Online Assessment


Even in today’s tech-heavy environment, before moving to online assessments, leadership needs to ask: Should we?

What Schools Can Learn About Communication From the Vatican’s Former Social Media Chief


In 2017, Monsignor Paul Tighe may have been the only priest amidst a sea of techies at South by Southwest (SXSW), where he spoke about his past experience serving as Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications for the Catholic Church. Think “social media director” for the Catholic Church.) Odd as his presence may have seemed, it was not out of the ordinary for the Church, which first devised a social media strategy around 2010.

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.

Creating Notecards for AP Review: Powered by @PearDeck Vocabulary, @Quizlet, and @Wacom #edtech


If you’re an AP Calculus teacher, you are likely familiar with the popular “ when you see the words… this is what you think of doing ” worksheet. I often use this worksheet to kickstart review in class. It has always been a part of our opening conversation.

Livestreaming and Podcasting in the Classroom


Whether providing lessons for sick kids or giving parents a weekly update on classroom activities, livestreams and podcasts offer teachers yet another way to connect with their students and families.

AR/VR Application — The Future Meets the Classroom of Today


The stuff of science fiction can now be a reality in today’s classrooms

WiFi as a Service: The Importance of Finding a Long-Term Partner Vs. a One-Time Vendor


In a hypercompetitive world where every business is becoming a technology business, network infrastructure is more critical than ever as a competitive necessity. Wireless Planning Wi-Fi as a Service

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.