Mon.Jul 11, 2016

Moving from Teaching STEM to Doing STEM

The CoolCatTeacher

Getting kids engaged and excited about learning in the STEM Classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Dr. Robin Ellwood moved from lecture to hands-on STEM with her eighth graders and shows us how.


We Are All Teachers Of Literacy

The Web20Classroom

"If we talk about literacy we have to talk about how to enhance our children's mastery over the tools needed to live intelligent, creative, and involved lives."

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4 Reasons Gifted Programs are Irrelevant

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Some things I’ve heard in 17 years of working in gifted education: “What do I need to do to get my kid into the gifted program in your school?” “You You know how important it is in this community to have your child labeled gifted.” “I I need my child in the gifted class because I don’t want […]. The post 4 Reasons Gifted Programs are Irrelevant appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Featured Issues edchat

Stop asking whether laptops improve learning outcomes

eSchool News

The media might not be able to get past the question — but we in education need to dig deeper. It’s a question we hear all too often—from parents, technology critics, and, of course, the news media: Do those pricey laptops schools buy actually improve academic results?

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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Architecture’s Pivotal Role in the Future of K-12 Learning


What does the future of learning look like? If we apply principles from architecture, learning should be flexible, collaborative, sustainable, and filled with daylight. School buildings and their learning environments have remained relatively static over time. The majority of our schools are decades old, and have not undergone a major redesign since they were originally built.

Ten Reading-with-Tech Tips You Don’t Want to Miss

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are ten of the top reading-related articles according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: How do I create a classroom library checkout system? 5 Tech Tools to Inspire Reading. 5 Tech Tools That Motivate Every Reader. 3 Digital Tools to Encourage Close Reading. 32 Reading Websites.

John's Summer 2016 Chromebook Picks

The Electric Educator

Looking to purchase a new Chromebook before the back to school season? Here are my summer Chromebook picks! New models come out regularly, so I reserve the right to make adjustment! Prices are based from the manufactures website and may be lower on Amazon.

5 Questions And Answers To Get You Started With 3D Printing

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 5 Questions And Answers To Get You Started With 3D Printing appeared first on TeachThought. Technology 3D Printing

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.

When it comes to wiping out the achievement gap for Hispanic students, rigor is only part of the battle

The Hechinger Report

When I emigrated to the U.S. from Peru 30 years ago, I spoke no English at all. My first job was as a dishwasher at a Holiday Inn in Des Moines, Iowa. I was making less than the minimum wage, but it was the only job I could get.

Do We Really Know How to Teach Argument?


Many teachers are not well equipped to teach "argument" and prepare students for assessments that require them to build an effective claim. Author and consultant Erik Palmer deconstructs current efforts to teach persuasive writing and offers better solutions.

ISTE, Microsoft to partner on standards and new PD courses

eSchool News

Multi-project initiative to include first of its kind blueprint for school transformation, leadership courses, school development tools. At the ISTE 2016 opening general session, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and Microsoft Corp.

Virtual Reality and Primary Education

Fractus Learning

It’s probably every teacher’s worst nightmare: the children are plugged into virtual reality headgear and someone else is giving their lessons while the teacher is redundantly hanging about or simply a bystander while the lesson is going on.

Part 3: STEM, STEAM, Makers: Over 25 STEM and PBL Competitions

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to this third post in a series that brings STEM, STEAM, and Maker Space together with Project Based Learning and proper technology integration in the classroom. You will discover around one hundred resources in this series along with some great ideas for finding student success.

Fun with GIS 201: Instructional Guide for the ArcGIS Book


The ArcGIS Book offers “10 Big Ideas” about mapping, in hardcopy, free downloadable PDF, and free online in multiple languages. Equal parts coffee table book, text book, and workbook, some educators began teaching with it immediately after its release at Esri’s 2015 User Conference.

My White Boss Talked About Race in America and This is What Happened


I have never felt so Black at work as the day Eric Garner was killed on July 17, 2014, the day Michael Brown Jr. was killed on August 9, 2014, the day Tamir Rice was killed on November 22, 2014, the day Walter Scott was killed on April 4, 2015, the day Freddie Gray was killed on April 19, 2015. No one at my job said anything. Through all those senseless and horrific deaths of Black men and children at the hands of White police officers, not one person at my job said anything about it.

ABCmouse launches school-centered platform for K-2

eSchool News

Teacher support and implementation services maximize the educational impact of the curriculum in the classroom and at home. Age of Learning has launched ABCmouse for Schools , a scalable solution to meet the pre-K through 2nd grade needs of school districts and school groups in the U.S.

19 Great Web Tools and Mobile Apps for Creating Interactive Timelines

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

July 11, 2016 Besides posters and infographics timelines are great learning tools to help students visualize their learning and enhance their overall comprehensibility. Timelines can more. timelines creation tools

Three Ways to Expand your PLN This Summer – From Jen Carey


This post first appeared on Daily Genius. Summer is an important time for busy educators and allows them to relax, recharge, and often work on honing their craft in both formal and informal professional development.

4 Stats Apps for Sports Lovers

Class Tech Tips

Looking for real-life data to bring into your math classroom? Sports data is easily accessible thanks to searchable websites and simple to navigate mobile apps. You can bring sports statistics into your classroom with a handful of different stats apps.

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The Case for Starting Schools Later


Early start times may work well with parental and after-school schedules, there's significant evidence that these start times are detrimental to students. The post The Case for Starting Schools Later appeared first on Edudemic. Articles Featured Trends education featured helping students motivating students

7 Incredible Lego Technic Toys for STEM Learning Fun

Fractus Learning

Lego Technic, the advanced version of the classic colored building blocks, takes the fun to another level – and kicks the learning up a gear or two!


Assessment in Making


Stephanie Chang and Chad Ratliff Maker Education As we integrate maker education into the curriculum, we should determine whether it raises test scores, how it aligns with standards, and how we can assess making

3 Ways to Fix District PD—Tap Internal Talent, Analyze Your Data Footprint, and Listen


Like many small districts seeking professional development opportunities for their teachers, the Mancos School District in southwestern Colorado has seen its share of what Principal Cathy Epps calls “one-hit wonders.” It came out loud and clear that with technology, we needed to do better about supporting staff—not just talking about it in August, but supporting it with someone people know over time.

ISTE 2016: Educational Equity, Lifelong Learning, and a Simpler Approach to Edtech


At the end of June, eSpark joined the thousands of district and edtech leaders headed to Denver, CO to meet innovative educators and discuss the current state of technology in schools. Over the course of the week, three themes dominated the conversation. Working Towards Equity with Edtech.

3 Ways to Add Excitement to Your School Newsletter

Gaggle Speaks

Newsletters still play a critical role in a school’s communication plan. Many parents use newsletters as a way to stay in-the-know about what’s happening with their children. But the old-school print-outs that go home in folders and book bags aren’t always the most convenient or practical.

GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP: A 21st Century Characteristic

P21 Blogazine

Volume 3, Issue 6, Number 4. In this issue, we share four posts from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF's Education Division, TEACHUNICEF, about its special work in global education. Read more of the what, the why and the how of their work to engage U.S. classrooms in this mission and how that work can benefit your students in 21st Century classrooms. Driving Question: How do we develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for students to become global citizens?

A Billy Joel Themed Reflection on 5 Years of TeacherCast

My Paperless Classroom

On July 11, TeacherCast celebrates 5 years of educational excellence with the support of thousands of educators and millions of students. The post A Billy Joel Themed Reflection on 5 Years of TeacherCast appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network.

US Dept of Education Moves to Ease K-12 Testing Requirements

K-12 Schools - Education News

(Photo: Flickr, Creative Commons).

What’s Your One?

Adjusting Course

. Have you ever returned from a conference and been asked to name a “take-away” or something you learned? I recently had the chance to collaborate on a special podcasting project with Theresa Stager (co-host of the PrincipalPLN podcast).

Innovating Inside of the Box

The Principal of Change

I loved this post from Seth Godin’s blog : The problem with complaining about the system. …is that the system can’t hear you. Only people can.

3 Tips for Getting (and Staying) Fit


Let students lead the way in protests over police killings

The Hechinger Report

Members of the student group The Wave lead a march in response to the death of Alton Sterling and other police killings. Photo: Jonas Chartock. Baton Rouge, LA — The perspiring temperatures outdoors were outdone by the racial climate created by years of police killings.