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4 Ready to Go tips for Project Based Learning and Maker Spaces

The CoolCatTeacher

Nicholas Provenzano gets us started From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter How do you get started with project-based learning (PBL) and Maker spaces? Nicholas Provenzano, the author of the book, Beyond the Poster Board , gives us four tips to get started with effective PBL and Maker space use in your school and classroom. Today’s sponsor: Advancement Courses.

20 digital bell ringer activities to kickstart class

Ditch That Textbook

Quality bell ringers are crucial — quick activities to get students going at the beginning of class, when the bell has just rung. For these first five or ten minutes of class (OK, probably more the five than the ten), we have our students’ most attention. It’s the most focused they’ll likely be for us all […]. The post 20 digital bell ringer activities to kickstart class appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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Why buying a mattress is like choosing a college

The Christensen Institute

On the face of it, comparing buying a mattress to choosing a college might feel apocryphal. Insulting even. College encompasses a series of experiences—from the classroom to extracurricular activities and social opportunities—that, in the best of scenarios, are transformative. A mattress is, well, a mattress. A bunch of foam and coils on which you sleep. But a mattress can be incredibly valuable—and, like institutions of higher education, increasingly complex.

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Project Based Learning at the Elementary Level: Nine Inspiring Examples

EdTechTeacher

By Tom Driscoll ( @TomDriscollEDU ). I recently had the opportunity to work with an incredible group of elementary educators from Nauset Schools on Cape Cod. We capped off our PBL workshop by designing project sketches that the teachers would implement later this school year. They were so great, I asked the group if they could share their ideas. The teachers generously agreed, and below are their examples of inspiring yet practical examples of project based learning at the K-5 level!

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.

5 reasons why impact investments and market-creating innovations go hand-in-hand

The Christensen Institute

It has never been easier for investors to support causes that matter to them. Hunger to do good has resulted in the growth of impact investments, conscious capitalism, and social entrepreneurship movements. In fact, socially-concerned investments now account for one out of every four dollars of professionally managed assets. There’s no doubt that more socially minded investments would do the world some good, and opportunities for positive impact abound.

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Could social media be the key to cracking chronic disease?

The Christensen Institute

Today more than 50% of American citizens are afflicted with a chronic disease. In addition to the untold suffering that accompanies a long-term battle with poor health, the care for those with chronic diseases continues to be a major driver of our nation’s healthcare costs. An essential piece of the puzzle is identifying the appropriate business model to treat those with chronic disease.

5 Steps to take for successful PD for teachers

Neo LMS

With increasing numbers of edtech devices, software and apps that are used in the classroom, various improvements to teaching methodologies, and overall significant efforts to personalize learning and boost the academic outcomes of students, it’s easy for school leaders to take for granted one link that can make or break the chain of success: teachers. Educators can’t know it all and do it all by magic; they also need to learn.

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How School Boards See and Assess Input on Classroom Technology

EdTech Magazine

When Prince William County Public Schools in Virginia needed to replace its 20-year-old core network three years ago, IT Services Director AJ Phillips had to convince school board members to support purchasing a new network infrastructure. The school board didn’t understand why the district’s network performed poorly, so Phillips had to get creative in her explanation.

How to Structure an Effective Coaching Conversation

EdTechTeam

Teachers hate meetings, they just do. If you ask a teacher how a meeting went, they’d likely respond with, “it could’ve been an email.” We’ve all been there. I’m even guilty of giving that response. My theory as to why teachers hate meetings is because meetings take time. Teachers do not have a lot of extra time throughout the course of a school day, nearly every minute is accounted for.

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.

8 things to ask about your first makerspace

eSchool News

You wouldn’t just randomly choose a tool from your toolbox and feel confident it was the right one to cut a board or attach a hinge. Same goes for a school makerspace. Like everything in ed tech, it’s not enough to have a bunch of shiny gadgets in your makerspace. You need to have the right materials to meet your goals. Vinnie Vrotny, director of technology at The Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas, understands how tempting it is to fill a space with the latest devices.

Product Spotlight: Fortigate Fortinet 60E Gives Schools High-Level Security

EdTech Magazine

Common security concerns for K–12 districts, particularly the frequent targeting for cyberattacks, are generally not balanced by increased budgets for defensive technology or talent. And although smaller facilities have become front-line targets, many regional and satellite schools must make do with shared IT resources and personnel.

Zenbo, the Social Robot Teaches Cyber Safety

techlearning

A cross-disciplinary collaboration at the University of Delaware has developed a teaching tool to deliver cybersecurity training in classrooms—Zenbo, the social robot

CoSN's CETL® Certification Program

EdTech Magazine

CoSN's CETL® Certification Program

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Develop A Feature-Rich App for Any Virtual Classroom

Building an e-learning platform? Download the solution brief to learn how you can create a customized, feature-rich, interactive classroom for an enhanced learning experience.

Ridiculously Amazing Schools: Creating a Culture Where Everyone Thrives

eSchool News

[ Editor’s note : This is an excerpt from Chapter 5 of Ridiculously Amazing Schools, by Tracey Smith and Jeff Waller, republished here with permission.]. CHAPTER 5: NURTURE. NURTURE. NATURE HOLDS THE ANSWERS. Like humans, plants are continually exposed to toxins. While humans fight environmental as well as social and emotional toxins, plants continually defend against new chemicals, gases, and changing environmental conditions.

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4 Ways to Develop a Team of Forward-Looking Tech Enthusiasts

EdTech Magazine

Technology plays an increasingly critical role in K–12 classrooms. From collaboration apps to VR/AR equipment, digital learning tools are making instruction more innovative, engaging and inclusive of all students. It’s no surprise, then, that educators strongly believe in its value. A 2019 Gallup survey found that 85 percent of teachers, 96 percent of principals and 96 percent of administrators support the increased use of tech in their schools.

Designing Data to be Actionable

MIND Research Institute

It seems to me that the value of data is in how it’s used. At MIND Research Institute, we use data to drive decisions on a daily basis. Internally, we monitor student success data and make program adjustments in response to that data. But this is not the information that most teachers care about day to day in their classrooms. Nor is it what keeps over 1.2 million students so engaged with ST Math that they log in 365 days a year—even on major holidays !

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Product Spotlight: Fortigate Fortinet 60E Gives Schools High-Level Security

EdTech Magazine

Common security concerns for K–12 districts, particularly the frequent targeting for cyberattacks, are generally not balanced by increased budgets for defensive technology or talent. And although smaller facilities have become front-line targets, many regional and satellite schools must make do with shared IT resources and personnel.

8 Reasons to Invest in a New Student Information System

If your school’s SIS has limited functions, only works on campus or breaks down more than you would like, it might time to invest in a new one.

Higher Ed Faculty: Your Students Need To Know Their Grades and Get Feedback

EmergingEdTech

Can Your Students See all of Their Grades and the Feedback You've Provided (you did provide feedback, right)? Are You Sure? If you are a teacher in higher education and you regularly provide feedback. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!]. Student Centered Learning

CoSN's CETL® Certification Program

EdTech Magazine

The CETL® certification program demonstrates K-12 education technology leaders have mastered the knowledge and skills needed to build 21st century learning environments. Get started today

Innovative Learning: Letting high schoolers design the future of space food

The Hechinger Report

Ava Liepins and Owen Ford, sixth graders at Kennedy Middle School in Natick, Massachusetts, demonstrate their drone-programming skills at the LearnLaunch Across Boundaries conference. Photo: Tara García Mathewson/The Hechinger Report. Ava Liepins took her first crack at coding last year as a fifth grader at Kennedy Middle School in Natick, Massachusetts. It was fine. The assignment was entirely online, and students learned the basics of coding at computers.

4 Ways to Develop a Team of Forward-Looking Tech Enthusiasts

EdTech Magazine

Technology plays an increasingly critical role in K–12 classrooms. From collaboration apps to VR/AR equipment, digital learning tools are making instruction more innovative, engaging and inclusive of all students. It’s no surprise, then, that educators strongly believe in its value. A 2019 Gallup survey found that 85 percent of teachers, 96 percent of principals and 96 percent of administrators support the increased use of tech in their schools.

7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

Board Games for Kids: The Ultimate List

Prodigy

If there’s one thing every parent knows, it’s that there are only so many times you can play Monopoly during family game night. This list of more than 50 board games for kids (and adults!) will help you cut down on screen time, and turn your next game night from this: to this: […]. The post Board Games for Kids: The Ultimate List appeared first on Prodigy Math Blog. Parent Resources best board games for kids board games for kids family board games

How School Boards See and Assess Input on Classroom Technology

EdTech Magazine

When Prince William County Public Schools in Virginia needed to replace its 20-year-old core network three years ago, IT Services Director AJ Phillips had to convince school board members to support purchasing a new network infrastructure. The school board didn’t understand why the district’s network performed poorly, so Phillips had to get creative in her explanation.

Parchment Merges with Credentials Solutions to Take On Transcripts and Certifications

Edsurge

The world of credentials and school transcript providers has gotten smaller after the merger of two companies that facilitate more than 18.5 million academic records exchanges a year. Steering this deal is Brentwood Associates, which acquired a controlling stake in Credential Solutions in 2018. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles-based private equity firm completed its purchase of Parchment , which becomes the new name of the combined companies.

Product Spotlight: Fortigate Fortinet 60E Gives Schools High-Level Security

EdTech Magazine

Common security concerns for K–12 districts, particularly the frequent targeting for cyberattacks, are generally not balanced by increased budgets for defensive technology or talent. And although smaller facilities have become front-line targets, many regional and satellite schools must make do with shared IT resources and personnel.

Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.