Wed.Feb 12, 2020

Trust and Grace in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Alana Stanton talks about what matters in the classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Each year, many educators select a word or two for the year.

Interdisciplinary Project Planning Framework

Catlin Tucker

When I was at TCEA last week, a teacher approached me after one of my sessions to ask if I had ever written about my experience planning interdisciplinary projects. I realized that I had not written specifically about the process of planning a project with teachers who taught other subject areas.

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Introducing the Challenge Based Science Learning Toolkit

Digital Promise

Designed to address the need for open educational resources that support student-driven learning in science, our new Challenge Based Science Learning Toolkit guides educators in developing science units that build on student interest, lead to deeper learning, and engage students in using science to solve problems in their community. The Challenge Based Science Learning Toolkit was developed through the Challenge Based Science Learning Challenge Collaborative , which brought educators, researchers and curriculum experts together to develop science units aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) using the Challenge Based Learning (CBL) framework. The Challenge Collaborative also aimed to gain a better understanding of how Deeper Learning can occur in student-centered science classrooms. Included in the toolkit are teacher-designed units prompting students to engage with a phenomena, put it in context of their community, investigate ways to solve the challenge it poses, and then develop solution concepts. About the Design of the Toolkit. The Challenge Collaborative involved multiple rounds of curriculum design, piloting, and iteration, relying on feedback from teachers and observations from the research team to create a clearer picture of how students can drive their own learning in standards-driven science classrooms. To set the stage for identifying challenges that are both scientifically rigorous and authentic, students need opportunities to build context and knowledge before they can effectively identify challenges to solve and investigate. The Challenge Based Learning framework offers flexibility for students to use science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts early in the unit, giving students more agency in determining how they choose to investigate later in the unit. The research from the Challenge Collaborative found that when students were engaged in the Challenge Based Science Learning process, they were provided more opportunities for real-world engagement, self-direction, practice of science and engineering skills, conducting critical research, substantive collaboration, and effective communication. The design process, resources, and examples of challenge based science units created and piloted during this project are compiled in the Challenge Based Science Learning Toolkit. Use the Challenge Based Science Learning Toolkit to design or remix materials for your context. Challenge Based Science Learning aims to make science education more authentic and challenging for students by asking them to solve problems in their communities; as such, the example units provided should be modified to include local connections for the challenge, investigative activities, and audience to which they will present their solutions. The templates and design process guide provide direction and context for identifying useful phenomena that represent a problem to be solved, brainstorming potential student questions and challenges, and finding open educational resources to support student investigations. The toolkit also includes Deeper Learning rubrics which serve as a guide to study the extent to which science and engineering activities provide deeper learning opportunities, and in what ways students are learning deeply through these activities. Use the toolkit to remix one of the teacher-designed units or other science resources, or design a unit from scratch, and share the unit with us at Learn More. Want to know more about the Challenge Based Science Learning Collaborative? Find more resources here: Solving Challenges for Deeper Learning in Science. How to Let Students Guide Science Learning with Challenge Based Learning. Read the Challenge Based Science Learning Project Research Report. Sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on Next Generation Science. The post Introducing the Challenge Based Science Learning Toolkit appeared first on Digital Promise. Challenge Based Learning Educators Engagement Learning Experience Design

5 ways to ensure SEL is an instrument for equity of opportunity

The Christensen Institute

Last month, AEI published my new article titled “ Unleashing the social in social-emotional learning. ” In the piece, I discuss how central relationships are—and should be—to the SEL field and the outcomes it cares about.

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.

Free toolkit "How to Identify Effective STEM Activities for Children”

Educational Technology Guy

Baylor University recently published the toolkit "How to Identify Effective STEM Activities for Children” that helps parents and teachers know what to look for in a STEM lesson and offers 9 examples of quality online resources.

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US Education Department Launches School Safety Resource Site

Educational Technology Guy

The U.S. Department of Education this week launched , a website intended to serve as a one-stop clearinghouse of resources for K-12 administrators, educators, parents and law enforcement officials to address safety and security in schools.

7 New EdTech Tools Worth Exploring


In this blog post, I want to take you through a few new EdTech tools worth exploring this year

Career Fields That Offer Great Jobs With An Associate’s Degree

EdNews Daily

With the soaring cost of college and the crushing amounts of student loan debt, many people have started to rethink the conventional wisdom about attending a four-year educational institution.

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5 Things to Click On When Sending Gmail

Teacher Tech

Explore Sending an Email in Gmail Sending an email seems easy enough… but sometimes it is not obvious that features are hiding under your nose. Try these 5 things when writing an email. 1) Click the To When composing a message it is not obvious that the word “To” does anything.

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.

Investing in Women-Led Edtech Startups Is More Than a Matter of Equity. It’s Also Good Business.


When no female directors were nominated for the “Best Directors” Oscars category this year, Bette Midler called for a new awards ceremony, the Osc-hers. The entertainment industry is hardly alone in overlooking some of its top talent.

Google Classroom Rubric Click the Title

Teacher Tech

Expand the Rubric to Read Description I want LESS mouse clicks and LESS mouse dragging. I was feeling really annoyed that to read the rubric description I made for a category I had to click all the way over to the right. But there is a shortcut!

OPINION: How top charter schools became an ‘afterthought’ in one state

The Hechinger Report

Since the 1990s, education stories emanating from Massachusetts have largely been positive, but that started to change over the last decade.

Are Algorithmically-Generated Term Papers the Next Big Challenge to Academic Integrity?


This is the third of a three-part series on the “cheating economy.” For more, read part one , and part two. And listen to a live discussion we hosted on the topic as well. There’s a new application of AI in education, and educators aren’t going to like it.

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

How It's Done: Enhancing Music Class With Technology


Combining students' love of music and technology to amp up band, chorus and more

Course Hero Joins the Edtech Unicorn Stable


Another U.S. education technology company has reached the billion-dollar valuation mark, and with that comes bragging rights to being a “unicorn.” But its CEO winces when he hears the word. He really, really doesn’t want to talk about it. “I

A Reading Comprehension Tool To Simplify Text

TeachThought - Learn better.

Rewordify attempts to simplify the text at the vocabulary level (as opposed to syntatical, structural, or idea level) to make complex texts easier to read. The post A Reading Comprehension Tool To Simplify Text appeared first on TeachThought. Literacy New Teacher Resources Tools

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Switching it Up to Move Forward

The Principal of Change

Success can lead to failure. The Blockbuster video example has been used over and over again because it is a great cautionary tale of how success can lead to comfort, and comfort can eventually lead to failure.

Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

ISTE20 Featured Voices, Round I, Announced


ISTE20 offers discount registration through March 3


The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 194 Coming of Age As A Student in Black and White America

TeachThought - Learn better.

The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 194 Coming of Age As A Student in Black and White America Drew Perkins talks with Veda Pendleton about her book which details her journey as a black student from Arkansas attending a primarily white prep school in New England.

Free App Teaches Geometry, Spatial Reasoning, and Problem Solving Using AR


Cyberchase Shape Quest is a free app focused on shapes and starring characters from PBS Kids' show Cyberchase


Test the water and HVAC systems just as much as the students

The Hechinger Report

A fundraising page was created to raise money to buy warm clothing for students in cold Baltimore schools. Source: GoFundMe. When boilers failed at multiple public schools in Baltimore in 2018, teachers adapted by bringing in space heaters to warm shivering students’ hands.

The Ultimate 12 Step Guide For Choosing The Perfect Learning Management System

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

A Pancake Parable

Adjusting Course

This weekend our family invited a couple of our kids’ friends up to our cabin to hang out. Over the course of the weekend, we played games like Uno, Mario Cart, darts, and two-hand touch football (outside).just just to name a few.

Student Success with Online Learning at Atlanta Public Schools [Video]

Where Learning Clicks

Atlanta Virtual Academy provides students district-wide with flexible, yet rigorous options to reach graduation. See their story in this exclusive video. The post Student Success with Online Learning at Atlanta Public Schools [Video] appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

5 Great Educational Android Apps for Kids

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Below is a collection of 5 educational Android apps to enhance your kids learning. Some of the learning experiences offered by these apps include: problem solving and strategic thinking; more

#AskExcelinEd: How Can States Harness Reverse Transfer to Support Postsecondary Persistence and Completion?


State leaders want their citizens to prosper and contribute to a thriving state economy. One way they can support this vision is by creating flexible new opportunities that help individuals complete college degrees and credentials.

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.