August, 2018

New Bedfellows: the Marriage of Personalized Learning and High-Quality Curriculum

Education Elements

Unexpected pairings are a common feature throughout history and culture; Dharma and Greg, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia, Frog and Toad, Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg. Opposites attract when they have a shared purpose and their strengths complement one another.

A Lesson in Creating Immersive Media

Digital Promise

This summer, we are working with Houston’s Writers in the Schools (WITS) to support teachers who are guiding students to create immersive media about what Houston means to them.

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8 Elements For Improving Teacher Retention

Education Elements

The average person will work more than 90,000 hours in a lifetime. For most of us, work fills the majority of our waking hours, and yet Gallup reports that seventy percent of U.S. employees are disengaged at work.

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How to Make the Most of the First 20 Days of Personalized Learning

Education Elements

As the 2018-2019 school year begins, I can’t help but think back to my years in the classroom and the days and weeks leading up to a new school year. The feeling of getting back in my classroom after recharging during summer break, the excitement of unpacking book boxes, decorating the walls, and way too many trips to Target for those must-have new supplies. The moment that made it feel most real was getting my class list, picturing the faces that would soon fill the empty desks.

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.

5 Creative “Googley” Tech Tools to Get Kids Creating

The CoolCatTeacher

Evan Mosier on Episode 345 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Evan Mosier from Iowa teaches us some awesome Googley ideas to start our school year with excitement and creativity. Today’s Sponsor: Advancement Courses.

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Kick Off the School Year Right with These 14 Back to School Tips and Tons of Resources!

Teacher Reboot Camp

I’m excited to announce I’ve taken on a new position as the Technology and Computer teacher at a STEM charter school in Houston, Texas. Yesterday, I met some of my 650 elementary students and their parents.

Fostering Powerful Use of Technology Through Instructional Coaching

Digital Promise

Last summer, we began an exciting pilot project to understand whether instructional technology coaching ultimately leads to closing the digital use divide in the classroom.

Why do we group students by manufacture date?

User Generated Education

Ken Robinson once famously said, “Students are educated in batches, according to age, as if the most important thing they have in common is their date of manufacture.” (Ken Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything ).

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What is the role of the teacher in the online classroom? Connectivism might provide an answer

Neo LMS

Enabling interaction, collaboration and social learning online is perhaps the most difficult, and yet most important, part of teaching online.

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.

20 Tech Tips to Shake Up Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 337 with Kasey Bell From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Kasey Bell shares her tech tips for helping teachers make progress with technology. She also shares the biggest mistake she’s made as a teacher relating to edtech.

The Case for Coaching Leaders

A Principal's Reflections

Growing up as a child I played numerous sports recreationally and in high school. Upon entering high school I was not the best athlete by any means, but football was one sport where I excelled more than others, and this led to some time playing in college.

Kick Off the School Year Right with These 14 Back to School Tips and Tons of Resources!

Teacher Reboot Camp

I’m excited to announce I’ve taken on a new position as the Technology and Computer teacher at a STEM charter school in Houston, Texas. Yesterday, I met some of my 650 elementary students and their parents.

Timeless Learning: Progressive Education Based in How Humans Have Always Learned

Digital Promise

What does learning look like? What does it sound like? What does it feel like? How does a five-year-old learn? A 13-year-old? A 17-year-old? And… if a child had never seen or heard of a school, what would his or her learning experiences be as they move from age four to age 18?

Beginning the School Year With Connections: 2018

User Generated Education

I have written before about the beginning of the school year, Beginning the School Year: It’s About Connections Not Content. I begin all classes focusing on having the students make connections between each other and with me. I want students to learn about one another in a personal way.

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Back-to-school survival: How to get your family on a healthy routine

Neo LMS

Back-to-school time is often a hectic time for families; kids and parents alike are trying to get used to a very different routine than the one they were on during the summer.

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Student-Driven Hyperdocs

The CoolCatTeacher

Katie Bradford and Brett Miller in Episode 348 of the 10-minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Kate Bradford and Brett Miller share their secrets for student-driven Hyperdocs.

Student Agency is More Than Voice and Choice

A Principal's Reflections

Educators and schools across the globe have embraced the concept of student agency. It is a relatively simple concept in theory, but much more difficult to implement in practice.

My 3 Student Expectations This Year For My Digital Heroes and a Free Handout!

Teacher Reboot Camp

I recently finished two weeks of intense teacher training. I enjoyed what my district coach had to say when it came to classroom rules. She only has one expectation, which is be respectful and that covers pretty much everything when you think about it. I took this idea and decided on 3 expectations.

How to Recognize, Avoid, and Stop Stereotype Threat in Your Class this School Year

Digital Promise

What can I do in my position to change outcomes for kids? As teachers, we don’t always have a say in decisions that are made in our buildings, the pacing for curriculum, or the content of a professional development day.

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Middle School Writing Rubrics

Catlin Tucker

In my book Blended Learning in Grades 4-12 , I shared the following middle school writing rubrics with my readers. Unfortunately, the short links I provided in my book have timed out, so I wanted to share these on my blog so any middle school teachers interested in using them have access!

Top 7 TED Talks every teacher should see

Neo LMS

TED Talks are awesome. Maybe it’s the variety of topics they cover, the perfectly timed length, the simple setting, or maybe all of these; but either way, I think we can all agree that TED Talks are awesome. Being on a TED stage is incredible as well. Trust me, I’ve been on one.

Motivating Kids to Read and Write: Sparks in the Dark

The CoolCatTeacher

Todd Nesloney and Travis Crowder on Episode 346 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

TTWWADI - A Culture Killer

A Principal's Reflections

In some cases, change has been hard to implement at scale or at all for that matter. Sometimes we are blinded by perceived success as is the case for many high performing school districts that have high test scores.

My 3 Student Expectations This Year For My Digital Heroes and a Free Handout!

Teacher Reboot Camp

I recently finished two weeks of intense teacher training. I enjoyed what my district coach had to say when it came to classroom rules. She only has one expectation, which is be respectful and that covers pretty much everything when you think about it. I took this idea and decided on 3 expectations.

Understanding Learner Variability: The Research and the Reality

Digital Promise

In our paper, Learner Variability Is the Rule, Not the Exception , we define learner variability, based on research on the science of the individual and what research says matters in learning.

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In the Presence of a Hero…and How it Challenged Me as an Educator

Tom Murray

This post is dedicated to my new friend, Scott. Thank you, Scott, for challenging me to be a better educator, and more importantly, a better person. Recently, I had an experience that I can’t stop thinking about.

Makerspaces go digital: 6 options for the blended classroom

Neo LMS

Makerspaces are a wonderfully interactive, highly creative and increasingly valued part of classrooms in the technology age. There is literally a wealth of inspiration, guidance and ideas on the web from how to start a makerspace , to complex long-term project ideas and everything in between.

A Learner Centered Innovation Model

The CoolCatTeacher

Katie Martin on Episode 341 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Katie Martin, an ISTE 2018 keynote, talks about the importance of putting learners at the center of your innovation model.

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Are your equity efforts aimed at test scores or life readiness?

Dangerously Irrelevant

Jason Glass said: I have an assignment for you.

Fostering a Culture of Innovation! Students who S.A.I.L!

Teacher Reboot Camp

Yesterday, I presented a new keynote for the NJAIS Innovation Symposium, The Keys to Fostering a Culture of Innovation! Students who S.A.I.L. The purpose was to help teachers facilitate and inspire student innovation.

How Instructional Technology Coaching Can Help Teachers Create Powerful Learning Experiences

Digital Promise

“Technology use must, first and foremost, be designed to support learning goals, not the other way around.”. This insight, penned by Peggy A. Ertmer and Anne T.

[Infographic] Top Tech for School Buses

Kajeet

The school bus is changing, welcoming new technologies that bring buses into the 21st century. But which technologies are education transportation professionals focusing on first?