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.

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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Revive Your Creativity

iTeach with iPads

When I was in elementary school, I played outside almost every day with my next door neighbor. We created elaborate play schemes, including an outdoor “kitchen”, complete with mud pies. We also had fun reenacting one of our favorite books, Harriet the Spy.

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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.

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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10+ ways to use Flipgrid’s newest features in the classroom

Ditch That Textbook

For many students, video is just part of the way they speak. Snapchat. Instagram. YouTube. For many of them, they think in terms of sharing socially. Video has never been more accessible and available to use in classroom settings. Flipgrid is a platform where students can respond to prompts with short video responses. And Flipgrid […]. Ed Tech flipgrid flipgrid 2.0 flipgrid ideas classroom new flipgrid features

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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.

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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What do you want school to be? [VIDEO]

Dangerously Irrelevant

A wonderful video from the Early Learning Alliance. Some of my favorite quotes include: I want school to do no harm. I don’t want my kids coming home less interested in their world than when they left. YES!!]. I wish I felt like I had somewhere to go to learn about what I’m interested in.

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5 Ways Teachers Can Create Solid Relationships With Their Students

EdNews Daily

For students, establishing strong, trustful relationships with their teachers is fundamental to the learning process.

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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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.

Using Google Slides to create Instagram Stories in class

Ditch That Textbook

Instagram is social media behemoth, and it keeps growing. It has eclipsed 1 billion users, and it’s the second most popular social media platform with teenagers behind Snapchat, according to a report. Although one statistic says it has more daily teenage users than Snapchat. It’s just one of a variety of social media and other […]. Ed Tech creative google apps ideas instagram google slides instagram in the classroom social media in classroom

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Back to School can be stressful - here are some tips to make it easier

Educational Technology Guy

Back to School can be a stressful time for everyone, especially children. Here are some tips for coping with new year stress: And find some more Back to School Resources Here Going Back to School? R.E.L.A.X. AmeriHealth Caritas offers tips for coping with new school year stress Philadelphia, Pa.

Happy 12th birthday, Dangerously Irrelevant!

Dangerously Irrelevant

Today is this blog’s 12th birthday. I’ve been at this since 2006 and every time I write here my heart sings (2,218 posts and counting!). But… lately I’ve been quiet in this space.

Supporting Writing In Every Classroom With ThinkCERCA

The Web20Classroom

This post is sponsored by ThinkCERCA , an online platform designed to empower teachers to personalize literacy instruction across disciplines. Just as literacy is a part of every classroom at every grade level, writing is a powerful component of the curriculum.

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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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.

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.

Welcome Back to School - Great Resources for Teachers

Educational Technology Guy

Welcome back to school! I hope everyone had a great summer and was able to relax and recharge. Most schools around here start next week, with new teachers starting this week. The beginning of the year is always a little crazy for all teachers.

Everyone Can and Should Create

iTeach with iPads

I must admit, I’ve been in a creative desert for a long time, which has been reflected in my lack of blog posts this past year.

50+ back to school ideas, activities and icebreakers

Ditch That Textbook

The first day of school is met with excitement as students reconnect with old friends, share about their summer and look ahead to another year. As teachers, we work hard to make that first day a positive experience for our students. And we want to keep that excitement and engagement going as we head into […]. DitchBook Twitter chat back to school back to school activities back to school ideas creativity first day of school student engagement teaching

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?

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.

Back To Basics: Device Tips For #BackToSchool

The Web20Classroom

When I was a Director of Instructional Technology it was always a fun day when we could deliver brand new devices to a school. The students and teachers were always excited and ready for the new possibilities ahead. Then after a few weeks frustration would set it.

A Skilled Services Career Might Be The Best Economic Option For Many Students

EdNews Daily

Students not bound for college used to be put into vocational-technical classes as a way to build their skills for a vocational career. They had the opportunity to learn carpentry, food prep, hospitality, or automotive repair, among other trades. But that’s all changed. Back in 1984, the Carl D.

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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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