December, 2019

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How edtech is improving special education

Neo LMS

Technology has transformed the world. In the realm of education, devices and e-learning technologies enable students with special needs to take greater ownership of their learning experience. These options empower them to practice material outside the classroom, which is an important factor in retaining knowledge, especially when regular attendance proves to be problematic.

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Considering Collaboration? Answer These 4 Questions First

Education Elements

A few years ago I found myself in the middle of an aisle at the home improvement store acquiring some tools I needed for a job around the house. In the moment, I didn’t make the connection to my classroom, but I later realized how I don’t usually go to the store to buy tools that I don’t need. When a home repair presents itself I am willing and motivated to go find the tools I need to solve the problem at hand.

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Our favorite teacher memes for 2019

Neo LMS

Dear fellow teachers, We have reached the end of another year and you probably had a busy time, especially these past weeks. From spending countless hours grading papers to endless staff meetings, from disengaged students to know-it-all parents, from cold coffee to no lunch, from sleepless nights to awful mornings, from envious comments because of your ‘many’ days off to the frustration of not having time for your personal life, we all go through the highs and lows of being a teacher

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A Teacher’s Guide to Communicating with Generation X, Y, and Z Parents

Waterford

You may know your ABCs but what about your XYZs, as in generations? It’s so easy to put together a classroom Facebook group or send a school email without a second thought. However, depending on the age of your student’s parents, some methods of digital communication may be more effective than others. A parent’s digital preferences often differ based on their generation in ways you might not expect.

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Enhancing School Device Management for Improved Learning

Schools face increasing challenges as technology becomes integral to education. Efficient device management is essential for maximizing technology use and safeguarding investments. Our article discusses the importance of tracking devices, outlines current challenges, and suggests modern solutions that go beyond traditional methods like Excel. Learn how advanced tracking systems can streamline operations, improve maintenance, and offer real-time updates for better resource allocation.

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A Good Plan Requires Great Execution

A Principal's Reflections

When we think about change, more often than not, a plan is developed, implemented, and evaluated with the goal being improvement. The journey to improve is a process that requires various strategies that are aligned to a specific focus as outlined in a mission statement or vision document that describes the why. Most schools, districts, and organizations have both.

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6 Reasons why drones are landing in schools

Neo LMS

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — more commonly known as drones — are becoming more and more popular among flight enthusiasts. And it’s not hard to see why. The thrill of being able to take amazing photos and stunning videos from above is what motivates most drone hobbyists. Drones have also been used for rescue missions, to survey crops, gather data for conservation, and will continue to improve over the years to be indispensable for many industries.

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Why K–12 Students Need to Be Taught to Guard Their Data Online

EdTech Magazine

Why K–12 Students Need to Be Taught to Guard Their Data Online. shailaja.neela…. Fri, 12/06/2019 - 10:25. A recent McAfee survey of 1,000 college students and recent graduates ages 18 to 25 revealed some startling statistics on how little this tech-savvy cohort knows about data security. As many as 80 percent of students surveyed said either they or a friend or family member had been affected by a cyberattack.

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Ways to Learn with Technology

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Technology surrounds our students and gives them a platform to share with a global audience. Technology is how our students learn, communicate, entertain themselves, collaborate, and seek advice. This is why students need their teachers as guides to inspire them to make a positive impact on the world with their use of technology.

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30 interactive Google Slides activities for classroom excitement

Ditch That Textbook

Google Slides isn't just for delivering presentations to an audience. Here are 30 activities that bring interactive learning to students.So often, people think of presentation slides as just that: a visual aid for delivering a presentation in front of an audience. But these slide apps (like Google Slides and PowerPoint in Office 365) really are powerful tools […].

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Model What You Preach: Pedagogy at the Heart of Professional Learning

A Principal's Reflections

When I began speaking ten years ago, almost all of my keynotes and presentations consisted of me just speaking at the audience. I was still a high school principal and not a trained speaker and presenter. Thus, I basically just shared what my teachers and students were doing at New Milford High School (NJ) and the evidence that showed how our implementations of innovative ideas were improving student outcomes as well as teaching, learning, and leadership practices.

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Quickly Create Personalized Learning Experiences that Work

How can we actively engage learners 24/7, on their level and according to their interests, while respecting their learning styles? It’s not impossible. In this guide: Explore how to transform traditional, one-way videos into two-way interactive learning experiences Understand different types of artificial intelligence (AI), including - Generative vs.

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Learning and growing as educators

Neo LMS

Finding time to engage in professional learning can present a challenge for educators. We keep ourselves quite busy with our daily work, creating lesson plans, interacting with students, taking care of the daily tasks and responsibilities, and preparing for each day, that finding extra time to connect with other educators sometimes does not happen. It is important for educators to find ways to engage in professional development, and more importantly, to do so as a means to push ourselves out of

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The Balance with Catlin Tucker: Featuring Adam Welcome

Catlin Tucker

In this episode of The Balance , I talk with Adam Welcome , a father, educator, speaker, and writer. Adam has written three books– Kids Deserve It!: Pushing Boundaries and Challenging Conventional Thinking , Run Like a PIRATE: Push Yourself to Get More Out of Life and Empower Our Girls: Opening the Door for Girls to Achieve More. In this episode, we discuss the changing roles of teachers and students in a time when students have unlimited access to information and resources online.

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Schools Face Barriers to VR Adoption in the Classroom

EdTech Magazine

Schools Face Barriers to VR Adoption in the Classroom. shailaja.neela…. Mon, 12/02/2019 - 13:40. “ I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand ” is a Chinese saying that speaks to the wisdom and hope educators have about how revolutionary learning with VR can be, thanks to its power to facilitate experiential learning, and it’s an approach that immersive technology solutions experts and researchers have used as well.

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Comic Creation Tools to Engage Learners

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Students of all ages enjoy learning with comics and creating comics. When students create comics they use props, scenery, dialogue, text, and characters to visualize and contextualize vocabulary and knowledge. The free comic creation tools below are easy to use and allow learners to choose from a library of characters, props, scenes, and templates to visualize a word problem, retell a moment in history, illustrate science, explain a the

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Can Brain Science Actually Help Make Your Training & Teaching Stick?

Speaker: Andrew Cohen, Founder & CEO of Brainscape

The instructor’s PPT slides are brilliant. You’ve splurged on the expensive interactive courseware. Student engagement is stellar. So… why are half of your students still forgetting everything they learned in just a matter of weeks? It's likely a matter of cognitive science! With so much material to "teach" these days, we often forget to incorporate key proven principles into our curricula — namely active recall, metacognition, spaced repetition, and interleaving practice.

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20 sites for students with free time on their hands

Ditch That Textbook

When students are done with an assignment or project, how can they spend extra time wisely? These sites give them something academic to chew on.>>> UPDATED DECEMBER 2019! <<<As a teacher, there’s always been a question that I wanted to have an answer to. “I’m done. What do I do now?” Early in my teaching career, my […].

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Vet What You Buy

A Principal's Reflections

Teaching is tough. It might very well be one of the most challenging jobs on the planet when you consider the time that is put in both in and out of school. I, for one, would spend hours planning and grading in the evening, at night, and on weekends. The workload might have been exhausting, but I never second-guessed my career choice. As the years have passed, it seems like expectations and workload of teachers keeps increasing.

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For effective learning, teach students how to learn

Neo LMS

I have this recurring dream in which I need to take my final high school exams again. The clock is ticking, my mind is blank, and the words on paper don’t make any sense. I am now in my late twenties! We can all empathize with the many students sitting through exams today. They feel the pressure of standardized tests and some spend many days and nights studying.

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Congratulations, Dr. Sobel!

Dangerously Irrelevant

I graduated another doctoral advisee this past Saturday. Woo hoo! A hearty congratulations to Dr. Sobel – and thanks for maybe being my easiest doc student ever! Go forth and (continue to) do amazing things! No related posts.

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Reimagining Chickering & Gamson's Principles Post-Pandemic: Technology's Central Role in Modern Edu

This white paper examines and proposes revisions to the "Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education" introduced by Arthur Chickering and Zelda Gamson in 1987 for today's technology-driven world.

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Paving the Way for Computational Thinking in Rural Communities

Digital Promise

While there has been considerable focus on developing K-12 computational thinking pathways in major U.S. cities over the past five years, too often rural school districts receive considerably less attention on the national landscape. Our work with the Tough As Nails, Nimble Fingers project (Tough as Nails), which is funded by the National Science Foundation, aims to change this pattern and draw more attention to the resilience, promise, and potential of rural communities to develop their own com

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Tools for Designing Awesome Graphics

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! I started this blog 10 years ago, which was shortly after using Twitter and other social media tools to connect with educators. Part of connecting and spreading the word of new posts, online conferences I’ve organized, online courses, Twitter chats, and other news is creating visuals to share online.

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20 video project ideas to engage students

Ditch That Textbook

Videos are engaging. They can be a powerful tool to draw students in and connect them to content in innovative ways. Here are 20 video project ideas for your class.In my classroom, video usually equals instant engagement. Students like to record them -- especially because many of them get to use their phones for school purposes. But […]. The post 20 video project ideas to engage students appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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ADHD in the Classroom: How to Teach and Support Students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Waterford

A survey of educators found that the majority lack enough information and classroom management strategies for students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and that they don’t feel capable to help them.[2] But the more familiar you are with recognizing and helping these students, the more likely they are to reach their academic potential and exhibit positive classroom behavior.

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Behind the Bell: The Underlying Impact of Tardiness in K-12 Schools

Managing a K-12 campus with constant pressure to meet performance metrics is challenging. And tardiness can significantly limit a school from reaching these goals. Learn more about why chronic lateness matters, and key strategies to address the following impacts: Data errors caused by manual processes Low attendance and graduation rates that affect a school’s reputation Classroom disruption, which leads to poor academic performance High staff attrition and “The Teacher Exodus” Unmet LCAP goals t

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Ease the struggle of struggling students with these useful browser extensions

Neo LMS

E-learning has become an intricate part of education in general. However, there are categories of students who don’t have equal chances when it comes to accessing the Internet, which hinders their development and personal growth. Many developmental disabilities, for instance, affect the information processing and learning experience of children and teenagers.

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To Manage Stress, Teachers Need to Prioritize Themselves. Start With Self-Care.

Edsurge

I always thought that I was an organized, well put together, “work smarter, not harder” person who took things in stride, was optimistic and calm in stressful situations. That is, until this past May. I was teaching a very challenging group of students, many who were struggling with social-emotional and mental health issues. It was like navigating rocky waters every day.

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Embarking on the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Journey

Digital Promise

Rollout is an exciting time for the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools community, as students receive their devices for the school year. Rollout marks the beginning of a journey for the 52 Cohort 6 schools who will be able to embark on new learning opportunities that are not possible without technology. The Verizon Innovative Learning Schools initiative—made possible by a partnership between Digital Promise and Verizon—works to bridge the Digital Learning Gap by equipping every student and teac

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Engage Them in the First 5 Minutes! Bell-Ringers, Warm Ups, and Prompts!

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! As soon as students enter the classroom they can be engaged in learning. At my school we call these “to dos.” I have often heard these called bell ringers, warm ups, starters, and entrance tickets. The idea is to have a short 5 minute or less activity like a prompt that students are able to complete while you take care of attendance or get situated from the previous class.

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The Battle of the Authoring Tools: A 10-Point Comparison for Picking the Right One

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

There are plenty of great authoring tools for developing eLearning, but the one you select could directly impact your course's outcomes. Depending upon your learners’ needs and your organization’s performance goals, you could be overlooking considerations that impact the both effectiveness of your courses and how long it takes to finish them. From general capabilities to specific workflow structures, some aspects are critical when it comes to learning objectives and deadlines.

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My healthy living goals year-end reflection, with 5 key tips.

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

Back at the end of January, I shared my healthy living goals with a video. In summary, I was tracking: Workouts – minimum 20 min. of cardio, one strength and one stretch exercise. Intermittent Fasting – a 14 hour gap overnight (also known as time restricted eating). Meditation – minimum 10 minutes guided. Reading or Writing – minimum 30 minutes, including e-books, but not podcasts.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

For the past ten years, I have written a lengthy year-end series, documenting some of the dominant narratives and trends in education technology. I think it is worthwhile, as the decade draws to a close, to review those stories and to see how much (or how little) things have changed. You can read the series here: 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018 , 2019.

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5 Ways To Pretty Up Google Drive

Teacher Tech

Make Google Drive Pretty Every single day it is a constant “Mom, I can’t find my shoes.” Thankfully, thumb drives have fallen by the wayside and I don’t have to try to help my kids find a small stick of their school work. Get it in Drive! Google Drive is your online storage for all […]. The post 5 Ways To Pretty Up Google Drive appeared first on Teacher Tech.

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The Answer for Schools Is Not More Technology. It’s Teachers and Human Connection.

Edsurge

This op-ed is part of a series of reflections on the past decade in education technology. Danielle Arnold-Schwartz is a teacher of elementary gifted students with experience teaching grades K-9 in public school settings. A kindergarten teacher recently told me that at conference night one of her student’s parents verbally attacked her for using Chromebooks during morning meeting time.

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The Roses and Thorns of an LMS Strategy: How to Flourish with the Right LMS

Speaker: Amanda Davis, Chief Experience Officer and Liam O'Malley, VP of Association Solutions

The "new normal" is now a little less new, a little more normal. Does that mean your current LMS strategy is in need of a refresh? Is your organization or association leaning into the always-evolving eLearning environment to ensure you have the tools and content to remain relevant through all this change? There are many complex decision-making processes within your learning & development strategy and LMS lifecycle management, including: Selection.