February, 2020

Classroom tech: Should I use it? 10 considerations

Ditch That Textbook

Classroom tech CAN be transformational. But when should we use it? And what does that look like? Here are some ideas.When schools provide technology for students, many teachers find themselves asking, "What am I going to do with all these devices?" One might think the "Should I use classroom tech? And how?" is a one-time, "yes/no" […]. The post Classroom tech: Should I use it? 10 considerations appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

What’s edtech got to do with growth mindset?

Neo LMS

I remember it as if it was yesterday. It was the first week of fifth grade and I was so ready to learn History. I had spent the previous summer poring over an Ancient Egypt book so it had to become my favorite subject.

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It’s 2020: Have Digital Learning Innovations Trends Changed?

Edsurge

In early 2017, organizations that have focused on digital learning came together to better leverage their strengths and capacities for a common goal: improving student success.

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How Online Learning Can Improve Your Teaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

Online learning has become not only a common alternative to physical classes, but a well-regarded change maker in the education ecosystem.

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.

“That’s Not Fair!” The Myth About Assistive Technology

Ditch That Textbook

Some label assistive technology as unfair. We hold onto myths about it. In this post, Catherine Day identifies and dispels some of those myths. This post is written by Catherine Day a graduate student at Edinboro University currently majoring in Reading and Literacy. Day currently resides in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. You can connect with her […]. The post “That’s Not Fair!” The Myth About Assistive Technology appeared first on Ditch That Textbook. Guest Blog Teaching

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Misconceptions About Kids With Learning Differences in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Rebekah Dyer helps us understand how to reach all learners From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As students with learning differences are put into general classroom spaces, many teachers have misconceptions about including these special students in their classrooms.

Universal Skills for Learners: Increasing School Relevancy

User Generated Education

Kids are learning – but for way too many it occurs outside of the school environment rather than during school.

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How Can Technology Coaches and Content Coaches Work Together?

Digital Promise

As classroom coaching grows rapidly as a form of teacher professional development, districts are increasingly outfitting schools with not just one, but multiple coaches, with each playing a different role.

What is Constructivism and How Does it Fit Your Class?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Constructivism is a student-centered philosophy that emphasizes hands-on learning and active participation in lessons. Constructivists believe that learning is an active process so the most effective way to learn is through discovery.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

How to Encourage Girls in Your Classroom to Get Involved in STEM

Waterford

Did you know that despite similar interests and abilities in STEM subjects (defined here as science, technology, engineering, and math), women are considerably less likely to end up in STEM careers?

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AR is here. Is your classroom onboard?

Neo LMS

Augmented Reality (AR) is more and more present in a variety of domains. Education is one of them. And this is not surprising since the current generation of students have lived all their lives surrounded by technology and always in contact with it.

4 Emerging Edtech Trends in 2020

The CoolCatTeacher

Nikolaos Chatzopoulos shares his thoughts From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Nikolaos Chatzopoulos shares four trends that are shaping how his schools teach with technology.

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Edtech Tools for SPED, Math, and Reading

A Principal's Reflections

Over the past two years, I have been blessed to partner with District 205 in Elmhurst, IL.

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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 Ways to Boost Middle School Science with Challenge Based Learning

Digital Promise

Science teachers are often encouraged to let go of some control to allow students to have a significant degree of choice and autonomy over their learning. But how can educators give up this control while being intentional about learning taking place in their classrooms?

10 Great Virtual Reality Apps

Ask a Tech Teacher

The potential impact of Virtual Reality (VR) in the classroom can’t be overstated. It has become the most exciting education device in a decade, enticing students to become engaged in pretty much any topic that includes a VR overlay.

A step in the right direction: UAE’s investment in Africa’s youth

The Christensen Institute

As the youngest continent on the planet, Africa is at a major crossroads. The number of young people who will reach working age over the next 15 years is estimated at 450 million, yet, at its current trajectory, the continent is expected to create just 100 million jobs by 2035.

6 Ways in which edtech shapes teacher training programs

Neo LMS

The global edtech market will see a rise in global spending of $342b by 2025. For teachers, that means edtech is here to stay, as more and more schools and universities are moving towards partial or complete digitization. However, things are not as rosy as they seem.

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

Engagement & Edtech in Social Studies

The CoolCatTeacher

Dustin Harnish inspires social studies teachers From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter You can blend old fashioned relationships with modern edtech if you know how. Teacher Dustin Harnish proves it.

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My New Journey With a Mission-Driven Organization

Education Elements

Erica Williams Simon, founder of Snapchat’s Creator’s Lab and one of my favorite millennials on a mission, wrote in this tweet that the best career advice she can give is to never attach yourself to a person, place, company, or project, but rather a mission, a calling, or a purpose.

Guest Post: Helping Students Navigate Online Sources with Critical Literacy

Digital Promise

When I taught United States history at a high school in New York City, I had a discussion with my students about finding sources for their upcoming research projects. The responses mainly echoed, “just Google” and “stay away from Wikipedia.”

How One Teacher Found Innovative Solutions to ELL Issues

Ask a Tech Teacher

I met Dr. Bill Morgan through a shared interest in keyboarding for youngers (see this article on A Conversation About Keyboarding and this article on Preparing Young Students for Home Row Keyboarding: An Unplugged Approach ).

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

In emerging markets, integrate integrate integrate

The Christensen Institute

Why would the head of a food company know more about generating electricity than food production? That’s one of the questions I asked in my first meeting with Deepak Singhal, CEO of Tolaram Africa, after he told me that he knew more about electricity generation than food.

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How to use an LMS to simulate the publishing process with undergrads

Neo LMS

There is an old saying in academia that most scholars and scientists love to hate: Publish or perish. As a quick side note, the saying should be “publish in English or perish”, but we will tackle multilingualism in the academic world on a different occasion.

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5 Reasons Using Test Scores to Evaluate Teachers is a Bad Idea

The CoolCatTeacher

Jody Stallings shares the facts From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Some districts and schools use test scores to hold teachers “accountable.” ” But what if this practice is hurting the very kids it is trying to help.

20 free Google Slides and PowerPoint themes for teachers

Ditch That Textbook

This post is by Paula Martínez, the creator of Slides Mania. Paula has a 9 to 5 job that has nothing to do with design or creativity or education! Making presentation templates has become a fun hobby that allows her to express her creativity. This led to SlidesMania being born. You can connect with Paula […]. The post 20 free Google Slides and PowerPoint themes for teachers appeared first on Ditch That Textbook. Google Slides Templates

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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.