October, 2015

Top 10 Education Tweets of October

The CoolCatTeacher

Trends and Topics on Twitter October is a busy month for teachers. It is also a hard month. We’re all looking for inspiration. These resources are being shared by teachers on Twitter. But you don’t have to join Twitter to click the links and read the hot topics.

Announcing the 2015 Cohort of the League of Innovative Schools

Digital Promise

In 2015, it’s no longer a new story that technology is being used in the classroom. It’s a part of everyone’s daily lives and it’s no surprise that it’s becoming a part of students’ lives as well.

Reflecting on the Making Process

User Generated Education

My background is in experiential education. One of the strategies used in experiential education is debriefing or reflecting on the experience. In other words, learning from direct experience is not left to chance.

Beyond Badges: Why Personalized Learning Advocates Need to Care about Blockchain

Doug Levin

Tom Vander Ark of Getting Smart has argued that “ parent-managed learner profiles ” will by key to both enabling and scaling personalization in education.

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.

Six New Findings on Teacher Ed-Tech Usage

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

A new survey of 1,000 teachers found that educators are using more technology than some think, and that the driver is student learning. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. blendedlearning digitallearning edtech teacher

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Why Minecraft in Schools is the Modern Marvel: 5 Epic Ideas

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode #180 History, literature, and math teachers are desperate for easy ideas to engage kids. We want kids to be excited about our subject, and we want to use technology. But we don’t want anything really hard. What can we do?

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5 Best Practices for Digital Portfolios

Ask a Tech Teacher

Digital portfolios have become a critical part of today’s classroom.

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The Perfect Storm for Maker Education

User Generated Education

Originally published at [link]. Perfect Storm : an expression that describes an event where a rare combination of circumstances will aggravate a situation drastically.

In Support of Teachers: First State Micro-credential Initiative

More Verbs

The iLearnMaine Educator Micro-credential Program was announced Thursday, Oct. 15, by ACTEM and the Maine’s Learning Through Technology Team. What if schools and teachers had support for professional learning that met their needs and was on their own terms? This is the kind of support iLearnMaine Educator Micro-credential Program is designed to provide. ILearnMaine was announced at the ACTEM Conference (Maine’s education technology conference) on Thursday, October 15.

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.

Announcing the Winners of the 2015 Digital Innovation in Learning Awards!

Digital Promise

Karen Cator is President & CEO at Digital Promise and can be reached on Twitter at @kcator. Betsy Corcoran is Co-Founder & CEO of EdSurge and can be reached on Twitter at @betsy_. For two years now, October has been an inspiring month for us.

The (Native) App is Dead; Long Live the (Web) App

The Journal

On 28 October 2014, the W3C approved a standard version of HTML5, a programming language for the web. For K-12 at least, HTML5 is totally disruptive – in a GOOD way!

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How to Use Padlet: A Fantastic Tool for Teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

Useful Tools for Teachers Padlet is a versatile, easy to use tool for every teacher’s toolkit. Let’s dive into Padlet and Learn the Basics. At the bottom of this post, I have a Padlet that is temporarily open for you to post and share your favorite edtech tools.

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Let Students Learn From Failure

Ask a Tech Teacher

Too often, students–and teachers–believe learning comes from success when in truth, it’s as likely to be the product of failure. Knowing what doesn’t work is a powerful weapon as we struggle to think critically about the myriad issues along our path to college and/or career.

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.

The Educator as a Maker Educator: the eBook

User Generated Education

I compiled all of my blog posts about Maker Education into an ebook that I published via Amazon Kindle. The price is $3.99. It can be accessed at [link].

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Ed-Tech is Important, but People Are a Key Ingredient to Startup Success

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

When it comes to innovation, much attention is paid to the latest start-up to get funding or the hottest technology. But the human element is crticical to making innovation a success. Startups need to keep that in mind. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org.

School Ambassadors: Tour Guides or Agents of Learning?

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 11, Number 6. Driving Question: How might a student leadership opportunity lead to the development of meaningful student agency? Hello, my name is Tatyana. Welcome to Katherine Smith School," greets a school ambassador.

Using Research in Ed Tech: What Does “Research-Based” Really Mean?

Digital Promise

Aubrey is the Research Director at Digital Promise and Sandra is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Stanford University. In a recent Digital Promise study , a majority of ed tech product developers told us their products are “research-based.” ” Yet, many school leaders are skeptical of these claims. It can be difficult to find details about research study findings in companies’ marketing materials, or to interpret how the developer applied these findings.

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.

Why Parent Involvement Matters: The Research

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode #179. Parent involvement matters! We know it but do we realize we’re talking up to a full point of a student’s GPA? Let’s look at some well-known research showing what kind of parent involvement matters most.

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8 Websites to Teach Financial Literacy

Ask a Tech Teacher

When kids read that America’s $18 trillion+ debt is accepted by many experts as ‘business as usual’, I wonder how that news will affect their future personal finance decisions. Do they understand the consequences of unbalanced budgets? The quandary of infinite wants vs. finite dollars?

The Mindset of the Maker Educator: Presentation Materials

User Generated Education

During Connected Educators’ Month I did a virtual presentation on The Mindset of the Maker Education.

Using the Backchannel in Kindergarten

iTeach with iPads

When you give everyone a voice and give people power, the system usually ends up in a really good place. So, what we view our role as, is giving people that power. Mark Zuckerberg. Have you ever had the pleasure of listening to a young child tell you a story or tell you about an event?

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EdTech at School

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

'Modeled Sustained Silent Reading' Is Spreading Like Wildfire Internationally

The Journal

Without question, children need to develop reading fluency. Commonsensically, having kids read lots and lots should help in developing such fluency. Well, the data from U.S.

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Startup Shortcuts: Tips to Improve Cold-Emailing Response Rates

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

More tips and tricks to address common startup challenges. This one focuses on strategies for getting the most out of your emailing efforts. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org.

Why Teachers Need to Keep Going Even When It’s Hard

The CoolCatTeacher

The Cellist of the Schoolyard In 1992, thirty-seven-year-old Vedran Smailovic was principal cellist of the Sarajevo Opera. Because of the fighting, Sarajevo was being called “the capital of hell.” ” On May 27, a long line waited in front of one of the last bakeries in town.

26 Halloween Sites for your Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a short list of fun Halloween websites for your students. Enjoy! Websites: Ben & Jerry. Billy Bear’s. Carving Pumpkins. Enchanted Learning. Halloween games, puzzles –clean, easy to understand website and few ads! Halloween ghost stories. Meddybemps Spooky. Pumpkin Toss.

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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.

5 Strategies to Help You Rethink Research

Catlin Tucker

The word research appears 80 times in the English language arts section of the Common Core Standards. It’s clear the ability to find, evaluate and apply information is a crucial life skill.

20 Tools, Apps, & Tips for Engaging Assessment

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier. In my book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers , I encourage teachers to reflect on the way they assess their students for Goal 17: Re-evaluate Value. Assessment shouldn’t make students feel like quitting. Instead, assessment should help students celebrate the learning they’ve grasped and reflect on their journey achieving that learning.

Personalized Learning 3.0 — Creating Personalized 'Bicycles for the Mind'

The Journal

On the way to Personalized Learning 3.0, we may well need to “pass through” Personalized Learning 1.0. But we mustn’t tarry! Educational automation is not an interesting goal!