October, 2017

Minecraft in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Jeff Gearhart on episode 162 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Are you studying Mars? Why not let students go live there?

Visible Learning and John Hattie

Ask a Tech Teacher

Over the years, I’ve struggled to teach in ways my students would understand.

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The Art and Science of Learning: How New Mexico School for the Arts Uses Research

Digital Promise

New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) is a high school that boasts rigorous academic and mastery arts curricula for students from across the state.

Panel Presentations: Connect Students with a Real Audience

Catlin Tucker

When I spoke at Californa’s Better Together Teachers Summit , I talked about the power of connecting students to an authentic audience online.

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.

IT Staff Support is Critical for Success in 1-to-1 Classrooms

The Journal

Educators typically have mixed views on their school’s IT staff — to put it mildly. In order to better understand IT staff’s priorities, responsibilities and resources, we lunched with them recently. Our eyes were opened by those conversations

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6 Tech Treasures for Special Ed Teachers (K-6)

The CoolCatTeacher

Melissa Mann on episode 167 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Special ed teacher Melissa Mann shares six of her favorite edtech tools for the special education classroom.

Should You Unschool?

Ask a Tech Teacher

The first time I read about Unschooling, I ignored it. Surely, it was a fad that would go away. When that didn’t happen and I read about it a thousand more times, I dug into it.

Announcing the New Members of the League of Innovative Schools

Digital Promise

The League of Innovative Schools, Digital Promise’s flagship network of forward-thinking leaders of our nation’s school districts, is honored to welcome 13 districts into the 2017-2018 cohort, bringing the League’s membership to 93 districts in 33 states. The League seeks districts who are developing and sharing promising innovations that advance excellent, equitable learning opportunities for students. This year is no different.

My Story: Fire, Loss, and Rebuilding

Catlin Tucker

On Sunday, October 8th I went to bed early. I had been waking up between 4-5 AM all week to do work for my doctoral program. We had also hosted my husband’s family for the weekend, and I was exhausted. Normally, we go to be at 11 PM, but that evening I crawled under the covers at 9:30 PM.

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.

Efficacy in Digital Learning

A Principal's Reflections

As a principal, the buck stopped with me. I was reminded of this by numerous superintendents during my tenure as a school leader.

Qualities of Effective Educator Professional Development

User Generated Education

Most administrators and teachers believe in the importance and value of professional development. Sadly, though, too many teachers believe that those mandatory, one-size-fits-all professional development sessions offered by their schools are a waste of time and money.

Helping Students Find Passion and Purpose: Barbara Bray

The CoolCatTeacher

Barbara Bray on episode 174 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Barbara Bray talks about personalizing learning in the classroom. She teaches us strategies and helps us think about how to make our classrooms better.

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12 Fresh Ways to Assess Student Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

Assessing student learning used to be as simple as giving a test that consisted of multiple choice, True/False, short answer, and/or essay. How many answers students got right told the teacher how much they knew. No need to look further. Simply grade, record, and move on to the next chapter.

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.

Learning by Design: How Design Tech High School Uses Research

Digital Promise

According to Ken Montgomery, Executive Director of Design Tech High School (“d.tech”), a charter school in Northern California, “The world is going to change quickly and unpredictably, so the best thing that we can do for kids is give them a mindset and skillset that whatever the world is like, they can succeed and find their path.”. To meet this goal, Montgomery and his team created a design thinking curriculum, where students learn how to first understand a problem and end-user, then brainstorm solutions, create prototypes, analyze data, and finally, engage in multiple design iterations to solve a problem. Staff at d.tech are also working to incorporate the science of learning into this design thinking process to make decisions and address their own challenges. For example, before the 2016-2017 school year, they invited researcher Melina Uncapher, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Francisco, and CEO of the Institute for Applied Neuroscience , to share research that would help them better understand their “end users”: students. She presented research findings on how students learn, and then assisted educators as they developed ways to implement these findings in their classrooms. After a year-long partnership with Uncapher and opportunities to test their designs, d.tech educators now view themselves as learning engineers – capable of applying research to improve student learning. They are seeing positive results and encourage other schools, no matter the structure or curricular focus, to experiment with using the learning sciences. Below we share their recommendations for other schools interested in implementing new evidence-based practices. You can also watch the video and download the case study. Follow d.tech’s lead: Recommendations for Other Schools. Integrate research into existing culture/practices: Find easy ways to integrate research into existing practices that align with your institution’s mission and structure. This will help you maintain the new practices over time. Provide training/support: Partner with a researcher to identify vetted research principles that can be useful for your school community. As a next step, consider forming an ongoing partnership for help assessing the effectiveness of new practices. Give educators freedom to experiment: Give educators time to experiment and iterate (and fail). Further, offer options for engagement, from small tweaks to big curricular changes. This improves overall participation, and allows evidence-based practices to spread more quickly. Emphasize the long-term value: Emphasize the long-term benefits of implementing research-based practices for both educators and students. Educators will be more effective, and students’ knowledge about how they learn best can help them excel in school and beyond. The post Learning by Design: How Design Tech High School Uses Research appeared first on Digital Promise. Educators Instruction & Teacher Learning Research Research Map Research@Work

FlipGrid: Connect with Other Classrooms

Catlin Tucker

This year, my students are learning about the design thinking process: empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test. My teaching team decided to begin the year with a low stakes high-interest challenge: design a water park for our community. The first step in the design thinking process is empathy.

What is the Missing Step in Your District’s Strategic Plan?

Education Elements

All districts have strategic plans. For many districts, they are the most expensive document created in a given year. Getting to a final draft usually takes several months or more and requires the time of many staff and community members. There are committees, meetings, surveys, reviews, discussions and multiple rounds of revision. Personalized Learning School Districts School Leaders

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Measuring Impact with the Digital Practice Assessment (DPA)

A Principal's Reflections

Note: This post is directly related to my work at the International Center for Leadership in Education Efficacy has been on my mind a great deal as of late, and as a result, it has been reflected in my writing.

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.

5 Ways to Help Numbers Come Alive

The CoolCatTeacher

Rebecca Klemm on episode 175 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Dr. Rebecca Klemm @ numbersalive shares how to help numbers come alive for all ages. From toddler to teenager to Ph.D.,

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What is WittyWe and Why You Want to Use it

Ask a Tech Teacher

There seems to be a limitless supply of online education content. In fact, my email box and social media explodes with them.

Partnering Literacy and Technology to Improve One School

Digital Promise

Video Courtesy of Redwood City School District. We have made great strides to level the technology playing field in education, but unfortunately the digital divide still exists between those who have the tools to research, learn and collaborate online at home, and those who don’t.

A Student-Centered BYOT Policy Template For Schools

TeachThought - Learn better.

A Student-Centered Universal BYOT Policy Template For Schools by TeachThought Staff ed note: This content has been updated and republished from a previous post BYOT–which stands for Bring Your Own Technology–is a natural response to need for progressive learning tools in the 21st century classroom. There are a variety of factors that contribute here, including […]. The post A Student-Centered BYOT Policy Template For Schools appeared first on TeachThought. Technology Admin BYOD Experienced Teacher

The Ultimate 12 Step Guide For Choosing The Perfect Learning Management System

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

Introduction to Design Thinking for Educators Workshop

User Generated Education

I had the opportunity to facilitate a workshop on design thinking for educators at the New Mexico Association for the Gifted Fall Institute. Here is a round-up of what we did. Warm Up: Instant Challenge.

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Achieving a Balance

A Principal's Reflections

When it comes to work, I have had to battle some internal conflicts over the years. Early on in my career as a school administrator, and then again in my work in my current position as an ICLE Senior Fellow , I had to be put in place, thankfully, by those who care a great deal about me.

Bullying and Cyberbullying: The Things You Need to Know

The CoolCatTeacher

Anne Collier on episode 169 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Anne Collier helps us understand the statistics on bullying and cyberbullying.

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10 Tips About Using Images in Your Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are ten of the most-visited image-use tips on Ask a Tech Teacher: 10 Tips About Using Images in the Classroom You Don’t Want to Miss. Image Copyright Do’s and Don’ts. Photos For Class–Robust, Student-safe with built in citations. Quick Search for Plagiarized Images.

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.