October, 2019

How to Keep Students Organized and Thriving in a Digital Classroom

Edsurge

A critical component of any student’s educational journey is learning how to be better organized, complete tasks independently and persevere when an assignment is difficult. We’ve all seen (or even been) that woefully disorganized student: always turning in late assignments, arriving to class empty-handed or misplacing instructional materials.

One major barrier to high-quality blended learning

The Christensen Institute

Today in 2019, blended learning isn’t a new phenomenon. But after more than a decade of steady adoption and improvement, it hasn’t yet reached the degree of effectiveness, reliability, and usability to become the norm in K–12 education. First, the good news: During the nine years since the Institute’s first blended learning report , we’ve seen an increasing number of schools adopt blended learning, iterate on their practices, codify what works, and share their strategies.

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Be Transparent: Share the Research Behind Edtech

Digital Promise

One of my favorite memes on the Internet displays a picture of Abraham Lincoln and a quote, attributed to him, that says, “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.” It’s a clever jab at a challenge we all face: differentiating fact from fiction. Source: [link]. Unfortunately, flagging misinformation is not always as easy as identifying the flaw with the Lincoln meme. We are inundated with information and deciding what to trust is usually difficult.

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5 Ways to Improve Your Classroom Library Without Spending a Dollar

The CoolCatTeacher

Colby Sharp on episode 565 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Colby Sharp author of Game Changer! Books for All shares some ways to improve your classroom library without spending any money at all. There are some ideas for all of us here. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Subscribe to the Show Get Credit! Some schools, districts, and organizations allow credit for listening to podcasts.

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.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Ask a Tech Teacher

Surprisingly, 15-20% of the population has a language-based learning disability and over 65% of those are deficits in reading. Often, these go undiagnosed as students, parents, and teachers simply think the child is not a good reader, is lazy, or is disinterested. Thankfully, the International Dyslexia Association sponsors an annual Dyslexia Awareness Month in October aimed to expand comprehension of this little-understood language-based learning condition. What is Dyslexia?

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Student Agency: What Do Students Want to Create to Demonstrate Their Learning?

Catlin Tucker

In my blog post titled “ 3 Ways to Build Student Agency into Your Lessons ,” I encouraged teachers to design lessons that allow students to make key decisions about their learning. Student agency is one of the easiest ways that teachers can begin to personalize learning.

Create a TikTok-style experience with Google Slides

Ditch That Textbook

The TikTok video app is taking the world by storm. It has 500 million active users worldwide, and 41 percent of them are between 16 and 24 years old. And who knows how many that are YOUNGER than 16 that use it anyway?) Kids and adults are excitedly shooting, uploading and sharing videos on TikTok. […]. The post Create a TikTok-style experience with Google Slides appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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Technology Sparks Growth Mindset and Innovation in the Classroom

Digital Promise

“Polk County is one of the counties you don’t think about very much,” said Nakia , a student at Chilhowee Middle School in Benton, Tennessee, a small rural town of fewer than 2,000 people. “We’d We’d look at another school that has technology, and we’re like, ‘Wow … I wish we had those possibilities.’”.

How to Empower Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Evan Robb on episode 566 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Administrators can empower teachers and principal Evan Robb shares some of the techniques. Evan is author of The Ten- Minute Principal and The Principal’s Leadership Sourcebook: Practices, Tools, and Strategies for Building a Thriving School Community. Listen to the Show Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Subscribe to the Show Get Credit!

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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.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Ask a Tech Teacher

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Any adult knows that bullying is no longer relegated to the playground or the neighborhood. It now regularly happens in the cyberworld. Kids don’t expect that and often don’t know how to handle it. In October 2006, thirteen-year-old Megan Meier hung herself in her bedroom closet after suffering months of cyberbullying. She believed her tormentors’ horrid insults, never thought she could find a way to stop them, and killed herself.

So, Apparently, There are No Verbs Without Nouns

More Verbs

As I mentioned in my previous post , I finally have the opportunity to help shape an entire district toward More Verbs, Fewer Nouns. We were, with the Superintendent’s direction and blessing, going from a previous Tech Director who focused on techie things (Nouns) to my becoming Tech Director focused on learning and teaching (Verbs). But that’s easier said than done!

Planning a Station Rotation Lesson for Your Math Classroom

Catlin Tucker

Last week in Palm Springs, I had the pleasure of coaching a 9th-grade math teacher. It was exciting to work with a math teacher who was eager to try using the station rotation model in her math classroom. Math instruction tends to be linear with each lesson building on the one before. This can make it challenging for teachers, who are used to using whole group teacher-led lessons, to transition to blended learning models.

7 Recommended Hands-On STEM Learning Products

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Learning is not a spectator sport.” ” – Arthur W. Chickering and Stephen C. Ehrmann (1996). On this blog I’ve shared thousands of web tools, apps, and resources that are free or offer a freemium option for teachers. However, I’ve been asked by several educators what recommendations I have for STEM labs, makerspaces, and technology classes. Below are six products that engage students, promote hands-on learning, and spark creativity.

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7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

New Micro-credentials Added to Digital Promise Ecosystem

Digital Promise

As part of our robust, on-demand micro-credential ecosystem, we are proud to partner with organizations to provide pathways for personalized learning. These research-backed micro-credentials are digital certifications that verify an individual’s competence in a specific skill or set of skills, regardless of where and how they learned them. Over the last two months, we’ve launched 17 micro-credentials from our partners, and the ecosystem is growing every day.

Using Games to Help Reluctant Readers and Writers (and More)

The CoolCatTeacher

Lee Graham on Episode 569 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Dr. Lee Graham is working with teachers to teach them principles of game-based learning to teach writing. Her anecdotes of classroom behavior-changing results are – pardon the pun – game-changing. Learn more. Listen to Dr. Lee Graham talk about Game Based Learning Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Subscribe to the Show Get Credit!

Digital Assistants in the Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s been a couple of years since my tech teacher advice column “Dear Otto” got its first question about classroom digital assistants like Google Home and Amazon Alexa. At that time, no one had much experience with these devices so discussion was limited to anecdotal evidence and speculation. That has changed dramatically. Now, an estimated 20% of U.S. adults own about 100 million of these AI-powered speakers with close to fifteen percent of sales going to education.

9 Characteristics of authentic learning

Neo LMS

The need to adapt learner instruction to the challenges society gives us has increased in recent years. What schools used to teach students, the skills needed in the past and their applicability in real life are no longer suitable in a scientifically and technologically developing world. In most schools across the globe, students leave their classrooms only with the tools teachers provide them, and with the knowledge and skills they acquire throughout their development.

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.

25 ways to infuse art into any class

Ditch That Textbook

Art can bring out the kind of creativity and passion in our students that we can only dream about seeing in other subject areas. Art gives our students the opportunity to express themselves in new and different ways. But oftentimes art is just an add-on, something that we throw in as an extra piece at […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Creativity art art in the classroom art integration arts integrations educational technology teaching art

What Can Title I Funding Be Used For

Kajeet

You did it. With hard work, ingenuity, and support from stakeholders in your school and community, you secured Title I funds that could possibly transform the way your K-12 students learn and thrive. Now comes a bigger question. What can Title I funds be used for?” and “How do I use my Title I grant money?”. Mobile Broadband

Celebrating Powerful Learning at Lone Star Middle School

Digital Promise

In collaboration with HP and Microsoft’s Reinvent the Classroom Initiative , Digital Promise Global is proud to announce Lone Star Middle School of Nampa School District in Idaho as the newest HP Spotlight School. The HP Spotlight Schools program recognizes schools that exemplify powerful teaching and learning school-wide. Nampa School District’s Commitment to Personalized Learning.

How to Design Learning Spaces in Libraries

The CoolCatTeacher

Carolyn Foote on episode 578 of the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Many schools are reimagining the learning spaces that some call libraries or media centers. Carolyn Foote takes us to the center of this trend to take us inside how she redesigned her learning space and the thought process behind it. As you plan your school’s strategy, you’ll want to have conversations about this show.

Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.

Resources for Digital Citizenship Week

Ask a Tech Teacher

October 14-18, 2019 is Digital Citizenship Week. Here are resources from Ask a Tech Teacher and Structured Learning that will help you learn how to teach digital citizenship to your students. Below, you’ll find everything from a full year-long curriculum to professional development for teachers: Resources: Digital Citizenship: What to Teach When (a video). Curricula: K-8 Digital Citizenship Curriculum.

Classroom collaboration: Learning together

Neo LMS

In most classrooms today, students are seen working together in small groups, perhaps in learning stations in the classroom, and taking a more active role in learning. When I was in elementary school, we often were paired with a classmate for different activities and it was a great way to develop our social skills as well as develop new perspectives in learning.

How to Set Healthy Screen Time Habits: A Guide for Parents

Waterford

Depending on how we use it, technology can be either a priceless tool or endless distraction. Through computers, smartphones, and tablets, we have a wealth of information at our fingertips that can be both entertaining and intellectually stimulating. Too much screen time, however, isn’t healthy for anyone and can lead to serious consequences. Today’s children are digital natives, which means that they’ve grown up surrounded by technology from the time they were born.

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5 Reasons Why Chromebooks in the Classroom Benefits Students

Kajeet

As of 2019, 85 percent of schools and school districts across the United States have a Chromebook program in place. Perhaps you see this happening in your own school, but let’s dive into how Chromebooks in the classroom can benefit students. There are many educational benefits a Chromebook can deliver to students and schools.

How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

Discover the top five reasons your school’s admissions should be online.