May, 2015

Learning: It’s All About the Connections

User Generated Education

I’ve written about connections before in It’s All About Connection. Today, though, I was thinking about all of the connections important for learning. Connection has a lot of meanings and connotations: Here are some of the connections I thought of that can/should be part of both formal and informal education: Connecting of Neural Networks in the Brain – New brain connections form in clusters during learning.

Teach with Comics! 15+ Tips & Tools

Teacher Reboot Camp

Recently added to the Survival Tips for Teachers ! At a young age, I was interested in comic books, which was really how I learnt to read. Nicholas Cage. Comics can be powerful learning tools. The mix of art, dialogue, character expressions, and frames engages learners and is brain-friendly. Comics break down a story’s plot and text into bite-sized chunks. Each frame has a visual of the action, which is much easier for the brain to process than reading a large amount of text.

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10 Stress-Busting Secrets of Great Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Sail Through the Stress of the Storm If I look through a window pane and see teaching as weather, teaching would be the thunderstorm. And as we sail our classroom ship on this maelstrom of hormones, stress, conflicting priorities, and distractions, it takes rock-solid habits of mind and life to be the kind of self-assured captain who can weather the storm. “I I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.”. JRR Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring.

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Last Day of School: Write a Letter to Your Future Self

Catlin Tucker

The end of the school year typically blows by in a blur of exams. I’m often left wishing I had done more to get my students reflecting on the year. Not this year! This year, I am going to have my students write themselves a letter to be delivered in the future.

Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

When is an Educational App Classroom Worthy?

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

There are over 80,000 apps in the Apple store marked as "educational." How do educators and schools distinguish the quality applications from the subpar? Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. Research & Insights eduCanon blendedclassroom differentiationtools edtech flippedclassroom formativeassessments interactivelearning realtimemonitoring screencasting teacherpreneur video videoscreencasting

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Becoming a Lifelong Maker: Start Young

User Generated Education

I was recently asked what is was about my childhood that led to me being an adult who makes and who advocates that everyone should make in one form or another. I believe there were several childhood experiences that contributed to me becoming a lifelong maker. I was born a very curious and creative kid. This was accepted by my mother who gave me the freedom to be so. My mother let me go free range. I spent lots of my out of school time with the neighborhood kids.

Ways for Teachers to Supplement Their Income

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The best thing a human being can do is to help another human being know more.” – Charlie Munger. I’ve been very blessed to be able to train teachers and teach students in over 20 countries. In 2009, I began my journey as a connected educator and learned how to use social media and web tools to share my knowledge and materials. In the process, I also discovered how to supplement my income. The clickable Thinglink image below provides resources and tips.

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50+ Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom [Video]

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher YouTube Channel Looking for new ideas for using technology in the classroom? Trying to figure out what’s next? Well, recently I had to record a video just in case the weather wasn’t so great in Pittsburg, Kansas for my virtual keynote. I thought that some of you might be looking for a little summer PD and would take the 45 minutes or so to learn something new. I also share my simple 2-step strategy of innovation.

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This is How We Say Goodbye: An Open Letter to My Daughter, the Graduate

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. This is how we say goodbye: in the years and months and weeks that lead up to the moment, not in that final string of minutes where we leave you in your dorm room. It doesn’t work that way. You see, we’ve been watching you graduate since the moment you first rolled from your back […]. The post This is How We Say Goodbye: An Open Letter to My Daughter, the Graduate appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Inspiration edchat parenting

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The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).

Ed-Tech Startups Win Big Money at Education Business Plan Competition

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

A handful of ed-tech startups won $140,000 from the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition Wednesday. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. Education Market Product Startup Life app coding competition edtech edtech entrepreneur entrepreneurship milkenpenn mobile startup

Great List of EdTech Tools

Ask a Tech Teacher

Alice Keeler is sharing a Google Doc of favorite educator tech tools. It’s crowdsourced, so view, add to it, come away richer thanks to your online colleagues: Link to the crowdsourced list. More tech ed resources: Great Resources. Great Lesson Plans. Great Apps. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of dozens of tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum.

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5 Concerns School Leaders have about Digital Transformation

Tom Murray

From Atlanta, Georgia to Vancouver, Washington, I've had the opportunity to travel and work with over a thousand district leaders over the past year. Regardless of which region of the country the conversation takes place, a number of concerns arise regarding a district's digital tranformation. These concerns are real and are often roadblocks for school leadership teams. Each district is unique and each scenario brings with it a new set of circumstances and diverse challenges. One will not fin

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Inspire Writing: 15+ Tips and Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Recently added to the Survival Tips for Teachers ! “I I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of. ” – Joss Whedon. Writing is personal. Each time we write we share ourselves. Our writings expose our ideas, thought-process, arguments, logic, inspiration, and words.

Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

Making MAKEing More Inclusive

User Generated Education

The maker movement and maker education, in my perspective, are such great initiatives – really in line with what student-centric education should be in this era of formal and informal learning. Maker education (often referred to as “Maker Ed”) is a new school of educational thought [at least in terms of having an “official” educational label – JG] that focuses on delivering constructivist, project-based learning curriculum and instructional units to students.

3 Ways Teachers Are Using Social Media to Engage Students

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. 3 Ways Teachers Are Using Social Media to Engage Students by Brittni Brown The battle between teachers and social media accounts for student attention has been one in which teachers seem quite likely to lose. High schools have banned phones, established site blocks, and multiple other strategies to reduce student abilities to gain access to […]. The post 3 Ways Teachers Are Using Social Media to Engage Students appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

Educators Can Ease Racial Trauma Experienced by Students

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

As educators, we can help students navigate racial trauma by providing safe spaces for honest conversations about their stressful experiences related to race. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. conference conversation dialogue educators parents race racial students treatment

3 Digital Tools to Encourage Close Reading

Ask a Tech Teacher

‘Close reading’ entered the teacher’s lexicon with this Common Core literacy anchor standard: Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text. Dr. Doug Fischer defines close reading this way: Close reading is a careful and purposeful re-reading of the text.

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Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.

6 Benefits of an Android Tablet

Tom Murray

A recent article in Fortune entitled, “Ultra cheap Chromebooks are killing it this year”, highlights the explosive growth of mobile devices in schools, and specifically relays how 72% of Chromebooks sales were to schools. In the overall market, in 2014, Chromebooks outpaced Apple’s iPad in school related purchases. With such metrics and a myriad of innovative upgrades on the Android platform, the market seems to be shifting towards Chromebooks and Android tablets for what I believe to be a

Ways for Teachers to Supplement Their Income

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The best thing a human being can do is to help another human being know more.” – Charlie Munger. I’ve been very blessed to be able to train teachers and teach students in over 20 countries. In 2009, I began my journey as a connected educator and learned how to use social media and web tools to share my knowledge and materials. In the process, I also discovered how to supplement my income. The clickable Thinglink image below provides resources and tips.

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Promises to My Learners as a Maker Educator

User Generated Education

I used to teach a graduate course in professional ethics for the educator. One of the assignments I did is have these inservice educators develop a list of promises to their students. I asked them to make it poster size so they can post these promises in their classrooms. Here is an example of from 10 Amazing Teacher Promises for the Beginning of School. For the past couple of weeks, I have been preparing to teach a summer school/camp on maker education (see [link] ).

5 Things to Avoid When Providing Feedback for Learning

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. One of my favorite education blogs, TeachThought, posted an excellent article that sparked some inspiring conversation on providing feedback for learning at the Facebook group, Teachers Throwing Out Grades. While the TeachThought post included mostly great ideas for making feedback useful, there were a few tips that provoked reflection about the kinds of feedback that are counterproductive to learning. The more […].

Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

Learn how a thoughtful formative assessment approach can help teachers understand where students are in their learning, inform instruction, and in turn, positively impact student learning outcomes. Get the guide today!

Words Mean More to Students When They're Personal

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

You can't memorize your way to a better vocabulary. Contextual learning is the key to word learning. But is context enough? Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. Lessons Learned Product Development ProfessorWord Research aboutus professorword

31 Sites on American History

Ask a Tech Teacher

This is for both younger and older students so check these out–pick the ones that work for you: America’s Story. America–Colonies. American Indians. Civil War I video. Civil War II video. Civil War—reconstruction—video. Colonial America–life. Growth of the USA. Historic speeches. Jamestown Adventure Game. Vernon. Native American Conflicts. Oregon Trail—all about . Oregon Trail—virtual tour. Patriot Spy –Deliver a covert message to Paul Revere. Picturing America. RR—inventing. Timelines.

16 Questions for School Leaders Going Digital

Tom Murray

When implementing a digital conversion, it’s imperative for school leaders to have a systemic plan of implementation. In schools where news headlines have pointed out failures in implementation, quite often evidence pointed towards poor planning, a rushed implementation, and/or poor decision-making by school leaders. School leaders must consider many aspects of digital learning, not just the devices themselves. Some areas that need to be thoroughly planned for are: 1. What do we want teaching

Teachers As Researchers: The Power of Mindset

Digital Promise

Serena Hicks is an English and language arts teacher and professional development facilitator in West Ada School District , in Meridian, Idaho. Change is hard! In my experience, I’ve noticed that teachers are more likely to make positive changes when they get to decide when and how to change. I used to make changes in my classroom based on intuition - I just know what my students need - but found that intuition alone wasn’t enough to truly spark student learning.

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The Best Ways to Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, How to Best Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School, hear the real-world experience of Steven Palomo, IT Director at Beverly Public Schools, regarding how he successfully managed his entire tech stack.

10 Top Teacher Appreciation Week Ideas (and a Way to Save Money on Them)

The CoolCatTeacher

I have a thing for office supplies! I think it comes from being a teacher. This week (May 3-9) is Teacher Appreciation Week. Now, I can share my favorite productivity tips and tools (as always) along with how to get them for yourself at your local Staples store. Staples Teacher Rewards Offer for Teacher Appreciation Week. This Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3-9 , Staples has a best-ever offering of 40 percent back in Staples Teacher Rewards.

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6 Ways to Flip Your Parent-Teacher Conferences

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. You know the drill: each fall and (if we’re lucky) every spring, parents are invited into the classroom to visit with teachers and discuss the strengths and the needs of their children. Experiences vary, but not enough in my opinion. In general, this is what often happens: Parents are provided grades or other quantitative data, which […]. The post 6 Ways to Flip Your Parent-Teacher Conferences appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Innovation edchat

Two Frank Letters

Battelle for Kids

May 12, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 6, Number 6. Driving Question: How do we forge and sustain healthy relationships between school systems and communities? Let's talk frankly. Most relationships between the school systems and their communities are dysfunctional - like a bad marriage. Each has suffered deeply crushed expectations. If each party were to write a letter to each other trying to save the relationship, letters might read like this: P21 Blogazine

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