September, 2017

5 ways to teach students to be future-ready

Ditch That Textbook

Today’s students face a technology-infused, innovation-filled world in their future. We’re already looking at the possibility of widespread smart houses, autonomous cars and artificial intelligence that can talk to us and work on our behalf.

Rethinking Teacher Candidate Training with Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

The College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida strives to be at the forefront of innovation in teacher training and development. We know a key component of that is constant collaboration with our many district partners.

Research Schools: What are they and how do they work?

The CoolCatTeacher

Aaron Marvel on episode 158 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Aaron Marvel talks about research schools. Modeled like a “teaching hospital” – these schools have researchers and educators working hand-in-hand.

How school leaders can combat ‘filter bubbles’ and ‘fake news’

Dangerously Irrelevant

Information literacy has been a hot topic of recent conversation. Many folks believe that web sites that traffic in false information and ‘fake news’ may have influenced the last United States presidential election. Traffic on the Snopes web site , which debunks false rumors, has never been greater.

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.

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New Research Compendium Addresses Productivity & Transformation When Applying Technology in Learning Math

Digital Promise

Recently, the 60,000-member National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) released a new “Research Compendium,” a handbook with 38 chapters , each summarizing the best research on an important aspect of teaching and learning mathematics. For the past three years, I was honored to work on the team that developed the chapter on “Technology for Mathematics Learning.”

Integrating the Arts into Every Subject

The CoolCatTeacher

Catherine Davis-Hayes on episode 153 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The graphic, performing, and theater arts are powerful allies for math, writing, and every subject you teach.

Overcoming The Barriers To Better School:Home Communications

The Web20Classroom

As a teacher, I always looked forward to the first day of school. Getting my room put together, planning new lessons and meeting new faces was something I couldn't wait to do. As a parent, I dread the first day of school. And this year was no different.

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New book! Different Schools for a Different World

Dangerously Irrelevant

As some of you may have realized by now, Dean Shareski and I have a new book out. Titled Different Schools for a Different World , it describes 6 key relevancy gaps between today’s schools and what students and society need from them: Information Literacy.

How Rapid Technology Change Impacts Your Teaching

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The Gmail survival guide for busy teachers

Ditch That Textbook

Does it feel like email consumes your life — or too much of your time at school or at home? I once heard someone describe email as “requests for your time for other people’s agendas and not your own.” ” There’s definitely some truth to this.

Specific Ideas for Intentional Creativity

User Generated Education

Recently I wrote a blog post about Intentional Creativity. Here is the graphic created for that post. Below the graphic are specific ideas I am using with my gifted elementary students this school year.

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Why I Use Edpuzzle: An Edpuzzle Review

The CoolCatTeacher

Sponsored by Edpuzzle From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Edpuzzle solves so many of my flipped classroom problems.

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Mission-Minded Learning Makes the World a Better Place

Brilliant or Insane

Shelly Sanchez Terrell, author of Hacking Digital Learning Strategies, is taking education technology integration to new heights with her EdTech Missions and mission-minded learning.

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A #PerfectPear: The All New Pear Deck for @Google Slides @PearDeck @GoogleForEdu #edtech

techieMusings

Pear Deck has released a super exciting update that I’m so excited to share — integration with Google Slides! All you have to do is install the Pear Deck add-on and then you’ll be able to add in the interactive question types available through Pear Deck right within Google Slides!

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Activating the Community to Support Education Innovation

Digital Promise

Kettle Moraine School District (KMSD), a member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools , is a suburban district in Wisconsin leading some of the most advanced competency-based education (CBE) efforts in the country. KMSD knows that innovation and change, however, are not sustainable without systemic buy-in at all levels.

Just pause.

Ditch That Textbook

I was a mess as a soccer coach. I hadn’t played soccer myself since middle school. (Of Of course, in a small community where few people know much about soccer, you still get asked to coach!) But that wasn’t the issue. During one practice, I noticed something.

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It’s Time To Support The Mental Health & Well Being of Teachers

EdNews Daily

This interview was first published on Huffington Post. According to NPR , teacher attrition is high, and university enrollment in teacher preparation programs has fallen 35% over the past five years — a decrease of nearly 240,000 teachers in all.

23+ Tips to Help Kids Organize by Learning Styles

The CoolCatTeacher

Sponsored by Staples From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. As I organize my tenth grader for back-to-school, I’m realizing that we’re still missing some important items. One of my passions as an educator is helping non-traditional learners succeed in school.

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Success at Innovative Schools Hinges on Helping Students Transition

The Christensen Institute

Malaina is a current high school student who decided to homeschool in order to expand her learning by blending interdisciplinary, real world, and academic-focused learning. Her work has been published by Education Next, The Mercury News, and the Bluefire literary journal. . Innovative schools are on the rise across the world and are transforming the way we think about K–12 education. These schools are no longer following the traditional model of education.

Connectivity versus isolation: Which leads to prosperity?

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What Is Your Why?: The Importance of Computer Science Education

Digital Promise

Pioneering districts in the League of Innovative Schools are at the forefront of incorporating computer science education in K-12, leading large-scale initiatives to integrate coding and computational thinking into their curricula. Digital Promise recently started a coding working group for the League as a forum to share best practices and address challenges in implementing computer science.

10 great ideas from Ditch That Conference #DitchCon2017

Ditch That Textbook

“An analog conference for a digital world.” ” Ditch That Conference 2017 was a hit, helping educators think about the face-to-face/digital balance and providing TONS of ideas on how to make it happen. This was the first conference of its kind and truly a dream for me. I got to imagine an event, organize it, recruit […]. Teaching best practices collaboration digital balance ditch that conference ditchcon2017 education conferences

IBM Foundation launches free online software to help K-5 teachers prepare math lessons and help students learn.

Educational Technology Guy

The IBM Foundation has launched a free, online software to transform the way K-5 teachers prepare math lessons and help students learn. The software, called Teacher Advisor with Watson , uses Watson artificial intelligence technology to help teachers instantly find math resources.

GradeCam: The Teacher’s Friend for Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

A sponsored post by GradeCam From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Some think GradeCam is just the modern-day replacement for multiple-choice Scantron machines. I did. But I was wrong.

Streamline Academic Efforts For Success-And For Your Health

EdNews Daily

Guest article by: Ben Walker. While college graduates make significantly more money than high school graduates — 56 percent more , on average — they also experience far more health issues.

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Some early comments on my new book

Dangerously Irrelevant

My new book with Dean Shareski, Different Schools for a Different World , is getting some positive early comments. A sampling is below. Thank you, everyone! Jeff Nelson. Different Schools for a Different World by Scott McLeod and Dean Shareski just hammered my thinking. Their work is not a long read.

Recognition for MCs: Symposium on the Currency of Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Digital Promise hosted its fourth micro-credential event – the Symposium on the Currency of Micro-credentials – last week near Washington, D.C. Policymakers, practitioners, and other stakeholders attended the Symposium to engage in design challenges focused on providing educators with recognition for the micro-credentials they earn. Micro-credentials validate learning, no matter where or when it occurs and are awarded based on submitted evidence of competence.

How to use Google Classroom’s secret productivity tool: the mobile app

Ditch That Textbook

The education world is starting to get used to Google Classroom. It was released in August 2014 to much fanfare and basic features. Since then, the updates have come fast and furious, and as of January 2017, Google Classroom has more than 70 million users: students, teachers and others. We’re finding ways to become more […]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology feedback g suite for education google apps for education google classroom googleedu mobile app notifications

Everything You Wanted To Know About Formative Assessment But Were Afraid To Ask

The Web20Classroom

Recently Shaelynn Farnsworth and I had a great and engaging discussion on the topic of Formative Assessment for ACER Education. Check out what we had to say. Some of the highlights: What Is Formative Assessment —As you can tell from our video, there are many ways to describe formative assessment.

What I Wish My Teacher Knew: One Question That Could Change Everything

The CoolCatTeacher

Kyle Schwartz on episode 141 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Kyle Schwartz @ kylemschwartz asked a question of her students that went viral.

Hack the Textbook

Teacher Reboot Camp

Textbooks are an important part of instruction and curricula. Often, textbooks are the main way students learn the course content. Textbooks need to evolve. Many are too expensive, unengaging, lack diversity, present limited perspectives, aren’t relatable, and are uninspiring.

Let’s Start Coding!

EdTech4Beginners

If you’re an EdTech teacher, you’re likely thinking about teaching your students some coding. There are many options, but what do your students really need to learn and how can you integrate it into your classroom? The folks at Let’s Start Coding are here with the answer.

Celebrating Adult Literacy and Technology

Digital Promise

As we celebrate Adult Education and Family Literacy this week, we find ourselves reflecting on the progress happening across the country on behalf of the 36 million low-skilled adults in the U.S. These adults face several challenges. Multiple jobs, child care issues, and transportation issues often keep adults from attending classes that will help them improve their skills.