December, 2018

Be proud of your pockets of innovation. AND…

Dangerously Irrelevant

Every school system has pockets of innovation. Those three forward-thinking teachers in the elementary school, that one grade-level team in the middle school, the department that’s really trying to do something different at the high school, that amazing principal over there, and so on.

Walkthroughs And Observations: There Is A Difference

The Web20Classroom

As a former Director of Instructional Technology I was tasked with training all district and school leadership on the process of walkthroughs. We’d spend 2 days reviewing protocols, analyzing data and how to lead conversations. Afterwards they would go out and conduct their walks.

Why Students Need More ‘Math Talk’

Digital Promise

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Test scores , school report cards and Facebook posts complaining about homework problems often drive critiques of how math is taught in schools. Amid the debates, it has become increasingly clear that one ingredient is necessary for success: opportunities for students to talk about math. Unfortunately, these are often lacking in U.S. classrooms. We are both math education researchers.

It’s 2018, not 1918. Basic skills are not enough.

Dangerously Irrelevant

Here is a quote from Kentucky Education Commissioner, Dr. Wayne Lewis (who is a friend of mine). The context is a statewide conversation about higher education standards for Kentucky high school graduates.

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.

The best 10 free EdTech tools and websites every teacher should know about

Neo LMS

As a teacher, you are charged with a great responsibility: to equip the young people, the future of the world and the next generation. A lifetime ago, information was hard to find on anything. People did most things instinctively, superstitiously or based on their beliefs.

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6 Ways to Incorporate Coding into Your Classroom

Kajeet

Did you know there’s an annual, week-long learning event that 663 million people ages four to 104 have already joined? It’s the annual Hour of Code Event that takes place from December 3 to December 9.

The Skinny on Hashtags

A Principal's Reflections

Upon getting on Twitter in 2009, I was not only baffled about how to use the social media site but also about all the symbols associated with it. There was no apparent rhyme or reason to using these in any messages whether long or short. One of them was the hashtag (#).

Help Students Share Their Stories with 360° Media Production Kits

Digital Promise

Since 2016, Digital Promise Global’s 360° Story Lab has supported young people’s creation of immersive stories that share their perspectives and inspire positive action on issues they care about.

Designing Accessible Ed Tech Can Be Costly, But Demand is on the Rise

Wisewire

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. . Subscribe today!

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.

The fallacy of the paperless classroom

Neo LMS

I write to you today from a desk littered with notebooks and bits of paper — and I’m a tech blogger. The main reasons my desk is piled with paper: I’ve yet to process my receipts into the requisite shoebox.

Games and Play Based Learning in Middle and High School

The CoolCatTeacher

Ross Flatt in Episode 399 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Play can be used to teach. Ross Flatt from the Institute of Play, talks about exemplars and best practices for play in the middle and high school classrooms.

Funding Connectivity Through Community Partnerships

Kajeet

The number one challenge facing K-12 IT leadership for planning and implementing technology enabled environments is budget constraints and a lack of resources, reports the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN).

8 Top Tips and Tons of Resources for Supporting English Learners with Technology

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The limits of my language are the limits of my world.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein. I’ve worked with language learners in over 20 countries. I’ve seen first hand how technology can be used in incredible ways to motivate and engage language learners of any age.

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.

How Do You Build a Successful Classroom-based Coaching Program?

Digital Promise

Though it’s most often associated with sports, coaching can also be an important form of professional development in education. Like in sports, its goal is to improve individual and team performance.

Recruit and Retain the Best Teachers by Tapping into Teacher Agency

Education Elements

Are you a district or campus leader who struggles to find highly qualified or highly talented teachers? Do you find yourself losing out to other districts when it comes to attracting the best and brightest?

6 E-learning trends currently shaping up the industry

Neo LMS

A version of this post was originally published on November 8, 2018, in OEB Insights. The e-learning industry is constantly evolving. Whether we’re talking about K-12 or Higher Ed , face-to-face instruction can’t possibly be the only solution.

Strategies to Help Kids Love Reading

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Barb Gilman (known as @barbinnebraska) has a classroom rich with a love of reading. Today she talks about strategies any teacher can use to help kids love reading.

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.

The Internet of Things in K-12

Kajeet

From smart toys and clothing to smart homes and cities, the Internet of Things (IoT) is quickly becoming integrated into all aspects of our lives, and its influence and reach are only going to keep expanding. Gartner predicted that spending on IoT worldwide would reach $1.5

How Can School Leaders Personalize Learning? New Book Offers a Guide

Wisewire

Personalized learning has been an education buzzword for several years. A recent survey of by the state education technology directors association, or SETDA, put personalized learning at the top of the list of state priorities.

How a Second Language Can Boost the Brain

Digital Promise

Even when you’re fluent in two languages, it can be a challenge to switch back and forth smoothly between them. It’s common to mangle a split verb in Spanish, use the wrong preposition in English, or lose sight of the connection between the beginning and end of a long German sentence.

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Making is in Our DNA

A Principal's Reflections

I have such fond memories of the time I had with both my grandfathers, albeit much too short as one of them was taken from us too soon. Each of them had such a great fondness for the outdoors, which influenced my decision to pursue degrees in marine environmental science and biology.

EdTech at School

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

Good news stories about EdTech from across the globe

Neo LMS

As the year draws to a close I thought we could take a look at how EdTech has transformed schools, students and education this year – in countries across the world.

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3DBear Review: The Augmented Reality Classroom Pro

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Teaching in augmented reality (AR) for the past several years has been a bit of a challenge, in my opinion, as is often the case with new technologies.

Toward the Digital Transformation of K-12

The Journal

Digital transformation — where organizations move from analog, paper-and-pencil processes, to fundamentally new processes enabled by digital technologies — is happening in virtually every industry.

Five Top Technology Trends In Special Education

Wisewire

(TNS) — Fueled by technological advances, changing state policies, and a continued push from advocates, ed-tech companies and researchers are crafting new tools and strategies to better serve students with disabilities.

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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.

New Technology Connects Jobseekers with Employers

Digital Promise

How can jobseekers better connect with employers looking to hire? When working parents scramble for time, how can they remain engaged with their child’s education? What if teachers could organize their classes with the help of an app?

Take the Manage Out of Classroom Management

Catlin Tucker

When I lead blended learning workshops or coach teachers implementing blended learning, I get a lot of questions about classroom management.

14 Awesome examples of Critical Thinking EdTech

Neo LMS

Critical thinking is a part of the much celebrated 4Cs (Creativity, Communication, Collaboration & Critical Thinking) — skills which many futurists, pedagogues and educators believe will be critical in navigating the world, economy and environment of the future.