April, 2017

4 Education Technology Trends That Are Redefining K–12

The Journal

Five years from now K–12 classrooms will look dramatically different than they do today because of the four trends identified in this week’s blog post. You can take that prediction to the bank

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Students Email Their Parents About Missing Work

Catlin Tucker

In my last blog post titled, “ Stop Taking Grading Home ,” I explained how I use the Station Rotation Model to provide students with real-time feedback as they work instead of taking grading home. I had one teacher ask me what I do when a student arrives at my teacher-led station and has not done the work required. That’s a great question, so I wanted to share my very simple strategy with my readers.

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Adapting, Balancing, and Collaborating in Mentor Public Schools

Digital Promise

Mentor Public Schools is a suburban district 20 miles east of Cleveland, Ohio, which serves 7,650 preK-12 students across 42 square miles. The district provides opportunities to its students through its emphasis on the fundamental ABCs – adapting, balancing, and collaborating – which they will highlight at the spring 2017 League of Innovative Schools meeting in late April. Adapting to create innovative environments.

21st-Century Project Learning: The Bootstrapping Checklist

EdNews Daily

Written by Rich Baxter. What Is The Bootstrapping Checklist for Public Schools * ? The Bootstrapping Checklist for Public Schools* teaches 21st-century skills, including communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. The workflow introduces students to project management, innovation and entrepreneurship and engages students in experiential learning activities related to the STEAM curriculum.

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.

20+ Ideas and Resources for Learning with Poetry

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” – Robert Frost. April is National Poetry month. Poetry is a great way to inspire your learners to be creative and imaginative with a topic. You can introduce a topic with a poem or have your students write poems where they explore various topics. Writing poetry can be difficult for students; therefore, you might want to get your learners to start writing haikus, limericks, or shape poems.

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Reinventing the Right Curriculum Is Impossible — But Necessary!

The Journal

Fixing the curriculum means replacing its current focus on English, math, history, science, etc. with content relevant to a future where 65% of today’s students will have jobs that don’t yet exist! This week’s guest blog by Jonathan Grudin explores making that "impossible" fix … possible

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Stop Taking Grading Home

Catlin Tucker

In January I wrote a blog post titled “ New Year’s Resolution: I’m Moving ALL Assessment into the Classroom.” ” I’m here to update everyone. Since January, I have not brought a single stack of digital papers home to grade! It’s been amazing! It’s not that my students aren’t writing. In fact, they just completed a detailed six paragraph research paper on an environmental problem of their choice.

How You Can Make Homework Easier for Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

When I started teaching, homework always involved paper–a worksheet, a poster, a written essay, or something else like that. The problems associated with that approach were endless, including that students couldn’t find the assignment, lost their notes, wrote the assignment down wrong, left their notebook where they weren’t so couldn’t do it, the dog ate it.

Unlocking Hidden Potential through Recruitment

EdNews Daily

Written by: Brittany Bir, COO, 42USA. 42, a non-profit, tuition-free, computer programming school is not only disrupting the traditional education model, but also the traditional admissions process. By ignoring their academic or financial standing and thus allowing them to distinguish themselves by their talent and motivation, each candidate is placed on a level playing field. This allows these individuals to transform their destiny and start anew, like a blank page.

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).

11 Apps to Learn with Poetry

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.” ” – Rita Dove. April is National Poetry month. Poetry is a great way to inspire your learners to be creative and imaginative with a topic. Writing poetry can be difficult for students, but the engaging apps below will help your students create and learn with poems. For more ideas and activities, see the slide presentation, Learning with Poetry , and the bookmarks below for more ideas and resources.

5 Useful Accelerated Learning Techniques.

EdTech4Beginners

Learning something new can be both exciting and excruciating. The excitement with which we begin something dwindles over a period of time, making the task at hand seem unachievable. Be it learning a new language or a new craft, acquiring new skills need not always be a complicated affair. Proper approach coupled with the right attitude can help you cross hurdles with much ease.

Better Decisions, Better Leaders

A Principal's Reflections

The only thing that might be harder than embracing change is making tough decisions. A hallmark of great leadership is creating the conditions to arrive at consensus when major decisions will impact the entire school or district. Giving others a say and allowing for critical conversation is a sign of strength, not weakness. As change is a process, not an event, discussions, feedback, and reflection can and should take time in order to make the best decision possible.

Annotate PDFs with Kami

Catlin Tucker

Last week, my students began reading excerpts from The Sixth Extinction to complement our Environmental Unit. I shared the PDF version because our library only had a few copies of the book. When my students asked me how I wanted them to annotate the text, I said they could make annotative notes in digital notebooks since I wasn’t aware of a free tool that would allow them to easily annotate a PDF.

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.

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 1st-5th

Ask a Tech Teacher

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 1st-5th. In honor of these tenacious, creative individuals, here are some of our favorite humorous teacher appreciation articles: 10 Bits of Wisdom I Learned From a Computer. How to Talk to a Tech Teacher. 18 Things Teachers Do Before 8am. A Website That Cleans Your Computer for You. Definition of ‘Teacher’. How to be a Tech Teacher. You’re a Geek Now. You Know You’re a Geek When…. 10 Steps to Become a Better Geek. 15 Ways to Get Your Geek On.

The Top Four Benefits of Teaching Online

EdNews Daily

Written by: Elizabeth Jamison. Jennifer had been mentally outlining her novel for years, but with her hectic schedule, she never managed to find the time to write. Suzanne dreamed of running her own business, but was afraid to leave the comfortable safety of her current, stagnant job. At sixty-two, Joe was tired of the rat-race. He wanted “out” but didn’t know how to get there.

6 Important Lessons From an Ed-Tech Startup CEO

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Everyone wants to give startup entrepreneurs advice. Your job is to figure out which is helpful and which to ignore. The post 6 Important Lessons From an Ed-Tech Startup CEO appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog

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The role of technology in the PYP

EdTech4Beginners

This post will outline the aims of the PYP (the Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate) and the role that technology plays in helping teachers and students to achieve those goals. The role of technology is not significantly different to non-IB schools, so the ideas of good practice outlined below will also apply to other educational settings. What is the philosophy of the PYP?

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.

Competencies vs. Skills

A Principal's Reflections

The 21st Century skills discussion and debate has waged on even prior to the onset of this century. The ensuing conversations have provided an opportunity for schools, districts, and organizations to critically evaluate what students need to know and be able to do in order to succeed in the new world of work. As we have moved further into this century the number 21 has less of a meaning, but the skills are still important.

Wunderlist: Helping Students Stay Organized

Catlin Tucker

I work with teenagers so organization (or the lack thereof) is always an issue. In a blended learning model where online and offline tasks are blended together, students frequently struggle to keep track of everything. In an effort to support my organizationally challenged students, I regularly introduce strategies and technology tools that I hope will help. Enter: Wunderlist! Wunderlist is a free app that allows the user to: compile and share “to do” lists. create folders.

Exploring ‘Explore’: How Google works for you and your students

Ditch That Textbook

I can only imagine the hours of time spent tinkering on Google Apps. Slide design. Looking up citation information. Fumbling with creating charts from data. If we can eliminate some of the mindless procedural stuff, we can spend quality time on learning. Google’s got your back. Within the last year, they created the Explore tool. [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology explore tool g suite Google Apps google docs google sheets google slides

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How to Build an Online Professional Learning Community Through Respect

EdNews Daily

Learn about building online professional learning communities with Merry Cora, 51Talk Teaching Specialist. Interview conducted by Kerry Gallagher. This teacher interview features Merry Cora, a 51Talk kids’ specialist. In this piece, she shares her experience working for 51Talk, and how she built an online professional learning community through respect and politeness. Cora also provides tips for new 51Talk teachers. Working at 51Talk.

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!

The Technology Trap: Can You Personalize Learning Without Devices?

Education Elements

I was lying to myself and didn’t even realize it. After completing numerous 5K and 10K runs, I was considering taking my running to the next level by training for my first half marathon. I would visit the specialty running store and look longingly at the glass case of GPS smart watches. “If If I only had one, I’d run more,” I’d say to myself. “I I would have up-to-the-second data and an increased desire to run. Everything would be easier.” I took the plunge and made the purchase.

10 Great Websites For Creating Graphs and Charts

EdTech4Beginners

Graphing is an important skill for children to learn. It is imperative that they can graph by hand. But when it is not the main focus of a lesson, why not let your students use a tech tool and take the hard work away? This certainly allows for more focus on analysis of data and discussion, instead of chart construction. Here are 10 excellent websites that make graphing in the classroom easy: 1) Plotvar. A simple but effective website to create a range of different graphs. 2) Infogram.

Toy Take Apart and Hacking

User Generated Education

Toy take apart and hacking is a high engagement activity that works for kids of all ages, including adults who haven’t lost their sense of kid, and both genders. I have done it multiple times during my summer maker camp for elementary level kids, my gifted students, and at conferences as part of teacher professional development. Here is a description of this activity from the tinkering studio at the Exploratorium: Do you ever wonder what’s inside your toys?

5 Resources to Gamify Student Writing

Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher guest blogger, Karen Dikson, has put together a collection of online gamified sites that will help your students with their writing: You think the textbooks for today’s generations of students are way more interesting than the once you had? Ask your students. They still think the lessons are boring. If you don’t do anything to make the studying material more appealing, you can’t expect great engagement and results in your classroom.

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.

Developing Natural Curiosity

Battelle for Kids

As we move into the latter half of this decade, it becomes more evident that 21st Century Skills must be deeply embedded in the authentic experiences we design for our learners. It wasn’t that long ago when we were introduced to P21 and their concepts of 21st Century Skills in education. P21 Blog

The Quizlet Advantage

EdNews Daily

Op-Ed, Written by: Michael Snead, recently named ‘Teacher of the Year’ at Barton Middle School in Buda, Texas. All across the education field, teachers are always trying to find ways for students to be successful in school. In a normal classroom, you typically have students that are from all walks of life: rich, poor, special ed, hardworking, students giving no effort, and even more in between.

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Google’s buried treasure: 18 hidden tricks and tools

Ditch That Textbook

Google is a behemoth. With all of its tools and apps and programs and initiatives, there’s no way to keep tabs on everything. As such, it’s easy for newer Google tools — and even some that have been around for a while — to slip through the cracks. The problem with that: there are some [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology g suite for education gafe google apps for education technology integration

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