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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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.

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.

Special Needs #edtech treasure chest with Jennifer Cronk

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Jennifer Cronk on episode #62 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Jennifer Cronk @jenniferacronk helps us empower those with special needs.

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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.

How can we address the 4 Cs of education online?

Neo LMS

Lauded as the 21st century’s “critical skills”, communication, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity have become buzzwords among educators, and it is quite easy to see why. Rote learning, memorization, mnemonics are aspects of what what I call one-directional learning.

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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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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.

6 Tips to Move Large Change Efforts Forward

A Principal's Reflections

Change is a process, not an event. Saying this and fully understanding the intricacies involved with the process of change are two totally different things. Change isn’t something that can just be willed on a person, people, or organization.

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9 Fine Ways to Do Better 20% Time

The CoolCatTeacher

A global search in education blog post From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Twenty percent time from Google. Or a genius hour. Or passion projects. Or compassion based engineering. I’ve written about these before.

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 PROs and CONs of competency-based education

Neo LMS

In a previous post I talked about competency-based learning and how this might be the ultimate approach to education.

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!

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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I’m going back to paper AND staying digital

Ditch That Textbook

As a teacher, I went all-in on being as digital as possible years ago. I made the “I’m going totally paperless” statement like so many well-meaning teachers. I had my best-laid plans ready to go. There were glitches and road bumps, but my class was becoming more and more digital. But something was missing. A [.]. Ed Tech brain research edtech educational technology g suite google keep sketchnoting visual notetaking

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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.

The Significance of Trust

A Principal's Reflections

“ The glue that holds all relationships together — including the relationship between the leader and the led — is trust, and trust is based on integrity.” ~ Brian Tracy Success in life hinges upon the ability to build and sustain relationships with others.

Richard Byrne’s Most Exciting Edtech Tools

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Richard Byrne on Episode #57 of the 10-minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Richard Byrne @rmbyrne discusses the edtech tools he’s most excited about today.

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How to create accessible e-learning design

Neo LMS

In a recent post I touched upon the subject of designing for accessibility in e-learning. The things is, there are millions of people out there who are living with some sort of disability, and they all should be able to access online learning content the same as everyone else.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

8 Tips for Better Classroom Procedures (in a STEAM Lab)

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 54 of the 10-Minute Teacher with Vicki Davis From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today I am sharing some of the classroom procedures that make my computer lab hum.

EdTech at School

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

How student posture can affect their learning outcomes

Neo LMS

Sit still! a frequent, despairing instruction from so many teachers, and yet occupational therapists tell us that it is a surprisingly tricky task for children.

Bribing children to take our tests

Dangerously Irrelevant

It’s standardized testing season again in American schools. And that means it’s also time for many schools to bribe and punish their children into submission because those tests are ones they don’t want to take.

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.

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.

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.

The BrandED Conversation

A Principal's Reflections

“ People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ” – Maya Angelou When I was asked a while back to write a book for Jossey-Bass, I was relatively non-committal.

Tips for Successful Digital Parenting

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Weston Kieschnick on the 10-minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. How much time on devices is too much time? Should kids put up their smartphones and talk to each other and parents sometimes?

Designing for accessibility in e-learning

Neo LMS

Equality and equity are two sensitive concepts. Dramatic debates can spring instantaneously based on them. At one point or another the well-known phrase from the famous novel “Animal farm” might creep into those debates. All animals are created equal but some animals are more equal than others.