April, 2017

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.

Deeper thinking with timeline projects

Ditch That Textbook

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut. As cyclical as education is, it’s almost impossible not to. We do the same activities year in and year out — even if we’re constantly trying to reinvent our classes. It happens to the best of us. Twitter is a great way to get unstuck.

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.

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.

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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10 ways to make lessons more hands-on

Ditch That Textbook

I’ve seen it in my own life. I bought an old zero-turn radius lawn mower and learned how to drive it on the fly. I’ve tinkered with broken items around the house until I fixed them. I’ve seen it in the classroom.

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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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FAQs For Educational Bloggers

The Web20Classroom

I’ve had this blog since 2009. For nearly 9 years I’ve written about technology, improving school leadership and have shared my personal insights on being a connected educator. For me, blogging has become a part of my learning process and a platform through which I share information.

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 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.

Maker Learning Research Webinar: Creative Learning in Makerspaces

Digital Promise

As maker-centered learning gains traction in schools around the country, district leaders in the League of Innovative Schools are pioneering best practices for implementing new programs. What does research have to say about maker learning? How do we measure and show the impact of these programs?

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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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.

4 Ways To Grow Your Personal Learning Network This Week

The Web20Classroom

“Alone we are smart, but together we are brilliant. We can use the collective wisdom to do great things when we are connected.” I said that way back on September 17, 2013 and yet I think it is even more true today than even back then. When I was in the classroom, I felt isolated as a teacher.

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.

The Over Promotion of Failure

User Generated Education

Almost daily I see posts on social media by educators promoting the benefits of failure. It often seems that there is a push to intentional embed failure into instructional activities. This always rubs me the wrong way. Failure has almost universal negative connotations.

Valuing Professional Learning through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Districts across the nation are exploring a new approach to professional learning to meet the evolving needs of today’s diverse classrooms and the educators who lead them.

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.

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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Resistance to learning

Dangerously Irrelevant

Tom Nichols said: Never have so many people had so much access to so much knowledge and yet have been so resistant to learning anything. via [link]. Or perhaps we’re only gorging on dessert at the all-you-can eat learning buffet… No related posts.

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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Seesaw - A great tool to capture student learning and share with families.

Two Guys and Some iPads

I've been waiting for a tool like seesaw to come around and finish what Threering, a former digital portfolio tool, was trying to accomplish in education 5 years ago. Well, Seesaw did it. Seesaw allows the teacher or the student to capture their learning in digital journal form.

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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.

How To Develop A Maker Mindset.

EdTech4Beginners

Having a ‘maker mind’ can be an asset to an individual as it comes with a lot of perks such as being able to create your own things and to not only innovate, but also to invent new and exciting things. This ability doesn’t necessarily come easily.

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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.

Developing Natural Curiosity

P21 Blogazine

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 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.

From Teacher to Student and Back Again

Digital Promise

In each of the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools , educator professional development is a major component on the journey to enhance student learning and engagement.

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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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?

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?

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.

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Skills for Today: Digital Literacy & The Importance of the 4Cs in a Global Context

P21 Blogazine

Kids are growing up with smartphones in their hands, developing their own apps, programming robots and creating online personas. Indeed, technology is prevalent in nearly every facet of children’s lives, including at school where they’re often using technology tools to enhance their learning.

Reading to Your Child: The Difference it Makes

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. If you are a parent or a teacher, you most probably read stories to young children. Together, you laugh and point at the pictures. You engage them with a few simple questions. And they respond. So what happens to children when they participate in shared reading? Does it make a difference to their learning? If so, what aspects of their learning are affected? Shared Reading for Language Development.