January, 2016

Epic Effective Classroom Decoration and Design Resources

The CoolCatTeacher

30+ ideas to improve learning with awesome classroom design From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. A well-designed classroom boosts student learning by as much as 16% (Barrett, Zhang, Davies, & Barrett 2015), but overdecorating is a distraction.

Combatting a Culture of Learned Helplessness

Catlin Tucker

I led a training last week on blended learning and asked teachers to brainstorm the biggest challenges they face in the classroom. One answer resonated with me. “Learned helplessness.” ” On my drive home, I kept mentally returning to this phrase.

Chicago Public Library: The Library as a Gateway to 21st Century Skills

Digital Promise

Gabe is the Program Manager for the Adult Learning Initiative at Digital Promise. You can reach him on Twitter at @marvelousreal. “Libraries are safe places. That’s why I come here to learn,” says Christine, a student at one of Chicago Public Library’s (CPL) Learning Circles.

Five Predictions for Personalized Learning in 2016

Education Elements

My predictions over the last few years have come true. It has been demonstrated that any classroom can implement blended learning and, when done well, get superior results. Personalized learning is now part of an increasing number of district and school strategic plans.

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.

KidzType–the Keyboard Practice Site You’ve Been Waiting For

Ask a Tech Teacher

One question I get urgently and often is how to teach students to keyboard. With so much of student performance based on their knowledge of using computers and keyboards, it’s become the tip of the sword in preparing students for learning.

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The 1 Habit That Can Make You Healthier and Happier: Retrospective Journaling

The CoolCatTeacher

Productivity Habits that Make a Difference From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I used to start my day with this feeling of drowning. Overwhelmed by everything I had to do and a to-do list that was overwhelming, sometimes I felt like I had no hope.

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Free-form Station Rotation Lesson

Catlin Tucker

As I planned my lesson for today, I identified three specific tasks I wanted my students to complete over the course of our 90 minute block period. I knew they would work at different rates, and I wanted them to have the flexibility to move through each task at their own pace.

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In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

Digital Promise

Ken Eastwood is the superintendent of Middletown City School District , NY, a member of our League of Innovative Schools. In terms of student proficiency, today's classrooms are more diverse than ever. We're "detracking" students previously sorted by ability. We're mainstreaming those with special needs. And we're serving more and more students who are just learning English.

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A Natural and Experiential Cycle of Learning

User Generated Education

Given this era of learning where information is abundant and easily accessible, it is even more important than ever to help learners understand the learning process.

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.

Choosing Ed-Tech Tools by Balancing Data and Teacher Intuition

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Most ed-tech startups don't have scientific data on outcomes yet, so teacher feedback should play a critical role when choosing products. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org.

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Are MOOCs really dead?

Neo LMS

MOOCs have been considered for a very long time a great way of learning, because they are useful, diverse, surrounded by communities and mostly free. However, lately MOOCs have faced several challenges and criticisms such as its heavy reliance on user-generated content which creates a rather chaotic learning environment, and the mere fact that digital literacy is almost always a prerequisite if someone is going to take an open online course. But are they really dead?

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Game Mechanics in the Classroom to Engage Learners

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode 204 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Game mechanics are elements of gaming that you can design into your lesson plans to engage learners. Teacher Michael Matera shows us how to use them.

In-Class Flip: The Flipped Classroom Meets the Station Rotation Model

Catlin Tucker

When I work with school districts shifting to blended learning, I often train teachers on the station rotation model and the flipped classroom. Both of these strategies for blending face-to-face and online learning work well for teachers in a traditional school setting.

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.

Preparing Young Students for Home Row Keyboarding: An Unplugged Approach

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’ve long been intrigued by the physical keyboards teachers and homeschoolers use to introduce keyboarding to the youngest typists. I occasionally get questions from readers about them, but never have a good answer.

A Multi-Media Post: The Sights and Sounds of Blended Learning Choices

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 1, Number 7. Driving Question: What Does Blended Learning Look and Sound Like In A Classroom? Our district is gigantic. Buses travel more than 30,000 kms each day to deliver students to our many school sites.

Literacy Startup Unveils Andre Agassi Investment at Electronics Conference

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

What happens when two experienced entrepreneurs find themselves navigating the unfamiliar waters of the K-12 ed-tech marketplace. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. earlychildhood edtech edtech entrepreneurship literacy startup

Motivating students to become more self-directed

Neo LMS

Teachers continually face the challenge of keeping their students engaged and motivated. And let’s face it. Digital learning has lost a bit of the so-called “personal teaching touch” because most of the learning, teaching and exams are done online and there’s less physical interaction. In traditional learning, teachers can directly monitor student progress and class standing, and address any concerns if there are any.

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.

Beginning and Ending Class Like a Pro with Brian Sztabnik

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 203 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The four minutes beginning and ending class matter most according to teacher Brian Sztabnik. Today we talk about how to make the most of those valuable minutes.

How Teacher Talk Affects Student Vocabulary Growth

Voyager Sopris Learning

Rather than focusing on text reading this month, let’s turn our attention to one of the critical components of language necessary for comprehension: vocabulary. Educators often point to the importance of expanding students’ vocabularies, but how is verbal learning acquired?

3 Digital Tools To Keep Parents Up to Date

Ask a Tech Teacher

Keeping parents informed about classroom activities is a challenge. They are busy with work, their children, and whatever personal life they can eke out of the sixteen hours that make up their waking day.

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An Educator’s Gift to Their Learners: Seeing Each One of Them

User Generated Education

One of the greatest gifts an educator can give to their learners is to see each one; really seeing each and every one of them. seeing each student’s uniqueness and interacting with each one based on that uniqueness. Some strategies to do this include: Listen More Than Talk.

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EdTech at School

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

Shifting A Paradigm: A Rural District Blends Learning In Personalized Math

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 1, Number 6. Driving Question: What if a small school math teacher adopts blended learning as the instructional framework to personalize mathematics instruction?

6 Pillars to Successfully Integrate Technology In Your 1:1 Classroom

Securly

Inspired By Gary Spracklen of Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (IPACA), United Kingdom. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) conducted a study on the correlation between test performance and technology usage in the classroom.

Reaching Hard to Reach Students with Passion and Tough Love with Ron Clark

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode 202 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Teaching hard to reach students can be so frustrating. Master teacher and motivator Ron Clark shares his secrets for reaching kids and staying motivated to teach.

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Digital Reading Resources for Early Literacy

iTeach with iPads

There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing-Isaac D’Israeli. As a kindergarten teacher, my day is spent immersing my students in literacy activities. Regardless of the subject we are learning, literacy is a big part of it.

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.