June, 2015

Many Education Games Are Worksheets with Points. 6 ways to find better learning games.

The CoolCatTeacher

ECM 155: EdGaming expert Kae Novak tells us how to find good learning games for kids. Stop telling kids that every game is fun. They’re not. Some stink. Some rock. The word “game” doesn’t make learning great. Games shouldn’t be worksheets with points.

Otus–Exciting Free LMS You Want to Meet

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’ve been on the hunt for a good– scratch that : excellent –Learning Management System for several months.

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Learning About Young Makers

User Generated Education

I am a huge proponent of using hands-on, interactive learning activities to explore ill-defined problems as a way of teaching for all age groups.

Flipped Classroom: Engaging Students with EdPuzzle

Catlin Tucker

The flipped classroom model is a blended learning strategy I use to present my vocabulary , writing, and grammar instruction online.

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.

Five Formative Assessment Tools Recommended by Teacher Experts

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

You just asked a question to your class of 30 students. One student provides the correct answer, but how do you know everyone in the class grasped the concept? Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org.

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4 Tips to Develop Great Teacher Leaders

The CoolCatTeacher

The books and best practices that change everything in your classroom Teachers who are leaders change the world one student at a time. Leaders are readers. Leaders are learners. But where do we start? What do we read? What do we learn? Be a multiplier.

The Maker Movement In Education

Ask a Tech Teacher

Eduporium ‘s Andy Larmand is the newest contributor to Ask a Tech Teacher. He graduated from Suffolk University with a Bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism.

Does Ownership of Instructional Materials Matter?

Doug Levin

If technology doesn’t disrupt the very notion of the textbook first, its future is surely digital.

3 Ways to Support Teachers as the Educational Landscape Evolves

Catlin Tucker

In 1964, Bob Dylan sang, “The times they are a changin’ ” This is as true today as it was then. Technology is playing a major role in the changes happening now. This can be exciting or scary depending on your perspective.

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.

Startup Shortcuts: Create Free Videos About Your Product, Part Two

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

In my previous post, we reviewed the first half of how to make a free intro/demo video for your product with software you probably already have. Today, we're tackling part two. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org.

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The BrandED Difference

A Principal's Reflections

When I first dipped my toe into the social media waters in March 2009 I really did not know what to expect. My sole purpose for embarking into this uncharted territory was to improve my professional practice by becoming a better communicator.

How a school threw out their reading program and finally got everyone excited about reading.

The CoolCatTeacher

ECM 152: Principal Todd Nesloney tells you how to really get kids excited about reading. No trinkets. No prizes. No book levels. One school led by Principal Todd Nesloney got rid of it all. Every teacher and every student set a simple goal: read twenty books in one semester. Any book. Any kind.

3 Websites to Gamify Your Math Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

Most elementary age kids I know love math, but that changes when they matriculate to middle school. If you ask seventh and eighth graders what their hardest subject is, they’ll hands down tell you it’s math. And that opinion doesn’t improve in high school.

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.

Diary of a Global Learner

Battelle for Kids

June 22, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 7, Number 10. Driving Question: How Do Teachers Foster Learning In An Effective Global School? While the concept of global education has been around for years, it is considered a new model of teaching and learning.

50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom – Free Giveaway!

Catlin Tucker

My school is FINALLY a Google Apps for Education (GAfE) School! I’m beyond thrilled. Last year, I could not use Google Classroom because only GAfE schools had access to Google’s new online platform.

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How Education Policy Waves Shape Ed-Tech Products

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The buyer's needs in education are often shaped by the policy context of the education system. That means products are shaped by those policies too. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org.

The Philosophy Behind Maker Success

A Principal's Reflections

For many students school has become an irritating experience grounded in boring lessons and learning activities.

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.

5 Simple Steps to Plan a Summer Sabbatical

The CoolCatTeacher

Secrets to Living an Excellent Life In the end, you are not a renewable resource. You can burn yourself so far down, you have nothing left to burn. Do things that will renew you. Take a day. Take a week. But take a sabbatical. Everyone you know will thank you. Sabbatical comes from the term “sabbath.”

Let’s Talk About Habits of Mind

Ask a Tech Teacher

Pedagogic experts have spent an enormous amount of time attempting to unravel the definition of ‘educated’ It used to be the 3 R’s–reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic.

A Real and Present Student Data Privacy Threat

Doug Levin

Many Roads to Travel: Empowering Student Learning Outside the Walls

Battelle for Kids

June 15, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 7, Number 7. Driving Question: How Do Teachers Empower Students With Learning Outside School? Over the past two years, I've been afforded the opportunity to serve as an instructional coach with teachers at a high school in Northwest Georgia.

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.

Startup Shortcuts: Create Free Videos About Your Product

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

When developing your ed-tech startup, there are times you'll need to create a video, either for pitching to a business plan competition or as a demo for your product. Here's how to make a basic video with software you probably already have. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions?

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3 Strategies to Make Students Future Ready

Digital Promise

Melissa is the League community manager at Digital Promise. You can reach her on Twitter at @melissaged. Highline Public Schools in Highline, WA is a member of the League of Innovative Schools. The League team visited Highline in February, 2015. Here is what they learned

Some teachers get frustrated trying to reach kids. This teacher has the answer.

The CoolCatTeacher

ECM 154: How 30-Year-Teacher James Sturtevant figured out how to relate to most students. Kids don’t get teachers. Teachers don’t get kids. Times change. Life can be hard for some kids. How do we connect when we’re so different? We need trust. We need respect.

Computer Shortkeys That Streamline Your Day

Ask a Tech Teacher

After twelve years of teaching K-8, I know as sure as I know August comes earlier every year that kids will try harder if its fun. The challenge for us as teachers: How do we make a the geeky side of technology ‘fun’? The answer is keyboard shortcuts–aka shortkeys.

EdTech at School

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