June, 2015

Audio Projects for Digital Learners: 30+ Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Recently added to the Survival Tips for Teachers ! “Radio is the most intimate and socially personal medium in the world.” ” – Harry von Zell. One of the safest ways to integrate technology is to get students to record their thoughts, ideas, or learning with web tools and mobile apps. Students can create podcasts, host radio shows, broadcast the news, make a radio drama, post reviews, add sports commentary, deliver announcements, animate a pet or object, and much more!

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. There are a lot of options out there, but none had enough of the characteristics that most teachers I know look for with an LMS, namely: delivers content to students in a variety of formats. tracks student progress on assigned activities. assesses student learning (both formative and summative). provides for teacher-student and student-student communication.

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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. Students watch videos at home where they can control the pace of their learning, then they come to class prepared to apply that information in collaborative student-centered activities. One thing I emphasize when I lead professional development for teachers is the importance of flipping and engaging.

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. If you hate the book — STOP READING IT. Listen on iTunes. Listen to Todd Nesloney Tell All About Their Reading Program.

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.

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. Given the spontaneity and uncertainty of these types of active learning environments, I believe educators should observe, reflect on, and analyze how learners interact with the materials, the content, the educator, and the other learners. This practice is in line with the teacher as ethnographer.

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Creating Digital Books: 15+ Ideas & Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Recently added to the Survival Tips for Teachers ! The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible. – Vladimir Nabakov. During one of my teaching internships, my mentor had us create books we read to children from the Boys and Girls Club. I still have my construction paper book with my poor drawings.

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. His knowledge of and interest in both the EdTech world and the importance of a STEM education highlight the importance of inquiry-based education, DIY cultures and technology for enhanced learning as crucial 21st century activities.

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. When I work with teachers, it’s clear that many are resistant to the changes happening in education. I believe this resistance has more to do with fear than a reluctance to continue learning and evolving in their practice.

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. According to the book, Multipliers , there are two kinds of leaders: multipliers and diminishers. Some leaders help a person operate at more than they are capable of doing. Then there are those sad souls who diminish others.

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).

10 Things You Don’t Know About Formative Assessment

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane Assessments come in varied forms, and they’re executed for different purposes. While summative assessments attempt to measure mastery at the end of a learning experience, the best formative assessments illuminate the strengths and needs of learners throughout the experience, enabling teachers to respond in ways that are just right and just in time.

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. While plenty of folks are touting the affordances of digital textbooks and instructional content and prognosticating about how fast K-12 schools make the switch to digital – including me and Arne Duncan among many others, etc.,

Teacher Zen with Google: 50+ Tips, Tools, & Apps

Teacher Reboot Camp

Recently added to the Survival Tips for Teachers ! “Learn with great passion. Learn with great enthusiasm.” ” – Lailah Gifty Akita. Google has many free incredible apps and tools that work on any device to bring you Teacher Zen. You can accomplish so many time consuming tasks, such as grading, assessment, providing feedback, research, creating spreadsheets, and more with Google Apps for Education (GAFE) , Google mobile apps, extensions, add-ons, and scripts.

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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. In fact, Forbes reported that 82% of public high schoolers in the well-to-do Montgomery County Maryland failed Algebra. US News blamed math knowledge for a 33% failure rate by Oklahoma high school seniors on their exit exams.

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.


Tom Murray

You may have seen my friend, Eric Sheninger's recent post, "Finally, an SIS Worth Switching For". Eric and I are both on Alma's Advisory Board and like him, I'm excited about this platform. As an SIS, it's the best-in-class. Schedule a demo and you'll see how much thought and attention went into designing the interface. Alma gives users an experience that'll make teachers, administrators, students, and parents excited. But let's be honest—the way an app looks doesn't always

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.” The Israelites were told in the fourth commandment: “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.” ” On the seventh day of the week, they were to restrain from work of any kind.

14 Reasons You Can’t Throw Out Grades and One Reason You Must

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane Brace yourself. This is a rant. I’m angry. I’ve got a blog. You are here–at least for a moment. So, I’m going to vent a little. But we’re friends, right? I know I can count on you to listen and to provide a little feedback. However, if you read this post’s title and came looking […] The post 14 Reasons You Can’t Throw Out Grades and One Reason You Must appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Assessment Inspiration You Vote: B or I grades #TTOG

The Need For Digital Literacy

A Principal's Reflections

The following post is cross-posted at edu@scholastic. With 1:1 technology initiatives and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programs increasingly being implemented in schools across the globe, the need for digital literacy education has become more important than ever. Although technology enables students to access more information in much less time, it does not always foster learning.

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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.

Go on an Epic Selfie Conference Adventure

Teacher Reboot Camp

Recently added to the Survival Tips for Teachers and Goal: Go on an Epic Selfie Adventure. Selfie- a picture taken of oneself shared via social media. Each year, I present at various face-to-face and virtual conferences around the world. I remember to take tons of pictures of the memories and magical moments shared with teachers I consider friends and even like family. Many of these pictures are selfies. Selfies are an important part of our digital identity and experience.

How to Build Your PLN

Ask a Tech Teacher

When a colleague tells you she heard about a new tech tool from someone in her PLN, do you first wonder what she’s talking about–not the tool but the three-letter acronym? Or maybe you think, ‘Of course [Amanda] has a PLN. She’s a geek.’

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Finally, an SIS Worth Switching For

Tom Murray

I’ve recently discovered an exciting new company called Alma, which has built a groundbreaking new Holistic Student Engagement Platform (an SIS/LMS hybrid) that I believe in so much that I’ve joined their Advisory Board. As a former school district principal and technology director, here’s why I’m excited about Alma’s potential to make a big impact on K-12 education: - Alma is actually easy to use. You don’t need to be a database administrator or techie to make it work for you. Most of the

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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. There’s research behind good games. Learn to tell the difference. Your students will thank you. Listen to Kae Novak talk gaming on iTunes. Listen to Kae Novak online.

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!

5 Ways to Become an Education Game Changer

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane We posted this last year, and it received plenty of shares on social media. A few educators pushed back, suggesting that some of these strategies are not realistic. Education still needs a lot of work, and many teachers are stepping up. So, we’re rehashing our tips for becoming and eduction game changer. Let us know what you […] The post 5 Ways to Become an Education Game Changer appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Education Rehash Inspiration edchat gamechanger

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. Product Development ProfessorWord Startup Shortcuts Video creation aboutus professorword startupshortcuts

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Video Projects to Engage Learners: 20+ Tools & Tips

Teacher Reboot Camp

Recently added to the Survival Tips for Teachers ! Humans are incredibly visual and powerful, moving images help us find meaning… [and] video helps capture and contextualize the world around us.” – Dan Patterson. Some of the most popular apps and social networks (Periscope, Meerkat, Vine, Instagram, Youtube, etc.) make it easy for anyone to quickly produce, publish, and share their videos. Chances are your students have already produced their own videos and shared them with the world.

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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. According to Wikipedia , keyboard shortkeys are: a series of one or several keys that invoke a software or operating system operation when triggered by the user. . Shortkeys are one of the teacher tools that scaffold differentiation.

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.

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. Educators around the United States are teaching global attitudes, skills and knowledge, such as developing cultural awareness, incorporating cross-cultural content across disciplinary areas, and fostering curiosity about other places around the world.

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. We need learning to happen. Here’s how. James has taught for thirty years. Although he’s been trained on many tools, James believes most teacher education training misses the point.

Why Compassionate Male Teachers Struggle in Education’s Jock Culture

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane When I was a kid, I was bullied at school. You see, I lived in Canada, but I was a competitive swimmer–not a hockey player. So I was an easy target. The bullying persisted until my peers discovered that I was a very good swimmer. In fact, I was one of the better swimmers in […] The post Why Compassionate Male Teachers Struggle in Education’s Jock Culture appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Featured Issues edchat empathy