August, 2016

How to create beautiful online courses: colors

Neo LMS

Have you ever bought something not because you really needed it, not because it offered much value to you, but simply because it had a nice packaging? Don’t be ashamed if you did; you’re not the only one. It’s not your fault. It’s your brain’s.

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3 Ways Teachers Can Say to Parents, “We Want To Be On the Same Team”

The CoolCatTeacher

Setting Up Your Classroom to Win From Day One From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. As a teacher, I want to have a great relationship with my students and their parents. But there are things I can unknowingly do to sabotage (or improve) that relationship.

50 Minute Periods Are Killing Teacher Creativity

Catlin Tucker

“I’d love to do [ fill in the blank with some creative idea or activity ], but I just don’t have time. My classes are only 50 minutes.” ” I hear this lament frequently when I lead professional development.

The First Days of School: Setting the Climate for Year

User Generated Education

I have written before about the beginning of the school year, Beginning the School Year: It’s About Connections Not Content. I begin all classes focusing on having the students make connections between each other and with me. I want students to learn about one another in a personal way.

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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.

What We Learned from Seymour Papert

The Journal

Seymour Papert passed away on July 31. He was 88. We share with you, in this week’s blog, what we learned from him: why children should learn to program

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Virtual Reality in education brings the future closer

Neo LMS

Out of all the trends in e-learning right now, I have to say that I have a soft spot for Virtual Reality, or VR. The things that it allows you to do and/or see are astonishing. For example, who wouldn’t like to go and visit Mars without leaving the room? Or go inside one of Dali’s paintings ?

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3 Ways Classroom Design Impacts Student Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Research on classroom design with Peter Barrett From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Peter Barrett gives us an overview of his classroom design research in today’s show.

A New Program and a New Approach to Homework

Catlin Tucker

Homework has been getting a lot of attention in the media. My Twitter feed is full of articles and blogs discussing the research on homework, particularly at the elementary level, and how counterproductive it can actually be.

A Model for Teacher Development: Precursors to Change

User Generated Education

Too often teachers are passive recipients of professional development rather than being active agents of their own development and change.

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.

Gooru.org: Making it Easier to Use OER

The Journal

Gooru.org is an OER marketplace with 5,000,000+ open education resources. But, most excitingly, they are posting "just" 35 full courses that teachers can "copy and customize." We applaud gooru.org for taking this major step in providing support for teachers who are trying to #GoOpen

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A great website to use when teaching dialogue.

EdTech4Beginners

Today I taught an English lesson which focused on dialogue between characters. I wanted to motivate the students and found an excellent website to do so. First, I paired the students up and they did some hot-seating in character. Next the students got their ipads and loaded ifaketext.com .

Can Pokemon Go be part of the classroom?

Neo LMS

I was strolling in a park the other day and just when I got distracted by a colorful ice cream truck and was wondering if I should resist the sweet temptation, a sudden pain pulled me right back into the harsh reality. Someone stepped on my foot! “Aaaauch!”

3 Ways to Teach the Way the Brain Wants to Learn

The CoolCatTeacher

A best selling neurologist shares how the brain really works From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. How do exercise, sleep, and the unique composition of the human brain impact learning?

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.

10 Tips for Teachers Using Twitter

Catlin Tucker

Today, I began teaching my course “Engaging Today’s Learners with Technology” at Stanford’s Festival of Teaching. One of the first things I asked my students to do was create a Twitter account.

Visualizing Learning with Infographics: 23 Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Numbers have an important story to tell. They rely on you to give them a clear and convincing voice.” ” – Stephen Few. This year get your students to visualize difficult concepts or understand a process by teaching with infographics.

10 Tips for Digital Storytelling You Don’t Want to Miss

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are eight of the top Digital Storytelling articles according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: 9 Best-in-Class Digital Storytelling Tools. Storyboard That–Digital Storyteller, Graphic Organizer, and more. Digital Storytelling Apps. Digital Storytelling Websites.

How To Use ‘Kahoot!’ To Gamify Learning.

EdTech4Beginners

Kahoot! is a really fun and motivating app for learning. Games and quizzes which incorporate videos, images and diagrams can be created by the teacher and then students can compete against each other. Pupils can also create games for their peers.

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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.

Why are some educators still reluctant to using technology in the classroom?

Neo LMS

Technology seems to be involved nowadays in most aspects of education and many schools are adopting it quite well, whether it’s adopting BYOD initiatives, blended learning, flipped classrooms , creating content using authoring tools, or using a learning platform.

Why You Shouldn’t Babysit Kids with Tablets! (And What to Do Instead)

The CoolCatTeacher

Advice about Tablets and Young Children: What Works and Warnings from an Expert. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. You’ve seen it. Young children engrossed in tablet devices. But how much is too much?

Math Education Professor Dor Abrahamson: Making Math Meaningful

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Edutopia. You should know right up front, I’m not a math guy. Left to my own devices, wandering the halls of just about any school, I gravitate to the social studies and art project rooms.

Making is a Process

A Principal's Reflections

“ No two makerspaces should be exactly alike, because no two school communities are exactly alike. Properly planning your makerspace will ensure that you uncover themes that are unique and meaningful to your school.

EdTech at School

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

Fun Videos from BoomWriter That You’ll Relate to

Ask a Tech Teacher

One of my new favorite online writing tools is BoomWriter. It is a free group writing website for teachers where their students can develop and enhance their writing, reading, vocabulary, and peer assessment skills through three collaborative tools.

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Guest Blog Post: Stuck for art lesson ideas? Check out Artsology.

EdTech4Beginners

Artsology.com began as a side project for me as I was transitioning from working in the art world to becoming a web designer.

4 Design principles to keep in mind when creating online courses

Neo LMS

Everyone likes beautiful things. Our human brain is wired to give priority to visually appealing, eye-catchy things over less than beautiful ones. This stands true in all sorts of situations, from choosing our friends to scanning a website.

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ALERT: Fundraising Program With Clorox And DonorsChoose.org

The CoolCatTeacher

A great fundraising idea for schools From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Clorox has an awesome new way to help teachers.

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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.