July, 2015

Back to School Selfie Adventure for Your Students!

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the Effective Technology Integration tips category! In a few weeks, school starts again. This is the best time to begin connecting with students and getting them to connect with their peers. Try something new this year! Get students to talk about themselves by presenting selfies they have taken as part of a mission you have sent them on. First, get students to watch the video, Around the World in 360° Degrees , and reflect on it.

Stages of Being a Maker Learner

User Generated Education

Discussions have occurred around some maker circles about what actually is making as related to maker education. I have proposed that the heart of making is creating new and unique things. I also realize that in order for this type of making to occur, there needs to be some scaffolding so that maker learners can develop a foundation of knowledge and skills. The end result is maker learners creating new things for themselves.


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8 Characteristics of a Successful K-12 Technology Department

Ask a Tech Teacher

Mike Daugherty is the director of technology for a high-achieving public school district in Ohio, an occasional contributor to AATT (see his last post, 5 Things You Need to Know About 3D Printing), and the author of Modern EdTech Leadership , a discussion on how today’s administrators handle the blending of tech and ed. I asked him if he could distill this profile into bite-size chunks, consumable over coffee or between classes.

Early Elementary: Differentiate Reading Practice

Catlin Tucker

In my last post titled “ Create Small Learning Communities with the Station Rotation Model ,” I provided a blended learning strategy that creates more time in the classroom for teachers to work individually with students. This week I was presenting on technology infused reading strategies and resources for K-5 teachers and wanted to share them. They can be used in combination with the Station Rotation Model to help differentiate reading practice for younger students.

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.

Beyond Fiction: Expanding What Counts as Meaningful Student Reading

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Why don't we value reading non-fiction in the same way we value reading fiction? We need a more flexible interpretation of what constitutes "good reading material." Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. Lessons Learned ProfessorWord aboutus professorword

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Digital Activities & Icebreakers for Gen Y

Teacher Reboot Camp

Recently added to the Survival Tips for Teachers . “The number one benefit of educational technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative … productive … learn things they didn’t think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential.” ” – Steve Ballmer. Our students’ digital behavior influences our learning, language, rituals, values, routines, customs, and communication.

Show Learners the Possibilities. And Then Get Out of the Way

User Generated Education

We are living in an age of advanced user-driven technologies, information abundance, and networked, participatory learning. It should logically follow, then, that education should take advantage of these amazing developments. As many of us in education know, it has not. This theme has permeated many of my blog posts: Moving from Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0. The evolution of the web from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 and now to Web 3.0

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7 Skills Students Need for Today’s Classwork

Ask a Tech Teacher

Classrooms are infused with technology. You rarely see a lesson that doesn’t ask for online this or digital that. Students are expected to collaborate and share online as young as kindergarten when they read digital books or draw pictures using iPad apps. By middle school, they work in online groups through forums, wikis, and Google Apps.

Create Small Learning Communities with the Station Rotation Model

Catlin Tucker

Whenever I’m asked the question, “How do we fix education?” ” I find myself emphasizing the importance of creating smaller learning communities within the context of the larger classroom. I passionately believe the most effective learning communities are those that allow teachers to spend more time working individually or in small groups with their students to customize and personalize instruction.

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).

College Readiness for Underserved Middle School Students Shouldn't Be Forgotten

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Many initiatives geared toward college and career readiness focus on a student's early years and high school, but middle school may be the best time to intervene. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. collegeandcareerreadiness graduation middleschool policy research

10 Quick Fixes That Every School Can Implement Immediately

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane Teachers worry about the Common Core, high stakes testing, accountability, parent complaints, and many other issues that face educators daily. What if you could stop worrying? What if there were quick fixes for your school and classroom that you can implement right now? Sound unrealistic? It’s not. The answer is easy: Instead of using the old committee […] The post 10 Quick Fixes That Every School Can Implement Immediately appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

Meaningful Learning with Digital Portfolios: Tools & Examples

Teacher Reboot Camp

Recently added to the Survival Tips for Teachers. How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top.” – Yvon Chouinard. The technology we use changes rapidly and our students will work with tools and social media many teachers have little knowledge using. However, teachers do have the ability to help students practice various skills using technology.

3 Ways I’ve Seen Bullying Stopped

The CoolCatTeacher

Four and a half years I lived bullying. I cried every day after school when I made it to the respite of my room at home. I often ask myself what I would have done if my bedroom weren’t my solitude? What if I couldn’t get away? Even if bullying “goes away” the scars don’t. How can I be in my forties and still be feeling the aftershock of when I was 14? “What are several real ways you’ve seen bullying reduced?”

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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.

3 Apps to Help Brainstorm Next Year’s Lessons

Ask a Tech Teacher

Lesson planning used to mean filling in boxes on a standard form with materials, goals, expectations, assessments–details like that. Certainly this is valuable information, but today’s lesson plans–like today’s lessons –demand less rote fill-in-the-blanks and more conceptualization, critical thinking, and collaboration.

Readying New Teachers for 21st Century Classrooms Blog

Battelle for Kids

July 30, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 8, Number 15. Sitting in the Atlanta airport watching the planes and passengers come and go, it occurs to me that traditional educator preparation has been a bit like an airport-most of the "customers" (students) treated identically, with the common goal of getting from here to there, from to home to graduation. Teachers have been taught to act as sole pilots, in complete control of their classrooms. P21 Blogazine

Improving Minority Teacher Quality and Retention Through Support

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Thurgood Marshall College's program to help improve minority teacher quality and retention surrounds teachers with experienced educators of color. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. conference professionaldevelopment

4 Crucial Lessons New Teachers Never Learned

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane If you are a new teacher, these four lessons just might impact your teaching career more than anything you ever learned in college or in your pre-service days. If you are a veteran teacher or administrator, you owe it to your new teacher colleagues to share this with them and challenge them to seriously consider these lessons, […] The post 4 Crucial Lessons New Teachers Never Learned appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Assessment Strategy #ntchat assessment

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.

Goal: Build Your Teacher Survival Kit

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 6 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Inspire Forward ! . The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. – John F. Kennedy. When I first began teaching, I remember meeting a veteran teacher who carried a big bag with her everywhere. I forgot what the situation was but I remember her coming to the rescue with masking tape, scissors, and Post It notes.

How Iron Chef Lesson Plans Make Cooperative Learning Awesome

The CoolCatTeacher

A new Every Classroom Matters episode. In this episode, the inventor of “Iron Chef” lesson design, Jon Corippo shares with Vicki his remix of the jigsaw cooperative learning method. Iron Chef Lesson Design with American Idol peer feedback may just be your favorite new cooperative learning method. (You You can’t make this stuff up! ). Important Takeaways for Listeners. John opens the show by denouncing a mode of teaching used by many that exasperates him and bores students.

Tech Ed Resources for your Class–Digital Citizenship Curriculum

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, by tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do.

Effective Teaching in This Century: What Research Says: Part 2

Battelle for Kids

July 21, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 8, Number 11. Driving Question: What happens if the Acquisition Paradigm Shifts? Between this century and the last, there has arisen a dichotomous way of thinking about learning: acquisition versusu participation. Acquisition-based learning assumes that knowledge is objective and external, and can be transferred to learners, who are perceived as receivers of knowledge.

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!

How School Administrators’ Roles Change in the Digital Age

Digital Promise

Jane is the associate superintendent for instruction at Lincoln Public Schools , Neb., a member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. Tune in to social media or the news on any given day and you can read about school districts making big changes to embrace technology in the classroom and spark innovative teaching and learning.

22 Powerful Alternatives to “You’re Smart!”

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane Much has been written about the detriments of praise in recent years, particularly the kind that focuses on inherent intelligence. It was Carol Dweck who inspired me to consider the unintended consequences of over-celebrating my students’ smarts, and as this conversation continues within and beyond the field of education, everyone seems to be a bit more sensitive […] The post 22 Powerful Alternatives to “You’re Smart!”

The 30 Goals Free eConference, July 16-20th!

Teacher Reboot Camp

You’re invited to the first annual 30 Goals Free Online Conference , July 16th to 20th! It’s super easy to attend! All presentations take place on Google HangOuts on Air. Just download the program , click the url for the presentation you want to see. On the page, click play on the video at the time of the presentation. Join the Chatwing below the videos to meet other participants! If you miss the presentation, the recordings are available immediately on the same page.

Why Wolfram Alpha has a place in math and two more game-changing ideas for schools.

The CoolCatTeacher

ECM 156: Alan November shares 3 essential elements for excellent education Students who self-assess are the best? That’s what Alan November says. Research shows that students who self-assess their work become top students. What does this mean? Any school can improve with these three things. Listen on iTunes. Listen to the show online. We need to check how rapidly students get feedback, especially in math. Alan tells the story of the student who was struggling in math.

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.

16 Websites on Natural Disasters

Ask a Tech Teacher

Natural disasters is a related discussion to any number of topics–geography, ecology, Earth Day, even problem solving. Here are 16 websites that bring the power of these natural forces to students: Avalanches. Earthquake simulations. Earthquakes. Earthquakes for Kids. Earthquakes–USGS. Hurricanes. Natural disaster videos. Natural disasters—National Geographic. Natural disasters–resources. Storm Chasing. Tornadoes. Tornadoes II. Tsunamis. Volcano Underwater. Volcano videos. Volcanoes.

New Teachers and Brain Research

Battelle for Kids

July 16, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 8, Number 9. Driving Question: What should new teachers know about the brain? A survey of teachers a few years ago found that teachers in American schools have significant misconceptions about brain research.

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Digital Promise Holding Annual Education Innovation Clusters Convening

Digital Promise

Steven Hodas leads Digital Promise’s Innovation Cluster Network. He was most recently executive director at the New York City Department of Education ’s Office of Innovation, where he launched InnovateNYCSchools. He is currently practitioner-in-residence at the Center on Reinventing Public Education. We at Digital Promise are excited to announce our annual Education Innovation Clusters Convening to be held in Chicago, August 11-12.