September, 2015

How to go Paperless in Your Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every Earth Day, someone in your school, maybe the parent group, raises the question of WHY NOT a paperless classroom? Everyone nods their heads, agrees this is a revolutionary idea, and moves on as Earth Day passes. Really, though: Why not? There are benefits to adopting web-based alternatives to paper: it’s easy to collaborate when everything’s online. nothing gets soda dripped on it or eaten by the dog. students can collaborate without requiring parent time and gas fumes.

Is “Have a Growth Mindset” the New “Just Say No”

User Generated Education

I’ve been interested in the ideas surrounding the growth mindset prior to it being coined as such by Carol Dweck. As part of my studying Education Psychology as part of my Doctoral studies, I delved into studying attribution theory. Attribution theory provides a foundation to the ideas connected to a growth mindset.


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Goal: Rethink Classroom Management

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 6 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Inspire Forward ! . “I am the decisive element in the classroom … In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized. – Dr. Haim Ginott. Goal: Rethink classroom management. Accomplish this goal by getting your students to reflect on how different behavior choices impact others.

New OECD Report Slams Computers — and Actually Says Why They Can Hurt Learning

The Journal

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development just released a detailed study of the use of computers in the classrooms in 70 countries. It was no surprise that he study did not find improvement in student achievement due to computer use. It was a surprise, though, that OECD Director Andreas Schleicher named what he saw as the root cause of that failure

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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.

Avoid the One-Size-Fits-All Classroom

Catlin Tucker

When I volunteer in my children’s elementary classrooms (1st and 3rd grade), I am struck by how frequently the teacher finds time to work directly with small groups of students to offer additional support, review concepts, assess understanding, and practice skills. At the secondary level scenes like this are less frequent. Many middle school and high school teachers feel immense pressure to move quickly through the curriculum.

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33 Websites to Support Math Automaticity in K-5

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Here’s along list of websites that focus on math automaticity for the K-5 classroom. I’ve broken it down by grade level, but you can decide if your second graders are precocious enough to try the websites for grades 3-5: K. K Math Skills. Math Videos (not practice, but fun to watch). Money flashcards. Numbers. First Grade math skills. Money flashcards. Numbers. Math Flashcards. Math Practice Test. Mental Math. More Quick Math. Multiplication Tables. Quick Math. Quick Math II.

Learning at school? What’s wrong with this picture?

User Generated Education

What does learning look like in school environments? What is wrong with the following pictures? Mohamed, a self-assured kid with thick-framed glasses and a serious expression, had just started at MacArthur High School a few weeks ago. The Irving, Tex., ninth-grader has a talent for tinkering — he constructs his own radios and once built a Bluetooth speaker as a gift for his friend — and he wanted to show his new teachers what he could do.

Ahoy Matey! 10+ Pirate Resources for Learning

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.”- ”- Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean. September 19th is International Pirate Day, but you can engage your learners all year long with pirate activities. Students can learn science, math, geography, history, culture, citizenship, and more by studying famous pirates. Below is a slide presentation ( download the pdf ) and a list of resources to get you started. Enjoyed these resources?

Epic Sketchnoting Resources: How to Get Started Teaching Sketchnoting

The CoolCatTeacher

Useful Pedagogies and Tools for Educators Sketchnoting is not just an attractive way to take notes, it can improve retention and learning. These sketchnoting resources will get you started with your students. You don’t have to have a ton of talent, just a little know-how. I’ll update these sketchnoting resources, so tweet me or leave a comment to add your favorites. Don’t get overwhelmed, just get started.

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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).

Flip Your Back-to-School Night

Catlin Tucker

Back-to-School Night is the one evening each year when I have the opportunity to connect face-to-face with my students’ parents. Unfortunately, not all parents can attend Back-to-School Night. Some of my parents work at night or they are at home with their other children. So, three years ago I began flipping my Back-to-School Night presentation in the hopes of reaching more of my parents. This is how I flip my Back-to-School Night. Quick Introduction – My Teaching Philosophy.

Using Ed-Tech for Personalized, Adaptive, and Differentiated Learning

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

As education transforms through the use of technology, the language describing these new methods can be confusing. But it adds up to helping teachers personalize learning for students. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email adaptivelearning differentiation differentiationtools edtech edtech onlinelearning personalizedlearning technology

13 Changes in Tech-in-Ed in Just Three Years

Ask a Tech Teacher

School’s back and it’s more important than ever to integrate technology into your curriculum. Consider these thirteen changes to technology-in-education since 2013: Windows has updated their platform—again. IPads have been joined by Chromebooks as a common classroom digital device. There is a greater reliance on internet-based tools than software. This underscores the importance of teaching digital citizenship to even the youngest learners.

Schooling the Terrible Teacher: 10 Things Parents Should Never Do

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. If you’re the parent of school-aged children, you’re probably still well acquainted with 4:00 am. This is when you once fed your hungry babies and nursed them through bouts of whooping cough, ear infections, and tummy aches that shook you out of your dreamless half-sleep. Those were the days when you assumed you’d return to […]. The post Schooling the Terrible Teacher: 10 Things Parents Should Never Do appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Issues edchat parenting


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.

Creating the Classroom Conditions for the Best Day Ever

User Generated Education

Lately, I have become a little obsessed with idea of the best day ever. It is undeniable obvious when you see someone have or experience for yourself a peak experience: succeeding with ; getting a unexpected, amazing gift; finishing or winning a sports event (depending on your goal); being given accolades for a personal accomplishment. I personally perceive it as a coming together or congruence of the mind, heart, body, and spirit where all of them are present and fulfilled.

Celebrate Awesome Girls with Kid President! #kpawesomegirls

The CoolCatTeacher

Trends to Help You Teach Kid President is cool. He is now looking for awesome girls to celebrate. His video is endearing (and funny) but rings true. Girls often don’t think they’re awesome. I felt invisible and unwanted by my peers until I lost weight and started winning beauty pageants — at least in my small town. Being smart was not a good thing. Being pretty was. I remember feeling very un-awesome. We MUST tell girls they are awesome just like they are!

3 Websites Where You Can Find Complex Informational Texts

Catlin Tucker

As many teachers shift to the Common Core Standards, they are attempting to incorporate more complex texts and more informational/nonfiction texts into their curriculum. If you are asking yourself, “What is a complex text for my students?” ” check out this blog post I wrote explaining text complexity. Many teachers are discovering that there are a range of websites that offer informational texts available at various Lexile levels. Three of my favorites are: 1.

Every Child In: Children with Special Needs Learning the 21st Century Way

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 10, Number 4. This post begins a four part series from Katherine Smith Elementary School, a P21 Exemplar. In this series, you will read about how a school's policy and practice are connected so that all students with special needs are included as 21st century learners. The team strives not to water down rigor or make accommodations that can remove the challenges of deeper learning by separating how and what special needs children learn.

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.

16 Websites to Teach Mouse Skills

Ask a Tech Teacher

I repost this article every September because I get so many requests for mouse resources for those youngest keyboarders. Enjoy! One of the most important pre-keyboarding skills is how to use the mouse. The mouse hold is not intuitive and if learned wrong, becomes a habit that’s difficult to break. Here are some images to assist you in setting up your newest computer aficionados: Here are 16 websites student will enjoy, including 4 for adults new to computers: Mouse Skills. Bees and Honey.

It’s Time for Teachers to Stop Apologizing

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Photo Credit: p/95iJuo It happens every fall. Many first year teachers become newlyweds and begin having children. Veteran teachers in the prime of their careers–those who worked hard to find a balance between work and family–are suddenly responsible for their elderly parents’ care. Someone gets sick. Someone takes a different job. School begins, schedules change. Life […].


Great Feedback for Teachers Is Hard to Find

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

We got 420 applications while recruiting new instructional coaches for our team. Very few of them knew how to provide constructive feedback for teachers. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email assessment coaching feedback recruitment teachers

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Why Technology in Classrooms Doesn’t Always Boost Education Results

The CoolCatTeacher

Technology Research and News A recent Wall Street Journal Article is attracting attention. It found (gasp) using computers doesn’t give you better test scores. Technology in classrooms means little. Here’s why: “The report suggested that “we have not yet become good enough at the kind of pedagogues that make the most of technology; that adding 21st century technologies to 20th century teaching practices will just dilute the effectiveness of teaching.”.

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!

Making Professional Learning Count

Digital Promise

Jennifer is the Director of Educator Micro-credentials. You can reach her on Twitter: @JenCohKab. According to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, states and school systems spend $18 billion annually on professional development for educators in the United States, and almost all teachers participate in some form of professional development. Educators want and need this development for themselves and for their students.

Full PBL Inclusion: Ensuring Deeper Learning for My Special Education Students (Part 2 of 4)

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 10, Number 5. Driving Question: How can children with special needs in a Special Day Class (SCD) fit in a Project Based Learning (PBL) school? Three years ago, I joined the reinvention team at Katherine Smith Elementary School. My transition was huge. I had begun my career at a non-public high school in San Francisco and then worked in a traditional, public elementary Special Day Class (SDC) with grades 4, 5, and 6.

5 After School Tech Club Activities

Ask a Tech Teacher

With the growing interest in coding comes a call for after school tech camps that supersize student enthusiasm for learning technology. If you’ve been tasked (or volunteered) to run this activity, here are five activities that will tech-infuse participants: Write an Ebook. It’s been said that inside 70% of us is a book crying to get out. Kids are no different. Many dream of becoming an author, a journalist, or another profession that focuses on writing.

5 Myths About English Language Learners

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. 5 Myths About English Language Learners By Jason R. Levine 1 – ELLs need to study grammar. Studying a language to develop a conscious understanding of grammar remains the norm. Unfortunately, so does not learning the language to fluency. While raised awareness of English structure (e.g., knowing parts of speech or how clauses join together) can be useful, focusing on grammar […]. The post 5 Myths About English Language Learners appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

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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.

Schools Buying Ed-Tech Tools, Then Failing to Use Them

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

New research on how schools are using the ed-tech software and technology they purchase shows schools are not maximizing their investments. Often educators aren't even using the products in the classroom. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email Research & Insights eduCanon blendedlearning edtech edtech educanon learn learningmanagementsystems learntrials onlinelearning

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10 sources of free interactive content for your class

Ditch That Textbook

Years ago, textbooks served a different purpose. Information was at a premium, and textbooks filled the void. They were chock full of it — a one-stop shop for the curious student. Today, things have changed. We don’t have a lack of places to learn new things. Google searches and YouTube are where many of us [.]. Ed Tech blended learning edtech educational technology oers online learning open educational resources

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If You Don’t Know these 22 Things About Computer Security, You’re Headed for Trouble

The CoolCatTeacher

Friendly Technology for Beginners We bank online. We buy things on our computers. But what do we know about computer security? Everything from our wills to our accounting software is on our home computers. But one drive around a neighborhood with my phone looking for hotspots, and I can see dozens of homes ready for a hacker to steal their information. We put in alarm systems. Do we purchase firewalls? Do we password protect our wifi and home computers?

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