May, 2017

Picting, not Writing, is the Literacy of Today’s Youth

The Journal

Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest are among the most popular websites and apps on Planet Earth. Those websites support "picting" — using images to communicate. In this week’s blog post, we present a "pro" and a "con" about the value of "picting" — using images — not words — for communication and self-expression

Save Your Sanity with a Things to Revamp for Next Year List

Catlin Tucker

Some teachers will probably hate me for even mentioning next year when we still have a month of school left, so my apologies for those of you who don’t have the bandwidth to think about it yet. However, I find myself feeling the same way every year around this time. I experience a mix of guilt, frustration, and exhaustion. I feel guilty about all of the things I didn’t get to or all of the aspects of my teaching that could have been better.

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8 New Books to Jump-Start Your Summer Learning

Tom Murray

It’s that time of year again. School leaders begin to make their plans for the summer months; from professional learning days to administrative PLCs. The best teachers begin counting up the time remaining to make a difference in the lives of their kids. Both groups also look forward to some needed downtime and finally the opportunity to relax with a good book.

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End The School Year Meaningfully! 15+ Ideas and Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” ” – Carl W. Buehner. Each year we say goodbye to a group of students we have forged relationships with and made an impression. The last few days of school, students and teachers feel restless as they anticipate ending the semester. As a teacher you may feel overwhelmed with what you have to accomplish before students leave. Students are anticipating the break.

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.

How a Middle School Library Promotes Maker Learning for All Students

Digital Promise

The Digital Promise maker learning team spent some time in Greer, South Carolina this winter observing and filming the Riverside Middle School Library Club students as they worked to design solutions to problems they identified in their community. We are excited to share their story as the second in our series of Maker Promise videos.

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In K–12, the New New Thing is the Old Old Thing: Curriculum

The Journal

There is always a new new thing in technology. In contrast, in K-12, at the heart of the classroom is — and will be for the foreseeable future — the old old thing: curriculum. But, where is that curriculum, the fuel for the 1-to-1 classroom, going to come from? From the new new thing, of course – as we argue in this week’s blog post

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3 Problems with Traditional Grades

Catlin Tucker

For the last two years, I’ve been moving farther away from conventional grades. This has been a huge shift for me. I used to grade everything and dump hundreds of points into my digital gradebook over the course of a semester. When grades were due, my gradebook spit out a percentage for each student and that was the grade he/she received. There are several problems with this approach.

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ORIGO Stepping Stones 2.0–A Versatile, Easy-to-Use Math Curriculum

Ask a Tech Teacher

Origo Education’s award-winning Stepping Stones 2.0 K-6 math curriculum (with a separate program for pre-K) is versatile, easy-to-use, and nicely differentiated for varied learning and teaching strategies. Started in Australia and now popular in the US, it is available in English and Spanish and aligned with both Common Core State Standards and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.

12 great ways to grow as an educator this summer

Ditch That Textbook

Ah, summer … that time when all teachers leave school work and school thoughts behind for months to lounge by the pool. Right? Well, in more than a decade of teaching, it’s never been that way for me! Honestly, I’ve never wanted my education career to take a major hiatus for months at a time. [.]. Ed Tech conferences edtech education on air educational technology professional development professional learning seesaw voxer

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).

Expanding the Maker Promise to Support Maker Learning to All Students

Digital Promise

In March 2016, Digital Promise and Maker Ed issued a call to action for school leaders around the country to commit to growing the next generation of American makers, by dedicating a space for making, designating a champion to lead the effort, and showcasing student work.

The Best Teachers Teach from the Heart, Not From the Book

EdNews Daily

This is our seventh interview from our thought-leadership series with teachers who work at 51Talk. Please meet and learn from Serena Correnti. Serena, please tell us about your education background. In 2014, as a senior in high school, I took a TESOL course from the Canadian Institute of English in Atlanta, Georgia. I learned how to effectively teach ESL using modern and scientific techniques that would engage all parts of students’ minds. How did you land your teaching role at 51Talk?

Hacking Project Based Learning: A free webinar!

Tom Murray

School leaders across the country are working to create meaningful, authentic, and real-world learning experiences inside their schools and classrooms. Hacking Project Based Learning: 10 Easy Steps to PBL and Inquiry in the Classroom , by authors Ross Cooper and Erin Murphy , is a dynamic read and addresses many of the myths associated with leveraging a PBL approach to teaching and learning.

Consider a classroom ‘flip’

EdTech4Beginners

Teachers are very good at multi-tasking — responding to different needs of different educational levels and demands of a range of children in their classroom. Even so, it’s hard to provide one-on-one attention all the time. That’s where technological supplements, including tablets, can help. One of the best ways to maximize the use of tablets is by flipping the classroom. Flipping is simply doing away with the traditional classroom setup—teacher at the front, rows of desks.

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.

Zap Zap Math–Gamify any Math Curriculum

Ask a Tech Teacher

Zap Zap Math is a free gamified way to teach math skills that’s tied to many national and international standards (like Common Core). Its format is colorful and engaging, music lively, and layout intuitive. The over 150 games are fast-paced and interactive, and cover over 180 math topics. Students direct their learning with a unique space-themed avatar (called a ‘mathling’) that identifies their work and keeps them engaged.

Remixing traditional lessons with tech: a framework you can use

Ditch That Textbook

Many times, teachers try to bring technology into the classroom by “teching up” their old lessons. They hope that they’ll get big, lasting change from a little bit of tech fairy dust. Many times, it doesn’t change the overall learning experience much — and sometimes detracts from it. To really get the most out of [.]. Ed Tech cue bold edtech educational technology global connections google hangouts madeline hunter lesson plan skype

5 Simple Ways to Improve Physical Education w/ #Edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

Jarrod Robinson, the PE Geek, shares on episode 70 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Jarrod Robinson @mrrobbo gives us the apps, tools, and mindset to rock physical education class. This conversation is so much fun and will give PE teachers and coaches lots of ideas for using technology to improve sports performance and get fit. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Stream by clicking here.

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10 Notables Changing the Future of Learning and Teaching

EdNews Daily

Written by Rich Baxter. Education is merging with neuroscience, quantum computing, and AI , redefining what it means to be human and thus what it means to learn and to teach. Where does that put education as a human endeavor and what other factors do we need to consider in order to take full advantage of the present knowledge revolution?

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.

Special Education Data Can Improve Learning For All Students

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

A tool for collecting data on special education student behavior can bring benefits to teachers and other students as well. The post Special Education Data Can Improve Learning For All Students appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Data Educational Technology/Ed-Tech IEP Schoolrunner special education

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Preventing the Math Summer Slide

Digital Promise

The summer slide, a loss of academic progress during the summer break between school years, has been confirmed in many research studies since an early publication by White in 1906 [1]. All too often kids arrive back at school in the fall worse off in mathematics than they finished in the spring, causing teachers to give up weeks of class time, or more, to make up for that loss.

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UWorld’s Unique SAT Prep Site

Ask a Tech Teacher

When I first visited UWorld’s College prep site , I expected what usually is included on free SAT/ACT prep sites–questions, answers, and a lot of cheerleading. I should have known better. UWorld is a leading provider of question bank materials for professional licensing exams like USMLE, ABIM, and ABFM, considered by many to be the gold standard in test preparation. Now, UWorld has expanded into SAT prep (as well as ACT and AP prep).

Touchscreen Chromebooks: the iPad killers in schools?

Ditch That Textbook

I have worked with all sorts of digital devices in my own classroom — desktop computers, laptops, Chromebooks, iPads, student cell phones and a variety of others. Hands down, the best experience for me has been Chromebooks. I’ve outlined why I choose Chromebooks for a 1:1 initiative or, as I had, for carts that stay [.]. Ed Tech 1:1 initiative chromebooks edtech educational technology g suite Google Apps touchscreen

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!

Tribute to Matthew Hilliard

The CoolCatTeacher

Read on annual dedication day on May 8, 2017 - Westwood Schools From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Difficult things happen in schools. During this past school year, my school, Westwood, has lost some family members including one of my former students from the class of 2014, Matthew Hilliard. I read this today at the annual dedication. His Mom, Rhonda, gave me permission to share it online as many of our family and friends have asked for a copy.

The Professional Development Problem

EdNews Daily

While debate about professional development expands, educator hopes for feeling supported are shrinking. We can be hopeful that the connection between teacher training and student learning seems to be realized and now what’s needed is to find the right formula for improving this crucial component of school culture.

Fidget Spinners CAN be a fantastic teaching resource!

EdTech4Beginners

With the craze of fidget spinners, sweeping through classrooms all over the world, I thought there must be a way to use them as a learning tool. Watch the short video below, to see how I am using them in my lessons: Click here to access the ‘Spin Sheets’ They are all free and editable. Please remember to ‘make a copy’ or download them – you can’t edit my master versions.

3 Essentials for Success in a Blended [Literacy] Classroom

The Web20Classroom

This post is sponsored by ThinkCERA , an online platform designed to empower teachers to personalize literacy instruction across disciplines. The use of digital learning spaces has exploded in use in classrooms nearly everywhere. Through Learning Management Systems (LMS) many educators are moving to put content online and extend learning beyond the four walls and beyond the school day. This Blended Learning approach is both beneficial but its definition can be tough to nail down.

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.

15 Memorial Day Websites for Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Memorial Day (May 29, 2017) is the time we remember all of those soldiers (and anyone in the Armed Forces) who gave their lives in the defense of American freedom. In war and peace, they made the ultimate sacrifice, and because of them we are privileged to live the American Dream. Once a year, we honor them, their sacrifice, and those they left behind. Here are some activities to help students understand the import of this day: Folding the American flag. In Flanders Field- -poem.

Raid the Supply Closet: 50+ creative remixes of standard class supplies

Ditch That Textbook

We know that poster board makes posters and that paper clips hold papers together. But what if they had hidden super powers? The things you may have laying around the classroom may be the keys to unlocking some exciting, engaging learning activities. (Or Or if you don’t have them, they could be at the top of [.]. Teaching creative lessons creative teaching index cards school supplies sharpies sticky notes

360 Filmmakers Challenge Stories: “Raised by Charlottesville”

Digital Promise

The 360 Filmmakers Challenge inspires the next generation of virtual reality creators by encouraging high school students to produce 360° films that make an impact. This is a story about “Raised by Charlottesville,” winner of the Complete 360° Award.

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