May, 2017

The Tech-Savvy Educator: 6 Areas Of Development

The Web20Classroom

These are truly incredible times to not only be a learner but an educator as well. The access to information we have is unlike anything we’ve had before. And the tools we have to create a learning environment where all students can succeed are ever increasing.

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!

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Documenting and Reflecting on Learning

User Generated Education

I am a strong proponent of encouraging learners of all ages to engage in reflective practice. Learners do not just receive information only at the time it is given; they absorb information in many different ways, often after the fact, through reflection.

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iPads in Kindergarten: Creating, Innovating and Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Caitlin Arakawa on episode 82 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Caitlin Arakawa @caitlin_arakawa shares what she learned in her first year with iPads in kindergarten. Tools. A DIY Soundbooth.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

Join SETDA: Affiliate Memberships Now Accepted

SETDA's Affiliate program connects non-profit education membership organizations with state leaders. SETDA's mission is to build the capacity of education leaders to improve learning through technology policy & practice. Benefits include: SETDA conferences, webinars and news feeds.

6 Targets To Teach The Way The Brain Learns

TeachThought - Learn better.

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Wow! This inquiry-based, technology-rich school has no tech staff

eSchool News

When I first became principal, I was compelled to explore all aspects of what it meant to be a 21 st -century learner in an international baccalaureate context: as a global citizen, as a collaborative co-creator of knowledge, as a caring human being.

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

Blended Learning – How to Make it Work in the Classroom.

EdTech4Beginners

In spite of the fact that online education has been massively developing over the last decade, we cannot deny the fact that the majority of teaching still takes place in a traditional classroom.

5 Fantastic Peer Feedback Strategies for Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Starr Sackstein on episode 85 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today, Starr Sackstein @mssackstein shares 5 feedback strategies to supercharge your writing instruction and classroom culture.

It Is Time to Move Away from the Idea of “Tech Leads”?

The Principal of Change

Keep It Simple: Do These 4 Things Every Time You Teach

TeachThought - Learn better.

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Debunked: 5 myths about classroom technology

eSchool News

For decades, schools have been scaling up the technology incorporated into the classroom, from small computer labs designed to teach basic computer skills to student-assigned tablets for more complex, daily assignments (and occasional play).

Writing papers and research reports the Google way

Ditch That Textbook

The traditional research paper has been around a long time. We all likely have a memory of sweating over one at the last minute. They’re still a staple in K-12 schools and in universities. We don’t use formal academic papers and reports that much in real life. Often, they’re sources for more academic papers and [.]. Ed Tech digital writing edtech educational technology g suite Google Apps google keep research papers research reports

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.

Take the 21-day Productivity Challenge #makeitstick

The CoolCatTeacher

DIY Productivity with Post-it® Brand Products From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The end of the school year is so busy. Now is the time to get organized. In this blog post, I’ll give you my 1-2-3 steps to stress less and 5 productivity hacks.

20 New Ways to Use Google Classroom [infographic]

Shake Up Learning

The post 20 New Ways to Use Google Classroom [infographic] appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Expand Your Use of Google Classroom. Google has opened up Google Classroom to users outside of G Suite for Education. Users with a personal Google account can now both join and create classes.

The Ultimate List: 50 Strategies For Differentiated Instruction

TeachThought - Learn better.

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The Professional Development Problem

EdNews Daily

While debate about professional development expands, educator hopes for feeling supported are shrinking.

Why is it so hard to stop suspending kindergarteners?

The Hechinger Report

Relationships are at the core of what makes climate work, said O’Brien Principal Lesley Morgan-Thompson, shown at right, with Assistant Principal Corrie A. Schram and a first-grade student. Photo: Sarah Gonser.

Using Technology to Personalize Learning @PearDeck @EDpuzzle #flipclass #blendedlearning #edtech

techieMusings

When I first began flipping my math classroom in 2010, the ability to screencast, upload to the web, and have students be able to watch lectures at their own pace was exciting and innovative.

How to Use Google Keep in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Crystal Koenig on episode 72 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Crystal Koenig talks about Google Keep. She uses it to organize her students, clubs, and so many things.

Privileging an ideology of individualism

Dangerously Irrelevant

Audrey Watters said: These new technologies, oriented towards consumers and consumption, privilege an ideology of individualism. In education technology, as in advertising, this is labeled “personalization.”

3 Ways Schools Condition Students

The Principal of Change

Several times a year, I will receive emails from parents about a post I wrote in 2010 titled, “ The Impact of Awards ”. Often, they are reaching out because they are struggling to watch their own children have issues at school because of the culture of “school awards”.

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.

6 Questions Students Can Use To Guide Their Inquiry-Based Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

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Why development organizations should be more like Netflix and less like Blockbuster

The Christensen Institute

It is a cautionary tale that we are all too familiar with: the small upstart, Netflix, disrupts the much larger and better resourced Blockbuster. What in the world does this have to development? Everything, it seems. In 2000, when Netflix was still a small and fledgling company, it offered itself to Blockbuster, the world’s largest video, DVD, and game rental company for $50 million. Blockbuster passed.

Helping Kids Who Hate Math Learn It

The CoolCatTeacher

Dan Meyer talks math on episode #69 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Dan Meyer @ddmeyer gives us tips and advice for helping kids who hate math learn to love it. He explains the 3-Act method of teaching.

Judging school success by test scores. And only test scores.

Dangerously Irrelevant

John Merrow said: Apparently it’s pretty simple for the folks administering the Broad Prize in Urban Education: Successful School Reform boils down to higher test scores.