January, 2015

Things We Want Our Learners to Say

User Generated Education

One of the best indicators that I am doing teaching right is the spontaneous comments made by my learners. This qualitative information, for me as an educator, is a much better measure of success in the classroom than any type of quantitative information. What follows are some comments I love hearing from my learners: I really like coming to class. Can I stay in the classroom (for recess, for lunch, after school) so I can continue working on my project? Is it time to go leave already?

What a Classroom Looks Like for Teachers and Students After Flipping

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Flipping your classroom is not just about the videos. The flipped classroom really revolves around increased face-to-face interaction between students and teachers. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. Research & Insights eduCanon blendedclassroom differentiationtools edtech flippedclassroom formativeassessments interactivelearning realtimemonitoring screencasting teacherpreneur video videoscreencasting


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Parent Engagement in a Future Ready School

Tom Murray

This post was originally published by the National PTA, here. Note: This blog post represents my personal views and not that of my employer, the Alliance for Education, or that of the US Department of Education; the two organizations that are running Future Ready. Parent Engagement in a Future Ready School It’s no secret. Parents are instrumental in the academic success of children, yet walk into schools across our nation, and the range of parent involvement is all over the map. Some schools

New Tradition: Family Reading Time

Catlin Tucker

Most of my blog posts are inspired by the work I do with my high school students. This post is inspired by my own children–ages 6 and 7. My children attend a Spanish immersion school, where they receive 90% of their instruction in Spanish. As part of their homework, they must read each day. My daughter, who is in 2nd grade, is expected to read independently for 25 minutes a day in Spanish. She is an avid reader, who devours chapter books in both English and Spanish.

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.

Personalized Learning Isn’t Enough. How Do We Create Learners?

Digital Promise

We hear a lot about 'personalized learning' – the importance of reaching every student at their level, including their interests and passions, and giving them choices. This isn’t really a new concept. Teachers have been trying to do this forever, and the only difference is that we now have tools to do this more efficiently and effectively than we could before.

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The Other 21st Century Skills: Educator Self-Assessment

User Generated Education

I’ve posted about The Other 21st Skills and Attributes. This post provides links and resources about these skills as well as an educator self-assessment. This assessment contains questions to assist the educator in evaluating if and how s/he is facilitating these skills and attributes in the learning environment. Related Resources: The Other 21st Century Skills: https://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/the-other-21st-century-skills/.

An Ed-Tech Entrepreneur's Mantra: No Margin, No Mission

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Money can sometimes feel like a dirty word in the education space. And as an edtech entrepreneur, you want to do good, but you also need to make money. Here''s some advice I was given on that. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. Lessons Learned ProfessorWord Startup Life aboutus entrepreneur lessonslearned professorword startup

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10 ways YouTube can engage your classes now

Ditch That Textbook

YouTube is a behemoth. Each month, more than 1 billion unique users visit the site to view 6 billion hours of video per month. It’s the second-largest search engine in the world, bigger than Bing, Yahoo!, Ask and AOL combined. It’s not out there just for watching practical jokes, how-to’s on renovating your house or ridiculous [.]. Ed Tech creative commons creator studio video manager video projects videos youtube youtube create app

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TED Ed Clubs: Students Spreading Great Ideas

Catlin Tucker

I’m a huge fan of TED Talks! TED presenters weave together stories and information skillfully to engage their audiences. They have clearly rehearsed their material, yet the delivery is natural and, as a result, their ideas are compelling. I want my students to feel confident articulating their ideas and delivering powerful and poignant presentations, so I began my own TED Ed Club.

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).

Inside One District’s Virtual Snow Days

Digital Promise

Each year, students at Owsley County Schools miss nearly a month of school because of snow and ice. The time away from class takes a real toll on student learning, says Jason Hall, an elementary school teacher in the rural Kentucky district. “As educators, we always worry about summer dip,” Hall says, explaining how students tend to forget things over the long break.

Leading the Maker Movement

A Principal's Reflections

Over the past year more and more schools across the globe have embraced the concept of making to learn. This phenomenon trickled into schools as the Maker Movement became more popular and natural connections to learning became quite evident. To begin to understand the educational value of making we must look at the roots of this movement.

Questions to Ask Oneself While Designing Learning Activities

User Generated Education

I absolutely love planning lessons from scratch. I just got a job teaching technology units for a summer camp for elementary age students. I can design and teach whatever I want – planning for a different theme each week.

Luck Matters When You're an Ed-Tech Entrepreneur

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Don''t underestimate how much luck matters. You''re not going to get anywhere without hard work, but sometimes you have to be in the right place at the right time. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. Lessons Learned ProfessorWord Startup Life aboutus lessonslearned professorword

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.

How to easily record video of your classes online (step-by-step)

Ditch That Textbook

The walls that kept classes from learning together are slowly starting to topple. In the past, students were often confined to the classes they could take on campus. Teachers were often confined to teaching students face-to-face. Now, with video options like Google Hangouts and Skype, teachers and students can meet with each other — or [.]. Ed Tech broadcasting google hangouts hangouts on air video youtube

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Google Drive: The Basics

Catlin Tucker

For teachers who are just getting started with Google, Google Drive can be intimidating! In preparation for a Google training, I’ve put together a short explanation of Google Drive and its basic features. Although an increasing number of people have a Gmail account, I run into teachers all the time who are not sure what Google Drive is or how it works. Google Drive is like a big virtual bucket!

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The Research Behind the TED Talk: Angela Duckworth on Grit

Digital Promise

Angela Duckworth, an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania, was teaching 7th grade math in New York City public schools when she quickly noticed that her best students were not necessarily her smartest students. The realization prompted her to leave her middle school classroom and become a research psychologist, so she could better understand the role noncognitive traits like self-control and perseverance play in achievement.

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The Drivers of a Successful BYOD Initiative

A Principal's Reflections

Technology seems to be more accessible that ever before. It is common to walk into a typical household these days and see a variety of devices being charged. One of the first things I look for when I go to a friend’s house is whether or not any charging cables are readily available in case I need one. Even when we entertain guests I will go to charge my iPhone and find that someone has already commandeered my charger, much to my chagrin.

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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.

Should We Use Digital Technology To 'Drill' Children?

The Journal

While computer technology can be used to drill information into students’ heads, we have to ask whether that is indeed an appropriate pedagogical strategy for the 21st century. We present an argument against drilling; join into the conversation, please

With @ClassDojo you can NOW send private messages, share photos, & voice notes to parents & students!


New Flagship ClassDojo App Enables Teacher­-Parent Partnerships to Help Students Achieve their Greatest Potential - click here to connect now for free - I''ve blogged about ClassDojo for a number of years. In fact, I was one of their first users when they were just starting up in 2011. I remember doing video chats to provide feedback on their platform with their CEO, Sam, when my son Jacob was a baby! I have always had a desire to support individuals who possess such passion to support teachers.

10 thoughts on how to go digital and why we should

Ditch That Textbook

Our world is becoming more and more digital, but our classrooms look much the same as our ancestors’ classrooms. Desks. Students seated. Chalk. Chalkboards. Teachers up front. If education is going to remain relevant — and the work of teachers is to remain relevant to their students — we must change. A thought by Sir [.]. Ed Tech creative teaching education reform educational technology innovation paradigm shift

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Common Core Reading Resource: Smithsonian Tween Tribune

Catlin Tucker

Interested in more technology tips to help you teach the Common Core? My book Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology will be published in June 2015 by Corwin. Just in time for summer reading! I’m always on the look out for great resources to support reading. While leading a training in Alaska this weekend, a participant mentioned The Smithsonian Tween (& Teen) Tribune.

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!

Breaking Down Barriers of Distance Learning through Technology

Digital Promise

As you make your way north from Minneapolis to Pine City, home of Pine Technical & Community College (PTCC) , the landscape becomes increasingly sparse. The distance between houses increases with each mile, and you can imagine that the long winters common to this part of Minnesota make those distances feel even longer. But that distance, though real, is also a metaphor for some of the other impediments to education that the college seeks to mitigate through technology.

Vernier releases free Graphical Analysis app for Chromebooks

Educational Technology Guy

Vernier, makers of very popular sensors and data collection systems, have just released their free Graphical Analysis app for Chromebooks. This addresses a huge need for schools using Chromebooks, and one obstacle that kept some schools from adopting Chromebooks. This app was specifically designed for Chromebooks and allows you to collect and share scientific data using Chromebooks. Students connect to LabQuest2 interface equipment wirelessly to collect data from Vernier sensors.

Suggestive Data From a Pilot of a Computer-Supported, Collaborative Text Editor for Kids

The Journal

A study looking at the use of a collabrified text editor by fourth- and fifth-graders showed a small but positive effect in favor of the group using the collabrified text editor, with an interesting condition: The low SES students benefited more from working collaboratively than did the high SES students. VERY suggestive, indeed

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Leading Schools of the Future

A Principal's Reflections

Portions of this post are adapted from the Future Ready Schools website with permission. Advances in technology continue to impact society in amazing ways. The evolution of the Internet allows anyone with access the ability to communicate, collaborate, acquire information, and learn with anyone, at anytime, and from anywhere. Learners today have embraced this digital world and have begun to explore their passions in ways never imagined.

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.

Why branding shouldn’t be a dirty word in education

Ditch That Textbook

I’m a teacher, and for the last two years, I’ve been trying to promote my own personal brand. I know that by writing this, many in the education world will instantly equate me with a sleazy used car salesman peddling worn-out sedans. I’ve seen several blog articles and posts on social media calling out such educators [.]. Ed Tech branding connected educator sharing social media twitter

Teach Students How to Manage YouTube Comments

Catlin Tucker

When students share their ideas and work online, they are taking a risk. As soon as they share a YouTube video or post a comment online, they open themselves up to possible ridicule and unkind remarks. I wish I could protect my students from the Internet, but I can’t. What I can do is help them to protect themselves and learn how to be savvy about how and what they share online. Last week, my students posted and shared their TED-style Talks online.

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Is the Most Effective Education Technology Always the Most Cutting Edge?

Digital Promise

Imagine yourself trying to find a job when you don’t have a high school diploma. You go to a local community center and ask about the GED classes they offer, but you are too late – the next opening isn’t for months. Most people don’t get much further than this. Life intervenes and they drift away. Even for the persistent, there’s no guarantee they will find the services they need.