January, 2015

How Digital Tools Improve Teaching and Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Adapted from an article I co-authored, Real-World Ready: Leveraging Digital Tools Digital tools are transforming essential elements of the education space.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Using iPads to Plan in Kindergarten

iTeach with iPads

Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort. Paul J. Meyer. Happy New Year! After 2 weeks and 3 weekends, we are back in school. It was evident we had a little “brain drain” over the holidays.

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More Trending

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

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.

Tips and Resources for Using Chromebooks offline

Educational Technology Guy

Here are some resources and tips for using Chromebooks even without an internet connection. This is great for students who don''t have internet at home, as well as a back up plan if your school network goes down.

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.

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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.

Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

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.

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.

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.

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Google Launches Guide to Activating Technology in Schools

Educational Technology Guy

Google has just launched an excellent site to help teachers, administrators and technology staff get started using technology effectively in school. They took lessons learned from other schools and compiled a guide to bringing learning online with the best resources, tips and tools.

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Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

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.

Learning Resolutions For 2015

The Web20Classroom

Normally with the start of a new year comes the inevitable New Year''s Resolutions. That feeling of starting over can bring thoughts of loosing those pounds put on over the years, exercising more, or spending more time with your kids.

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.

Using the iPad for Addition

iTeach with iPads

The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple. -S. Gudder. We have been working on adding recently in class. We have used counters, fingers, blocks…you name it…if it’s countable, we’ve used it!

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EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

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.

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Google Drive and Docs, Sheets and Slides Resources for Educators

Educational Technology Guy

Google Drive and Docs, Sheets and Slides File storage, Word processing, Spreadsheets, Presentations and more Google Drive and Docs, Sheets and Slides now support Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) files!

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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.

What Does A Relevant, Connected Educator Look Like-Part 1

The Web20Classroom

When Tom Whitby and I set out to write The Relevant Educator: How Connectedness Empowers Learning we wanted to provide a manual for any educator who had a desire to improve their practice, as many have already done, by utilizing social media and other tools.

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

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.

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

Why teachers can’t deliver real personalized learning in today’s schools

The Christensen Institute

This week I watched a speech by long-time education leader Howard Fuller in which he describes the education reforms that low-income families most need. In that speech, he tells a story that is emblematic of the challenges that many students from such backgrounds face as they try to navigate their K–12 education. I was at a school on a Monday, and a father I think had brought his little daughter in and … her mother had been sent to Taycheedah over the weekend.