November, 2017

8 Great Gifts for Administrators

The CoolCatTeacher

Frank Buck on episode 197 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Dr. Frank Buck, author of Get Organized: Time Management for School Leaders , talks about what to get administrators (and what not to give them.)

This is What Powerful Learning Looks Like, Students Share Their Stories

Digital Promise

Last week, Digital Promise co-hosted the EdSurge Fusion conference. As part of the opening session, I wanted to show examples of what it looks like when students use technology in powerful ways.

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Websites for Hour of Code by Grade

Ask a Tech Teacher

This December will again host the Hour of Code , a one-hour introduction to programming designed to demystify the subject and show that anyone can be a maker, a creator, and an innovator.

Ditch That Marking: 5+ ways to improve grading

Ditch That Textbook

I had a pile of assessments to mark (grade). I knew was going to take the best part of four hours to get done. I seemed to be writing the same comments as feedback: “Use a quotation to support your argument.” ” “Include a religious view as an alternative.” (I

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.

Station Rotation Model: Offering Optional Skill Stations

Catlin Tucker

Different students have different needs, yet many classrooms are set up to provide all students with the exact same instruction and practice. If students are asked to do practice they do not need, they can become frustrated, bored, and disillusioned.

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Hyperdocs: How to’s and Tips for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Lisa Scumpieru on episode 187 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Lisa Scumpieru, 10th-grade Literature Teacher, gives us a crash course in Hyperdocs.

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Introducing the Maker Learning Leadership Framework

Digital Promise

Maker learning first entered schools with the support of a grassroots coalition of teachers, students, and community advocates who wanted learning to be more hands-on, personalized, and relevant.

10 Projects to Kickstart Hour of Code

Ask a Tech Teacher

Coding–that geeky subject that confounds students and frightens teachers. Yet, kids who can code are better at logical thinking and problem solving, more independent and self-assured, and more likely to find a job when they graduate.

How to Create a Click and Learn Digital Calendar

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin. The holidays are here! You might be familiar with advent calendars, which have treats or gifts to count down the days to Christmas.

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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.

Student-Generated Real-Time Word Clouds

Catlin Tucker

Who doesn’t love a colorful word cloud? But what I don’t love is the time it takes to input all of the words to create one. My motto is that students should do the work in our classroom, not me. Well, I work a little, but I don’t want to do the lion’s share of the work.

U.S. ranks No. 13 in new collaborative problem-solving test

The Hechinger Report

In this 2015 photo, fifth graders collaborated on a Rube Goldberg machine in a Pennsylvania elementary school. The United States ranks much higher in collaborative problem-solving than in individual academic achievement, according to PISA results. Photo: Chris Berdik.

Global Education Conference 2017 #globaled17

The CoolCatTeacher

Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon on episode 190 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Coaching and Mentoring with Technology

Digital Promise

Learning, coaching, and mentoring models for struggling adult learners continue to evolve and can be dramatically enhanced through new technologies.

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.

Zapzapmath adds multiplayer option and more to their popular app

Ask a Tech Teacher

Zapzapmath is a free gamified ecosystem that teaches math skills aligned with many national and international standards. Its format is engaging, music lively, and layout colorful. The over 180 games spanning 900 difficulty levels are fast-paced and interactive and cover over 180 math topics.

50 Of The Best Quotes About Teaching

TeachThought - Learn better.

50 Of The Best Quotes About Teaching by TeachThought Staff Teaching is both an art and science. Teaching is conceptual and intellectual, abstract and concrete, creative and sequential. It’s about people but framed through ideas.

Scaffolding Maker Education Learning Experiences

User Generated Education

pI often read via social media about the importance of student centered, student-driven instruction. I wholeheartedly agree. My blog post is called User-Generated Education for a reason.

Students Write More, Write Better on the Computer: Rigorously Supported!

The Journal

Singer and Ivory, in their Nov. 4 New York Times article, made a major mis-speak: ". there is little rigorous evidence so far to indicate that using computers in class improves educational results."

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.

10 Keys of Purpose Driven Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Michael Matera on episode 186 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Michael Matera @ mrmatera , author of Explore Like a Pirate , talks about Purpose Driven Learning in the classroom. Got 5 minutes?

Celebrating Student Creativity in Product Design and Storytelling

Digital Promise

Digital Promise launched the filmMAKER Challenge , with support from Chevron, in 2016 to engage students in product design and storytelling. Middle and high school students were challenged to redesign a product to be more accessible, beautiful, or sustainable, while documenting their process.

169 Tech Tip #59: Alt Keys

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.

4 Principles Of Student-Centered Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

4 Principles Of Student-Centered Learning by TeachThought Staff A Definition of Student-Centered Learning In our view, student-centered learning is a process of learning that puts the needs of the students over the conveniences of planning, policy, and procedure.

The Ultimate 12 Step Guide For Choosing The Perfect Learning Management System

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

School of Dreams

A Principal's Reflections

As many people know I am originally from the Northeastern part of the United States. I was born and raised in New Jersey, where I also became a teacher and eventually a principal. After meeting my wife in 2002, I moved to Staten Island, NY and resided there for thirteen years.

Six Examples of What Personalized Learning Looks Like

Education Elements

Each year we receive hundreds of questions along the lines of, “Okay…so what does personalized learning actually look like?”. We have a few answers to this question. One is that personalized learning always involves these core four elements - targeted instruction, data-driven decisions, flexible content, and student reflection and ownership. Check out our Core Four white paper for a more detailed description of these elements, as well as classroom examples.

4 Geeky Gifts for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Leslie Fisher on episode 198 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Leslie Fisher, a favorite geek of many teachers, has some cool gift ideas for teachers (or your favorite geek.)

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Improving Research and Practice through Partnership

Digital Promise

When it comes to working with researchers, Principal Stan Garber of Cabrillo Middle School in Santa Clara, California, says, “It really is all about individual kids.

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.