November, 2017

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.

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

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.)

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Five questions to ask before assigning homework

Ditch That Textbook

After co-authoring Ditch That Homework, I’ve participated in LOTS of meaningful discussions about the subject. And they haven’t all been about “homework is evil and we should ban it all the way across the board.”

Stop Blaming Social Media

The Web20Classroom

Recently most of the world has become familiar with the term “fake news.” These alternative facts are pervasive and infect all facets of our lives. From our twitter streams to talking heads on television it seems like we can not escape facts being outright fake, or the perception that they are.

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.

Today’s Curriculum for the Higher Ed HR Leader

Speaker: Joseph Clay, Business Transformation Strategist at Oracle, and Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Today’s universities and colleges face many challenges ranging from reconciling financial pressures, to ensuring student success, to managing complicated workforce dynamics. One thing they all have in common: Their head of HR must align the HR function to best support the institution as it navigates this current landscape.

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.

We cannot continue to educate students in classrooms designed for a world that no longer exists

Dangerously Irrelevant

Hazel Mason said: We can’t make America great again, or Europe only white by trying to recreate the world of the past. The era of well paying industrial jobs with amazing benefits and pensions is over.

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.

Creating moveable digital activities with Google Drawings + Slides

Ditch That Textbook

A teacher sent me a link to a video recently. I think it was probably from Teachers Pay Teachers, and she asked, “How do you make something like this in G Suite?” ” The video showed a document with three columns and a bunch of words at the bottom.

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Activities for Computer Science Education Week

EdTech4Beginners

Computer Science Education week is December 4-10, and the annual ‘Hour of Code’ event will be in full swing.

Latest in Games and Learning Research Reveals Need to Empower Educators

MIND Research Institute

Last month I attended the annual Digital Media and Learning (DML) Conference at University of California, Irvine. DML 2017 was packed with interesting studies and perspectives from education, media and technology researchers from around the world.

Virtual Reality Apps for Education

Educational Technology Guy

Virtual Reality (VR) is one of the newer technologies moving into the classroom. Google Cardboard and Google Expeditions are the two most popular, but here are some more great VR apps for education: (these are links to the Google Play store, but they all have iOS versions also) Cardboard (free) Cardboard puts virtual reality on your smartphone. The Cardboard app helps you launch your favorite VR experiences, discover new apps, and set up a viewer.

Resilience: Why Are Our Children So Fragile?

EdNews Daily

This is an op-ed written by Marcia Fervienza. First scenario: a child who is part of a stable and loving family of 5 goes through a massive loss at age 12. Her older sister decides to leave the family’s house in a stressful condition. Suddenly she stops being part of the family’s routines.

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.

7 strategies to THRIVE at the end of the semester

Ditch That Textbook

The end of the semester can be full of challenges. But it also creates unique opportunities, too. Here are some ways to seize them. Photo by Eric Rothermel via Unsplash.com)When the semester winds down, it brings its own unique list of challenges. Special programs cut into class time.

Everything you need for a Remembrance Day assembly / lesson

EdTech4Beginners

It is nearly Remembrance Day and I was asked to do an assembly for it. I began by playing a game with emojis: out of a group of them, the children had to spot which one disappeared. I linked the game to the importance of remembering things.

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Take a stand for Net Neutrality

Dangerously Irrelevant

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If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER: The Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

iterating toward openness

Imagine that – somehow – you’ve never used the internet before. A good friend and long-time internet user finds this out and begins trying to describe to you how awesome the internet is.

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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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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.

Deep thinking with G Suite (GTT029)

Ditch That Textbook

It’s easy to replace what you were doing in the classroom before with a technological version of it.

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Can Virtual Reality Improve Education?

EdTech4Beginners

When most people think of virtual reality (VR), video-gaming is probably the first thought that comes to mind. VR has the ability to provide an alternate universe, an escape from the mundane via computer-generated simulations of realistic, three-dimensional environments and images.

Advocating for Equal Learning Opportunities

P21 Blogazine

During a classroom visit to an early learning center, a little girl tapped me on the hand and introduced herself. P21 Blog

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.

Grit in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Laila Sanguras on episode 183 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Laila Sanguras, author of Grit in the Classroom , defines grit, shares the misinformation about grit, and talks about developing it in our students.

A “Roadmap” to Implementing Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

As Director of Professional Learning Systems for Tennessee’s Department of Education, I have the privilege of being able to witness teachers get excited to learn a skill they not only need to learn, but want to learn, and in the way best suited for their unique learning style. Through micro-credentials, the number of teachers experiencing this type of powerful professional learning is increasing.

Bringing the Core Four Home: Helping Parents Understand Personalized Learning

Education Elements

This scenario is all too familiar. Children spend a day at school and then have nothing to report. How is this possible? You can encourage parents to avoid this by asking questions connected to personalized learning. Remind them that in their child’s classroom, teachers and students are working together to include four elements of personalized learning. Share these tips to get the conversation started. Personalized Learning core four

5 Ways Online Learning Can Open Doors For All Students

EdNews Daily

According to Babson Survey Research Group , the number of students registered in online courses grew to 5.8 million nationally. Online class growth has been consistent for the past 13 years, and more than a quarter of higher education students (or 28%) are enrolled in at least one online course.