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.

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.

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 Strategies to Demystify the Learning Process for Struggling Students

MindShift

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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4 STEM Ties to Careers of the Future

Discovery Education

When many of us were growing up and considering that tough question during the junior or senior year of high school, “What do you want to study in college,” the options set before us would fit on an 8 ½ by 11 sheet of paper.

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Thousands of parents are enrolling their children in online preschool

The Hechinger Report

LeMya Vaughn completes an activity on her kindergarten readiness program, UPSTART. Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report. JACKSON, Miss. LeMya Vaughn, wearing a pink shirt, her hair braided neatly, sat in a large red armchair, her feet swinging far above the floor, practicing her reading skills.

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.

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.

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.

The Great Thanksgiving Listen

Digital Promise

Digital Promise has partnered with StoryCorps, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. At Digital Promise, we believe that nothing inspires, mobilizes, and builds capacity for change like stories.

Classroom by Securly – helping teachers manage EdTech for free.

Securly

Background. EdTech is booming. The industry has accumulated $887M in funding in the first half of this year already.

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Jumps Into Tech Training, and K-12 Curriculum

Marketplace K-12

"Woz U" will include K-12 programs focused on STEM and exposing students to digital engineering concepts. The post Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Jumps Into Tech Training, and K-12 Curriculum appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Apple Big Data/Analytics Online / Virtual Learning

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Using #EdTech to Enhance Creative Learning, f/t in @InnovateMySchl @EDpuzzle @Flipgrid @SlackHQ

techieMusings

I am excited to share a post that I had a chance to write as part of Innovate My School’s Accelerating Creativity series! I am entering into my 11th year teaching. Looking back on my journey, it is clear to me that my fascination with technology and its role in the classroom has been the most transformative element of my teaching career.

Innovators Worth Watching: Degreed

The Christensen Institute

Welcome to our “Innovators Worth Watching” series, spotlighting interesting and potentially disruptive players across a spectrum of industries. During a time of heightened geopolitical instability, seemingly weekly natural disasters, and one of history’s most worrisome data breaches, one innovative ed tech company posted its strongest sales quarter yet.

How to Build Great Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Dan Brown on episode 184 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Dan Brown talks about practical things we can do to help build great teachers. From best practices to policy, Dan shares what works (and some of what doesn’t.)

Standards For Digital Citizenship In Graphic Form

TeachThought - Learn better.

Standards For Digital Citizenship In Graphic Form by TeachThought Staff ISTE has long had available technology standards to help promote informed use of technology by students.

“Technology will never replace teachers, but a teacher who cannot teach with technology will be replaced by another one who can.” – Zuzana Mol?anová, Slovakia

Daily Edventures

Zuzana Molčanová. Teacher Engagement Manager. Microsoft. Bratislava, Slovakia. zuzanamol. Zuzana Molčanová knew she wanted to be a teacher from an early age, but she had no idea what that really meant until she stood up in front of her students. “I

Character Analysis with Book Creator

iTeach with iPads

Many of you may know I have left the classroom and am now the project manager for a school improvement grant for two priority schools in my district. Part of my work includes providing embedded professional learning for teachers integrating the iPad into instruction in meaningful ways.

A More Interoperable Future

Digital Promise

Twenty-three leaders from 17 League of Innovative Schools districts attended the Ed-Fi Summit in Austin, TX, in early October to share and gain insight on advancing their work in achieving data interoperability.

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New research answers whether technology is good or bad for learning

The Christensen Institute

For years educators and scholars have debated whether technology aids learning or inhibits it. In the most recent issue of Education Next, for example, Susan Payne Carter, Kyle Greenberg, and Michael S. Walker write about their research finding that allowing any computer usage in the classroom “reduces students’ average final-exam performance by roughly one-fifth of a standard deviation.”

Personalizing the Curriculum with the Learning Journey Model

The CoolCatTeacher

Mark Engstrom, Episode 188 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Mark Engstrom shares a personalized model for learning that he calls the “Learning Journey Model.”

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.

Baby's Got Mail: Free Books Boost Early Literacy

NPR Learning and Tech

A simple, scalable way to reach kids before they enter school: You sign up and get a free book in the mail every month until your child turns 5. Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR

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How online high school prepared my sons for NASA

eSchool News

You could say my sons are on an education fast track! At 16 and 17 years old, Matthew and William graduated from high school with 60 college credits apiece and are now enrolled with honors in their first year at McNeese State University.

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How to Elevate Teachers in the Age of Computers

Education Elements

One of the worst implementation mistakes school leaders make when they buy devices for their classrooms is allowing even one teacher to feel obsolete. Computers do not substitute for good teachers. Leaders Blended Classrooms

Why bother with theory when you’ve got big data?

The Christensen Institute

Big data is hotter than ever. A Google search for the phrase yields about 126,000,000 results, demonstrating huge demand for, and interest in, these services. Every day, companies, recognizing these powerful trends, are making huge investments in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science. The most ardent promoters of big data even claim that as we master data, we won’t need the scientific method or theory building.

5 Reasons to Try a Whole Novel Approach in Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Ariel Sacks on episode 185 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Ariel Sacks, author of Whole Novels for the Whole Class , shares five reasons to try a whole novel approach.

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.”

?How Apple, Salesforce and Other “Platform” Companies Can Help Close the Skills Gap

Edsurge

The rise of the knowledge economy is driving a tectonic shift in the nature of work—and in the education ecosystem that prepares learners for their careers. Old and new players are rethinking how, what and where people learn, and, in particular, how to master the digital skills that are increasingly vital to jobs in a widening swathe of industries.

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.

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.

Apprenticeships could provide a path to the middle class for millions of workers, new study says

The Hechinger Report

With her plea earlier this month for more investment in apprenticeships, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos joined a long list of policy makers, including former President Obama, who’ve embraced the workforce training programs as a way to prepare people for tomorrow’s careers.

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.)