January, 2017

2 BRAND NEW tools to help students display work, reflect

Ditch That Textbook

Google Slides is such a versatile tool in G Suite (Google Apps). It goes much further than creating a slide presentation to show on the screen to the entire class.

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Robotics and Computer Science for Elementary Level Learners

User Generated Education

I absolutely love all of the new robotics toys that have been coming out for elementary age learners. I have been using them for my summer maker camp, with my gifted education classes, and for my upcoming Saturday morning program.

If You Are Using iPads In The Classroom – Apple TV’s Are A Must!

EdTech4Beginners

Apple TV’s allow you to stream your iPad screen to another device such as a projector. They are invaluable in the classroom and have so many uses. How do you set it up? It is really easy to set up an Apple TV.

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Lecturing v. active learning

Dangerously Irrelevant

Annie Murphy Paul said: a growing body of evidence suggests that the lecture is not generic or neutral, but a specific cultural form that favors some people while discriminating against others, including women, minorities and low-income and first-generation college students.

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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Alternative Reality: The Propensity for Learning Rather Than the Potential for Learning

User Generated Education

I had the opportunity the learn about Dr. Reuven Feuerstein through Dr. Yvette Jackson at a National Urban Alliance conference almost 20 years ago.

An effective video creation platform for teachers and students

EdTech4Beginners

Binumi is a great tool for everyone to create videos on any device, anywhere and at anytime. Users get everything they need to create amazing videos: royalty-free footage, editing tools and publishing ability. What do the outcomes look like?

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Promoters of school choice are unwilling to ensure equal access in regular public schools

Dangerously Irrelevant

Derek Black said: [C]harters, vouchers, and other choice-like reforms are insulting substitutes for equal access to learning opportunities.

Using the iPad for Deeper Learning

iTeach with iPads

Deeper learning is the process of learning for transfer. Student competencies that allow for deep learning include cognitive reasoning and problem solving, intrapersonal competencies which involve self-management, and interpersonal competencies which refer to working and communicating with others.

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How to Embrace an Open Culture in Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Learning and Sharing Can Spread from Teacher to Teacher with George Couros From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. As a teacher, there is nothing worse than irrelevant, impractical and (dare I say it?) boring professional development.

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10 ways to collaborate digitally + visually in class

Ditch That Textbook

In my own high school Spanish classes, this happened all the time. We talked in class. I wrote and drew notes on the board, creating a great summary of our discussion. Guess what the students wanted to do at the end of class. Yep, you guessed it: take a picture of the whiteboard. I’m not [.].

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Education innovation in 2017: 4 personalized learning trends to watch

The Christensen Institute

At the Clayton Christensen Institute, we track disruptive innovations in K–12 schools that upend the traditional factory-based model of school in favor of instructional approaches that better center on each individual student.

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3 Tech Tools that every teacher should know about.

EdTech4Beginners

There’s a new tool or app out every day. Most of them making yet another promise to boost our productivity. The problem? They don’t always deliver on their promise, and keeping up with the ones that work is tough. So I’ve made that job easier for you.

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Some questions for Betsy DeVos

Dangerously Irrelevant

The Washington Post collected some questions from educators for Betsy DeVos , nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education.

Moving from Challenges to Solutions: The Future of Educator Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Digital Promise gathered developers, researchers, educators, and thought leaders from the educator professional development field on January 9-10 in Redwood City, California, for The Future of Educator Micro-credentials Summit.

Living Life as a Teacher Is Noble Enough

The CoolCatTeacher

Appreciating teachers and the role we play in the world From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Wow, you know as a teacher you just can’t turn it off.

Preparing students for a start-up, entrepreneur-driven world

Ditch That Textbook

Jeff Hoffman created his first company as a student at Yale University. It was a software company called Competitive Technologies, and it was eventually acquired by American Express. He went on to create a company that helps consumers book travel with airlines, hotels and rental cars at a discount.

Using the iPad to Develop Student Agency

iTeach with iPads

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Share and collaborate the easy way with Padlet.

EdTech4Beginners

Padlet is a superb tech tool in which a virtual ‘wall’ can be set up by a teacher and then the class can post and share ideas on it. Comments can be made and collaboration becomes simple. How does it work?

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Innovation academies, workshops, presentation topics, upcoming books, and more

Dangerously Irrelevant

Some quick updates… I created a new Innovation Academies page to better describe that work. I love those opportunities when I have an ongoing, long-term engagement with a district’s leadership team!

Design Challenge

User Generated Education

This year I have been focusing on design challenges and design thinking with my gifted elementary students, grades 2nd through 6th. Last semester I introduced a series of activities to have them explore, learn about, and interact with design thinking principles and strategies.

How Mainstreet Media Steps Up When Mainstream Media Lets Us Down

The CoolCatTeacher

What we can learn from the media's silence about the South Georgia Storm Disaster 2017 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Is it that we don’t have a dead baby in a ditch like we had in the Camilla tornadoes in 2000 to get people upset?

NEW Google Sites: 10 things teachers must know

Ditch That Textbook

I have a confession to make. I’m heavily invested in Google, being a Google Certified Innovator, using Google tools all the time and suggesting them to teachers. (No,

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Why innovation must be the new development strategy

The Christensen Institute

“What we measure informs what we do. And if we’re measuring the wrong thing, we’re going to do the wrong thing.” – Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize Winner in Economics, 2001. There is no shortage of ideas and strategies that will lead a country from poverty to economic prosperity.

My Article For The TES: Five Time-Saving Tech Tools For New Teachers.

EdTech4Beginners

I recently wrote an article for the Times Educational Supplement about ways for new teachers to save time by using technology. Click here for the full article. Tagged: edtech , education , teacher technology , teacher workload , teachers , teaching , tech , tech tools , time saving.

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Join Us For the filmMAKER Challenge Webinar Series

Digital Promise

The Digital Promise filmMAKER™ Challenge is an opportunity for middle and high school students to learn about product design and filmmaking through a set of activities, projects, and challenges.

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5 Resources To Make Your Next Presentation Pop

The Web20Classroom

Perhaps you are like me and have to sit through presentations often. Sometimes they are great. You can tell the presenter put a lot of thought into what they want to talk about and it feels like they really know their stuff.

Today is the Present

The CoolCatTeacher

Living life to the fullest every day. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I live across the street from death. Truthfully, I wouldn’t have chosen to live across from the funeral home, but it was my grandparents’ house.

5 ideas for using Google Classroom’s new differentiation and grouping feature

Ditch That Textbook

One huge drawback of using Google Classroom has beenthe inflexibility of creating assignments. Everything you assigned had to go to every student. Deliver assignments to small groups? Differentiate to subsets of students? Until now. Google announced a few changes to Google Classroom, and this one was the bombshell: assign activities to small groups [.]. Ed Tech differentiation edtech educational technology g suite for education gafe google apps for education google classroom grouping gsuiteedu

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Help Your Kids Spend Screen Time Wisely

Securly

A recent study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics re-evaluated appropriate screen time limits for young children. The assessment redefined “screen time” as the use of digital media exclusively for entertainment.

A great maths game, perfect for early years.

EdTech4Beginners

There are a lot of educational apps and games in the App Store and a great maths one is Dora is counting to 10. Children can learn the numbers 1 to 10 while playing a game with Dora, a clever mouse. The game is inspired by the “ Hejny method ” of teaching mathematics.

Leveraging Public TV on Behalf of Adult Learners

Digital Promise

Kentucky Educational Television (KET) is a PBS member station widely recognized as a leader in developing digital learning opportunities for adult basic skills and workplace education. By pairing their extensive network of partnerships with their willingness to continually experiment to develop more effective digital learning opportunities, KET is a true Beacon for adult learning. Leaders in Digital Innovation. For over 40 years, KET has been a provider of adult education study materials.

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Resources and Wrap Ups From #FETC 2017

The Web20Classroom

I spent the last week in warm and sunny Orlando attending the 2017 FETC Conference. This is one my favorite conferences of the year because of the quality of the sessions, the people and, of course, the learning.

One Simple Way to Screencast with Office Mix

The CoolCatTeacher

A 2-Minute Technology Tip on Screencasting From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. A screencast is when you record the screen. While there are many great options out there, Office Mix is so simple, I’m using it for most screencasting.

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