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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A Simple Guide to Podcasting in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

How to improve learning and listening in the classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Teachers want their students to create, but don’t want to fight with clunky technology. Listening skills and learning can be improved with podcasting.

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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.

Ten Tips for Creating a Culture of Innovation

Education Elements

Recently it seems that innovation is a buzzword on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Need happier employees? Innovate! Need bigger profits? Innovate! Need better leadership? Innovate! Over the past six months I’ve explored hundreds of news stories, white papers, and blog posts focused on why and how leaders might foster a culture of innovation. Unfortunately, innovation is too often be touted as a silver bullet solution without even defining what innovation is.

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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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?

30 Of The Best Books To Teach Children Empathy

TeachThought - Learn better.

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Digital Differentiation with Google Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post Digital Differentiation with Google Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. How to Differentiate Assignments in Google Classroom. I am often asked about differentiation strategies that will work in the Google Classroom application.

Our hopes and dreams for Global Prosperity at the Christensen Institute: Will you join us?

The Christensen Institute

How we got here. I spent the first 16 years of my life in Nigeria before moving to the United States for college.

Join SETDA: Affiliate Memberships Now Accepted

SETDA's Affiliate program connects non-profit education membership organizations with state leaders. SETDA's mission is to build the capacity of education leaders to improve learning through technology policy & practice. Benefits include: SETDA conferences, webinars and news feeds.

Shaping Student Management Skills through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Teachers understand the value teamwork, communication, and collaboration holds in our increasingly complex and fast-paced world.

10 great virtual field trips to check out in 2017

Ditch That Textbook

In 2004, I was about to start my first teaching job. That’s when I got introduced to the world. I went on a 10-day mission trip to Uruguay. We drove the streets of Montevideo, a world capital that reminded me a lot of life in the United States.

How to Find the Parent-Teacher Communication App Your Classroom Needs

EmergingEdTech

Jessica Meacham built a robust worksheet and did a lot of research to find the parent-teacher app that best fit her requirements. Teacher Gets Serious About Comparing Apps to Find the Right one for. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

10 Benefits Of Inquiry-Based Learning

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Web Filtering: equally beneficial for your 5-year-old & 15-year-old

Securly

Web filtering is required by law, as long as schools wish to receive e-rate funding to supply their digital classrooms. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires that schools “block Internet access to pictures that are (a) obscene (b) child pornography or (c) harmful to minors.”

The 3 Biggest K–12 Tech Trends for 2017

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Classroom tech and data will continue to boost learning outcomes. Blended Learning Business Intelligence Classroom Data Analytics Data Governance Makerspaces Personalized Learning STEM

How Ed-Tech Companies Use Research to Make Better Products

Digital Promise

While there is widespread support for ed-tech companies to use research when designing their products, there is still little information available about how companies actually do (or should do) this work. Traditional research methods require significant amounts of money and time, and are often incompatible with fast-paced ed-tech product development cycles. As a result, pioneering companies have had to adapt these methods as they strive to make products that are truly “research-based.”.

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 [.].

A World that is Asking for Continuous Creation

The Principal of Change

Currently, I am reading “ The Growth Mindset Coach “, and was struck by this passage and corresponding table: (Carol) Dweck identified five key areas in which the actions of people of opposing mindsets often diverge: challenges, obstacles, effort, criticism, and success of others.

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How Technology Can Address Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs

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Finding ‘personalized learning’ and other edtech buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle

The Christensen Institute

Education buzzwords come and go, just as the fads they sometimes represent. But some endure and come back, much as in the Gartner Hype Cycle —or perhaps as in a metaphorical Ferris wheel, in which concepts take their seats and then rise and fall, over and over.

Curriculum Mapping with G Suite

EdTechTeam

Wouldn't it be great to create a flexible, collaborative and free Curriculum Mapping solution for unit planning and horizontal and vertical articulations using G Suite? It's now possible!

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250+ Google Classroom Tips, Tutorials and Resources

Shake Up Learning

The post 250+ Google Classroom Tips, Tutorials and Resources appeared first on Shake Up Learning. The Best Google Classroom Resources for Teachers.

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,

4 Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Revolutionize the Classroom.

EdTech4Beginners

It’s hard to see anything other than artificial intelligence being the next frontier of the edtech front. More specifically, machine learning has quickly gained the potential to overhaul what educators can accomplish with technology due to how rapidly the field has advanced within the last two years.

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4 Things All Project-Based Learning Teachers Should Do

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Improve Your Teaching By Doing a Few Things Well

The CoolCatTeacher

The Innovator's Mindset with George Couros From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. There are too many apps. Too many ideas. Too many initiatives. Too many jobs to do. Too many strategic objectives. Too many standards.

8 of the Best Research Tools for Inquiry

iLearn Technology

As an inquiry based school, Anastasis students (and teachers) spend a LOT of time researching. Our students essentially build their own living curriculum as they follow a line of inquiry. Below are my very favorite research tools for students. Research platforms: 1.

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Four Ways School Leaders Can Support Meaningful Innovation

MindShift

When schools try to innovate, they often take a traditional top-down approach: devise a strategy, roll it out to teachers and support a high-fidelity implementation.

How can schools protect student data without training teachers in privacy basics?

The Hechinger Report

. Gearing up for their district’s password-reset day in October, teachers and school administrators in Raytown, Missouri, watched a spoof video “gym” tour by their tech-support staff, who offered tips for stronger passwords amidst “laptop lunges” and “cross-tech” training.

3 Areas Where Having “The Innovator’s Mindset” is Crucial

The Principal of Change

As I have contended for years, “Innovation” is about mindset, not skill set. How we look at the world, is how we move forward, learn, and create.

4 Hidden Features of Google Classroom

EdTechTeacher

Over the past two years, Google Classroom has become a popular learning platform for many teachers using G Suite for Education.

Are You Using Technology Because You Can Or Because You Should?

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First Steps to Personalize Learning

Education Elements

If you wait until you’re ready for personalized learning, you’ll never get started! Our antiquated, factory-style education system is failing our students. It’s also failing our teachers. We have more and more students each year struggling to find relevance and connections between what they do in school each day and their future hopes and dreams.