January, 2017

Memo to OER Purveyors: Teachers Don’t Want Content, Teachers Want Curriculum!

The Journal

While OER marketplaces tend to tout the amount and types of content on offer, we must remind ourselves that content is not curriculum — and it is curriculum that teachers actually want. We go on to describe the life-cycle of a digital lesson — and argue that support for all the life cycle phases is only just beginning to be provided

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Need to Learn Moodle? Start With VerveEd

Ask a Tech Teacher

Moodle is an open source free cloud-based learning platform used by over 96 million people to create over 11 million courses. These can be a simple activity or a fully-featured course. The platform offers a plethora of tools to customize courses as pretty much whatever teachers need, including: Upload video, audio, and links. Engage students in a discussion forum or a survey. Create, conduct and grade quizzes. Assign, collect, review and grade assignments.

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Blend Online and In-class Discussions to Give Every Student a Voice

Catlin Tucker

“When I engage in dialogue, I recognize that those I speak with are equal to me, and I work from the assumption that they hold within them wisdom, knowledge, ideas, and gifts.” ” That line from Jim Knight’s book Unmistakable Impact highlights the power of dialogue as a vehicle to learn from the people around us. The value of discussions can hardly be overstated. They allow students to: Articulate their ideas. Ask questions. Learn from different perspectives.

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. We walked through centuries-old Colonia del Sacramento, [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology global connections global education skype skype in the classroom virtual field trips

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Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

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. One of my gifted girls noted, “Where do all of these robots come from?” ” I laughed and told her, “It’s actually has become one of my passions. Collecting them has become a major hobby of mine.”

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What Can Third Graders Do With Technology?

The Journal

In this week’s blog post, a third grade teacher in a public school provides a clear example of what our blog, "Reinventing Curriculum" is all about. Mr. Gabriel DellaVecchia has used 1-to-1 in an imaginative, productive, and effective manner. What the children in his class accomplished is absolutely inspiring

10 Reasons Why Videos are Great Educational Tools

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’ve written a lot lately about the benefits of using videos in your classroom. Guest author, Emily Clearly over at mysimpleshow has ten more reasons why videos are a great educational tool for your teaching: Videos are in line with the technological times and can be accessed on the Internet at any point, from wherever you are in the world. Education is something that will never go out of style. Why not put the two together?

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New Year’s Resolution: I’m Moving ALL Assessment into the Classroom

Catlin Tucker

I don’t typically make “pie in the sky” New Year’s resolutions, but. this year I am bound and determined to move ALL assessment into the classroom! Click To Tweet This may sound like a crazy resolution given that most teachers spend hours of time outside of school assessing their students’ work. However, there are three reasons I’d argue we should NOT spend our time outside of class grading: Our prep time is better spent designing creative and engaging lessons.

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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The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).

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. The biggest thing I took from that conference, that remains with me today, is that if learner potential is discussed, there is an assumption there is a limit of cap to what can be learned. If educators perceive their students as having a propensity for learning, there is no cap. The apropos cliche becomes the sky is the limit.

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? Is that Albany Georgia’s tragedy is ignored?

A Framework for Technology Adoption: Making Your Pedagogy Deeply Digital

The Journal

This week’s blog post distills our 30-plus years of working in K–12 classrooms trying, trying, trying to integrate computing devices into those K–12 classrooms. The result: five guidelines. Educators, what’s your take on these five guidelines? Researchers: "Experience is the best teacher, but a fool will learn from no other

What is Google Keep and Why Use it in Your Classroom?

Ask a Tech Teacher

My daughter just bought her first house (though it went on hold several times as the Navy threatened/offered to move her). We wanted a simple way to share a ToDo list that would be available on phones, iPads, and computers, and would auto-update with our ideas. I looked at a variety of options, but found something wrong with each of them. Until I found Google Keep.

Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

Podcast: Diving into Technology & Blended Learning

Catlin Tucker

Check out my conversation with the lovely ladies who host CNUSDEchat podcast , which is officially launching February 1st! We had the opportunity to chat about blended learning, flexible classroom spaces, and the importance of placing students at the center of learning! Listen Now! The CNUSDEdchat podcast also has conversations with Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Jessica Fuller available! They are worth checking out if you enjoy podcasts as much as I do.

Quick Google Forms time savers for teachers

Ditch That Textbook

Google Forms is a great tool for surveying others and collecting data from them. By using Forms in that way, it can save us tons of time. It can save us even more time when we survey ourselves. I can hear your response to that one … Wait, Matt … survey ourselves? Have you gone [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology gafe google apps for education google forms gsuiteedu time management time savers

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How to Parent Teens in a High-Tech World Without Losing Your Mind

EdNews Daily

Robyn D. Shulman, Author. My daughter turned 14 in November. As I reflect back on her childhood, I tend to do what many parents do: compare her life now to how my life was as a teenager then -my then seems like a different planet. To say parenting and childhood have changed over the past thirty years is an understatement. As I felt her move around in a mini-ocean that took over my body, I could never have imagined parenting would be entirely different than it is today.

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. Today’s show will help you understand one of the simplest technologies to use in the classroom: podcasting. Podcasting sparks imagination, creativity, and builds listening skills.

Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.

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.

Top 10 Websites and Apps of 2016

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every week, I post a website(s) or app(s) that my classes found useful, instructive, helpful in integrating technology into classroom lesson plans. Some, you agreed with me about; others not so much. Here, I’ll share which sites you-all thought were the most helpful in efforts to weave tech into the classroom experience. Between these twenty, they had over 240,000 visitors during the year. See if you agree: Websites. 12 Websites to Teach Mouse Skills.

Create Your Own Custom Search Engine

Catlin Tucker

When I work with elementary teachers, one of the biggest concerns I hear about is the fear of what students will find online. Teachers know it’s important to teach students how to search effectively, evaluate website credibility, and cite their sources, but it can be scary when teachers are working with younger students. One way to teach these important skills, while keeping students safe online, is to create a custom search engine.

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. Mix in images — the visual tools that make instant connections in our brains — and you’ve got an engaging activity in the making. I [.]. Ed Tech alice keeler chrome extensions ditch that homework driveslides edtech educational technology slideshot

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Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

Learn how a thoughtful formative assessment approach can help teachers understand where students are in their learning, inform instruction, and in turn, positively impact student learning outcomes. Get the guide today!

Why we should all think about the gamification of education

Neo LMS

The educational system as we know it needs a revamp. Actually, a revamp is not enough. The educational system needs to be restructured. A lot of things need to change, and the sooner that happens, the better. Too many students drop out of school, and this isn’t the way to get successful citizens to lead their country forward. There are many reasons behind high dropout rates , but many seem to stream from the same sources. One of these is the slow adaptation to the new world.

How One Classroom Can Transform the School Cafeteria with STEM Thinking

Digital Promise

The Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) directed by Digital Promise initiative is actively improving learning opportunities for students and teachers in 46 middle schools across 14 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to providing teachers and students with always-available access to technology, every VILS location promotes STEM principles across the curriculum.

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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. I was just in Walgreens picking up pictures, and as I was walking in, a little one-year-old decided to walk out through the open door. I scooted out and followed him and took his tiny hand as his alarmed grandmother was grateful I brought him back. She said, “He just runs away all the time.

169 Tech Tip #80–17 Ways to Add Tech without Adding Time

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. Today’s tip: #80–17 Ways to Add Tech without Adding Time. Category: CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT. Sub-category: Teaching, Writing.

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The Best Ways to Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, How to Best Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School, hear the real-world experience of Steven Palomo, IT Director at Beverly Public Schools, regarding how he successfully managed his entire tech stack.

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? Watch my YouTube video tutorial to find out the basics: How did I use it in a lesson? Recently, my class have been studying onomatopoeia as part of a unit of work on poetry. I asked my students to create images which represented the words: Click to view slideshow.

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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, No, that’s not the confession yet …) I’ve had great things to say about so many Google products over the years. Except one: Google Sites. I think “despise” [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology g suite gafe Google Apps google apps for education google sites gsuiteedu

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Building a Startup Business Backwards: Why It Can Work

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

At Communication APPtitude we developed our product before our business plan. For us, it worked. The post Building a Startup Business Backwards: Why It Can Work appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog bootstrap Communication APPtitude entrepreneur lean startup literacy startup vocabulary

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