March, 2018

7 Digital Learning Theories and Models You Should Know

Teacher Reboot Camp

While pursuing our teaching degrees we were introduced to various learning theorists and their insights about how people learn best. Some familiar names, included Piaget, Bandura, Vygotsky, and Gardner. Although understanding these theories is still important, we also need to become familiar with theories, models, and approaches, which provide us insight on how technology, social media, and the Internet impact our learning.

Understand NGSS in 5 Minutes: Sort of

The Journal

NGSS – The Next Generation Science Standards – is the hot new way to teach science in K-12. NGSS is a revolution in science education. In our blog, we briefly try to do that revolution justice by explaining its five key terms

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The Wild and Amazing World of Augmented Reality

Ask a Tech Teacher

The poster child for a cutting-edge classroom over the years has included computers (back in your mom’s schooldays), iPads (a surprisingly long time ago), 3D printing, Maker Space, and G Suite. By now, those have all been mainstreamed, with savvy parents asking, “What else do you offer?” ” Now, the most popular ending to the sentence that starts, “My school actually has…” is Augmented Reality.

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Striving Readers? Hire Librarians.

Digital Promise

As an ESL student and a child from an immigrant, economically disadvantaged family raised in blue-collar northern Ohio, I know first-hand the power a good book can have on a child who feels different and inferior from everyone around him. Aside from being a great escape vehicle, through character dialogue and imagery, books can introduce you to the colloquial language parents cannot teach – creating fewer awkward situations among friends and classmates.

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.

Station Rotation Model: Grouping Strategies

Catlin Tucker

The Station Rotation Model is a blended learning model where students rotate through a series of online and offline stations. This model is an easier shift for elementary teachers who are already use learning stations with students. Unfortunately, most secondary teachers do not learn how to design lessons using stations in credential school.

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It Takes More Than Passion! Our Young Girls Need Resilience to Thrive!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“And though she be but little, she is fierce.”- ”- William Shakespeare. Savvy, my baby girl, is an incredibly curious, brave, and happy child. She sees the world as an adventure and believes she can do anything. I believe in her power to be brilliant, but I also know how difficult it is to live your passion and make a difference when you a minority girl raised in a world where women worldwide are oppressed and must continually fight to have a voice.

The Magic of Making: The Human Need to Create

User Generated Education

Recently I had the privilege of facilitating two half day workshops entitled, A Framework for Maker Education. The workshop including several mini-sessions of participants creating their own maker projects (Paper Circuits, Squishy Circuits, Gami-Bots, Brush bots, and micro:bit projects). What struck me most during these creating sessions was the high degree of energy, excitement, and joy in the room – it was palatable – with 100% participant engagement.

How Teaching Online Can Change Your Life

EdNews Daily

Guest article from teacher Elizabeth from 51Talk. My name is Mary Davisson. My teacher’s name at 51Talk is Miss Davisson (Elizabeth). I have been teaching and training for over 30+ years. However, in 2017, little did I know my life was about to take a shift that I never saw coming my way, and it would be one of the surprises and grand opportunities of a lifetime. While perusing my emails one day, a particular correspondence from a specific recruiter caught my attention.

How Early Is Too Early to Teach Computer Science?

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Good news for parents concerned about kids getting too much screen time: It's possible to teach computer science concepts to very young kids without using computers at all. The post How Early Is Too Early to Teach Computer Science? appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Algorithmic Thinking Coding Computational Thinking Pattern Recognition Problem Analysis Startup Startups

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).

Students Learn More When THEY Do the Work

Catlin Tucker

A major barrier to innovation in the classroom is teacher exhaustion. I regularly work with teachers who like the idea of trying new teaching strategies, blended learning models, and technology tools, but they don’t have the time or energy to experiment. When I work with teachers, my goal is to get them to shift their mindsets. Instead of asking themselves, “How can I?” ” I want them to pause and rephrase the question, “How can students?”

Redefining annotation: Ditch That PDF and hyper-annotate

Ditch That Textbook

Learning how to read and annotate text is an important skill all our students need to truly understand stories, articles, and *GULP* textbooks. This is a skill that can be learned over time. The hard reality of the situation, though, is most college level texts are now distributed in PDF or other digital formats for […]. Ed Tech annotating pdfs in class annotating student documents marking up student documents student PDF activities

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Effective Technology Integration: 15+ #EduGoalsMOOC Chat Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Today, The Goal-Minded Teacher ( #EduGoalsMOOC ) free open online course Twitter chat took place about the topic, Effective Technology Integration. All are invited to join the chat whether you take the online course or not! We were inspired by two incredible edtech gurus who were our guest experts for the chat, Steve Wheeler ( @SteveWheeler ) and Larry Ferlazzo ( @LarryFerlazzo ). We also had many teachers who are edtech gurus in their own right from around the world join the chat.

Reflecting on Maker Experiences with Reflection Cards

User Generated Education

I’ve discussed the importance of reflection in my Framework for Maker Education ; and specifically discussed reflecting on the maker experiences in several of my blog posts: Reflecting on the Making Process [link]. The Maker as a Reflective Practitioner [link].

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.

Inspiring Students to Take Action through Service Learning

Digital Promise

Schools around the country have embraced the value of service learning for developing and nurturing students’ civic values and attitudes, as well as building academic competencies. Service learning provides authentic education experiences where students can both learn and apply their learning in real world contexts and intrinsically motivates students by allowing them to select projects they care about.

Are Students Engaged?

Battelle for Kids

We know that engagement is key to moving the needle on student achievement. But is it an elusive intangible or an indicator that can be strategically levered for improvement? What can we learn about engagement from the students themselves? P21 Blog

How to Prepare for the SAT

Ask a Tech Teacher

Taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) has become a right-of-passage for high school students as they leave formal education and enter the next phase of learning. Over seven million will take SAT tests in 2018 in January, March/April, May, June, October, November, or December. Some will take it for the first time; some for the umpteenth time. For many, it represents a last desperate attempt to qualify for the college of their dreams.

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5 things you might not know about Kahoot!

Ditch That Textbook

When I do presentations and workshops with teachers all over the United States and beyond, hands go up all over the room when I ask if they’re familiar with Kahoot! It launched in August 2013 and has taken off like a rocket. In May 2017, it had 50 million monthly active users. In March 2017, […]. Ed Tech finding good kahoot games kahoot bad nicknames kahoot classroom ideas kahoot jumble

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.

Netflix’s Black Mirror: A Cautionary Tale About Social Media

Catlin Tucker

Last night I watched an episode of Black Mirror , which Netflix describes as “ sci-fi anthology series explores a twisted, high-tech near-future where humanity’s greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.” ” My interest in the show was initially piqued on a visit to my sister’s home in Los Angeles. She works at Netflix and has a piece of artwork in her apartment that presents a scene from a Black Mirror’s “Nosedive” episode.

Classroom Management and Parent Engagement: 8 #EduGoalsMOOC Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Today, the Goal-Minded Teacher ( #EduGoalsMOOC ) free open online course Twitter chat took place about the topics, Classroom Management and Parent Engagement. We invited two incredible leaders in education to be our guest experts for the chat, Dr. Lynell Powell ( @DrJoy77 ), assistant principal and host of the Dr. Joy Radio Show and Marisa Constantinides ( @Marisa_C ), Director of Studies of CELT Athens (where I received my CELTA) and author of TEFL Matters.

Learning to Read to Learn

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. By middle school, typical reading curriculums assume that students have the necessary literacy strategies to decode the writing in front of them. Lessons have shifted from “learning to read” to “reading to learn,” with students using texts to make sense of unknown concepts.

Let’s Focus on the Learning

More Verbs

As I have moved through the state and talked with educators about learning through technology, including while working with MLTI (the Maine Learning Technology Initiative), too often the conversations focused on laptops and tablets and folks wondering if we could find devices that were less expensive. Is it possible that in their thinking, all laptops and devices were created equal, in such a way that the only variable is cost? Possibly it is the wrong conversation completely.

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!

Ways to use a movie for language teaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

Today, we have a guest post from Philip Perry, founder of Learnclick.com , an online quiz tool lots of teachers use to create and share quizzes. It is also ideal for teaching language as it has many options for asking questions in context. Here, Philip addresses the use of movies in teaching: Movies are a great way for learning a language as it helps getting used to the real-life usage.

Teaching digital citizenship with picture story books

Ditch That Textbook

Teaching digital citizenship in a meaningful way can be daunting. These picture books illustrate important concepts beautifully. This post is written by Eleni Kyritsis, a Year 3 teacher and Leader of Digital Learning and Innovation from Melbourne, Australia. She was named the 2017 ACCE Australian Educator of the Year. Find her on Twitter (@misskyritsis) and […].

Maker Monday: How Start the Week with Creativity and Purpose (ENCORE)

The CoolCatTeacher

The top Monday Motivation episode of 2018 so far with John Spencer 276 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. John Spencer, coauthor of two different best-selling books, Launch and Empower , talks about the creativity (and test score) boosts his classes experienced when he began Maker Mondays. Sponsor: The STLinATL Conference will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta July 26-27, 2018.

The Tandem Bicycle Approach to Distributive Leadership

Battelle for Kids

The Affiliated High School of Peking University’s Dalton Academy employs a wide variety of industry professionals (lawyers, engineers, artists), academics and experienced teachers. This configuration allows administrators to afford faculty members a high level of autonomy and ability to thrive within their fields of expertise. Furthermore, this trust and autonomy is extended to students, allowing them to lead and teach their own courses as well as experiential learning excursions.

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.

Support for Early Readers: Personalizing with Purpose

Digital Promise

Every day across the nation, students walk into schools with backpacks full of diverse experiences that impact how they behave and learn. At the same time, advancements in learning sciences paint a more dynamic and optimistic picture of human development than has ever existed before. If personalized learning could be built on a foundation of research and whole child development, could we accelerate the impact of emerging science on teacher practice and student outcomes for all learners?

Teachers are the Driving Force of Change

A Principal's Reflections

During virtually every keynote, presentation, or workshop that I give, the topic of change is very much a part of it. Leading the effort to uproot the status quo and prepare kids for anything as opposed to something is easier said than done. As Tom Murray and I state in Learning Transformed , "To prepare students for their world of work tomorrow, we must transform their learning today." Great progress is being made in classrooms and schools across the world.

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Why Flipped and Blended Learning are Making Waves in education

Ask a Tech Teacher

Vivek Singh and his colleague, Ilya Mishra, are new contributors to Ask a Tech Teacher who specialize in online learning and educational technology (more on Ilya’s bio below). I know you’ll enjoy their thoughts: To be an integral part of this relatively young digital age, it is imperative for educators to keep up with the technological advances in every sector.