March, 2018

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.

Engagement Doesn't Often Mean Effectiveness

The Web20Classroom

A few weeks ago I asked a group of teachers to describe a lesson where technology was used effectively to impact learning. After some thinking, one of the teachers described a lesson where students were using Google Maps to take a tour of different parts of the world.

Swarming the Classroom

EdTech4Beginners

American poet and etymologist John Ciardi once remarked, “The classroom should be an entrance into the world.” In contrast, we are not providing the most optimal entrance.

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.

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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Sketchnotes: A mini-course and #Sketch50 challenges!

Ditch That Textbook

Let’s see if you sound like many people I’ve talked to about sketchnotes (and the former version of myself): “I’d love to be able to do that. I’d love for my students to be able to do it. But I can’t draw! I’m not an artist.”

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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].

Are Students Engaged?

P21 Blogazine

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

Implementing Research-based Technology Programs in Workforce Training

Digital Promise

Using the specific context of language learning in the workforce, Dr. Katharine Nielson, Chief Education Officer of Voxy, outlines in this webinar what we know from research on second language learning and discusses ways to implement a strong, research-based program.

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.

Ruth Simmons on leadership

Dangerously Irrelevant

Ruth Simmons said: the perceptions of what it takes to be a leader are often based on prototypical models that don’t have much truth in reality. People look at the institutions that I have led and they see dissimilarities. I see similarities.

20 ways to use Pear Deck to engage students

Ditch That Textbook

The standard lecture has plenty of detractors, and rightfully so. Done poorly, it can be an uninspired stream of facts, delivered in sit-and-get style that get forgotten quickly. However, we can turn the standard lecture — and its tool of choice, the presentation slide! — on its head.

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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.

DYSTOPIA 2153 – Coding Through Stories

EdTech4Beginners

Do you like graphic novels or comic books? Are you interested in learning how to code? If you answered, yes, then you’ll love Dystopia 2153 ! This brand new, three-episode series teaches kids the basics of coding through a digital graphic novel.

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.

Why Kids Can’t Stop Moving: The Neuroscience Behind a Student’s Need to Move [ENCORE]

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Students have reasons for how they behave, particularly if they have learning differences and learn in unique ways.

The Tandem Bicycle Approach to Distributive Leadership

P21 Blogazine

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.

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 […].

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).

Book Creator – A Brilliant Tech Tool To Use In The Classroom

EdTech4Beginners

Book Creator was launched in 2011. Now, 7 years later, a staggering 1 million books are made per month! A friend introduced it to me and I have never looked back! What is Book Creator? Book Creator, as the title suggests, is an app which allows you to create your own books.

Partnerships that Work: Tapping Research to Address Learner Variability in Young Readers

Digital Promise

Education technology and innovation continue to evolve, making it easier for teachers to harness the power of technology to improve education outcomes for learners. At the same time, a growing field of learning sciences research offers more precise knowledge of how learners learn.

Service Learning: Grants and FREE Resources to Help Your Students Serve and Grow

The CoolCatTeacher

Sponsored by We Are Teachers, The Allstate Foundation, and WE. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Service learning is when students learn by serving others.

Developing a School Where All Learners Can Flourish as Innovators

P21 Blogazine

Schools, and school leaders, face enormous pressure to empower students to succeed in post-secondary education, prepare for careers we can’t yet imagine, and address challenges in their communities with innovative thinking. This is no easy task and there are no guaranteed roadmaps to follow – every learning community is one-of-a-kind, every school is defined by the people who live, learn and work within its bounds.

40+ ideas for making technology integration meaningful

Ditch That Textbook

Almost daily teachers are bombarded with shiny new apps designed for education. It can be enough to make our heads spin. We WANT to use technology that is meaningful and manageable for ourselves and our students.

Let’s Focus on the Learning

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Standing Up For What We Believe In: Why We Joined #FoundersForChange

Education Elements

The first time I stood up for something I believed in I had to stand on a chair. I was around 7 years old and I wanted to know why there was a Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, and nothing to celebrate other holidays. After writing a letter to which I got a very unsatisfactory answer, my dad bought me one share of Rockefeller stock and took me to the shareholders meeting.

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?

5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons [ENCORE]

The CoolCatTeacher

The top Edtech Tool Tuesday of 2018 (so far) with Richard Byrne From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Richard Byrne, author of Free Technology for Teachers, was a history teacher. It shows.

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How a Chinese Public School Promotes Global Social Justice

P21 Blogazine

For-profit private primary and secondary schools have proliferated in the major cities throughout China since the 1990s. The rapid expansion of the test preparation industry has been even more intense.

FREE updated ebook: 101 Practical Ways to Ditch That Textbook 2.0

Ditch That Textbook

Could you use some practical new ideas for teaching that you can use tomorrow? Want to find ways to save time for what matters most? You’ve come to the right place. I have put together 101 of my best practical ideas to “Ditch That Textbook” in a free 19-page ebook!

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Personalized learning won’t work without personalized supports

The Christensen Institute

Last week’s New York Times Fixes column highlighted the enormous promise of PowerMyLearning, a framework and tool that connects teachers, families, and students. The approach marks a departure from run-of-the-mill family engagement strategies like infrequent parent-teacher conferences or once yearly back-to-school nights.

5 Ingredients To Create A Culture of Innovation in Your District

Education Elements

As a part of an education consulting team I’m often hired to support schools and districts solve complex challenges-- from redesigning teaching and learning, to building leadership capacity, aligning initiatives, increasing staff retention, and restructuring professional development. In all of this work the underlying, often unspoken, need that most teams want our help with is improving team and organizational culture.

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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.