May, 2018

Beyond the Micro-credential: A Teacher’s Unexpected Professional Development

Digital Promise

Over the past 10 years as a teacher (and more recently as an aspiring administrator), I have consistently sought out new and innovative professional development. This work has included gaining a doctoral degree, attending trainings, reading books, going to conferences, and a multitude of other opportunities I have engaged in as others sought to support my personal and professional goals.

Failure is for the privileged.

User Generated Education

This past week I attend the Infosis CrossRoads Institute. It was filled with some great speakers and panels, but the most profound moment for me was a single statement made by Kipp Bradford , “failure is for the privileged.”

Don’t add. Make better.

The Principal of Change

Having just received an email from someone starting a new “technology” position in their school, they asked me what advice I would give.

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It’s 2018 – Do You Know Where Your Personalized Learners Are?

Education Elements

Personalized learning, like so much of what we value most in our schools, should be aligned to the particular educational needs of individual learners – that’s what it’s all about.

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.

Two studies point to the power of teacher-student relationships to boost learning

The Hechinger Report

Two studies on elementary schools published in June 2018 point to the importance giving teachers and students plenty of time to form relationships. Students may learn more. Photo: Jamie Martines.

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Costs of Specialized Teaching

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here.

Assessing Maker Education Projects

User Generated Education

Institutionalized education has given assessment a bad reputation; often leaves a sour taste in the mouths of many teachers, students, and laypeople.

10 great education books for summer reading

Ditch That Textbook

Summer … the time when all teachers spend carefree days sitting by the pool and drinking fruity drinks, right? Many teachers I know (especially the best ones!) spend at least part of their summers honing their craft. It’s a time to do things we were too busy to do during the school year, and […]. Teaching summer reading for teachers top books for educators top education books top teacher books

Kasey Bell’s 8 Great Ways to Use Google Slides

The CoolCatTeacher

Kasey Bell on episode 322 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Kasey Bell teaches us eight great ways to use Google Slides.

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Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

Why should teachers encourage Computational Thinking?

Neo LMS

In your edtech journey and research you may have come across the term “computational thinking”, and like me, you may have delved into a few definitions of the term; at which point you may have also have come across a variety of definitions, most of which have their origin in computer science.

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Lesson reflection sheets

EdTech4Beginners

I have recently been looking for new ways to end lessons. Aiming for more of a focus on reflection, I created a poster for my classroom: *Click here for the high-quality, printable PDF version.

9 Web Tools for Creating Digital Magazines

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.” ” – Joseph Pulitzer. When I was a child, my father only accepted homemade gifts.

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Elementary Social Entrepreneurship: A Perfect STEAM Lesson

User Generated Education

I am completing a social entrepreneurship unit with my gifted students, grades 2nd through 5th. It was one of my favorite units. ever, and from their reactions, I believe it was one of theirs, too. I call it a perfect STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) unit.

Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

BLC18: Come to the Best Little Conference on Educational Technology!

The Journal

Alan November has run the Building Learning Communities (BLC) Conference since 2000, each year drawing almost 1,000 educators from all over the world to "be challenged and be affirmed."

Hyperdocs Literacy Task Boards and Flipgrid Reading Circles

The CoolCatTeacher

Laura Dennis on episode 317 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Hyperdocs literacy task boards and Flipgrid are two favorite tools of Laura Dennis, third grade teacher.

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Top benefits gamification can bring to the classroom

Neo LMS

In my previous post I talked about three gamification principles teachers should keep in mind if they want to create a gamified learning environment for their young students.

5 Steps to Plan a Successful Startup Exit and Come Out on Top

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

It takes planning for founders and board members to craft a startup exit plan that addresses concerns, establishes priorities, and achieves the objectives and aspirations for all involved. The post 5 Steps to Plan a Successful Startup Exit and Come Out on Top appeared first on Market Brief.

Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

STEAM Up Learning Outdoors! 15+ Ideas to Try Now or this Summer!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“[Science] is more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves. It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world.” ” – Barack Obama, Former U.S.

Robot-Enhanced Creative Writing and Storytelling (featuring Ozobot and Wonder’s Dot)

User Generated Education

There have been complaints leveraged against out of the box robots like Dash and Dot, Ozobot, Hummingbird, Sphero. The complaints usually revolve around the canned and prescriptive nature of their uses and programs, that they lack creative engagement by the younger users.

Engaging Parents & Families in Language Learning: Lessons Learned the DCPS Way

Battelle for Kids

Scholars have long known that learning multiple languages benefits overall academic achievement. Research dating back as early as the 1960s demonstrates the positive impact of studying another language on cognitive function.

Passion Projects in Kindergarten and First Grade

The CoolCatTeacher

Lindsey Danhoff on episode 308 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Kindergarteners and first graders explore their “wonderings” in Lindsey Danhoff’s classroom.

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

DOs and DON’Ts of teaching digital citizenship

Neo LMS

Teaching digital citizenship can be a polarizing activity. There are a number of reasons for this.

A new maths mastery scheme: Power Maths

EdTech4Beginners

A huge project I have been working on over the past year has been Power Maths : a new maths mastery scheme of work by Pearson. It was created in partnership with White Rose Maths and recommended by the DfE!

Encourage Students to Reflect on Their Growth with This Free Slides Portfolio Template

Teacher Reboot Camp

“We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience.” ” Paraphrase of John Dewey’s work . One of the most important ways to end the year is by getting students to reflect on the learning journey in your class.

Linguistically Responsive Teachers

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. In schools across the United States, the presence of English learners in mainstream classrooms is commonplace.

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.