December, 2016

What is the SAMR model?

EdTech4Beginners

A new acronym floating around at the moment is SAMR. But what does it mean and what implications does it have for classroom practise? SAMR stands for: substitution, augmentation, modification and redefinition. It basically details all the ways technology can impact or not on learning. Substitution.

How TED Talks Make Tough Conversations Easy

The Web20Classroom

We've all been there. We are sitting in a group of peers or strangers ready to discuss a topic but no one wants to take the lead and get things going. You need that one focal point for everyone to rally around to get things moving.

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Is the emphasis in your school on punishment and compliance or autonomy and dignity?

Dangerously Irrelevant

When I was in high school, we didn’t have an ‘open campus.’ ’ We were supposed to stay at school and eat our lunches in the cafeteria. Many of us would drive off anyway, hoping that we could make it back in time for our next class.

Introducing: The Google Teacher Tribe Podcast

Ditch That Textbook

I love listening to podcasts. They’re kind like personalized radio. I can pick shows that I like and listen to them whenever I want. Podcasts have been a driving force for me in becoming a better educator. I’ve listened to hours of them while driving, exercising or cutting the grass.

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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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Write Shorter, Simpler Standards

The CoolCatTeacher

How Words often Kill the Best Intentions From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We have too many standards. Many of you will agree, they are too long. In fact, some teachers I know spend more time aligning standards than creating lesson plans.

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Blogging: What matters is the metacognition

Dangerously Irrelevant

Seth Godin and Tom Peters on blogging. Yeah, this is pretty much why I blog (and maybe why you should too)… No related posts. Blogging blogging

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Digging into design thinking: 10 key ideas

Ditch That Textbook

It’s well documented that the world is moving away from routine, repetitive, low cognitive capacity jobs. The “four C’s” — critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity — are on the rise.

Personalizing Student and Educator Learning through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) has prioritized a culture of technology-enriched student learning through its Students and Teachers Advancing Tomorrow Initiative (S.T.A.T.). The central mission of S.T.A.T. is to transform BCPS into a student-centered, personalized learning environment.

Games or Worksheets: Is there really a question about the choice?

User Generated Education

I work part time with gifted elementary students at two Title 1 schools where most of the students qualify for free or reduced lunches; and where they and/or their parents are learning English as a second language.

3 Tech Tools To Create A Classroom ‘Cloud’.

EdTech4Beginners

The ‘cloud’ is the term meaning a collection of online data which is stored online. Creating a classroom cloud is extremely useful because it allows for all the children’s work to be stored in one place and shared easily.

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Treat People with Dignity and Respect

The CoolCatTeacher

Who Will Be the People to Bridge Racial and Cultural Distrust? From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Someone thought Dad was a poor dirt farmer. Here’s how they tell the story. You see, my father is a farmer in South Georgia.

The importance of watching and naming

Dangerously Irrelevant

This past weekend our minister asked us to consider what it meant to be ‘present’ within a community.

Homework: a low return-on-investment activity

Ditch That Textbook

As teachers, we’re so used to assigning homework. Students are used to doing it. It’s what we’ve come to expect as the norm. Why do we do it? We hope that kids will improve. We hope they’ll be smarter, or more resilient, or develop positive skills that will prepare them for the future. But does it [.]. Homework critical thinking education reform education research homework passion-based learning problem solving

Celebrating ConnectED’s Achievements Toward Transforming Education

Digital Promise

Since President Obama’s ConnectED announcement in 2013 in Mooresville, NC , there has been more than $10 billion committed as part of the five-year program to transform American education. This includes more than $2 billion in private-sector commitments.

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The Imperative of Experiential and Hands-On Learning

User Generated Education

For the past several decades, I have had my feet in both elementary education and teacher training and development. Regardless of age, grade level, and setting, I include hands-on and experiential learning as a integral part of my instruction.

Guest Post: 6 Ways ‘WriteReader’ Empowers Teachers and Students.

EdTech4Beginners

WriteReader is a web based literacy platform that enables students aged 3 to 10 to create their own books while learning how to read and write. It empowers teachers to instil creativity in students by encouraging them to create, share and publish books whenever and wherever they want.

4 Ways to Cultivate Motivation in Your Students

The CoolCatTeacher

How to Become a Master at Student Motivation From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Student self-motivation is, perhaps, the Holy Grail of teaching. In fact, the hardest days of teaching are when your students don’t care.

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Top 5 Tech Tools for the Classroom

Voyager Sopris Learning

Being a technology teacher, I try to look for tools that engage my students. Some of these tools lend themselves very well to being the foundation of a project, while others serve as brain breaks or class activities.

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15 YouTube videos all educators must see

Ditch That Textbook

Whenever I work with teachers, I always have a YouTube playlist handy. It has videos that always seem to resonate, entertain, educate or inspire. I constantly find encouragement in videos that others share. And in a world where well produced, stunning videos can be created by virtually anyone, it’s easier to find than ever. Here [.]. Teaching creative teaching edtech educational technology humor inspiration skype youtube

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Helping Underserved Adults Develop Careers

Digital Promise

Joe Andronaco founded Access Green, LLC , with one goal: “To make our world a better place.”. The most obvious way Access Green strives to meet this goal is its environmental focus. Access Green offers green energy solutions for commercial and residential clients, including energy audits and fixes like duct sealing and roof remediation. But this is not the most powerful part of Access Green’s mission.

Grit in the Classroom

EdNews Daily

Guest Article by: Matthew Pietrafetta, Ph.D. Grit has been celebrated and critiqued by many in academic circles and the academic press, but the conversation has remained largely focused on the work and opinions of researchers.

Improve your students’ ability and confidence in maths with DoodleMaths.

EdTech4Beginners

DoodleMaths is a maths app, perfect for use in the classroom. It is fully aligned to the UK national curriculum and aims to improve ability and confidence quickly. Learning and teaching maths has never been so simple. My students absolutely loved playing the games and quizzes.

How to Assign Homework without Wasting Everybody’s time

The CoolCatTeacher

Answer the question "Why does my child have to do this homework?" From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. If you ever assign homework, you have likely dealt with the “Why does my child have to do this homework?” ” question from parents.

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Using @Grammarly to Improve Writing – Reviewing Grammarly Premium #edtech

techieMusings

I have been a fan of Grammarly for some time now. I have the Chrome extension and find it very helpful to eliminate errors, particularly before I hit that send button on an email. A couple of weeks ago, though, I decided to sign up for a trial of the premium plan.

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Sneak peek: 9 ideas from the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit

Ditch That Textbook

As I’m writing this, it’s Monday, and the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit kicks off on Friday. I couldn’t be more excited. Wait, that’s probably not true. I’ll probably be even more excited on Thursday.) So … what is the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit? It’s a free online conference from Dec. 16-31, 2016. Did [.].

The best gift

Dangerously Irrelevant

The best gift that we can give our students is the gift of self-actualization.

Technology’s Impact on Adult Learners and their Children

Digital Promise

The Critical Importance of Family Literacy. Only 36 percent of our nation’s fourth-graders are proficient in reading. This result earned the U.S. a ranking on reading achievement of only 17 out of 34 countries by the Program for International Student Assessment. Even though the U.S. spends more per student than other countries on K-12 education, that spending is not translating into better performance.

Christmas Video FX – A Great Activity For The Last Day Of Term!

EdTech4Beginners

This week is my school’s last before the Christmas holidays. Luckily, I stumbled upon a fantastic app which adds amazing special effects to videos you shoot. The app is called FX Guru and is very easy to use: 1) Download the app. 2) Choose an effect (there are plenty of free ones).

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4 Ways to Teach With Play

The CoolCatTeacher

(and captivate your bored students) From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Welcome to episode 295 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. In this episode, Leanna Prater and I discuss how to use play in the classroom to teach.

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Testicular Cancer and a Ballsy Sense of Tumor

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. One of the smartest and coolest young teachers I know recently discovered he has testicular cancer. You may be thinking there’s nothing funny about cancer, and you’re right.

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Why educators are moving away from the Station Rotation model

The Christensen Institute

The Station Rotation has consistently reigned as the most popular blended-learning model implemented by elementary schools. Of the 235 active elementary schools currently profiled in the BLU school directory , 136, or 58 percent, of them have a Station Rotation program.

Sharing Our Love of Books Using An Old-School Payphone @CallingIshmael #edchat

techieMusings

When I first saw the Call Me Ishmael Kickstarter project , I was immediately hooked! What a fantastic idea – a phone that helps you discover great books. I talked to my school and the admin was very supportive of the idea. So, we purchased a phone for this school year :).

Curriculum Matters When it Comes to Kindergarten Friendships

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Friendship is often described as a major outcome of early childhood inclusive classrooms that support all children, irrespective of their abilities. Friendships provide children with joy, laughter and comfort.

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