February, 2018

Why feedback is SO time consuming — and how to fix it

Ditch That Textbook

Tell me if this sounds familiar. You’re chained to your desk grading papers. It’s getting monotonous, but you feel like you need to do it because it’s important. You hand those papers back to the students, and where do they end up? Yep, the trash. Even if you make them keep that homework in a […]. Teaching effective feedback in the classroom how to make auto-graded quizzes providing digital feedback save time feedback to students

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School Counselors Helping More Women Go Into Computer Science: Tips and Advice to Find the Fit

The CoolCatTeacher

Angela Cleveland on episode 254 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Guidance counselors are challenged to encourage students into exciting opportunities that fit their skills and abilities but also to be careful not to stereotype. Today, Angela Cleveland talks about the tips, resources, and ideas to help encourage young women to go into Computer Science. Listen Now. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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The Effectiveness of Online Learning Depends on Design

Catlin Tucker

As students of all ages spend more time learning online, it’s worth asking, “How effective is online learning?” ” The answer varies dramatically and depends entirely on the design of the online learning experience. For the purpose of this blog, I will use the lens of situated learning theory, introduced by Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger, to examine the potential effectiveness of online learning.

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Scaffolding Questions to Develop Deeper Understanding

A Principal's Reflections

Over the past couple of months, I have been working with a variety of schools and districts in the role of a coach. Most of this work is focused on digital pedagogy so naturally, I am focused on observing and collecting evidence to get a handle on both the level of instruction and the learning that is taking place. To allow educators to critically reflect on their practice I take many pictures of what I see, especially the types of learning activities with which students are engaged.

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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.

How to use ‘Green Screen’ / ‘Chroma Key’ tech to look inside the human body!

EdTech4Beginners

Our new class topic is called ‘iDoctor’ – in a nutshell: human biology with a STEAM focus. I decided to ask the children to use ‘Green Screen’ / ‘Chroma Key’ technology to look inside the human body! How do you do it? First, get to grips with using ‘Green Screen’ / ‘Chroma Key’ – it’s really easy.

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Here’s How to Manage the Full Lifecycle of Your Digital Lessons

The Journal

Deeply digital, highly interactive curricula are fast becoming the new normal; such materials are needed in order to take advantage of those newly minted 1-to-1 classrooms. The Collabrify Roadmap Platform at [link] is a free resource designed to take the burden out of creating and using this new generation of curricula

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12+ Missions Covering Various K12 Content for Meaningful Learning

Teacher Reboot Camp

Technology is a huge part of our students’ lives. Students all over the world have access to knowledge, resources, and experts to help them learn in rich ways and accomplish great things. The Internet and social media provide learners with a worldwide audience in which to share their ideas, passions, innovations, thoughts, and brilliance.

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Simple Articulation Strategy: 5 Ins and 5 Outs

Catlin Tucker

Most teachers groan at the mention of “articulation.” ” It’s not that we don’t see the value in the articulation process but getting everyone on the same page is time-consuming and cumbersome. In my role as a blended learning coach, I value clear goals. When teachers know what they are trying to achieve, they design lessons with intention and a clear sense of purpose.

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10 Steps to Developing a Powerful Learning Culture

Tom Murray

“Be the leader you wish you had.” Simon Sinek. Professional learning in many districts must undergo radical reform, from a model that’s outdated and ineffective to one that’s personal, empowering, and owned by the learner. How can we create such a culture of ownership and empowerment? Clearly define and articulate the vision. Do all stakeholders understand the district’s direction? How should instruction improve with the time that’s invested? How will students benefit?

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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).

10 Ways to Use Screencasting for Formative Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Screencastify and Screencasting for Formative Assessment (a sponsored post) From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Screencasting is a useful assessment tool. While I use it for my video tutorials, I also have my students make their own screencasts to help me assess their progress. In this blog post, I’ll share how I use screencasting to assess student work. I’ll also give some suggestions for using screencasting in formative assessment.

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169 Tech Tip #25: My Desktop Keyboard Doesn’t Work

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: #25: My Desktop Keyboard Doesn’t Work. Category: Hardware. Q: I need to type a lesson plan , but all I get is a cursor that blinks… and blinks… but goes nowhere. What do I do?

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From China To America: How Online Learning Is Connecting Cultures

EdNews Daily

Online learning is not new. However, learning and teaching English across borders is still in its infancy, and continues to grow every day. There are a lot of fake companies out there, and it is in your best interest to make sure the company you choose to teach for is legitimate. At 51Talk, based out of China, American teachers are sharing their stories about lessons, culture, and even how they’re making money online at home teaching.

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14 Ways Students Can Celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.”- ”- Blaise Pascal. People around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day! It’s a holiday that inspires our learners to let friends, family members, and loved ones know how much they care about them by sending cute cards and sweets. However, you can also inspire students to learn grammar, math, geography, science, and more with the 14 Valentine’s Day inspired activities below.

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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.

Why your students need a podcast: How to do it fast and free

Ditch That Textbook

Podcasts can serve a crucial role in preparing your students for the future and helping their learning to be meaningful. Sound like things you’re looking for? You’re in the right place. Plus, you (and your students) can create them for FREE in very little time. A podcast is kind of like a radio show in […]. Ed Tech creating a class podcast podcasting in the classroom student voice student-created podcasts

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Learning Beyond the Classroom

Catlin Tucker

The discussion about learning and what constitutes “good learning” is almost always couched in the context of a classroom. Yet today’s students have more access to information and resources beyond the classroom than any prior generation. They can jump online and watch a video tutorial to learn how to do something that interests them. They can explore the globe with Google Earth, go on a virtual tour of the Louvre or the MoMA, or tinker, build, and create in the comfort of their homes.

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5 Home and Smart Phone Filtering Options for Parents

The CoolCatTeacher

Mike Daugherty on episode 245 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Children with smartphones have unfiltered access to the Internet unless their parents make a decision to filter. Today, we discuss five options for filtering and why it is something parents should discuss with IT Director Mike Daugherty from Ohio. Listen Now. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Stream by clicking here.

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169 Tech Tip #26: My Mouse Doesn’t Work

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: #26: My Mouse Doesn’t Work. Category: Hardware. Q: My mouse stopped working. Do I need a new one? A: Maybe, but try a few things first: Is it plugged in?

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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.

5 Ways Online Teachers Can Manage Stress

EdNews Daily

Teaching online can be more challenging than most people would imagine, and can lead to high levels of stress. There is a lot of pressure to get things right on one’s own. And, without the support an educator can receive from his or her colleagues in a live classroom, teachers can find navigating the online roadmap to be a bit more bumpy. Teaching online can also feel isolating. Exchanging emails and reading comments in the digital world are not substitutes for direct interaction.

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Tips for Teacher Motivation, Goal-Setting, and PLNs!

Teacher Reboot Camp

Today, the first live event of The Goal-Minded Teacher: Challenges to Transform Student Learning ( #EduGoalsMOOC ) free open online course took place. Below is the YouTube recording and the Twitter chat of our panelists sharing tips about teacher motivation, balance, and goal-setting.

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Learning in motion: EASY stop-motion animation with Google Slides

Ditch That Textbook

Let students put what you're studying in MOTION. Animation is easy with stop motion Google Slides. Icons via The Noun Project with NounPro account.)For For years (centuries. really, millennia), students have had access to paper. And with that, they've been able to gather their ideas and turn them into static, two-dimensional images.To put those images […]. Ed Tech google classroom activities google slides animation powerpoint animation stop-motion animation

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A Call to School Districts: Help Us Expand the Impact and Scale of the League of Innovative Schools

Digital Promise

After school visits, focus groups, design sessions, and dozens of interviews with superintendents and district leaders, Digital Promise is launching new initiatives to expand the impact and scale of the League of Innovative Schools. Our goal in this work? To advance equity and excellence. We will prioritize and practice the advancement of equity for the 2.2 million students our leaders serve, so that each student has access to high-quality, research-backed, innovative learning opportunities.

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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!

Empty Chairs Matter

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 35 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Every day I go around the classroom and greet every child by name, and I inquire about the empty chairs. If a child is out, I want all of the other kids to know that child is important to me. Sometimes I’ll send an email, or I might need to ask the front office where they are. But always know, and I always inquire.

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What is the VARK model of Student Learning?

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you use the VARK model of Student Learning , you know why I’m excited about it. VARK started as a questionnaire to help students and teachers understand their best approach to learning but has since become more of a guideline for teaching and learning. The questionnaire is deliberately short (thirteen-sixteen questions, depending upon which version you take) in order to prevent student survey fatigue.

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7 Ways to Avoid Student Loan Debt

EdNews Daily

LinkedIn originally published this article as part of the LinkedIn’s Avoid Student Debt Series. By: Robyn Shulman, 2016. Before the Internet was alive and well in the eyes of the public, there was very little awareness built around different ways to save money for higher education. As a child, I grew up in an underprivileged environment and quickly understood the role of finances and how it impacted my life.

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Student Get to Know You Image Stickers Activity

Teacher Reboot Camp

Need a fun way for students to get to know each other ? Throughout the past 8 years, I have designed several online courses and MOOCs. We start with a fun get to know you activity, which usually is the 321 Introduction. I noticed this activity has become super popular in many online course; therefore, for The Goal-Minded Teacher MOOC ( #EduGoalsMOOC ), I decided to try another activity in case I had participants who had taken my previous courses.

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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.

Sticky learning: Digital brain dumps with Flipgrid and Socrative

Ditch That Textbook

It’s a common request from teachers of students: Study. Go home and study. Go back over the material. Re-read the material. When we ask students to do this, we mean well. We want them to succeed. But we’re asking them to study in a way the brain hates. The problem: the information is flowing in […]. Ed Tech brain dump brain science cognitive science flipgrid formative assessment free recall pooja agarwal retrieval practice socrative video

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Turning High Expectations into Success

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. As a new year ramps up, so do goals for student achievement, curricular reforms, teacher development, and more. Setting high expectations, though, isn’t enough to guarantee that those expectations are met. After all, many of us set goals for ourselves every year that we fail to achieve.

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Change One Simple Thing to Start Your Journey to Remarkable Teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

Pam Moran on episode 246 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. You can change one simple thing to help transform your classroom. Change is a decision, not to leap forward but to take one small step and then another. Today, Pam Moran, finishes up our series encouraging us to take small steps that make a big difference.

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