March, 2019

K–12 Modern Learning Environments Can Be Built Outside of the Classroom

EdTech Magazine

K–12 Modern Learning Environments Can Be Built Outside of the Classroom. eli.zimmerman_9856. Fri, 03/29/2019 - 15:28. Over the past several years, schools throughout the country have embraced a modern learning environment approach to classroom design, incorporating devices for students and teachers, advanced audiovisual tools and flexible furniture to create dynamic, student-centered learning spaces.

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Flipped Classroom 101: Challenges, Benefits & Design Tips

Catlin Tucker

The flipped classroom m odel shifts the transfer of information online and moves practice and application into the classroom. Classically, the transfer of information has occurred in class via lecture and practice has been assigned for homework. The value of this inversion is that students can pace their progress through a video (pausing, rewinding, rewatching). They also have the benefit of a supportive peer group and the subject-area expert as they attempt to apply new information.

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Overcoming Challenges of Technology in the Classroom Starts with Great Coaches

Digital Promise

When students see technology as an instrument for goofing off, playing games, and chatting with their friends, it can become a distraction in the classroom rather than a tool for powerful learning. That potential for distraction, just one of the challenges of using technology in the classroom, can lead to frustration for teachers, resulting in giving up on classroom tech altogether.

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Creating an Accessibility-Friendly Environment

Educational Technology Guy

Accessibility is an important topic in education and encompasses the classroom space, digital tools and resources and much more. Creating an Accessibility-Friendly Classroom Environment Is the classroom bursting with patterned borders on the bulletin boards and bright colorful posters/word walls/anchor charts?

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.

Scratch and Makey Makey Across the Curriculum

User Generated Education

I love bringing physical computing into my classrooms: Physical computing means building interactive physical systems by the use of software and hardware that can sense and respond to the analog world. Physical computing is a creative framework for understanding human beings’ relationship to the digital world.

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4 ways to make math come alive with Google tools

Ditch That Textbook

So many of the Google tools are valuable for many content areas and grade levels. When a teacher finds a creative use for one, it’s almost always easy to cross it over to another class. Almost always. Except for one. My teaching career has been in high school Spanish. But working with math teachers, […]. Ed Tech g suite algebra g suite math google apps algebra google classroom math google math google math activities math with google apps

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5 Tips for Defining Unknown Words Using Context Clues

Catlin Tucker

Students encounter unfamiliar words all of the time, but few slow down to think about what they can learn about those unfamiliar words based on how they are used. The ability to define unfamiliar vocabulary is a life skill that teachers need to teach explicitly. We cannot assume that students will know how to do this without instruction and practice. Below are five strategies I encourage students to use when they encounter new words in a text. Look at the parts of the word.

The Research Behind the TED Talk: Angela Duckworth on Grit

Digital Promise

This blog post was updated on March 6, 2019 to include more current research, information, and opinions on grit in the classroom. Angela Duckworth, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, was teaching seventh grade math in New York City public schools when she noticed that her best students were not necessarily her smartest students.

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Why Teaching Languages Is Actually Very Important

The CoolCatTeacher

Diego Ojeda on episode 453 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast Diego Ojeda talks about why languages are still so important in today’s world. He also advocates for why we all need to learn multiple languages. Listen to the Show Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Diego Ojeda: Bio as Submitted World Language activist, Spanish teacher, BER presenter: Best Practices Teaching Spanish.

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).

Solve 50% of Tech Problems with 16 Simple Solutions

Ask a Tech Teacher

The Number One reason–according to students–why their computer doesn’t work is… It’s broken. As a teacher, I hear this daily, often followed by the solution, I need a different computer. My students innately think computer problems are something they can’t solve. I asked them what happened in class when I wasn’t there to fix the problem, or at home. I usually got a shrug and one of these responses: My classroom teacher can’t fix them. My mom/dad can’t fix them.

Feedback Should Be a Dialogue, Not a Monologue

A Principal's Reflections

Feedback can bring people together in the pursuit of a shared goal. Criticism , on the other hand, can drive people apart. In many situations going with the former is the better course of action. Below is a piece I pulled from an article titled Using Neuroscience to Make Feedback Work and Feel Better that explains why it matters so much: Feedback isn’t just a ritual of the modern workplace.

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The HyperDocs Toolbox: 14 engaging example activities

Ditch That Textbook

Creating student-centered activities — where we put learning in the hands of students — can be a powerful learning experience. When it’s student-paced, no one gets left in the dust and no one gets bored waiting for the class to move on. If you haven’t tried HyperDocs yet, they’re a fantastic blend of both. HyperDocs […]. Ed Tech hyperdocs activities hyperdocs examples hyperdocs templates hyperdocs tools

Transactional vs. Transformational Teaching

Catlin Tucker

The more I learn about leadership, the more convinced I am that teachers need leadership training in credential school. We create a culture in our classrooms, establish norms and routines, and seek to influence our students. However, for many teachers, classroom management and behavior issues are constant distractions that complicate an already challenging job.

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.

4 Ways to Discover the Best Edtech

Digital Promise

The infusion of technology into our culture is the greatest change that our educational system has ever experienced. Not long ago, many schools required teachers to include the use of technology in their daily lesson plans. This resulted in a frenzy to find an app or a website to use in the classroom with students. Teachers were grasping at anything that could fulfill the “obligation” of using technology.

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4 Ways Social-Emotional Learning Can Create Safe School Spaces for All Students

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Students must feel safe to reach their potential. Use these SEL techniques to create that type of school environment for a diverse range of students. The post 4 Ways Social-Emotional Learning Can Create Safe School Spaces for All Students appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog at-risk students Educational Technology/Ed-Tech Entrepreneurship Professional Development Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Startups student achievement trauma wellbeing

What Happens When a Statistics Class is Taught with PBL

The CoolCatTeacher

Emma Chiappetta on episode 463 of the 10-Minute Teacher Emma Chiappetta, Utah State Teacher of the Year 2017, uses a project-based learning approach for statistics. For those who think you cannot teach difficult content without heavy testing, Emma offers an alternative view on what is working in her classroom now. Today’s show is sponsored by NetRef. Join me on Tuesday, March 26 at 4 pm ET for a free webinar, 5 Ways to Help Teachers Progress in Their Use of Technology. Register here.]

Personalized Learning and the Shift from a Pedagogy of Poverty to a Pedagogy of Plenty

Education Elements

A few months ago I attended ICLE’s Leadership Academy in Atlanta and heard Dr. Tyrone Howard speak. His talk was a powerful one, addressing the differences between equity and equality, the need to support all students, and a call to action to have difficult conversations, call out bias and microaggressions, and make sure that we see our students, understand and empathize with them, and educate every single one of them.

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.

A beginner’s guide to Twitter for educators

Ditch That Textbook

Joining Twitter can be a career-altering event. For many of us the connections, support, and resources we gain from being part of a professional learning network on Twitter are what give us back our passion for teaching. The leap into the Twittersphere can be daunting. I hear even the most active Twitter users say that […]. DitchBook Twitter chat beginner's guide to twitter for educators edtech twitter twitter chats twitter for educators twitter for teachers twitter guide for teachers

Teaching Basic Cybersecurity Measures To Everyday People (For Parents of Digital Natives)

Ask a Tech Teacher

As one who manages way too many online accounts, I read this article from Ask a Tech Teacher contributor and CyberSecurity expert (retired), Sam Bocetta with interest. My checklist (green for good and red for ‘need help’): I’m paranoid about links and downloads. I check for virus and malware regularly. Ooops–don’t yet use a VPN. I should pay more attention to my passwords. I am religiously careful of email. Yep–switched to HTTPS for my blogs and websites.

Introduce Computational Thinking with the Music Industry

Digital Promise

How can you stimulate students and teachers to engage in computational thinking with data? One key is to provide a realistic, relevant, and meaningful context. We’re excited to release two new resources—a short video and a two-page handout—that teachers can use to introduce students to how the music industry is using data and computation. A typical context for computational thinking with data is sports, but not every student is motivated to play moneyball with baseball stats.

Pi Day: An Example of an Interdisciplinary, Engaging Lesson

User Generated Education

I have the privilege of teaching my gifted elementary students for multiple years. At my one school, I have them in class for a full day each week, and each year I have special thematic days for which the students get very excited, e.g., Halloween and Day of the Dead “Wars,” Valentines Day, Book Celebrations, and Pi Day. I love planning a variety of interdisciplinary activities for these days and I love watching how 100% are fully engaged for the entire time.

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!

12 Leadership Fundamentals

A Principal's Reflections

Leadership is leadership. The same essential qualities and characteristics that exemplify what great leaders do have pretty much stayed the same. What has changed are the tools, research, and societal shifts that impact the work. Leadership is both an art and a science with the goal of moving the masses towards achieving a common goal.

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Teaching and reading literature in the digital age

Neo LMS

In an age of digital formats, quick texts (and the associated degradation of spelling and grammar), online content, blogs and posts, many in the education, publishing and library sectors — as well as broader cultural institutions — are wondering and worrying about the future of literature. There was a time when, as a society, the only way we could truly experience the lives of others was through poetry, plays and novels — literature.

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10 ideas for digital exit tickets (and some analog ones, too)

Ditch That Textbook

Class is done. We’ve learned a lot. We’ve tried some new things. We’ve had some great discussions. So … now what? How can we make the most of the end of class? How can we tie a bow on a day of class to wrap everything up? An exit ticket gives us that opportunity — […]. Ed Tech digital exit tickets digital formative assessment exit tickets technology exit tickets

15 St. Patrick’s Day Resources For Your Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

Getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day? Try these fun websites: Color the shamrock. Color the Pot-o-gold. Color the leprechaun. Puzzle–St. Pat’s Puzzle. Puzzle–St. Pat’s puzzle II. Puzzle–St. Pat’s drag-and-drop puzzle. Puzzle–St. Pat’s slide puzzle. Puzzles and games. Patrick’s Day history–video. Patrick’s Day quiz. Pat’s Day songs–video. Tic tac toe. Webquest for St. Patrick’s Day I. Webquest II. Wordsearch.

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.

How To Help Kids Ask More Amazing Questions Now

The CoolCatTeacher

Erin Murphy on Episode 459 The Right Question Technique is being used by educators around the world to help children ask better questions. Erin Murphy talks about how we can implement some simple techniques to improve student questions today. Today’s show is sponsored by NetRef. Join me on Tuesday, March 26 at 4 pm ET for a free webinar, 5 Ways to Help Teachers Progress in Their Use of Technology. Register here.]

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Who Does the Edtech Marketplace Benefit, Anyway?

Digital Promise

“There is definitely something wrong, something broken, with the edtech marketplace. People who should really care about research are turning a blind eye to the lack of research supporting product development.” – Ben Grimley, CEO of Speak Agent. Over the past three months, Digital Promise had conversations with nearly 50 stakeholders who purchase, use, or develop educational technology (edtech).

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10 Top Companies That Love To Hire Teachers

EdNews Daily

If you won’t have (or want) a teaching job in August, March is a great time to start looking for work. But where can you go that will appreciate your skills and help pay the bills? Read on, and open your mind to the possibilities. VIPKID. If you love teaching and don’t mind getting up early, VIP kids might be an excellent fit for you. VIPKID’s teachers use provided lessons plans and their own materials to teach English to Chinese children for 25 minutes at a time.