September, 2016

Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners

User Generated Education

Design thinking is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, conceiving original ideas, lots of experimentation, and sometimes building things by hand. The projects teach students how to make a stable product, use tools, think about the needs of another, solve challenges, overcome setbacks and stay motivated on a long-term problem.

Visualize Learning with Photo Challenges and Projects

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”. – Marc Riboud. Learners of all ages love taking pictures, especially with their phones. Learners can use these photos in projects, digital stories, or other learning projects to provide an authentic voice and to show the learning that is taking place all around them. You can also have learners go on photo challenges and missions instead of assigning typical homework.

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Equity and Innovation in K–12: Horns of Real Dilemma

The Journal

Public education must keep equity front-and-center in all its policies; public education is all about equity. And, innovation must be nurtured; teachers who are willing to try to improve their classrooms must be supported. In this week’s blog post, we tell a story — one that T.H.E. Journal readers will surely recognize — of how equity and innovation can be, unfortunately, in mortal conflict

Why we should leave behind the cookie-cutter education

Neo LMS

Whenever my mom made cookies when I was a little kid, I could barely wait for them to come out of the oven. My mom’s cookies were simply delicious. She had a magic ingredient she kept in a small recipient, and its location between two cookie-baking sessions was top secret. She always added that magic ingredient, and the cookies were always delicious because of it.

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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.

169 Tips That Easily and Quickly Integrate Tech into Your Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

A decade ago, in an effort to buttress technology prowess in my classes and with colleagues, I started tracking how often I got the same tech questions from students, teachers, and even parents. Turns out, 70% of the time, it was the same finite group of problems. That was a relief because—as you probably know–using technology in the classroom can be frightening, whether you’re a grade-level teacher or in charge of the lab.

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Redesigning High School through the XQ: Super School Project

Digital Promise

We are excited, proud, and humbled to partner with Vista Challenge High School to develop an XQ Super School ! It is one of the 10 chosen Super Schools and a member of our League of Innovative Schools. Redesigning a large traditional district school, Vista Challenge High School will work to develop creators, inventors, powerful thinkers and innovators — students who learn and grow and take action to solve real-world problems through exploration, analysis, debate, imagination, and risk-taking.

One Nice Thing.

Tom Murray

I’m amazingly blessed. My daughter attends an incredible public school district with dynamic leaders, and is in a first grade classroom with an amazingly talented teacher who truly loves and cares about the kids she serves. As two educators, my wife and I couldn’t ask for more for our own child. Unlike so many underserved children in our nation, our daughter has access and opportunity to whatever she needs. But, with great privilege comes great responsibility.

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The Magic Automatic Lesson Planner with Google Forms

Ditch That Textbook

Traditional lesson plan books have their limitations. Being paper-based, they’re not searchable and they’re not easily shareable. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to search quickly for a specific lesson plan instead of flipping back page by page? How about being able to share lesson plans with others without making photocopies? You can use [.]. Ed Tech automation edtech educational technology gafe google apps for education google forms lesson planning

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An AMAZING website to use when teaching character description.

EdTech4Beginners

Buildyourwildself.com is absolutely brilliant. I used it recently as part of a lesson on character description. What is it? To put it simply, you create a fantasy creature from a huge number of options i.e. ears, hair, legs etc. When you are happy with your creation, click ‘I’m Done’ and it will come to life, complete with descriptions of all the features. Have a go! Let me know how you get on by commenting below.

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).

How to Teach the Human Body and 16 Sites to Help

Ask a Tech Teacher

For many, study of the human body starts in second grade with an introduction to what’s inside that stretchy, durable skin that coats our bodies. As students progress through school, they dig deeper into concepts of body systems, organs, cells, diseases, and the importance of good health. Whether schools classify these topics as ‘health’ or ‘science’, the importance of understanding the processes that allow us to survive can’t be overstated.

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Using WSQ forms to improve impact of Flipped Classroom tasks

Neo LMS

Ian Simpson is Head of Computer Science and ICT at St Louis School of Milan, Italy. He is passionate about using educational technology to improve outcomes for both students and teachers in all subject areas and in collaborating with other international educators through social media. He blogs on a fairly regular basis about Computer Science and his creation of the Hackable Classroom at [link].

Peak Me!

Education Elements

How do I stay ahead of the game consistently and constantly? This question is probably the most frequently asked question by those that are operating at their peak in any profession. Though there are many books, a lot of advice and much research conducted about human development and personal growth, very little has been published or discussed on how or what we need to do to sustain peak performance levels. Leaders Inspiration

A New Day at Morton College

EdNews Daily

Op-Ed Contribution. Dr. Stanley Fields, President of Morton College, Cicero, Illinois. It’s the beginning of another school year, with another class of students, and another year of quality education. And while this may sound routine or uneventful, as the second-oldest community college in Illinois, we know this is anything but ordinary. In fact, this is an extraordinary time at Morton College.

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.

20 practical ways to use Google Forms in class, school

Ditch That Textbook

Everyone wants data. Schools want it to track student performance. Companies want it to learn about their customers. We track data in our own personal lives (fitness data, banking data, even social media data). Teachers and students have their own data gathering and tracking tool that’s free and easy to learn — Google Forms. Google [.]. Ed Tech assessment creative teaching data collection edtech educational technology gafe google apps for education google forms

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How To Use ‘TED-Ed Lessons’ – Includes A Free Video-Viewing Worksheet.

EdTech4Beginners

I recently found TED-ED lessons … they’re brilliant! Created by educators around the world, they are a great way to share knowledge with your students. They include resources and opportunities for online discussion. How do I find them? Simply visit the website and search for the topic you wish to cover. There are thousands and the site is growing more and more each day, so I am sure you will find something of use. Additionally, they are a great and simple way to flip your classroom.

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14 Websites That Will Excite Students About Tech

Ask a Tech Teacher

Most teachers I know accept that their classes must be technology-infused. Many think that means replacing traditional tools with the tech version (for example, instead of creating a big bulky poster, use a virtual poster like Glogster). Others think using iPads to read the book is homage enough to the 21st Century teaching police. A surprising number of students — and teachers — still consider technology to be the realm of a chosen few endowed with brilliance and math/science skills.

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300 Ways to Help Students Love Writing

The CoolCatTeacher

Ideas from the "The Reading Strategies Book" From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Do you want to help students love writing? In this segment, we talk about a new book including 300 strategies to get students excited about writing. So, if you’re struggling to teach writing and get students engaged, listen to Jennifer Seravallo’s ideas.

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.

How to select the best screencasting tool for your flipped classroom

Neo LMS

Have you ever seen a watchman mending a watch? What a wonderful painstaking craftsmanship! But the traditional watchmen can’t possibly mend or make from scratch a large number of watches each day. Although the old ways of doing things are beautiful, they don’t usually cut it in the modern environment. We live in the age of constant time shortage, where everything has to be done as fast and as well as possible.

Student Data Privacy: What’s Your Obligation?

Tom Murray

This post is sponsored by Samsung. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. For over two centuries, student information and data was kept in paper form, often in filing cabinets in a school or district office. During this time, there was little concern over security breaches, improper data sharing, or student privacy issues. Similar to other industries (healthcare, financial, etc.),

14 ways to create great classroom video with Screencastify

Ditch That Textbook

Not too long ago, video creation required bulky, awkward video cameras with big, plastic VCR tapes. Playback required a TV, a VCR and a hope that everything worked nicely together. And video editing … well, that just wasn’t readily available to the average person. My, how things have changed. Everything seems to have a camera [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology flipped classroom screencasts video creation video projects webcam

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Try Out Google Expeditions… WOW!

EdTech4Beginners

“Wow! Amazing! Ohhhhhh! Wooaahhh!” ” These were the sounds that could be heard in my classroom when we tried Google Expeditions this week! What is it? Google Expeditions is a virtual reality tech tool that lets you and your class go on excursions around the world from the comfort of your classroom… and it’s all because of virtual reality (VR). The teacher takes the role of the tour guide and the students are the followers.

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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!

Mysimpleshow–Online Video Creator for Educators

Ask a Tech Teacher

I love hearing from colleagues about tools they discover that make a difference in their classroom. Last week, I got an email from new efriend, Dr. Robert Cleary, an adjunct instructor for various business courses at several universities. In addition, Dr. Cleary is a key member of the campus learning center at Keiser University, an active member of the Miami-Dade school system STEM advisory board, as well as a member of the Doral Chamber of Commerce.

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Top Tips, Tools and Techniques for Easy Formative Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

a Talk with Tony Vincent From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. A secret to great teaching is to understand what students know. I’ve had times when one or two students begged me to move on because what I was teaching was “so easy” or they were “bored. When I did, I would discover that the rest of the class did not master the material and I had moved on too quickly!

How to Really Use Data With Students

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Several years ago I co-taught a reading class for students, who were three or more grade levels below their peers, based on some data. Within the class, reading abilities ranged significantly. Our “lowest” students were not progressing at an acceptable rate. Reflecting on several years of co-teaching, we were satisfied with our planning and daily […]. The post How to Really Use Data With Students appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Assessment Featured TTOG

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with These Resources!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The land flourished because it was fed from so many sources -because it was nourished by so many cultures and traditions and peoples.” – Lyndon B. Johnson. An important part of learning is introducing students to various cultures and traditions. September 15 to October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month and provides a great opportunity for your students to learn about Latino history, traditions, music, culture, authors, poets, and artists.

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.

Answering the President’s Call for #CSforAll

Digital Promise

In response to the President’s call for commitments to computer science education for all , 37 school district across the country — from Vermont to Alaska — ­have committed to offering high­ quality computer science (CS) and computational thinking curriculum to over one million students. Committing to scale computer science and computational thinking looks different in every community.

The perfect app for role-play and character development.

EdTech4Beginners

MSQRD is a brilliant app. Download it onto your device, turn the front-facing camera on and choose a live filter. The app places different (often quite funny) features on your face! You can take a photo or even record a video. How does it work? Watch my video tutorial on how to use the app: How can I use it in the classroom? In a recent drama lesson, which was about character development, for the warm-up activity, I asked my students to download MSQRD and choose a live filter.

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New from Turnitin: iPad app for Feedback Studio

Ask a Tech Teacher

With all the time students and teachers are spending with iPads, Turnitin Feedback Studio ‘s new iPad app is a welcome addition to their toolkits. Students can submit papers, analyze similarity reports (to check for originality), and review instructor feedback on the go.

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