September, 2016

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10 Strategies to Improve Instructional Leadership

A Principal's Reflections

I still vividly remember my early years as an assistant principal and principal. Instructional leadership was a routine part of the job along with the budget, master schedule, curriculum development, meetings, email, phone calls, and many other duties. With the evolution of social media yet another responsibility was added to my plate in the form of digital leadership.

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Be Inspired This Saturday at the EduPassions Web Conference!

Teacher Reboot Camp

Tomorrow, on Saturday, Sept. 3rd, join Sarah Thomas ( @SarahdaTeechur ), Shelly Sanchez Terrell ( @ShellTerrell ), and 20+ inspiring educators around the world for the EduPassions free web conference. The presenters will be sharing their edumovements, projects, lesson ideas, and tips in 5 to 15 minute live video presentations. It is easy to attend. Just download the program or click on the link in the schedule and you will be able to watch their live video and chat with other participants around

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Introducing the Research@Work Video Series

Digital Promise

Educators and educational product developers understand the value of using research to inform their work, but it can be overwhelming to find the most relevant and promising research findings. To make this process easier, we are pleased to launch the Digital Promise Research@Work video series, introducing 12 research topics that support education practice.

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Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Summer Camp Expands the World of Computer Science

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Program aimed at bringing girls into tech promotes humanist angle to tech and collaboration between faculty and students.

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Quickly Create Personalized Learning Experiences that Work

How can we actively engage learners 24/7, on their level and according to their interests, while respecting their learning styles? It’s not impossible. In this guide: Explore how to transform traditional, one-way videos into two-way interactive learning experiences Understand different types of artificial intelligence (AI), including - Generative vs.

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Voodoo Doughnuts: How to create a buzzworthy class

Ditch That Textbook

After a presentation in Portland, Oregon, in May, I was waiting to board a plane to head back home. Everyone was crowded into the boarding area with their luggage, food and other items. One person stood out to me, though. She was holding this pink box. So, what’s the natural thing to do to satisfy [.].

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Time-lapse a science experiment for excellent observation opportunities (includes a free, downloadable write-up form).

EdTech4Beginners

Last week I did a science lesson with my students where we looked at how the sweets ‘Skittles’ dissolved in hot and cold water. We time-lapsed the results: This stand worked brilliantly to hold the camera: After I asked my students to complete this online science experiment write-up form on Google Docs. You can download it for free here (it is view only so remember to click ‘download’ or ‘make a copy’ so you can edit it).

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Goal: How has blogging transformed your teaching?

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! “The first thing you need to decide when you build your blog is what you want to accomplish with it, and what it can do if successful.” – Ron Dawson. Goal: Write a post or create a presentation or graphic explaining how blogging has helped you grow as an educator.

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16 Websites to Teach Mouse Skills

Ask a Tech Teacher

I repost this article every September because I get so many requests for mouse resources for those youngest keyboarders. Enjoy! One of the most important pre-keyboarding skills is how to use the mouse. The mouse hold is not intuitive and if learned wrong, becomes a habit that’s difficult to break. Here are some images to assist you in setting up your newest computer aficionados: Here are 16 websites students will enjoy, including 3 for adults new to computers: Mouse Skills.

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If Some High-Poverty Schools Do Well, Can All?

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Anael Alston talks about what really turns schools around From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today we’re talking to Dr. Anael Alston about specific issues with high-poverty schools. In a refreshing take on dramatic school change, Anael does not recommend that we assign blame. Instead, he recommends an approach that focuses on teacher expectations and several other things.

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Ed-Tech Product Implementation in Schools Critical to Success

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

One of the most important things I’ve learned after two years in the K-12 product space (and trust me, there have been many lessons): Implementation of an ed-tech tool is key. If you want schools to successfully adopt your product, you must have a well-crafted, thoughtful implementation strategy. The discussion at a recent EdSurge summit in Oakland, Calif., really drove this point home.

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Can Brain Science Actually Help Make Your Training & Teaching Stick?

Speaker: Andrew Cohen, Founder & CEO of Brainscape

The instructor’s PPT slides are brilliant. You’ve splurged on the expensive interactive courseware. Student engagement is stellar. So… why are half of your students still forgetting everything they learned in just a matter of weeks? It's likely a matter of cognitive science! With so much material to "teach" these days, we often forget to incorporate key proven principles into our curricula — namely active recall, metacognition, spaced repetition, and interleaving practice.

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What Does Learning Really Look Like?

Catlin Tucker

I’ve faced myriad challenges in the last 8 months getting a new program at my school off of the ground. I’ve stood in front of a school board that accused me of designing a program aimed at skimming the best and brightest students off of the top, despite the diversity of the students enrolled. I’ve heard the rumblings and rumors by those on my campus who are not thrilled by my desire to try something new.

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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].

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Eggbert, the Slightly Cracked Egg: A Breakout EDU Game

User Generated Education

There is a new platform for immersive learning games that’s taking classrooms across the world by storm. Based on the same principles as interactive Escape The Room digital games — which challenge players to use their surroundings to escape a prison-like scenario — Breakout EDU is a collaborative learning experience that enhances critical thinking and creativity while fostering a growth mindset in students.

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13 Tips for New Tech Teachers You Don’t Want to Miss

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are thirteen of the top tips for teachers new to technology, according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: Top 10 Reasons to Sign Up for Summer Learning with Ask a Tech Teacher. 169 Real-World Ways to Put Tech into Your Class–NOW. 6 Tech Best Practices for New Teachers. New to technology? Follow my classes. How Teachers Learn About New Edtech Products (Round-up).

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Reimagining Chickering & Gamson's Principles Post-Pandemic: Technology's Central Role in Modern Edu

This white paper examines and proposes revisions to the "Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education" introduced by Arthur Chickering and Zelda Gamson in 1987 for today's technology-driven world.

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Experiment & Iterate: How to Implement Effective Education Technology

Digital Promise

“When you see them light up because they see they have the power to learn,” you know you have the right match between ed-tech and your learners, says Adult Education Director Jon Engel from Community Action, Inc., (CAI) of central Texas. Trying something new, adjusting, and trying again are key to finding, developing, and implementing the right ed-tech products for your specific adult learners.

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Is Your School’s Network Ready for the Future of Education?

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez State IT leaders outline recommendations for school infrastructures over the next 10 years.

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Free Virtual Clinic To Provide Parents in California With Education Support

EdNews Daily

Free Virtual Clinic To Provide Parents in California With Educational Support Regarding Challenges and Questions. Needs include: Special education. ESL. School discipline. Discrimination issues. The Parental Readiness and Empowerment Program (PREP) of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law will launch its innovative e-clinic on September 6th for parents in California.

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Intensive Math Intervention Program Gets Even Better

Ascend Math

We consistently ask the teachers and administrators at our Ascend Math partner schools to tell us how to make Ascend better so we can help students have more success. This has resulted in important improvements including adding interactivity to all video lessons, new conceptual lessons and virtual explorations, plus the dashboards for school, teacher, class and student.

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Behind the Bell: The Underlying Impact of Tardiness in K-12 Schools

Managing a K-12 campus with constant pressure to meet performance metrics is challenging. And tardiness can significantly limit a school from reaching these goals. Learn more about why chronic lateness matters, and key strategies to address the following impacts: Data errors caused by manual processes Low attendance and graduation rates that affect a school’s reputation Classroom disruption, which leads to poor academic performance High staff attrition and “The Teacher Exodus” Unmet LCAP goals t

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Peak Me! (Clone)

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.

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Subscriber Special: September

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to Ask a Tech Teacher get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. September 1st-30th: K-8 Technology Curriculum Student Workbooks. We’ll credit your K-8 teacher manual purchase against the student workbook price–if it’s the 6th edition. That’s up to 25% off the Room License (1:1 school: Here’s info for the School License ).

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There’s No Comprehension without Picturing: Visual and Digital Comprehension Strategies for Adult Learners

Digital Promise

“Don’t just give them the tool and walk away,” says Shannon Sims, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Mockingbird Education. Teaching strategies that incorporate modeling and guided practice are particularly effective for helping adult learners master the visualizing skills critical for effective reading. To learn more about active strategies for teaching adult literacy skills, watch our recorded webinar with experts from Mockingbird Education.

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What Is on the Horizon for Education Technology?

EdTech Magazine

By David Andrade Report outlines important tech issues facing school districts.

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The Battle of the Authoring Tools: A 10-Point Comparison for Picking the Right One

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

There are plenty of great authoring tools for developing eLearning, but the one you select could directly impact your course's outcomes. Depending upon your learners’ needs and your organization’s performance goals, you could be overlooking considerations that impact the both effectiveness of your courses and how long it takes to finish them. From general capabilities to specific workflow structures, some aspects are critical when it comes to learning objectives and deadlines.

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Google announces a lot of updates and changes, including a new name for things

Educational Technology Guy

Yesterday afternoon Google announced a ton of updates and one big new thing - a new name for Google Apps. It is now "G Suite". They also changed the name for all of their services to Google Cloud. It is a name change to better align with all of their offerings and products and the services and apps are still the same. Different name, same great products.

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New STEM Early Learning Website Provides Teacher Resources

Waterford

The Office of Innovation and Improvement ( OII ) has created a new website dedicated to early STEM education that summarizes its activities and provides convenient access to the tip sheets, archived webinars, lists of STEM commitments, and many other materials. “Research shows that early exposure to STEM has positive impacts across the entire spectrum of learning,” the OII website says. “For example, early math knowledge not only predicts later math success, it also predicts la

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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).

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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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The Roses and Thorns of an LMS Strategy: How to Flourish with the Right LMS

Speaker: Amanda Davis, Chief Experience Officer and Liam O'Malley, VP of Association Solutions

The "new normal" is now a little less new, a little more normal. Does that mean your current LMS strategy is in need of a refresh? Is your organization or association leaning into the always-evolving eLearning environment to ensure you have the tools and content to remain relevant through all this change? There are many complex decision-making processes within your learning & development strategy and LMS lifecycle management, including: Selection.

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Getting Ready to Tell the Story

Digital Promise

El Paso Independent School District is getting ready to share its story. Five middle schools in the district are part of the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools’ (VILS) third cohort. This year, these schools are embarking on an exciting and challenging journey. Educators from across the district have been planning and preparing for months. They’re not only focused on leveraging new technology to enhance learning in the classroom and at home, but also the storytelling process.

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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.

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Free Back to School Guide for students - scheduling, budget, study habits and more

Educational Technology Guy

This Back to School Guide, is a free resource for helping students achieve greater success in school. The new guide offers tips for efficient scheduling, how to maintain a budget, creating good study habits and more using office productivity software. The guide is available here for download: [link]. The guide includes these topics: • Back-to-School Basics: Tracking Tools Can Help You Prepare for Fall • Getting Back in the School Mindset • Templates, Style Trends, and More • Good Study Habits an

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New STEM Early Learning Website Provides Teacher Resources

Waterford

The Office of Innovation and Improvement ( OII ) has created a new website dedicated to early STEM education that summarizes its activities and provides convenient access to the tip sheets, archived webinars, lists of STEM commitments, and many other materials. “Research shows that early exposure to STEM has positive impacts across the entire spectrum of learning,” the OII website says. “For example, early math knowledge not only predicts later math success, it also predicts la

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Building the Foundation for a Modern K-12 Classroom

K-12 looks different these days. But one thing remains the same: you need a reliable learning platform that serves as the foundation for teaching and learning––for all students, in a variety of learning experiences. Discover how the Instructure Learning Platform supports today's K-12 classroom through: A central, consistent, connected hub of the digital learning environment.