September, 2016

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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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Microsoft Education Community - great, free resource for teachers

Educational Technology Guy

The Microsoft Education Community is a great, free resource for teachers. It has free web courses on using Microsoft tools and on best practices for using technology in education. There are discussion groups, resources and training tools available.

FREE CLASS: 8 Steps to Global Collaboration in Every Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 7pm EDT From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I’m continuing the Education Technology Series that I’ve been running this fall.

35 Awesome Apps that Integrate with Google Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post 35 Awesome Apps that Integrate with Google Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Google Classroom Apps! Did you know that Google Classroom plays well with others?

28 Student-Centered Instructional Strategies

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 28 Student-Centered Instructional Strategies appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching General New Teacher

Join SETDA: Affiliate Memberships Now Accepted

SETDA's Affiliate program connects non-profit education membership organizations with state leaders. SETDA's mission is to build the capacity of education leaders to improve learning through technology policy & practice. Benefits include: SETDA conferences, webinars and news feeds.

How to Design Educational Technology Products to Motivate Students

Digital Promise

Given students’ interest in technology, educational technology tools are a promising way to motivate them to learn. But how can ed tech developers make sure their products deliver on this promise? Research shows there are four elements that help students become naturally motivated to learn: challenge , goals , feedback , and curiosity. To find out how learning products can incorporate these elements, we spoke with Michelle Riconscente, president of Designs for Learning, Inc. ,

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).

My Top #EdTech Tools for Teaching Online AP Calculus @wacom @PearDeck @SlackHQ @EDpuzzle @OneNoteEDU @SocraticOrg #flipclass

techieMusings

I am teaching a purely online section of AP Calculus AB this school year! I am excited (and nervous) but mainly pumped for the challenge, learning, and growth that teaching in a purely online environment will bring.

Tips for Teaching the Classics Without Boring Your Students to Death

The CoolCatTeacher

Level Up to Teach Classic Literature Like a Pro From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Classic literature can be exciting. You can teach classic literature like a pro with today’s insight from Starr Sackstein.

5 Great Digital Tools for Teachers

Educational Technology Guy

Planning for the first month of school can take on average 16 hours of prep, research, practice and refinement for every one hour of actual teaching time. In the hopes of giving teachers some hours back this month, here are 5 digital tools that teachers can use to lifehack their course planning. #1 1 BRAINSTORM IN THE CLOUD: Always forgetting great coursework planning ideas you have outside of class? Jot your brainstorms on your phone’s Evernote app.

20 Observable Characteristics Of Effective Teaching

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 20 Observable Characteristics Of Effective Teaching appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching General New Teacher

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4 tips for developing effective professional development for blended learning

The Christensen Institute

With the growing prevalence of blended learning in classrooms across the country, the need for teacher training for effective implementation is more critical than ever.

Deep learning with Google tools: 20 ideas

Ditch That Textbook

It’s so easy (maybe too easy) to do shallow, superficial work with Google tools. One one day, we’ll do this activity. The next day, we’ll use a different tool to do a different one. What if we want to investigate a topic thoroughly instead of going “a mile wide and an inch deep”? Google’s got [.]. Ed Tech creative teaching edtech educational technology gafe Google Apps google classroom google docs google slides

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Digital Citizenship: The Critical Call To Educate and Prepare 21st-Century Learners

EdNews Daily

By: Robyn Shulman, M.Ed. We live in unprecedented times of great digital advances and innovation. Technology is moving and changing rapidly across the world while connecting us in unforeseen ways.

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.

Don’t Leave Learning Up to Chance: Framing and Reflection

MindShift

Jackie Gerstein is an experienced educator who has been working as a classroom teacher and pre-service teacher trainer for years.

How To Use Twitter For Exit-Slip Teaching

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post How To Use Twitter For Exit-Slip Teaching appeared first on TeachThought. Learning Experienced Teacher General Social Media In The Classroom technology

CK-12 Concept Maps - see the connections between math and science concepts

Educational Technology Guy

CK-12 , one of my all time favorite, free resources for teachers, has a very cool new feature called "Concept Maps". Concept Maps" uses visual concept mapping to show connections between different concepts in math, science and connections between math and science.

10 life hacking tips for educators

Ditch That Textbook

In workshops I’ve run, I often ask teachers, “What are the hurdles to reaching your professional goals?” ” The most popular answer is always the same. Always. So many of us educators feel overworked.

A National Call for Awareness: Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

Digital Promise

Approximately 36 million adults in the U.S. have low literacy skills. At the same time, research has shown that a mother’s reading ability is the biggest predictor of her children’s future academic success. Adult education and family literacy efforts are critical for helping some of our most vulnerable learners: low-skilled adults and their children.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

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.

CommonLit-Free Informational And Literary Texts For Any Classroom

The Web20Classroom

Recently, I was talking with my friend and literacy expert Shaelynn Farnsworth about the shifting definition of literacy and how we are all teachers of literacy.

Competition: It’s Only for the Winners

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Before the days of electronic gradebooks, every week I posted a printout with student grades. High-achieving students raced over, comparing their grades down to the hundredth, while less academic students shrugged off the opportunity to check their grades. While most schools have shifted to electronic gradebooks, the insane practice of grading continues, and of equal […]. The post Competition: It’s Only for the Winners appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

The demise of Google’s Project Ara and modularity in computing

The Christensen Institute

The idea behind Project Ara was simple: when an improvement in a phone component, say the camera, would become available, instead of having to buy a new phone, users could swap in a new module.

A foolproof solution to tech breakdowns in class

Ditch That Textbook

It never fails. At some point, if you use technology in the classroom, it’s going to burn you. The projector won’t turn on. The Internet will go down. The website you’re using will display strange errors — for everyone. The power will go out. Everyone has their stories.

How to Become a Google Certified Trainer [infographic]

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Become a Google Certified Trainer [infographic] appeared first on Shake Up Learning. 6 Steps to Becoming a Google Certified Trainer. UPDATED on 9/13/2016 to reflect changes to the GET program.).

Making Math Meaningful with Virtual Math Manipulatives

The CoolCatTeacher

Use technology to help you teach math From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Use the real world to teach without the mess of physical manipulatives. In brief, virtual math manipulatives are powerful tools for math teachers everywhere.

Programming sun and rain: Students run an indoor farm at school by computer or mobile app

The Hechinger Report

Green beans and other vegetables growing in the computer-controlled climate of a hydroponic farm in an old shipping container at Boston Latin School. Students monitor and control it all, on site or with a mobile app. Photo: Chris Berdik.

How Mindfulness and Storytelling Help Kids Heal and Learn

MindShift

By Juli Fraga. When mindfulness teacher Laurie Grossman instructed a class at Reach Academy to let their eyes rest and close so they could focus on their breathing, one student’s eyes remained wide open.