September, 2016

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.

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.

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.

Governor Christie’s Guide to Destroying a Great Education System #NJED

A Principal's Reflections

It breaks my heart to see what is happening in a state that I hold dear to my heart. I might now live in TX, but I was born and raised in NJ. Both of my parents were public educators; my father an elementary principal in Hackettstown and my mother an elementary teacher in Flemington.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

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.

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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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.

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.

Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

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.

Headwinds or tailwinds?

Dangerously Irrelevant

David Brooks said over at the New York Times : The crucial social divide today is between those who feel the core trends of the global, information-age economy as tailwinds at their backs and those who feel them as headwinds in their face. And that’s really it, isn’t it?

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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?

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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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Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

How to create beautiful online courses: layout

Neo LMS

A small thing can pass by unnoticed. But many small things can become the equivalent of a really large one. You may not notice — or give too much credit to — a typo that got its way into your written text.

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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.

21st Century Version of Ask 3 Before You Ask Me

Catlin Tucker

The first month of school is exhausting! New students, new routines, and, for many of us, new curriculum. Getting kids acclimated to all the newness spurs a lot (and I mean a lot) of questions.

Goal: Introduce Us to Your School

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! “Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.” ” – Scott Hayden.

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

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?

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Student Agency: Moving From Talk to Action

A Principal's Reflections

When I reflect back on what we were able to accomplish at New Milford High School, I am overtaken by a great sense of pride. We were able to transform the learning culture of a traditional school and in the process got results while becoming an example that others emulated.

Flipping the classroom with screencasting

Neo LMS

Allow me to begin with a question: Do you like to repeat yourself? I must admit that I don’t enjoy saying the same thing over and over again. After a while, sentences like I didn’t get that. Could you repeat it? ,

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.

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

10 Ways to Use Thinglink in the Inquiry-based Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

I follow a lot of tech ed forums (like Larry Ferlazzo , Richard Byrne , and Alice Keeler ) as a way of keeping up with tech ed trends and what teachers are using in their classrooms. The last few months, it’s been Thinglink.

Creating a Successful App Takes Time and Collaboration

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Guest post by Deena Seifert, co-founder of Communication APPtitude. How hard can it be to create an app? That’s the question my startup co-founder and I asked ourselves when we reconnected at an apps conference for speech language pathologists in 2012.

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?

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