October, 2016

The Importance of 3D Printing in Education

Ask a Tech Teacher

A topic I don’t cover enough is 3D printing. It’s relatively new on the education landscape and I have yet to reach a comfort level with it. Thankfully, Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Lisa Michaels, has lots of knowledge and experience on this topic. Here are her thoughts on the importance of 3D printing in education: The range of possibilities which 3D printing provides is almost limitless.

Are We Talking Technology or Are We Talking Learning

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More and more, educators are recognizing that the true value of technology isn’t learning how to use the tools and devices, but rather using the tools and devices to learn (see here , here , here , and here ). Even a recent meta analysis of the research on 1to1 learning environments shows that when the studies focused simply on the presence of technology, there was no real improvement in learning.

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How Librarians Hold the Key to Future Ready Schools

Digital Promise

Do you see librarians as part of the future? Courtesy Mark Ray Mark Ray is the Chief Digital Officer for Vancouver Public Schools. I posed that question in my recent TEDx talk during the 2016 Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools meeting in San Diego. In my district , across the League, and across the U.S., the answer is coming back: “Heck Yeah!”. In June, I began working formally with the Alliance for Excellent Education as Lead for Future Ready Librarians.

'Personalized Learning': From Marketing Hype to Good Pedagogy

The Journal

We (CN &ES) took a deep dive into a popular "personalized learning" programs for K–8 mathematics instruction. While we have not been particularly supportive of personalized learning in the past, to put it mildly, in this week’s blog we describe what impressed us about this particular math program that used concept-based practice and differentiated instruction

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.

Stop the Homework Insanity and Let Kids Be Kids

A Principal's Reflections

I have so many fond memories of my childhood. Growing up in a relatively rural area of Northwestern New Jersey sure had its benefits. As we returned home from school each day, my brothers and I would jump off the bus and diligently make our way about a half-mile back to our house. Once home we would peel off the backpacks, get changed, and play outside for the remainder of the day until dinner was ready.

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10 Ways to Use Twitter in Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

For anyone who missed the April announcement, Twitter switched its app category from ‘social media’ (where it consistently ranked in the top ten with Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Pinterest) to ‘news’ (now ranked #1, ahead of apps like CNN, Fox News, and Reddit).

MLTI is a Massive Failure: What We Can Do

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On Friday, October 14, 2016, Maine’s Governor Paul LePage announced that he believes the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) has been a massive failure. Now, we could get mad, or argue, or blame, or call someone and complain… But in truth, MLTI has become better known for the technology than the learning, and we have become stuck at word processing, presenting and online research.

Celebrating Five Years of Leadership with the League of Innovative Schools

Digital Promise

This week, as we celebrate Digital Promise’s fifth anniversary , we also welcome the districts who are part of the 2016-2017 cohort of the League of Innovative Schools. Members of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools are changing the model of traditional public education and building policies, programs, and practices that demonstrate how forward-thinking leadership, combined with driven, empowered educators and smart technology use, can transform learning.

A Fuller Framework for Making in Maker Education

User Generated Education

Background Information. I recently learned, for the first time, about Aristotle’s belief that there were three basic activities of humans: theoria (thinking), poiesis (making), and praxis (doing). Corresponding to these activities were three types of knowledge: theoretical, the end goal being truth; poietical, the end goal being production; and practical, the end goal being action ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praxis_(process) ).

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 Do You Mend a Broken Teacher?

The CoolCatTeacher

Life Lessons from Hall of Fame Teacher Kim Bearden From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Broken. It happens. It hurts deeply. I have had days when I didn’t know how I would get out of bed and make it to school. Most teachers I respect have had periods of deep brokenness too. So has Hall of Fame Teacher Kim Bearden, co-founder of Ron Clark Academy. Today she tells all. We need to lift one another up and encourage each other.

Thanksgiving Ideas and Resources to Gobble Up!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.” – W.J. Cameron. Thanksgiving is an important event that teaches us about collaboration and acceptance between two vastly different cultures and this is definitely an important history our students can benefit from. Thanksgiving provides us the opportunity to teach students about what it means to be a good citizen and humanitarian. The Thanksgiving story helps students learn about the importance of celebrating and accepting our differences.

8 Websites that Explain Elections

Ask a Tech Teacher

In about half the world’s nations–such as those ruled by socialism, communism, dictators, and autocracies–law and order are decided by government agencies, often people placed in power by those already in power. When America wrote its Democracy-based Constitution and Bill of Rights in the late 1700’s, we chose a different route.

The Need for More Play in School

A Principal's Reflections

As I kid I loved play. Countless hours were spent building forts in the woods, creating sand castles at the beach, riding bikes, playing Atari (then Nintendo, Game Boy, Sega Genesis, etc.) or just running around for no apparent reason. Kids love play and it is a central component of their social and emotional development.

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.

Guest Post: Top Websites To Use When Teaching Writing.

EdTech4Beginners

It’s that time of the year again when I go through my bookmarks and Diigo lists and try to choose websites I like when teaching writing: this prepares me well for the upcoming school year. Most of the time, I end up adding even more sites to the existing lists! The sites listed below are brilliant and children love it when I use them. Image courtesy of Grays Harbor College. My Top 5! Readwritethink.org : An absolute must whatever type of writing you work on!

Teaching Elementary-Level Learners About the Brain

User Generated Education

Judy Willis in How to Teach Students About the Brain writes: If we want to empower students, we must show them how they can control their own cognitive and emotional health and their own learning. Teaching students how the brain operates is a huge step. Even young students can learn strategies for priming their brains to learn more efficiently.

Improve retention, re-teach less with this learning technique

Ditch That Textbook

What if you didn’t have to spend so much time re-teaching material to your students? What if that material was securely saved in their minds, ready for recall whenever necessary? And they could apply that knowledge to whatever they were learning at the moment? Even though there’s no magic bullet to make students remember everything [.]. Teaching brain research cognitive science ditch that homework retrieval review study habits

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Top 10 BYOD concerns — and how to overcome them [Part 1]

Neo LMS

BYOD at school is more than the latest buzz phrase you hear at every corner of the teacher’s rooms or along school hallways. It’s really happening. More and more schools adopt BYOD policies and allow students to bring their own mobile phones, tablets, eBooks, and other devices in the classroom, and use them as tools to enhance learning.

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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.

What is Kiddom? Why is it right for you? And free resources to inform your teaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

The popularity of standards-based grading and instruction is growing. It’s because the one-size-fits-all concept of a single grade representing the fullness of the students’ work is flawed. Today, teachers want to call out student strengths and weaknesses, accomplishments and areas of improvement, as aligned with the standards that their school mission is built on. That requires a detailed picture of what students have learned. The problem is: This is time-consuming.

50 Hacks That Make Every Single Student Love You and Your Class

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Do students hate your class? Do they hate you? Think long and hard before you answer. I often hear my own children say, “I can’t stand that class”. There were plenty of times in my 23 years as a classroom teacher that students were saying, “I hate Mr. Barnes”. They didn’t usually say it to […]. The post 50 Hacks That Make Every Single Student Love You and Your Class appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Featured Inspiration HackLearning

How To Document A Science Investigation Using Google Keep.

EdTech4Beginners

Recently, my class did a science experiment, where we explored how rain falls. In short, you put shaving foam (the cloud) on top of a cup of water and drop food colouring onto it. When the cloud gets full, it begins to ‘rain’ the food colouring. Have a look at a video we took: How did the class document the experiment? We used a brilliant app called Google Keep. Its primary purpose is to make notes and reminders but it has a lot of uses.

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Teaching Grammar-In-Context

User Generated Education

Archaic Ways of Teaching Grammar. We construct grammatically correct sentences or correct our mistakes by intuitively applying the rules that govern English syntax. If, instead, we had to apply those rules consciously, they would only get in our way, making it impossible for us to speak or write at all. To construct a simple two-word sentence, such as “He dreams,” requires the application of at least seven grammar rules.

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!

13 Digital Tools to Empower Active Use

Tom Murray

Today’s digital world is littered with drill and kill technology, much of it no different than a digital version of the worksheets of years past. Simply digitizing past practice serves little instructional purpose and ultimately leads to low levels of learning. These types of practices have lead to a number of studies that have indicated that purchasing more technology does not increase student learning.

A parent’s perspective on the best learning apps for children

Neo LMS

There are many different apps that all claim to help children with their learning. From reading to math games, apps are taking over the educational landscape. So much so, that some schools are integrating tablets and apps into their curriculum. Apps can be a great tool to use for learning, once you figure out the best ones for your children and how to use them effectively.

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8 Essential Books Every Tech-Minded Teacher Should Read

Ask a Tech Teacher

I love reading, but there are so many books out there, it’s challenging to pick the right one for my education needs. Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Karen Dikson, came to the rescue. She curated a great list of essential tech-minded books for today’s teachers. Here are her suggestions: We live in an extremely stimulating and dynamic era, and it’s hard to predict what is going to happen tomorrow, let alone in the next few years.

Retrieval Practice: A Strategy to Promote Successful Learning

Digital Promise

How can we foster and encourage successful learning, where students apply knowledge, build connections, think critically — and retain important knowledge over time? In this second Digital Promise Research@Work video , we share a learning strategy called retrieval practice , which is based on more than 100 years of cognitive science research.

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.

6 Awesome (and free) Video-editing apps.

EdTech4Beginners

Science week is coming up at my school and the students have to make a video of an investigation / experiment. I wanted my class to have the edge, so I showed them these brilliant tech tools to help them along the way! 1) Magisto. Magisto is such an amazing app; it intuitively knows what to do with your videos and photos. The app suggests themes and special effects too. 2) Animoto. This app makes video-editing a breeze.

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140 Twitter Tips for Educators

The CoolCatTeacher

Help for teachers curious or skeptical about Twitter From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The curious teacher opened up Twitter. In the teacher’s lounge this morning, an excited teacher was talking about a new tool she’d found on Twitter that had her students raving. Rather than ask anyone, the curious teacher opened up Twitter (there was less pressure that way.) Oh, my! She thought Twitter made no sense.

10 Google Classroom time savers for teachers

Ditch That Textbook

If you and your students are using Google Apps in the classroom, Google Classroom can save you tons of time and effort. It helps you assign, collect, grade and return work seamlessly. But, like anything else, there are tricks that can help you do the same work in less time. They make you more efficient [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology efficiency gafe Google Apps google classroom time management

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