February, 2017

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Station Rotation Model: Student Designed & Led Stations

Catlin Tucker

One of the benefits of the Station Rotation Model is how easy it is to design activities at different levels to meet the diverse needs of a group of students. I spend a lot of time tailoring activities to support students who need additional scaffolds, but it’s important to challenge the strong students in our classrooms as well. . One strategy I use to capitalize on my students’ strengths is to have them design and lead stations.

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10 strategies for lightning-quick feedback students can REALLY use

Ditch That Textbook

Using homework assignments to give feedback is pokey. Inefficient. Slow. Think about the length of the feedback loop for traditional homework assignments: Teacher assigns homework to students. Students take it home (maybe) and work on it (maybe). Students turn it in the next day. Teacher grades and provides comments that night (if not completely swamped [.].

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Cool Cat Teacher’s 31 Favorite Everyday Tools I’m Using Right Now #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

A special Valentine's Day Episode of 10MT with Links to Tools and Tech I Use From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Do you want to know my productivity tips and tricks? How about what I use for digital film class? The technology I use in my classroom everyday? Well, Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m showing love to my dear teacher friends by just sharing all the tools and tips that have me excited right now.

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Student-Run Tech Initiatives Can Empower and Ready Them for the Future

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Students at a California middle school have become the teachers when it comes to technology.

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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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3 Tips to Move Your Ed-Tech Tool Into the Classroom

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Even the best teachers can be reluctant to use new technology in the classroom. Here are some ways to overcome that. The post 3 Tips to Move Your Ed-Tech Tool Into the Classroom appeared first on Market Brief.

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Top TED Talks for educators

Neo LMS

When we come into this world we don’t know much; in fact, we don’t know anything. We don’t come with built-in knowledge. We are like blank canvases, that will be filled with the knowledge we acquire during our lifetime and which will form us as an individual and as a productive member of society. Some of this acquired information will stick with us permanently but some won’t stand the test of time and will be wiped from our memory and forgotten forever.

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A Pedagogical Shift Needed for Digital Success

A Principal's Reflections

In a previous post I discussed in detail strategies to help ensure the effective use of technology to improve learning outcomes. You don’t have to be a fan of technology, but you do need to understand that it’s a catalyst for some exciting pedagogical changes. The purposeful use of technology can innovate assessment, transform time frames around learning, increase collaboration, enable learning about information and research thanks to unprecedented access, and provide a level of student ownershi

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The Lemonade War that Motivated a Whole School to Read

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | #18 A 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Principal Ryan Kaczmark From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. When I called Principal Ryan Kaczmark @ rkaczmark , he bubbled over with excitement from the Lemonade Wars experience. This elementary school-wide reading project is a sizzling combination of reading, parent relations, community service, school spirit, communications, and social media savvy.

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Quiet In The Classroom: How To Recognize And Support Introverted Entrepreneurs

EdNews Daily

Written by: Robyn D. Shulman. “Quiet people have the loudest minds,”- Stephen Hawking. About two weeks ago, via LinkedIn, I shared Josh Steimle’s book review of Susan Cain ’s bestseller, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Within 48 hours, the update had over 43,000 views, and over 130 people shared it. The fascination over the differences between extroverts and introverts, how they communicate, and what they need, is by far, one of the most compelling

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Survey Says 86 Percent of Schools Expect to Spend More on Digital Curriculum

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Investment in digital is rising, and schools need to prepare teachers and students for its adoption.

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Reimagining Chickering & Gamsons Principles Post-Pandemic: Technologys 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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100 things I wish someone had told me about teaching

Ditch That Textbook

As a brand new teacher, I was trapped out on an island. Isolated. Stuck in a “silo,” so to speak. I had a lot to learn. Sadly, I had a hard time learning from others. I felt like I had to do it all. Plus, I was the only teacher in my content area in the [.].

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How To Develop A Growth Mindset In Your Classroom

EdTech4Beginners

I recently did some staff training about developing growth mindsets in the classroom. To prepare the session, I created a survey for the teachers in my school, using the website Typeform ( click here to view the survey ). Next, I interviewed a random selection of pupils, asking these questions: Are you good at maths? Are you the best in the class? Do you think you could be the best in the future?

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Can Companies Like Facebook Help Close the Access Gap?

Tom Murray

This past weekend I was searching for a particular feature inside the Facebook app while on my cell phone. As I scrolled through some of the settings, I realized that a new feature had been added. Having worked on connectivity issues at the national level, and having seen the vast inequities in opportunities that are available to the 5 million students that are unconnected while at home , this new feature offers me hope.

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5 Simple Ways to Gamify Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | Jessica Gordon shares her tips on the 10-Minute Teacher Show From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. You can gamify your classroom. It isn’t hard. Sixth-grade teacher Jessica Gordon@ 1337teach gives us tips, ideas, and links for how to gamify our classrooms now. Game based learning can be simple and free.

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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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If we’re not irrelevant, what are we?

Dangerously Irrelevant

As I look across the presentations and workshops and keynotes that educational leadership faculty are sponsoring and facilitating, outside of a few isolated pockets I don’t see much evidence that we’re having wide-ranging and substantive conversations about the need for students to: engage in deeper and higher-level learning instead of spending 80% to 85% of their time on regurgitation and recall of low-level knowledge items (that can be found via smartphone voice search in seconds);

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3M Overhead Projectors Began a New Era of Classroom Visual Aids

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Before interactive projectors and document cameras, teachers used these projectors and transparencies.

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My blogging voyage, and how I do it (step by step)

Ditch That Textbook

Three years ago I embarked on the voyage “Ss Blogging” in my fifth grade classroom. (It’s a take on the “SS” abbreviation for “Steam Ship.” Remember the “SS Minnow” from Gilligan’s Island? In this case, Ss is the Twitter abbreviation for “students” … very fitting!) It has evolved into a learning adventure, where I am [.].

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You HAVE To Try Black-Out Poetry.  

EdTech4Beginners

I recently saw a great idea on Pinterest: black-out poetry. When I tried it with my class recently, it worked really well; my students enjoyed the lesson and it was particularly effective at developing their word selection skills. How do you do it? 1) Find an old fiction book. 2) Rip a page out for each child. 3) The pupils must use a pencil to select and circle words on the page to form a poem (this is harder than it seems, so a pencil allows for errors to be erased). 4) A simple picture must

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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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The Meemic Foundation to Give Out $500,000 in Grants to Local Educators in 2017

EdNews Daily

Virtually all teachers wind up paying out of their own pocket for supplies. In fact, according to the Education Market Association , on average, most spend nearly $500 per year, and one in 10 spent $1,000 or more. Last year, a total of $1.6 billion in school supply costs was shifted from parents – or struggling districts – onto teachers. Grants for Teachers in Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin.

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Game Based Learning: Make Fast Teaching Games with SMART lab

The CoolCatTeacher

Sponsored Post by SMART Learning Suite From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Formative assessment and game based learning make a powerful combination in the classroom. I love SMART lab, a new feature of the SMART Learning Suite. Recently, when they sponsored several of my 10-Minute Teacher episodes, I tested SMART Notebook.

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The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017

Securly

In December 2010, The Journal –“t he leading Technology based education publication for K-12 and higher education”– published an article with a 5-prong prediction for the following year. Will the cloud continue to reign? Will more schools embrace student-centric mobile devices? These were the pressing questions of the time – a time 8-months after the release of the first iPad and 6-months before the release of the first Chromebook.

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Continuing Advocacy Programs and Forging New Partnerships Are Keys to Creating Digital Equity

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez With the help of corporations and communities, schools are stepping up to bridge the homework gap.

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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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10 add-ons to Google Classroom you MUST try

Ditch That Textbook

The basic functions of Google Drive and Google Classroom are only the starting point for the innovative and creative uses one can use in the classroom. Alice Keeler, my co-author in our upcoming book Ditch That Homework, proves that again and again. Alice is one of the only people I know personally who codes for [.].

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Overcoming Problems With Online Learning Tools.

EdTech4Beginners

Problems arise in the classroom. How can we overcome them? Technology is often the simple solution. So, let’s talk about some tricks to facilitate a learning process. Problem: how do you connect learners? Studying process doesn’t go well all the time, so getting an support from an expert or peer is a real advantage; they will have thoughts and solutions about the learning material.

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Got an Idea for an Edtech Tool to Support Special Education? NewSchools Ignite Might Fund it!

EdNews Daily

Announcing up to $1.5 Million in New Funding Opportunities for Edtech Entrepreneurs! NewSchools Venture Fund is excited to announce the launch of its next ed tech funding opportunity: the NewSchools Ignite Special Education Challenge. This challenge targets ed tech entrepreneurs with a product that supports Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade students in special education.

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5 Tech Tools to Try in 2017 with Jennifer Gonzalez

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Jennifer Gonzalez From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Technology moves so quickly! Do you know what to try next? Well, today’s guest and edtech expert Jennifer Gonzalez @ cultofpedagogy gives us some amazing tools to try for Five Idea Friday. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes.

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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.

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Who else is collecting data about your children?

Securly

Digital footprints are not exclusive to online shoppers or avid social media users; everyone has one, including your 5-year-old child. Any online activity contributes to their “digital portrait”, making them vulnerable targets to advertisers and internet predators. Taking Precautions. In an effort to protect minors on the world wide web, the FTC Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) created compliance regulations for online operators that host children under the age of 13 in 1998.

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Microsoft Launches New Cloud Tool and Convertible Devices to Ease Classroom Tech Use

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez New two-in-one devices — and an easier way to manage them — are on the table this year for the tech giant.

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Kids Don’t Fail, Schools Fail Kids: Sir Ken Robinson on the 'Learning Revolution'

Edsurge

British author and speaker Sir Ken Robinson is known for several accomplishments, from his books to his professorships to his TED talks. But in 2006, he gained recognition for something that no other TED speaker in history has done. It was back then that he delivered a TED talk on the topic of whether schools kill students’ creativity —and today, that video has been viewed over 43 million times, currently holding the title of “most popular TED talk of all time.”.

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Technology in Schools – Future Changes in the Classroom.

EdTech4Beginners

When people talk about the future of technology in education, they picture every student having access to a computer or a tablet; they see paperless rooms where technology trained teachers lead the class. What they don’t see is the infrastructure underneath that’s driving the whole project. Learning is becoming more collaborative to mirror the way that adults live their lives.

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Transform Your Classroom with Apple

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

Apple empowers educators and students by design. Whether using Macs, iPads, or Apple TV, Apple devices encourage creativity and can simplify teaching with apps to make the classroom more flexible, collaborative and personalized for each student. To unleash the full potential of the technology and create the best learning environment, you need to understand the tools and resources available, and develop an education-focused, comprehensive plan, from equipment purchase to deployment, management an