February, 2017

10 strategies for lightning-quick feedback students can REALLY use

Ditch That Textbook

Using homework assignments to give feedback is pokey. Inefficient. 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.

Get students learning by MAKING quizzes instead of TAKING quizzes.

EdTech4Beginners

QuizPedia is a fun and engaging learning tool that can be used in primary education and onwards. And it’s free ! How is it different to a typical quiz making tool? Quizzes aren’t new to the classroom but QuizPedia’s approach is.

9 Great Nonprofits to Support School Leaders

Tom Murray

It Takes A Village to Support Education Innovation

Digital Promise

Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters) are local communities of practice that bring together educators, entrepreneurs, funders, researchers, and other community stakeholders to support transformative teaching and learning in their region.

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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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 ).

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If we’re not irrelevant, what are we?

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The Four Key Elements that Make an Education Innovation Cluster Work

Digital Promise

Across the nation, local Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters) have formed in order to nurture breakthrough learning tools, technologies, and practices; implement these innovations in learning environments; and iterate rapidly based on best available insights.

#06: The 6 Most Motivating Sketchnotes in Education Today

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT: Sylvia Duckworth on the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Sylvia Duckworth (@ sylviaduckworth ) is a leading sketch note artist in education today.

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.

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 [.].

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.

Characters Come to Life in the Point and Play Maker Box for Creative Kids!

Kleinspiration

Get Qurious is an interactive play-based experience for children ages 4-9. The Maker Box takes the classic Three Little Pigs story and brings it to life with its engaging, interactive app, story cards, pretend play masks, sticker book, and puzzle.

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.

#05: 5 Ideas for Using Game-Based Learning in your Classroom Today

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT: A 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Michael Matera From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Michael Matera (@ mrmatera ) is a middle school teacher, author of Explore Like a Pirate and speaker.

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?

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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 It’s a take on the “SS” abbreviation for “Steam Ship.” ” Remember the “SS Minnow” from Gilligan’s Island?

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?

K-12 Blueprint - tools, research, devices, best practices and more to support effective EdTech projects

Educational Technology Guy

K12Blueprint is a great, free resource for technology in education.

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Teacher PD: Purposeful Tinkering and Application

User Generated Education

As a preface to this post, my belief is that deep learning does not occur through sit and get. Deep learning occurs through experiential, authentic, interactive, collaborative instructional processes.

#07: Getting Started Using Twitter for Educational Excellence

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Billy Krakower From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

3 Ways To Encourage Creativity In Your Classroom This Year

The Web20Classroom

This post is in partnership with ACER. Over the next few months I will be writing and sharing many of the exciting classroom products they offer like tablets, desktops and more! A while back I was having a conversation with a colleague about creativity in learning.

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.

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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.

Enter to WIN a Full Year to #ScholasticPrintables Now!

Kleinspiration

I’m excited to announce a wonderful give-away from Scholastic Printables ! We are offering a full year subscription to a Kleinspiration reader. Scholastic Printables give you instant, unlimited access to thousands of skills sheets, activities, lesson plans and more.

A Socratic Seminar for Elementary Learners

User Generated Education

In line with the theme of this blog, student-centric and user generated educational techniques. I’ve used them successfully in my teaching training classes but never with elementary learners. Socratic seminars have been around, obviously, since the days of Socratics.

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.

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.

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Commitment is good. Connections are better.

Ditch That Textbook

Inspiration seems to strike when we don’t expect it, doesn’t it? I was listening to the radio recently and during a commercial break, they played an excerpt of a speech that stopped me in my tracks.

Completely free, downloadable, stock music.

EdTech4Beginners

Often, in lessons, I need free music for my class to include in videos or presentations. But it’s really difficult to find! You either have to watch adverts or sign in and then get spammed!

Learning Sciences Research Necessary to Drive Personalized Learning For All

Digital Promise

Does Your District Have a Solid Data Foundation?

Tom Murray

For over two years, I’ve had the opportunity to travel from coast to coast speaking and working alongside thousands of school leaders and hundreds of school district teams.

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What to Buy for Your Maker Space #makered

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT #22 | An Interview with Librarian Chad Lehman From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Librarian Chad Lehman helps us learn about the technologies we need to set up an awesome maker space. Guess what? Great maker spaces often have arts and crafts too!

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Productivity Apps And Gadgets for College Students Everywhere (guest post)

Educational Technology Guy

Productivity Apps And Gadgets for College Students Everywhere Learning how to be productive and work efficiently, is one of the biggest trends of the year for business men and women this year.

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