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. Teacher grades and provides comments that night (if not completely swamped [.]. Teaching blogging cognitive science comments edtech educational technology feedback formative assessment

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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#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. Her new book Sketchnotes for Educators: 100 Inspiring Illustrations for Lifelong Learners is a MUST BUY for every teacher and administrator. SMART Learning Suite is today’s sponsor.

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.

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.

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.

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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. We flip the tables and transfer the task of making quizzes from teachers to students. Tests and quizzes are traditionally made and administered by teachers or schools to test student performance and development.

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 [.]. Uncategorized creative teaching edtech educational technology inspiration new teacher teaching ideas

#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. As a gamification guru and moonshot thinker, Michael transforms the traditional classroom into a high-energy environment where active student engagement is paramount.

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. Together, these partners collaborate outside of the traditional silos of sector and institution to form a network that is uniquely poised to design, implement, iterate on, and disseminate breakthrough learning practices and tools.

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).

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. The Startup Blog Apps Communication APPtitude Educational Technology/Ed-Tech Entrepreneurship Innovation Lean Startups Reading/Literacy Startups

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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. Can Companies like Facebook Help Close the Access Gap?

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? Why do you think some children in your class get better test scores than others?

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12 ways to really make Genius Hour work in your class

Ditch That Textbook

Lots of schools and classrooms are making innovation a priority and changing how day-to-day school is done. Don Wettrick’s students take it to a whole new level. Don teaches “Innovation Class,” where students take on a project that connects with their passions. In this class, his students have created apps, designed new products and created [.]. Teaching 20 percent time dan pink don wettrick genius hour passion-driven learning pbl project-based learning

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.

5 Ideas for Improving Student Writing

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode #10: Jennifer Serravallo on the 10-Minute Teacher Show From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Jennifer Serravallo (@ jserravallo ) is a literacy consultant, speaker, and the author of several popular titles including the NY Times Bestselling The Reading Strategies Book , the newly-released Writing Strategies Book , and the two-time award-winning Independent Reading Assessment Series.

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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How to Prepare for the SAT Essay

Ask a Tech Teacher

Seven million students took the SAT test last year. While it traditionally is an assessment tool for college-bound seniors, more and more high schools are choosing it as an exit exam for graduating seniors (such as these changes in Ohio and the State of Washington ). Driven in part by the educational imperative to minimize student testing, what better solution than a test already heavily vetted as being inclusive and cross-cultural that many students are familiar with.

Hyperdocs & Self-Paced Learning

Catlin Tucker

When I began using the Station Rotation Model with students, I made a habit of printing directions for offline stations and typing directions for my online stations. I used Google Docs for my online directions because it was easy to mix text and images then share that document directly with students. My goal was to create instructions that were so detailed and clear that my students would not need to interrupt my teacher-led station to ask questions.

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.

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).

10 ways to create interactive multimedia in any grade/subject

Ditch That Textbook

Watch a video. Move definitions around to match their term. Jump to an article online. Get instant feedback to a multiple choice question. Student-centered learning lets kids get right to work and take control. It also lets the teacher connect and help with students one on one. That student-centered learning is at the heart of [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology multimedia storytelling sutori timelines

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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. I’ve included links below for you.

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One-to-One 3.0: A Work in Progress

The Journal

Sharing computing devices, the hallmark of One-to-One 1.0, rules the K–12 landscape. While the technology industry is on the verge of producing powerful computing devices for the price of a pair of gym shoes, getting all the way to 1-to-1 3.0 in is going to require more than just ready-access to computing devices. In this week’s blog post, then, we lay out the 13 conditions for 1-to-1 3.0.

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!

Visuals Play a Key Role in Ed-Tech Learning Products

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Have you ever sat through a boring lecture where the professor seemed to drone on and on? What about a PowerPoint presentation that was all words and no visuals? I’ll bet it was hard to pay attention and focus. You might have had trouble remembering what the lecture was about, too. Visuals are incredibly important… The post Visuals Play a Key Role in Ed-Tech Learning Products appeared first on Market Brief.

Why Is K-12 Education So Slow to Change?

Catlin Tucker

If you are attending SXSW in March, I’ll be speaking on a panel with Alberto Carvalho, the superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and Keith Krueger, the CEO of the Consortium for School Networking. Why Is K-12 Education so Slow to Change? Monday, March 6. 12:30PM – 1:30PM. Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon G. From smartphones to electric cars, new innovations have reshaped virtually every aspect of our lives.

Edit and Share Videos Like a Rock Star

Ask a Tech Teacher

The engine of learning is not always fueled by reading. In fact, knowledge is often acquired via audio, video, role-playing, and other approaches that address the varied learning styles of today’s students. One communication method that has seriously grown up from even a generation ago is video. Where movies used to be considered babysitting — the activity of last resort for tired or unprepared teachers — that’s no longer true.

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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? In this case, Ss is the Twitter abbreviation for “students” … very fitting!) It has evolved into a learning adventure, where I am [.].

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.

#08: The BreakoutEDU Box: The Classroom Experience That Has Everybody Talking

The CoolCatTeacher

10MT | A 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Adam Bellow From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Learn the pitfalls, challenges, and advantages of these BreakoutEDU adventure game boxes used to teach everything from grammar to math. Kids and teachers are raving about BreakoutEDU boxes. Let’s learn what they are from Adam Bellow, cofounder of BreakoutEDU. Adam Bellow (@ adambellow ) began his career in the classroom as a High School English teacher.

Artificial Intelligence is Not the Silver Bullet for K–12

The Journal

Due to a number of high profile successes (e.g., beating the world Go champion) recently, Artificial Intelligence technologies have been receiving a great deal of attention by companies and by the press. K–12 doesn’t want to be left out! But, in this week’s blog post we argue that, for good reason, K–12 shouldn’t be looking to AI to solve its problems

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. By bringing together educators, entrepreneurs, researchers, funders, and other community stakeholders, EdClusters have an opportunity to accelerate the pace of innovations that support transformative teaching and learning.