October, 2015

20 Tools, Apps, & Tips for Engaging Assessment

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier. In my book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers , I encourage teachers to reflect on the way they assess their students for Goal 17: Re-evaluate Value. Assessment shouldn’t make students feel like quitting. Instead, assessment should help students celebrate the learning they’ve grasped and reflect on their journey achieving that learning.

In Support of Teachers: First State Micro-credential Initiative

More Verbs

The iLearnMaine Educator Micro-credential Program was announced Thursday, Oct. 15, by ACTEM and the Maine’s Learning Through Technology Team. What if schools and teachers had support for professional learning that met their needs and was on their own terms? This is the kind of support iLearnMaine Educator Micro-credential Program is designed to provide. ILearnMaine was announced at the ACTEM Conference (Maine’s education technology conference) on Thursday, October 15.


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5 Best Practices for Digital Portfolios

Ask a Tech Teacher

Digital portfolios have become a critical part of today’s classroom. Why collate student work into clunky 3-ring binders that can only be one place at a time, are subject to damage and page loss, and are difficult to update when there are so many easy-to-use, intuitive digital versions: Blogs–Kidblogs, WordPress, Edublogs. Digication. Dropr. Edusight –pictures of student work for a digital portfolio; free, app; online comprehensive picture. Flipboard –a magazine format (iOS only).

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Announcing the 2015 Cohort of the League of Innovative Schools

Digital Promise

In 2015, it’s no longer a new story that technology is being used in the classroom. It’s a part of everyone’s daily lives and it’s no surprise that it’s becoming a part of students’ lives as well. At Digital Promise, we are much more interested in how technology is being used to support teaching and learning. What are teachers doing to truly enhance 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.

Reflecting on the Making Process

User Generated Education

My background is in experiential education. One of the strategies used in experiential education is debriefing or reflecting on the experience. In other words, learning from direct experience is not left to chance. The educator becomes proactive in debriefing or processing the experiences to increase the chances that learning occurs. This is in line with John Dewey’s ideas: ‘ We do not learn from experience , we learn from reflecting on experience.’

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Beyond Badges: Why Personalized Learning Advocates Need to Care about Blockchain

Doug Levin

Tom Vander Ark of Getting Smart has argued that “ parent-managed learner profiles ” will by key to both enabling and scaling personalization in education. As Tom envisions, these profiles would include all of the elements of traditional school transcripts, supplemented with richer, more nuanced, and actionable information about student learning attainment, achievement, and needs.

Six New Findings on Teacher Ed-Tech Usage

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

A new survey of 1,000 teachers found that educators are using more technology than some think, and that the driver is student learning. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. blendedlearning digitallearning edtech teacher

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Let Students Learn From Failure

Ask a Tech Teacher

Too often, students–and teachers–believe learning comes from success when in truth, it’s as likely to be the product of failure. Knowing what doesn’t work is a powerful weapon as we struggle to think critically about the myriad issues along our path to college and/or career. As teachers, it’s important we reinforce the concept that learning has many faces. Here are ten ways to teach through failure: Use the Mulligan Rule. What’s the Mulligan Rule? Any golfers?

10+ Halloween Apps to Spook The Learning Out of ‘Em

Teacher Reboot Camp

“There is magic, but you have to be the magician. You have to make the magic happen.” – Sidney Sheldon, Are You Afraid of the Dark? Halloween is one of the most fun holidays. Kids love the spooky monsters, sounds, music, dances, treats, traditions, haunted houses, and costumes that surround the holiday. As an educator or parent that has a mobile device you can capitalize on this time to help kids learn while celebrating the holiday.

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).

The Perfect Storm for Maker Education

User Generated Education

Originally published at [link]. Perfect Storm : an expression that describes an event where a rare combination of circumstances will aggravate a situation drastically. The term This term is also used to describe an actual phenomenon that happens to occur in such a confluence, resulting in an event of unusual magnitude.

Why Teachers Need to Keep Going Even When It’s Hard

The CoolCatTeacher

The Cellist of the Schoolyard In 1992, thirty-seven-year-old Vedran Smailovic was principal cellist of the Sarajevo Opera. Because of the fighting, Sarajevo was being called “the capital of hell.” ” On May 27, a long line waited in front of one of the last bakeries in town. Parents wanted to buy bread to feed their families. A mortar landed among them, exploding and killing twenty-two people in line. Something inside Vedran Smailovic’s heart broke.

The 30 Second Assessment

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. I know a few teachers this year who are committed to assessing students without testing them. That’s right: they’re not only ditching grades, they’re trying to ditch the tests that produce them too. They’re confident that the data they’re gathering provides far better information than those tired instruments used to, particularly when it comes to understanding […]. The post The 30 Second Assessment appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

Voice Typing in Google Documents

Catlin Tucker

Last month, I was working on a Google Document and clicked “Tools.” ” I discovered a new option called “Voice typing.” ” Just as the name suggests, it allows the user to dictate instead of type. Simply, click on “Voice typing” and a microphone will appear on the left side of your Google Document. Click on the microphone icon and allow Google to access the microphone on your device. Voila!

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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.

26 Halloween Sites for your Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a short list of fun Halloween websites for your students. Enjoy! Websites: Ben & Jerry. Billy Bear’s. Carving Pumpkins. Enchanted Learning. Halloween games, puzzles –clean, easy to understand website and few ads! Halloween ghost stories. Meddybemps Spooky. Pumpkin Toss. Signing Halloween–a video. Skelton Park. The Kidz Page. Apps: Ace Math Halloween Games Free Lite. Carve-a-Pumpkin from Parents magazine. Halloween Card Creator – Free.

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The 7 C’s of Meaningful Learning Begin with Citizenship

Teacher Reboot Camp

ICEIndiana 2015 Keynote Selfie Shelly Sanchez Terrell. Literacy has always been defined by the technology. Before the printing press, your ability to orally recite something meant [you were] literate.” – Nichole Pinkard. Thousands of years ago we communicated with images, drawings, and symbols. Before we had an alphabet we drew on walls to communicate with others in our community. Some of the oldest cave paintings were over 10,000 years old and they still exist.

The Mindset of the Maker Educator: Presentation Materials

User Generated Education

During Connected Educators’ Month I did a virtual presentation on The Mindset of the Maker Education.

4 Writing Tips to Help the Writing Process

The CoolCatTeacher

Make Writing Essays Easier My student cried when I showed her how to voice type in Google. Then, instead of 90 words in one class period, she typed 500. She edited it. She turned it in early. Tears of joy happen when the right tool is taught to the right student. Technology isn’t flashy The right technology makes lives better. Make writing well easier with these four writing tips. We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.

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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.

Six Ways You Can Tame Sunday Night Stress

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. It started my first year of teaching, and although things have improved dramatically over the last two decades, I’ve never completely overcome Sunday night stress. I deal with it far more often than I’d like to, and I know that many of my teacher friends do too. One of them just happens to be my […]. The post Six Ways You Can Tame Sunday Night Stress appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Innovation mindfulness


Using Research in Ed Tech: What Does “Research-Based” Really Mean?

Digital Promise

Aubrey is the Research Director at Digital Promise and Sandra is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Stanford University. In a recent Digital Promise study , a majority of ed tech product developers told us their products are “research-based.” ” Yet, many school leaders are skeptical of these claims. It can be difficult to find details about research study findings in companies’ marketing materials, or to interpret how the developer applied these findings.

8 Websites to Teach Financial Literacy

Ask a Tech Teacher

When kids read that America’s $18 trillion+ debt is accepted by many experts as ‘business as usual’, I wonder how that news will affect their future personal finance decisions. Do they understand the consequences of unbalanced budgets? The quandary of infinite wants vs. finite dollars? Or do they think money grows on some fiscal tree that always blooms? The good news is: Half of the nation’s schools require a financial literacy course.

Do Not Feed Bugs to Students

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 11, Number 4. Driving Question: What is needed to create sufficient student agency? Shoichi Uchiyama is a famous, world expert Japanese chef that is obsessed in entomophagy cuisine. In other words, he is an expert on eating bugs. This can include hornet larvae and silkworm pupae to boiled spiders and cockroach soup. According to some nutritionists, bugs are a high source of protein and nutrients.supposedly good for you!


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!

10 Google Apps tips EVERY teacher should know

Ditch That Textbook

Most of us have worked for years with Microsoft Office before Google Apps was unveiled. That means we’re pretty familiar with some basic tips that have become staples in our lives, like: Ctrl+C = Copy Ctrl+V = Paste Ctrl+Z = Undo Hold in Ctrl and use the arrow keys to jump from word to word [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology efficiency google Google Apps shortcuts

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Why Minecraft in Schools is the Modern Marvel: 5 Epic Ideas

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode #180 History, literature, and math teachers are desperate for easy ideas to engage kids. We want kids to be excited about our subject, and we want to use technology. But we don’t want anything really hard. What can we do? Well, today’s guest Lucas Gillispie has something you can do that might be much easier than you think. He runs on of the largest implementations of Minecraft of any school in the world. He should know. Important Takeaways.

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30 Prompts that Help Writers Practice a Month of Gratitude

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Calendar journaling is a perennial favorite among the writers that I support, and November is the perfect time to introduce it. There are a number of ways to begin: writers may print and attach a calendar template for the month inside of their notebooks, they might keep track of their daily writing in Google Calendar, […]. The post 30 Prompts that Help Writers Practice a Month of Gratitude appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Issues Thanksgiving writing

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The (Native) App is Dead; Long Live the (Web) App

The Journal

On 28 October 2014, the W3C approved a standard version of HTML5, a programming language for the web. For K-12 at least, HTML5 is totally disruptive – in a GOOD way! Educational app developers can now write highly interactive apps that will run on virtually all end-user-oriented, computing devices, i.e., on all the crazy computers that kids bring into their BYOD classrooms. Finally, BYOD makes good sense; finally, teachers can FULLY exploit the affordances of the kids’ BYOD computing devices!!

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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.

CanaryFlow: Everything You Need to Manage Classroom Workflow

Ask a Tech Teacher

CanaryFlow is a classroom workflow platform that makes it easy for K-12 teachers to create lessons, add and grade assignments, upload resources, comment on student work or class activities, and schedule events. Class set-up is intuitive, with guided instructions as needed. Users (students and teachers) can access materials and submit work using the camera, Google Drive, or Dropbox. All account activity is quickly synced across all devices.

School Ambassadors: Tour Guides or Agents of Learning?

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 11, Number 6. Driving Question: How might a student leadership opportunity lead to the development of meaningful student agency? Hello, my name is Tatyana. Welcome to Katherine Smith School," greets a school ambassador. Every visitor to Smith is met with a strong handshake and a big smile. With hundreds of visitors every year, Smith's dependence on student leaders as guides may be completely necessary. The real value is in the development of student agency. P21 Blogazine

10 ways to help students become “future ready”

Ditch That Textbook

Educators have a daunting task. It’s our job to help students prepare for a workforce that we can’t describe. Today, people have jobs that we couldn’t dream of several years ago. For example … managing social media for companies arranging work-from-home or telecommuting optimizing websites for search engines People all over the world are doing [.]. Teaching communication future ready global connections job skills workforce