December, 2015

Maker Education Card Game

User Generated Education

I like and have always used games in my classrooms. One of my current educational interests is maker education. As such, I have begun creating games for maker education – see my first one, a board game, at Reflecting on the Making Process.

3 Simple Steps to Help Students Become a Global Citizen

The CoolCatTeacher

What are the best ways for a teacher to engage their classroom in a global conversation? From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Like squirrels in a sack, we can choose to coexist or we can make life miserable for one another.

Improving Instruction in a Digital World

A Principal's Reflections

The Rigor and Relevance Framework —an action ­oriented continuum that describes putting knowledge to use—gives teachers and administrators a way to develop both instruction and assessment while providing students with a way a way to project learning goals.

Earn Your Micro-credentials in Four Easy Steps

Digital Promise

Jennifer is the Director of Educator Micro-credentials. You can reach her on Twitter: @JenCohKab. Micro-credentials provide educators an opportunity to gain competency-based recognition for their skills, no matter how or where they learned them.

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.

How to deal with students resistant to e-learning

Neo LMS

We are in the realm of 21st century learning, where most students are digital natives and expect their teachers to be the same and deliver all class content online, through an interactive e-learning platform. It’s always been a challenge for teachers, who are digital immigrants, to blend with these students because they have more know-how in the new advances of technology and perhaps, maximizing these technology advances in the classroom. Students are supposed to be the change, right?

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Courage to Be an Outlier Educator

User Generated Education

Today, during a podcast interview, I was asked what it takes to be an educational thought leader. My responses was, “courage.”

Smartphone Photography Tips and Apps

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 197 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Smartphones are everywhere. Our students have them. We have them. Teachers are starting to use smartphones for photography, video and art.

How Hashtags Can Empower You in 2016

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The hashtag, that ubiquitous pound sign followed by a keyword, are part of the language of social media.”- ”- Neil Patel, Forbes.

Five Sites and Six Hours Created Real Potential for Under-skilled Adult Learners

Digital Promise

Patti is the Director of Adult Learning Initiatives at Digital Promise and has over 20 years experience developing products for adults. You can follow her on Twitter @patticonstan. On Nov.

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

Learning management systems 101

Neo LMS

Today we’re going back to the beginning to discuss one of the basics tools in e-learning which is the learning management system, LMS, learning platform or whatever you like to call it. Most schools deploy learning platforms to do the heavy lifting of their e-learning. And while there are students and teachers who already know how LMSs works, there are still a handful of people new to the digital world that need some time getting used to using such a platform. What is an LMS?

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Crowdfunding Campaigns: Lessons Learned from an Ed-Tech Startup

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Apply this advice from the front lines of a successful crowdfunding campaign to your new venture. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. Lessons Learned ProfessorWord Startup Life lessonslearned

A Model of Good Teaching?

User Generated Education

One of my guilty pleasures is watching MasterChef Junior, a cooking competition for 8 to 12 year olds, and as an educator, I have been analyzing it as a model for good teaching. My observations include: The challenges are hands-on and naturally engaging for these kids.

9 Super Apps For Stargazers

The CoolCatTeacher

Get into Nature to Nurture. The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.” Ralph Waldo Emerson. One of the most beautiful things about living in the country is being able to see all the stars. You can enjoy the sky even more when you ‘ve got the right apps. 9 Super Apps for Stargazers.

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Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

Implementing Mobile Devices With a Focus on Learning

A Principal's Reflections

The following post is a modified excerpt from Uncommon Learning. Mobile learning provides enhanced collaboration among learners, access to information, and a deeper contextualization of learning.

A Look Back at Digital Promise’s 2015

Digital Promise

As we close 2015, I invite you to join me in reflecting on the year's events, our accomplishments and in looking forward to the year ahead.

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And the top e-learning trends for 2016 are.

Neo LMS

It’s December, it’s almost the end of the year and it's time to talk about the 2016 e-learning trends. We always love to greet the new year with a bang, both literally and figuratively. So, to get you straight to the point - I’m here to point out, what I deem, will be the ed tech trends for the next year. Just to get things going, here’s a recap of 2015. First, mobile learning. Sure, there were lots of devices released in 2014 and the years before, but 2015 was the mobile age.

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Find the Right YouTube Video for Your Lesson in Minutes

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

A new way to weed through YouTube videos for the ones that illustrate lessons best. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org.

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Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

Best 2015 Videos: STEM, STEAM, and Maker Education Theme

User Generated Education

One of my end of year rituals is finding and posting the years’ best videos. Given my current interest in maker education , I decided to locate and post 2015 videos related to maker education, STEM, and STEAM. Maker Education: Reaching All Learners.

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Modern Professional Learning: Connecting PLCs With PLNs

The CoolCatTeacher

A Post written for Edutopia From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Modern professional learning links the Professional Learning Community (PLC) with the Professional Learning Network (PLN).

20 ways to ditch those worksheets

Ditch That Textbook

In the first few years of my teaching career, I relied on worksheets a lot. In fact, when I switched professions to become a teacher, creating my own worksheets kind of excited me.

How Strong is the Evidence? A Tool to Evaluate Studies of Ed Tech Products

Digital Promise

Aubrey is the Research Director at Digital Promise. You can reach her on Twitter at @aubreyfrancisco. Kelsey is the Research Communications Manager at Digital Promise. You can reach her on Twitter at @kelseye144.

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EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

Helping students in need

Neo LMS

Here we are in the e-learning age where students are becoming self-engaged learners and teachers are maximizing whatever digital resources there are for teaching. Almost every school has a well-defined digital learning integration in their curriculum, which isn’t just about being modern or joining the so-called “e-learning bandwagon” - it’s also about making learning fun and engaging for students and teachers.

Top 5 Things Students Should Do During Holiday Break

Chalkup

With holiday break upon us, you might have seen our list of five things teachers should do over break. Students, you’re up next. Here are five things you should aim to do during your time off. We promise that these are completely easy and fun, and you’ll be happy you did ‘em.

Coding and Bots

User Generated Education

I have been asked to return to teach summer enrichment classes on maker education for elementary-aged learners at a local school during the summer of 2016. One of the new classes I am designing is called Coding and Bots.

The Power of One Conversation

The CoolCatTeacher

Sue and Mrs. Scruggs Sue’s lunch pail slung back and forth as she waited for the bus. She fingered a rip in her homemade skirt and thought it was time for another patch. Another patch? Sue looked longingly over at two of the most popular girls in her class.

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.