November, 2016

5 Essential Effective Blended Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

Tips and Tricks I've Learned from Experience From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Online and face-to-face spaces blend to create a today’s classroom. Most schools have physical buildings.

How new technology can boost student creativity in the classroom

Neo LMS

My favorite activity as a child was hanging out with my friends, riding bikes and climbing trees. Since not all days were sunny and warm we had to spend some time inside as well.

Becoming a Math Person

Digital Promise

Why Students Develop an Aversion to Mathematics — and How Teachers Can Help Change Their Minds. This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. We’ve all seen it happen to a child confronting long division, or a teenager grappling with geometry.

U.S. Dept. of Ed Tells Schools To Carry Out Research on Educational Technology: Really?

The Journal

In this week’s blogpost, we examine a new proclamation from the U.S.

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.

Simple and Rube Goldberg Machines: A Maker Education, STEAM Lesson

User Generated Education

Recently I facilitated a simple machines leading into Rube Goldberg machines lesson with my gifted elementary students. As I’ve discussed in past blog posts, I use several criteria to guide my lesson design: Instructional challenges are hands-on and naturally engaging for learners.

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Wonderful World of Wearables in Education

The CoolCatTeacher

An Epic Guide to Wearables From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Wearables are in education. Without us noticing, many of them walked through the front door. Since wearables are here, let’s understand and use them today.

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Two ways to integrate visual storytelling in K-12 instruction

Neo LMS

This piece originally appeared on edtechdigest.com. The first pop-up children’s book I ever touched was Little Red Riding Hood. I was a high school senior and I had thought I was over the fairy tales phase age. Yet I was super impressed with the pop-up Little Red Riding Hood.

What It Looks Like to Have Always-Available Access to Technology

Digital Promise

The fall semester is quickly coming to a close. Forty-six Verizon Innovative Learning schools have successfully rolled out tablets equipped with 4G data plans, providing every student and teacher with always-available access to powerful tools and resources, both in the classroom and at home.

10 Projects to Kickstart Hour of Code

Ask a Tech Teacher

Coding–that geeky subject that confounds students and frightens teachers. Yet, kids who can code are better at logical thinking and problem solving, more independent and self-assured, and more likely to find a job when they graduate.

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.

How To Use QR Codes In Lessons.

EdTech4Beginners

QR codes or quick response codes are brilliant to use in the classroom. They are basically machine-readable labels that contain information about the item to which attached. You can create them easily on the website QR Stuff.

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Who is doing the work in your classroom?

Catlin Tucker

Who does the following tasks in your classroom: Plans daily lessons. Teaches or facilitates each lesson. Designs projects. Troubleshoots technology hiccups. Assesses student work. Communicates with parents about student progress.

How Do We Teach Kids to Use Smartphones Safely?

The CoolCatTeacher

Digital Citizenship Spotlight From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Most students use smartphones with unfiltered access to the Internet. Even worse, many students have no filter when they consider what they should share.

7 e-learning trends for educational institutions in 2017

Neo LMS

2016 so far has been a very challenging year, yet also very rewarding. We should all be thankful for all the good things that happened, and hopeful that the next year we’ll witness even more of them.

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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.

Learning Should Be Fun: Gaming for Adult Learners

Digital Promise

Twenty English language learners, gathered at an East Boston community-based organization, are playing a storytelling game on their mobile phones. After beating the game and receiving a check mark for a successful mission, the players return to a virtual world where they, as their avatars, mingle with players in Florida. They chat by typing messages and arrange to play a word-guessing game together.

Hour of Code Website and App Suggestions for K-8

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are ideas of apps and websites that teachers in my PLN used successfully in the past during Hour of Code: Kindergarten. Start kindergartners with problem solving. If they love Legos, they’ll love coding. BotLogic –great for Kindergarten and youngers. Code –learn to code, for students.

How To Gamify Your Classroom.

EdTech4Beginners

Gamification is the process of making learning into a game. It is made up of a number elements: Giving online badges to students. Setting goals and competitions. Giving instant feedback. Creating levels of learning which pupils must try and climb. Why is gamification effective?

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Trading in Traditional Notebooks for Multimedia Blogs

Catlin Tucker

Look familiar? For years I’ve watched students lug cumbersome binders to each class–dutifully take notes and collecting large quantities of paper. I’ve often wondered how useful these binders are and how often students sift through their papers to review information.

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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.

The Secret to Effective Technology Integration in Schools

The CoolCatTeacher

Powerful Learning First, Technology Second From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Powerful learning first technology second. What does this mean in the classroom? Well, have you heard the school that bragged that “we have all new, shiny.”

Should parents also know how to use e-learning platforms?

Neo LMS

All parents want their children to receive the best education possible, and for many kids in today’s world, this means being taught through an e-learning platform.

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Equity Is Not Just About Access. It’s About Success.

Digital Promise

In November 2016, over 250 school district leaders, researchers, thought leaders, and other partners came to Baltimore, Maryland to learn from one of the nation’s most forward-thinking school districts, Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS). This League of Innovative Schools meeting was focused on equity, and showcased how BCPS is making strides toward providing access and opportunity for all students.

Hour of Code–What is it?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Coding–that mystical geeky subject that confounds students and teachers alike. Confess, when you think of coding, you see: …when you should see.

EdTech at School

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

A Positive Role for Ed-Tech Products in the Murky World of SAT Scores

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

For all its controversy, the SAT better correlates more strongly with high school students' declining reading abilities than does GPA. The post A Positive Role for Ed-Tech Products in the Murky World of SAT Scores appeared first on Market Brief.

You HAVE To Use Virtual Reality As A Writing Prompt.

EdTech4Beginners

I recently needed a short, engaging prompt to inspire my students to write.

Why Do We Ask Kids to Sit Down and Learn When the Research Says…

The CoolCatTeacher

How Sedentary Education Hurts Kids From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Many kids may not have ADD or ADHD but have those symptoms because their school is requiring them to sit for such long periods of time, according to Dr. Brad Johnson.

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How NEO helped me work my way into a blended learning environment

Neo LMS

Several years ago I decided to flip my classroom. To get started I read the book Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day by Aaron Sams and Jonathan Bergmann, joined several groups online and followed a couple of entities on Twitter.

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.