November, 2016

Creating eye-popping infographics with Google Drawings

Ditch That Textbook

Infographics are everywhere. I first started noticing them on the front page of USA Today as a journalism major in college. As Pinterest became more popular, the long, tall infographics have begun popping up everywhere.

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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.

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Flipping Out For Professional Learning

The Web20Classroom

During a professional development session a while back I thought I killed someone. He didn’t respond when his name was called. He didn’t respond I tapped his shoulder. Finally, he responded when I shook him a bit harder. Lucky for me (and him) he was just asleep.

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.

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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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.

4 Simple Ways to Help Students Drive Their Own Learning

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. How to Move Teachers to the Passenger Seat and Give Kids the Wheel by Connie Hamilton Education is about creating lifelong learners. Sure, we understand this goal but how to accomplish it is often easier said than done.

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.

Resources to find Funding for Schools and Technology

Educational Technology Guy

Schools are always looking for ways to find funding for projects, especially for technology. Here are some great resources that I have used in the past.

Join SETDA: Affiliate Memberships Now Accepted

SETDA's Affiliate program connects non-profit education membership organizations with state leaders. SETDA's mission is to build the capacity of education leaders to improve learning through technology policy & practice. Benefits include: SETDA conferences, webinars and news feeds.

What are the characteristics of high performing schools?

User Generated Education

I am the unique position of having several types of education jobs. I teach online graduate courses in educational technology to in-service teachers. I am a cohort facilitator for student teachers; and I teach part-time gifted elementary students at two different elementary schools that serve Kindergarten through 6th grade students.

Stick with it until it becomes transparent

Ditch That Textbook

I remember when my grandma started using FaceTime for the first time. She’s in her 90s now and lives in Florida with my grandpa. She’s the communicator of the two. He likes to listen and interject a comment occasionally while she does the talking.)

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.

10 Things That Happen When Students Engage in Design Thinking

The Principal of Change

John Spencer , a great friend and amazing thinker, has a course on “Design Thinking for Teachers”, that is happening now.

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.

Truth, truthiness, triangulation and the librarian way: A news literacy toolkit for a “post-truth” world

NeverEndingSearch

We were guaranteed a free press, We were not guaranteed a neutral or a true press. We can celebrate the journalistic freedom to publish without interference from the state. We can also celebrate our freedom to share multiple stories through multiple lenses.

Teachers, This Is What I Need From You

TeachThought - Learn better.

Author information. cyborgology. |. The post Teachers, This Is What I Need From You appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching General New Teacher

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My ideal 21st century classroom. What’s yours?

Ditch That Textbook

I know. We’re already many years into the 21st Century. And I know there’s a chance that the term “21st Century” might rub you the wrong way. But we’re here, and teaching and learning look very different. At least they have the potential to. When I started teaching in 2004, there was one computer in [.]. Ed Tech 21st century classroom 4 c's creative teaching global collaboration service learning student-centered instruction

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.”

4 Things We Need to Always Remember in Education

The Principal of Change

Education is an extremely tough profession. Spend any significant amount of time in a classroom or a school, and you will see how complex the profession is, and the many roles that educators serve in the work that they do. Each year, it is only becoming more and more complex.

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.

Critical Thinking in the 21st Century and Beyond

A Principal's Reflections

One of my fondest memories of school was my science teacher, Mr. South. Having attended a K-8 consolidated school in rural NJ, we knew who all the teachers were. However, Mr. South stood out.

Three Tools for Teaching Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills

MindShift

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2 teacher-created models for savvy tech integration

Ditch That Textbook

The best way to know how an idea will fly in the classroom is to try it in the classroom. Planning and theory will only tell us so much until we try it out. That goes for technology use in the classroom, too. Teachers have been using long-established models for solid classroom tech use for [.].

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.

The U.S. Department of Education offers a new tool to help schools measure ed tech results

The Hechinger Report

A new tool from the U.S. Department of Education will help school districts rapidly measure the results of education technology. The Ed Tech Rapid Cycle Evaluation Coach was announced last week at the Blended and Online Learning Symposium in San Antonio, Texas.

Including Adult Learners in the National Broadband Research Agenda

Digital Promise

Despite the promise of technology to improve access to learning opportunities for underserved adult learners, the adoption and use of technology for and by these learners is nascent. A critical step to realizing the full potential of technology for underserved adult learners, and by extension their families, involves looking more deeply into equity of access as well as why this population often has underutilized available broadband technology.

Should instructional choice trump school choice?

The Christensen Institute

Today, President-elect Donald Trump appointed school choice advocate Betsy DeVos as our next secretary of education.

Kindness, innovation, and Tuesday’s election

Dangerously Irrelevant

I typically try to stay out of politics on this blog, given that I’m trying to work with a wide variety of teachers, administrators, policymakers, and community members to transform learning environments for students.

A free online conference to inspire and equip you

Ditch That Textbook

I’m excited to tell you about a great conference you can attend in your pajamas from the comfort of your own couch! In December, you can take part in the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit.

What Does Supportive Teacher Centered Professional Development Look Like?

The CoolCatTeacher

Research Spotlight with Dr. Matthew Kraft From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. When a teacher first starts teaching, we know that their learning improves dramatically.

The new Google Sites – Features and Limitations

Tomorrow's Learners

Recently Google released the new version of Google Sites. I have used the older Google sites extensively over the last couple of years, so I was intrigued to see what the new platform had to offer. Below are my thoughts after having the last week to have a play on the new Google Sites. Features.

A Primer on Maker Learning: Agency

Digital Promise

We recently highlighted some of the very important reasons to include maker learning in a school’s academic program, as well as a few of the efforts that Digital Promise is undertaking to help. This post is part of a continuing series that will highlight the values that lead to the highest quality and most effective implementation of maker learning: Agency, Authenticity, and Audience.

Must a classroom be high-tech to make personalized learning work?

The Hechinger Report

Middle school students at the Innovation Academy experiment with building electrical circuits. Photo: Jamie Martines. SURPRISE, Ariz. — The Innovation Academy workspace at Dysart Unified School District looked more like a tech startup’s headquarters than a classroom.