November, 2016

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 [.].

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.

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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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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10 Tech Recipes For a Stress-Free Teacher Life

Brilliant or Insane

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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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One App for ALL Your Parent Communication!

Kleinspiration

Finally an app that isn’t “one more thing…” It is “THE thing!”. As an educational blogger, I get to learn about and share many exciting products with my audience. However, as a classroom teacher, I am skeptical about which products I choose to share with my readers.

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.”

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.

How to create media-rich, interactive maps for deeper learning

Ditch That Textbook

If we want to use technology in the classroom, we can’t just do the same kind of learning we did before it. Technology should improve the learning. Kick the lesson up a notch. Otherwise, our technology isn’t any better than our paper and pencil lessons, right?

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Mental Floss and 13 More EdTech Tools to Engage Learners

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Mental Floss and 13 More EdTech Tools to Engage Learners By Joan Selby Sometimes students are too bored to complete in-class or out-of-class activities, but teachers continue to hammer away with lecture, textbooks, and worksheets. Want to engage all learners?

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5 Pieces Of Assistive Technology Which Can Help Pupils With Special Educational Needs.

EdTech4Beginners

Technology certainly has pros and cons. However, assistive technology (technology designed to support people with special educational needs and disabilities – SEND) has had many positive impacts which have been life-changing for some.

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.

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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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.

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.

Blending Online and Field Learning To Inspire Young Girls in Science

EdNews Daily

Op-Ed, Dr. Mikki McComb-Cobza. Ocean First Education. Today, there have been major strides in efforts to increase the use of technology in classroom teaching.

Here’s How A Student In My Class Uses Tech To Build Her Vocabulary.

EdTech4Beginners

Recently, I was amazed to see a huge improvement in a one of my student’s vocabulary when writing a setting description: She explained that her dad has started emailing her vocabulary lists and then she uses the app Notability to write the meanings in her first language, Thai.

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.

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.

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.

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.)

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Is social media disrupting our networks?

The Christensen Institute

On the heels of a divisive campaign, people are more aware than ever of the social and political groups that sit on different sides of the aisle, live in different parts of the country, and break bread with different cultural factions.

You HAVE To Use Virtual Reality As A Writing Prompt.

EdTech4Beginners

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

Some Excellent Resources for Google for Education for Teachers and Admins

Educational Technology Guy

Google for Education , which includes G Suite for Education , Chromebooks , and content, is one of the most popular, and most updated, platforms for education. Here are some great resources for IT, Teachers, Students and more.

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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.

Smart Talk

Digital Promise

A Conversation With Meredith Rowe About How to Lay the Groundwork for Your Child’s Vocabulary Growth. This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. To help your baby develop a large vocabulary — to give her the tools she’ll need to read, comprehend, and make sense of the world — it’s not just talk that’s important. It’s conversation.

How class tech is like grocery shopping

Ditch That Textbook

Using tech in the classroom can be like shopping for groceries. We shop with a list and a budget. We want to check off as many items on the list with the cash we have on hand. If we’re careful, savvy shoppers, we can fill our shopping cart pretty full with what we have. If [.].

Return of the virtual reality hype cycle (what’s different this time?)

The Christensen Institute

With headlines like “ Virtual Reality Learns How to Get Into Classroom ,” which the Wall Street Journal ran this February, the hype cycle around VR’s potential in education has returned.

Turn gamification on its head!

EdTech4Beginners

It is great to create quizzes and tests for your class, but why not flip this? Ask your students to make one themselves. Recently my class used the brilliant website Kahoot! to create maths word problems.

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.

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.

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.