October, 2018

Strategies That Can Take the Anxiety Out Of Math

Digital Promise

Julienne Cruz has taught math in public schools for eight years and has seen many students struggle with learning math. When asked about her students’ attitudes towards math, she noted: “Students from kindergarten to third grade tend to like math; they think it’s fun to think about patterns. Around third to fourth grade, when math starts to get ‘hard,’ students begin to develop anxiety.”.

The “secret menu” for Google Slides, Docs, Drawings and more

Ditch That Textbook

I had heard a TON about In-N-Out Burger. Heard that the food was amazing. Heard that it was an experience I should try. While on vacation in California with my family recently, we made a stop at an In-N-Out Burger. It did not disappoint. Our burgers were tasty. The tiny menu surprised me but made […]. Ed Tech g suite secrets g suite tricks google classroom google secrets google tricks

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The Impact of VR on Student Education

Ask a Tech Teacher

Virtual Reality–VR–is the 2018 buzzword among students, teachers, and even parents. And rightfully deserved, VR has the ability to recreate so many of the rules that used to shape education. Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Sara Stringer, shares her opinion on the key factors that could affect the importance of VR to education: Opinion: How VR Will Impact Student Education. Virtual reality (VR) is an exciting new concept that continues to shape how users see the world around them.

Google Classroom Comment Bank vs. Setting Your Preferences in Google Docs

Catlin Tucker

I was excited in August when Google Classroom got an upgrade. The feature I was most excited about was the Google Classroom comment bank. Two year ago, I decided I was all done taking grading home and moved all feedback and assessment into my classroom , so I was hopeful the comment bank would make giving real-time feedback in class even easier.

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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.

3 Habits of highly effective online teachers

Neo LMS

While face-to-face instruction allows teachers to inject their personality and tone into their lessons, it nonetheless demands that teachers be organised and creative. Online instruction in a K-12 e-learning environment also benefits when teachers are creative, but effective e-learning and e-teaching methods require different and more focused approach.

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2 Free Chrome Extensions That Make a Teacher’s Life Easier

The Journal

While it might look like a piece of software is broken, the truth is the Internet (or the Google Drive) upon which that software depends is down. But, how can a teacher know if the Internet (or the Google Drive) is up or down in his/her classroom at that moment in time? In this week’s blog post, we describe two free Chrome extensions — the Internet Traffic Signal and the Google Drive Traffic Signal — that tell a teacher, at a glance, if the Internet (or the Google Drive) is up or down

20 virtual field trip ideas and activities for your classroom

Ditch That Textbook

Imagine your class traveling to see the Great Pyramid of Giza, touring the International Space Station, or having a face to face conversation with a beloved author. All of these experiences are possible through virtual field trips. Virtual field trips allow us to take our students on adventures we never could before. They are fun, […].

Halloween Projects, Websites, and Apps

Ask a Tech Teacher

Three holidays are fast-approaching–Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. If you’re a teacher, that means lots of tie-ins to make school festive and relevant to students. Here are ideas for Halloween projects, lesson plans, websites, and apps: Projects. ASCII Art–Computer Art for Everyone (a pumpkin–see inset). Lesson Plan: Halloween letter for grades 2-5. Make a Holiday Card. A Holiday Card. A Holiday flier. Books. 16 Holiday Projects. Click to view slideshow. Websites.

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Kindergarten Kindness Superheroes and the DNA of Kindergarteners

The CoolCatTeacher

Laurie McIntosh on episode 374 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Laurie McIntosh shares how her kindergarten kindness “superheroes” wear their capes and spread kindness around their community. She also shares how she surveys student’s DNA (dreams, needs, and abilities) and a touching story about the impact this has on the classroom. Today’s Sponsor: Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection.

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).

Encouraging Out-of-School Reading and Writing Habits

Digital Promise

A recent Scholastic survey of kids and families’ reading behaviors shows that only 39 percent of children ages nine to 11 read for fun most days of the week. This drops further to 27 percent of children ages 12 to 14. Reading and writing for fun outside of school are related to success in school, and the upper elementary years are often when these lifelong habits are cemented. Reading and writing also support each other by providing insight into how to use vocabulary and how others compose texts.

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Elementary Book Club for Advanced Readers

Catlin Tucker

When I work with elementary teachers, one of the biggest challenges they face is the wide range of reading skills in their classrooms. A first-grade class may have students who are struggling to decode while other students are reading at a third-grade level. This presents significant challenges as teachers attempt to support students below grade-level while challenging those readers who are above grade level.

How technology can cultivate creative art skills in students

Neo LMS

You don’t have to be a fortune teller to predict that Educational Technology is the future of our learning and education system. The Edtech boom has led to improved results in student engagement and better understanding of difficult concepts. While some teachers are still grappling with the intricacies of EdTech, Gen Z kids are more than eager to welcome technology into the classroom.

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12 must have templates for teachers and students

Ditch That Textbook

Sometimes just getting started with a task is the hardest part. Where do you begin? How do you organize all of your ideas in a way that others can understand? Templates can help with that. Templates can guide teachers as they design great lessons or activities. They are also powerful tools to use with students, […]. DitchBook Twitter chat edtech google templates templates templates for students templates for teachers

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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.

Engagement through Competition

Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, James Lovelock, has been thinking about the nexus of student engagement, online games, and learning. Here are his thoughts: Student engagement has long been a point of conversation for educators, the concept that students must have an active interest in order to get the best benefit from instruction is hardly a new thought.

5 Ways for Teachers to Take Back Time and Make the Most of It

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 380 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Sarah Johnson is a leader who is passionate about stemming burnout through sharing the balance message for fellow educators, elevating women in leadership, and inspiring others with faith-filled leadership. She has been a teacher for grades 6-12, a principal for 4k-12, and is currently leading on a broader scale through consulting, coaching, and speaking.

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Powering Professional Learning Through Micro-credentials: Experiences in Wisconsin

Digital Promise

Imagine a world where every learner has the capacity and drive to learn for life. At the Institute for Personalized Learning , we focus on bringing this vision to life in our work with education leaders and practitioners. Schools across the country are in the midst of shifting from an instructional paradigm to a learner-centered paradigm.

Meaningful Learning Begins and Ends with the Opportunities We Create

A Principal's Reflections

Learning hasn’t really changed, but the conditions that impact and influence it has. In Learning Transformed my co-author Tom Murray and I detailed eight keys backed by research and evidence that can facilitate a transformation of practice that will result in improved outcomes and better experiences for kids. For change to occur, it is essential to continually evaluate where we are at in the process to eventually get to where we want to be, and our learners need us to be.

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.

Podcasting in the classroom: The digital tool you should be using

Neo LMS

The thing about podcasts is that they have the same familiarity, immediacy and immersion as the radio programs of bygone days. Ask any person over 40 and they’ll invariably remember the radio programs of their youth, whether they were dramatized adventure stories, discussion panels or game shows. There is something quite magical about listening and allowing the mind to fill in the visual details.

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Google Classroom: How to differentiate like a ninja

Ditch That Textbook

Teacher confession: I have bored kids to tears in my class because they were not challenged. In fact, who needs Ambien when you have drill and kill homework assignments on material you have already mastered?! I felt my hands were tied with a textbook, overhead projector, and traditional worksheets. Fast forward eleven years to […]. Guest Blog Teaching differentiate with google classroom differentiation educational technology google classroom small groups with google classroom

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Resources for Digital Citizenship Week

Ask a Tech Teacher

The California Department of Education encourages you to recognize October 15-19, 2018 as Digital Citizenship Week. Here are resources from Ask a Tech Teacher and Structured Learning that will help you learn how to teach digital citizenship to your students. Below, you’ll find everything from a full year-long curriculum to professional development for teachers: Resources: Digital Citizenship: What to Teach When (a video). Curricula: K-8 Digital Citizenship Curriculum.

After-school coding programs position kids to be future leaders

EdTech4Beginners

Those with computer science skills will continue to be highly sought-after in tomorrow’s job market. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that software developers, web developers, computer and information research scientists and other computer-science experts will be much more in demand than professionals in most other fields.

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!

League Districts Take on Major Challenges Together

Digital Promise

The League of Innovative Schools (League) convened in Park City, Utah last week for the biannual #DPLIS meeting, co-hosted with Juab School District , Uinta County School District #1 , and Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.

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1-to-1, Blended Learning Enables Personalized Learning: Walk Through an Example Lesson

The Journal

"1-to-1, blended learning is the future of educational technology." Never hath a truer statement been spoken! 1-to-1, blended learning enables student inquiry, which is at the core of personalized learning. And personalized learning is the hottest item in K-12 today. Walk with us through a blended learning lesson in this week’s blog post

Another 3 habits of effective e-teachers

Neo LMS

Some of us can distinctly recall a charismatic, persuasive or empathetic teacher – someone who cut through our teenage turmoil and managed to teach us something. There is no doubt that teaching online requires greater attention to the tools and the data in order to find students that are struggling, and connect with them.

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Google Slides templates for Snapchat games in class

Ditch That Textbook

People all over the world are flocking to Snapchat to share photos and videos that reflect what’s going on in their lives. To be specific, it’s more than 300 million monthly active users. The magnitude of Snapchat’s impact is huge (source): 3 billion photos and videos are created every day on Snapchat. 78 percent of […]. Ed Tech snapchat classroom activities snapchat in the classroom social media with students using social media in class

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.

Is technology outpacing you?

Ask a Tech Teacher

In considering the question, Is technology outpacing you? , let’s first look at technology’s place in the current education landscape. True, it is touted as a magic wand that will fix all education woes. Sure, 73% of teachers use cell phones in their classrooms and 92% say the Internet has a “major impact” on their teaching. We gush over new hardware like iPads and Chromebooks. We spend millions on training teachers to blend tech into their lessons.

Reflections on Situated Learning vs. The Traditional School System

Catlin Tucker

The more I learn about situated learning theory, developed by Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger, the more I find myself reflecting on the sharp contrast between authentic learning and the design of traditional schools and curriculum. In an attempt to teach students information and skills, society has created an artificial system, school, in which the information and skills students learn are largely disconnected from the actual contexts in which they will need to be applied.

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Teachers Explore Innovative Education in South Korea

Digital Promise

What happens when educators go beyond school walls to gain a global perspective on teaching and learning? Four teachers from across the United States were invited to join Digital Promise at the e-Learning 2018 Korea International Conference in Seoul, South Korea.