January, 2018

Technology and Writing: A Conversation with Vicki Davis

Ask a Tech Teacher

Vicki Davis is a teacher, author, podcaster, tweeter, blogger, international presenter, and so much more. I admire her podcasts and posts so was honored when she invited me to chat with her on her podcast, the 10-Minute Teacher. The topic is one dear to my heart: How to use technology to teach writing in creative ways. Click the image below to access her post where you can listen to the podcast or read the transcript–whichever works better for you.

Personalize with Purpose: Meeting Learners Where They Are

Digital Promise

“We cannot teach students well if we do not know them well. At its heart, personalized learning requires profound shifts in our thinking about education and schooling.” Personalized learning is not a new concept. Great teachers have always sought ways to support each student and the above quote from 1999 by Theodore Sizer, former University Professor Emeritus at Brown University and Chairman of the Coalition of Essential Schools, holds true today.

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Pass That Test! 18 Test Taking Resources and Strategies!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“… these tests are unable to measure all of what it is that makes you the valued person who you are.” – Principal Len Christie. In Chapter 17: Re-evaluate Value of the The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers , I discuss the high stakes associated with standardized testing: Standardized testing is stressful for students, parents and teachers. You might feel like me that they are detrimental to learning and a plague on the education system.

Virtual Mentorship for Emerging Leaders

The CoolCatTeacher

Jodie Pierpoint on episode 243 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Emerging administrator leaders and administrators are participating in an emerging leadership virtual mentorship program created by Jodie Pierpoint and many volunteers. Learn about this program, how you can join in, and how you can become a better mentor.

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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.

300+ Digital Tools Crowdsourced by Educators #LT8Keys

Tom Murray

Simply put, educators are some of the most dynamic, creative, brilliant people on the planet. When we work alone, our effectiveness will be capped at our own potential. When we work together, our brilliance will only be capped by our own egos and pride. So how can we best leverage our collective expertise? Attending a large number of conferences each year, and running a number of Future Ready events, I have the opportunity to work alongside so many educators from coast to coast.

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10 Hits and 10 Misses for 2017

Ask a Tech Teacher

Since we at Ask a Tech Teacher started this blog six years ago, we’ve had over 5.3 million visitors to the 1,797 articles on integrating technology into the classroom. This includes tech tips, website/app reviews, tech-in-ed pedagogy, how-tos, videos, and more. We have regular features like: Weekly Websites and Tech Tips ( sign up for the newsletter ). Dear Otto Help Column. Edtech Reviews. Lesson plans. If you’ve just arrived at Ask a Tech Teacher, start here.

The World’s Largest Lesson: Global Goals Activities

User Generated Education

I have a strong belief that education should assist learners in developing the desire and skills for global stewardship. I discussed this in my post, Empathy and Global Stewardship: The Other 21st Century Skills [link]. Learners, grades 5 and 6, in my gifted class do the global goals projects one hour per week. What follows are some of the activities they have done. Introducing and Choosing the Goals.

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Get Your Google On! 17 Google Gurus and Hashtags to Follow!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Learn with great passion. Learn with great enthusiasm.” – Lailah Gifty Akita. Google apps have so many features to help your students collaborate, brainstorm, research and create effectively with technology. Google also makes collecting and assessing digital activities much easier and quicker for teachers.

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Don’t Chase the Cat: Determining When Interruptions Are Worthwhile

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 5 Challenge of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Interruptions can come in all forms. Some interruptions are worthwhile. Others are not. I was interrupted three times today with people asking for password resets. No fun. But I was also interrupted by a child who needed to have a life-changing conversation. It wasn’t necessarily fun, but it was meaningful and important. This post is day five of 80 days of excellence.

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).

The Waze of Great Leadership

Tom Murray

Being one who travels virtually every week, I often find myself in remote locations, driving to hotels I’ve never seen, in a town I’ve never been. Upon landing at the closest airport, I’ll typically grab my carry-on luggage, proceed down an escalator, and if my destination is too far for an Uber, I’ll find the closest Hertz Car Rental. Years ago, I would have been carrying state maps, an atlas, or asking at the desk for directions before leaving.

Google Chrome extensions galore! 50+ for the classroom

Ditch That Textbook

Record a video of your screen. Split the screen of your web browser. Block ads. Keep digital sticky notes. Even make your phone ring to end a conversation that’s gone on too long. Google Chrome extensions turn your Chrome web browser into a veritable Swiss Army knife of versatile options. There are thousands of these […]. DitchBook Twitter chat bitmoji chrome extensions ditchbook g suite google chrome googleedu grammarly gttribe onetab screencastify twitter chat

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4 Ways Teaching Mentors Can Make A Difference Online Or In The Classroom

EdNews Daily

Teaching online or in the classroom can be a challenging profession from many angles. Teachers have an enormous amount of responsibilities the moment they begin in the profession. Although educators should have ongoing professional development and practicum experience, there are many moments in a teacher’s day when they may need assistance or an exceptional mentor. Here are four reasons why mentor teachers are essential for the classroom-either online or in the classroom.

Virtual Reality in the Classroom: It’s Easy to Get Started

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every teacher I know has virtual reality on their radar. It’s one of those short-listed disruptive technologies that kids want to be involved in and will change teaching for the better. I was thrilled when Amanda Ronan over at Teach.com suggested that she write a how-to for teachers on getting virtual reality started in their classrooms. I think you’ll enjoy her thoughts: Suddenly, virtual reality is everywhere.

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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.

8 Cool Resources for Students to Use to Conduct Interviews

Teacher Reboot Camp

“There’s only one interview technique that matters… Do your homework so you can listen to the answers and react to them and ask follow-ups.” ” – Jim Lehrer. Our learners are inundated with news and information on a daily basis. In order for students to make sense of all this information and evaluate what is true they need to develop a critical eye. Part of this critical eye is learning how to gather knowledge from reputable sources.

The Poverty of Overcommitment: You Have to Say No So You Can Say Yes Sometimes

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 18 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. This past Monday, Kip and I sat down with my calendar. After we added up the time for commitments, we had a heart to heart about what I could do and was called to do versus what I wanted to do. As a result, I had to say “no” to three very important things to me. I had to disappoint some people who I care about. It was hard.

Self-Paced Lessons with Nearpod

Catlin Tucker

“How do you keep students engaged and on task?” ” I am frequently asked this question when I train teachers on blended learning models. The concern implied in this question is that if I am not working directly with students that they will immediately be off task or disruptive. In actuality, classroom management has never been a big issue for me. In part, I credit my lesson design for keeping them interested, engaged, and on task.

How to add a Family Feud-style game to your next class/PD

Ditch That Textbook

Games can make class and professional development more fun! Here are the steps to create a Family Feud-style. Family Feud logo used via fair use)Who doesn't like adding a good game to a class or professional development session? It's great for mixing things up and breaking out of the traditional hum-drum.PowerPoint Jeopardy! has been done […].

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.

5 Ways Online Teachers Can Connect With Their International Students

EdNews Daily

Online education provides a plethora of opportunities to learn about a variety of topics from anywhere in the world. As an online instructor, it can be a challenge to work with students from a variety of countries because of communication barriers and differences in time zones. This article highlights five ways international online teachers can connect with online students.

Mysimpleshow Keeps Getting Better

Ask a Tech Teacher

mysimpleshow, digital tool of choice in the explainer video market, has done it again. They’ve come out with a great change that will make their explainer videos even easier to use in a classroom. mysimpleshow “Classroom” offers the full variety of design functions with a focus on collaborative learning: Up to 50 students can create joint video projects that promote their creativity and teamwork.

Two Words to Inspire My Students This Year: Try and Stun!

Teacher Reboot Camp

I teach college freshmen and soon will meet a new batch of learners. Students who take my class are preparing themselves for their official Freshman English class. This means my students didn’t receive strong scores on their reading and writing exams. I believe reading, writing, and learning is tied to engagement and interest. Everyone can read, write, and learn and likes to but many need don’t like to do any of this in school.

Podcasting Equipment Setup and Software I use on the 10-Minute Teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

A Behind the scenes peek at the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I’ve been asked about the podcasting equipment setup and software that we use on the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast. After 220 episodes in one year and over 430K downloads, we’ve settled on a configuration we like. In this post, I’ll share the setup and help you get started. Just today, teacher Eric Walters from Marymount emailed me about the setup I use.

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!

Start the New Year by Articulating Your WHY

Catlin Tucker

One of the most thought-provoking books I read last year was Simon Sinek’s Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. In his book, Sinek talks about how successful individuals and organizations communicate. Instead of explaining what they do, they start with why they do it. What is our purpose? What drives us? What are we passionate about? Explaining what we do is a lot simpler than putting our why into words. It is also less effective.

Tech for 2018: 10 things worth trying this year

Ditch That Textbook

Tech tool options continue to grow. There's a lot out there. Here are some new -- and familiar -- ones to try in 2018. Icons via TheNounProject.com)The joy of teaching in the 21st century is that there's so much available for teachers and students to use.Sadly, that's also the frightening, crippling thing about it.There's so […]. Ed Tech 1:1 classroom blended learning chromebooks digital learning edtech educational technology elearning g suite gafe Google Apps googleedu laptops

10 Edtech Tools to Try in 2018

EdTech4Beginners

The EdTech industry continues to grow with new products. These edtech products are available to educators and school administrators. Each one can make a big difference in your teaching and your students learning. Do you want to introduce a new product in the classroom? Here’s a complete list of must-try Edtech Resources and Technology Tools for Teachers: BOOK CREATOR. Insert Video: [link]. Any student can create, publish, and share online books using Book Creator.

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Best-in-Class Resources–You Decide

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every year, I review a large number of websites, apps, and resources that help educators blend technology into their classrooms. I get lots of feedback from readers sharing their experiences, asking questions, and clicking through to see if a particular tool will serve their needs. But, I often don’t hear how the product worked in the fullness of time. Starting last year, I sought out your opinions: how dependable is it. how versatile is it for time-strapped teachers.

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.

Five Components of Good Feedback

A Principal's Reflections

Everyone needs feedback in order to improve. You would be hard-pressed to identify any profession where it isn’t a central component to success. As I have written in the past, there is nothing more vital to our professional roles than good feedback that paints a picture not only of what we are doing well but areas where we can either become much better or outright improve. It helps us to develop both goals and objectives that guide our work in our respective roles.

Engaging Kindergartners with Technology: Augmented Reality, Ipads, QR Codes and More

The CoolCatTeacher

Greg Smedley on episode 232 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Greg Smedley Warren @kindersmorgie shares his tips and tricks for using technology in kindergarten. It should be simple. Screencastify is the screencasting tool I recommend for Google Chrome and Chromebooks. Built for Chromebooks, it saves all of your recordings directly to Google Drive.

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Educators as Purveyors of Hope

User Generated Education

My advanced degree is in counseling. I sought this degree due to my affinity towards at-risk and adjudicated youth. One of the most powerful learnings from my training as a counselor was a comment I heard at a conference, Counselors need to be purveyors of hope since many clients get in trouble and/or seek counseling due to a lack of hope. I have since become a teacher educator (with some teaching of elementary gifted students at a few Title 1 schools thrown in).