July, 2018

How Teachers Are at the Core of Personalized Learning - Not Technology

Education Elements

One of the major complaints that I have heard in my community as we have adopted personalized learning relates to the idea that personalized learning means that we are adopting technology and getting rid of teachers. There may be some places that are doing that, but my vision for personalized learning doesn’t include removing teachers – instead, it requires asking even more of teachers. Personalized Learning Classrooms

The Importance of Educating Educators

My Island View

I recently returned from my yearly trek to ISTE, one of the largest education technology conferences to be held annually. This year better than 22 thousand educators were in attendance in Chicago for three days. While there I spoke to many educators about their experiences and noted some common threads in their responses. Of course this was very unscientific, but for me some things were painfully obvious. The ‘Wow factor” was common to many of their comments.


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The Myth of Neutral Makerspaces

User Generated Education

Recently, I attended the Nation of Makers Conference whose theme was intentional inclusion. The single comment from the conference that stood out for me was: Before we consider intentional inclusion, we need to consider and explore unintentional exclusion. When I think about unintentional exclusion, I think about how implicit biases are present and strong in every human being.

Building on Strengths; Unleashing the Talent and Bringing Out the Best in Others and Yourself

The Principal of Change

I am very proud to announce the third book from the IMPress publishing team , Kara Knollmeyer’s new book, “ Unleash Talent: Bringing Out the Best in Yourself and the Learners You Serve.” ” In education, we spend too much time trying to “fix people” instead of bringing out their best not only for themselves, and for our organizations.

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.

Great Leaders Surround Themselves With Smart People

A Principal's Reflections

Leadership is a team sport. It is not about what one person does, but instead the cumulative actions of everyone in an organization. Sure, a leader has to make some pretty important decisions at times that might require bypassing consensus or collaboration, but those are few and far between when you look at the big picture. Success requires broad embracement of ideas where people are motivated to change because they want to, not necessarily because they are forced to.

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Padlet: Time to Take a Selfie Icebreaker

Catlin Tucker

Do you struggle to learn your students’ names at the start of the school year? If so, this is an icebreaker activity you should try! First, teachers create a Padlet wall, title it “Time to Take a Selfie,” and provide a prompt with questions for students to answer. Below is a list of questions I have used to encourage students to share something about themselves. Typically, I select three questions for them to answer in their post along with their names and photos.

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Teachers Learn Just Like Students: A Case Study From Singapore

The Journal

Professional development is out; professional learning is in. In this week’s blog post we visit Singapore schools again. We describe how researchers and experienced teachers, there, scaffold fellow science teachers who are learning inquiry pedagogy through inquiry. In turn, those science teachers will use the same sorts of scaffolds to support their students who are learning science through inquiry

Technology Turnaround Stories from Hawaii and California

Ask a Tech Teacher

All around the country, schools are turning around education through the use of technology. Here are two, one in Hawaii and one in California that show you steps that might work for you: Kalakaua Middle School leadership team gets into the spirit to boost positive behavior. King David Kalakaua MS, Hawaii.

How Online Teaching Can Be A Gift Around The World

EdNews Daily

Welcome back to our “Teacher Feature Series,” where we chat with educators who work online across borders. Today, please read about Lynette Irizarry’s journey with 51Talk American Academy, or now known as HAWO American Academy. Lynette, please tell us about yourself and welcome to the “Teacher Feature” series. Lynette Irizarry, also known as Teacher LyLy. My name is Lynette Irizarry, also known as Teacher LyLy at 51Talk/HAWO). I am a Senior Teacher A, ESL teacher.

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).

Are You Driven by “What If” or Held Back by “Yeah But”?

A Principal's Reflections

Imagine if only everything went as planned in life. If this was the case, I am not sure that there would be any lengthy discussion on a growth vs. fixed mindset. As we are all acutely aware, even if you diligently take into account many potential variables, things might not still work out. When this happens, it is not only frustrating, but it also impacts our psyche resulting in apprehension to try something new or different in the future.

20+ Emoji Activities and Resources for Teaching Math, Science, and English

Teacher Reboot Camp

Today is World Emoji Day and to celebrate I’m sharing 20 emoji activities, my slide presentation, and resources to engage your learners. Emojis are an important part of our students’ digital culture and the way students humanize time spent communicating with others constantly through a machine. Emojis allow students to express themselves, share their personalities, and add emotion to their messages. Emojis also represent an international language.

ProKeys: Save Time Online with Keyboard Shortcuts

Catlin Tucker

I’ve been using shortcuts in Google Documents for years to save time editing student papers. However, I do a lot of work online outside of the Google environment. Thanks to Marisa Thompson, who posted a blog about saving time with ProKeys, I now have a Chrome Extension that makes it possible to create keyboard shortcuts to save time in other online environments beyond Google.

8 Ways to Redesign on a Minimal Budget

Tom Murray

Redesigning learning spaces is far easier feat if the money exists to support it. However, the vast reality is many, if not most districts, don’t have the budget available to purchase new furniture, no less at scale. Thus when redesigning spaces, affordability and sustainability most always remain part of the conversation. Educators are some of the most creative, problem solvers on the planet, as many continue to develop cost saving hacks to create dynamic spaces for kids.

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.

Kiddom Helps Administrators Manage Change

Ask a Tech Teacher

Kiddom is an easy-to-use learning management system that provides educators with an effective alternative to Google Classroom. Its pages are visual and easy-to-understand, enabling teachers to quickly create lesson plans, find targeted resources, and determine how students are doing. Click here for my full review.

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12 Computer Science Resources That Boost Summer Professional Learning

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

An extensive list of websites, books, podcasts, Twitter chats and resources to help educators prep their computer science skills for the coming school year. The post 12 Computer Science Resources That Boost Summer Professional Learning appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog PD professional learning Teachers

Understanding Digital Transformation: Part 1 - Background

The Journal

"Businesses will spend $1.1 trillion in 2018 on digital transformation…" Trillion. All in 2018. In this week’s blog post, then, we explore the notion of digital transformation outside of K-12 — what is "digital transformation?" What is its goal? Who is doing it? Armed with that understanding, then, in a subsequent blog post we will explore the "digital transformation" of K-12


Meet the Inspiring Teacher Scholarship Recipient, Jesus Sosa

Teacher Reboot Camp

We recently began the summer session of my new online courses. We announced a scholarship and were so moved by the personal statements and bios that we decided to award a few scholarships for the summer session. Below is the bio and an excerpt from the personal statement of Jesus Sosa, a teacher from Venezuela, who was the recipient of the Methodologies for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages course scholarship.

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.

Backchannel Chat: My Choice to Replace TodaysMeet

Catlin Tucker

I’m still mourning the loss of TodaysMeet. I used it regularly as a teacher and presenter. It was the rare tool that was easy to use and free. I’ve been on the hunt for a viable replacement. Richard Bryne posted a blog with six potential alternatives to TodaysMeet. I explored them all and settled on Backchannel Chat. I selected Backchannel Chat, in part, because it reminded me of TodaysMeet’s simple interface.

Integrating Maker Education into the Curriculum

User Generated Education

Rather than the maker experiences being an after school program, an add on activity, or an activity that is implemented when students have done their regular lessons work, it should be part of the regular, day-to-day curriculum. As noted in USC Rossier Online, “ In order for your school and students to be fully invested in maker education, it has to be integrated into your curriculum, not squeezed in” ( [link] ).

Last Chance: Building Digital Citizens and Personalized Learning–Grad-level Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

MTI 557: Building Digital Citizens. This college-credit class starts in one week– Monday , August 6th ! Last chance to sign up. Click this link ; scroll down to MTI 557 and click for more information and to sign up. Click to view slideshow. MTI 562: The Tech-infused Teacher. MTI 562 starts Monday, August 6th! Last chance to sign up. Need more information? Ready to sign up? Click this link ; scroll down to MTI 562 and click. Click to view slideshow.

8 Approaches That Are Making a Difference in Public Education

Digital Promise

News articles often highlight the challenges educators face and the ways in which students are not achieving. This kind of coverage is important; talking about challenges is critical to shining the spotlight on inequities and ultimately changing or removing structures that do not support students. As is, talking about solutions that work. Educators across the country are addressing challenges and building solutions that work for their communities with big results.

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!

Global Schools Network Launch

Battelle for Kids

It seems I can’t escape conversations about global education. P21 Blog

Fun Video Project! Produce a TV Commercial for an Invention

Teacher Reboot Camp

In a previous post I outlined my 6 step process for implementing digital projects (1. Evaluate an example, 2. Assign the mission, 3. Students carryout the mission, 4. Peer edit, 5. Share the mission, and 6. Feedback/evaluation). In upcoming posts I will be sharing some of my student projects to give you ideas for the upcoming year. In the following project students produce a TV commercial marketing their inventions.

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Elementary Writing Rubrics

Catlin Tucker

In my book Blended Learning in Grades 4-12 , I shared the following elementary writing rubrics with my readers. Unfortunately, the short links I provided in my book have timed out, so I wanted to share these on my blog so any elementary teachers interested in using them have access! Feel free to make a copy and adjust as needed. ElemOpinionWritingRubric. ElemInfoWritingRubric. ElemNarrativeWritingRubric.

How To Get Started Teaching Online

EdNews Daily

Welcome back to our “Teacher Feature Series,” where we chat with educators who work online across borders. Today, please read about Shaundra Schlapia’s journey with HAWO American Academy. Shaundra, please tell us all about you! HAWO American Academy Educator, Shaundra Schlapia. My name is Shaundra Schlapia, and I teach students in various elementary grades and middle grades one-on-one lessons with HAWO American Academy. I am an elementary school teacher and have been for 14 years.

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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.

August Preview at Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in August: Wikispaces has closed. Now what? 11 Back-to-school Activities for the First Month of School. Teaching Digital Rights and Responsibilities. Websites to teach Moune Skills. Plan a memorable Back-to-School Night. The Importance of a Morning Meeting. Today’s Meet has closed. Alternatives? College-level learning online. How to Teach Critical Thinking. Tech-ed Resources for your Class. New Ways to Gamify Learning.

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Maximize Your Conference Visit: The Real Work Is in the Follow-Up

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Top tips for getting the most out of a decision to attend a conference by following up, contacting leads, and using social media. The post Maximize Your Conference Visit: The Real Work Is in the Follow-Up appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Conferences marketing strategy Startup

How Do Edtech Developers Use Research?

Digital Promise

Though many edtech companies claim their products are research-based and effective, some educators say they have trouble believing these claims when targeted students and school contexts are ambiguous. Educators can better ensure the products they use are grounded in valuable and relevant research by asking three questions, which we dive into below. What qualifies as “research”? Each of the six edtech entrepreneurs we interviewed agreed that research is important in product development.

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