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.

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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.

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.”

The Changing Role of the Bus Driver

Kajeet

School buses transport an estimated 26 million students each day , according to the American School Bus Council. But what that statistic really means is there are thousands of bus drivers responsible for getting those 26 million students to and from school each and every day.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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6 MDM Features that Save School Districts’ Time

Kajeet

There are over 13,500 school districts in the U.S. and 98,000 public schools that make up those districts, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. The average enrollment of those public schools is 3,659 students per school, reports Governing. Digital Learning 1 to 1 BYOD MDM

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Announcing the 2018 Kajeet Homework Gap Grant!

Kajeet

Kajeet has officially opened our 2018 Homework Gap Grant! In 2018, Kajeet will be awarding 15 Homework Gap Grants to school districts in need of providing safe, filtered Internet solutions to connect students outside the classroom. This is a 300 percent increase over last year!

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

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?

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Launching a Maker Learning Leadership Cohort in the Pittsburgh Region

Digital Promise

On Monday, July 9th, teachers and administrators from 10 schools gathered to kick off a year-long journey in the Maker Learning Leadership Cohort.

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).

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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.

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How to Close the Homework Gap. Together.

Kajeet

In recent years, there have been amazing strides to close the Homework Gap that exists between school-age students who have broadband Internet access and those who do not. Recent successes, however, do not mean the education community should become complacent.

6 of the best art and culture ed-tech tools

Neo LMS

We’ve delved into some quite technical stuff recently, so I thought I’d give us all a break with a little bit of art. Specifically I’ve trawled the net for some of the best art, art history and cultural appreciation sites and apps.

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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!

How to Help Kids Innovate From an Early Age

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. As community makerspaces begin to take root in Ontario’s elementary schools , students are behaving better. They are also getting higher grades. What are makerspaces?

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Meet the Inspiring Teacher Scholarship Recipient, Jamil Ahmed

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.

What You Might Have Missed in June

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of June: My Sound Doesn’t Work. Top Ten Education Blogs. Gamechanger: Type to Learn is Now in the Cloud! The Case for PDFs in Class. SL Curricula Online Resources are Moving! 5 Favorite Apps for Summer Learning.