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.

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.”

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.

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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Increasing the visibility and impact of our work

Dangerously Irrelevant

[ Every week a ‘Monday Morning Message (MMM)’ email goes out to all doctoral students from a faculty or staff member in the CU Denver School of Education and Human Development. Here’s mine, slated for tomorrow. ].

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3 FREE online teacher conferences you don’t want to miss

Ditch That Textbook

Free professional development. Great presenters. Interesting, idea-packed presentations. All on your time, whenever and wherever you want. Sound good? Let me sweeten the pot a little. Free professional development credits AND, in some cases, PDF notes you can download. All in time for back-to-school inspiration. Three of these FREE “digital summits” are happening in the […].

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.

Research Isn't Sexy.But You Need It Anyway

The Web20Classroom

For some time now Shaelynn Farnsworth and I have been reflecting on our own learning and professional development practices, looking for gaps in instruction and aiming to improve our craft. One of our longest conversations has been around research.

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.

Today’s Curriculum for the Higher Ed HR Leader

Speaker: Joseph Clay, Business Transformation Strategist at Oracle, and Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Today’s universities and colleges face many challenges ranging from reconciling financial pressures, to ensuring student success, to managing complicated workforce dynamics. One thing they all have in common: Their head of HR must align the HR function to best support the institution as it navigates this current landscape.

Innovative Leaders Part 1: How to Become an Innovative School Leader

Education Elements

“Please see me in my office when you get a break.” A message that is not for the faint of heart. It is also a message I received often from my principal when I was teaching. You read that correctly, I was regularly asked to visit the principal’s office. Given my fear of being in trouble, this is not a message I would typically welcome from my boss but she was not a typical lady!

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No one ever said

Dangerously Irrelevant

Eric Hayot said: No one ever said you would get to do the job in the same way for all 40 years of your career. No one ever said that large-scale social changes wouldn’t change your working conditions. And now they have. via [link]. Time to get to work.

Global Schools Network Launch

P21 Blogazine

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

A STEM Camp for Young Learners

User Generated Education

I just finished a week long – half day STEM camp for learners, ages 7 through 12, half girls and half boys. The energy in the room throughout the week was pretty incredible. There was close to 100% engagement the entire time which is always my goal in teaching.

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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.

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.

Is Marketing Your School District a Thing? Part 2: Storytelling

Education Elements

Stories are all around us. Researchers found that personal stories and gossip make up 65% of our conversation. Some stories are as small as 6 words or 280 characters, and others are the length of a book or a movie. Your best stories are told in multiple lengths and forms. School Districts


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.

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30 Universal Strategies For Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

30 Universal Strategies For Learning by Terry Heick As teachers, we’re all trying to better understand how people learn–not now they’re taught in terms of teaching strategies, but more so learning strategies–only not really strategies. Learning actions, or cognitive actions.

When education reforms flounder, where should leaders look next?

The Christensen Institute

Last month, a new study by the RAND Corporation made headlines for its lackluster findings. Following a multi-year, multi-million-dollar initiative by the Gates Foundation to boost school performance through better teacher evaluation systems, RAND’s researchers found that the initiative failed to produce significant gains in student outcomes. When a promising education reform like this one misses the mark, where should education leaders turn next?

10 Easy Ways to Create an Awesome #SchoolCulture This Year

The Principal of Change

Recently, I tweeted out an older post titled, “10 Easy Ways to Create an Awesome #ClassroomCulture This Year” , where I share some simple ideas on quick ways we can connect with students. Here is a list from the original post.

Why Your Community Makes a Difference

Digital Promise

How many times have we seen communities come together to care for their own, to rebuild after natural disasters, to provide simple acts of kindness to those in need? This is the power of communities.

Innovative Leaders Part 1: How to Become an Innovative School Leader

Education Elements

“Please see me in my office when you get a break.” A message that is not for the faint of heart. It is also a message I received often from my principal when I was teaching. You read that correctly, I was regularly asked to visit the principal’s office.

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10 Steps To Creating A Powerful Personal Brand

EdNews Daily

Guest Author: Ben Baker. What is a Powerful Personal Brand and why do you need one? Simply put, if you can understand, codify and communicate your brand effectively, you can gain influence through trust.

6 Design Principles Of Connected Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

The Learning And Design Principles Of Connected Learning by TeachThought Staff No teacher should be hurting for compelling progressive education content.

Diagnosing Development: Why wealthy nations distribute resources

The Christensen Institute

The international development industry is vast. When official development assistance ( aid offered by wealthy countries for the “economic development and welfare of developing countries”) and other forms of aid including disaster and relief are taken into account, the industry spends upwards of $200 billion annually. In some countries, such as Malawi, Mali, and Uganda, official development assistance funds more than half of government expenditures.

Moving Beyond a “Growth Mindset”

The Principal of Change

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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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The Core Four Continuum - a New Framework for Personalized Learning Implementation

Education Elements

Since 2010 Education Elements has supported more than 150 districts, 600 schools, and 550,000 students with personalized learning implementations. Through our work with schools and districts across the country, we established the Core Four of Personalized Learning : four key elements that we believe ensure that personalized learning is implemented with high fidelity and success. Personalized Learning

Reflections to Process Feedback & to Learn From Fails @Flipgrid #edtech #edtechchat #reflection


I was recently talking to some teachers on the topic of ensuring that students read the feedback they received on work they are handed back. And that conversation is the basis for this blog post…. In the past couple years, as I have thought about the power of reflection in my teaching, I asked myself how I could incorporate similar exercises into my classroom.

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What Is Confirmation Bias?

TeachThought - Learn better.

Confirmation Bias Really Kills Thinking by Terry Heick What is confirmation bias? Broadly speaking, confirmation bias is the tendency of people to overvalue data that supports their own beliefs. It usually works something like this.

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Seven Great Google Slides Templates for Creativity and Critical Thinking

Nick's Picks for Educational Technology

Seven Great Google Slides Templates for Creativity and Critical Thinking Google Slides is too powerful to limit its use to boring presentations.

Could the World Bank’s capabilities be causing it to miss possible development opportunities?

The Christensen Institute

The World Bank is one of the largest and most prominent global development institutions in the world. The Bank currently manages over 12,000 projects worth approximately $46 billion, which are spread across more than 170 countries. In addition to the Bank’s global reach, it also has a wealth of knowledge resources. From its data portal on most macroeconomic indicators to its detailed reports and insightful papers, the World Bank is arguably the most important organization in development.

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Creating Resilient Communities in the Learning Studio

Digital Promise

How might we contribute to the resilience of our local communities? Teachers and students explored this question in the Learning Studios design challenge, Thriving Together.

Girls-only trade classes are spreading — and upending stereotypes

The Hechinger Report

Caitlin Pierce, 17, uses a power saw during a construction class at Abraxas Continuation High School, in Poway, California. Photo: Brenda Iasevoli for The Hechinger Report.