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.”

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

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.

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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.

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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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

Educational infographics: The good, the bad and the ugly

Neo LMS

We have recently been exploring how cognitive science and learning theory underpins effective digital learning tools such as video-based learning.

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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.

Selfless Acts Exemplify Who We Are

A Principal's Reflections

" A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. " - James Keller The other day I headed out to run some errands. It is common practice for me to use this time listening to a variety of radio stations.

A Process for Implementing Student Digital Projects

Teacher Reboot Camp

Lately, I’ve been busy grading my students’ digital products. Each year my students accomplish so much with technology, such as brainstorming, collaboration, annotation, editing, research, and so forth.

Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

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. ].

Indoor fun: rainy-day activities will help kids to learn, too

Neo LMS

Keeping kids active on a rainy day is a real trick these days, considering the temptation to plop down in front of the TV, switch on the gaming console, or spend hours on Facebook sharing the latest gossip with friends.

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

Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

Listen. Reflect. Decide.

A Principal's Reflections

Conversations on effective leadership are varied although they focus more or less on the same general points, yet in different contexts. One saying revolves around the notion that the buck stops with the leader.

Back to School Student Goal-Setting and Motivation with Digital Vision Boards

Teacher Reboot Camp

At the beginning of the school year we can get students focused on setting and accomplishing learning goals and personal goals by getting them to create digital vision boards. Vision boards are basically collages of inspirational people, quotes, and visuals representing personal goals.

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.

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.

LMS Comparison: What Learning Solution is the Best Fit for Your Business?

Explore this detailed guide to see how traditional Learning Management Systems compare to an advanced online learning platform, and find out which type of solution is best suited to meet your learning program needs.

Leveraging big data with connected content for stronger academic outcomes

Neo LMS

The days of gauging learning success on the basis of simple metrics like enrollment, attendance, or course completion are long gone!

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.

A Practical Way to Increase Access to Mobile Technology Regardless of Age

A Principal's Reflections

More and more schools are either installing or improving WiFi networks in schools. We still have a long way to go in many places, but the increase in access provides kids with an array of innovative learning opportunities that continue to evolve.