December, 2014

Teach Them Kindness

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change. – Bob Kerrey. Teaching citizenship isn’t an additional part of the curriculum.

Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do

User Generated Education

This morning I was thinking about the things that all young people should know how to do regardless of income, geographical location, life goals, etc. I started a list – see below. Some have “always” been true – some are unique to this century of learning.

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Making Time vs Finding Time

A Principal's Reflections

One of the most utilized excuses in education when it comes to change is lack of time. At one point or another, we have all used the time excuse when it comes to our professional work.

The Myth and Reality of 'Disruptive Students'

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Some of the same students who were chronically disruptive in one classroom, were attentive and engaged in another. The difference was the teacher and the teaching style employed. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org.

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.

Taking An Hour Of Code

The Web20Classroom

Recently my daughter and I have been enjoying our Kano computer. If you haven''t heard, a Kano is a small Raspberry Pi computer you build yourself. For under a $150 bucks it''s a steal because you get to program it to do pretty much whatever you want.

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Teach Them Kindness

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change. – Bob Kerrey. Teaching citizenship isn’t an additional part of the curriculum.

Experiences in Self-Determined Learning: Moving from Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0

User Generated Education

Lisa Marie Blaschke, Mr. Chris Kenyon, and Dr. Stewart Hase contacted a group of us due to our interest in heutagogy for the purpose of writing a chapter in an edited book. This past week, because of their hard work, this book has been published through Amazon.

Differentiate and Personalize Literacy Instruction for Your Elementary Classroom!

Kleinspiration

Adaptive, Personalized Learning for Literacy Instruction in Blended Learning Environments What Is Lexia Core5 ? Lexia Reading Core5 is an online literacy program developed with an instructional model and scope and sequence based on research published in numerous peer reviewed journals.

Give Entrepreneurs (and Teachers) a Break!

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

You can''t work all the time. Unless, you''re an entrepreneur (or a teacher), of course, in which case, you are expected to work all the time. But is that sustainable? Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org.

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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.

Impact of a Makerspace

A Principal's Reflections

One of the best parts of my day is checking in on Media Specialist/Teacher Librarian Laura Fleming as she always shares the incredible work her students are doing in the makerspace she created at New Milford High School.

Scratch - free, easy to use "programming" system from MIT

Educational Technology Guy

Scratch is a free, easy to use, web app from MIT that allows students to create basic programs using a visual interface. Students can program animations, games and videos by dragging blocks together. Each block represents a function and snap together to create the program.

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Spice Up That Lecture! 20+ Ideas & Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Undergraduate students taught by lectures are 1.5 times more likely to fail than those involved in active learning. – Bajak, A. 2014). In my new book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers , I talk about how even the best lectures aren’t fair for the majority of students in our classes.

Using @RemindHQ For Leadership

The Web20Classroom

In the past, I''ve written about how much I love using Remind. So much so, I am an advisor to the company. But even if I wasn''t an advisor I think the simple way the service allows for educators to connect to students and parents via text messaging is elegant and so simple to use. What is Remind ?

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.

Personalized Learning: Is It?

The Journal

“Personalized learning” is rapidly gaining popularity in the United States. In our blog we cast a critical eye on this specific use of technology in education. Cutting to the chase — and answering the question in the blog’s title — no

Students Can Be Most Effective Teachers in the Art of Presentation

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Students can be merciless in their assessment of teacher lessons and presentations. Use those experiences to hone the art of the pitch for startup investors and advisers. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org

What 2015 Holds for the Future of Education

Digital Promise

As we all take time to reflect on 2014, now is also a good time to look forward to 2015.

Google Updates and Improves its Learning Center for Teacher Training

Educational Technology Guy

Google has updated and improved its Learning Center for Teacher Training with new use cases and best practices, making it even more useful and easier to learn about Google apps.

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.

Ways to Get Technology into Your Classrooms

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! I’ve been quite blessed to travel to over 20 countries and help teachers integrate technology even in places with very little funding. You can watch a video of me helping students in Ogulin, Croatia to get an idea of what this looks like in action. Often, we are not fortunate to work in schools that provide us with the budget to get the technology we want.

Transform Your Classroom into a Makerspace

Catlin Tucker

As finals approached this year, I had a desire to do something different. In the past I’ve had students write a timed five-paragraph argument essay about whether Montag, from Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, is a conformist or nonconformist.

Visionary Leadership and iPads

iTeach with iPads

“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.”-Helen Helen Keller. Image courtesy of Creative Commons. I’ve spent the last 24 hours with Apple and the schools chosen for the ConnectEd initiative.

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The Best Presentation Advice We've Ever Received

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

As a startup entrepreneur, you''ll give a lot of presentations: presenting at business plan competitions, showcasing your product to prospective customers, pitching in front of investors. Here is some of the best advice we have heard about how to prepare for presentations.

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EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

Expanded Data Visualization: A Further Look at Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing

Digital Promise

When looking at the findings from “Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing,” our recent study of the key obstacles and potential solutions for the personalized learning marketplace, we identified several key takeaways from the data. You can read all about that here.

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Excellent infographic of Google tools and uses

Educational Technology Guy

I found this excellent infographic of Google Tools and Uses for them in education on the Daily Genius site. It''s a nice summary of the different Google Tools that are out there and how to use them in education. You can find out more about Google for Education here.

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Student Reflection with Digital Portfolios

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. – Peter Drucker. A year ago, I created a technology course on Moodle for Spanish teachers as part of the Ministry of Education of Spain. The teachers are very new to web tools, developing Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) and are currently teaching full time.

Looking Back at 2014 and Forward to 2015

The Web20Classroom

What a year it has been. And now that it''s coming to a close I like to take a look at the most popular posts here and do a bit of looking into the crystal ball to see what conversations might be on the horizon for next year. First, the most popular posts!

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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.

The Hour of Code in Kindergarten

iTeach with iPads

All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.- Martin Fischer. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in over 180 countries. It is designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics.

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This is the Technology Idea That Will Revolutionize Education

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

With every new technological advance comes the promise of a dramatic transformation in our educational ecosystem. Which one will incite a revolution? Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org.

It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

A Principal's Reflections

As a practitioner I am always looking to learn how to better assist educators at all grade levels. Superintendent Scott Rocco provided me with a great opportunity to not only work with teachers in his district, but to also push me outside my comfort zone, which has always been secondary education.