May, 2016

Ten Tech Problem-Solving Tips You Don’t Want to Miss

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the top ten problem-solving tips according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: Tech Tip #108: Got a Tech Problem? Google It! What to do when your Computers Don’t Work. 25 Techie Problems Every Student Can Fix–Update. How to Teach Students to Solve Problems. I Can Solve That Problem…. Let Students Learn From Failure. Let’s Talk About Habits of Mind. Computer Shortkeys That Streamline Your Day. #81: 81: Problem Solving Board. 5 Ways to Cure Technophobia in the Classroom.

7 Ways To Remove The Gamification In Your Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 7 Ways To Remove The Gamification In Your Classroom appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching Experienced Teacher General Terry Heick

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5 tips for creating a makerspace for less than the cost of an iPad

eSchool News

You don’t need power tools and 3D printers to start a makerspace. Instead, get creative. Where others see trash, I see treasure. Reusing, repurposing, and recycling items that can be found in the kitchen garbage can, on the curb, or collected by friends and families helps educators to save money while protecting the environment.

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5 Ways Teachers Are Opening Up the World to Special Education Through Technology

The Journal

Teachers who work with special needs students are finding that technology can not only broaden their students' experiences but engage them in learning, help them retain information, improve their socialization and boost their self-esteem

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.

8 E-Learning Trends Changing The Learning Landscape

TeacherCast

As technology advances and the disadvantages are dealt with, elearning is becoming ever more competitive. The post 8 E-Learning Trends Changing The Learning Landscape appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network. Editorial

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How to Create a Tech-based Curriculum Using the SAMR Model

Ask a Tech Teacher

This is a question I get often from teachers: How do I teach my state/national/international curriculum using technology? When I first addressed this issue about fifteen years ago, there weren’t any tools to make this happen. In fact, I ended up writing my own project-based technology curriculum (now in its fifth edition).

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Conversations Instead of Grades

Catlin Tucker

At the start of this year, I wrote a blog titled “ Grading for Mastery and Redesigning My Gradebook ,” which detailed my desire to rethink assessment in my classroom. I was tired of students always asking me about points and grades, instead of asking me about how they could improve their skills. I wanted feedback and assessment to be an ongoing conversation. Too often students complete work at home in isolation.

3 major ways to boost basic data literacy in K-6

eSchool News

A new report outlines the need for K-16 students to develop key data literacy skills. Focusing on three specific areas could be key to boosting K-16 students’ data literacy in a world where big data’s importance grows daily, according to a new report.

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Robotic Telepresence Device Allows Student to Attend School Virtually While Receiving Treatment

The Journal

Naya Salah, a seventh grader at Stratford School's Santa Clara Middle School, uses a videoconferencing system called Beam to attend school as she recovers from leukemia and gets chemotherapy

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).

6 Bad Reasons Teachers Assign Homework and Why Each One Sucks

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. I’ve ranted about the deleterious effects of traditional homework, in the past. Many education stakeholders, parents and educators alike, agree with me. Yet the crazy assignments continue to invade children’s homes daily. In this brief Hack Learning Podcast episode, I identify six typical reasons teachers assign homework, why they suck, and how to circumvent each one, inspiring […].

Approaching Marginalized Populations from an Asset Rather Than a Deficit Model of Education

User Generated Education

Too often marginalized populations (e.g., some populations of people of color, students from lower economic communities) are approached with a deficit model. Attempts are made to instill in these groups of students the skills to make them successful at the Eurocentric education that dominates most schools in the United States. The deficit model of education sees kids as. lacking in some way. defective. deficient. needing to be fixed. not as good as.

Use the SAMR Model to Spearhead Technology in Your Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

This is a question I get often from teachers: Technology is always an extra layer of work in my classroom. How can I blend it into what I already do without taking time I don’t have? When I first addressed this issue fifteen years ago, it was all about replacing traditional classroom tools with one on a computer. For example, book reports were typed on the computer instead of handwritten, or math facts were practiced with a math game instead of flash cards.

Invest in Innovation

Catlin Tucker

“We need great teachers!” ” I frequently hear this war cry for improving schools. The insinuation is that great teachers can fix what’s wrong with our education system. However, in the last 5 months I’ve gotten a crash course in just how challenging it is for a single teacher to make meaningful change at a school or district level.

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.

Expanding technology’s influence

eSchool News

Catch up on the most compelling K-12 news stories you may have missed this week. Every Friday, I’ll recap some of the most interesting and thought-provoking news developments that occurred over the week. I can’t fit all of this week’s news stories here, though, so feel free to visit eSchoolNews.com and read up on other news you may have missed. This week, we’re focusing on some expanded technology and engineering developments.

Researchers: Forget Internet Abstinence; Teens Need some Online Risk

The Journal

If adults want to help teenagers learn how to handle the big risks of Internet usage, the best thing we can do is let them get used to handling smaller risky online situations. That's the conclusion from a Pennsylvania State University research project that examined adolescent online safety

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Selecting a Learning Device: Maine’s Recommendation

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As states or districts look at device options, please don’t stop with looking at the cost of the device. I have talked to a couple districts recently who made a device choice within the last year or two, based on device cost only, who are now running into challenges that they wouldn’t necessarily be having now if they had made the considerations we recommend below. Remember: our goal is to promote learning through technology , not simply to provide technology.

Goal: Let Students Know You Care in a Letter

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! “Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops.” ” – Henry Brooks Adams. Goal: Write a heartfelt letter addressed to your students letting them how much they impacted you this year or write a reference letter for students for their future teachers to read. Accomplish this goal in 2 ways: 1. Write an end of the year letter letting your students know how much they impacted you.

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.

7 big Google changes and how they help educators

Ditch That Textbook

Tens of millions of students and teachers worldwide use Google tools in the classroom. Students are creating and collaborating, researching and sharing. Teachers are managing more efficient digital classes and offering more engaging, thought-provoking learning opportunities. When new features or changes happen with Google products that affect education, it’s a big deal. In recent days and [.].

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Feelings During FLOW-Related Learning

User Generated Education

Watch children, youth, and even adults when they are immersed in learning something of interest of them, and you will see often complete engagement and personal joy. When education is done “right”, learners often feel and experience the following in their both formal and informal educational environments: Joy. Engaged. Excited. Wonderment. Intrinsically Motivated. Creative. Accomplishment and Pride (in themselves and in their work).

Big Jump in Use of Games, Videos in K-12 Schools, Survey Finds

Marketplace K-12

Cross-posted from the Digital Education blog. The number of American teachers using games in classrooms–particularly with younger students–has doubled over the past six years, according to a large survey released last week that measures national ed-tech use. In 2015, 47 percent of K-12 teachers and almost two-thirds of K-5 teachers reported using game-based learning environments in their classes, up from 23 percent of K-12 teachers in 2010.

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The Shocking Data Security Gap in Computer Science Education

The Journal

Giving students and early start on computer science education with a focus on security is crucial. And high school is already too late, argues Project Lead the Way’s Vince Bertram

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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!

Ed Tech Research is Clear: Owning a Device Does Not Improve Learning

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Scanning the media on education technology could easily lead one to believe we are wasting our money when putting devices into the hands of students.

A Class Finale They Won’t Forget! 18+ Ideas & Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” ” – Carl W. Buehner. Many teachers will soon say bye to their learners. In the few days you have left with your learners take the opportunity to leave them with fond memories and knowing you believe in them. This may be difficult, especially when your students are restless.

Google Apps “GAFE Smashing” activities — Part 2: Digital Differentiation

Ditch That Textbook

When students and educators start smashing Google Apps together, creative activities start to emerge that aren’t possible with a single app. We’re exploring “GAFE Smashing” in a series of posts. In our last post, we saw two creative examples of “dynamic docs” — ways to use Google Docs in conjunction with other apps. The result [.]. Ed Tech differentiation edtech educational technology gafe Google Apps youtube

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Game-Based Learning Gains Steam in Higher Education: Triseum Raises $1.43 Million to Transform Educational Experiences for Students

EdNews Daily

André Thomas, CEO of Triseum and former Head of Graphics for EA Sports Madden Football, brings gaming to new heights on university campuses combining rigorous learning and resources with state-of-the-art graphic design. New investment into Triseum continues to provide growth opportunities for a company already breaking barriers with over 40 percent of its staff being female. Triseum announces new funding round of $1.43

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.

How Makin Misteaks Can B A Pwrfl Teeching Statergy;

EdTech4Beginners

We all make mistakes. I certainly have made them whilst teaching. And do you know what? Pupils love it when you do. It engages them and lets them see that everyone makes errors – not just children. What are effective ways of making mistakes in the classroom? Play ‘spot the mistake’ with your students. This game is when you make slips whilst teaching and students have to signal when the mistake occurs. It works great as a fun starter.

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CareerVillage Partners with Dell to Produce TechWeek

The Journal

CareerVillage, a nonprofit that aims to help low-income students better prepare for their future, is teaming up with Dell to produce TechWeek, an online networking campaign from May 16 to 20. Dell is giving CareerVillage $100,000 to aid in its mission

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Ed Tech Research is Clear: Owning a Device Does Not Improve Learning

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Scanning the media on education technology could easily lead one to believe we are wasting our money when putting devices into the hands of students.