April, 2015

Inspire with Poetry! 10+ Ideas & Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” – Robert Frost. April is National Poetry month and the perfect excuse to inspire your students with poetry no matter what subject you teach. Try posting a short poem on the board related to the topic of the day, such as the science haikus found @Sciencehaiku. Then give your students the mission to create their own poems that explore the topic more deeply.

Want to Code on an IPad? Here are 3 Great Apps

Ask a Tech Teacher

Coding has become the poster child for a tech-infused classroom. Over 15 million kids participated in Hour of Code this past December. So many teachers took students to Code.org’s curriculum offerings, the website crashed. So what is ‘coding’? According to the Urban Dictionary, it’s another word for ‘programming’ which means: The art of turning caffeine into Error Messages.

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Being a Growth Mindset Facilitator

User Generated Education

I was asked recently why I have a strong interest and innate understanding of the growth mindset. I believe it comes from a background of being an adventure educator, and even though it was not labeled as such, the adventure educator embraces a growth mindset when working with participants. The underlying tenet of adventure education is “You are capable of so much more than you can even imagine.

Let’s Change the Conversation About Education (Technology)

Digital Promise

Sara Schapiro is the director of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. Jason Tomassini is the communications director at Digital Promise. You can view the full-size version of the image above here. There’s been a lot of discussion among policymakers and the media recently about the pitfalls of using technology in the classroom. Many of these conversations are worthwhile – it’s important to be skeptical when spending scarce dollars for public education.

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.

The Top 10 Ed-Tech Tools Suggested by Teacher Experts

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

There are lots of great ed-tech tools out there, but which ones should you use in your classroom? To narrow down the choices we asked teaches who are ed-tech experts for their best recommendations. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. Research & Insights eduCanon blendedclassroom differentiationtools edtech flippedclassroom formativeassessments interactivelearning realtimemonitoring screencasting teacherpreneur video videoscreencasting

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Fun Assessment for Silent Sustained Reading

Catlin Tucker

My 90 minute English class begins with 15 minutes of silent sustained reading every day. I prioritize this time because I know students won’t love every book we read as part of our curriculum. I want to give them the opportunity and time to read anything that interests them. They can read whatever they want…graphic novels, biographies, popular young adult books or science fiction. My only request is that they select books that are at or above their reading level.

21 Great Websites and Apps for Earth Day

Ask a Tech Teacher

April 22nd is Earth Day. Celebrate it with your students by letting them visit these websites: Breathing Earth. Breathing Earth YouTube Video –of CO2 use, population changes, and more. Conservation Game. Earth day collection. Earth Day—NASA Ocean Currents. Eco-friendly house. Eeko World. Ecotourism Simulation–for grades 4 and above. Electrocity. Footprint calculator. Home of the Future. My Garbology. NASA City. If you’re looking for apps, try these: Brain Cafe GeoQuiz.

When It Comes to Education, We Have to Stop Pretending

User Generated Education

Responding to Scott McLeod challenge and Steve Hargadon’s Tag: When it comes to education, we have to stop pretending. That “we” know best what students should learn; that it is okay for students to not have the freedom, time, resources to pursue their own interests and passions. That is it okay to make students sit in a desk for hours and hours every day learning things they don’t want to learn in a way and a place they don’t want to learn it.

Turn Your Classroom into a Workshop to Engage Learners

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. If you think a classroom bereft of traditional tools like homework, bell work, worksheets and even grades sounds intriguing, you are ready to convert your classroom into a workshop setting, where learning will really soar. Here are a few simple ways to transform your classroom today. Say Goodbye to Order Order means control. There is no room [.]. The post Turn Your Classroom into a Workshop to Engage Learners appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. PBL Strategy workshop

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).

Hiring Teachers for Their Potential in South African Blended Learning Schools

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Understanding that the need for high quality education in South Africa is urgent, we have adopted a recruitment and selection strategy at SPARK that focuses more on hiring for potential than on hiring for current capability. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. blendedlearning educationreform professionaldevelopment schooldesign schoolleadership teacherevaluation teacherquality teacherrecruitment

5 Tips to Triumph over Test Prep

The CoolCatTeacher

This post written by Angela Watson. Maintaining balance is impossible without a clearly defined vision for why you teach. No matter how others may choose to evaluate your work, you can’t define your own success as a teacher according to whether students pass a standardized test. That’s a recipe for frustration and burnout.

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Don’t Just Read Shakespeare, Perform It!

Catlin Tucker

Shakespeare’s plays are a staple in high schools across the country. Unfortuntately, when most students hear the name “Shakespeare” they react with a mixture of dread and anxiety. They worry they won’t “get it” and chances are they won’t get a lot of it. I think that’s okay. Do I understand every line of Shakespeare’s plays or sonnets? Does that mean I don’t enjoy them?

11 Ways to Wrap Up the School Year

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s the end of school. Everyone’s tired, including you. What you want for these last few weeks are activities that keep the learning going, but in a different way. You want to shake things up so students are excited and motivated and feel interested again. Change your approach to teaching. Provide some games, simulations, student presentations–whatever you don’t normally do in your classroom. If you’re doing PowerPoints, use the last few weeks for presentations.

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.

Let's Celebrate Great Things in Education!

Tom Murray

Much of the great work being done in our schools every day by teachers, administrators, school staff, parents and students is unknown to the general public. The exceptional commitment, extraordinary contributions and innovative collaborations among educators around the nation are generally hidden and unrecognized. Yet, every day, educators are doing great things for the children they serve. Today, changing conditions, a new culture of transparency, along with the need to share best practices

21st-Century Learning Using Social Media: Advice from Finland

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Many teachers believe social media doesn’t have a place in the 21st-century learning environment; it is simply a tool for people to keep their friends up to date with their lives, right? Or is it? Teacher Petri Ahokas, from Turun Normaalikoulu school, Norssi in Finland, explains how he uses social media ethically and legally to [.]. The post 21st-Century Learning Using Social Media: Advice from Finland appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

Five Tools and Tips for Working With Students Remotely

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Connecting with students digitally can be a challenge. Here's a short list of tools and tips to make you a more effective online communicator with students. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. edtech onlinelearning tipsandtricks

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10 Terrible Traits of Lousy Leaders

The CoolCatTeacher

There is a short, three letter hop from leading to misleading. Having a position of leadership is a paramount calling in life. You have a lot of responsibilities. It is hard to be a leader. The truth is, as flawed humans, most of us who lead in anything have a very short step to being a misleader. Teachers are also leaders of their classrooms. Here are ten ways leaders become misleaders: First published May 16, 2012. Updated: April 20, 2015.

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.

Inspire with Poetry! 10+ Ideas & Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” – Robert Frost. April is National Poetry month and the perfect excuse to inspire your students with poetry no matter what subject you teach. Try posting a short poem on the board related to the topic of the day, such as the science haikus found @Sciencehaiku. Then give your students the mission to create their own poems that explore the topic more deeply.

3 Apps That Encourage Students to Read

Ask a Tech Teacher

Reading is defined as “ the action or skill of absorbing written or printed matter silently or aloud.” ” Sounds dry, maybe even boring, but once a child learns to read, they get much more than an understanding of words, sentences, paragraphs, grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. It has been credited with providing an escape from reality, exercising the mind, saving lives, bringing people together, answering problems, and predicting success in school.

5 Keys to Effective Digital Learning Implementation

Tom Murray

Each year, billions of dollars are spent on educational technology in the United States. With stagnant budgets forcing districts to evaluate each line item on a year over year basis, school officials are often forced to make difficult choices on what to purchase, what to cut, and ultimately, where to invest money in the smartest possible fashion. Over the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside a large number of districts related to their digital conversion; in essence

10 Creative Pre-assessment Ideas You May Not Know

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Pre-assessment is a powerful instructional tool. Conducted prior to new learning experiences, the process empowers students as much as it empowers teachers. I became acquainted with pre-assessment during the early years as a classroom teacher. This was when differentiated instruction felt new to everyone. In those days, we used pre-tests, anticipation guides, and student work [.].

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!

Social Media for Teachers: Guides, Resources, and Ideas

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

For teachers taking their first steps into the ed-tech world, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media networks are incredible places to consume and learn about best practices. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. Research & Insights eduCanon blendedclassroom differentiationtools edtech flippedclassroom formativeassessments interactivelearning realtimemonitoring screencasting teacherpreneur video videoscreencasting

10 Ways to Stay Motivated at School

The CoolCatTeacher

I’ll admit something, I dread April and May. With every fiber of my being. Can I admit this to you? Will you judge me? Why can’t we all just skip the last two months of the year? It is easy to see why so many people jump at the chance to leave the classroom when they can. It is sooooooo hard to stay here. It isn’t your students that drive you to despair; it is the other stuff – or “schtuff” as my husband calls it.

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Announcing the Second Annual Digital Innovation in Learning Awards

Digital Promise

Around the world, countless people and organizations are taking steps to ensure all students get a high-quality education by leveraging innovative technology and teaching practices. Many of them make a major impact that isn’t widely recognized, or use strategies that aren’t widely shared. EdSurge and Digital Promise launched the Digital Innovation in Learning Awards (DILAs) last year to change that.

23 Websites for Poetry Month

Ask a Tech Teacher

April is National Poetry Month. For thirty days, we celebrate the value and joy that poetry brings to our world. According to the Academy of American Poets , the goals are: Highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets. Introduce more Americans to the pleasures of reading poetry. Bring poets and poetry to the public in immediate and innovative ways. Make poetry a more important part of the school curriculum.

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.

Gmail: Undo a Sent Email

Catlin Tucker

Are you using Gmail with students, parents, or co-workers? If so, it’s helpful to know how to undo a sent email. This is an easy tip that allows you to “take back” an email even after you click “Send.” ” We’ve all experienced the sinking feeling of sending an email that has a mistake in it. As an English teacher, I feel immense pressure to make sure my messages are as close to perfect as possible.

How Old School Mandates May Be Destroying Your School

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Last year, inspired by some online conversations about old school leadership, we published this “Dear Principal.” Now, we’re rehashing it to see if anything has changed and how we can continue to “hack” learning. Please take another look at this article, and share your thoughts in our comment section below and on [.]. The post How Old School Mandates May Be Destroying Your School appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Feedback Inspiration HackLearning old school

Finding the Technical Know-How to Build Your Great Startup Idea

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Here''s a common problem that many aspiring ed-tech entrepreneurs face: They have a great idea, but they don''t know how to build it. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. Product Development ProfessorWord Team aboutus lessonslearned professorword

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