April, 2015

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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Qualities of an Effective Teacher #gesf

The CoolCatTeacher

What are the qualities of an effective teacher? This was one of the main questions that one of the panels at the 2015 Global Education and Skills Forum tried to answer.

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The Homework Help Desk: Amazing [FREE] Interactive Resource to Help Kids and Parents!

Kleinspiration

A Must Have Resource for All Parents - I made 2 brief videos below - As I attempt to catch up on mass amounts of unread email, I enjoy browsing the various resources that come through my inbox.

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.

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’?

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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.

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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If you’re an Iowan, wear pink tomorrow

Dangerously Irrelevant

Tomorrow is #PinkApril30 , so named because of the unfilled teaching positions and educator pink slips that Iowa school districts will have next year because their operational funding won’t be enough to keep up with inflation despite our state’s strong economy and full reserves.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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12 mindsets for creating innovative classrooms

Ditch That Textbook

College football coach Lou Holtz once said, “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” ” In the classroom, the same is true.

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.

If you run an education system based on standardization and conformity

Dangerously Irrelevant

Sir Ken Robinson said: Politicians often scratch their heads over [persistent educational] problems. Sometimes, they punish schools for not making the grade. Sometimes, they fund remedial programs to get them back on track. But the problems persist and in many ways they’re getting worse.

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EdTech at School

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

Learning to Speak 'Tech' as a Non-Technical Co-Founder

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Let''s face it, ed folks and tech folks don''t always speak the same language. But is it important to learn to speak ''tech''? Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. Product Development ProfessorWord Team aboutus lessonslearned professorword

EdTechTeam Maryland Summit Featuring Google for Education [Register Now] w/ @adambellow @kleinerin @kylepace

Kleinspiration

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Stay Positive: 7 Ways to Cancel the Noise of Negativity

The CoolCatTeacher

She sounded like a banshee with a stubbed toe. The wail from the cubicle across from mine, as I sat down to try to write this blog post on a layover in Minneapolis, is worse than any caterwauling I’ve ever heard before. I can’t tell if she’s speaking in tongues or lost hers.

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Important Skills Students Need for the Future that we need to help them learn

Educational Technology Guy

Back in January of 2012, I published a post entitled " 10 Important Skills Students need for the Future " in which I described what I, and other research, felt were the 10 most important skills for students to learn. The list: Sense-making.

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.

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.

We can’t do what that other school is doing because…

Dangerously Irrelevant

We can’t do what that other school is doing because… they are bigger and have more resources. they are smaller and are more nimble. they are rural and have strong-knit communities. they are urban and have access to the city. they are suburban and have more money.

Meet Google Keep, and 6 ways it can help schools

Ditch That Textbook

For a long time, I’ve been a list-maker and a note-taker. You should see my desk. It’s littered with them. The worst is when I take down some valuable details and then leave the paper sitting on my desk at school.