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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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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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.

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.

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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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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.

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.

The Maker Mentality Takes on Many Forms

User Generated Education

Those who follow my blog know that I have jumped into and am loving the current emphasis on the Maker Movement and Maker Education. As I was flying back from a recent conference, I noticed a film on the screen embedded in the plane seat in front of me.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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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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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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.

Developers Put Research to Work

Digital Promise

Last month, Digital Promise launched a crowdsourcing effort on how companies use scientific research to design and develop their educational technology products.

What Should We Be Doing? Using iPads to Personalize Learning

iTeach with iPads

The more time you spend contemplating what you should have done… you lose valuable time planning what you can and will do -Lil Wayne. Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.

Shakespeare Soundtrack Project

Catlin Tucker

In my last blog post “Don’t Just Read Shakespeare, Perform It!” ” , I encouraged other teachers to have students perform Shakespeare’s plays instead of simply reading them.

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

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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Learn How to Play a Musical Instrument on Your Smart Phone

Ask a Tech Teacher

AATT contributer, Sara Stringer, is looking at digital music tools this month. This is a topic I don’t say enough about so I’m thrilled Sara’s sharing her thoughts with you. There are at least three tools below I’ve never tried.

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EdTech at School

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