November, 2015

8 Great Ways to Level Up Game Based Learning in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Play Good Games, Get Great Results Game based learning in the classroom should not be worksheets with points. It should be engaging and exciting. Here are eight ways to level up game based learning. Because, face it, many educational “games” fall short. Chocolate on broccoli.

Is your classroom ready for BYOD?

Neo LMS

We’re in the digital age where practically almost all students are digital natives and almost every student owns a device that they usually bring to class. So why not encourage students to use their devices as tools for learning?

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Blended Learning Is the Future of K-12 Educational Technology

The Journal

Unlike a previous blog post where we pooh-poohed blended learning, in this blog post we do a flip-flop and hail blended learning as the model for the future of ed tech.

Pay Attention to Your Digital Footprint

A Principal's Reflections

“ Your digital footprint paints a portrait of who you are as an educator, leader, school, or district.

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.

Hour of Code Suggestions by Grade Level

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are ideas of apps and websites that teachers in my PLN used successfully in the past during Hour of Code: Kindergarten. Start kindergartners with problem solving. If they love Legos, they’ll love coding. BotLogic –great for Kindergarten and youngers. Code –learn to code, for students.

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10 Ways to Flip a Kid and Turn Their Day Around

The CoolCatTeacher

Teaching and Reaching Every Child In A Story of a Young Life Turned Around by Great Teachers , Kevin Honeycutt shared, “I believe you can flip a kid on any given day in one hour.” ” I’ve been thinking. Can you?

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10 engaging Google Drawings activities for classes

Ditch That Textbook

Using a document in Google Apps or Microsoft Word is perfect for many activities, but sometimes they can be so limiting. They’re restricting. They force you to enter information in a fairly linear fashion, and linear just doesn’t cut it sometimes.

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Student Voice Comes With Teachers as Listeners

User Generated Education

This piece was actually sparked by an interview of Lady Gaga by Soledad O’ Brien at the Born This Way Emotion Revolution Summit where Gaga stated, “It’s time to stop telling learners what to do and start listening for we can do for them.”

The Challenge of Change is Not You

A Principal's Reflections

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.

Is social media an effective tool for learning?

Neo LMS

There is this argument on whether social media and learning can coexist, because really, how can the noisy environment of social media become an effective tool for learning? Call it cliché but the first app we usually open on our devices is always Facebook.

When Your Colleague is a Curmudgeon

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Most of my friends are educators: teachers, administrators, and service providers like me. I spend most week days facilitating professional learning throughout my region. Groups change, the work is complex and varied, and every day is much like a job interview.

10 Inspirational Videos for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Teachers are important! You can do this! We’re not here to teach, we’re here to change lives. We’re here to change minds. We’re here to shout encouragement. But we can’t do those things if we quit. We can’t do those things if we give up and wait for retirement.

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10 creative alternatives to research reports and papers

Ditch That Textbook

In high school and college, I suffered through quite a few research reports and papers. I gathered data, cited sources, followed MLA style and double spaced. I turned in my papers. Then I never did anything else with them.

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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.

The Future Belongs to the Curious: How Are We Bringing Curiosity Into School?

User Generated Education

What is curiosity? The word is associated with the irregular form of the Latin verb cura , which can mean worry or care about or cure. The word closest in meaning is inquisitive, which also has a Latin root: quaere , to search into, to seek. ( How Can Teachers Foster Curiosity? ).

Becoming Connected Is Easier Now More Than Ever

The Web20Classroom

This post is sponsored by Samsung Business. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Across the globe educators just wrapped up celebrating Connected Educators Month.

Revamping the Student-Teacher Portfolio for Real-Time Results

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Despite evidence that preservice teachers often view electronic teaching portfolios in a negative light, they are staples of most teacher education programs. It turns out they're fantastic ways to reflect on practice and learn from your own mistakes. Click the headline to read the full post.

How Do We Make Writing? Five Ways to Hack Your Writing Workshop

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. In a different life, I was an English teacher. In fact, I spent the first half of my twenty-four year career in education writing beside middle and high school kids. Writing workshop was my passion, and Nancie Atwell was my hero (well, she still is).

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.

How we can stop TEACHING TO THE TEST and start empowering learning (for a change)

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode 189. I’m sick and tired of excuses. Everyone makes them but the biggest, most obnoxious dumbest excuse we’ve adopted is “we have to prepare kids for THE TEST.” ” Sure the test has become a reality.

What Obstacles Prevent Teachers from Using Technology?

The Journal

In this week’s blog we ask YOU a question: What are the obstacles – the barriers – that prevent K-12 teachers from using technology in their classroom

Free Resources to Support Your Makerspace

A Principal's Reflections

The embracement of the maker movement is being seen in K-12 schools and districts across the world. As a result, makerspaces are being instituted to allow students to tinker, invent, create, and make to learn.

Identifying the Top Four Challenges in K-12 Education

Digital Promise

Aubrey is the Research Director at Digital Promise. You can reach her on Twitter at @aubreyfrancisco. Kelsey is the Research Communications Manager at Digital Promise. You can reach her on Twitter at @kelseye144.

EdTech at School

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

Learners or memorizers

Dangerously Irrelevant

Richard Elmore said: The real argument is whether we want to develop a generation of people who have mastery of their own abilities to learn, or whether we want to perpetuate our obsession with training people to reproduce from memory what the current generation of adults thinks they should know.

7 Homework Assignments That Guarantee Learning and the Secret Sauce That Makes Them Work

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Want your students to learn more immediately? Want higher test scores? Want the secret sauce for making your students like you and love your class? Well. ? Are you interested? Not only is this possible, it’s ridiculously easy. Think this is some sort of strange hocus-pocus?

Top Education Tweets of the Week: November 7, 2015

The CoolCatTeacher

Trends and Topics on Twitter This week’s top education tweets of the week have lots of interesting nuggets for us busy teachers. But one topic is flying around: flipping kids. No, not flipping them off. Not flipping your classroom — flipping a child like you flip a house.

Hour of Code–the Series

Ask a Tech Teacher

Coding–that mystical geeky subject that confounds students and teachers alike. Confess, when you think of coding, you see: …when you should see.

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 Change Revolution

A Principal's Reflections

"We must learn how to unlearn and relearn in order to create schools that work for kids." - Eric Sheninger Change is a word that is spoken about in education circles more and more each day. Herein lies the problem. Talk and opinions get us nowhere.

Bridging the gap between traditional teachers and tech-savvy students

Neo LMS

Let's discuss how nowadays e-learning gurus are trying to bridge the gap between the traditional teacher still stuck on old teaching styles and the modern 21st century student who is almost always connected online. Despite the fast-paced advancements in the world of e-learning, there are still some teachers who are left behind. You know, teachers who have trouble integrating technology in education or they simply don’t want change. On the flip side, students always want change.

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Being in the Vanguard on Ed-Tech Innovation Presents Startup Challenges

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

We've been on the forefront of ed-tech efforts around the sharing and creation of videos for teachers. But being a leader in the space also means being the first to grapple with new difficulties. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org.

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