November, 2015

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. Daisy the Dinosaur —intro to programming via iPad. How to train your robot –a lesson plan from Dr. Techniko. Kindergarten coding. Kodable- -great for youngers–learn to code before you can read.

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. Now our formulation of Blended Learning may diverge from the orthodoxy, but so what: We see a future where K-12 students, with their 1-to-1 computing devices, will be engaging in lessons that are computer-based and computer-mediated. You can take that prediction to the bank


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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. We can’t do these things with our feet up on our desk or doing time in the teacher’s lounge. We have to do these things in the thankless, lonely, hard working trenches of the classroom.

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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. Sometimes, you want your work to be all over the place. Think of sticky [.]. Ed Tech creative teaching edtech educational technology gafe Google Apps google drawings

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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.

Quick Ways to Teach Vocabulary With Limited Class Time

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Vocabulary instruction is important, but it can be really hard to find time for it with limited class time. Here are some ways to teach vocabulary that won't take up a lot of time. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email Lessons Learned ProfessorWord aboutus professorword

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19 Thanksgiving Sites and Apps For Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Need a few websites and apps to fill in sponge time? Here are Thanksgiving sites that will keep students busy and still teach them: Canadian Thanksgiving. Online/Offline Thanksgiving activities. Plimoth Plantation –a field trip of a Pilgrim’s life. Included on this real-life site is a video of the Pilgrim’s crossing to the New World. Primary Games Thanksgiving Apps. Starfall–Silly Turkey. Thanksgiving Coloring Book App. Thanksgiving edu-websites–CybraryMan. Thanksgiving Games.

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. Last week alone, I taught five different lessons in elementary and middle school classrooms […]. The post When Your Colleague is a Curmudgeon appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

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. That is what many educators call these games that fall short of what great gaming can be.

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. I still have one political science paper I wrote hiding out in a trunk full of [.]. Ed Tech audioboom edtech educational technology gafe Google Apps piktochart research papers research reports thinglink

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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).

Teaching and Parenting…a Delicate Dance

Catlin Tucker

Confessions of a Teaching Parent. I remember when I first began teaching at the age of 22, my mentor teacher told me, “Teaching will make you a better parent and being a parent will make you a better teacher.” ” The wisdom of these words has stayed with me. When I had my first child, I realized my time in the classroom had armed me with many of the tools I would need as a mother.

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? ). Curiosity is the quest for new ideas and information. Folks who are curious aren’t satisfied with what they already know or have figured out.

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. December 7-13, Computer Science Education will host the Hour Of Code–a one hour introduction to coding, programming, and why students should love it. It’s designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, and an innovator.

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). Naturally, I was thrilled when my principal tapped me to […]. The post How Do We Make Writing? Five Ways to Hack Your Writing Workshop appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

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.

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. But with so many people seeing the schools KILL THE LOVE OF LEARNING so we can help kids memorize rote facts for a TEST — why isn’t more happening to CHANGE THINGS?

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

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. Questions? Email feedback preservice teachereducation

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. Across the country, schools are adopting new approaches to teaching and learning in order to prepare students for life in a technology-rich world.

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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.

5 Best Typing Tutors for Everyone

Ask a Tech Teacher

Keyboarding is always a concern with educators, and one of the most questions is–how do you teach it? Adam Fort, an education strategist at Ratatype , has five ideas: Typing tutors are aids that enable users to increase their own typing speed, skills and touch typing techniques. There are different types of typing tutors including online typing tutors, typing tutor programs and typing tutor software.

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? It’s not. It’s simple, classroom tested, kid approved best […].

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. Turning their day around. The old cliche of “turning that frown upside down” is catching on. For when you change a child’s day for the good, you’ve truly accomplished something. (We

Cross Curricular Maker Education Activity That Addresses Common Core Standards

User Generated Education

My primary job is that of educating pre and in-service teachers with a bit of teaching elementary students along the way. I often say that there is not enough time during the school day and the school year to teach isolated and singular content area topics. I stress designing and teaching cross-curricular thematic units. Not only will the learners then get to experience multi-layered instruction, they will also experience more authentic learning experiences.

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!

Design a Thematic Art Gallery with Google Art Project

Catlin Tucker

At the end of Lord of the Flies , there is a section titled “Notes on the Lord of the Flies,” in which William Golding says, “The theme [of the novel] is an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature. The moral is that the shape of a society must depend on the ethical nature of the individual and not on any political system however apparently logical or respectable.”

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New Roles For A New Generation

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 12, Number 1. Driving Question: What new roles will effective teachers play for new generations of learners in a digital world? Working under the assumption, and it's a large assumption that the role of the teacher must change when faced with a modern world filled with vastly new and different opportunities to learn, what will those change roles look like?

Hour of Code: Scratch Jr.

Ask a Tech Teacher

ScratchJr. ages 5-7. Overview. ScratchJr (released July 2014) is an introductory programming language for ages 5-7 similar to the wildly popular Scratch (for 3rd grade and up). ScratchJr adjusts Scratch’s interface and programming language to make it developmentally appropriate for pre-readers with features that match young children’s cognitive, personal, social, and emotional development. For example, optional video directions are all visual–no reading required. No voice even!

When School Leaders Fail

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. When school leaders fail, the discussion turns away from teaching and learning. It becomes bitter, defensive, and combative. When school leaders fail, negotiations with teachers become less about negotiating and more about pointing fingers and calling names. The people superintendents cheered in the past are suddenly considered overpaid, lazy, incompetent, and opportunistic. When school leaders fail, education stops […].

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.

Top Education Tweets of the Week: November 14, 2015

The CoolCatTeacher

Trends and Topics on Twitter A subtle shift is happening in language as seen in the top education tweets this week. After we’ve gone down enough techno-innovation-as-Savior trails and found them to be dead ends, it seems many in education are circling back to one simple point: the greatest innovative force in the classroom is an innovative teacher. Because they can unleash innovative students. And when they do, the force is transformational, transcendent, and awe-inspiring.

LED Throwies Meet the Magnetic Board

User Generated Education

I have been offered an opportunity to teach maker education again at a local summer enrichment program during summer, 2016. Last summer was my first time around so I experimented with lots of different maker education activities to see what worked and didn’t work with the 5 to 10 year old kids. I now have this foundation and can build upon this foundation.

Design Digital Newsletters for Parents

Catlin Tucker

When my daughter began kindergarten, she would come home with notes pinned to her shirt–informationa about upcoming events, permission slips for field trips, and monthly newsletters. I found this incredibly amusing, but I had to admit it was an effective way to get information home to parents when you are dealing with 5-year-olds. As a high school teacher, I often wish I could pin announcements to my students’ clothing or backpacks to ensure they actually make it home to parents.