October, 2017

Visible Learning and John Hattie

Ask a Tech Teacher

Over the years, I’ve struggled to teach in ways my students would understand.

Minecraft in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Jeff Gearhart on episode 162 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Are you studying Mars? Why not let students go live there?

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The Art and Science of Learning: How New Mexico School for the Arts Uses Research

Digital Promise

New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) is a high school that boasts rigorous academic and mastery arts curricula for students from across the state.

Integrate Technology Effectively! Tip: Use Templates

Teacher Reboot Camp

Integrating technology isn’t an easy process. My technology knowledge continues to grow even with over a decade of experience, research, and professional development dedicated to education technology. Being a full-time educator and a mom to a newborn means I highly value my time.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

IT Staff Support is Critical for Success in 1-to-1 Classrooms

The Journal

Educators typically have mixed views on their school’s IT staff — to put it mildly. In order to better understand IT staff’s priorities, responsibilities and resources, we lunched with them recently. Our eyes were opened by those conversations

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Should You Unschool?

Ask a Tech Teacher

The first time I read about Unschooling, I ignored it. Surely, it was a fad that would go away. When that didn’t happen and I read about it a thousand more times, I dug into it.

6 Tech Treasures for Special Ed Teachers (K-6)

The CoolCatTeacher

Melissa Mann on episode 167 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Special ed teacher Melissa Mann shares six of her favorite edtech tools for the special education classroom.

Announcing the New Members of the League of Innovative Schools

Digital Promise

The League of Innovative Schools, Digital Promise’s flagship network of forward-thinking leaders of our nation’s school districts, is honored to welcome 13 districts into the 2017-2018 cohort, bringing the League’s membership to 93 districts in 33 states. The League seeks districts who are developing and sharing promising innovations that advance excellent, equitable learning opportunities for students. This year is no different.

Interview with Noah Geisel, @SenorG: Motivate with Digital Badges!

Teacher Reboot Camp

Noah Geisel, @SenorG , is the first person who really taught me about the potential micro-credentials and digital badges have to motivate learners to achieve great things throughout their lives.

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.

Creating Learning Centers in a Blended Literacy Classroom

The Web20Classroom

Written with Shaelynn Farnsworth , post is sponsored by ThinkCERCA , an online platform designed to empower teachers to personalize literacy instruction across disciplines.

My Story: Fire, Loss, and Rebuilding

Catlin Tucker

On Sunday, October 8th I went to bed early. I had been waking up between 4-5 AM all week to do work for my doctoral program. We had also hosted my husband’s family for the weekend, and I was exhausted. Normally, we go to be at 11 PM, but that evening I crawled under the covers at 9:30 PM.

12 Fresh Ways to Assess Student Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

Assessing student learning used to be as simple as giving a test that consisted of multiple choice, True/False, short answer, and/or essay. How many answers students got right told the teacher how much they knew. No need to look further. Simply grade, record, and move on to the next chapter.

5 Ways to Be an Unforgettable Teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

Chuck Poole on episode 180 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Chuck Poole shares five ways to be an unforgettable teacher or an unforgettable coach.

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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.

Learning by Design: How Design Tech High School Uses Research

Digital Promise

According to Ken Montgomery, Executive Director of Design Tech High School (“d.tech”), a charter school in Northern California, “The world is going to change quickly and unpredictably, so the best thing that we can do for kids is give them a mindset and skillset that whatever the world is like, they can succeed and find their path.”.

Interview with Kimberly Sanchez: Argument in the Digital Age

Teacher Reboot Camp

Each mission in my new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions in Your Classroom , shares an example of the Mission in Action by a teacher I admire.

Qualities of Effective Educator Professional Development

User Generated Education

Most administrators and teachers believe in the importance and value of professional development. Sadly, though, too many teachers believe that those mandatory, one-size-fits-all professional development sessions offered by their schools are a waste of time and money.

FlipGrid: Connect with Other Classrooms

Catlin Tucker

This year, my students are learning about the design thinking process: empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test. My teaching team decided to begin the year with a low stakes high-interest challenge: design a water park for our community. The first step in the design thinking process is empathy.

EdTech at School

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

What is WittyWe and Why You Want to Use it

Ask a Tech Teacher

There seems to be a limitless supply of online education content. In fact, my email box and social media explodes with them.

Researching a Topic with Google Keep

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I’ve taught lots of tools for research with Diigo being one of my favorites. Diigo tutorial here.)

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What is the Missing Step in Your District’s Strategic Plan?

Education Elements

All districts have strategic plans. For many districts, they are the most expensive document created in a given year. Getting to a final draft usually takes several months or more and requires the time of many staff and community members. There are committees, meetings, surveys, reviews, discussions and multiple rounds of revision. Personalized Learning School Districts School Leaders

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Annotation with Digital Devices Motivates Learners to Dive Deeper

Teacher Reboot Camp

Getting students to care about seeking and spreading the truth is one of the key topics in my new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions. How do we motivate our students to spend a few extra minutes evaluating all the information they consume with a critical eye?

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.

Partnering Literacy and Technology to Improve One School

Digital Promise

Video Courtesy of Redwood City School District. We have made great strides to level the technology playing field in education, but unfortunately the digital divide still exists between those who have the tools to research, learn and collaborate online at home, and those who don’t.

Should K-12 schools teach financial literacy? The answer is yes-here’s how

eSchool News

Financial literacy, and the role of K-12 schools in promoting it, is getting lots of attention these days.

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10 Tips About Using Images in Your Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are ten of the most-visited image-use tips on Ask a Tech Teacher: 10 Tips About Using Images in the Classroom You Don’t Want to Miss. Image Copyright Do’s and Don’ts. Photos For Class–Robust, Student-safe with built in citations. Quick Search for Plagiarized Images.

A Teenage Bullying Story

The CoolCatTeacher

Sarah Beeghley on episode 173 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Sarah Beeghley @the-geeky_girl has been called by a US Senator to tell her story as part of anti-bullying legislation.

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.