October, 2017

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.

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.

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?

No. Your 3D Printer Does Not Make You Innovative.

Tom Murray

Few will disagree that over the past few years the notion of 3D printing in schools has gained incredible steam. It’s certainly one of the latest bandwagons.

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.

How To Create a Virtual Field Trip for Google Cardboard

EdTech4Beginners

Virtual field trips are a great way to engage learners; creating an immersive and memorable experience for them. Thanks to advances in technology, teachers can create 360-degree virtual field trips for students that are both high in quality and relatively low in cost.

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A Student-Centered BYOT Policy Template For Schools

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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.

10 ways icons from The Noun Project can impact learning

Ditch That Textbook

Images are powerful and very brain friendly. The majority of people think in pictures — and some think exclusively in pictures.

Educating the Whole Child in the Philippines

P21 Blogazine

A team from P21 spent two days sharing insights about 21st century skills and project-based learning at the Annual Educators Conference in Manila. P21 Blog

Bring poetry to life by using a ‘green screen’

EdTech4Beginners

I recently did a lesson in my school’s STEAM centre. It went really well, so I thought I’d share. And don’t worry, you don’t need any specialist equipment! In the prior lesson, the children had rehearsed poems and learnt them off by heart.

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Today’s Curriculum for the Higher Ed HR Leader

Speaker: Joseph Clay, Business Transformation Strategist at Oracle, and Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Today’s universities and colleges face many challenges ranging from reconciling financial pressures, to ensuring student success, to managing complicated workforce dynamics. One thing they all have in common: Their head of HR must align the HR function to best support the institution as it navigates this current landscape.

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.

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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Learning by Design: How Design Tech High School Uses Research

Digital Promise

Is creative work REALLY worth the time in the classroom?

Ditch That Textbook

It’s a fair question. I’ve heard similar questions to this at teaching conferences, in discussions and versions of it on social media. I’ve even thought it myself. “This creative work takes a lot of time. Does it really give a return on all of that investment?

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.

The Curiosity Challenge… full STEAM ahead!

EdTech4Beginners

My school is encouraging inquisitive learners and has taken on a project inspired by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT. It has huge links with our new STEAM curriculum and will guide the students through this new approach.

5 Gadgets that are Positioned to Reshape our Classrooms

EmergingEdTech

Image Source As with most other industries, emerging technologies are bringing about changes in education. According to a survey conducted by Edgenuity, 91% of U.S. teachers agree that technology. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].

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Introduction to Design Thinking for Educators Workshop

User Generated Education

I had the opportunity to facilitate a workshop on design thinking for educators at the New Mexico Association for the Gifted Fall Institute. Here is a round-up of what we did. Warm Up: Instant Challenge.

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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.

Dismantling the fear of “What if students see something bad online?”

Ditch That Textbook

In a recent workshop I was leading with teachers, the inevitable question came up. We were looking at Google Maps Street View, discussing how it can give students a first-person view of places all over the world — and let them “walk around” independently. Then came that inevitable question: “How do you make sure that […]. Teaching censoring the Internet digital safety internet filters online protection online safety privacy

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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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Write on the walls!

EdTech4Beginners

My school have painted some of the walls with ‘whiteboard paint’ The children absolutely love it and it is fantastic for collaborative learning.

Using @SutoriApp + @Flipgrid to Document & Reflect on Class Experience (Including Template) #edtech #stuvoice

techieMusings

If you haven’t used Sutori before, I hope that this post will inspire you to check it out. Sutroi looks like a vertical timeline tool, but I think of it more as a tool to tell a visual story.

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Top 10 Ways to Make your Projects More Authentic

P21 Blogazine

Each spring, similar versions of the same snarky joke make their way around Twitter: “Every tax season I thank my math teacher for spending so much time in high school on the Pythagorean Theorem!” This is the slightly more mature version of the teenage complaint that teachers are all too familiar with–”When will I ever use this in real life?”. P21 Blog

IDEAL & Involved Instruction: Implementing Technology in Blended Learning

Digital Promise

As most of us know, effective distance and blended learning requires more than assigning an online curriculum and handing out log-in information; it requires teacher involvement.

Free photos, icons, magic and more with Google Slides add-ons

Ditch That Textbook

Imagine, for a second, that Google Slides is a Shop Vac. You know, one of those short, wide wet/dry vacuum cleaners with a hose.) Go with me on this … You can use that vacuum cleaner to do a lot with just a hose. Cheerios and Cheetos all over your minivan? (If If you’re a parent, […]. Ed Tech add-ons google slides google slides add-ons unsplash

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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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A Great Way To Use Tech To Help Teachers Meaningfully Engage With Families

EdTech4Beginners

Strong parent-teacher partnerships are key to student success in the classroom. In fact, parental engagement is very effective at predicting student achievement.

Focused On Who You Serve and Your Why

The Principal of Change

I shared the following tweet, looking for thoughts on “getting everybody on board” or building consensus: Anyone have a good article on not necessarily having 100% buy-in from staff but consensus? George Couros (@gcouros) October 23, 2017. I received this story by Thomas R.

NEW RESEARCH SHOWS LIFE-LONG IMPORTANCE OF CRITICAL THINKING

P21 Blogazine

Four skills reside at the core of our Framework for 21st Century Learning : Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Creativity. These are the widely lauded 4Cs, necessary for success in college, career, and life. P21 Blog

Reflections on Supporting Refugee Education in Jordan

Digital Promise

As part of HP and Microsoft’s Reinvent the Classroom initiative, Digital Promise Global is directing a network of Learning Studios designed for student-centered, experiential learning.

Classroom video calls. You can do this. Here’s how

Ditch That Textbook

Christian talked about how the flood waters were up to his waist in his house. His classmate described how his dogs cowered under the bed during the hurricane. An articulate fifth grader with tight braids laid out her family’s plan to stock up on food in case of the worst. We got to visit with these […]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology facetime global connections google hangouts skype video calls

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Helping Students Find Passion and Purpose: Barbara Bray

The CoolCatTeacher

Barbara Bray on episode 174 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Barbara Bray talks about personalizing learning in the classroom. She teaches us strategies and helps us think about how to make our classrooms better.

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Secret Santa – a fantastic online tool for organizing it!

EdTech4Beginners

Christmas is fast approaching! And for teachers… that usually means Secret Santa! I have found an online Secret Santa generator which is absolutely brilliant!

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Less Work, Deeper Learning

The Principal of Change

The quote above has been sticking in my brain for awhile, and although this is something that I have thought about often, John Spencer puts it into words in a succinct yet compelling way.