March, 2015

The Creativity Mindset

User Generated Education

I absolutely love all of the emphasis on mindsets these days. There are growth mindsets (which I discuss in The Educator with a Growth Mindset: A Staff Workshop ) and maker mindsets (which I discuss in The Mindset of the Maker Educator ).

Ideas for Promoting Digital Diversity

Teacher Reboot Camp

For the next week, I will be participating in many events to support gender and cultural diversity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. Below find a list of these events and ideas for promoting digital diversity.

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Engagement Does Not Always Equate to Learning

A Principal's Reflections

No matter where I am, whether it is a physical location or virtual, I am always hearing conversations about how technology can be used to effectively engage students.

10 Tips for Teachers who Struggle with Technology

Ask a Tech Teacher

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.

Teachers Turn Pop Culture Into Engaging Online Learning Videos

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

I am often impressed by the creative ways teachers take traditionally non-educational videos from YouTube, movies, music videos, and television shows and turn them into lessons that highlight complex concepts while also appealing to students. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions?

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How Do We Learn? How Should We Learn?

User Generated Education

If I ask you or your students, “How do you learn,” how many of you could clearly articulate this process? If you can, are the strategies you’re using the best ones for learning?

Ideas for Promoting Digital Diversity

Teacher Reboot Camp

For the next week, I will be participating in many events to support gender and cultural diversity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. Below find a list of these events and ideas for promoting digital diversity.

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6 new free Google tools to upgrade your classroom

Ditch That Textbook

When my students and I work with Google Apps, there are two common struggles that we face: 1. Options for slide templates are scarce (and the ones in Google’s directory aren’t very good). When we add Creative Commons images to our work, adding accurate attribution can be tricky.

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What is the 21st Century Lesson Plan?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Technology and the connected world put a fork in the old model of teaching–instructor in front of the class, sage on the stage, students madly taking notes, textbooks opened to the chapter being reviewed, homework as worksheets based on the text, tests regurgitating important facts.

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.

Pixar makes its 3D rendering tool, RenderMan, free for anyone

Educational Technology Guy

Pixar, the company behind Toy Story, Cars and other incredible animated movies, has announced that it''s in-house 3D rendering software, RenderMan , is now free for non-commercial use. RenderMan creates the rendering with lighting effects. It does not create the original 3D model.

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5 Things Cool Teachers Do

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. It took about 15 years for me to figure out that students work hard for teachers they like. They work even harder for the cool teachers. Some teachers say, “I’m not here to entertain. I’m here to teach.” A long time ago, I said it. This attitude doesn’t impress today’s learners.

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Learning Needs a Context

User Generated Education

This is a follow up to a post I wrote, How Do We Learn? How Should We Learn? The purpose of these posts is to encourage educators to examine practices they take for granted, implement without deep reflection of their efficacy.

Goal: Send Them on Learning Missions #EduLS

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 6 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Inspire Forward ! “People don’t have a propensity for laziness. People have a propensity for hard work. It just needs to be work that matters to them.” ” – Jane McGonigal.

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.

21st Century Leadership: It’s All About the Trust

Battelle for Kids

March 23, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 4, Number 7. Driving Question: How Does Trust Create And Encourage 21st Century Leadership For Learning? Calling all classroom teachers, building managers, or district level administrators, we need you. 21st century learning schools need 21st century learning leaders.

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Education Business Plan Competitions: Crafting the Perfect Pitch

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Are you preparing to pitch your ed-tech startup at a business plan competition? Here are the eight points you need to cover. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. Lessons Learned ProfessorWord Startup Life aboutus lessonslearned professorword

How to Migrate Your Data from a Google Apps for Education account to a personal account

Educational Technology Guy

How to Migrate Information from your Google Apps for Education Account to a personal Google Account.

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Hey Teachers, Stop Asking Parents to Do Your Homework!

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. I have never been so tired of traditional homework. The worst kind is the piles of homework my kids bring home that I have to help them with do that is beyond maddening. One day it was perimeter in math, which I haven’t done in about 38 years. Then, it was ancient civilizations.

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.

Building Early Literacy Skills With iPads

iTeach with iPads

Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting -Edmund Burke. I am on spring break this week. It has been such a luxury to linger over coffee and the newspaper in the mornings.

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Goal: Send Them on Learning Missions #EduLS

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 6 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Inspire Forward ! “People don’t have a propensity for laziness. People have a propensity for hard work. It just needs to be work that matters to them.” ” – Jane McGonigal.

Prodigy Math Game: Game-Based Learning for the Common Core

Kleinspiration

Game-based learning is a topic we have revisited numerous times on this blog. The implications it has on student engagement and learning cannot be overstated. If you have not already experimented with game-based learning with your class, make 2015 the year you do!

Rejection Therapy for Ed-Tech Entrepreneurs and Startups

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Entrepreneurs face a lot of rejection. But if you learn to embrace it, success can be on the other side. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. Lessons Learned ProfessorWord Startup Life aboutus lessonslearned professorword

EdTech at School

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

Why Should Schools go with Google Apps and Chromebooks?

Educational Technology Guy

I''m a huge fan and user of Google Apps for Education and Chromebooks and have written about them at length here. Here is a generic version of what I presented as reasons why my district should Go Google that you can use in your own school/district.

The Purposeful Pause: 10 Reflective Questions to Ask Mid-Lesson

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Much has been said about growth mindset and grit this year and for good reason. When learners begin valuing growth and learning over grades and the production of perfect final works, great things happen.

Digital Learning Prospers With the Right Culture

A Principal's Reflections

As of late I have been doing a great deal of work with schools and districts on how to effectively implement digital learning across the curriculum. When it comes to technology in general, the overall goal is to support learning, not drive instruction.

What Do Teachers Want from Their Professional Development?

Digital Promise

We’ve known for a long time that no two students learn the same way. So why should learning for teachers still be one-size-fits-all? As instruction becomes increasingly personalized for students, teachers are ready for those same principles to drive their on-going professional development. "Teachers

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.

Sharing: A Responsibility of the Modern Educator

User Generated Education

In a past post blog I discussed the idea that every educator has a story and that they should share those stories: Educators are doing amazing things with their learners in spite of the standards-based and accountability-driven movements.

Chromebooks in the Classrooms–Friend or Foe?

Ask a Tech Teacher

AATT contributor, Krista Albrecht, has a balanced evaluation of Chromebooks in the classroom I think you’ll find useful. Krista is a NY State certified Instructional Technology Specialist working in public education on Long Island, NY.

Making Sure your Meetings are Productive and Effective

Educational Technology Guy

Meetings are something that all managers and leaders need to be able to plan, organize, run and follow up on. When I was a project engineer, I had to run lots of meetings and had training in effective meetings at a couple different companies. I''ve attended good meetings, and really bad meetings.