March, 2015

10 Tips for Teachers who Struggle with Technology

Ask a Tech Teacher

With technology moving out of the lab and into the classroom, it’s becoming a challenge for some teachers to infuse their teaching with tech tools such as websites, educational games, simulations, iPads, Chromebooks, GAFE, and other geeky devices that used to be the purview of a select group of nerdy teachers. Now, all teachers are expected to have students work, collaborate, research, and publish online.

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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 ). Mindsets are simply defined as “ the ideas and attitudes with which a person approaches a situation.” ” Mindsets imply that mental and attitudinal states can assist one in being successful with a given skill set.

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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. Research points to low percentages of females and minorities pursuing STEM degrees and professions.

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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? Email websupport@epe.org.

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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.

Make a Fellow Teacher’s Day with These Twenty Acts of Kindness

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. My brother in law is battling cancer. He has been for some time, and it seems that every time I’m with him, I learn something new. Something very important. Yesterday, as I was winding my way toward the parking ramp at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, I found myself feeling overwhelmed again. I was running late. [.]. The post Make a Fellow Teacher’s Day with These Twenty Acts of Kindness appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Inspiration #edchat #ChangeTheWorld

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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. Did I miss anything? This model is outdated not because it didn’t work (many statistics show students ranked higher on global testing years ago than they do now), but because the environment changed.

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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? Furthermore, if the research on the process of learning is compared to the practices being implemented in school, does this research influence school practices? During my school years, I noticed there was a problem with how I was being asked to learn.

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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. Each year, teachers worldwide aim to accomplish 1 to 30 goals that transform their teaching.

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"I Just Want to be Normal, Daddy."

Tom Murray

Finding strength in the midst of heartache Today was one of the those days. The kind of day that’s difficult to forget and one that rips your heart out as a parent. What started out as any Monday would, ended with me appreciating life and the love of my little ones that much more. My little girl was born with severe food allergies - tree nuts and sesame seeds to be exact. Not a meal goes by where we don’t think about the food that’s prepared, where it comes from, if it could be

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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).

5 Classroom Management Tips That Will Work At Any School

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. We published this classroom management piece last year, and it received plenty of attention across our network. It’s now part of our Education Rehash archive: a growing library of posts we revisit, in order to continue the conversation and check for professional growth. Take a look at these classroom management tips, and let us know [.]. The post 5 Classroom Management Tips That Will Work At Any School appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

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Get Common Core Ready: Achieve Dynamic Student-led Discussions

Catlin Tucker

Discussion can be a powerful tool for learning yet engaging all students in equitable discussions can be challenging. When I began teaching, I was frustrated because in-class discussions were dominated by a small group of vocal students while the rest of the class sat quietly avoiding eye contact. It wasn’t until I incorporated online discussions into my traditional class that I was able to engage every voice in our class dialog. Starting with Online Discussions.

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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. She has over 15 years experience in the field ranging from classroom teacher to tech teacher, to Professional Developer, to 1:1 integration specialist. Chromebooks in the Classrooms… Friend or Foe?

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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. This post discusses the instructional practice of asking students to memorize information.

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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.

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. Research points to low percentages of females and minorities pursuing STEM degrees and professions.

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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. While I''m a school site principal, I use the word leader to describe everyone throughout the system from the classroom teacher to the district superintendent. There is one thing we all need. TRUST.

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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. Even studious kids want cool [.]. The post 5 Things Cool Teachers Do appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Innovation Inspiration edchat

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Professional Learning that Connects and Empowers Teachers

Tom Murray

As educators, our core business is learning. We fulfill a multitude of additional roles that are also extremely important, yet, at its essence, education is about learning and our schools and school districts must be learning-focused organizations. Of course, when we talk about learning as our core business, we (rightly) think, first and foremost, of student learning. Our very finest educators share a passion for ensuring that every student they serve learns and grows to their absolute ultimate

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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.

29 Unique Ideas for Publishing Student Work

Ask a Tech Teacher

After you’ve looked at these 29 sites, there’s no reason to print student work and stick it on a wall. You have too many options: Book Cover creator. Create a magazine cover. Flipboard—organize ideas into mag. Glogster—posters. Go animate. Issuu ([link]. Newspaper—create a newspaper. Newspaper—create a newspaper clipping. Newspapers around the world. PhotoPeach –online slideshows. Poster maker—like an eye chart. Posters—8×10 at a time–simple. PowerPoint games for kids.

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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

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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. Each year, teachers worldwide aim to accomplish 1 to 30 goals that transform their teaching.

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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. If all educators publicized the accomplishments they had in their classrooms using technology, hands-on activities, global collaborations, project-based learning; then an informal qualitative research project would result.

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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!

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. Where is King Tut buried?” Seriously? [.]. The post Hey Teachers, Stop Asking Parents to Do Your Homework! appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Education Rehash Innovation edchat homework

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Digital Learning Day Ignites the Blended Flame

Tom Murray

As part of the 3rd annual Digital Learning Day, educational leaders from all over country descended upon the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. on February 5th. I had the honor of participating in a live panel ("Digital Learning: The Journey So Far") with former Governor Bob Wise, now the President for the Alliance for Excellent Education, and Mrs. Rebecca McLelland-Crawley, a science supervisor from the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School Districts in New Jersey (all pictured below

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How to Create a Curriculum Map

Ask a Tech Teacher

If I’m trying to get from Los Angeles, California to Minot, North Dakota, I start with a map. I build a route that includes the sights I’d like to visit, shows me the connecting roadways, and gives me a rough idea of how long it’ll take. The same is true with teaching a class. I need a map to show how best to blend my curriculum and the school’s standards, scaffold skills on each other, and connect to all stakeholders involved.

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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

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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.

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 "Teachers are hungry to learn. If we focus on learning and development, teachers know where they need to go." " Angela, Teacher and Instructional Coach. San Jose, California.

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Maker Education Activities

User Generated Education

This coming summer I am getting the opportunity to teach a maker education camp for three weeks, half-days at a local elementary school. The descriptions for the three one-week workshops are: Circuit Crafts: Build glowing, sensing, and interactive circuit projects; make electronic stickers, circuit sketchbooks, circuit cards, and sewn circuits.

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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. When they’re able to persevere, even through moments of frustration, they typically meet with success. It makes sense that teachers are [.]. The post The Purposeful Pause: 10 Reflective Questions to Ask Mid-Lesson appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

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