May, 2019

Station Rotation Model: Avoid Falling into a Rut

Catlin Tucker

As a blended learning coach, I spend a lot of time in classrooms where teachers are experimenting with blended learning models. The Station Rotation Model is one I see used frequently. Its popularity stems from the fact that it allows teachers to maximize limited technology and it creates a nice balance between online and offline work. The basic design of a station rotation lesson includes three types of stations: teacher-led, online, and offline.

7 ways you can remix your classroom and teach like a DJ

Ditch That Textbook

Have you ever seen an amazing DJ who can rock a crowd of hundreds, even thousands of party-goers? What is it that makes that DJ so amazing and so darn cool? Guys like David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Zedd, female DJs like Krewella, Alison Wonderland, and Rezz all have similar characteristics and objectives and dare I […]. Guest Blog Student engagement Teaching creative teaching edtech educational technology remixing education student engagement teach like a dj

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Is edtech a win-win solution for students and educators?

Neo LMS

This post was originally published on May 6th, 2019, in eSchoolMedia. The purpose of any educational institution is to prepare students to become successful adults in the future. Success may mean different things to different people and the future can at most be predicted — unknown for sure — but there’s one thing I think we can all agree upon: technology will play an important role in many aspects of the lives of adults in the future.

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22 Top Tips for Better Classroom Management

The CoolCatTeacher

Classroom management can be a challenge. In this post, I’ll share twenty-two of my top tips and ideas that have helped me have an awesome classroom. While I won’t claim to ever be perfect, I have learned so much over the last seventeen years. If this post helps some of you avoid the mistakes I learned early on, then it will accomplish its purpose! Classroom Management Tip #1: Build a Partnership With Your Students It’s true that you must relate before you can educate.

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

How Instructional Coaching Can Impact a School Community

Digital Promise

The Dynamic Learning Project (DLP) utilizes coaching for classroom teachers to increase impactful use of technology in select schools across the country. In our new video below, educators from San Ysidro Middle School in San Diego share how the DLP benefits both teachers and students in their school. Even though our students are digital natives, some of those kids may not have access to as much technology as we think that they do,” said Connie Rodriguez, principal at San Ysidro. “So

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4 Ways to Apply Interactive Whiteboards to the SAMR Model

ViewSonic Education

Quick Take: Discuss and understand the SAMR Model of educational technology integration. Explore: Different examples of the SAMR Model applied. Draw conclusions of the usefulness of the SAMR Model in Education. Let us take a look at the SAMR Model and how it applies to interactive whiteboards as an EdTech. What is the SAMR Model. The SAMR Model for categorizing technology integration in education was created by Dr. Ruben Puentedura.

Last Chance for this College-credit Class (557)

Ask a Tech Teacher

MTI 557: Building Digital Citizens. Starts Monday, June 3, 2019! Last chance to sign up. Click this link ; scroll down to MTI 557 and click for more information and to sign up. If students use the internet, they must be familiar with the rights and responsibilities required to be good digital citizens. In this class, you’ll learn what topics to introduce, how to unpack them, and how to make them authentic to student lives. Topics include: copyrights, fair use, public domain. cyberbullying.

4 Ways to Talk to Parents About Students’ Social-Emotional Learning

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Parents may not always recognize the term social-emotional learning, but educators can connect with them to help students develop important life skills around relationships, decision-making, and self-awareness. The post 4 Ways to Talk to Parents About Students’ Social-Emotional Learning appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog edtech Educational Technology/Ed-Tech Entrepreneurship Professional Development Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Startup Startups

What’s New in Digital Leadership version 2 with Eric Sheninger

The CoolCatTeacher

Eric Sheninger on episode 496 Eric Sheninger has rewritten his popular book Digital Leadership. In this show, learn what he added and what has changed. With over half the book being rewritten and changed, you’ll want insight into what trends are important if you’re going to be a digital leader in schools. Listen to Eric Sheninger talk about the new version of his book, Digital Leadershp Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

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.

Foster Social-Emotional Learning through Making

Digital Promise

In July 2018, Digital Promise launched a new Maker Learning Leadership Cohort. This cohort program is dedicated to professional learning, peer connections, and school transformation in the Pittsburgh region. This blog post is the first in a series where participating districts share why they are committed to providing maker learning opportunities to their students. Maker learning is more than just making “stuff.”

Research Finds Online Service Providers Boost Program Enrollment

Wisewire

Universities that contract with an online program management company tend to outperform those that go it on their own. OPM providers may offer end-to-end services for online programs, including marketing, recruitment, course design, enrollment and retention ; examples include Pearson Embanet, 2U and Academic Partnerships. Or they may focus on a specific vertical, such as healthcare education, or type of service, such as instructional design.

Finding the Ideal Front-of-Classroom Interactive Display

ViewSonic Education

Quick Take: Interactive displays are a big investment in edtech. Learn everything you need to know before jumping in: ? What is an interactive display and why it is important. ? Different types with their pros and cons. ? Identify what to consider when picking an IWB solution. Bring Classroom Interactive Display into the Mix.

55 creative Chromebook projects to try at the end of the year

Ditch That Textbook

The end of the year provides us with lots of opportunities to try something new. We might have a little bit of time before or after an end of the year activity or maybe your class has finished all of the requirements for the year and you just want to try something fun. Hey, it […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Ed Tech G Suite Teaching chromebook projects create with chromebooks creating with chromebooks google edu gsuite

7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

Shoe Design Project

User Generated Education

As the final project of the school year, I asked a group of my gifted 4th through 6th graders to design and prototype a new type of shoe. In a recent post from Idea U, Why Everyone Should Prototype (Not Just Designers) , Chris Nyffeler, IDEO Executive Design Director, discussed the purpose and value of prototyping: When we say prototype, that’s anything that gets the idea in your head into an artifact people can experience and offer feedback on.

5 Ways to Create a Culture of Inquiry in Your Classroom Now

The CoolCatTeacher

Connie Hamilton on Episode 495 To create a classroom culture of inquiry, we can follow these five techniques. Connie Hamilton, author of Hacking Questions: 11 Answers That Create a Culture of Inquiry in Your Classroom. SmartBrief Keeping up with the news is challenging. Today’s sponsor, SmartBrief, has some email newsletters that will help you stay current.

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Students Speak: How Technology Can Transform Learning

Digital Promise

Today, most youth use phones, tablets, computers, and smartwatches. But what impact do these devices have on us, and are we using technology to its fullest potential? In my public high school, we rarely interact with technology, at least not productively. If you walk into a classroom at my school, you’ll probably see students scrolling through Instagram and recording videos on Snapchat.

For Ed-Tech Companies to Help Students, They Must First Understand Teachers

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Newcomers to the ed-tech space must learn an important lesson: If you're not helping teachers, you have little chance of reaching students. The post For Ed-Tech Companies to Help Students, They Must First Understand Teachers appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Business Strategy Entrepreneurship Startup Startups 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.

What is Active Learning? And Why it Matters

ViewSonic Education

Active learning is a teaching method that works wonders. Think about some things you’ve learned. How to drive, change a tire or prepare a meal. You may have first been instructed by a parent. Or watched a how-to video. But it was through the process of actually changing that tire that you truly learned the skills. When you did that, you were engaged in active learning. Not all methods of fostering learning are created equal.

The Lucky Generation: Why So Sad?

Education Elements

Never before has a generation had so much and seemingly wanted for so little. An expanding middle class has provided access to a family budget which young people use to spend 14X more on food (compared to adults); 8X more on books and clothes (up to 79% have purchased online); and twice as much on entertainment. This is a group highly connected , with PEW research noting 95 percent of teens (12 – 17) use the internet, and 81 percent of them use social media sites

I Have a Dream: Authentic Learning

User Generated Education

I wrote a post earlier this year entitled, Authentic Learning Experiences. Some of the characteristics of authentic learning I identified are summarized in this graphic: The Task. Learners, 4th through 6th graders in my gifted education language arts class, were given the task of composing and then recording their own I Have a Dream speeches. Writing Their Speeches. This authentic learning experience began by watching Dr. Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech.

How to Set Goals for Your Library This Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

Amanda Johnson on Episode 493 While we have to finish well, those of us who are returning to another year as an educator have to look forward to plan. Today, media specialist Amanda Johnson talks about the massive success of some new sections she added to the library last summer and how she’s going to improve her library even more this summer. The goal is to encourage students to read and what Amanda is discovering might surprise you.

Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.

How Parents, Teachers, and the General Public View Learner Variability

Digital Promise

At least 75 percent of public school parents, teachers, and the American public believe most students are capable of reaching high levels of educational achievement, according to a survey conducted by Langer Research Associates of New York for Digital Promise Global’s Learner Variability Project. Approximately 8 in 10 of those surveyed also say that learners vary by way of their personal background and knowledge, their health and psychological wellbeing, and how they think, among other things.

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How edtech boosts parent engagement in schools

Neo LMS

Being a parent* is hard work. Being a teacher is also hard work. Parents are primarily responsible for their children’s well being and education. Teachers are also responsible for their students’ well being and education. See the similarities? Teachers and parents want students to be happy and successful. They have the same goals and desire to help students learn better. From this perspective, a low level of parent engagement in school simply does not make sense.

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What is Gamification in Education? 6 Ways to Gamify Your Classroom

ViewSonic Education

Do you want to play a game? As long as it’s not in the context of a certain horror film franchise, but rather in regards to gamification in education, then the answer is probably, “sure!” ” Take a moment to think about your experiences in education, either as a student or as a teacher. Chances are high that the lessons that still stand out are the ones that were most engaging.

I’m Traveling!

Ask a Tech Teacher

May 11th-24th. I’m taking a trip with my daughter to visit my son who is stationed in Okinawa with the Army. We’ll spend two weeks traveling the area. I haven’t done this in fifty years (when I traveled through the old Soviet Union and Europe) and am beyond excited! . Blogging personal

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How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

Discover the top five reasons your school’s admissions should be online.