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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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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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.

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

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Personalizing Your Final Exam

Catlin Tucker

As a student, I remember the stress of preparing for final exams. I spent hours reviewing notes that spanned an entire semester because it was all “fair game.” ” I never had a clear sense of what content would appear on the final. Sometimes I didn’t even know what the format of the final exam would be…essay, multiple choice, or short answer.

30+ digital escape rooms (plus tips and tools for creating your own)

Ditch That Textbook

Digital escape rooms, also referred to as digital breakouts, are a great way to bring gameplay and problem solving to any lesson or unit. They can be an exciting and engaging activity for the whole class or as an option for early finishers. In a spin on the popular Escape Room challenge, a digital version […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Ed Tech Gamification Teaching breakoutedu digital digital breakoutedu digital escape room digital escape rooms edtech games in the classroom gamification

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.

Celebrating Standouts in Verizon Innovative Learning schools

Digital Promise

To highlight some of the standout programs and great work that has taken place at Verizon Innovative Learning schools across the country over the course of the 2018-19 school year, we’re excited to announce the initiative’s annual Schools of Excellence Award winners. These individuals, schools, and districts have gone above and beyond to make their community’s Verizon Innovative Learning schools experience a powerful one,” said Verizon Innovative Learning schools executive director Lydia Logan.

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).

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.

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

Teach Students to Track How Many Words They Read Per Minute Using Voice Typing and Google Forms

Catlin Tucker

As elementary students learn how to read, teachers administer reading fluency tests and listen to students read passages. During these reading fluency tests, teachers listen for speed, accuracy, and expression. Nothing can replace this formal assessment, but it’s helpful to teach students to track their words per minute between these reading fluency assessments.

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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

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.

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 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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The Relationship Between Failure and Success

A Principal's Reflections

In life, there are certain truths. One of these is that to succeed, many times, you must first fail. Obviously, this is not always the case, but if you are like me and many others, success doesn’t come easily or on the first try. Learning to ride a bike is one of many great examples that proves my point. The process begins with training wheels to build up confidence, get a feel for pedaling, and learning how to brake.

Smartphones-in-School, Brain Mush, Teaching Deep Reading…and Apples & Bicycles!

EdNews Daily

By LeiLani Cauthen. According to a 2018 report by Pew Research , one in four Americans didn’t read a single book in the last year, and bookstore chains are in decline. However, Americans are actually reading , they’re just doing it in different ways than the traditional hardcover or paperback format. Audiobooks, social media and smartphone newsfeeds are what Americans are doing. On smartphones.

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.

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.

10 Google Sheets tricks you (probably) don’t know about

Ditch That Textbook

Google Sheets might look a little scary and a bit threatening at first glance but once you take the time to unlock its secrets you’ll discover that it can do so much more than just crunch numbers. So how can we get started using Google Sheets ourselves? And what are some great Google Sheets activities […]. DitchBook Twitter chat G Suite g suite google google for edu google sheets google sheets in the classroom

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Game Jam: Creating a Video Game

User Generated Education

The Game Jam was developed for and offered through the Santa Fe Public Schools’ SAGE (Services for Advanced and Gifted Education) Program although any school or youth group could enter. The game categories were: Board, Card, Action, and Video games. The criteria used to judge the games: The contest was conceived and developed by Steve Heil – Santa Fe Public Schools Gifted Program Support Specialist. For more information, contact him at sheil@sfps.k12.nm.us.

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Introducing Verizon Innovative Learning schools Connection

Digital Promise

Digital Promise and Verizon Innovative Learning are excited to introduce Verizon Innovative Learning schools Connection —a web app designed to connect members of the Verizon Innovative Learning schools community to each other and to key resources. The app brings features from several third-party platforms together in one place, making it a “one-stop shop” for participating educators to access all things Verizon Innovative Learning schools. “We

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!

Zoning in on Change

A Principal's Reflections

The comfort zone is the great enemy to creativity; moving beyond it necessitates intuition, which in turn configures new perspectives and conquers fears. - Dan Stevens There are many impediments to the change process. One of the biggest culprits is fear. Many times, this either clouds our judgment or inhibits our motivation to take needed risks to both challenge and upend the status quo. In other cases, we might be afraid of failure.

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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 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.

20 tools for a more accessible classroom

Ditch That Textbook

ALL of our students deserve to have access to the content we are teaching. A one-size-fits-all classroom is not practical for any group of students. Luckily with the technology available to us, we can create a learning environment that makes the content accessible to all of our learners. Matter of fact many of the technology […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Ed Tech Student engagement Teaching accessibility accessibility features accessibility tools accessible classroom edtech immersive reader

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.

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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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.”

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