June, 2018

10 tech tools that will make you a super teacher!

Dangerously Irrelevant

Just kidding. Because there are no tech tools that will make us super teachers. Pencils didn’t make us super teachers. Textbooks didn’t make us super teachers. Chalkboards and whiteboards and overhead projectors didn’t make us super teachers.

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15 tech tools to try next year

Ditch That Textbook

There are lots of new tech tools out there just waiting to make it into your classroom. You may have even tried to squeeze one in during those last few days of school but ran out of time. Lucky for us, there is always next year. After the craziness of the end of the year […].

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5 Ways to Overcome Cognitive Overload

The CoolCatTeacher

Todd Finley on episode 325 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Cognitive overload happens to students and teachers.

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Guest post: 15 EdTech Resources to Use in Classroom

EdTech4Beginners

If you don’t use educational technology, you’re not a cool teacher. Whether you like it or not, that’s how today’s students see it. They are growing up with all kinds of tech tools by their side, and they are thrilled to see technology involved in the educational process. So what are the best resources to use? Here’s 15 of them: YouTube. The first resource we suggest is pretty simple, and all your students are aware of it.

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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.

Visme - online visual communication tool - create stunning visuals

Educational Technology Guy

Visme is a relatively new service that just came out of Beta. It is visual communication tool that is easy to use and creates a great finished product. It has been described as a "PowerPoint disruptor".

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Research to Practice from LPS: Building Learners’ Writing Skills

Digital Promise

Of the 700,000 students who drop out of high school each year, many leave with, and because of, low literacy skills.

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20+ Hyperdocs tips, ideas and templates to use right away

Ditch That Textbook

HyperDocs are are NOT just a doc with links. They are purposefully designed digital lessons and can transform your class. The creators of HyperDocs — Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton and Sarah Landis — describe them as a transformative, interactive Google Doc replacing the worksheet method of delivering instruction, the ultimate change agent in the blended learning […].

The Irreplaceables: What AR and AI Mean for the Future of Teaching #iste18

The CoolCatTeacher

A look into the future From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Augmented reality and artificial intelligence are on the horizon. What do they mean for education and teachers?

6 Summer Reads to Make You a More Responsive Leader

Education Elements

We published The NEW School Rules: 6 Vital Practices for Thriving and Responsive School s this winter to help leaders make a shift toward being more effective, responsive leaders. Since the book’s release in February we have had dozens of requests for webinars and presentations about The NEW School Rules. Demand has been so great that we’ve developed a leadership course based on the rules. This summer we kick off leadership courses across five districts and four states.

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Guest Post - How Artificial Intelligence will Empower Future Classrooms

Educational Technology Guy

While formal education in several parts of the world is still associated with the widely-accepted traditional brick and mortar schools, the global education fraternity has opened up to e-learning.

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.

Learning to Self Manage

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. Never give up!” “Be Be determined.” “If If you dream it, you can achieve it.”

Five Things Parents Should Know About End-Of-Year Testing

EdNews Daily

Guest article by: Hilary Scharton, Vice President of K-12 Product Strategy for Canvas by Instructure. Every spring, schools across the nation give students millions of standardized tests. Students sit for hours, filling in answer bubbles with their number two pencils for an exam that may span days.

9 reasons why HyperDocs can transform your class

Ditch That Textbook

I have been enjoying creating, sharing, and using HyperDocs in my classroom for the past three years now after learning about them during the very first night of the inaugural #DitchBook book study Twitter chat. Ever since then, I have been a diehard shouting “HYPERDOCS!”

A Gullible Population Is a National Security Issue

The CoolCatTeacher

A Global Search for Education Reflection From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The hair on my arm prickled up like porcupine quills, but there was no breeze. It was a discussion about a digital literacy issue at the U.S.

Seven Things Education Elements Does to Support School Districts

Education Elements

One of the most common questions I answer about Education Elements is, “So what do you guys do?” If we have an elevator ride that goes to, say, the top of the world’s tallest building, I can give a fairly satisfying and comprehensive answer.

“Tell me about an invention that you don’t like”

EdTech4Beginners

I read in the news about a teacher who asked her class: “Tell me about an invention you don’t like.” ” Here is one of her pupil’s answers: Out of interest, I decided to ask my class the same thing. Below are some of their responses: What do you think? Are you surprised?

Can Creativity Be Taught?

Digital Promise

According to the Future of Jobs Report by the World Economic Forum, creativity is one of the top three most important skills for future workers, along with complex problem solving and critical thinking.

The Importance Of Teaching ESL In A Holistic Approach

EdNews Daily

Welcome back to our “Teacher Feature Series,” where we chat with educators who work online across borders. Today, please read about Julia Parco’s journey with 51Talk American Academy, or now known as HAWO American Academy.

Consuming vs creating: Is there room for both?

Ditch That Textbook

Consuming vs creating, sounds like it’s one or the other. But don’t our students need to do both? Sometimes our students are consuming information and sometimes they are applying what they have learned by creating something. Its all about balance and knowing the why behind your lesson.

WHY KIDS CAN’T STOP MOVING: THE NEUROSCIENCE BEHIND A STUDENT’S NEED TO MOVE

The CoolCatTeacher

Suzanne Cresswell in the Top 10-Minute Teacher Show of 2018 (so far) From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Students have reasons for how they behave, particularly if they have learning differences and learn in unique ways.

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3 things Clayton Christensen has taught me about innovation and economic development

The Christensen Institute

French economist, Frederic Sautet, writes , “Revisionist economic history has displaced the entrepreneur from his central role as determinant of a country’s economic performance and placed greater emphasis on structural macroeconomic conditions.” Unfortunately, Sautet might be right. In matters of economic development, there is often a tendency to focus more on dilapidated infrastructures and dysfunctional institutions than on creating a culture of innovation through entrepreneurship.

Educators: Before you Recharge this Summer, Reflect

Education Elements

Our company is known for having a unique organizational culture. We have eliminated the traditional organizational hierarchy of direct managers; we employ a self-organizing team structure; and if you attended this year’s Personalized Learning Summit, you know we also view trivia and dancing to 80’s music as valuable team-building time. Something that is not as widely known is that we also have internal monthly challenges.

Teachers on the New Frontier

Digital Promise

For many middle school teachers, taking part in a one-to-one initiative, where every student has a digital device for learning, has led to an existential search. In a technology-driven, student-centered learning environment, what does it mean to be a teacher?

Nearly 750 charter schools are whiter than the nearby district schools

The Hechinger Report

Lake Oconee Academy was the brainchild of the Reynolds Lake Oconee real estate company. Photo: Terrell Clark/The Hechinger Report. GREENSBORO, Ga. This was clearly no ordinary public school.

25 Tricks To Improve A Boring Lesson

TeachThought - Learn better.

25 Tricks To Improve A Boring Lesson contributed by Lisa Chesser Over the years, I’ve noticed how one question can change the dynamics of any situation.

5 Awesome Things for Teachers to Do This Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

Listen or read this post From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Summer is an important time for educators. While some people debate what educators should or shouldn’t do over the summer, ultimately it is YOUR summer and YOUR plans.

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The other gap that schools aren’t talking about—relationships

The Christensen Institute

T he NAEP scores released in April set off a flurry of headlines about the sobering state of achievement gaps across the nation. The general consensus? Despite pockets of promise , and slight declines in gaps by race, achievement data reveal that gaps by income have remained relatively flat, or uneven at best. The news for young people on the wrong side of these gaps, however, may be worse.

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Elements of Change: The Organization Element

Education Elements

We’re so excited to share another episode of Elements of Change with you, this time highlighting the importance of building responsive, dynamic organizations. We’re all familiar with the traditional hierarchy of a school district, but what if this structure is inadvertently holding back motivated, capable people with great ideas?

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Fulfilling the Maker Promise: Year Two

Digital Promise

In 2016, Digital Promise and Maker Ed launched the Maker Promise , a campaign to bring quality making experiences to students across the country.

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After Spending $575 Million On Teacher Evaluation, Gates Foundation Says, “Oops”

Larry Ferlazzo

The Gates Foundation came out with a report this morning admitting that their heavy-handed, and expensive, focus on teacher evaluation was a failure.

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4 Key Takeaways From “What School Could Be”

TeachThought - Learn better.

4 Key Takeaways From “What School Could Be” by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought PD I first met Ted Dintersmith a few years ago in a meeting in downtown Louisville, KY (TeachThought is located in Louisville) to which I was invited to discuss innovation in Kentucky’s schools.

ISTE 2018: Where I’ll Be Presenting and Joining in the Learning #iste18

The CoolCatTeacher

My schedule for the Edtech Event of the Year! From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. ISTE 2018 is here again. I’ve been going most years since 2006 and while it overwhelms me, it is truly an awesome learning experience.

To disrupt, or not to disrupt: Live theater and the edtech alternatives

The Christensen Institute

This spring, University of Arkansas researcher Jay P. Greene published a study in Educational Researcher on the benefits of students attending live theater. An extension of his earlier research on field trips, Greene and his colleagues studied the outcomes of Arkansas-based school groups who were randomly assigned by lottery to attend live theater performances of plays like Twelfth Night and Peter and the Starcatcher , among others.

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Get ready for the NEW Google Classroom

The Electric Educator

This past week during the 2018 ISTE conference in Chicago, Google made quite a few announcements that will impact you this fall when you return to school. The most notable announcements involve Google Classroom.

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Talking Data Interoperability with the League of Innovative Schools

Digital Promise

Data interoperability has been identified as an area of primary concern for leaders across the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools – in districts small and large, rural and urban, and everywhere in between.

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