October, 2019

How to Keep Students Organized and Thriving in a Digital Classroom

Edsurge

A critical component of any student’s educational journey is learning how to be better organized, complete tasks independently and persevere when an assignment is difficult. We’ve all seen (or even been) that woefully disorganized student: always turning in late assignments, arriving to class empty-handed or misplacing instructional materials.

Be Transparent: Share the Research Behind Edtech

Digital Promise

One of my favorite memes on the Internet displays a picture of Abraham Lincoln and a quote, attributed to him, that says, “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.” It’s a clever jab at a challenge we all face: differentiating fact from fiction. Source: [link]. Unfortunately, flagging misinformation is not always as easy as identifying the flaw with the Lincoln meme. We are inundated with information and deciding what to trust is usually difficult.

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Moving a District Towards More Verbs

More Verbs

New journeys are both exciting and full of detours, breakdowns, and bumps in the road! Bethel is wonderful small town nestled in a beautiful section of Western Maine. The White Mountains raise all around us here. There is a beautiful downtown with a well stocked, but relatively small, grocery, and an old fashioned hardware store across the street (Ironically named Brooks Brothers!).

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Ask a Tech Teacher

Surprisingly, 15-20% of the population has a language-based learning disability and over 65% of those are deficits in reading. Often, these go undiagnosed as students, parents, and teachers simply think the child is not a good reader, is lazy, or is disinterested. Thankfully, the International Dyslexia Association sponsors an annual Dyslexia Awareness Month in October aimed to expand comprehension of this little-understood language-based learning condition. What is Dyslexia?

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.

Student Agency: What Do Students Want to Create to Demonstrate Their Learning?

Catlin Tucker

In my blog post titled “ 3 Ways to Build Student Agency into Your Lessons ,” I encouraged teachers to design lessons that allow students to make key decisions about their learning. Student agency is one of the easiest ways that teachers can begin to personalize learning.

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Create a TikTok-style experience with Google Slides

Ditch That Textbook

The TikTok video app is taking the world by storm. It has 500 million active users worldwide, and 41 percent of them are between 16 and 24 years old. And who knows how many that are YOUNGER than 16 that use it anyway?) Kids and adults are excitedly shooting, uploading and sharing videos on TikTok. […]. The post Create a TikTok-style experience with Google Slides appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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Where is Your Learning Culture?

A Principal's Reflections

There are many factors that inhibit change. In some cases, comfort is the enemy of growth. We teach the way we were taught or lead the way we were led. Now I am not saying that this is bad per se, but the bottom line is whether or not the practice is effective. The same could be said for the status quo. Doing what we have always done might seem like a sound path forward if the results you are judged on are good or increasing.

So, Apparently, There are No Verbs Without Nouns

More Verbs

As I mentioned in my previous post , I finally have the opportunity to help shape an entire district toward More Verbs, Fewer Nouns. We were, with the Superintendent’s direction and blessing, going from a previous Tech Director who focused on techie things (Nouns) to my becoming Tech Director focused on learning and teaching (Verbs). But that’s easier said than done!

5 Ways to Improve Your Classroom Library Without Spending a Dollar

The CoolCatTeacher

Colby Sharp on episode 565 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Colby Sharp author of Game Changer! Books for All shares some ways to improve your classroom library without spending any money at all. There are some ideas for all of us here. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Subscribe to the Show Get Credit! Some schools, districts, and organizations allow credit for listening to podcasts.

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).

Planning a Station Rotation Lesson for Your Math Classroom

Catlin Tucker

Last week in Palm Springs, I had the pleasure of coaching a 9th-grade math teacher. It was exciting to work with a math teacher who was eager to try using the station rotation model in her math classroom. Math instruction tends to be linear with each lesson building on the one before. This can make it challenging for teachers, who are used to using whole group teacher-led lessons, to transition to blended learning models.

Keeping parents in the loop with edtech

Neo LMS

Using edtech can help teachers access tests, set objectives, and create lesson plans for students. Technology isn’t just helpful for teachers, though. Technology in a school can play a significant role to keep parents up to date and informed about their children’s education. All parents and carers want is for their children to receive the best education possible.

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14 ways to turn your classroom into a game show

Ditch That Textbook

The music, the lights, the energy, the excitement of winning and the agony of defeat. Game shows are engaging and fun. It’s no wonder that our students love to be a part of game show style learning in our classrooms. So how can we help students feel the thrill of winning? Or the agony of […]. The post 14 ways to turn your classroom into a game show appeared first on Ditch That Textbook. DitchBook Twitter chat Gamification game show templates gimkit kahoot quizizz quizlet quizlet liv

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Ask a Tech Teacher

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Any adult knows that bullying is no longer relegated to the playground or the neighborhood. It now regularly happens in the cyberworld. Kids don’t expect that and often don’t know how to handle it. In October 2006, thirteen-year-old Megan Meier hung herself in her bedroom closet after suffering months of cyberbullying. She believed her tormentors’ horrid insults, never thought she could find a way to stop them, and killed herself.

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.

Questions to Guide a Reflective Conversation on Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Most educators desire meaningful feedback that can be used as a catalyst for growth. When it comes to improving learning, criticism will rarely, if ever at all, lead to changes to professional practice. Here is the main difference between the two: Feedback - information about reactions to a product, a person's performance of a task, etc., used as a basis for improvement. Criticism - the expression of disapproval of someone or something based on perceived faults or mistakes.

How to Empower Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Evan Robb on episode 566 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Administrators can empower teachers and principal Evan Robb shares some of the techniques. Evan is author of The Ten- Minute Principal and The Principal’s Leadership Sourcebook: Practices, Tools, and Strategies for Building a Thriving School Community. Listen to the Show Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Subscribe to the Show Get Credit!

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Planning a Station Rotation for Your English Classroom

Catlin Tucker

“What are students doing in the stations that are not the teacher-led station?” ” I field a lot of questions like this. Teachers want to know what types of activities I incorporate into station rotation lessons. Since my teaching experience is in English, I wanted to share some of my favorite station ideas to inspire teachers who are flirting with the idea of trying the station rotation model.

Overcoming 3 challenges of introducing blended learning in the classroom

Neo LMS

Throughout the world, many public schools still rely heavily on text-based core curriculum. Introducing blended learning experiences in core subjects presents many opportunities over traditional print-heavy classrooms. These opportunities include more up-to-date, interactive, and engaging content, data capture at the task level that is connected across the curriculum, more standardized instruction delivery, and improvement of teacher and student technology skills.

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.

Technology Sparks Growth Mindset and Innovation in the Classroom

Digital Promise

“Polk County is one of the counties you don’t think about very much,” said Nakia , a student at Chilhowee Middle School in Benton, Tennessee, a small rural town of fewer than 2,000 people. “We’d We’d look at another school that has technology, and we’re like, ‘Wow … I wish we had those possibilities.’”.

Resources for Digital Citizenship Week

Ask a Tech Teacher

October 14-18, 2019 is Digital Citizenship Week. Here are resources from Ask a Tech Teacher and Structured Learning that will help you learn how to teach digital citizenship to your students. Below, you’ll find everything from a full year-long curriculum to professional development for teachers: Resources: Digital Citizenship: What to Teach When (a video). Curricula: K-8 Digital Citizenship Curriculum.

Choice stories in Google Slides: How to + ideas for class

Ditch That Textbook

You come to the foot of a mountain and notice a cave. If you want to enter the cave, turn to page 56. If you want to continue up the mountain, turn to page 84. I was in LOVE with Choose Your Own Adventure stories like this as a kid. In these books, the reader […].

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Using Games to Help Reluctant Readers and Writers (and More)

The CoolCatTeacher

Lee Graham on Episode 569 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Dr. Lee Graham is working with teachers to teach them principles of game-based learning to teach writing. Her anecdotes of classroom behavior-changing results are – pardon the pun – game-changing. Learn more. Listen to Dr. Lee Graham talk about Game Based Learning Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Subscribe to the Show Get Credit!

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!

A New School Makerspace

User Generated Education

I am beyond elated – our PreK-6 elementary school received monies, through our district’s Computer Science Resolution 2025, to create a STEAM (science, technology, arts, math) makerspace. I never thought our Title 1 school would get the opportunity to create such a space. I never thought I would get the opportunity to help create a fully equipped makerspace.

9 Characteristics of authentic learning

Neo LMS

The need to adapt learner instruction to the challenges society gives us has increased in recent years. What schools used to teach students, the skills needed in the past and their applicability in real life are no longer suitable in a scientifically and technologically developing world. In most schools across the globe, students leave their classrooms only with the tools teachers provide them, and with the knowledge and skills they acquire throughout their development.

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Celebrating Powerful Learning at Lone Star Middle School

Digital Promise

In collaboration with HP and Microsoft’s Reinvent the Classroom Initiative , Digital Promise Global is proud to announce Lone Star Middle School of Nampa School District in Idaho as the newest HP Spotlight School. The HP Spotlight Schools program recognizes schools that exemplify powerful teaching and learning school-wide. Nampa School District’s Commitment to Personalized Learning.

Digital Assistants in the Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s been a couple of years since my tech teacher advice column “Dear Otto” got its first question about classroom digital assistants like Google Home and Amazon Alexa. At that time, no one had much experience with these devices so discussion was limited to anecdotal evidence and speculation. That has changed dramatically. Now, an estimated 20% of U.S. adults own about 100 million of these AI-powered speakers with close to fifteen percent of sales going to education.

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.

25 ways to infuse art into any class

Ditch That Textbook

Art can bring out the kind of creativity and passion in our students that we can only dream about seeing in other subject areas. Art gives our students the opportunity to express themselves in new and different ways. But oftentimes art is just an add-on, something that we throw in as an extra piece at […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Creativity art art in the classroom art integration arts integrations educational technology teaching art

5 Ways to Greet Students

The CoolCatTeacher

Thom Gibson on episode 575 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Thom Gibson has fun ways to greet students as he walks around campus. He shared them on Twitter recently and I started using some of them and it adds a whole element of fun and engagement while interacting with students. Learn about these ideas and become the kind of person that kids love to greet!

K-12 Esports Teams Can Give Students College and Career-Readiness Skills

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The rise of esports teams at the K-12 level is highlighting the skills that these activities teach students to prepare them for life after high school. The post K-12 Esports Teams Can Give Students College and Career-Readiness Skills appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Career / College Readiness collaboration esports Project-Based Learning teamwork