April, 2018

The benefits of active learning

Dangerously Irrelevant

In an article lamenting the reduction in kindergarten of teacher autonomy and child-directed activities , Washington Post columnist Valerie Strauss quoted early childhood development expert Nancy Carlsson-Paige: We have decades of research in child development and neuroscience that tell us that young children learn actively – they have to move, use their senses, get their hands on things, interact with other kids and teachers, create, invent.

Ongoing Self-Assessments: Students Reflect On and Document Their Progress

Catlin Tucker

For the last two years, I have published several blogs detailing my journey away from traditional grading and assessment practices. The purpose of this shift was three-fold. I wanted to shift the conversation from points to the development of skills. I wanted students to take ownership of their progress and skill development. I do not believe grades should happen to students.

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Superhero Activities to Empower Students

Teacher Reboot Camp

“I believe there’s a hero in all of us, that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble” – May Parker, Spider-Man 2. Every student can find a superhero to admire and learn from. Superheroes help empower students to be brave enough to stand up for what they believe is the right thing to do. This is especially important now, because our students connect with a large audience on the Internet and need to make better choices.

6 new ways to play a Quizlet Live game

Ditch That Textbook

Quizlet Live can make studying come alive for students -- and collaboratively! Try some of these new twists on it in your classroom. This post is written by Patrick McMillan, a fifth through eighth grade Latin teacher and tech coach from St. Gregory the Great School in Williamsville, New York. Find him on Twitter at […]. Ed Tech fun ways to play quizlet live new ways to play quizlet live quizlet live alternatives

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.

Preparing Learners for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

A Principal's Reflections

Do you like change? If you do, then living in the present is an exhilarating experience. For those who don’t, buckle up as we are only going to see unprecedented innovations at exponential rates involving technology. You can’t run or hide from it. The revolution, or evolution depending on your respective lens, of our world, will transform everything as we know it. We must adapt, but more importantly, prepare our learners for a bold new world that is totally unpredictable.

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Educators as Active Listeners

User Generated Education

I have a few sayings I often use in my teacher education courses and PD workshops for teachers related to active listening. They include: If the teacher is doing more talking than the students, then this is a problem. One of the biggest gifts we, as educators, can give to our learners is to be truly present for them; to deeply listen to what they have to say. What this boils down to, for me, is the teacher being an active listener.

InsertLearning: Transform Any Web Page into an Interactive Lesson

Catlin Tucker

I frequently use online articles and resources with my students to supplement our curriculum. I want them reading, thinking about, and discussing hot topics that impact their lives; however, engaging students around online articles hasn’t always been easy. InsertLearning has developed a Chrome Extension that makes it possible to transform any web page into an interactive lesson.

12 Rules of effective Instructional Technology Coaching

Neo LMS

Instructional Technology Coaching (ITC) is a prevalent method of deploying on-going professional development for teachers , with a specific focus on the integration of technology into both the curriculum, as well as the method of instruction. Typically, districts have technology offices or departments that then deploy coaches to individual schools and campuses on a scheduled, or as-needed basis.

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10 ways Google tools can make the end of the year ROCK

Ditch That Textbook

When the end of the school year is in sight, it’s a time of excitement coupled with the importance of finishing the year STRONG. The end of the year is a time unlike any other. State tests are behind us. Many students are working on big projects or papers. It can be a great time […]. Ed Tech end of the school year end of year project ideas final exam ideas final project ideas tech tools end of school

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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).

Cognitive Flexibility: Paving the Way For Learner Success

A Principal's Reflections

A few years back the World Economic Forum came out with an article titled The 10 skills you need to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The opening two paragraphs sum up the point of the piece nicely: By 2020, the Fourth Industrial Revolution will have brought us advanced robotics and autonomous transport, artificial intelligence and machine learning, advanced materials, biotechnology, and genomics. These developments will transform the way we live, and the way we work.

Mobile Learning: Now In the Hands of Teenagers

The Journal

While "mobile learning" may be overshadowed these days by other tech trends, make no mistake: in the hands of today’s youth, mobile learning is huge! Data to back that claim up — and more like it — are in this week’s blog post, where we interview Dr. Julie Evans, CEO — and Diva Extraordinaire — of Project Tomorrow. Using their "phones" teens are absolutely exploring "socially-based, un-tethered and digitally rich learning

5 Places To Find Free And Affordable ESL Teaching Resources

EdNews Daily

Many teachers, whether working online or in a brick and mortar school usually have a few resources they depend on and use all the time for their teaching. However, there are a variety of activities or resources you can turn to when you need to modify a lesson or change routes. If you are an ESL teacher, no matter how or where you teach, you may be looking for some new resources to add to your teacher’s toolbox.

Station Rotation Model: Alternative Group Formations

Catlin Tucker

When I lead blended learning workshops or work as a 1:1 blended learning coach, I field a lot of questions about the design of station rotation lessons. Teachers see my examples which show four separate groups and assume that all station rotations must have four groups. That is not the case. The Station Rotation Model is flexible. Below are some of the most common comments I hear and my responses to teachers struggling to conceptualize how to use this model with their students. #1

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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.

Clutch Prep: When You Need Help With a Class You Must Pass

Ask a Tech Teacher

Clutch Prep calls themselves “the video version of textbooks” but really, that doesn’t give you the full flavor of what they offer. Their academic how-to videos are textbook-specific so you pick the ones used in your classes, even by your teacher. Videos cover each chapter and can be used as a preview or review. Practice questions monitor understanding to see if you’re ready for summative tests. Answers include an explanation of how to reach the correct answer.

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10 low-prep, high-return activities for class TOMORROW

Ditch That Textbook

Low-prep doesn’t have to mean less learning. Technology allows us to be more efficient and effective in the classroom in many ways. When we focus on sound teaching and learning, we can do high-quality learning in less time — AND take less time to prepare for it! Here are several ideas that take little to […]. Ed Tech low-prep classroom ideas low-prep teaching activities productivity ideas for teachers teacher time savers

What To Do When Someone Hates You

The CoolCatTeacher

You Can Overcome From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. “There is one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing. Say nothing. Be nothing.” ” says Aristotle. Criticism comes with breaking new ground. Criticism comes with putting yourself out there. But how do you respond when that criticism turns to hatred? Listen to This Blog Post. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Stream by clicking here. Sponsored by Advancement Courses.

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Lessons From Rowing Made This Startup Founder a Better CEO

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Learning to work as a team for success with rowing can impart a lot of lessons for the startup world. The post Lessons From Rowing Made This Startup Founder a Better CEO appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Entrepreneurship rowing Startup Startups teamwork

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.

How This Educator Makes Extra Money Teaching From Home

EdNews Daily

Welcome back to our “Teacher Feature Series,” where we chat with educators who work online across borders. Today, please read about Jessica Simpson’s journey with 51Talk American Academy, or now known as HAWO American Academy. Jessica, can you please tell us what you do? What is your education background? My name is Jessica Simpson, I am an ESL teacher for 51 Talk/HAWO. I graduated from Pittsburgh State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Early/Late Childhood Education.

How Math Education Can Catch Up to the 21st Century

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. In 1939, the fictional professor J. Abner Pediwell published a curious book called “ The Saber-Tooth Curriculum.”. Through a series of satirical lectures, Pediwell (or the actual author, education professor Harold R. Benjamin ) describes a Paleolithic curriculum that includes lessons in grabbing fish with your bare hands and scaring saber-toothed tigers with fire.

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25 Websites for Poetry Month

Ask a Tech Teacher

April is National Poetry Month. For thirty days, we celebrate the value and joy that poetry brings to our world. According to the Academy of American Poets , the goals are: Highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets. Introduce more Americans to the pleasures of reading poetry. Bring poets and poetry to the public in immediate and innovative ways. Make poetry a more important part of the school curriculum.

Fighting the battle of copy/paste cheating

Ditch That Textbook

It was a simple activity. One that I thought my students would have no trouble completing. In my Spanish 3 class, I had asked them to find some facts about an artist from the Hispanic world and write a paragraph about that person. One paragraph. In Spanish. No big deal, right? The activity ended up […]. Teaching copy paste cheating how to stop cheating how to stop plagiarism plagiarism checker alternatives

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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!

Leadership in Personalized Learning

Education Elements

“You can’t buy personalized learning…” I read this statement by Richard Culatta recently and it really resonated with me because personalizing learning is about skilled teachers, not students working on computers for a large part of a day.

Why All Educators Need SAMR And TPACK

The Web20Classroom

Lately, the work I’ve been doing with teachers and leaders has centered around the engaging and effective use of technology. In addition to developing a guide for how teachers can plan better using technology and what leaders can look for when doing walkthroughs, I have had many conversations around the transformational use of technology. Specifically, what does that look like? On its surface technology can make learning more fun and engaging.

Learning Transformed: A PLC Opportunity

Tom Murray

This June will mark one year since my coauthor Eric Sheninger and I released Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today with ASCD. I feel blessed to say that the response by school leaders has been overwhelming. Eric and I continue to see firsthand the powerful transformation that is occurring in schools and we are encouraged by the innovative practices that are occurring each day. Dynamic educators truly are the solution.

Ask An Educator: Teachers Talk Motivation, Goals, and Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

At Digital Promise, we aim to tell compelling stories about how technology can support powerful learning. For micro-credentials, this means capturing the experiences of educators on the ground who are engaging with these competency-based tools to increase student engagement and drive improvement. The Ask An Educator podcast captures these stories directly from the educators, exploring why they became teachers, what their professional goals are, and how micro-credentials helped them get there.

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.

21 Websites and Apps for Earth Day

Ask a Tech Teacher

April 22, 2018 is Earth Day. Celebrate it with your students by letting them visit these websites: Breathing earth– the environment. Breathing Earth YouTube Video –of CO2 use, population changes, and more. Conservation Game. Earth Day—NASA Ocean Currents. Eco-friendly house. Ecotourism Simulation–for grades 4 and above. Electrocity. Footprint calculator. History of Earth Day –lots of reading. My Garbology. Starfall — Every Day is Earth Day. Storyboard That! Earth Day lesson plans.

Bitmojis for your students: How to create and share them

Ditch That Textbook

Bitmojis are so much fun! They’re these little cartoon character images of yourself that let you express emotions and communicate. I’ve seen educators use them all over the place: in text messages, in emails, in slide presentations, in documents and on social media. They’re even using them to leave feedback on student work! The sad […]. Ed Tech bitmoji classroom ideas bitmojis in the classroom bitmojis with students using bitmojis with students

5 Ways to Bring Computational Thinking and STEM Together

The CoolCatTeacher

Stephanie Zeiger on episode 290 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. STEM and Computational Thinking go together. Today’s guest is a PhD, Biomedical engineer and STEM Teacher. Stephanie Zeiger helps us see the potential of STEM and computational thinking. Legends of Learning has awesome free science games and activities to celebrate earth day on April 22.

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