February, 2015

Goal: Be Someone’s Champion

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 6 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Inspire Forward ! “Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” ” – Rita F. Pierson. Each year, teachers worldwide aim to accomplish 1 to 30 goals that transform their teaching.

Educators as Lead Learners

User Generated Education

I have discussed educators as model learners before: The educator’s role has or should change in this age of information abundance or Education 2.0-3.0. The educator’s role has always been to model and demonstrate effective learning, but somewhere along the line, the major role of the educator became that of content and knowledge disseminator.

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7 Authentic Assessment Tools

Ask a Tech Teacher

Assessments have become a critical piece to education reform. To prepare students well for college and career means they must deeply learn the material and its application to their lives and future learning.That means assessing student knowledge authentically and accountably. This doesn’t stop with quizzes, tests, and memorizing facts. Those approaches may be prescriptive, but they don’t measure results in a way that leverages learning.

Thesis Statement Throwdown!

Catlin Tucker

Every English teacher has experienced the frustration of introducing a writing skill, like how to write a thesis statement, over and over again without it “sticking.” ” Three years ago, I began “flipping” my writing instruction, so students watch videos on my YouTube channel , take Cornell notes, then come prepared to class to do the actual writing. I love this approach to teaching writing!

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.

Six Ways to Use TED Talks Effectively in Your Classroom Through Video

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

TED talks don''t necessarily prepare students for the next standardized test, but they are perfect to get them thinking critically. Here are some examples of great TED Talks that inspire, provide professional development, and teach. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org.

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Welcome to the 30 Goals for Teachers! Cycle 6: Inspire Forward

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 6 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Inspire Forward! “How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I’m committed to?” ” – Anthony Robbins. Each year, teachers worldwide aim to accomplish 1 to 30 goals that transform their teaching. Join the movement by accomplishing any goal from any of the cycles then letting us know through a reflection or status update on our Facebook community , Twitter ( #30GoalsEdu ), or Instagram.com/30goals.

Educator as Lead Learner: Learning LittleBits

User Generated Education

I have discussed educators as model learners before: The educator’s role has or should change in this age of information abundance or Education 2.0-3.0. The educator’s role has always been to model and demonstrate effective learning, but somewhere along the line, the major role of the educator became that of content and knowledge disseminator.

17 Websites to Manage Your Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

These are clever approaches to keeping order among avid learners: Bouncy Balls –balls bounce based on level of noise in the classroom. Calmness Counter –how noisy is your classroom? Let students see. Class Dojo— class behavior mgmt. Class Badges. Doodle—schedule meetings, polls. Forms—Adobe interactive pdf, collect results. Google Safe Search Preferences. If This Then That—manage social networks. Open Badges. Password creator. Plagiarism Tracker. Random Team Generator.

Drive Higher-Order Thinking with RSA Animation

Catlin Tucker

RSA animation is essentially whiteboard animation. The artist draws pictures on a whiteboard to depict concepts using a combination of words and pictures. If you’ve never seen an RSA animation, I’d suggest watching “Changing Educational Paradigms” which took a section of Ken Robinson’s TED Talk and animated it using this technique. I love the idea of representing complex concepts with images and words.

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).

Five Steps to Turning Your Ideas Into an Ed-Tech Startup

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Thinking of launching your own edtech startup? Here are some easy steps to help you start generating startup ideas. I''ll also share how we came up with the idea for ProfessorWord. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. ProfessorWord Startup Life aboutus lessonslearned professorword

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Students Assessing Teachers: 10 Critical Questions

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. The thing about evaluation is that it seeks to judge. The thinking, practice, and work of those under review are often reduced to labels or numbers. Evaluators distinguish those who are proficient from those who are not. So much context is lost. Many other important things are as well. When evaluation and the results that [.]. The post Students Assessing Teachers: 10 Critical Questions appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Featured Feedback assessment evaluation

15 FREE Google Drawings graphic organizers — and how to make your own

Ditch That Textbook

Sometimes, we just need some help organizing our thoughts — students AND educators. Paper versions of graphic organizers can do a nice job of that. But by making them digital in Google Apps, they instantly become customizable. Multiple people can collaborate on them in real time. They can be shared with a link, embedded in [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology gafe Google Apps google drawings graphic organizers visual learning

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The Anatomy of a Solution: How a Developer and a CBO Are Making a Difference in Adult Education

Digital Promise

Albina Herrera works long days as a bus driver for the Hays School District in Kyle, Texas, a rapidly growing suburb of Austin. She speaks English well, but since coming to this country from Mexico, she never learned how to write the language. Though she has a real desire to learn, the long hours and her constantly changing work schedule make going to class nearly impossible. She needed a way to learn and practice her English during pockets of spare time on the job.

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.

22 Ways to Add Rigor to Your Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

Let’s start by clearing up a misconception: Rigor isn’t unfriendly. Adding it to your class doesn’t mean you become boring, a techie, or overseer of a fun-free zone. In fact, done right, rigor fills your class with Wow , those epiphanies that bring a smile to student faces and a sense of well-being to their school day.

All Kids Have Worth

User Generated Education

All kids have worth. Some, though, want to prove to us that they have none. Our job as caring educators is to prove them wrong. This post was sparked by a blog post by. href="https://twitter.com/mraspinall">Brian Aspinall , 5 Reasons Why I Stopped Sending Kids Out of Class and a follow up Twitter conversation I had with. href="https://twitter.com/mraspinall">Brian Aspinall and Terry Heick. This got me thinking about my own past experiences with very high risk youth.

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How to Survive (And Thrive) as an Introverted Ed-Tech Entrepreneur

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

I''m an introvert. I do my best work when I''ve had time to reflect and work alone. In fact, too much external stimuli overwhelms me. So how am I also an entrepreneur? Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. Lessons Learned ProfessorWord Startup Life aboutus lessonslearned professorword

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The Danger of Prescriptive Grading

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Over the past several decades legislatures have enacted countless laws that have strangled teachers’ creativity, flexibility, and ability to respond to the needs of their students. Far too often, instead of being valued, policy makers devalue us and view teachers as replaceable cogs. Four states, Arkansas, Florida, West Virginia and South Carolina, have even gone beyond [.]. The post The Danger of Prescriptive Grading appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

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.

10 Google Slides activities to add awesome to classes

Ditch That Textbook

At one point, creating a PowerPoint presentation to show to the class was cutting-edge classroom technology. Those days are gone, and now, online presentations enable so much more for students. Google Slides, the Google Apps solution to PowerPoint, opens this classroom staple up to vast possibilities. With real-time collaboration, connection to other Google Apps and [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology gafe global classrooms google apps for education google slides youtube

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Supporting Deeper Learning in the Classroom

Digital Promise

For today’s students to effectively compete in the global workforce, they must develop the skills, understandings, and mindsets necessary to prepare them for the careers and challenges of tomorrow. This means more than learning to read and write – it means being able to master academic content and apply that knowledge across contexts in a meaningful way. For example, imagine a sixth grade classroom where students are deeply engaged in building controllers for robots that swim.

Best-Kept Secrets for Teaching Tech to Kids

Ask a Tech Teacher

There’s a secret to teaching kids how to use technology. It’s called ‘delegate’ I don’t mean sluff off the teaching to aides or parents. I’m referring to the importance of empowering students to be their own problem-solvers. Encourage them to be risk-takers and then expect it of them. Here are seven ways to make this happen: Let students know technology isn’t difficult. I see the disbelief in your eyes, but it’s true.

Create Original Theme Memes in 5 Easy Steps

Catlin Tucker

Yesterday, I stumbled onto the KQED YouTube video about making memes. I love memes! A meme is a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied–often with slight variations–and spread rapidly by Internet users. I decided I wanted to find a way to incorporate memes in my English class. The timing was perfect. We are just wrapping up The Joy Luck Club and I had the computer lab booked!

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!

Five Tips for Ed-Tech Startups Entering Business Plan Competitions

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Spring is a popular time of year for education business plan competitions. Here''s some advice on how to give your ed-tech startup a chance at the prize. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. Lessons Learned ProfessorWord Startup Life aboutus lessonslearned professorword

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How Teachers Cost Students College Scholarships

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Grades shouldn’t be used to sort students. Yet, we continue to use them to do just that. Recently it was brought to my attention that a mere hundredth of a point in class potentially cost a student acceptance into his top-choice college. As we all know, students applying for college are asked to provide their [.]. The post How Teachers Cost Students College Scholarships appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Issues college scholarships edchat

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Goal: Be Someone’s Champion

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 6 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Inspire Forward ! “Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” ” – Rita F. Pierson. Each year, teachers worldwide aim to accomplish 1 to 30 goals that transform their teaching.

Five Learning Strategies that Work

Digital Promise

As the amount of information available to us grows each day, many people turn to “curated” websites to find news and ideas that are are most relevant to them. The education research and cognitive science fields are no different.

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.

What Happens When Technology Fails? 3 Work-Arounds

Ask a Tech Teacher

Has this happened to you? You spend hours rewriting an old lesson plan, incorporating rich, adventurous tools available on the internet. You test it the evening before, several times, just to be sure. It’s a fun lesson with lots of activities and meandering paths students undoubtedly will adore. And it’s student-centered, self-paced. Technology enables it to differentiate authentically for the diverse group of learners that walk across your threshold daily.

Sketchnoting 101, for those with little artistic talent

Ditch That Textbook

Sketchnoting — creating notes with visuals, sketches or doodles — can be powerful. It’s powerful for the sketcher — visual notes capture ideas in ways that are more likely to stick in the brain by nature. It’s powerful for the viewer — it presents ideas in an engaging way that can be understood almost instantly. [.]. Teaching brain research creativity note-taking organizing information sketchnotes visual notetaking

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Making Teacher Professional Development Decisions Based on Program Effectiveness

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

If the professional development experienced by teachers simply exposes teachers to new concepts that are never implemented, time and money is being squandered. Push for hard data on the impact of professional development programs. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. edconnective professionaldevelopment schoolleadership teacherempowerment teacherquality

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