February, 2015

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 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.

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?

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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.”

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

Creativity and Inspiration with iPads in Kindergarten

iTeach with iPads

A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.-Brad Brad Henry. I would love to say today’s post is about an awesome lesson I taught, or an amazing activity I had my kids do.

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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.

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.

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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.

Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

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.

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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.

Teacher Created Texts in Book Creator

iTeach with iPads

Literacy is one of the greatest gifts a person could receive. Jen Selinsky. My kindergarten students are becoming voracious readers and most of them are ready for some fresh book selections. I like to create books for them to read and you can read more about that here.

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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.

Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

The 11 Barriers to Technology Adoption

The Journal

Based on more than 30 years of working with schools in the U.S. and our recent 7 years working with schools in Singapore, we have come up with a list of 11 barriers that need to be addressed if technology is going to have an impact beyond the isolated classroom

Innovative School District Seeks Middle School Science and Social Studies Apps

Digital Promise

Piedmont City School District is located in a small rural town in northeast Alabama. Even though it’s emerged as a national model for 21st-century rural education , it’s still difficult for a district like Piedmont to navigate the growing and expansive ed-tech marketplace.

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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.

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Looking at Teacher Accountability Through a New Lens

A Principal's Reflections

In case you haven’t noticed the education profession has been under attack as of late. The brunt of these attacks has been aimed at the very professionals who are tasked with positively impacting the lives of children each and every day – our teachers.

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

Finding Your Passion for Teaching

iTeach with iPads

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.-Nelson Nelson Mandela.

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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.

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.

Building an Authentic Culture of Professional Learning

Digital Promise

Many sectors, including education, acknowledge that learning does not end when formal training does. In particular, key innovations of the last two decades have opened new possibilities for ongoing learning. As a result, where we learn and where we receive credit for that learning are not necessarily the same place. While this affords learners unprecedented freedom, it also can make it difficult to effectively recognize that learning.

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.