March, 2016

10 research-based insights on how the brain learns

Ditch That Textbook

I remember struggling with social studies classes in high school and college. The content fascinated me. I loved hearing the stories of conflicts and resolutions. Wars and strategies. Politics and leverage. Power and influence.

Quick List STEM Resources For The Classroom

The Web20Classroom

This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Science Technology Engineering Math STEM. I had the honor of being both a Middle School Math and Science teacher. Those were some of my fondest times in the classroom, blowing things up (it happened once!)

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Extreme Learners

User Generated Education

The idea of extreme learners fits so nicely with my ideas of user-generated education. So what follows is an aggregate of ideas, videos, and graphics related to being an extreme learner. Milton Chen has stated, “Extreme learners aren’t so different from everybody else.”

What to Avoid - and Embrace - in Personalized Learning

Digital Promise

Amy Jenkins is the Chief Operating Officer at Education Elements. Education Elements is a corporate partner of Digital Promise. If there is one thing I know about school districts, it is that each is unique with its own strengths, challenges, goals, political context and quirky qualities.

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.

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10 Things To Know about the Future of Blockchain in Education

Doug Levin

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Growth Mindset in Education: More Than an Attitude

Voyager Sopris Learning

Among the recent trends in education, few are as notable (for the right reasons) as the growth mindset. This belief is, fortunately, very simple to understand. Mental abilities and other talents can be developed through dedication and hard work. The opposite of the growth mindset is kind of a downer.

Maker Education and Social-Emotional Development

User Generated Education

Planning educational activities that incorporate social-emotional learning has broad benefits. Research shows that SEL can have a positive impact on school climate and promote a host of academic, social, and emotional benefits for students. Durlak, Weissberg et al.’s

3 Ways to Get Back Up When Teaching Knocks You Down

The CoolCatTeacher

Advice from a National Award Winning Teacher Who Has Had Tough Times Too From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. According to a recent Gallup poll, sixty-nine percent of teachers are not engaged in their work in the United States.

Join SETDA: Affiliate Memberships Now Accepted

SETDA's Affiliate program connects non-profit education membership organizations with state leaders. SETDA's mission is to build the capacity of education leaders to improve learning through technology policy & practice. Benefits include: SETDA conferences, webinars and news feeds.

The biggest indictment of our schools is not their failure to raise test scores

Dangerously Irrelevant

The latest results are available from the annual Gallup poll of middle and high school students. Over 920,000 students participated last fall. Here are a couple of key charts that I made from the data: . download a larger version of this image ]. . download a larger version of this image ].

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20 ways Google MyMaps can enhance lessons in any class

Ditch That Textbook

Maps are a fundamental part of everyday life. Even if we don’t pull paper maps out of our car glove compartments anymore, we still rely on GPS and digital directions. Without maps, we’re lost. With maps, we can clearly see how widespread or concentrated our data and content is.

Apps for Touchscreen Chromebooks

Educational Technology Guy

Touchscreen Chromebooks are becoming more popular, and flip models like the Acer C738T are also getting popular. These Chromebooks open up some more options and features for students. Here is a short list of apps that are great for touchscreen Chromebooks: --.

Engaging All Students in Problems Worth Solving

Digital Promise

Scott Kinney has nearly 25 years of experience in the fields of professional learning and educational technology, and currently serves as Discovery Education Senior Vice President of Educational Partnerships. One of my many high school memories is learning the Pythagorean Theorem.

Solving the Special Education Crisis through Online Speech, Occupational, and Behavioral Therapies

FuelEd

Contributor: Amanda Cunningham Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 10:30am. The Special Education Issue in Schools

How Innovative Educators Plug into Global Ideas

The CoolCatTeacher

The Innovator's Mindset series with George Couros From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. George Couros said he would argue to his death that Twitter was useless when he started with it. But, now he sees. Should every teacher be connecting online?

Redesigning technology-infused lessons and units at ASB Unplugged

Dangerously Irrelevant

I facilitated three workshops at ASB Unplugged in Mumbai, India this year for international school educators. All three sessions went extremely well and the folks at the American School of Bombay were impeccable hosts, as always.

A student-created digital textbook: Their process and resources

Ditch That Textbook

Garth Holman’s students created something spectacular, and I cringe at calling it a “textbook.” ” That’s the easy description. They created their own digital textbook.

Assistive Technology and Accessibility Resources

Educational Technology Guy

One of the things I do in my role as a K-12 Education Strategist is work on resources for schools to use.

Is blended learning really “the best of both worlds”?

The Christensen Institute

You’ve likely heard the declaration that blended learning combines the best of online learning and face-to-face instruction, or simply, is “the best of both worlds.”

Why UK Schools Are Choosing Securly

Securly

The end of UK Local Authority school networks. By: Richard Moore. In the UK, Local Authorities (LA’s) have been responsible for providing schools with fast, safe internet connectivity for the past 20 years.

What One Teacher Did When He Realized His Kids Weren’t Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

How an Award Winning Teacher Went from Failure to Fantastic From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. When he started teaching, high school Spanish teacher, Matt Miller had a dirty secret: His students couldn’t speak Spanis h.

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3 minutes: Redesigning lessons with trudacot [VIDEO]

Dangerously Irrelevant

I’m finally posting the video from my Redesigning lessons with trudacot presentation at ISTE last year. 3 minutes. Happy viewing! Want to learn more about the trudacot discussion protocol? No related posts. Tech Integration

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Reflection Makes Us All Better

The Web20Classroom

Back when I was in the classroom I spent very little time going back over my teaching. I of course went back over test questions, quizzes, formative assessments and the like to see where students had gaps in their understanding or those content areas we needed to revisit.

25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area appeared first on TeachThought. Literacy Experienced Teacher General New Teacher

Framing and Frontloading Maker Activities

User Generated Education

As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I come from a background in Experiential Education (yes, it is a specific professional discipline).

Why Choose Cloud Based Web Filtering?

Securly

Why Choose Cloud Based Web Filtering? Web filtering is most widely known within the context of the Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2000 as a means of protecting students from harmful, explicit content found on the internet.

8 Secrets of a Great Language Teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

Secrets from Language Teacher Isil Boy From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Teaching language is a challenge. Isil Boy from Turkey teaches students how to speak English. Today, she shares her secrets for helping language students learn.

Getting to Know Students in the Online World

FuelEd

Contributor: Kelli Hicks Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 12:00pm When I first started teaching online, I thought I would never get to know my students very well in the new environment.

5 Steps to Get Started With Google Cardboard VR Viewer in Your Classroom

EmergingEdTech

At About $15 per ‘headset’, Google Cardboard Provides an Inexpensive Intro to Virtual Reality, Bringing Learning to Life in Your Classroom Two related technologies that are really. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].

5 Ways To Help Students Ask Better Questions

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 5 Ways To Help Students Ask Better Questions appeared first on TeachThought. Inquiry General New Teacher Terry Heick

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ICYMI: Game-Changing Coaching [video]

Fidelis Education

We recently hosted a webinar with Josh Cage, EVP of Greenwood Hall, to talk about jumpstarting a game-changing coaching program, all the way from acquisition of coaches, to best practices in coaching. Check out what he has to say: Uncategorized edtech edtechupdate

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Make Assessment a Learning Experience

Voyager Sopris Learning

An Innovative Approach to Meaningful Embedded Assessment. In recent years, assessment has gotten a bad rap because of overuse and misapplication of mandated accountability tests. All of us involved in education, however, know that meaningful assessment is an important aspect of the learning cycle.

Not Just a Girl

The CoolCatTeacher

5 Ways to Help Girls Achieve Their Potential From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I dropped my end of the heavy battery. Daddy and I needed to “jump off” or start up the irrigation system.