July, 2017

Why personalized learning is hard to study

The Christensen Institute

This week saw the release of the third in a series of personalized learning studies conducted by the RAND Foundation. The research analyzed implementation, survey, and efficacy data in a sample of schools that are part of the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) portfolio, and compared that data to a national sample of schools. The findings? NGLC schools yielded some positive academic results, but educators and administrators reported numerous challenges.

Both Humans and Technology Are Noisy: How Do We Move Forward?

Digital Promise

Over the years, I’ve been involved in developing research programs and projects in education technology, games, and virtual reality. As I’ve developed my thinking around funding and conducting research in learning technologies, I always come back to an unpublished technical report written by one of my early mentors in the Navy. Norm Lane was a brilliant behavioral scientist who was commissioned as a Navy Aerospace Experimental Psychologist in 1963 and had retired when I first met him in 1994.

Helping Learners Move Beyond “I Can’t Do This”

User Generated Education

I work part-time with elementary learners – with gifted learners during the school year and teaching maker education camps during the summer.

What is Microsoft Sway?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Lately, when I join technology education forums, one of the most talked-about webtools is Microsoft Sway.

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.

Tapping Toward a Better Understanding of Slope

MIND Research Institute

Thoughts of a traditional math classroom may bring to mind images of students sitting silently at desks while a teacher works through a math problem on the board. There could be more to this scene though.

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5 Simple Ways to Improve Teacher Professional Development

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. A common cry from teachers across the world is for relevant professional development. A 2014 Gates Foundation study shows only 29% of teachers satisfied with current teacher PD.

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A Thumbs Up to Open Up for Delivering Free, Curriculum-Scale OER

The Journal

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Mindfulness and Screen Time

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. For parents, the family computer has become something of a minefield (and probably a Minecraft field). Between guilt-tinged uncertainty about screen time for kids ( “So, if you’re using it for good, does it count as screen time?” ) and worry about social media stress for teens, it’s easy to feel like a lost traveler without a GPS.

6 Things the Best Teachers Do

Wisewire

They say that no two teachers are alike. Each one has a teaching style that creates a unique classroom experience. Some prefer project-based learning, while others use interactive assessments to measure student growth.

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.

Faster Feedback: Create Editing Shortcuts in Google Docs

Catlin Tucker

Since I published “ Stop Taking Grading Home ,” I’ve had a ton of teachers ask me how I am able to give feedback on Google Docs so quickly. I give real-time feedback to ~8 students in a 25-minute station. It definitely helps that I am a skilled typist.

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How online courses can nurture emotional intelligence

Neo LMS

The ability to recognize, identify and manage our own emotions and the emotions of others is called Emotional Intelligence (EQ).

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10 Ways to Tackle Back to School Like a Pro

The CoolCatTeacher

Engage and Organize from Day 1 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Great teaching starts on the first day. Right now, a little information on trends and classroom organization will help you improve your school year.

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Coming to Your Child’s School, Very, Very Soon: A Christensen-Style Disruption!

The Journal

Teachers, materials, students — the big 3 of K–12. Materials (1-to-1, OER-based textbooks) are changing dramatically, but teachers and teaching is about to be disrupted in the Christensen-sense. Machine learning will drive personalized learning into America’s schools. On that you can rely

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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.

Equipping Students with the “4Cs” through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Educators know that for students to thrive in our constantly evolving world, what they learn must go beyond reading, writing, and arithmetic. We must not only be willing to deliver these content areas in new ways, but also teach our students the skills they need to succeed academically and in life.

Classroom Device Management Empowers Teachers to Integrate Tech

EdTech Magazine

By Joe McAllister Educators can keep students on task with tools from Google and GoGuardian. Classroom Digital Content Management Mobile Device Management Mobility Software

Give Your Traditional Syllabus a Needed Makeover!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“In an effective classroom students should not only know what they are doing, they should also know why and how.” ” – Harry Wong. Many of us will be starting our classes soon! Give your learners the gift of the unexpected by revamping the syllabus.

7 Misconceptions about the flipped classroom

Neo LMS

The Flipped Classroom is becoming a serious alternative to the traditional approach to education and is spreading in more schools across the world.

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.

Why Bloomz is the Best Parent-Teacher Communication System for Me (and Probably You)

The CoolCatTeacher

Build a better classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Bloomz is my parent-teacher communication system. Last year we implemented it school wide. It has been a great decision.

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QR Codes for Class Night Sign Ups?

Tech Helpful

One of the things I'm quickly learning as an instructional technologist is that teaching parents how to use technology you are using in the classroom eases their mind a bit and gives them a sense of understanding.

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From Practice to Paper: How #IntentiontheBook was Born

EdTechTeam

We, (Dan and Amy), met serendipitously (as with most good things) at SXSWEdu Conference a few years ago when mutual friends brought us respectively in tow to an Austin Mexican food restaurant.

Maker Education Camp: Circuit Crafts

User Generated Education

This is my third summer offering maker education summer camps as part of a bigger program at a local school.

EdTech at School

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

Addressing the Digital Learning Gap with Effective Educator Coaching

Digital Promise

In 2014, I wrote – The problem with education in America is not the lack of excellence. It’s lack of equity. Although we’ve made progress, inequities with regard to education opportunities remain a pressing issue. Many times, the problem is due to lack of vision, professional development, resources, or adequate support.

The role of the teacher in modern learning organizations

Neo LMS

We’re almost 17 years into the 21st Century but the educational system is not. The 21st Century student and their learning needs are on everyone’s lips, yet clear ways to actually meet these needs are slow to pop up.

Inspiring Math Excellence in the Classroom with Po-Shen Loh

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 114 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Po-Shen Loh @ poshenloh , National Math Coach and Carnegie Mellon Professor gives us a refreshing take on teaching math.

Tech Ed Resources for your Class–K-8 Keyboard Curriculum

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, by tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do.

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.