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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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My Essential Tools to Create #FlipClass Videos: @Wacom DTK-1651, @Camtasia @USAudioTechnica @NotabilityApp

techieMusings

One of the questions I most frequently get asked is what tools I use to make my flipped classroom videos. It took me a number of years to perfect my flow, to be honest. One of my major issues was that I use a Mac but in making my math videos, I absolutely needed a way to handwrite.

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.

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.

7 Questions Principals Should Ask When Hiring Future-Ready Teachers

MindShift

Every year thousands of educators gather for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference eager to learn about the newest features in favorite apps and to glean ideas from one another about how to effectively teach in new ways.

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.

Summer 2017 Learning Series: Create Solid School:Home Relationships This Year

The Web20Classroom

For the next several weeks I’ll be sharing posts that you can use for your summer learning. School may be out for many but the learning we do as educators can last even outside the classroom. These posts will take us through Twitter chats and how you can participate in real time or whenever you want.

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.

8 Needs For Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 8 Needs For Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century appeared first on TeachThought. Project-Based Learning Terry Heick The Future Of Learning Middle & High School Veteran Teacher

How This Educator Bridges Creativity And Teaching Through Project-Based Learning

EdNews Daily

This is our 9 th interview in our thought-leadership series with 51Talk. Our featured teacher today is Catherine Smith. Catherine is a creative and highly-passionate teacher.

The Classroom or Library as a Maker Space

User Generated Education

Makerspaces, Maker Education, STEM, and STEAM are gaining lots of traction in Kindergarten though college level education. Articles, resources on social media, and conference presentations on these topics are proliferating at a rate that most educators are now familiar with maker education.

K-12 tech integration versus higher ed: Flipped?

Dangerously Irrelevant

[I’m one of five Digital Pedagogy Faculty Fellows this year at the University of Colorado Denver. I’ll be sharing my thoughts all year on this experience, starting with my time at the Digital Pedagogy Lab in Vancouver, Canada.]. Just a quick thought… In K-12, we struggle with access.

Seven Things That Happen When Kids Embrace a Maker Mindset

The Principal of Change

John Spencer is someone I have connected with and followed for years. I have become a huge fan of his work, and I am proud to have been a part of his book “ Empower ” with AJ Juliani. He now has a Makerspace Master Course available.

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.

How Teaching Is Changing: 15 Challenges For The 21st Century Teacher

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post How Teaching Is Changing: 15 Challenges For The 21st Century Teacher appeared first on TeachThought. Terry Heick Trends & Shifts Experienced Teacher General

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.

Why writing doesn’t just prove learning, it improves all learning-including STEM

eSchool News

Writing is used to assess student learning more often than it is used to facilitate learning. We talk about writing as a product for assessment, a subject where paragraphs and commas are taught, or a skill that one either has developed or lacks.

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The History of Ed-Tech: What Went Wrong?

Hack Education

Beth Holland, a doctoral student at JHU and “EdTech Researcher” at Education Week , sent an email asking some questions about the history of ed-tech. The gist of these: how did ed-tech get from the early, inquiry-based pioneers like Seymour Papert to the crap we see today.

5 Questions to Ask Your Students To Start the School Year

The Principal of Change

Schools are about more than learning; they are about experience(s). They help shape us in our present and future and those experiences stick with us long past our time as students. Unfortunately, this can be either shape us in a positive or negative manner.

How Learning a New Language Improves Tolerance

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. There are many benefits to knowing more than one language. For example, it has been shown that aging adults who speak more than one language have less likelihood of developing dementia. Additionally, the bilingual brain becomes better at filtering out distractions, and learning multiple languages improves creativity.

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28 Critical Thinking Question Stems For Any Content Area

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 28 Critical Thinking Question Stems For Any Content Area appeared first on TeachThought. Critical Thinking

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Use @PearDeck to Analyze Incorrect Answers, Discuss Model Student Work, & Other Ideas/Inspiration #edtech

techieMusings

I don’t make genius decks. Most of them are quite simple and ordinary. For me, it’s more about the way that I use Pear Deck itself to engage each student in the classroom, get a sense of individual and group needs, highlight student work anonymously, allow students to ask questions without having to raise their hand, etc… In a traditional class discussion, students must raise their hands to respond and might be conscious of what their peers think of their answer.

Transform Learning this School Year with Eric Sheninger

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 111 - The 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Eric Sheninger @ E_Sheninger motivates us to transform learning this school year.

There are 2.4 million fewer college students than there were five years ago

The Hechinger Report

What growth is ahead will come from places where students are most likely to need more financial aid and support. Here’s how enrollment will change, by state, through 2031. SOURCE: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. The post There are 2.4

Some of the Worst Advice You Will Ever Get as an Educator

The Principal of Change

Innovators Worth Watching: MissionU

The Christensen Institute

Welcome to our “Innovators Worth Watching” series, spotlighting interesting and potentially disruptive players in higher education. Earlier this year, MissionU revealed its much anticipated plan to provide postsecondary education and a debtless future. The announcement sent the higher education space into a frenzy. How could it not? This no-frills program, designed to teach job skills that are in high demand among tech employers, embodies every major buzzword in higher education innovation.

8 Tips For Teachers Frustrated With Technology

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 8 Tips For Teachers Frustrated With Technology appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching Technology

How Making Mistakes Primes Kids To Learn Better

MindShift

Once a month, this column will examine the insights that science offers about the way people learn, and how such findings could influence schools. Most of us can remember a moment like this from our school years: the teacher poses a question – maybe it’s math, maybe history.

5 Ways to Maximize Your Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Angela Watson on episode 100 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Angela Watson teaches us how to maximize our summer.

African-American boys who tell better stories as preschoolers may learn to read more quickly

The Hechinger Report

In this file photo, a Mississippi kindergarten student thinks about how to correct a sentence written on the white board during class Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report.