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Chromebooks in the Classrooms–Friend or Foe?

Ask a Tech Teacher

AATT contributor, Krista Albrecht, has a balanced evaluation of Chromebooks in the classroom I think you’ll find useful. Krista is a NY State certified Instructional Technology Specialist working in public education on Long Island, NY. She has over 15 years experience in the field ranging from classroom teacher to tech teacher, to Professional Developer, to 1:1 integration specialist. Chromebooks in the Classrooms… Friend or Foe?

Education Business Plan Competitions: Crafting the Perfect Pitch

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Are you preparing to pitch your ed-tech startup at a business plan competition? Here are the eight points you need to cover. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email Lessons Learned ProfessorWord Startup Life aboutus lessonslearned professorword

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Building Early Literacy Skills With iPads

iTeach with iPads

Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting -Edmund Burke. I am on spring break this week. It has been such a luxury to linger over coffee and the newspaper in the mornings. That has been about all of the luxury I’ve been able to enjoy because even though I’m on spring break from my job, I am not on spring break from doctoral classes. I have been immersed in scholarly articles on early literacy.

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Sharing: A Responsibility of the Modern Educator

User Generated Education

In a past post blog I discussed the idea that every educator has a story and that they should share those stories: Educators are doing amazing things with their learners in spite of the standards-based and accountability-driven movements. If all educators publicized the accomplishments they had in their classrooms using technology, hands-on activities, global collaborations, project-based learning; then an informal qualitative research project would result.

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

How to Create a Curriculum Map

Ask a Tech Teacher

If I’m trying to get from Los Angeles, California to Minot, North Dakota, I start with a map. I build a route that includes the sights I’d like to visit, shows me the connecting roadways, and gives me a rough idea of how long it’ll take. The same is true with teaching a class. I need a map to show how best to blend my curriculum and the school’s standards, scaffold skills on each other, and connect to all stakeholders involved.

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Accelerator for Ed-Tech Startups Launches in New York City

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Each of 10 selected ed-tech startups will receive $170,000 when they are chosen for the first class of this new accelerator in the Big Apple. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email accelerator digitalpromise donburton edgeedtech jonathanharber kaplan schoolnet startup techstars

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Meet Google Keep, and 6 ways it can help schools

Ditch That Textbook

For a long time, I’ve been a list-maker and a note-taker. You should see my desk. It’s littered with them. The worst is when I take down some valuable details and then leave the paper sitting on my desk at school. I have literally driven to school late at night to retrieve notes I forgot [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology gafe google apps for education google keep organization

23 Websites for Poetry Month

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April is National Poetry Month. For thirty days, we celebrate the value and joy that poetry brings to our world. According to the Academy of American Poets , the goals are: Highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets. Introduce more Americans to the pleasures of reading poetry. Bring poets and poetry to the public in immediate and innovative ways. Make poetry a more important part of the school curriculum.

The EdTech Disconnect

The Christensen Institute

This is the second post in the #WhoYouKnow blog series on the overlap of social capital, EdTech, and innovation. Next time you pick up or read about a new EdTech product, ask yourself a simple question: “Will this product expand or strengthen students’ networks?” Most likely, the answer will be “no”—or a tepid “maybe.”. Adults in the working world, particularly those participating in the knowledge economy, use technology each and every day to remain connected and to grow their networks.

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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.

The Homework Help Desk: Amazing [FREE] Interactive Resource to Help Kids and Parents!


A Must Have Resource for All Parents - I made 2 brief videos below - As I attempt to catch up on mass amounts of unread email, I enjoy browsing the various resources that come through my inbox. Because of the volume of email I receive, I find myself either deleting the conversation or clicking to see the site for a few seconds. If the site has a video, I''ll usually play it for a few seconds, unless it captures my attention.

Make a Fellow Teacher’s Day with These Twenty Acts of Kindness

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. My brother in law is battling cancer. He has been for some time, and it seems that every time I’m with him, I learn something new. Something very important. Yesterday, as I was winding my way toward the parking ramp at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, I found myself feeling overwhelmed again. I was running late. [.]. The post Make a Fellow Teacher’s Day with These Twenty Acts of Kindness appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Inspiration #edchat #ChangeTheWorld

Resource Review: Mentoring Minds

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Mentoring Minds is an education publishing company and resource site created by former teachers. Their goal: Critical thinking for life– ” to develop affordable, effective learning tools that help children think critically, giving them the skills to succeed not just in the classroom, but in life.” ” Focus is on both teacher and student. Materials enable differentiated instruction, student practice, and teacher evaluation of progress.

Pixar makes its 3D rendering tool, RenderMan, free for anyone

Educational Technology Guy

Pixar, the company behind Toy Story, Cars and other incredible animated movies, has announced that it''s in-house 3D rendering software, RenderMan , is now free for non-commercial use. RenderMan creates the rendering with lighting effects. It does not create the original 3D model. You would need to first create the 3D model first. Maya is a great 3D modeling program that has a free version for students and teachers.

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7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

"I Just Want to be Normal, Daddy."

Tom Murray

Finding strength in the midst of heartache Today was one of the those days. The kind of day that’s difficult to forget and one that rips your heart out as a parent. What started out as any Monday would, ended with me appreciating life and the love of my little ones that much more. My little girl was born with severe food allergies - tree nuts and sesame seeds to be exact. Not a meal goes by where we don’t think about the food that’s prepared, where it comes from, if it could be


Turn Your Classroom into a Workshop to Engage Learners

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. If you think a classroom bereft of traditional tools like homework, bell work, worksheets and even grades sounds intriguing, you are ready to convert your classroom into a workshop setting, where learning will really soar. Here are a few simple ways to transform your classroom today. Say Goodbye to Order Order means control. There is no room [.]. The post Turn Your Classroom into a Workshop to Engage Learners appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. PBL Strategy workshop

Summer PD–from Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher

Summer is coming, and so is Tech Training! Join me with a great group of professionals (who will quickly become your best online friends) for three weeks of intensive training on tech topics you want to learn about. All the details are below. Note: Early Bird special for those who sign up by May 31st. Use coupon code SUMMERPD to get 10% off! Sign up now– it’s all online, but a lot of 1:1 assistance, so space is limited. you get lots of the materials as soon as you sign up.

Rwanda’s ahead of the online CBE learning curve

The Christensen Institute

This blog was first published on CompetencyWorks. Although practitioners may squabble over the definition of competency-based education (CBE), there is a fundamental core of CBE that centers on mastery, formative tests, and recurring feedback. Of course, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be a wild proliferation of learning pathways that burgeon from those same core definitions. In that same vein, online CBE is not only gaining traction in the United States, but also around the world.

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.

Learn why the new Microsoft Surface Tablet is Perfect Companion to your Digital Classroom | @Microsoft_Edu


Jeff sits down with Jacqueline Russell to discuss why new Microsoft Surface Tablet is the perfect solution to your digital classroom. Jeff sits down with Jacqueline Russell to discuss why new Microsoft Surface Tablet is the perfect solution to your digital classroom.

The Purposeful Pause: 10 Reflective Questions to Ask Mid-Lesson

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Much has been said about growth mindset and grit this year and for good reason. When learners begin valuing growth and learning over grades and the production of perfect final works, great things happen. When they’re able to persevere, even through moments of frustration, they typically meet with success. It makes sense that teachers are [.]. The post The Purposeful Pause: 10 Reflective Questions to Ask Mid-Lesson appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

EdTechTeam Maryland Summit Featuring Google for Education [Register Now] w/ @adambellow @kleinerin @kylepace


We invite you to join us for the EdTechTeam Maryland Summit Featuring Google for Education - click here to register and read more - Open to attendees from around the globe LEARN MORE The Summit includes two keynote presentations, 8 breakout sessions, a demo slam competition and a closing capstone session. Participants will be able to attend beginner through advanced sessions on uses of Google Apps in the classroom.

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Making Sure your Meetings are Productive and Effective

Educational Technology Guy

Meetings are something that all managers and leaders need to be able to plan, organize, run and follow up on. When I was a project engineer, I had to run lots of meetings and had training in effective meetings at a couple different companies. I''ve attended good meetings, and really bad meetings. In education, many meetings seem to be a complete waste of time, or the entire faculty is at a meeting that only affects a small number.

Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.

Should Your School District Have its own Podcast? | #EduPodcasting @PodcastingToday


Learn how your school or school district can create it''s very own podcast to support your teachers, students and create a positive brand for your community. Learn how your school or school district can create it''s very own podcast to support your teachers, students and create a positive brand for your community. Educational Podcasting Today audio podcast video

Go deep

Dangerously Irrelevant

Bob Lenz said: Teachers have long struggled with the tension between breadth and depth. It’s a hard choice, hard enough that we are tempted to avoid it, dismiss it as a false choice, or contend that it is a dilemma we can dissolve through tinkering. Maybe we don’t have to choose between covering a lot of content and focusing on a particular concept or skill. Maybe we can find a way to do both at the same time. We shouldn’t kid ourselves.

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How Old School Mandates May Be Destroying Your School

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Last year, inspired by some online conversations about old school leadership, we published this “Dear Principal.” Now, we’re rehashing it to see if anything has changed and how we can continue to “hack” learning. Please take another look at this article, and share your thoughts in our comment section below and on [.]. The post How Old School Mandates May Be Destroying Your School appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Feedback Inspiration HackLearning old school

Differentiating Instruction in the Math Standards: Self-Directed Pathways for All Learners

Battelle for Kids

March 31, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 5, Number 2. Driving Question: How can a district develop a deep and consistent understanding of the math standards for teachers, students, and parents? The need to educate students so they achieve lifelong learning and academic success in a global community has changed the way teaching is approached in classrooms across the United States. At least, it has changed mine.

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.