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10 Things Google Classroom Makes Easier

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 208 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Google Classroom makes sharing Google Docs, Presentations, and Spreadsheets easier. While it is not a learning management system, it is a handy tool for any teacher using GAFE (Google Apps for Education.) In today’s episode Alice Keeler, author of 50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom updates us on the newest features. Alice says you can get set up in 12 minutes!

Keyboarding and the Scientific Method

Ask a Tech Teacher

Convincing students–and teachers–of the importance of keyboarding can be daunting. Youngers find it painful (trying to find those 26 alphabet keys) and olders think their hunt-and-peck approach is just fine. Explaining why keyboarding is critical to their long-range goals is often an exercise in futility if they haven’t yet experienced it authentically so I’ve resorted to showing–let them see for themselves why they want to become fast and accurate typists.

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Chicago Public Library: The Library as a Gateway to 21st Century Skills

Digital Promise

Gabe is the Program Manager for the Adult Learning Initiative at Digital Promise. You can reach him on Twitter at @marvelousreal. “Libraries are safe places. That’s why I come here to learn,” says Christine, a student at one of Chicago Public Library’s (CPL) Learning Circles.

8 ways this middle school innovates for its students

Ditch That Textbook

Some schools are really ditching that “textbook” view of education and finding creative ways to reach their students and meet their needs. I was fortunate to visit one of those recently. I got to check out New Fairfield Middle School in New Fairfield, CT, the 2014-15 Connecticut Middle School of the Year. After a tour [.]. Teaching creative teaching edtech educational technology gafe google apps for education google classroom innovation student-led learning

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.

What Is Competency-Based Learning, Why Does It Matter?

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 210 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. New Hampshire and educator John Martin are at the forefront of the competency-based learning movement. In today’s show, we’ll give you an overview of competency-based learning including some of the benefits and the problems.

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Choosing Ed-Tech Tools by Balancing Data and Teacher Intuition

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Most ed-tech startups don't have scientific data on outcomes yet, so teacher feedback should play a critical role when choosing products. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. adaptivelearning blendedclassroom blendedlearning edtech edtech ela leanstartup math research startup startuplife

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Digital Reading Resources for Early Literacy

iTeach with iPads

There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing-Isaac D’Israeli. As a kindergarten teacher, my day is spent immersing my students in literacy activities. Regardless of the subject we are learning, literacy is a big part of it. We use Book Creator for our math journals. I also use Book Creator app and iBooks Author for teacher-created texts for my students’ emergent reading levels. Through continuous literacy activities, we can build fluency.

7 Productivity Secrets for Educators

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 206 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Productivity expert Dr. Frank Buck teaches us how to select the productivity tools to stay organized. Learn these seven productivity secrets to getting organized. Face it, educators have unique challenges and needs. In this show, Frank shares his “Magnificent 7” or the seven questions you should ask before you pick an electronic tool. Listen In.

What are Good Tech Goals for Students?

Ask a Tech Teacher

A frequent question from readers revolves around technology goals for students. It’s tempting to phrase goals like: 4th graders can create a chart in a spreadsheet . or: 80% of 5th graders can complete ten skills in MS Word (or Google Docs). But that’s not what technology is about. Technology supports a curriculum. It’s the pencils and books of our digital world. It scaffolds learning, making it blended, normative, rigorous, and granular.

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.

Blended Learning- Genuises at Work

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 1, Number 11. Driving Question: What if elementary students took over our school's technology program? "Hi, Hi, I'm a Genius ," smiles Eling. Eling is not boastfully talking about her IQ, but a leadership job she holds at Katherine Smith Elementary School. The Katherine Smith Geniuses, inspired by the support you get in the back of any Apple Store, are a group of fourth, fifth, and sixth graders who are in charge of the over 600 devices on our blended learning campus.

Is Blended Learning the Same as Technology-Rich Instruction?

FuelEd

Contributor: Amanda Cunningham Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 10:45am There’s a lot of confusion around blended learning and technology-rich instruction. Many schools think that because they use computers in the classroom they are a blended school. Yet, “blended learning” and “technology-rich instruction” mean something quite different. . Technology-rich instruction provides educators with a valuable tool to reinforce lessons, but the technology in itself does not facilitate student learning.

Reconnecting Your Students to the Lessons of Nature

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 209 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We need to take kids out into nature! Far too many children are growing up not seeing the beauty of nature and not learning to respect the danger. We are going to inherit the future where the only thing valued by this generation is made of concrete, rebar, and steel. The lone wildflower that springs up in the sidewalk will just be seen as a weed.

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Tech Tip #122: Chromebook Delete Key

Ask a Tech Teacher

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q: Not only does my Chromebook not have Caps Lock (which I’ve now fixed), but there’s no ‘delete’ key. . Use the shortkey, Alt+Backspace. More on Chromebooks: Chromebooks Caps Lock. Chromebooks in the Classrooms–Friend or Foe?

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.

Engaging classes vs. test prep: Can we have both?

Ditch That Textbook

Teachers are so buried in requirements, paperwork and other demands on their classroom time. To make matters worse, high-stakes tests can sap the joy out of teaching very quickly. When there’s more content to cover than there is time to do it meaningfully, every day in class can feel like a threat to a teacher’s [.]. Teaching creative teaching education reform standardized tests student engagement test preparation

Nine Strategies to Help Startups Improve Writing Productivity

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Writing is a very important part of the startup life. Here are some lessons for writing better business plans, startup competition applications, cold emails, and PowerPoint presentations. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. Lessons Learned ProfessorWord Startup Life aboutus professorword startup startuplessons

Would You Want to Be a Student in Your Own Classroom?

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 207 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Teachers go into professional development and they complain. This is boring! There’s nothing here I can use! I don’t have time to learn anything new! But these same teachers who have such high demands of those who teach them — go into the classroom and deliver a lesson that could bore the ticks off a hound dog. No pizzaz! No joy! No intrigue! WE CAN DO BETTER.

What’s Groundhog Day??

Ask a Tech Teacher

Groundhog Day is February 2nd. Watch this Youtube and come away in the know: Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of dozens of tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and dozens of books on how to integrate technology into education.

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.

The Magical Ms. H and the Comeback Kid: One Student's Empowerment

Voyager Sopris Learning

How One Teacher is Working Her Magic to Help Struggling Students Reclaim Their Education, Part 1 of 2. Things are moving fast these days in this magical universe. It’s been raining pink glitter ever since I published my first blog post. I’ve been moving quickly from dream to idea to plan to action. Recently, I turned my attention to at-risk students on my roster. A problem that has always perplexed me (and many of my colleagues) is when students fall through the cracks year after year.

7 Lessons Learned From Implementing Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Lauren Acree is the Policy and Personalized Learning Lead at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University. When I was a teacher, I valued every day in my classroom. When professional development required me to miss a day with my students, I wanted to be sure it was going to be meaningful. These day-long sessions often left me inspired to make changes in my classroom practice. However, the following day I would return to my classroom and real-world demands would kick in.

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Mattering Secret #1: “I See You”

The CoolCatTeacher

Mattering Mondays with Angela Maiers From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. How can you help kids know that they matter and are important? Success in life and the world begins not just with self-esteem but with kids knowing that they matter. Angela Maiers is our guest today to talk about Mattering. Listen Now. In 2016 we will have a few guests who will be part of an ongoing series. Angela Maiers will star on “Mattering Mondays” on Every Classroom Matters.

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Admins: 25 Questions to Ask Your Teachers About EdTech

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We’ve learned (many) things from the educators who use our product. This includes understanding the gap that sometimes crops up between administrators/IT professionals with purchasing power and the teachers who use the edtech products procured by these individuals. We’re interested in conversations that close this gap, making it easier for administrators to pilot and select edtech products that are matches for the teachers and students who will eventually use them.

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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.

In search of on-ramps to competency-based learning

The Christensen Institute

As more and more school systems across the country explore “going competency-based,” we need to be attentive to the processes that will actually allow such innovations to thrive. Current time- and age-based accountability measures have a stronghold on schools, even those trying to break away from the factory model of education. As a result, we would predict that time-based metrics and incentives could cannibalize many efforts to reinvent learning in a competency-based manner.

Cyberbullying Prevention for the Classroom

Securly

Online harassment continues to increase each year. As cyberbullying rates reach an all time high among young adults, what are parents and teachers to do? Yes, Anti-Bullying Laws do exist and cyberbullying is ILLEGAL! Laws vary by state, but cover the necessities. According to the Cyberbullying Research Center, while only 23 states directly mention “cyberbullying”, 48 states include protection against electronic harassment.

Blended Learning- Geniuses at Work

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 1, Number 11. Driving Question: What if elementary students took over our school's technology program? "Hi, Hi, I'm a Genius ," smiles Eling. Eling is not boastfully talking about her IQ, but a leadership job she holds at Katherine Smith Elementary School. The Katherine Smith Geniuses, inspired by the support you get in the back of any Apple Store, are a group of fourth, fifth, and sixth graders who are in charge of the over 600 devices on our blended learning campus.

The Best Admin Twitter Chats to Catch Up On

Chalkup

This week our team has been churning out additional admin and IT-related content to better connect with our users and friends in admin roles. We're also aiming to make this a learning opportunity on our end. Beyond more conversation with our admin users, this week we've been sitting in on admin Twitter chats and absorbing as much as possible. So far it's been crazy informative and something we'll likely continue doing each week.

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.