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10 Tips for Digital Storytelling You Don’t Want to Miss

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are eight of the top Digital Storytelling articles according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: 9 Best-in-Class Digital Storytelling Tools. Storyboard That–Digital Storyteller, Graphic Organizer, and more. Digital Storytelling Apps. Digital Storytelling Websites.

DIY Furniture Project

Catlin Tucker

In spring, I wrote a blog titled “ Classroom Furniture: Does it impede or improve learning? ” to explore how the design of a classroom impacts learning. I’ve been frustrated by my own bulky furniture, which stifles movement and makes collaboration challenging.

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10 reasons to try Genius Hour this school year

Ditch That Textbook

For me, my Genius Hour project was learning BASIC. I was in middle school, and this programming code intrigued me. We didn’t have any computer science classes except for a six-week “Introduction to Computers” rotation class. So I started tinkering with it on my computer at home.

A Model for Teacher Development: Precursors to Change

User Generated Education

Too often teachers are passive recipients of professional development rather than being active agents of their own development and change.

Need Remote Learning NOW? Get Online Quickly & Easily With This Can’t-Miss Guide

Remote learning is becoming more important than ever. Whether you’re scrambling to get your eLearning launched, or need to upgrade to meet increased demand, this guide will eliminate the guesswork so you can find your perfect LMS!

C-STEM Studio — A Great Way to Blend Math and Robotics

Ask a Tech Teacher

C-STEM Studio is a California A-G approved curriculum and turn-key solution for teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics through computing and robotics.

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3 Videos Showing Deeper Learning Micro-credentials in Action

Digital Promise

Over the past few months, Digital Promise has traveled the country capturing the stories of educators who have earned Deeper Learning micro-credentials to transform teaching and learning.

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Making is a Process

A Principal's Reflections

“ No two makerspaces should be exactly alike, because no two school communities are exactly alike. Properly planning your makerspace will ensure that you uncover themes that are unique and meaningful to your school.

Tech Ed Resources–Organize Your Class

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 taking 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.

How e-learning can meet some needs of struggling students

Neo LMS

When I started school, there were seven first-grade classes, and about 30 students in each one. We were all about the same age, some shy, some way too active, some nervous, but in our minds we were all the same: classmates, equal.

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.

Creating classroom fireworks to get students saying WOW!

Ditch That Textbook

Attention economy is a term that many in business are paying attention to. There’s lots of noise in media and in our everyday lives. Organizations are doing whatever they can to get people’s attention. Social media marketing. Billboards. Emails. Advertising in unique locations.

Technology and it’s impact on children: A force for good or evil?

EdTech4Beginners

When I see children hooked on Candy Crush and Minecraft, hardly engaging with their friends during social times, I feel worried for them. What is this doing to their social and emotional skills and wellbeing? However, there are so many ways tech is used positively. I really don’t know what to think!

Curriculum Companions Start August 8th

Ask a Tech Teacher

Start date for the 2016-17 online school year: August, 8, 2016. Curriculum Companion Wikis (K-5 only) follow a tech professional as s/he teaches each lesson in the SL K-5 curriculum textbooks.

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Smartphones in the classroom: friend or foe?

Neo LMS

The combination of students and mobile devices in the classroom has long been a debate topic among education professionals. The use of mobile devices during classes is often regarded as an element of distraction for students. But with today’s smartphones, can this still be the case?

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.

Ed-tech Developers: Share How You Use Research

Digital Promise

With more and more educational technology tools on the market, schools and universities , the government , and parents all want to know, Which products are effective for which teachers and students? In response, ed-tech developers are using research to inform the early stages of product design and development, and to conduct evaluations of their products’ effectiveness.

Now you can install Securly from a web browser

Securly

We’re not only the leading cloud-based provider of Internet security for K-12 schools, but also the industry’s first self-servable web filter. “With our self-serve update, Securly is realizing its long-held vision of giving IT Admins a product that can be set up in minutes,” says Paul Katcher, UI developer at Securly. Since the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) in 2000, web filtering has been required for schools that seek e-rate funding. Customarily, the industry has been heavily dominated by appliance hardware players. Their products need to be shipped, painstakingly setup and often end up as bandwidth bottlenecks on K-12 networks that are increasingly turning to bandwidth-hungry applications such as streaming media. By contrast, we have been cloud-based from day one. With no need for a hardware appliance, customers can deploy Securly with a few simple network configuration changes and benefit from functionality such as granular auditing and policies that they are familiar with. In doing so, they are assisted by our award winning support team based in Charlotte. Setup can be independently completed through a web browser session without ever needing to speak with a sales or support person. With this update, Securly eliminates the complexity of network based web-filters with the simplicity of EdTech tools like Remind and ClassDojo. We hope self-serve will save IT Admins time and frustration during the back-to-school rush. For more information, contact support@securly.com. For more updates on new features and product releases, sign up below: Marketing 1:1 devices 1:1 schools EdTech Update online student safety web filtering web filtering for schools

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Reflections on Personalized and Project-based Learning

Education Elements

Recently, I had the opportunity to facilitate a workshop with our partners at Loudoun County Public Schools and the Buck Institute for Education to do some deep thinking about the connections between project-based learning (PBL) and personalized learning (PL). I am very passionate about these two pillars of instruction, and I'm doubly passionate about their intersection. Personalized Learning Project Based Learning PBL Loudoun County

Goal: Revamp a Lesson

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” ” – John Dewey. Goal: Improve a lesson plan or activity to create a meaningful learning experience for your students.

EdTech at School

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

Back to School Tips for Teachers on the Digital Transformation Journey

Digital Promise

Going back to school is an exciting and busy time for teachers and school administrators. There’s a ton of work to be done, from creating lesson plans, to preparing classrooms, to welcoming new students. Kicking off a new school year is a challenge in itself, but what happens when a school is also starting a new technology initiative that provides always available access to all students and teachers? The 25 newest Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) are tackling this challenge now.

BUILDING CLASSROOM CULTURE WITH A DIGITAL TOOL BOX

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 7, Number 5. Driving Question: How can we use digital tools to create a culture which empowers students? "If If all instructors were to realize that the quality of mental process, not the production of correct answers, is the measure of educative growth, something hardly less than a revolution in teaching would be worked." ― John Dewey, Democracy and Education. P21 Blogazine

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Micro-credentials 101 – Workshop Resources

More Verbs

What’s all the fuss about micro-credentials and digital badging? What are they and how do I earn them? What do they have to do with professional development? What’s this new iLearnMaine Educator Micro-credentials program from ACTEM and the DOE? Attend this session and not only discover answers to these questions, but get a head start on figuring out which micro-credentials you might like to earn! iLearnMaine Educator Micro-credentals. Project Home. All About Micro-credentials.

What nonconsumption means for investors and managers in emerging markets

The Christensen Institute

Building a business that targets nonconsumption is hard and requires perseverance, but the payoff can be significant. If managers and investors in emerging markets are experiencing tepid growth, they should consider the following strategies outlined below. First, reframe the competitive landscape.

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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.

3 Strategies to Combat Summer Learning Loss

Digital Promise

After many weeks away from their traditional school schedule, students across the country are starting to re-enter their classrooms and share stories of their summer vacations. Whether or not they know it yet, the way students spent their vacation days can play an enormous role in their future academic success as compared to their peers. The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) defines summer learning loss as “the phenomenon where young people lose academic skills over the summer.”

3 Things You Didn't Know About Learning Management Systems

Chalkup

Think you know all there is to know about the modern learning management system? You might not. We’re challenging LMS myths today with three facts you might not know about the state of these edtech platforms. Administrators EdTechUpdate LMS

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Five Ways To Show Students You Care

The Jose Vilson

“How do you show students you care and love them?” ” Someone asked me that this afternoon. And every other week. Shout-out to the other eighth grade math teacher who asked it.

Of Sunlight, OER, and Lumen

Iterating Toward Openness

We recently installed solar panels on our home.

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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.