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Visualize Learning with Photo Challenges and Projects

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”. – Marc Riboud. Learners of all ages love taking pictures, especially with their phones. Learners can use these photos in projects, digital stories, or other learning projects to provide an authentic voice and to show the learning that is taking place all around them. You can also have learners go on photo challenges and missions instead of assigning typical homework.

How to Teach the Human Body and 16 Sites to Help

Ask a Tech Teacher

For many, study of the human body starts in second grade with an introduction to what’s inside that stretchy, durable skin that coats our bodies. As students progress through school, they dig deeper into concepts of body systems, organs, cells, diseases, and the importance of good health. Whether schools classify these topics as ‘health’ or ‘science’, the importance of understanding the processes that allow us to survive can’t be overstated.

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Equity and Innovation in K–12: Horns of Real Dilemma

The Journal

Public education must keep equity front-and-center in all its policies; public education is all about equity. And, innovation must be nurtured; teachers who are willing to try to improve their classrooms must be supported. In this week’s blog post, we tell a story — one that T.H.E. Journal readers will surely recognize — of how equity and innovation can be, unfortunately, in mortal conflict

Why we should leave behind the cookie-cutter education

Neo LMS

Whenever my mom made cookies when I was a little kid, I could barely wait for them to come out of the oven. My mom’s cookies were simply delicious. She had a magic ingredient she kept in a small recipient, and its location between two cookie-baking sessions was top secret. She always added that magic ingredient, and the cookies were always delicious because of it.

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.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with These Resources!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The land flourished because it was fed from so many sources -because it was nourished by so many cultures and traditions and peoples.” – Lyndon B. Johnson. An important part of learning is introducing students to various cultures and traditions. September 15 to October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month and provides a great opportunity for your students to learn about Latino history, traditions, music, culture, authors, poets, and artists.

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14 ways to create great classroom video with Screencastify

Ditch That Textbook

Not too long ago, video creation required bulky, awkward video cameras with big, plastic VCR tapes. Playback required a TV, a VCR and a hope that everything worked nicely together. And video editing … well, that just wasn’t readily available to the average person. My, how things have changed. Everything seems to have a camera [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology flipped classroom screencasts video creation video projects webcam

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The perfect app for role-play and character development.

EdTech4Beginners

MSQRD is a brilliant app. Download it onto your device, turn the front-facing camera on and choose a live filter. The app places different (often quite funny) features on your face! You can take a photo or even record a video. How does it work? Watch my video tutorial on how to use the app: How can I use it in the classroom? In a recent drama lesson, which was about character development, for the warm-up activity, I asked my students to download MSQRD and choose a live filter.

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Virtual reality digs into brick-and-mortar schools

The Christensen Institute

As the hype around virtual reality in education swells , new developments show that the movement may have some staying power this time around. Although much of the buzz has centered on the Facebook-owned $600 Oculus Rift , which has yet to make a strong push into education, two other developments have caught my eye over the past few months. First, Washington Leadership Academy , a Washington, DC-based charter school, nabbed one of the $10 million XQ: The Super School Project prizes last week.

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10 Tips About Using Images in the Classroom You Don’t Want to Miss

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are ten of the top image tips according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: Photos For Class–Robust, Student-safe with built in citations. Quick Search for Plagiarized Images. What Online Images are Free? Where Can I Find Kid-safe Images? 5 Image Apps for your Classroom. My Picture’s a TIFF and the Program Needs a JPG. Wrap Text Around an Image. How to Move Pics Around in Documents. Easy Photo Editing in MS Word. Images (curated list by category).

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.

Pirate Resources for Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.”- ”- Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean. September 19th is International Pirate Day, but you can engage your learners all year long with pirate activities. Students can learn science, math, geography, history, culture, citizenship, and more by studying famous pirates. They can also learn cartography, the study and science of map making.

Innovation at the Secondary Level: 5 Misconceptions

Education Elements

Time and again we have seen that assumptions or misconceptions can get in the way of progress and success. Personalized learning is no exception; misconceptions about it often lead educators away from strategies and practices that could help students succeed. Sometimes, misconceptions represent more than small gaps in knowledge--they can be ingrained into industry-wide best practices, with disastrous results.

Promoted Post: Try this innovative tech tool in your school today!

EdTech4Beginners

Zzish is a great new piece of technology for schools. In a nutshell, it is a class management tool which brings all of your classroom apps into one place and tracks the progress of your pupils. How does it work? What are the main features of Zzish? The main features of Zzish are as follows: 1) Class management. Easily set tasks and make personalised learning a breeze. Have a look at this YouTube video, explaining how it works: 2) Gradebook. This tracks your student’s activities.

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Haiku Deck Classroom Intro Price Ends Soon

Ask a Tech Teacher

Just an update for you on Haiku Deck Deck Classroom. The special introductory price (with access for a teacher and up to 150 students) will soon end. This is different from the traditional Haiku Deck slideshow tool which has become a staple in many lesson plans. Haiku Deck Classroom includes: All the features of Haiku Deck Pro for a teacher and his/her students : Unlimited presentation creation, advanced privacy settings, offline viewing and printing, YouTube video embedding, and more.

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.

Finding the Back-to-School Balance as a Parent and a Startup CEO

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

I think for most parents back-to-school season is the busiest time of the year. As a parent and ed-tech start-up CEO , it’s as if life goes into hyperspeed. Over the summer teachers used our product less, so we were able to shift our focus to building out more lessons, adding content, and improving or adding new features. Our salespeople still reached out to administrators, but our emails frequently received out-of-office messages. The slow down gave us time to breathe.

The Promise of Blended Learning

Education Elements

As one of today’s most promising models for learning, blended learning is growing rapidly across the country. But what is blended learning, and how can educators use it to improve student outcomes? In a blended learning environment, students learn through a combination of online instruction – with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace – and instruction in a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home. There are several different blended models.

Building Vocabulary to Improve Reading

Digital Promise

Embedding new words into classroom conversations and assignments pegged to topics teens care about. This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Research shows that many adolescents in the United States struggle with reading, and one key reason is their limited vocabularies.

Getting past the broken teachers vs. tech debate

The Christensen Institute

Last month, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson stated that America needed to fix the escalating costs of higher education by replacing lectures from professors with online learning and educational videos such as Ken Burns’ documentaries. His comments drew ire not only from his election challenger, former Senator Russ Feingold, but also from nationally-recognized figures such as Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, and Ken Burns himself.

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.

A Back-to-School Checklist: Choosing Classroom Technology that Fosters Engagement

EdNews Daily

Op-Ed, By: Dr. Charles Miller, Professor at University of Minnesota, Cofounder/ Chief Design Officer of Vidku and Cofounder of Flipgrid. A new school year has begun and educators will face the task of engaging a new set of students. Cultivating an environment where students are consistently engaged with the curriculum brings a unique set of challenges with each new mix of students and level of study.

Favorite English Tools: New Features for the New School Year

Catlin Tucker

The new school year has ushered in some exciting new features in some of my favorite tools! Here are some of the fresh new features offered this year… StudySync . One of my favorite features in StudySync are the Blasts ! Blasts focus on real issues that matter to kids. They provide background on the topic, include research links, and allow students to engage in a Twitter-like (140 character) conversation with their peers about a wide range of topics.

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Classroom Cribs Reimagines Your Room

CUE

Environments impact life. The kind of environment an animal evolves in impacts what that animal becomes, what its strengths are, and how it approaches the world around it. Is the environment harsh and inhospitable, barely allowing its inhabitants to eek out an existence? Or is it lush and vibrant, and those who dwell within are free to frolic and grow safely? Often the educational environment is divorced from the most hospitable learning environment.

The biggest problem with poverty alleviation programs is that they actually work

The Christensen Institute

At the Chhattisgarh Irrigation Development Project in India, poverty is alleviated with the help of improved irrigation services and agricultural resource management. It is perhaps one of the most counterintuitive findings in our research, that the biggest problem with poverty alleviation programs is the fact that most of the programs work. Consider an organization that decides to alleviate poverty by providing free shoes, free food, or free schools to people in a poor community.

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.

10 Ways to Use Thinglink in the Inquiry-based Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

I follow a lot of tech ed forums (like Larry Ferlazzo , Richard Byrne , and Alice Keeler ) as a way of keeping up with tech ed trends and what teachers are using in their classrooms. The last few months, it’s been Thinglink. I’ve received more than a handful of questions about this multimedia webtool on my Ask a Tech Teacher Q&A column and it’s popped up in many education discussions about inquiry assessments and year-end summatives.

Study Shows Despite Access, Students Not Using Tech Much in Classroom

Waterford

A good number of teachers are using technology in their classroom to gather and evaluate information about their students, but are these teachers using tech in the classroom to collaborate and communicate effectively? Not really. According to a new study by AdvancED that observed 140,000 classrooms, “in 92,190 classrooms (64.6 percent), observers did not see students engaging in this use of technology at all” ( eSchool News ).

Student Agency: Moving From Talk to Action

A Principal's Reflections

When I reflect back on what we were able to accomplish at New Milford High School, I am overtaken by a great sense of pride. We were able to transform the learning culture of a traditional school and in the process got results while becoming an example that others emulated. This was achieved during a time of tumultuous change as the education reform movement was just gaining steam.

Reducing the cost burden on the insured

The Christensen Institute

Since the open enrollment in the health exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) began in late 2013, the percentage of American adults without health insurance has fallen from 18% to 9%, the lowest rate ever recorded. Despite such a positive trend, the average cost burden for single workers continues to increase (Figure 1).

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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.