Sat.Sep 02, 2017 - Fri.Sep 08, 2017

Rethinking Teacher Candidate Training with Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

The College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida strives to be at the forefront of innovation in teacher training and development. We know a key component of that is constant collaboration with our many district partners.

How Magnolia ISD ‘leveled the playing field’ for students in math

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you’re evaluating math programs at your school, a good option to consider is ORIGO Education’s Stepping Stones.

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Safely Involve Students in Social Media and More Student Voice Tips

The CoolCatTeacher

Heather Callihan in episode 143 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Heather Callihan’s @ hcallihan students help with their Facebook and Twitter using some technology tools.

Success at Innovative Schools Hinges on Helping Students Transition

The Christensen Institute

Malaina is a current high school student who decided to homeschool in order to expand her learning by blending interdisciplinary, real world, and academic-focused learning. Her work has been published by Education Next, The Mercury News, and the Bluefire literary journal. . Innovative schools are on the rise across the world and are transforming the way we think about K–12 education. These schools are no longer following the traditional model of education.

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.

Specific Ideas for Intentional Creativity

User Generated Education

Recently I wrote a blog post about Intentional Creativity. Here is the graphic created for that post. Below the graphic are specific ideas I am using with my gifted elementary students this school year.

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7 Ways to Incorporate Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Into the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

A post sponsored by TeacherVision From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Social emotional learning is a hot topic these days. Some states are trying to write SEL into their state standards.

Adding to Student Success with Google Add-ons

Teacher Reboot Camp

I don’t work at a learning institution that uses Google Classroom, but I do require students to sign up for a Google account. With a Google Drive account, students and teachers have access to incredible time-saving studying features and tools.

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Activating the Community to Support Education Innovation

Digital Promise

Kettle Moraine School District (KMSD), a member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools , is a suburban district in Wisconsin leading some of the most advanced competency-based education (CBE) efforts in the country. KMSD knows that innovation and change, however, are not sustainable without systemic buy-in at all levels.

Have a Happy, Productive Labor Day!

Ask a Tech Teacher

Labor Day is annually held on the first Monday of September (this year, September 2nd). It was originally organized to celebrate various labor associations’ strengths of and contributions to the United States economy. It is largely a day of rest in modern times.

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.

What I Wish My Teacher Knew: One Question That Could Change Everything

The CoolCatTeacher

Kyle Schwartz on episode 141 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Kyle Schwartz @ kylemschwartz asked a question of her students that went viral.

Humanity's Gift

A Principal's Reflections

“ Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive. ” ― Dalai Lama Typically, I am a very focused writer. Each post, for the most part, contains ideas and strategies focusing on improving teaching, learning, and leadership.

Let’s Start Coding!

EdTech4Beginners

If you’re an EdTech teacher, you’re likely thinking about teaching your students some coding. There are many options, but what do your students really need to learn and how can you integrate it into your classroom? The folks at Let’s Start Coding are here with the answer.

Animals, Imaginative Play & Finding Joy In Nature: 3 Inspirations from Healthy Afterschool

Battelle for Kids

Since this is my first article on the P21 blog, let me introduce myself. I’m Daniel - the Director of Community Partnerships at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. My world revolves around the dream of all 10.2

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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.

How to Help Children Recover from the Trauma of a Storm

The CoolCatTeacher

Interview with Dr. Steven Berkowitz in a special #10MT episode From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Dr. Steven Berkowitz is a child trauma psychologist.

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Return Your Students to Normalcy: 5 Tips to Getting Back to Learning

Wisewire

Sharpen those pencils, folks. A new school year is upon us. What that means for every teacher may be a little different, but one thing remains the same: among those crisp spiral notebooks, sparkly new folders and updated wardrobes is a group of young minds prepared to learn. Right? Wrong.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 35 Edition)

Doug Levin

Two news stories this week have turned my attention (again) to the issue of conflict of interest in education, technology, and public policy.

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The Gmail survival guide for busy teachers

Ditch That Textbook

Does it feel like email consumes your life — or too much of your time at school or at home? I once heard someone describe email as “requests for your time for other people’s agendas and not your own.” ” There’s definitely some truth to this.

Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

How to Be a Better Instructional Coach

The CoolCatTeacher

Jamey Everett in episode 144 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Jamey Everett shares tips on being a better instructional coach based on her wildly popular ISTE 2017 session.

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Streamline Academic Efforts For Success-And For Your Health

EdNews Daily

Guest article by: Ben Walker. While college graduates make significantly more money than high school graduates — 56 percent more , on average — they also experience far more health issues.

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The Start of School Means Chaos for Your Education Customers

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Ed-tech startups need to be patient as their education customers work out the kinds of a new school year. The post The Start of School Means Chaos for Your Education Customers appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog customer chaos Startups

The challenges of mobile learning in the classroom

Neo LMS

While the physical structure of a classroom with students sitting at desks in rows may look familiar to most, the explosion of Internet-accessible, mobile devices in the hands of those students has definitely changed the way students interact with each other, with their teachers, with the greater education community, and with instructional materials. This is especially evident over the decade, as schools have increasingly adopted mobile learning as a signature initiative using BYOD and 1:1 programs and investing in tablets to provide their students with access to a wealth of relevant educational content and learning opportunities. Mobile students. Young students do pretty well in terms of mobile devices ownership. A recent Pearson Student Mobile Device Survey clearly states that the number of students who regularly use a tablet has grown compared to the previous year. 78% of elementary school students, 69% of middle school students, and 49% of high schoolers now use a tablet in their school life. The figures for smartphones are a bit lower, but this shouldn’t come as a surprise, since smartphones are not the most preferred mobile device to support students’ learning anyway. Tablets are the number one choice for classroom learning, as they are somewhere in the middle ground between the reliability of laptops and the mobility of smartphones. What makes them particularly appealing to students is the fact that they can access learning apps on tablets. Learning apps allow students to go through their online courses without an internet connection. Data from the same Pearson survey says that 50% of high school students use learning apps, and this percentage grows in the case of students in elementary school. Challenges of adopting mobile learning in the classroom. Students having access to a mobile device to use in and outside of class — their own or a school provided device — is now the norm rather than the exception. However, this frenzied adoption of mobile devices within learning has presented many new challenges for education leaders. Designing learning materials for mobile devices. Whether we’re talking about creating mobile courses and learning materials from scratch or adapting the already available ones to the restrictions of mobile design, educators have their hands full. They need to keep in mind that any learning materials they create have to conform to different standards, render well on different screen sizes and be compatible with different operating systems. Preventing security and privacy issues. All the mobile devices within a school inevitably access sensitive data: personal data of students, their parents, academic results and plans, professional data about the faculty body and even managerial information. This data must be protected, no matter the device used to access it. A secured LMS can prevent many unwanted online safety issues through automatic backups, password protection, whitelisted websites, strong settings of different access levels for users, and so on. Dealing with connectivity and battery life. Education technology may advance at a rapid pace, but the Internet infrastructure in many educational institutions often gets overwhelmed when accessed by so many devices at the same time. That’s why school management needs to ensure its capacity is updated. What’s more, they have to develop a plan B for any user that might encounter some trouble with chargers and shared power outlets. Avoiding the risk of distraction. Letting aside the physical factors, educators need to make sure the mobile devices in the classroom are not used for other purposes than learning. It’s easy for students to text with friends, play games, watch funny videos, browse social media channels or even answer calls. Smartphones and tablets remain communication devices after all. But this doesn’t mean students will always get distracted; an interesting learning activity will keep them engaged and using their mobile devices to enhance their learning. Measuring the results. The rapid pace of change in terms of mobile devices adoption in the classroom has sometimes obscured thoughtful evaluation of the efficacy of current mobile learning strategies or the examination of how and why certain types of implementations affected student achievement more than others. Mobile learning is never a stand-alone activity, so it can be really challenging for teachers to pinpoint exactly how the use of mobile devices in the classroom has improved — or not — students’ academic performance. Finding the value of going mobile. Most notably, school and district administrators are struggling with how to elevate the use of the devices from sporadic, engagement activities to instructionally rich learning experiences. It’s one thing to put mobile devices into students’ hands and a totally different one to use said technology in the most effective way possible. The journey of mobile learning in the classroom has only begun and it’s up to every educator to find the value of it. Wrapping up. Mobile technology has a great potential to enhance the learning experience and contribute to higher academic results for all students. However, the mere existence of mobile technology in the classroom is not enough to achieve this. Teachers need to use it at its full potential. So they need all the support if they are to overcome all the above challenges of mobile learning and to redefine the role mobile devices play in the classroom. The post The challenges of mobile learning in the classroom appeared first on NEO BLOG. E-learning

The Ultimate 12 Step Guide For Choosing The Perfect Learning Management System

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

5 Ways to Improve STEAM Learning at Your School

The CoolCatTeacher

Aaron Maurer on episode 140 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Aaron Maurer @ coffeechugbooks gives us five ways to improve STEAM education for kids. With high-energy examples and tips, improve STEAM at your school.

If You Look At Student Work Take a Screenshot

Teacher Tech

Screenshot Student Work When reviewing student work, it can be helpful to have a visual of what you were looking at. Since you have the student work open, why not take a screenshot (or video) of it?! When leaving feedback students are then able to see exactly what you are seeing to match what you […]. The post If You Look At Student Work Take a Screenshot appeared first on Teacher Tech. Advanced Classroom Google classroom google

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Celebrating Differences

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. The beginning of the school year is an opportune time for educators to create a classroom culture that celebrates difference, says Katherine Boles , who directs the Learning and Teaching program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

How This Teacher’s Influence Reaches Beyond Any Classroom

EdNews Daily

On August 15, 2017, 51Talk brought students from China to New York to compete in an English competition titled: The 51Talk Star Final. The contest was held at the New York Stock Exchange, where 51Talk’s top students gathered to take place in its first annual academic competition.

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.