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Students Learn More When THEY Do the Work

Catlin Tucker

A major barrier to innovation in the classroom is teacher exhaustion. I regularly work with teachers who like the idea of trying new teaching strategies, blended learning models, and technology tools, but they don’t have the time or energy to experiment.

When It is OK to Miss a Day: Stop The Presses for Your Priority Person

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 60 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Consistency is important to me. I like to commit and do what I promise to do. It is hard to miss when I promise to do something. But, yesterday, I missed day 59 of 80 Days of Excellence.

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Classroom Management and Parent Engagement: 8 #EduGoalsMOOC Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Today, the Goal-Minded Teacher ( #EduGoalsMOOC ) free open online course Twitter chat took place about the topics, Classroom Management and Parent Engagement.

Celebrate Pi With Your Students (copy)

Ask a Tech Teacher

Throwback Pi Day–I’ll republish this post from last year, just to remind you of this wonderful mathematical day: Pi Day is an annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant ? (pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 since 3, 1, and 4 are the three most significant digits of ?

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Understand NGSS in 5 Minutes: Sort of

The Journal

NGSS – The Next Generation Science Standards – is the hot new way to teach science in K-12. NGSS is a revolution in science education. In our blog, we briefly try to do that revolution justice by explaining its five key terms

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Reflecting on Maker Experiences with Reflection Cards

User Generated Education

I’ve discussed the importance of reflection in my Framework for Maker Education ; and specifically discussed reflecting on the maker experiences in several of my blog posts: Reflecting on the Making Process [link]. The Maker as a Reflective Practitioner [link].

How to Build Lifelong Learners

Ask a Tech Teacher

If there is a trait above all others that I want to imbue into my students, it is curiosity. Let that include a passion to understand, connect the dots, and answer questions like, “Why?”

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Let’s Focus on the Learning

More Verbs

As I have moved through the state and talked with educators about learning through technology, including while working with MLTI (the Maine Learning Technology Initiative), too often the conversations focused on laptops and tablets and folks wondering if we could find devices that were less expensive.

When Do You Let Go of Your Grail?

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 61 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. There’s a scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where Elsa, the German who seeks the Holy Grail. Indiana Jones is trying to save her and has her hand.

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.

Learning to Read to Learn

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. By middle school, typical reading curriculums assume that students have the necessary literacy strategies to decode the writing in front of them. Lessons have shifted from “learning to read” to “reading to learn,” with students using texts to make sense of unknown concepts.

169 Tech Tip #39: My Computer Won’t Turn Off

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.

Are We Talking Technology or Are We Talking Learning

More Verbs

More and more, educators are recognizing that the true value of technology isn’t learning how to use the tools and devices, but rather using the tools and devices to learn (see here , here , and here ).

Fight the Right Things So You Can Win At Life

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 64 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Fight for a positive outlook. Fight to keep yourself willing to learn new things. Fight against complacency.

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.

Partnerships that Work: Tapping Research to Address Learner Variability in Young Readers

Digital Promise

Education technology and innovation continue to evolve, making it easier for teachers to harness the power of technology to improve education outcomes for learners. At the same time, a growing field of learning sciences research offers more precise knowledge of how learners learn.

Update a Classic Bridge Building Lesson Plan

Ask a Tech Teacher

Check out my article over at Western Governor’s University on how to update the classic bridge building lesson plan : Over the past decade, a mainstay for middle school science programs has been building toothpick bridges. This type of school project—somewhat of a rite of passage in Project Based Learning —is intended to help teach students through hands-on experience. Similar projects include baking soda volcanoes, the infamous egg drop , and growing plants as a class.

Are Students Engaged?

Battelle for Kids

We know that engagement is key to moving the needle on student achievement. But is it an elusive intangible or an indicator that can be strategically levered for improvement? What can we learn about engagement from the students themselves? P21 Blog

6 Super Science Edtech Ideas: Using Technology to Level Up Science Classrooms

The CoolCatTeacher

Leah LaCrosse on episode 272 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Leah LaCrosse shares six edtech ideas science teachers can start using today to improve learning and excite students about science.

EdTech at School

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

How Teaching Online Can Change Your Life

EdNews Daily

Guest article from teacher Elizabeth from 51Talk. My name is Mary Davisson. My teacher’s name at 51Talk is Miss Davisson (Elizabeth). I have been teaching and training for over 30+ years.

Unlocking motivation in the classroom: Strategies and tools from fellow educators

Ditch That Textbook

Getting to the gym. Folding that pile of laundry. Writing a new blog post.Some projects we find easier to get motivated for than others. The same is true for our students, our fellow educators and ourselves in the classroom. Motivation has a powerful impact in education.

Change the Narrative

A Principal's Reflections

No matter our level of digital proficiency, educators grapple with the rough-and-tumble pace that professional connectivity demands in our new age. A change of thinking is in order if we are to face a hyperlinked world of education.

What part of your life do you water with your words?

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 62 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. When someone asks you about your day, what is the first thing you call to mind? A complaint? Or a positive? What do you play when you talk about your day?

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.

5 Ingredients To Create A Culture of Innovation in Your District

Education Elements

As a part of an education consulting team I’m often hired to support schools and districts solve complex challenges-- from redesigning teaching and learning, to building leadership capacity, aligning initiatives, increasing staff retention, and restructuring professional development. In all of this work the underlying, often unspoken, need that most teams want our help with is improving team and organizational culture.

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SXSWEDU 2018 Wrap-up: Systems Change for Adult Learners?

Digital Promise

SXSWEDU 2018 wrapped up last week and once again I was struck by the wealth of information, experience, and innovation being shared across so many sessions. As usual, my focus was on adult learners and workforce development.

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With E-learning, School Doesn’t Stop for Bad Weather

Kajeet

Here’s how it goes: You get up in the morning and find the world outside your windows white with snow or shaking in hurricane-force winds. You turn on the television, check your phone for updates. Your school district, in the face of inclement weather, has made the decision to close for the day. Mobile Broadband Data and Trends WiFi for Students

Learning Science Through Authentic Investigation

The CoolCatTeacher

Kate Dobrzenski on episode 274 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Kate Dobrzenski spotlights K-4 innovative science practice.

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.