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Top 10 reasons to take immersive learning into your classroom


Immersive learning is considered the future of education, and research already backs this up. The main thing that introduces a game-changing aspect in the use of immersive learning is that of incorporating a more hands-on approach to the learning environment.

New Study Shows Where ‘Growth Mindset’ Training Works (And Where It Doesn’t)


A large nationwide study has found that teaching ninth graders to maintain a “growth mindset” toward learning—stressing that their minds are like muscles that can get stronger with use—can result in higher test scores.

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Anatomy of a failure: How an XQ Super School flopped

The Hechinger Report

Alec Resnick and Shaunalynn Duffy hoped to open a radically new school, in a building that would have been part of a mixed-use development in Somerville, Mass., still under construction. Photo: Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe. SOMERVILLE, Mass.

7 Ideas for Student Genius Hour and Passion Projects

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Genius hour and passion projects are transformational. Now, I strive to have personal interest projects for just about everything.

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.

K12 Inc. Tops $1 Billion in Revenues for Fiscal 2019, Even as Georgia Charter School Fight Looms

Marketplace K-12

The public company that has expanded online education, focused on creating curriculum and launched career academies, topped $1 billion in revenue in fiscal 2019, but it is embroiled in a battle in the state of Georgia. The post K12 Inc. Tops $1 Billion in Revenues for Fiscal 2019, Even as Georgia Charter School Fight Looms appeared first on Market Brief.

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Trailblazing the Path to Media Literacy Certification with Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

To thrive as content consumers and creators in an information age, media literacy is an essential skill set for both students and teachers. And the reality is that, from “fake news” to “deepfakes,” keeping up with the latest online apps, trends, and issues is an ongoing, ever-changing challenge.

Motivation to Thrive Your First Few Years of Teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

Edwin Thomas Minguela on episode 536 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today, let’s make our profession better by focusing on how we can encourage new teachers and each other. Edwin Thomas Minguela reflects upon his first two years of teaching.

If It's Easy Then it Probably Isn't Learning

A Principal's Reflections

What is the purpose of education? To many, this might seem like a ridiculous question with the answer being quite obvious. Or is it? For this post at least, let’s go with learning. Some might equate this with the successful ability to be able to recall or memorize facts and information.

Is an LMS the best grading companion for teachers?


You know those shows that interview people on the street? If random persons were to guess the hours teachers work, how many of them would get it right? Their answer might not surprise teachers. Sure, you work hard in class, but after that you get so much free time.

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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.

Boosting Digital Literacies for a Purpose

Digital Promise

Digital Promise’s Adult Learning initiative recently launched Community Impact Stories, a new series of blog posts to highlight adult learner stories across the nation.

8 Ways to Help New Teachers Thrive (and Veteran Teachers Too!)

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Immediately, we can start to help new teachers and help each other in the process. The research gives us some insight into how each of us can help other teachers thrive.

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Subscriber Special: August

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to our newsletter get news to help their tech teaching. August: 3 Ways to Learn Digital Citizenship. so you can teach your students. Building Digital Citizens: Online college-credit 5-week class.

The student loan crisis won’t disappear unless we tackle the root cause

The Christensen Institute

There’s been no shortage of potential solutions to the student loan crisis from politicos lately: “free college” and loan forgiveness efforts topping those most popular in the media.

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 Start a School Design Project

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. Schools and teachers often use summer as a time to rethink classrooms and learning spaces.

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5 Ways to Bring #Breakoutedu into Your Classroom (on a budget)

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Escape rooms or breakout boxes (which you really break into) have led to the Breakout EDU movement. If you want to get started with your breakout edu experience, here are some resources to get you started.

Online Class Starts Aug. 12th–Tech-infused Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher

MTI 562: The Tech-infused Teacher. Starts Monday, August 12, 2019! . Click to sign up.

5 reasons why these powerful innovations might be our best shot at solving poverty

The Christensen Institute

Every year, hundreds of billions of dollars are spent to help low- and middle-income countries eradicate extreme poverty.

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.

Vote for Digital Promise in the 2020 SXSW EDU PanelPicker

Digital Promise

It may be August, but we’re already planning ahead for SXSW EDU in March 2020. Public voting for the conference is now open , and we are asking for your help in voting for our proposed panels to be added to the agenda.

Effective Grouping Strategies in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Barry Hoonan on episode 539 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today, you’ll get advice for creating grouping strategies for your classroom from an expert teacher and author on the subject. Barry Hoonan, author of What Are You Grouping For?

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What You Might Have Missed in July

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of July: Great App for Future Readers: Word Zoo. Math Webtools to Support Any Curriculum. How to Help Students Find Their Passion. Wonder Workshop’s Amazing Dash. How Tech Enhances Class Performance. How to Do Student-led Conferences.

What Exercising 6000 Miles Taught Us About Strategic Planning, Leadership, and Habits

Education Elements

I released my body weight and fell to the ground. My aching shoulders wouldn't let me complete one more rep, but as I looked over at my workout partner, who would have to complete every rep that I did not, I felt a surge of energy and picked myself up once more. In that moment, inspiration struck me.

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!

Building the Right Structures for Success with Verizon Innovative Learning schools

Digital Promise

Since 2014, the Verizon Innovative Learning schools initiative—which expands to 152 schools this year—has equipped every student and teacher in select middle schools across the country with a device and up to a four-year data plan, as well as extensive professional development and support towards powerful teaching and learning that leverages technology in and out of the classroom. In its first year as a Verizon Innovative Learning school, Lassiter Middle School in Louisville, Kentucky, was among the most improved schools in the district across all grade levels and content areas based on Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test scores. “What was one change that affected every grade level, every content area?” said James Unger, Lassiter’s Verizon Innovative Learning schools coach. “It was the implementation of the technology one-to-one across the board.”. “Students are really able to adapt the iPads to their own individual needs,” said William Quaney, an English/language arts teacher at Lassiter, explaining that many of his English as a Second Language (ESL) students use the iPads to read to them so they can hear how words sound. “It really helps them grasp the language.”. Watch the video below to see how the Verizon Innovative Learning schools initiative is building the right structures for success at Lassiter Middle School, then learn more about Verizon Innovative Learning schools. The post Building the Right Structures for Success with Verizon Innovative Learning schools appeared first on Digital Promise. Blog Educators Verizon Innovative Learning Schools

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Tyler – a 7th Grade App Builder Spurred on By Genius Hour

The CoolCatTeacher

Tyler Haggerty on episode 537 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today, you’ll listen to a young man who became an entrepreneur as a result of his school’s genius hour.

25 beginning of the year activities you can use right away!

Ditch That Textbook

The beginning of the school year is filled with teaching procedures and getting to know you activities. Most of us have our tried and true go-tos that we pull out year after year. But what if we want to shake things up a bit? What if there were tons of different and innovative activities out […].

Will school wraparound supports ever fulfill their logical potential?

The Christensen Institute

In the most recent issue of Education Next , Mike McShane presents a strong take on the current state of integrated student supports—or wraparound services—in schools in his article “ Supporting Students Outside the Classroom.”.

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.