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Why Teachers and Students Need to Learn about Their Brains in the Digital Age

EdNews Daily

By Betsy Hill. For good and bad, technology changes our brains. But then again, so does every experience we have. Our brains develop (throughout life) in interaction with our environment. As one neuroscientist puts it, our brains become what our brains do. So what are our brains doing and becoming in the digital age? This field of research is booming and some of it raises concerns.

Art, Science, and the Role of Data in Education

Iterating Toward Openness

I was a music major as an undergraduate. BFA, Music (vocal performance), Marshall University, 1997. One of my great loves is teaching music theory. I taught a little even as an undergrad, substituting when professors were away or guest teaching about indigenous Japanese music when we studied ethnomusicology. When the time came to apply to graduate school, I still hadn’t decided what I wanted to be when I grew up.

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The benefits of an empathic mindset approach to classroom management


Empathy in a general sense is the ability to “sense other people’s emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling.” That is, empathy drives us to better understand other people, at a cognitive level, or better yet, at a deeper, emotional level. It is no wonder that the teaching profession attracts many compassionate and dedicated individuals.

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10 ideas for digital end-of-semester final projects

Ditch That Textbook

After months and months of learning, it all comes down to this. The end of the semester project. How can your students encapsulate the most important parts of the semester to demonstrate learning? At the end of the semester, it’s easy to slip into “review for the test” mode. Projects let students take what they’ve […]. Ed Tech digital project ideas edtech educational technology end of semester project ideas final project ideas

Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

Celebrating the Future of Learning, One Region at a Time

Digital Promise

Educators, businesses, and researchers agree: today’s students require a new set of skills to thrive as productive citizens. They need to be digitally literate, creative, critical thinkers who can communicate in a variety of mediums and collaborate well with others, and they need to be able to work across subject disciplines to solve real-world problems. Preparing students for jobs and circumstances we cannot yet imagine means that we must prepare them to be lifelong, nimble learners.

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Neuroscience Research: 5 Ways to Superior Teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

Jared Cooney Horvath on episode 465 of the 10-Minute Teacher Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath, author of Stop Talking, Start Influencing:12 Insights from Brain Science to Make Your Message Stick gives us five ways that recent neuroscience research can help us improve our classroom teaching. Today’s show is sponsored by NetRef. See the webinar I co-hosted with NetRef How to Help Teachers Progress in Their Use of Technology.

Pi Day: An Example of an Interdisciplinary, Engaging Lesson

User Generated Education

I have the privilege of teaching my gifted elementary students for multiple years. At my one school, I have them in class for a full day each week, and each year I have special thematic days for which the students get very excited, e.g., Halloween and Day of the Dead “Wars,” Valentines Day, Book Celebrations, and Pi Day. I love planning a variety of interdisciplinary activities for these days and I love watching how 100% are fully engaged for the entire time.

The Limits of Curriculum Choice

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. In recent years, education leaders have hailed curriculum choice as a low-cost way to improve student success.

Cutting-Edge Tech To Improve Music Teaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

Music is arguably one of the most important subjects taught in school, yet is often the first to be cut away when budgets fail. Thank you, Jane Sandwood, Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, for discussing some of the online options to make teaching music easier, more effective. In a recent survey, 93% of Americans said that learning music is an important part of getting a well-rounded education.

The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).

Digital humanities in Higher Education


In my last post we left off pondering what digital humanities are and how — especially in higher education — advanced cross-sections between the written word and digital technology are creating new areas of study in the humanities. The field is in fact not as new as one might imagine. In the 1940s pioneering Jesuit scholar Dr. Roberto Busa, intended to study the concept of presence in the writings of Thomas Aquinas.

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NewseumED’s Foolproof Guide to Media Literacy

Catlin Tucker

Our students are inundated with media, but how many of them are able to differentiate between a news article and an opinion piece or recognize bias in the media? I would argue this is a critical skill we need to be teaching in schools to ensure that our students develop the skills necessary to be informed consumers of media. NewseumED , a free online resource, is committed to cultivating the First Amendment and media literacy skills they believe are critical to participating in civic life.

Mapping Out-of-School-Time Opportunities: Why It Matters

Digital Promise

If you want to plan strategically for the future, you have to know where you’re starting from in the present. That was the thought the Chicago Learning Exchange (CLX) had when creating their most recent report, “ Engaging Youth in a Connected World ,” in partnership with the University of Chicago’s Outlier Research. CLX is part of a region-wide Education Innovation Cluster —a local ecosystem of organizations working across sectors and silos to advance transformative teaching and learning.

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Subscriber Special: April

Ask a Tech Teacher

April 5th-15th: Buy a K-8 School License. get 5 free print books of the grade level you purchased. domestic purchase or freight-forwarders only). Usually, you get one desk copy for each grade level included in your school license. Between April 5th and 15th, get five per grade level. That’s enough for a team to each have one. To take advantage of this special, purchase from Structured Learning with PayPal or with a PO.

Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

How a Little Graphic Novel is Inspiring Teachers to Think

The CoolCatTeacher

Josh Stumpenhorst on Episode 464 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast Josh Stumpenhorst has written a graphic novel, Drawn to Teach. Illustrated by, Trevor Guthke, these two educators have worked to simply explain some of the problems and challenges of teaching. As for me, I’m finding this book an easy and powerful read, perfect for my spring break reading. ?? Today’s show is sponsored by NetRef.

10 tools for effective peer feedback in the classroom

Ditch That Textbook

As teachers, we strive to provide our students with quality feedback on their work. Getting feedback from their teacher is useful but getting feedback from their peers can be even more powerful. How can we begin to incorporate peer feedback into our classroom? And what tools are available to help our students begin to provide […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Teaching feedback feedback in the classroom peer feedback

Helping Parents Prepare Their Child for State Tests

Digital Promise

Home learning environment is an important factor to ensure each student meets their potential in school and beyond. The experiences students have and the beliefs and attitudes toward tests, in-school learning, and homework held by students and their parents, as well as teachers and classmates, can influence the development of student learning in all subjects.

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What You Might Have Missed in March

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of March: 33 Resources for Read Across America Day. Teaching Basic Cybersecurity Measures To Everyday People (For Parents of Digital Natives). How Readilearn grew from one woman’s dream to an exciting education resource. How Smart Tech and IoT are Making Educational Spaces More Accessible. Humorous Look at What I Learned from my Computer. Peer Feedback That Works. The Importance of SEL to Education Success. April is Financial Literacy Month.

Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.

During Education Conference Season, Why SXSWedu Tops the Charts

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

This CEO says to take advantage of all the opportunities at conferences this season, including the type of socializing and networking found at SXSWedu. The post During Education Conference Season, Why SXSWedu Tops the Charts appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Conferences Event: SXSWedu Networking

3 innovative ways to use Microsoft Edu in your classroom

Ditch That Textbook

The “Twitterverse” is filled with incredible ideas for using technology in our classrooms. We can find tons of resources for engaging our students with creative content in our classrooms: HyperDocs Slides for Interactive Notebooks 30 Google Classroom tips every teacher must know These are just a few from the Ditch That Textbook blog but there […]. Ed Tech Guest Blog edtech education educational technology microsoft edu onenote onenote for hyperdocs powerpoint

If You Liked ‘Choose Your Own Adventure,’ You’ll Love These Interactive Books!

EdNews Daily

If you thought Choose Your Own Adventure Books were fun when you were little, please check out Joe Heinzen ‘ s work and the Kickstarter initiative at the link below. These books promote so many skills our kids need for the 21st-century–from problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity–just to name a few. . Please share or contribute in this exciting initiative to help launch his new books! Kickstarter project to learn more: [link]. __.

5 Favorite Activities to End the School Year

Ask a Tech Teacher

The end of the school year is a time when both students and teachers alike are distracted by thoughts of vacation, sleeping in, and no deadlines.

Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

Learn how a thoughtful formative assessment approach can help teachers understand where students are in their learning, inform instruction, and in turn, positively impact student learning outcomes. Get the guide today!

What You Do Matters

Tom Murray

Tom shares some thoughts from a recent keynote for a state conference. For more from Tom’s YouTube Channel, click here. Blog #LeadershipMinute Culture Leadership

4 Things to Understand About Education Consulting

Education Elements

As Education Elements continues to grow, I’ve been privy to the hiring process. I think it would be helpful to explain what exactly Design Principals do.after all, a job description can only tell so much. For those interested in joining our consulting team , this article serves as a brief introduction to the role. For clients, this is a peek into the work we do both on and off-site! School Districts

5 Signs It’s Time to Go Back to School

EdNews Daily

If you’re working full-time and still broke, if you have consistent issues with landing in toxic work environments, or if you’re just bored, going back to school may be the best thing you can do. You’re Working 40+ Hours A Week and You’re Still Broke. If you’re working full-time, you’re still broke, and you have an unfinished college degree, it may be time to fix that.

New Analytics Tool From CDW, Lightspeed Systems Helps Schools Optimize Tech Use

Educational Technology Guy

New Analytics Tool From CDW, Lightspeed Systems Helps Schools Optimize Tech Use Today at COSN 2019 , CDW, in partnership with Lightspeed Systems , introduced Analytics Powered by Relay, a dashboard solution enabling K-12 schools to make informed decisions about their use of educational technology devices, applications and websites.

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The Best Ways to Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, How to Best Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School, hear the real-world experience of Steven Palomo, IT Director at Beverly Public Schools, regarding how he successfully managed his entire tech stack.

Being Mindful When Teaching Executive Functioning Skills


In the second post of her three-part series, special education teacher Sarah Kesty continues to discuss executive functioning and critical skills teachers can mindfully address with students. Her final blog post of the series will make recommendations on how teachers can structure their mini-lessons to help coach students’ executive function development. Read on to learn […]. The post Being Mindful When Teaching Executive Functioning Skills appeared first on OnCUE.

Tech Company Drops Conference Swag in Favor of 13,000 School Donations


Ten schools in the San Francisco Unified School District had their wishes granted this week—13,746 wishes, to be exact. That’s the number of items and school supplies recently donated by the San Francisco-based tech company Okta. The catch? Conference-goers to the company’s annual Bay Area event didn’t come away with any “swag” this year. That means no branded backpacks, stress balls, hoodies or fruits for the adults.

The End of the Promise of Personalized Learning?

EdNews Daily

Recently, Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo)and Senator Ed Markey (D-Ma) drafted some modifications to COPPA that have the potential to create an catastrophic damage in the Ed-Tech industry, particularly for all publishers and schools who use literally anything on the internet in educational ways. Here is the text of the bill: [link].