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How to Talk Tech with Your Superintendent

EdTech Magazine

How to Talk Tech with Your Superintendent. marquita.brown_tC0Z. Wed, 11/13/2019 - 15:28. Running a district IT department becomes increasingly challenging as more technology enters the schools, classrooms and students’ hands. That’s why, when I was an IT director, one of my biggest concerns was building and maintaining an open line of communication with my superintendent. Other IT administrators often ask me how to do that, and my answer touches on trust, curriculum priorities and community.

How to build your global classroom in 4 steps


Globalization has an impact on various aspects of our lives. We live in an age where global issues that affect us all are pushing us to collaborate and to understand different perspectives. In schools, teaching from a global perspective can be quite challenging. Growth comes from stepping out of our comfort zones, which classrooms can become quite easily.

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12 Ideas and Resources to Inspire Students to Show Kindness

Teacher Reboot Camp

“There’s no such things as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” ” – Scott Adams. This Wednesday, November 13th, is World Kindness Day! The resources below will help your students understand what kindness means and why showing kindness is important to making the world a better place.

Catch the Flipgrid fever! 30+ ways to use Flipgrid in your class

Ditch That Textbook

Bring the back row in class to the FRONT row! Flipgrid, a FREE video discussion platform, gives all students a voice. Here are more than 30 ideas on how to use it in class. This post is by Karly Moura, a teacher on special assignment (TOSA) in Mount Diablo USD in Concord, California. You can follow […]. The post Catch the Flipgrid fever! 30+ ways to use Flipgrid in your class appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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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.

16 Sites, 3 Aps, 7 Projects for Thanksgiving

Ask a Tech Teacher

Need a few websites and apps to fill in sponge time? Here are Thanksgiving websites that will keep students busy and still teach them: Berenstein Bears Give Thanks (app). Canadian Thanksgiving. Online/Offline Thanksgiving activities. Plimoth Plantation. Thanksgiving edu-websites–CybraryMan. Thanksgiving Games. Thanksgiving games and puzzles. Thanksgiving games–Quia. Thanksgiving information –history, more. Thanksgiving Jigsaw. Thanksgiving Jigsaw II. Thanksgiving Lesson Plans.

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Every Person Counts: How the 2020 U.S. Census Could Impact Adult Education

Digital Promise

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States. The next census in 2020 will require counting a population of around 330 million people in more than 140 million housing units. By April 1, 2020, every household will receive an invitation to complete a form—either online, by phone, or by mail—that asks questions about all of the people who live and sleep in a household, regardless of their citizenship status.

How to use Chromebooks offline for elearning day activities, homework

Ditch That Textbook

No internet at home? No problem. Set up Chromebooks and laptops with offline access to G Suite. Your elearning day activities just got a lot more interesting!Having Having Chromebooks and G Suite can supercharge learning in class. Information is at students' fingertips. They can create digitally with what they learn. They can share, collaborate and make […]. The post How to use Chromebooks offline for elearning day activities, homework appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

How to Improve Checks for Understanding

A Principal's Reflections

A great deal of time is spent developing and providing feedback on lessons with the goal being student learning. Regardless of the terminology that is used, virtually every plan follows a format to help achieve this outcome. As I have discussed previously, the anticipatory set at the beginning and closure at the end are critical strategies that can assist any teacher or administrator in determining the efficacy of a lesson.

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A Guide to Self-Care for Parents: Why Making Time For Yourself Matters


Parenthood can be rewarding, but is it ever busy, too! Between taking children to school and managing other to-dos, some days it may feel like you don’t get a minute to yourself. And even when you hear about, self-care, you may dismiss it as frivolous, unnecessary, or even selfish. But self-care has little to do with self-absorption and everything to do with health and wellness.

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).

HE trends: How do students decide to study?


Attracting prospects from a variety of different countries and regions stops higher education institutions from becoming overly dependent on a single market, and thus less vulnerable to economic fluctuations and student mobility trends. It also ensures that your educational community and learning culture is enriched with a mosaic of different cultures, languages, and voices. Read more: HE Challenges: Combating declining completion rates.

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20 Google Sites tips and tricks

Ditch That Textbook

Google Sites provide us and our students with the ability to create beautiful web pages. There are so many other ways to use this tool. Here are 20 tips and tricks you might be surprised to know!Google Google Sites has been around for a long time and a few years ago Google Sites got a major update. […]. The post 20 Google Sites tips and tricks appeared first on Ditch That Textbook. DitchBook Twitter chat G Suite google sites

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Encouraging Students To Take Responsibility For Their Education

Ask a Tech Teacher

This topic is a hot button for me. So many parents think education is the school’s job and student think it’s SUD–Some Other Dude’s responsibility but not them. I was thrilled when Ask a Tech Teacher guest author, Pete McAllister, sent this article in: While teachers are often challenged with students who lack responsibility and self-motivation, enhancing student learning can be a tedious ongoing task.

Breaking Out of the Habit Loop of Working Inertia

Education Elements

Have you ever caught yourself working deadline to deadline without coming up for air? I have and I’ve sworn to myself it would be the last time, only to return to that place and wonder, how did I get here again? Inertia is a property of matter by which it remains in uniform motion within its existing state.

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.

The Role of the School Administrator in Classroom Coaching

Digital Promise

Research on instructional coaching shows that when defined, understood, and implemented as a principal-coach-teacher partnership, teacher coaching programs can be more effective. Engaged principals are key to a successful coaching program.

Ditch those homework packets with family choices boards

Ditch That Textbook

Can we shift the homework culture while still bridging home-school connections? It's possible with family choice boards. Read on for examples, templates and ideas for getting started. This post is written by Susan Stewart, PK-12 Instructional Technology Coach in California. Susan is a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer with a passion for technology integration in […]. The post Ditch those homework packets with family choices boards appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

Integrate OUR Curricula into Your Kiddom Digital Platform

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’m a big believer in online web-based curricula that can be accessed from any browser, any digital device, any location. It makes learning organic, part of life rather than something that must happen from a certain book or room. To me, the growing popularity of web-based curricula is no surprise. The problem is trying to blend them effortlessly into a class LMS or learning platform without lots of extra clicks and logins.

3 Ways to Thank Administrators

The CoolCatTeacher

Frank Buck on Episode 389 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Thankfulness is modeled and shown by how we appreciate those around us. In today’s show, Dr. Frank Buck gives some creative ways to thank administrators. If you’re planning ahead for the holidays, you’ll have time to work on these ideas at your school. Sponsor: The U.S.

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.

Riding the Wave of Complexity: Planning for Concept-Based Teaching and Learning

Digital Promise

Making sense of the world today is like trying to surf that monster wave we see in the ocean. It’s complex and changes rapidly. While it may seem daunting and a bit precarious, we can learn to ride it with a shift in focus. By seeing the “big picture” of where we are heading while responding to the shifting landscape under our feet, we can navigate that wave. Understanding the world is about seeing patterns and making connections.

Some Thoughts about OER Research

Iterating Toward Openness

I read an article back in June (reference below) that prompted some memories and catalyzed some additional thoughts. In the mid-late aughts and early teens, when I was still serving as chair for doctoral students, I often had conversations like this: Student (bursting into my office): I have an exciting idea for my dissertation research! Me: Let’s hear it! Student: I’ll study whether students learn better with OER than with traditional course materials!

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Policy Watch: Educators Can Teach Lawmakers What Our Students Need

EdNews Daily

School leaders can help lawmakers create better education legislation by keeping them informed of current challenges and offering pragmatic solutions. By Glen Miller. It’s no secret to educators that students are not meeting literacy benchmarks. A recent report on reading performance from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) found that 63 percent of students in 4 th grade are reading at a “basic” or “below basic” level.

PleIQ: the early-years interactive smart toy that fosters multiple intelligences through an Augmented Reality experience

Educational Technology Guy

PleIQ: the early-years interactive smart toy that fosters multiple intelligences through an Augmented Reality experience PleIQ (Play-Q) is the best new educational toy that beautifully merges the physical and digital worlds to provide our children with an immersive learning experience. PleIQ is the perfect complement to high-quality classroom instruction—a hands-on, 21 st Century, augmented reality toy that appeals to all learning styles. PleIQ is designed with every early learner in mind.

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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!

San Diego Area Middle School Pilots MakerBit


Los Coches Creek Middle School is computer science & media arts middle school, and this year we had the opportunity to be a pilot site for Roger Wagner’s MakerBit. MakerBit allows students to add interactivity to their traditional school projects, and from there, go on to exploring coding and fulfilling the objectives of a computer […]. The post San Diego Area Middle School Pilots MakerBit appeared first on CUE, Inc


Too few parents talk to their kids about race and identity, report finds

The Hechinger Report

Sign up for our Early Education newsletter. Choose from our newsletters. Weekly Update. Future of Learning. Higher Education. Mississippi Learning. Proof Points. Early Childhood. Leave this field empty if you're human: Too few parents and teachers are talking about race, gender and other identity traits with children often enough, which means they are missing out on critical opportunities to teach children to become tolerant of differences from an early age.

Why Your School Should Stick to Core Principles Instead of Market Trends

EdNews Daily

By Steve Halliwell and Cheryl Miller. What’s hot in education technology? A better question might be, what’s hot in EdTech this year ? It’s no surprise that the sector is growing – and quickly. In 2017, EdTech industry investments rose to a record-breaking $9.5 billion. Just the first half of this year alone, the United States neared one billion in EdTech funding. And this means that more classroom solutions are entering the market than ever before.

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5 Homework Assignments for the Thanksgiving Break

Teacher Tech

A friendly reminder that a break is a break. This is not an excuse to give extra work to students. There is NO research that suggests that we should give students work to do over the Thanksgiving break or any break. Actually, rest and breaks are very important. So please, let your students have a […]. The post 5 Homework Assignments for the Thanksgiving Break appeared first on Teacher Tech. Blog Entries


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.

Conferring: A Powerful Tool Across Disciplines


Unlike quick teacher check-ins, teaching conferences allow for a deep conversation with a student in just 5 or 6 minutes. And they’re not just for ELA teachers and balanced literacy. Katie McGrath shares step by step conferring tips to target learning in any content area. Articles Conferring content areas disciplines feedback framework individualized instruction Katie McGrath prompts teaching conferences

The Definition Of Peer Teaching: A Sampling Of Existing Research

TeachThought - Learn better.

Peer teaching occurs when students, by design, teach other students. The post The Definition Of Peer Teaching: A Sampling Of Existing Research appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching Definitions Strategies

Educational Math Apps for High School Students

Educators Technology

This is our first post in a series of posts which will be dedicated entirely to educational iPad apps to use with high school students. Today's list, we curated from iTunes app store, is about more