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Lego models and innovating in K­–12 schools

The Christensen Institute

Perhaps because it’s the holiday season and gifts of model planes, trains, and automobiles are on my mind, but visions of K­–12 learning models are dancing in my head. A central argument in Disrupting Class was that technology couldn’t be a silver bullet to cure the challenges public education faces.

11 Ways to Update Your Online Presence (copy)

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This week, I’ll post my updated suggestions for three holiday activities that will get your computers and technology ready for the blitz of teaching that starts after the New Year.


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Unlocking the Potential of Students

A Principal's Reflections

What are you good at and why? I am sure a list of things comes to mind. Now think about how this list of items plays out in your daily life. We all have strengths, and a common reaction is to leverage these as much as possible. I see this a great deal in my work coaching leaders.

Rebound: How Do Schools Bounce Back after the Pandemic?

The CoolCatTeacher

Acceleration Research with Dr. Douglas Fisher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Acceleration research can teach us how to accelerate learning.

6 Tips for EdTech Evaluation by Adult Learning Institutions

Many continuing adult education institutions have turned to technology used by higher ed with the following benefits: elevates teaching and learning, scales to address changes in staffing, enrollment and budget, and protects student and institutional data.

6 Digital tools that encourage computational thinking


Computational thinking is an innovative approach to teaching that redesigns the STEM and ELA curriculums on a new framework.

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Why school might look a little different these days

Dangerously Irrelevant

Below is a 15-minute video that I made for a school district’s families and community members. The first 3.5 minutes will sound familiar to those of you who’ve watched my TEDxDesMoines talk. After that, I branch into some new directions… Hope this is useful to you. Happy viewing!

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10 Ways to Use Defined Learning for Project-Based Learning Excellence

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Defined Learning is a fantastic way to bring project-based learning to every grade level and subject area.

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Best practices for a great school-community collaboration


Previously, we discussed why building school-community partnerships is important and how it benefits students and teachers alike. . In a nutshell, the most significant advantage is providing real-life examples, so students have a better idea of what they are learning.

Math Scores Drop Again

Ask a Tech Teacher

Engaging children in math learning is a problem that continues relentlessly, year after year. We don’t seem to know how to fix the dropping math scores (and reading but that’s for another article). We can’t even blame it on COVID!

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White Paper: Enabling digital creativity with Augmented Reality in K12 education

We have conducted 2 research projects on teaching with AR. This research has been conducted with the UiO and the UiS. The resulting white paper is an in-depth look at the state of creative learning through the use of 3D modeling and exploration in AR.

Five Ways To Improve Learning Standards In Education


The education system changes constantly. It never stays in one place because of new technologies and innovative learning techniques that move it forward. The two most important questions that have always been around are: What must-have skills should educators teach students? What are the ways of improving learning standards in education? For years, we have been striving to develop an education system that would create bright and creative minds to adapt to upcoming changes and make innovations.

Are you a goal-setter or a goal-getter?

Education Elements

While I was teaching 9th grade English Language Arts, one of my mentor teachers shared the concept of the “Big Hairy Audacious Goal” (BHAG) with me. Beyond a SMART goal, it’s a goal that you might collaboratively set – that is big, important, and maybe even a little bit of a stretch.


Security Tools for K–12 Districts in Today’s Cloud Environments

EdTech Magazine

Before the cloud, schools hosted everything on-premises. Servers, files, data — it all existed where users resided and where district IT teams could manage and secure it: locally. Cloud users, conversely, rent space on a computer system that exists outside of the district’s walls.

The Return to Rigorous Mathematics

Ask a Tech Teacher

One of my favorite PD sites, EdWeb , recently offered a free webinar (with CE Certificate) on Returning to Rigorous Mathematics. Here’s a preview: As students return to a hopefully more typical school year, learning is likely to be anything but typical.

2021 Trends in Online Student Demographics’s second annual report on online student demographics explores the characteristics of today’s online students and their insights on college decision-making and the online learning experience amid the challenges of COVID-19.

Bouncy the Service Dog, from Ripple Effects


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Student & Teacher Perception Surveys: Elevating Stakeholder Voice for 20 Years

Education Elements

In the fall of 2005, I sat down at my desk in Mr. Powers’ 11th-grade history class and was asked to complete a survey. This was an interesting and surprising development, as no one in my 12 years of schooling had thought to ask my opinion about anything.

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Brazilian innovators should look to companies in growth markets—not Silicon Valley—for inspiration

The Christensen Institute

This piece was co-authored by Christimara Garcia, a volunteer at the Christensen Institute and founder of Catalyze Innovations Initiative, a Brazilian market-creating innovation action tank.

Have Santa Call Your Kids!

Ask a Tech Teacher

DialMyCalls (an AATT sponsor) has a special Christmas offer for kids: Free Santa Calls To Your Family This Christmas. This Christmas we have a great gift for everyone! Whether you’re an existing DialMyCalls user or not, you can take advantage of our completely free phone call from Santa.

Why Genentech Is Transforming the Employee Experience for Mental Health Leave

Speaker: Deborah Olson, Lead Strategist, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group & Smita Das, MD, PhD, MPH, Medical Director, Lyra Health

Employees with the greatest mental health needs often find themselves navigating a complex disability system. Streamlining their mental health leave and recovery time leads to an overall more productive workforce. In this Lyra webinar, hear how Genentech is changing the employee experience to provide fast access to care for members who are suffering from severe mental health needs.

Playing with Ed Tech: Using Digital Tools in Kindergarten Classrooms

EdTech Magazine

Christine Pinto and Jessica Twomey, the duo behind Innovating Play, face unique challenges when it comes to integrating technology into their classrooms. They’re just learning their letters, and capitals usually come first.

Ditch that Textbook Digital Summit


What if you had access to a really GOOD Netflix-style online professional development? You know, not boring videos of stuff that you’ll never use, but practical ideas. Inspiration. Plug and play activities you can use in class tomorrow. And from speakers you KNOW you’ll love to listen to.

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Reaching net-zero is as much about reducing barriers as it is about clean tech

The Christensen Institute

Depending on one’s perspective, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) was either an encouraging step towards meaningful climate action, or more of the same empty promises that won’t get fulfilled. Ever the optimist, Bill Gates belongs to the first camp.

14 Holiday Websites and 9+ Projects

Ask a Tech Teacher

Need a few websites to fill in free minutes? Here are Holiday websites that will keep students busy while teaching them: 12 Days of Christmas. Christmas Celebrations Across the World (video). Christmas puzzles and games. Christmas—history—fun video. Christmas Traditions Around the World (video).

3 Templates for Uncomplicating Your Product Management Process

In this workbook, you’ll find a comprehensive set of templates product development and cross-functional teams can adopt to better leverage your existing skills and your data.

Schools and States Continue to Seek Connectivity Solutions for Students

EdTech Magazine

When they transitioned to remote learning during the pandemic, many K–12 schools encountered challenges trying to ensure all students could access course materials and instruction.

Expanding into Early Childhood Is Good for Edtech Companies. Is It Good for Kids?


For years, the global learning platform Kahoot has been growing its foothold in the K-12 space through acquisitions and add-ons to its popular quiz platform. On Wednesday, Kahoot expanded its reach even further, launching a product designed specifically for children 2 through 7.

Problem-Based Learning: Strategies for Forming Effective Learning Behaviors


Problem-based learning starts with a question; a real-life question. It’s an educational method that seeks to engage people in what they’re learning. It also seeks to increase the retention of. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].

Poster of Keyboard Shortcuts in Google Slides

Teacher Tech

Get this free poster of Google Slides keyboard shortcuts to help you be more efficient at using Google Slides. The post Poster of Keyboard Shortcuts in Google Slides appeared first on Teacher Tech. Google Slides google keyboard shortcuts keytips slides

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2021 Trends in College Career and Employment Planning

In this second annual report, part of the research series, 624 business leaders shared how their companies and organizations currently recruit and hire college students from both online and campus-based programs.