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Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do

User Generated Education

This morning I was thinking about the things that all young people should know how to do regardless of income, geographical location, life goals, etc. I started a list – see below. Some have “always” been true – some are unique to this century of learning.

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Ways to Get Technology into Your Classrooms

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! I’ve been quite blessed to travel to over 20 countries and help teachers integrate technology even in places with very little funding. You can watch a video of me helping students in Ogulin, Croatia to get an idea of what this looks like in action. Often, we are not fortunate to work in schools that provide us with the budget to get the technology we want.

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The Myth and Reality of 'Disruptive Students'

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Some of the same students who were chronically disruptive in one classroom, were attentive and engaged in another. The difference was the teacher and the teaching style employed. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org.

Personalized Learning: Is It?

The Journal

“Personalized learning” is rapidly gaining popularity in the United States. In our blog we cast a critical eye on this specific use of technology in education. Cutting to the chase — and answering the question in the blog’s title — no

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

Experiences in Self-Determined Learning: Moving from Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0

User Generated Education

Lisa Marie Blaschke, Mr. Chris Kenyon, and Dr. Stewart Hase contacted a group of us due to our interest in heutagogy for the purpose of writing a chapter in an edited book. This past week, because of their hard work, this book has been published through Amazon.

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The Best Presentation Advice We've Ever Received

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

As a startup entrepreneur, you''ll give a lot of presentations: presenting at business plan competitions, showcasing your product to prospective customers, pitching in front of investors. Here is some of the best advice we have heard about how to prepare for presentations.

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Visionary Leadership and iPads

iTeach with iPads

“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.”-Helen Helen Keller. Image courtesy of Creative Commons. I’ve spent the last 24 hours with Apple and the schools chosen for the ConnectEd initiative.

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Expanded Data Visualization: A Further Look at Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing

Digital Promise

When looking at the findings from “Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing,” our recent study of the key obstacles and potential solutions for the personalized learning marketplace, we identified several key takeaways from the data. You can read all about that here.

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Creating Digital Books to Help Others: 20+ Apps, Tools & Ideas

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! During one of my teaching internships, my mentor had us create books we read to children from the Boys and Girls Club. I still have my construction paper book with my poor drawings. My artistic abilities didn’t matter to the kids who were just excited to have someone spend time with them. Our learners have the power to greatly impact others with their creations.

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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.

Taking An Hour Of Code

The Web20Classroom

Recently my daughter and I have been enjoying our Kano computer. If you haven''t heard, a Kano is a small Raspberry Pi computer you build yourself. For under a $150 bucks it''s a steal because you get to program it to do pretty much whatever you want.

Differentiate and Personalize Literacy Instruction for Your Elementary Classroom!

Kleinspiration

Adaptive, Personalized Learning for Literacy Instruction in Blended Learning Environments What Is Lexia Core5 ? Lexia Reading Core5 is an online literacy program developed with an instructional model and scope and sequence based on research published in numerous peer reviewed journals.

Stop Ignoring Google+

A Principal's Reflections

In case you didn''t know there are thousands of educators and an array of learning communities over at Google+. The bottom line is that many people are missing out on some great content, resources, and conversation.

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Ways to Get Technology into Your Classrooms

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! I’ve been quite blessed to travel to over 20 countries and help teachers integrate technology even in places with very little funding. You can watch a video of me helping students in Ogulin, Croatia to get an idea of what this looks like in action. Often, we are not fortunate to work in schools that provide us with the budget to get the technology we want.

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.

Scratch - free, easy to use "programming" system from MIT

Educational Technology Guy

Scratch is a free, easy to use, web app from MIT that allows students to create basic programs using a visual interface. Students can program animations, games and videos by dragging blocks together. Each block represents a function and snap together to create the program.

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Giving Students Flexibility With Competency-Based Education

Digital Promise

Asante Johnson is a technology integration coach and STEM teacher at District of Columbia Public Schools ’ Wheatley Education Campus. Last month, Johnson joined a handful of educators from the League of Innovative Schools on a tour of three public school districts in New Hampshire, a leader in competency-based education. When I landed in New Hampshire, I was eager to see competency-based education in action at the secondary level.

Voxer: Have Fun with Speaking & Listening

Catlin Tucker

This week I was invited to join an ongoing conversation with a small group of English teachers using Voxer. Voxer is a live messaging app that combines the functionality of the classic walkie talkie with texting and photo sharing capabilities.

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Creating Digital Books to Help Others: 20+ Apps, Tools & Ideas

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! During one of my teaching internships, my mentor had us create books we read to children from the Boys and Girls Club. I still have my construction paper book with my poor drawings. My artistic abilities didn’t matter to the kids who were just excited to have someone spend time with them. Our learners have the power to greatly impact others with their creations.

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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.

Evernote gets lots of upgrades and new features

Educational Technology Guy

Evernote , my go to app for notes, materials, project management, and so much more, has gotten some great new updates recently. I have been a long time user, using it first for notes, lesson plans, collecting resources and research, contacts, project management, a digital file cabinet, and more.

Bring Focus to Blended Learning with 12 Starting Ideas… Plus a Free ISTE Webinar

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a post where I focus on some simple ways you can begin to blend your learning. I call them starter ideas.

ThingLink Expert Educator Roundup

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

As the ThingLink Education Community Manager, I am rounding up talented educators who are interested in joining our professional learning network of Expert Educators. This is a great opportunity to learn, share and grow within our professional learning community. Do you LOVE ThingLink?

31 Days of Digital Goodies

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar. One way to engage students is to create interactive digital calendars. December is the month for advent calendars, so I’ve created the Digital Ideas 2014 Advent Calendar to give you a hands-on example of how this works. Throughout December, you will discover free web tools, apps, and resources by clicking on each day in the calendar below. You will also be given a challenge so that you are motivated to try out these ideas.

EdTech at School

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

Autodesk offers free software to all students and schools

Educational Technology Guy

Autodesk , make of AutoCAD and other CAD and design software titles, is now offering AutoCAD and Fusion 360 free for education use. Students can use it at home and at school, giving them and teachers new tools for them to use in some great projects.

Sphero and the Inclined Plane

My Paperless Classroom

The more I collaborate with great teachers the more I am convinced that teaching is a team sport. I am lucky this year because I get to work with Megan, the STEM coordinator for the lower grades as well as 8 other problem solving roles.

Learning to Read Digital Text

The Thinking Stick

Photo Credit: mortsan via Compfight cc. During presentations the comment: “So you think we should do away with all physical books?” ” comes up from time to time.

Engage Any Audience with Google Voice Texting

The Innovative Educator

Innovative educators love presenting to tech-savvy audiences. It''s backchannel galore with as folks Tweet, tag, and hashtag away. It''s great fun to live Tweet from the stage and pull audience polls up while on stage.

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.