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A New Program and a New Approach to Homework

Catlin Tucker

Homework has been getting a lot of attention in the media. My Twitter feed is full of articles and blogs discussing the research on homework, particularly at the elementary level, and how counterproductive it can actually be. As a parent and teacher, I find this conversation is particularly interesting. As a parent, I marvel at the amount of work my own children–2nd and 4th grade–bring home on a weekly basis.

12 tips for using Google Apps with young students

Ditch That Textbook

There’s a common misconception with students and Google Apps: sometimes, they’re just too young to use them yet. Not so, says Christine Pinto. She teaches kindergarteners and previously taught four-year-olds in a transitional class. Regardless of their age, her students use Google Apps. No, more specifically, her students thrive with Google Apps. They create. They take pictures. [.].

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The First Days of School: Setting the Climate for Year

User Generated Education

I have written before about the beginning of the school year, Beginning the School Year: It’s About Connections Not Content. I begin all classes focusing on having the students make connections between each other and with me. I want students to learn about one another in a personal way. I want to learn about my students so my instructional strategies can be more personalized and tailored to their needs and interests.

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Tech-Savvy Seniors: Myth or Present-Day Reality?

Ask a Tech Teacher

A topic I don’t cover enough in Ask a Tech Teacher is how seniors handle the onslaught of technology in their lives. Thankfully, Beata GREEN, Director of HeadChannel Ltd. London-based bespoke software development company, has experience in this area and was willing to share her ideas. Beata is responsible for overall strategic direction and overseeing the company’s continuing growth, building closer client relationships and maintaining best working practices.

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. Making it Easier to Use OER

The Journal is an OER marketplace with 5,000,000+ open education resources. But, most excitingly, they are posting "just" 35 full courses that teachers can "copy and customize." We applaud for taking this major step in providing support for teachers who are trying to #GoOpen

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Guest Blog Post: Stuck for art lesson ideas? Check out Artsology.

EdTech4Beginners began as a side project for me as I was transitioning from working in the art world to becoming a web designer. I started making simple online games as a way to amuse my then young kids and I made the games history-related to amuse myself (I was learning programming languages and this was a fun way to practice).

17 Sites About Coin Counting

Ask a Tech Teacher

Primary schoolers learn about money. The only way to really ‘get it’ is by repetition. Here’s a list of websites to provide redundancy for each type of learner: Brain Pop Learn about Money. Cash Out. Cashtivity. Coin Counting. Coin games —from US Mint. Count Money. Counting Money. Face on money. Face on money –from Lunapic; lots of options. Make change. Money—counting. Moneyville. Money Flashcard s–APlus Math. Mr. Bouncy’s Money collection –lots of websites.

3 Ways to Teach the Way the Brain Wants to Learn

The CoolCatTeacher

A best selling neurologist shares how the brain really works From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. How do exercise, sleep, and the unique composition of the human brain impact learning? Today’s guest, neuroscientist John Medina , shares his views on where schools are falling short. Today’s show is a thought-provoking and edgy discussion sure to evoke a lively discussion in your PLC. If you love Brain Rules , listen to today’s show.

5 Surefire Ways to Engage Students the First Week of School

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. My good friend Jim Sturtevant is the most engaging teacher I’ve ever known. On his blog and his Hacking Engagement podcast, Sturtevant helps educators learn to engage students in all grades and subjects. In a recent blog post, the author Hacking Engagement: 50 Tips and Tools to Engage Teachers and Learners Daily shares 5 surefire ways […]. The post 5 Surefire Ways to Engage Students the First Week of School appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

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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).

Why Teachers Make Some of the Best Entrepreneurs

EdNews Daily

There is a new type of entrepreneur quickly rising in almost every city in America. They have a significant impact on the lives of many people. Do you know someone in education who is motivated, mission-driven, passionate, smart, and can create something new? If the answer is yes, you know an edupreneur. Edupreneurs are game-changing innovators who are bursting with education technology ideas and creativity.

Tech Ed Resources for your Homeschool Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m taking a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, by tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do.

3 Ways Classroom Design Impacts Student Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Research on classroom design with Peter Barrett From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Peter Barrett gives us an overview of his classroom design research in today’s show. Peter and his co-authors found a 16% impact of classroom design on the learning of 3766 primary school students in the UK. Peter breaks down the study into individual factors like light, air quality, and nature.

Disruptive Innovation

A Principal's Reflections

Education is ripe for disruptive change leading to innovative practices that improve learning outcomes for our students. What might have worked in the past will not necessarily have the same impact today, as the world has changed dramatically in a short period of time. It’s safe to say that the seismic shifts we are witnessing as a result of technological advances will continue to reshape our world in ways that we could never have imagined.

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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.

Guest Post: Is Virtual Reality For Education All Hype?


VR is here to stay, love it or hate it. The technology has already been adopted by school teachers in various locations across the US. To name a few, San Francisco Unified School District and Polk County Public Schools in Florida are reported to have adopted VR technology, Fortune says. VR is not just a cool new technology; it actually makes matters possible for kids that weren’t possible before.

35 Take-aways from Summer 2016 Professional Development

Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher’s Summer PD 2016 just ended. A couple dozen of us–teachers, library media specialists, tech integrationists, and lab teachers–gathered virtually for three-five-week-classes that included: The Tech-infused Teacher. The Tech-infused Classroom. The Differentiated Teacher. Teach Writing with Tech. 20 Webtools in 20 Days. We talked about curriculum maps, warm-up and exit tickets, backchannel devices, building a PLN, screenshots, and screencasts.

FREE WEBINAR: 9 Ways Writing Has Been Reinvented in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Join me, August 25 at 7pm EDT From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Writing has been reinvented. Learn about the tools, techniques and writing tips that are changing everything. Thursday, August 25, 7pm EDT. Register Now. The webinar is live and free. As with the other webinars, I’ll be recording and posting this on the store. Check out my book Reinventing Writing.

Smart classroom furniture fot the 21st century students


We’re 16 years into the new millennium, yet the standard classroom seems to be stuck into a long-gone past. Educational institutions still have to deal with a lot of bureaucracy. Even though most teachers do their best in delivering 21st century instruction, the traditional learning environment — the classroom as we know it — doesn’t seem to be an ally. On the contrary, the stiff rows of desks, and the teacher area vs. students area hinder the learning process rather than support it.

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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.

Data Analytics Can Drive Startups in the Right Direction

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Guest post by Xan Tanner, co-founder of Panorama Education. When you walk into the offices of Panorama Education , you immediately see the two most important forces aligning us as a team hanging on our walls: our values and our performance metrics dashboards. Panorama’s values are the “North Star” for the everyday decisions we make.

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[PL Summit Series] Thank you Ed Elements: A Win-Win Experience!

Education Elements

“At RUSD it all starts with a conversation.”. When we were asked to present at the Education Elements Personalized Learning Summit in San Francisco this past May, we were honored to have an opportunity to bring others on this amazing journey and to include them in on this conversation of personalized learning at Riverside Unified. Our students live in a world today in which 21st Century skills are crucial to their success and their ability to contribute globally in a positive manner.

3 ways to make classrooms more interactive

eSchool News

Key points: Educators know that interactive instructional approaches are more likely to engage students, but they must integrate technology in meaningful ways. Gamifying lessons can help students focus while increasing engagement. Turn lectures into back-and-forth conversations between teachers and students. Consider peer instruction.

A Brick In The Path (Promised Lands Are Never Promises Kept)

The Jose Vilson

“Originally a biblical reference to the land of Canaan promised to the descendants of Jacob, The Promised Land represented a new physical space where the old social order would be dissolved and from which opportunity would spring. The Promised Land was geographic, political, and simultaneously corporeal and non-corporeal.” ” From the beginning of the book Inequality In The Promised Land : Race, Resources, and Suburban Schooling , Professor R.

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!

Even Pandas Get Performance Reviews: Why First-Time Reviews are Hard

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Did you know even the giant pandas at the National Zoo in Washington DC get performance reviews? Yup: They’re rated on their health, training and “adorableness.”. In my former life as a public radio journalist, I hated getting performance reviews. It felt like my on-air work should have been enough to evaluate my performance. But even though my output was public in the stories I wrote, produced and voiced, I still had a yearly sit-down with my manager. Now I’m the manager.

Welcome Back to School - tips, resources and more to help you get off to a great start.

Educational Technology Guy

Welcome back to school! I hope everyone had a great summer and was able to relax and recharge. Most schools around here start next week, with new teachers starting this week. The beginning of the year is always a little crazy for all teachers. Getting your room setup, implementing new ideas into your lesson plans, getting to know your students, and just settling back in to the routine can be busy and stressful. Remember to not over do it and take time for yourself.

Making a MakerSpace


“Rise up, it’s time to take a shot.” ” – My Shot from HAMILTON. That’s all Michael Stephens and I had to go on when we gathered in his 4th grade classroom to hatch a plan to build a MakerSpace. It was early in the year and I was new to the school, looking for a kindred spirit. When I was hired my principal said I would get along with this fourth grade teacher, and she was right. Michael and I spoke the same nerd language and we shared philosophies on teaching.

Part 4: Facilitating Inquiry in the Classroom… Questions and Search Engines

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to this fourth post in a series that promotes student inquiry in the classroom. In this post, I wish to emphasize the idea of knowing what search engines to use for student questions. You will discover multiple resources in this series along with some great ideas for finding student success in student owned inquiry. Before reading, please take a moment to subscribe by email or RSS and also give me a follow on Twitter at mjgormans.

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.

NEW! Google Forms: Add Images to Answer Choices

Teacher Tech

Add Images to Google Forms One of the best new Google Apps features launched last week is the update to Google Forms. The previous version only allowed you to add an image separately from the question. The update allows you to add a picture to the question itself and also to multiple choice answer choices. […]. The post NEW! Google Forms: Add Images to Answer Choices appeared first on Teacher Tech. Forms Google Intermediate

Labor Day Past & Present


We look at Labor Day's origin and the United States labor movement’s past triumphs and current challenges. You'll find resources for history and current events across grades 4-8. History & social studies Resources blue collar grades 4-8 history labor day labor movement middle grades origin politics social studies unions US labor movement

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Should Pedagogy Always Drive Technology?

EdTech Magazine

By Matt Renwick An elementary school principal argues for the importance of letting technology shape education. Classroom Collaboration Curriculum Digital Content