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Unpacking our educators’ belief systems

Dangerously Irrelevant

Recently I shared some stories of youth using technology in amazing, empowered ways with a group of educators. One of them asked me: So you believe that students should be on computers all the time in school? I was taken aback for a second.

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Culture of Trust is Key for School Safety

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

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Hacking the Education Narrative with Dungeons & Dragons

MindShift

A timid ninth-grade student cautiously approaches the table with downcast eyes, picks up the oddly shaped dice, shakes them awkwardly and rolls.

September is National Preparedness Month, so Be Prepared!

Educational Technology Guy

September is National Preparedness Month , which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and visit. This year will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen.

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.

The Secret Agents of Jordan Jackson Elementary School

The CoolCatTeacher

Rayna Freedman on Episode 353 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Rayna Freedman inspires her elementary students with a spy-themed classroom experience that runs throughout the year.

Making Rhode Island a Home for Innovation

Digital Promise

In Rhode Island, the name “ EduvateRI ” represents the efforts of committed education innovators who have been collaborating since 2012 to seed, inspire, and scale innovation across the state.

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Five Stories of Transformation from Our Fifth Annual Report

Education Elements

This week, we released our 2017-2018 Annual Report. The report marks eight years since Education Elements was founded, and our fifth such report.

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Let’s Try Because Our Students Need Us: A Story of Persistent Edtech Integration

The CoolCatTeacher

Evan Mosier in Episode 352 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. IT Integrator, Evan Mosier, and his teacher friend, Tom, have a remarkable story of persistence when first working to integrate Google Classroom.

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Who are great blended-learning teachers?

The Christensen Institute

What does it take to be a great teacher in a blended program? To ask that same question in education parlance, what competencies — meaning motives, traits, self-concepts, values, knowledge, and skills—matter most for teachers who are substituting online learning for part of face-to-face instruction?

Incented memorization

Dangerously Irrelevant

Seth Godin said: Useful modern education is not the work of rote. When you tell someone the answer and then give them a test to see if they remember what you told them, that’s not education, it’s incented memorization. via [link]. Related Posts. The hidden cost of an achievement-oriented curriculum.

Today’s Curriculum for the Higher Ed HR Leader

Speaker: Joseph Clay, Business Transformation Strategist at Oracle, and Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Today’s universities and colleges face many challenges ranging from reconciling financial pressures, to ensuring student success, to managing complicated workforce dynamics. One thing they all have in common: Their head of HR must align the HR function to best support the institution as it navigates this current landscape.

Collaborative Dot Day Book with Pages

iTeach with iPads

Merriam Webster defines “create” as to produce through imaginative skill. What struck me is the word “ skill” Creative acts are a means of self-expression, but I hadn’t really thought of it before as a skill.

5 Ideas for A Positive Cultural Impact

The CoolCatTeacher

Aaron Polansky on episode 355 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Aaron Polansky gives us five exciting ways to have a positive cultural impact in your school now. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

#QRBreakIN: A game-changing approach to old-school centers

Ditch That Textbook

My 11th-grade English students loved escape room activities in class. But I was bugged by the fact that not every student ended up having access to every puzzle each time we ran these scenarios. Some students might breeze through two or three activities in the same time it took a group of their classmates to […]. Ed Tech Guest Blog digital breakout games qr break in qr codes in the classroom

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Five Stories of Transformation from Our Fifth Annual Report

Education Elements

This week, we released our 2017-2018 Annual Report. The report marks eight years since Education Elements was founded, and our fifth such report.

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Innovators Worth Watching: Western Governors University

The Christensen Institute

Welcome to our “Innovators Worth Watching” series, spotlighting interesting and potentially disruptive players across a spectrum of industries. Now in its third decade, Western Governors University (WGU) has students in every U.S.

How Much Time Should a Student Spend At School?

The CoolCatTeacher

A Global Search for Education, Cathy Rubin, Post From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. How much time should a student spend at school? In the age of electronic media, a school could be everywhere, or it could possibly be nowhere. Either scenario is alarming.

15+ must have resources for teaching digital citizenship

Ditch That Textbook

Our students are living their lives online. They can share everything and anything with the world with just a tap of a button. It seems like every day we are hearing about the latest popular app among teens and kids. And with it comes a new way to connect. It’s nearly impossible to keep up. With technology […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Teaching digital citizenship digital citizenship ideas digital citizenship resources teaching digital citizenship

Focus on School, District and Regional Transformation in Our Fifth Annual Report

Education Elements

This week, we released our 2017-2018 Annual Report. The report marks eight years since Education Elements was founded, and our fifth such report.

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3 lessons for global development from LeBron James’ “I Promise” School

The Christensen Institute

As the NBA’s four-time MVP and arguably the greatest basketball player in the world, LeBron James is used to being in the spotlight. But by opening up a school in Akron, Ohio, it appears that his biggest achievement may be yet to come.

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Language Teacher: Cultural Awareness and Story to Excite Kids about Learning Spanish

The CoolCatTeacher

Jennifer Degenhardt in episode 354 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Jennifer Degenhardt talks about how she uses stories in Spanish to help students engage with learning Spanish. Listen to the Show.

30 Sites and Apps for Digital Storytelling

techlearning

Digital Storytelling is the process of telling a story through the use of digital means. Also, it happens to be one the easiest ways to integrate technology into the classroom. Educators can use digital storytelling with almost any subject and can even "flip" their classroom by using mobile apps.

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10 ways to generate great lesson ideas

Ditch That Textbook

I’ll bet you’ve been there before. Seated at your desk. Staring at a blank page in your lesson plan book. Or looking at a blank document on your screen, the cursor blinking as if it’s mocking you for being stuck. Trying to come up with great teaching ideas is tough! It’s especially tough when you […]. Teaching creative lesson plans how to make lesson plans lesson planning ideas

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How to design remarkable active learning classrooms [checklist]

Nureva

“Architecture is the story of how we see ourselves,” wrote American architect Thom Mayne. He could have just as easily been speaking about classroom design.

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Motivating Kids with Nontraditional Memory Techniques

The CoolCatTeacher

Oskar Cymerman on Episode 351 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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Disrupting ‘Who You Know’ to bolster students’ life opportunities

The Christensen Institute

My freshman year at Yale, I took an introduction to international relations class with the late, great Professor H. Bradford Westerfield. The course was notable for Westerfield’s informative, entertaining, and occasionally sweeping statements, including this one: “It’s not what you know. It’s who you know.”. In a course on international relations, one might wonder why a noted professor would repeat this line several times—both consecutively and across sessions of the course.

Q&A with VR Innovator Kris Hupp on the Best Ways to Bring Tech to Schools

EdTech Magazine

Q&A with VR Innovator Kris Hupp on the Best Ways to Bring Tech to Schools. eli.zimmerman_9856. Thu, 09/06/2018 - 09:45.

Take a closer look at those back-to-school photos: Is something missing?

The Hechinger Report

Students line up with their books for library in a kindergarten class in Maine. This school’s demographic make-up has changed dramatically in the past decade, over 70 percent of its students are English Language Learners. Staff photo by Brianna Soukup/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images.

Tackling Challenges of Blended Learning

WizIQ Education & Technology

“We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.” – David. This is a short summary of this post. Visit The WizIQ Blog for full content and links.

Can CMS’ proposed ACO changes really help Medicare beneficiaries?

The Christensen Institute

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First Days of School: Keep it Simple

Reading By Example

The classroom could have been for almost any age level. The bulletin board was bare besides the butcher paper stapled up with colorful border framing each side. Book bins stood empty, waiting to be filled with reading material.

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OPINION: Confessions of a white teacher in an urban school

The Hechinger Report

Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds. Source: YouTube. My first year of teaching, I did almost everything wrong. They tell you to be yourself. Here was my first mistake: I didn’t want to be myself. I wanted to be Michelle Pfeiffer. Or, more specifically, Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds.

3 Questions to Promote Innovative Leadership in Education

The Principal of Change

I received an email from a teacher the other day that was quite frustrated.

12 Myths About Project-Based Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

12 Myths About Project-Based Learning by Terry Heick Simple premise: What are the most common myths about project-based learning? Put another way, what do we misunderstand about PBL that keeps it from realizing its full potential?

The Real Way to Avoid Hearing from the Same 26 Facebook Friends

techlearning

Innovative educators are generally good fact checkers and don't fall for chain social posts like the one making its rounds about seeing the same 26 people on Facebook. They know to verify and that even a basic search on The Google will help you find out if what you are reading is fact or fake.

Colleges welcome first-year students by getting them thinking about jobs

The Hechinger Report

Grinnell College, halfway between Des Moines and Iowa City. First-year students here attend a mandatory career advising program before their classes even start. Photo: Meenakshi Van Zee for The Hechinger Report.