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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. It’s an enormous leap from ‘technology can empower students in interesting ways’ to ‘technology should be used in instruction all of the time every day.’

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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. When we first visited the school that is the focus of our forthcoming book, “Navigating Conflict: How Youth Handle Trouble in a High-Poverty School,” back in 1995, students were free to move about campus during lunch and other free periods and a culture of trust prevailed. All that changed during the 1999-2000 school year.

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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. Cheers erupt from her fellow players and she is transported to a distant shore where she becomes a formidable Amazon warrior, shipwrecked with a party of companions. They’re exhausted and about to turn in at their makeshift camp when the night air is pierced by the shrieks of ambushing raiders.

Top 5 LMS benefits for K-12 Students

Neo LMS

Another year has flown by and stores everywhere are yet again full of school supplies, one more useful (or eccentric) than others. The back-to-school season is a stressful season, for students, parents and teachers alike. But stress is a part of life and back-to-school stress is supposed to be worth it: educated kids will turn into smart adults who’ll ensure everyone’s future. We’ve only taken just a few steps into the 21st Century, after all.

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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.

#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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Great Back to School Activities

Ask a Tech Teacher

The first week of school is different from all others. During this week, teachers and students alike spend time getting to know each other, become comfortable in the classroom where they’ll spend countless hours for the next nine months, and take time to reach a comfort level with leaving summer behind. I’ve gathered suggestions below from some of the leading education folks, those who are all about project-based learning rather than the application of pedagogy, to share with you.

Physical Computing Is Heading to Education: What You Need to Know

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Physical computing means using creating or using devices, like robots, and getting them to interact in with the world around them. The post Physical Computing Is Heading to Education: What You Need to Know appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Bambi Brewer Coding microcontroller Physical Computing robotics robots Startup Tom Lauwers

Who Should Facilitate Professional Learning?

A Principal's Reflections

Have you ever paid money to go and watch a professional sporting event, play, or musical? Your answer is probably a resounding yes. If you are like me, then you have gone too many times to count and have lost track. What drives you to spend money and attend these events? More than likely you go to watch the athletes compete or artists perform. In some cases, you participated in these activities at a certain level during your lifetime.

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

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).

What You Might Have Missed in August

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of August: Teaching Digital Rights and Responsibilities. The Important Morning Meeting. It’s Time to Make Your Classroom Paper-free. Wikispaces has closed. What are your alternatives? 11 Back-to-school Activities for the First Month of School. Great Back to School Classroom Activities. 22 Websites and 4 Posters to Teach Mouse Skills. Curriculum Companions Start September 10th! Plan a Memorable Back to School Night. Today’s Meet is Closed.

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. Learn how she does it and why in this fun Wonderful Classroom Wednesday. She’s also included a copy of her presentation that she gives on how she does this in the show notes. Listen to the Show.

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.

3D printing in schools: Is it worth it?

Neo LMS

3D printing is one of those strange education trends that garners much hype, but which to my mind has yet to unveil any true educational potential. I “get” that it’s great to see one’s renderings produced as an actual product, that can be held and seen, and I also “get” that that process imbues the classroom with no small amount of fun, making it more attractive to students than the 2D learning space of textbooks and Powerpoint.

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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.

Tech Ed Resources for Your Classroom: Survival Kits

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 going to take 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.

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. Be inspired to overcome and persist because our students need us to do it! Listen to the Show. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Stream by clicking here. Evan Mosier’s Bio as Submitted.

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The Purpose of Content

A Principal's Reflections

When I think back to my days as a learner, the content seemed to be at the forefront of every class. Whether it was disseminated during a lecture in college, through direct instruction in K-12, or at times consumed from a textbook or encyclopedia, it was everywhere. The more I think about it; content was predominately the focus in every class.

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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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.

Work Hard–it’s Labor Day!

Ask a Tech Teacher

Labor Day is annually held on the first Monday of September (this year, September 3rd). It was originally organized to celebrate various labor associations’ strengths of and contributions to the United States economy. It is largely a day of rest in modern times. Many people mark Labor Day as the end of the summer season and a last chance to make trips or hold outdoor events. Labor Day is a US holiday dedicated to workers across the country.

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. This month’s question from Cathy Rubin’s Global Search for Education is “How much time should a student spend at school?

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. In the report, we highlight the incredible work of our district partners and share how our work is evolving to continue to build and support dynamic school systems that meet the needs of every learner, today and tomorrow. Personalized Learning Leaders School Districts

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. Prepare Now. Learn How. Take time to learn lifesaving skills ?

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!

Subscriber Special: September

Ask a Tech Teacher

September 3rd through 6th: Back to School Bundle. Lots of teachers want to integrate tech into their class but picking what to use among the thousands of offerings is daunting. Here are five tools you can start Day One and use throughout the year: 25 Digital Tools in the Classroom. The 56-page 25 Digital Tools in the Classroom is a thorough discussion on which are the most useful tools in any K-8 classroom, classified by appropriate grade level.

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. Stream by clicking here. Aaron Polanksy: Bio as Submitted.

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. In the report, we highlight the incredible work of our district partners and share how our work is evolving to continue to build and support dynamic school systems that meet the needs of every learner, today and tomorrow. Personalized Learning Leaders School Districts

Tear Down That Wall? Why Data Walls May Cause More Harm Than Good.

Edsurge

At Inkster Preparatory Academy outside Detroit, students track their scores on the high-stakes NWEA Map test on the walls of their classrooms. Their names aren’t on the board—instead they have their own code—but at a glance they can see how well their peers are doing. The practice is known as “data walls,” and is designed to serve as a motivational tool. Students are told that “everyone is working to move their number” even higher, says Demetria Tumpkin, a second grade teacher at the school.

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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.

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? At TeachThought, we’re proponents of project-based learning as one of countless progressive learning models that can grow teachers–and thus […]. The post 12 Myths About Project-Based Learning appeared first on TeachThought. Project-Based Learning

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. Oskar Cymerman, author of Crush School Student Guide: Learn Faster, Study Smarter, Remember More, and Make School Easier , shares nontraditional memory techniques that we can use to help kids learn and remember. He gives an example of memory palaces, brain breaks, and other techniques that might surprise you that will improve learning in your classroom.

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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. In the report, we highlight the incredible work of our district partners and share how our work is evolving to continue to build and support dynamic school systems that meet the needs of every learner, today and tomorrow. Personalized Learning Leaders School Districts