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Inspiration Stations: A Creative Spin on the Station Rotation

Catlin Tucker

This year, I’ve focused on using the Station Rotation Model to: create smaller learning communities within our larger class. spend more time working in small groups with students. more effectively differentiate instruction. make the most of our limited technology. Most of the time our Station Rotation lessons are focused on academic topics, but last month I experimented with a new spin on the Station Rotation Model that I called Inspiration Stations.

The NEW Google Forms: 9 classroom uses

Ditch That Textbook

For years, educators have been using Google Forms to gather data, assess learning and create fun techy learning experiences. Recently, Google Forms got a facelift, and even more recently, it added some new features. These features make some new things possible in the classroom, and they make some things easier — and prettier — than before. [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology flubaroo gafe google apps for education google forms

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Digital Literacy–What is it?

Ask a Tech Teacher

‘Digital literacy’ is one of those buzz words floated by experts as being granular to 21st century students. It’s everywhere, on everyone’s tongue, but figuring out what it means can be daunting. ‘Literacy’ is simple: the ability to read and write– so ‘digital literacy’ should be achieving those goals digitally. Not that simple.

8 Types of Blended Learning According to Research

The CoolCatTeacher

Design Your Classroom for Maximum Learning From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Blended learning happens when you mix the face to face classroom with online learning. While flipped classroom is a form of blended learning, it is not the only one. Today, researcher Thomas Arnett breaks down the eight types of blended learning and explains how they are being used to improve student outcomes. Listen now.

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.

Three Lessons Ed-Tech Startups Can Learn From Innovator Sal Khan

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

I recently watched an interview with Sal Khan, founder of the extremely successful ed-tech non-profit Khan Academy, and he touched upon three ideas that should resonate with ed-tech startups. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. Lessons Learned ProfessorWord Startup Life edtech professorword startup startuplessons

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3 Fresh Art and Music Apps for the Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

Fifty years ago, Albert Einstein warned ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge.’ ’ The ability to solve problems by thinking creatively is more important than knowing how they were solved in the past. Now, in today’s connected classroom, creativity has become the newest transformative tool, the buzzword that indicates a curriculum is on the cutting edge, that teachers are delivering their best to students and differentiating for varied needs.

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Stand and Deliver: The Role of Presentations in Project Based Learning

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 2, Number 4. Driving Question: How do PBL presentations build students' communication skills and college-and-career readiness? In traditional schools, teachers are the main academic voices. In schools that value project-based learning (PBL), students' voices are heard and honed throughout their academic careers and in all subjects. Written and oral communication get their full due even in science and math projects.

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What My Parents Taught Me About Leadership

A Principal's Reflections

One of the best parts about blogging for me is that my parents read each and every post. My father takes a look at the content only, while my mom is my chief proofreader. During my early years of blogging I always posted each post to my personal Facebook page and emailed my parents a live link. It was at this time my mom got sick of all of the spelling and grammatical errors so she emphatically stated that I must send her each post to proof before posting.

Making Personal Connections through Online Learning

FuelEd

Contributor: Kristen Trostel Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 11:15am My favorite part about teaching, both online and in traditional brick-and-mortar schools, is the students. They all have such unique stories, with different life experiences, and diverse perspectives on the world. Some people think that with a virtual education method, you cannot have relationships with your students like "traditional" teachers.

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).

19 Valentine Sites For Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are some fun Valentine sites to fill those few minutes betwixt and between lessons, projects, bathroom breaks, lunch, and everything else: Dress up the heart. ‘I I love you’ in languages Afrikaans to Zulu. Line up the hearts. Valentine games and puzzles. Valentine Day games and stories. Valentine Day poem generator. Valentine drag-and-drop. Valentine match. Valentine mouse skills. Click to view slideshow. Valentine projects from Winter Wonderland. Valentine puppy jigsaw.

Guiding Rubrics To Grow Communicators

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 2, Number 6. Driving Question: How can grade-appropriate rubrics foster communication? When it comes time to assess student performances as communicators, teacher adopters of Project-Based-Learning in the MIndQuest21 PBL model, follow McTighe and Wiggen's advice to start at the end. Their backwards planning helps them create guiding rubrics. Guiding rubric is my term for any formative assessment rubric that teachers want to present to students at the start of their PBL units.

Parental Control Quick Guide: Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

Securly

The web holds a wealth of information – including content that may be inappropriate or dangerous for young audiences. A request for personal details, cheap ticket offers to a sporting event, or suggestion to meet “in person” ? These are all red flags of online culture to watch out for. Kids are likely to run into online harassment, even from people they know , without proper cyber safety practices. Thankfully, many websites have parental control features.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

"While they’re here, we’re the ones that they’re counting on. We’re the ones that provide their reinforcement, the safe place, the continuity. When they go home, they may not have that.” ” - Amy Creeden, principal and Race to the Top lead. The majority of K-12 students in the U.S. now live in poverty, a mark hit in 2013 for the first time in 50 years, according to the Southern Education Foundation.

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.

8 Fresh Activities for Valentine’s Day

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you’re looking for project websites for Valentine’s Day, go to my post last Friday and you’ll find 20 Great Valentine Websites for your students. If you’re looking for something else, read on: Here’s Valentine history , according to Wikipedia. Who knew it all started with Geoffrey Chaucer? Three great Valentine love poems from new efriend, Chris Wood. You can also drop by St. Valentine’s Day website for an entire list of heart-jerkers.

Keep the Focus on the Learning on Digital Learning Day

Voyager Sopris Learning

For those of us who have been around for a while, Digital Learning Day (or DLDay), happening February 17, has special significance. I fall into the “around for a while” category because I had both a TRS-80 and an Apple II. How cool is that? I also had long, blond hair, but let’s not dwell on the past. The special significance of DLDay for us is that so many of our dreams are coming true. Blended learning is a great example.

Classroom Debate: Using Soft Skills to Tackle Hard Content

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 2, Number 5. Driving Question: How can debate support the goal of any 21st Century classroom? In 1997, a shy, fearful young student walked into my 10th grade English class with her head down and no eyes on her future. She had been removed from four previous schools due both to her own behavior and fluctuating circumstances at home. It did not take long for her to begin this same detrimental path at her new school and in my classroom.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

“While they’re here, we’re the ones that they’re counting on. We’re the ones that provide their reinforcement, the safe place, the continuity. When they go home, they may not have that.”. – Amy Creeden, principal and Race to the Top lead. The majority of K-12 students in the U.S. now live in poverty, a mark hit in 2013 for the first time in 50 years, according to the Southern Education Foundation.

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.

Dear Otto: How do I Make Keyboarding Collaborative?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Dear Otto is an occasional column where I answer questions I get from readers about teaching tech. If you have a question, please contact me at askatechteacher at gmail dot com and I’ll answer it here. For your privacy, I use only first names. Here’s a great question I got from a reader: I am student teaching in a high school in Louisiana. I teach 5 hours of IBCA a day. The students use KCA, this coming week they will be learning P and Y. I’ve had my first evaluation.

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Teaching Languages: Great Tools, Tips and Techniques

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 216 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Carla Arena is an accomplished language teacher from Brazil. As an expert on teaching languages, she shares her tips and tricks for engaging learners in the language classroom. Do you struggle with learners of different ability levels? How about when kids sit in class not understanding and don’t ask questions?

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Robots as Coaches?

Fidelis Education

University of Michigan and IBM launch a new project that will in essence replace an advisor’s role with technology: “ Called Project Sapphire , the multiyear partnership combines IBM’s resources with scientists and students at the University of Michigan’s Artificial Intelligence Lab. The team will capture approved human-to-human conversations between undergraduates and their advisers and will train the system on how to guide students and topics including course selection and career advice.”.

Should scale be the goal?

K12 Open Ed

I have written before about the connections between OER and open practice and why I think open practice should be the goal, not merely the adoption of OER. While I hope and believe that OER can pave the way for open practice, it is not at all obvious that the use of OER is a necessary condition. In fact, some of the most vibrant classroom exemplars of open practice in action that I’ve seen have not involved OER. It is possible to have open practice with proprietary content.

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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!

Transforming the classroom with augmented learning

Neo LMS

Learning has evolved to a point where augmented reality (AR) is a possibility. It’s evolved to a point where the environment adapts to learners needs and as I like to say it the learning process is as interactive and as immersive as ever. What is augmented learning? Augmented learning, by principle, works by providing learners with a whole new dimension of content delivery.

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Smart Changes Proposed to ESSA Title IV Program Design

Doug Levin

Like many I was both puzzled and troubled by the Obama Administration’s request of $500 million for the Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA) Title IV block grant program, less than a third of the authorized maximum. Given the great variety of needs the program is intended to address and the complex, layered structure for allocating program funds , even a fully funded program would be challenged to make a real difference in many communities across the country.

Rethink Your PD: Fire the Consultant

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. I used to refer to myself as a consultant (I probably had it on a business card once). So, am I suggesting firing me? In a way, Yes! When I first left the classroom in 2013, I was always looking for ongoing consulting work with schools. You don’t need the one-and-done workshop,” I’d say. You […]. The post Rethink Your PD: Fire the Consultant appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Featured Innovation edchat HackLearning

Put on Your Cowboy Boots, You’re Going on a Personalized Learning Field Trip

Education Elements

Put on your cowboy boots, it's about to get personalized in Nashville, TN. After an inspirational tour of personalized learning hotspots in Music City, your friends at Education Elements have put together the ultimate PL day-trip. We hope the guide below helps you to decide where to go to see the variety of strategies and approaches schools are taking on the journey toward personalized learning. Personalized Learning Education Elements Education Elements Team EdTech

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.

Guiding Rubrics To Grow Communicators

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 2, Number 6. Driving Question: How can grade-appropriate rubrics foster communication? When it comes time to assess student performances as communicators, teacher adopters of Project-Based-Learning in the MIndQuest21 PBL model, follow McTighe and Wiggen's advice to start at the end. Their backwards planning helps them create guiding rubrics. Guiding rubric is my term for any formative assessment rubric that teachers want to present to students at the start of their PBL units.

#Relate2016: Sign Up for the Latest!

Fidelis Education

Join Fidelis and EVP of Greenwood Hall, Josh Cage, for a 60-minute interactive webinar on how to start a coaching program. During the last learning and development session of the #Relate2016 series, we presented the top skills needed to be a great coach. During this presentation, we’ll be talking to Josh about what it takes to create an amazing coaching program. We’ll be providing concrete and easy ways to get started… today. When: March 2, 2016, noon-1PM PST.

5 Ways Digital Tools Are Transforming the Education Space

EdTech Magazine

By Eric Sheninger K–12 thought leader Eric Sheninger offers guidance on how to manage an arsenal of digital tools in the classroom. Classroom Leadership Management Online Learning Software

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