Sat.Nov 19, 2016 - Fri.Nov 25, 2016

5 Essential Effective Blended Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

Tips and Tricks I've Learned from Experience From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Online and face-to-face spaces blend to create a today’s classroom. Most schools have physical buildings.

How new technology can boost student creativity in the classroom

Neo LMS

My favorite activity as a child was hanging out with my friends, riding bikes and climbing trees. Since not all days were sunny and warm we had to spend some time inside as well.

Motivate Learners This Holiday Season with a Digital Calendar

Teacher Reboot Camp

“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.” ” – Mary Anne Radmacher. December is right around the corner and one way to celebrate the holidays with your students is by creating a digital calendar of activities.

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Flipping Out For Professional Learning

The Web20Classroom

During a professional development session a while back I thought I killed someone. He didn’t respond when his name was called. He didn’t respond I tapped his shoulder. Finally, he responded when I shook him a bit harder. Lucky for me (and him) he was just asleep.

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.

How to Talk to Kids about Terrorism, Politics, and Unrest in the World Today

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Scary things happen. Kids can be traumatized by news media, for example. (I’ve I’ve interviewed Dr. Steven Berkowitz who proved just this point.

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A free online conference to inspire and equip you

Ditch That Textbook

I’m excited to tell you about a great conference you can attend in your pajamas from the comfort of your own couch! In December, you can take part in the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit.

Keys for a Successful Digital Transformation

A Principal's Reflections

Nobody likes change, but the fact is that change is at our doorstep. Changes in technology are quickly beginning to force the hands of schools and districts across the world.

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Here’s How A Student In My Class Uses Tech To Build Her Vocabulary.

EdTech4Beginners

Recently, I was amazed to see a huge improvement in a one of my student’s vocabulary when writing a setting description: She explained that her dad has started emailing her vocabulary lists and then she uses the app Notability to write the meanings in her first language, Thai.

Should instructional choice trump school choice?

The Christensen Institute

Today, President-elect Donald Trump appointed school choice advocate Betsy DeVos as our next secretary of education.

Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

My ideal 21st century classroom. What’s yours?

Ditch That Textbook

I know. We’re already many years into the 21st Century. And I know there’s a chance that the term “21st Century” might rub you the wrong way. But we’re here, and teaching and learning look very different. At least they have the potential to. When I started teaching in 2004, there was one computer in [.]. Ed Tech 21st century classroom 4 c's creative teaching global collaboration service learning student-centered instruction

Equity Is Not Just About Access. It’s About Success.

Digital Promise

In November 2016, over 250 school district leaders, researchers, thought leaders, and other partners came to Baltimore, Maryland to learn from one of the nation’s most forward-thinking school districts, Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS). This League of Innovative Schools meeting was focused on equity, and showcased how BCPS is making strides toward providing access and opportunity for all students.

Turn gamification on its head!

EdTech4Beginners

It is great to create quizzes and tests for your class, but why not flip this? Ask your students to make one themselves. Recently my class used the brilliant website Kahoot! to create maths word problems.

Some Excellent Resources for Google for Education for Teachers and Admins

Educational Technology Guy

Google for Education , which includes G Suite for Education , Chromebooks , and content, is one of the most popular, and most updated, platforms for education. Here are some great resources for IT, Teachers, Students and more.

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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.

STEAM Learning in Action

EdNews Daily

The need for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education is critical, especially because there will be more than 3 million job openings in STEM-related fields by 2018.

Smart Talk

Digital Promise

A Conversation With Meredith Rowe About How to Lay the Groundwork for Your Child’s Vocabulary Growth. This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. To help your baby develop a large vocabulary — to give her the tools she’ll need to read, comprehend, and make sense of the world — it’s not just talk that’s important. It’s conversation.

What is a digital classroom?

EdTech4Beginners

A digital classroom is one which mostly or indeed wholly relies on electronic devices and software. Image courtesy of shantanuprakash.com . Is it always a good thing? I feel that the balance needs to be right.

App Smashing on the iPad: A Guide for the Elementary Classroom

EdTechTeacher

Are you an elementary teacher looking for creative ways to integrate iPads into student learning? App Smashing is a great strategy for increasing the creative potential of the iPad. In this guide, you’ll be introduced to a set of “evergreen” apps for use in powerful app smashing on the iPad.

Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

Resources to find Funding for Schools and Technology

Educational Technology Guy

Schools are always looking for ways to find funding for projects, especially for technology. Here are some great resources that I have used in the past.

Finding Reasons To Be Thankful

Education Elements

Normally, this is the time of year when people write lists about what makes them thankful. In the wake of the election I have seen less of those and more lists about what is making people feel scared. And that makes sense -- I’m scared too. I am pretty sure for many of us 2016 will go down as a pretty bad year, full of numerous high-profile shootings, deaths of some pretty awesome people , and a divisive election. Yet there still remain so many things for which I am grateful.

Implementing an App in the Classroom in 3 Steps

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Two education experts offer up best practices for utilizing mobile technology. Classroom Digital Content Mobile Apps Mobility

WriteWell for Google Docs: Google Add-Ons and Chrome Extensions for Research, Writing, and Feedback (Part 1)

EdTechTeacher

Google Add-Ons and Extensions provide an excellent array of research, writing and feedback tools perfect for laptop, desktop, and Chromebook users.

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EdTech at School

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

Politics Are Always At Play In Our Classrooms

The Jose Vilson

On the Wednesday after Election Day 2016, I told myself to maintain my composure. For three weeks, I heard my mostly South and Central American students excoriate the President-Elect for his racist, sexist, xenophobic, Islamophobic comments over the last year.

Ed Tech Pilot Framework - excellent resources for all schools

Educational Technology Guy

Digital Promise has released an EdTech Pilot Framework which provides a step-by-step process to help education leaders and technology developers run successful educational technology (ed-tech) pilots. It is very simple to use and read and has links for more information on each step. Here is the link to the original article: [link] One thing to remember - you don't have to do these projects alone. There are plenty of resources available to help you.

NBA and Discovery Education Come Together to Get Students Excited About Math

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez A new partnership and digital tool offer a fun way to teach math. Classroom Curriculum Digital Content STEM

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Explore Like a Pirate: Gamification Tips and Strategies with @MrMatera | #XPLAP

TeacherCast

In his new book, Explore Like a Pirate, author and educator Michael Matera helps us unlock our curriculum and engage our students by providing an amazing framework in which we can Gamify our classrooms.

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.

Dual-language programs benefit disadvantaged black kids, too, experts say

The Hechinger Report

Teachers Ivonne Kendrick and Milagro Nuñez lead preschool students at Houston Elementary School in a song during a time of “música y movimiento.” Photo: Natalie Gross. WASHINGTON, D.C. —

3D Printing The Future- A Finkel Fellowship Post

CUE

My name is Ronalea Freeth, I am a first grade teacher in San Dimas , California. You may walk into my classroom and hear a gentle buzzing of students who finished their math assignment asking to go onto TinkerCAD and continue working on designing a project.

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Digital Design Principles for English Language Learners

Fractus Learning

There is a growing population of students using digital tools to support their specific learning needs. One population of these students are the English language learners, ELLs.