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18 things that leaders of innovative schools do differently

Dangerously Irrelevant

I had a wonderful time this past week at the TIES conference in Minneapolis. Having worked at the University of Minnesota for six years, it was super fun to connect with old educator friends and new (including a lot of goofiness with Shelly Terrell while at Flipgrid headquarters). I served as the lunch keynote for TIES on Sunday and then facilitated a lesson redesign workshop that afternoon using our trudacot discussion protocol (thanks, Julie Graber , for joining us!).

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17 Web Tools and Apps to Create Interactive Video Lessons and Quizzes

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Videos provide greater engagement than text or images for the simple reason that it combines audio, video and text.” – Amit Garg. YouTube is one of the most popular social networks, because students love learning by video. DIY ( Do It Yourself ) videos, How-To videos, Tutorials, game walkthroughs and TED Talks are some of the most viewed videos.

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Cross-Curricular Critical Thinking Is Integral to STEM Success

EdTech Magazine

By Amy Brown No matter the acronym, allow students to hone critical thinking and literacy skills.

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Focusing on the Process: Letting Go of Product Expectations

User Generated Education

I am a process-oriented educator. I focus on how to learn rather than what to learn. I’ve addressed this in Freedom to Learn : In order to facilitate these desired elements of learning, I believe it is important to focus on the process of learning rather than the products of learning. When learning is viewed as a product, and the same performance measure applies to all students, learning facilitation can be reduced to cookie-cutter teaching: same pieces of information and instruction are s

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Enhancing School Device Management for Improved Learning

Schools face increasing challenges as technology becomes integral to education. Efficient device management is essential for maximizing technology use and safeguarding investments. Our article discusses the importance of tracking devices, outlines current challenges, and suggests modern solutions that go beyond traditional methods like Excel. Learn how advanced tracking systems can streamline operations, improve maintenance, and offer real-time updates for better resource allocation.

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Crash! Bang! Boom! How to add Google Drawings comic strips to your class

Ditch That Textbook

We (Cori and Matt) are betting that comics are a memorable part of your childhood, whether they were the color comic strips in the Sunday newspaper or comic books. If not, then it was probably animated comics — cartoons! They’re visual. They’re colorful. Adults and children alike flock to animated movies at theaters when they’re […].

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9 Ways to Find the Right Edtech Tool

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Teachers need to integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum instead of viewing it as an add-on, an afterthought, or an event.” – Heidi-Hayes Jacobs. The message of my education technology keynotes is to get students to show students the possibilities of technology, test their potential , give them a meaningful purpose for using technology, and have them take on the responsibility of bettering their world with their technology use.

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A Look at What’s to Come for the League of Innovative Schools in 2018

Digital Promise

In a year when public education faced many challenges, superintendents and district leaders in the League of Innovative Schools persisted in creating cutting-edge, transformative educational opportunities for their students. In 2017, we welcomed 13 new districts to the League. Working with 11 districts, we launched the Competency-based Education Toolkit.

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The journey to student-centered learning

Neo LMS

This post was originally published on October 31, on Education Technology. “All aboard!” shouts the Railway-Conductor-Head-teacher and all the traveler-students get in the train. It’s going to be a looong journey — typically lasting 14 years, 18, or even more. The traveler-students must be on time, get in the right rail-car, sit in the designated place, present with regularity their passes, and wait for the next train stop in order to make an upgrade to their traveler status.

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8 Web Tools and a Template For Learners to Establish Goals with Vision Boards

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” – Japanese Proverb. The New Year is the time we set goals, but accomplishing goals isn’t such an easy task for anyone, especially students. One of the goals in my book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching , is for teachers and students to create vision boards to help them accomplish goals they set.

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3 Cybersecurity Resolutions for K–12 School Districts

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez As the new year approaches, users and IT teams should focus on developing better security habits.

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Quickly Create Personalized Learning Experiences that Work

How can we actively engage learners 24/7, on their level and according to their interests, while respecting their learning styles? It’s not impossible. In this guide: Explore how to transform traditional, one-way videos into two-way interactive learning experiences Understand different types of artificial intelligence (AI), including - Generative vs.

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Learning Walks

A Principal's Reflections

Successful change and consistent improvement rely on many interconnected factors. I mention this, as it is important to note that it isn’t one particular action or person that ultimately moves an idea or initiative into something that positively impacts school culture. This applies to the success that my staff and I were able to be a part of during our digital transformation a few years back.

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Before you start bashing the Millennials…

Dangerously Irrelevant

Older generations love to bash the Millennials. But in many ways we are the problem. Here are a few quotes from Huffington Post’s recent article, Generation Screwed : Mention “millennial” to anyone over 40 and the word “entitlement” will come back at you within seconds, our own intergenerational game of Marco Polo. This is what it feels like to be young now.

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Tis the Season to be Tech Jolly with the December Calendar of Digital Goodies!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you on to the next plateau …” – Dan Rather. For the most part, I make it a point to blog about 4 times a month on Teacher Reboot Camp. However, you might notice a new post nearly daily from the end of November to December. These posts are part of my December Advent Calendar of Digital Goodies, which you can find below.

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How to use Padlet as a collaborative edtech tool

EdTech4Beginners

I love using Padlet with my class – completely free and easy to set up / use. It is basically an online ‘wall’ which all of the class can simultaneously contribute to. Have a look at my video walk-through: Have a go! Let me know what you think Tagged: collaborative technology , edtech , education , padlet , teaching ideas , teaching with technology , tutorial.

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Can Brain Science Actually Help Make Your Training & Teaching Stick?

Speaker: Andrew Cohen, Founder & CEO of Brainscape

The instructor’s PPT slides are brilliant. You’ve splurged on the expensive interactive courseware. Student engagement is stellar. So… why are half of your students still forgetting everything they learned in just a matter of weeks? It's likely a matter of cognitive science! With so much material to "teach" these days, we often forget to incorporate key proven principles into our curricula — namely active recall, metacognition, spaced repetition, and interleaving practice.

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5 Ways to Teach How the Brain Learns

The CoolCatTeacher

Ramona Persaud on episode 211 [A special encore episode] of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Ramona Persaud @ramonap director of the film, Grey Matters , talks about how we can teach kids the way the brain learns. Check out the free resource: Goodbye Teacher Tired: 5 Days to Doing Fewer Things Better from Angela Watson.

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Educator and Student Voice: Following a School District’s Edtech Pilot Journey

Digital Promise

When considering the benefits to using edtech, an eighth grade student at Elizabeth Forward School District said, “When we started in first and second grade, everything was on paper and it was just a lot more difficult because if you forgot something, you can’t go back to school and get it. But, everything is now on iPads, and using technology is just a lot easier and it helps me study more, too.”.

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End-of-year Maintenance: Image and Back-up Digital Devices

Ask a Tech Teacher

This week, I’m sharing three holiday activities that will get your computers, technology, and social media ready for the new year. Here’s what you’ll get: Update Your Online Presence. Backup and Image your computer. 19 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer. A note: The links won’t work until the articles publish! Today: Image and Backup Your Digital Devices.

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Review: Extreme Networks Pairs Camera with Wireless Access Point to Boost Safety

EdTech Magazine

By John Breeden II This first-of-its-kind device does double duty for K–12 schools.

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Reimagining Chickering & Gamson's Principles Post-Pandemic: Technology's Central Role in Modern Edu

This white paper examines and proposes revisions to the "Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education" introduced by Arthur Chickering and Zelda Gamson in 1987 for today's technology-driven world.

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Classroom Videos: How-to Tips and Tricks

The CoolCatTeacher

Tim Betts on episode 210 [A special encore episode] of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Videos are the modern essay. If you can’t create them, you can’t start a movement, can’t sell a product, or promote an idea. Of all the things I teach, helping kids tell digital stories through video is probably one of the most important.

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Supersize learning with Google Sites (GTT035)

Ditch That Textbook

In the not-too-distant past, if we wanted to get information out to the masses, it was expensive. Website development was costly and slow. If we wanted to spread our message through traditional mediums, we needed a publisher, a TV programming director or somewhere to advertise. Nowadays, the middlemen have been eliminated, and we can create […].

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End-of-Year Maintenance: 19 Steps To A Speedier Computer

Ask a Tech Teacher

This week, I’m sharing three holiday activities that will get your computers, technology, and social media ready for the new year. Here’s what you’ll get: Update Your Online Presence. Backup and Image your computer. 19 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer. A note: The links won’t work until the articles publish! Today: 19 Steps to a Speedier Computer.

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Galvanizing into ACTION

EdTech Magazine

My mother, Ramona Dorfman, had a lot of sayings, some in English, some in Yiddish. When she wanted one of us kids to get moving, my mom would say: "Galvanize into action!" Not sure where she got that phrase, but it's a good one. Galvanize : rouse, stir, electrify, fire, spur, animate Galvanize : To arouse to awareness or action What does it take to galvanize someone into action?

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Behind the Bell: The Underlying Impact of Tardiness in K-12 Schools

Managing a K-12 campus with constant pressure to meet performance metrics is challenging. And tardiness can significantly limit a school from reaching these goals. Learn more about why chronic lateness matters, and key strategies to address the following impacts: Data errors caused by manual processes Low attendance and graduation rates that affect a school’s reputation Classroom disruption, which leads to poor academic performance High staff attrition and “The Teacher Exodus” Unmet LCAP goals t

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5 Ways to Be an Unforgettable Teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

Chuck Poole on episode 213 [A special encore episode] of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Chuck Poole shares five ways to be an unforgettable teacher or an unforgettable coach. He also gives us links to some free cards he shares with students and parents. Get inspired by some fantastic advice on reaching students.

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K-12 Cybersecurity: The End of Innocence

Doug Levin

I partnered with EdSurge to write an end-of-the-year commentary on the present and future of K-12 cybersecurity (based on my experiences in producing the K-12 Cyber Incident Map ). Be sure to check it out.

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End of Year Maintenance: Update Your Online Presence

Ask a Tech Teacher

This week, I’ll share three holiday activities that will get your computers, technology, and social media ready for the new year. Here’s what you’ll get: Update Your Online Presence. Backup and Image your computer. 19 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer. A note: The links won’t work until the articles publish! Today: Update Your Online Presence.

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In the Startup World, Experience and Problem-Solving Skills Are Essential

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

A fresh eye in solving problems is essential for entrepreneurs, but valuing experience is also important. The post In the Startup World, Experience and Problem-Solving Skills Are Essential appeared first on Market Brief.

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The Battle of the Authoring Tools: A 10-Point Comparison for Picking the Right One

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

There are plenty of great authoring tools for developing eLearning, but the one you select could directly impact your course's outcomes. Depending upon your learners’ needs and your organization’s performance goals, you could be overlooking considerations that impact the both effectiveness of your courses and how long it takes to finish them. From general capabilities to specific workflow structures, some aspects are critical when it comes to learning objectives and deadlines.

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a fired employee still wants to attend the office holiday party

The CoolCatTeacher

A reader writes: Our office recently let an employee go for numerous reasons after several warnings. It for was for minor things such as frequent lateness, too many personal calls and emails on company time, and general friction with other coworkers, to more serious things such as a very sharp decline in his work quality, cursing at other coworkers, and admitting to getting high at work.

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On the Air: Ransomware Attack Leads to Student Data Breach in Texas Districts

Doug Levin

As interviewed by The Texas Standard, the national daily news show of Texas ( Ransomware Attack Leads to Breach Affecting 700 Students in 39 Texas School Districts ).

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Happy Holiday!

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’ll be taking a few weeks off–until after the New Year–to edit/format my website, work on writing projects with a deadline, prioritize life, and wish my two adult military children could come home to visit. I may drop in on you-all as you enjoy your holidays, but mostly I’ll be regenerating. I wish you a wonderful season, safe and filled with family.

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Do You Code for Health? 4 Ideas for Computer Science Education Week (and one request)

Battelle for Kids

Technology is one of the many ways we can promote indoor physical activity. Especially on snowy, icy and rainy days. If you’ve seen our resource STEM and Wellness: A Powerful Equation for Equity, finding intentional linkages between technology and physical activity can ensure children stay active and have exposure to essential 21st Century skills.

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The Roses and Thorns of an LMS Strategy: How to Flourish with the Right LMS

Speaker: Amanda Davis, Chief Experience Officer and Liam O'Malley, VP of Association Solutions

The "new normal" is now a little less new, a little more normal. Does that mean your current LMS strategy is in need of a refresh? Is your organization or association leaning into the always-evolving eLearning environment to ensure you have the tools and content to remain relevant through all this change? There are many complex decision-making processes within your learning & development strategy and LMS lifecycle management, including: Selection.