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How Magnolia ISD ‘leveled the playing field’ for students in math

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you’re evaluating math programs at your school, a good option to consider is ORIGO Education’s Stepping Stones. Here’s one educator’s story about how Stepping Stones made a big difference with his students’ math skills: How Magnolia ISD has ‘leveled the playing field’ for students in math. by Dennis Pierce. Like many U.S. school systems, the Magnolia Independent School District in Texas serves a diverse student population.

Rethinking Teacher Candidate Training with Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

The College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida strives to be at the forefront of innovation in teacher training and development. We know a key component of that is constant collaboration with our many district partners. After several visits to local schools to learn more about the technology they’re using to develop 21st-century learners, the idea of micro-credentials being a valuable part of a teacher candidate’s training at UCF became clear.

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Adding to Student Success with Google Add-ons

Teacher Reboot Camp

I don’t work at a learning institution that uses Google Classroom, but I do require students to sign up for a Google account. With a Google Drive account, students and teachers have access to incredible time-saving studying features and tools. These features make it easy to support learners with special needs, language learners, or promote student autonomy. This year I decided to introduce students to the Add-ons in Google Docs instead of Google Chrome extensions.

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Streamline Academic Efforts For Success-And For Your Health

EdNews Daily

Guest article by: Ben Walker. While college graduates make significantly more money than high school graduates — 56 percent more , on average — they also experience far more health issues. Since 1966, the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA has conducted an annual college freshman survey: For the first time, its 2016 report stated less than half of students think that their mental health is above average compared to their peers.

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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.

The Gmail survival guide for busy teachers

Ditch That Textbook

Does it feel like email consumes your life — or too much of your time at school or at home? I once heard someone describe email as “requests for your time for other people’s agendas and not your own.” ” There’s definitely some truth to this. Seems like the textbook example of educators’ use of email […]. Ed Tech boomerang for gmail edtech educational technology email gmail gmail filters inbox by gmail productivity

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Curriculum Companions Start September 10th!

Ask a Tech Teacher

Curriculum Companion Wikis (K-5 only) follow a tech professional as s/he teaches each lesson in the SL K-5 curriculum textbooks. Presented via video (10-15 minutes each), you can ask questions, start a discussion with other teachers using the curriculum, and access additional resources. It’s your mentor, your sidekick, your best friend in the tech ed field. If you own any or all of K-5 Structured Learning technology curriculum (6th edition), you have free access to the grade-level wiki.

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How This Teacher’s Influence Reaches Beyond Any Classroom

EdNews Daily

On August 15, 2017, 51Talk brought students from China to New York to compete in an English competition titled: The 51Talk Star Final. The contest was held at the New York Stock Exchange, where 51Talk’s top students gathered to take place in its first annual academic competition. Each student had one or both parents there for support. Occasionally, a teacher can make an instant connection online with a student.

Specific Ideas for Intentional Creativity

User Generated Education

Recently I wrote a blog post about Intentional Creativity. Here is the graphic created for that post. Below the graphic are specific ideas I am using with my gifted elementary students this school year. What follows are the activities I am using this school year to be intentional with sparking creativity in my gifted education classrooms. The titles are links for these activities. Destination Imagination Instant Challenges.

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What I Wish My Teacher Knew: One Question That Could Change Everything

The CoolCatTeacher

Kyle Schwartz on episode 141 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Kyle Schwartz @ kylemschwartz asked a question of her students that went viral. Learn the story and the lesson plan and book that will help you build bridges with your students. Today’s Sponsor: GradeCam is a web-based tool that lets you customize assessments with multiple choice, true/false, number grids, rubrics, and more.

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).

Let’s Start Coding!

EdTech4Beginners

If you’re an EdTech teacher, you’re likely thinking about teaching your students some coding. There are many options, but what do your students really need to learn and how can you integrate it into your classroom? The folks at Let’s Start Coding are here with the answer. They believe that real typed coding (not block or drag-and-drop) is critical to introduce to your students as early as 4th grade, so they’ve created a product, curriculum, and lesson plans to help you do it.

Have a Happy, Productive Labor Day!

Ask a Tech Teacher

Labor Day is annually held on the first Monday of September (this year, September 2nd). 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.

Animals, Imaginative Play & Finding Joy In Nature: 3 Inspirations from Healthy Afterschool

Battelle for Kids

Since this is my first article on the P21 blog, let me introduce myself. I’m Daniel - the Director of Community Partnerships at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. My world revolves around the dream of all 10.2 million children in afterschool having the opportunity to eat healthy, stay active and contribute to a better world. P21 Blog

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7 Ways to Incorporate Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Into the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

A post sponsored by TeacherVision From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Social emotional learning is a hot topic these days. Some states are trying to write SEL into their state standards. Truly, when many of us read about emotional intelligence many years ago, we started discussing social emotional learning. Simply put, SEL is about helping our students develop the emotional awareness, thinking, and behavior to be successful.

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.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 35 Edition)

Doug Levin

Two news stories this week have turned my attention (again) to the issue of conflict of interest in education, technology, and public policy. The first was another in Natasha Singer’s New York Times must-read series, ‘Education Disrupted,’ entitled Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues. No need to dig far to discern what I think about it as I am quoted in the article. More on this below.).

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Humanity's Gift

A Principal's Reflections

“ Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive. ” ― Dalai Lama Typically, I am a very focused writer. Each post, for the most part, contains ideas and strategies focusing on improving teaching, learning, and leadership. I often talk about accountability, evidence, and efficacy. This post will not follow that recipe. Please excuse any grammatical mistakes.

If You Look At Student Work Take a Screenshot

Teacher Tech

Screenshot Student Work When reviewing student work, it can be helpful to have a visual of what you were looking at. Since you have the student work open, why not take a screenshot (or video) of it?! When leaving feedback students are then able to see exactly what you are seeing to match what you […]. The post If You Look At Student Work Take a Screenshot appeared first on Teacher Tech. Advanced Classroom Google classroom google

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How to Help Children Recover from the Trauma of a Storm

The CoolCatTeacher

Interview with Dr. Steven Berkowitz in a special #10MT episode From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Dr. Steven Berkowitz is a child trauma psychologist. I reached out to him last week and ask if he’d take the time to help all of you out there helping children cope with the aftermath of Harvey. And now with Irma barreling down on Florida and an unknown path for Jose, it looks like storm season is really a hard one for many of us. (He

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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.

The Start of School Means Chaos for Your Education Customers

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Ed-tech startups need to be patient as their education customers work out the kinds of a new school year. The post The Start of School Means Chaos for Your Education Customers appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog customer chaos Startups

Celebrating Differences

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. The beginning of the school year is an opportune time for educators to create a classroom culture that celebrates difference, says Katherine Boles , who directs the Learning and Teaching program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

The challenges of mobile learning in the classroom

Neo LMS

While the physical structure of a classroom with students sitting at desks in rows may look familiar to most, the explosion of Internet-accessible, mobile devices in the hands of those students has definitely changed the way students interact with each other, with their teachers, with the greater education community, and with instructional materials.

Safely Involve Students in Social Media and More Student Voice Tips

The CoolCatTeacher

Heather Callihan in episode 143 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Heather Callihan’s @ hcallihan students help with their Facebook and Twitter using some technology tools. Students can have a voice and you can safely let them help your school share the story. Heather teaches us how.

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!

Personalized Learning Delivers Results (We Aren't Surprised, Are You?)

Education Elements

This time of year is full of hope. Kids are excited for school and hoping they will get the best teachers and be with their best friends. Teachers are excited and hoping that this year their students will achieve great things and be more engaged than the year before. And leaders are hoping that the hard work that they are putting in against their strategic plans and initiatives will pay off with successful students and satisfied staff. Personalized Learning Leaders School Districts CBE

Helping Students Buy Into High Expectations

MiddleWeb

Jon Sapier's High Expectations Teaching provides an overview of best practices for encouraging a growth mindset and includes scripts, links to videos, and checklists that teachers can use immediately. Educator Amy Williams finds the short book a good introduction. Book Reviews Mindsets Amy Williams Carol Dweck Corwin high expectations teaching instructional strategies Jon Saphier mindsets unconscious judgments

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How to have a coach for every teacher, without breaking the bank

eSchool News

Every good athlete needs a coach to help them improve their practice, from student athletes to superstars like LeBron James and Serena Williams. This same principle can—and should—be applied to our teachers. Teacher effectiveness is an essential factor to ensure that each student is achieving their highest potential in school. In my suburban Chicago district, Maine Township High School District 207, each and every one of our teachers receives coaching on a regular basis.

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How to Be a Better Instructional Coach

The CoolCatTeacher

Jamey Everett in episode 144 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Jamey Everett shares tips on being a better instructional coach based on her wildly popular ISTE 2017 session. We can build trust, be helpful, and help teachers improve learning but it takes lots of work and trust.

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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.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 35 Edition)

Doug Levin

Two news stories this week have turned my attention (again) to the issue of conflict of interest in education, technology, and public policy. The first was another in Natasha Singer’s New York Times must-read series, ‘Education Disrupted,’ entitled Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues. No need to dig far to discern what I think about it as I am quoted in the article. More on this below.).

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7 Websites – Fantastic For Writing Prompts

EdTech4Beginners

I really enjoy teaching children to write, but finding news ways to inspire them to think creatively is always a challenge. Luckily, there are many online resources which can be a real support. Have a look at my video walk-through to see my favourite 7: Here are the links which will take you directly to the websites: Pobble. Writer Igniter. Once Upon A Picture. The National Gallery. ThinkWritten. The Literacy Shed. Creative Writing Prompts. Do you know any others?

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5 Techy Ideas to Start the Year Strong

EdTechTeam

Cross-posted from [link] It’s hard to believe that I am writing a blog post on techy ideas to start the school year strong. Didn’t I just write a blog post on finishing the race strong ?! Nevertheless, the new school year is quickly approaching – like, in less than 48 hours. Over the summer, I spent a lot of time brainstorming ideas for using technology to foster strong relationships and increase communication with parents and student to set a strong foundation for the school year.