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8 ways this middle school innovates for its students

Ditch That Textbook

Some schools are really ditching that “textbook” view of education and finding creative ways to reach their students and meet their needs. I was fortunate to visit one of those recently. I got to check out New Fairfield Middle School in New Fairfield, CT, the 2014-15 Connecticut Middle School of the Year. After a tour [.]. Teaching creative teaching edtech educational technology gafe google apps for education google classroom innovation student-led learning

Chicago Public Library: The Library as a Gateway to 21st Century Skills

Digital Promise

Gabe is the Program Manager for the Adult Learning Initiative at Digital Promise. You can reach him on Twitter at @marvelousreal. “Libraries are safe places. That’s why I come here to learn,” says Christine, a student at one of Chicago Public Library’s (CPL) Learning Circles.

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Choosing Ed-Tech Tools by Balancing Data and Teacher Intuition

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Most ed-tech startups don't have scientific data on outcomes yet, so teacher feedback should play a critical role when choosing products. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. adaptivelearning blendedclassroom blendedlearning edtech edtech ela leanstartup math research startup startuplife

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Keyboarding and the Scientific Method

Ask a Tech Teacher

Convincing students–and teachers–of the importance of keyboarding can be daunting. Youngers find it painful (trying to find those 26 alphabet keys) and olders think their hunt-and-peck approach is just fine. Explaining why keyboarding is critical to their long-range goals is often an exercise in futility if they haven’t yet experienced it authentically so I’ve resorted to showing–let them see for themselves why they want to become fast and accurate typists.

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.

Engaging classes vs. test prep: Can we have both?

Ditch That Textbook

Teachers are so buried in requirements, paperwork and other demands on their classroom time. To make matters worse, high-stakes tests can sap the joy out of teaching very quickly. When there’s more content to cover than there is time to do it meaningfully, every day in class can feel like a threat to a teacher’s [.]. Teaching creative teaching education reform standardized tests student engagement test preparation

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Blended Learning- Genuises at Work

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 1, Number 11. Driving Question: What if elementary students took over our school's technology program? "Hi, Hi, I'm a Genius ," smiles Eling. Eling is not boastfully talking about her IQ, but a leadership job she holds at Katherine Smith Elementary School. The Katherine Smith Geniuses, inspired by the support you get in the back of any Apple Store, are a group of fourth, fifth, and sixth graders who are in charge of the over 600 devices on our blended learning campus.

3 Apps Disguised as Games to Help Bolster Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

Education has changed. Teachers don’t lecture from the front of the classroom. Work isn’t an individual effort. Drills no longer hold pride of place in lesson plans. Now, teachers expect students to engage: be part of the solution, not a passive recipient of the process. Does this sound boring? Not if you’re a kid. Then, you call it ‘games’ and choose it for free time, as a study break, and with friends.

Is Blended Learning the Same as Technology-Rich Instruction?

FuelEd

Contributor: Amanda Cunningham Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 10:45am There’s a lot of confusion around blended learning and technology-rich instruction. Many schools think that because they use computers in the classroom they are a blended school. Yet, “blended learning” and “technology-rich instruction” mean something quite different. . Technology-rich instruction provides educators with a valuable tool to reinforce lessons, but the technology in itself does not facilitate student learning.

What Is Competency-Based Learning, Why Does It Matter?

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 210 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. New Hampshire and educator John Martin are at the forefront of the competency-based learning movement. In today’s show, we’ll give you an overview of competency-based learning including some of the benefits and the problems.

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).

3 New Tools to Support Your Digital Conversion

Tom Murray

This post is sponsored by Samsung. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Each January, thousands travel to Orlando, Florida to take part in the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), one of the nation’s best edtech related learning opportunities for educators.

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What are Good Tech Goals for Students?

Ask a Tech Teacher

A frequent question from readers revolves around technology goals for students. It’s tempting to phrase goals like: 4th graders can create a chart in a spreadsheet . or: 80% of 5th graders can complete ten skills in MS Word (or Google Docs). But that’s not what technology is about. Technology supports a curriculum. It’s the pencils and books of our digital world. It scaffolds learning, making it blended, normative, rigorous, and granular.

The Magical Ms. H and the Comeback Kid: One Student's Empowerment

Voyager Sopris Learning

How One Teacher is Working Her Magic to Help Struggling Students Reclaim Their Education, Part 1 of 2. Things are moving fast these days in this magical universe. It’s been raining pink glitter ever since I published my first blog post. I’ve been moving quickly from dream to idea to plan to action. Recently, I turned my attention to at-risk students on my roster. A problem that has always perplexed me (and many of my colleagues) is when students fall through the cracks year after year.

7 Productivity Secrets for Educators

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 206 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Productivity expert Dr. Frank Buck teaches us how to select the productivity tools to stay organized. Learn these seven productivity secrets to getting organized. Face it, educators have unique challenges and needs. In this show, Frank shares his “Magnificent 7” or the seven questions you should ask before you pick an electronic tool. Listen In.

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.

Cyberbullying Prevention for the Classroom

Securly

Online harassment continues to increase each year. As cyberbullying rates reach an all time high among young adults, what are parents and teachers to do? Yes, Anti-Bullying Laws do exist and cyberbullying is ILLEGAL! Laws vary by state, but cover the necessities. According to the Cyberbullying Research Center, while only 23 states directly mention “cyberbullying”, 48 states include protection against electronic harassment.

What’s Groundhog Day??

Ask a Tech Teacher

Groundhog Day is February 2nd. Watch this Youtube and come away in the know: Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of dozens of tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and dozens of books on how to integrate technology into education.

Nine Strategies to Help Startups Improve Writing Productivity

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Writing is a very important part of the startup life. Here are some lessons for writing better business plans, startup competition applications, cold emails, and PowerPoint presentations. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. Lessons Learned ProfessorWord Startup Life aboutus professorword startup startuplessons

Would You Want to Be a Student in Your Own Classroom?

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 207 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Teachers go into professional development and they complain. This is boring! There’s nothing here I can use! I don’t have time to learn anything new! But these same teachers who have such high demands of those who teach them — go into the classroom and deliver a lesson that could bore the ticks off a hound dog. No pizzaz! No joy! No intrigue! WE CAN DO BETTER.

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.

7 Lessons Learned From Implementing Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Lauren Acree is the Policy and Personalized Learning Lead at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University. When I was a teacher, I valued every day in my classroom. When professional development required me to miss a day with my students, I wanted to be sure it was going to be meaningful. These day-long sessions often left me inspired to make changes in my classroom practice. However, the following day I would return to my classroom and real-world demands would kick in.

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Tech Tip #122: Chromebook Delete Key

Ask a Tech Teacher

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q: Not only does my Chromebook not have Caps Lock (which I’ve now fixed), but there’s no ‘delete’ key. . Use the shortkey, Alt+Backspace. More on Chromebooks: Chromebooks Caps Lock. Chromebooks in the Classrooms–Friend or Foe?

Blended Learning- Geniuses at Work

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 1, Number 11. Driving Question: What if elementary students took over our school's technology program? "Hi, Hi, I'm a Genius ," smiles Eling. Eling is not boastfully talking about her IQ, but a leadership job she holds at Katherine Smith Elementary School. The Katherine Smith Geniuses, inspired by the support you get in the back of any Apple Store, are a group of fourth, fifth, and sixth graders who are in charge of the over 600 devices on our blended learning campus.

Reconnecting Your Students to the Lessons of Nature

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 209 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We need to take kids out into nature! Far too many children are growing up not seeing the beauty of nature and not learning to respect the danger. We are going to inherit the future where the only thing valued by this generation is made of concrete, rebar, and steel. The lone wildflower that springs up in the sidewalk will just be seen as a weed.

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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!

Why you need to try scenario-based learning

Neo LMS

The e-learning landscape is a continuum of different instructional designs meant to adapt to individual student needs. This is where scenario-based learning (SBL) comes in, when learners are immersed in real-life and situational scenarios which lets them gather skills and information which in essence is learning by doing. Learners are able to identify with a course when they are “in their own shoes” and scenario learning gives them that kind of immersion and hands-on approach.

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In the News: On IMS OneRoster and the Need for Interoperability

Doug Levin

As quoted in: Herold, Benjamin. “ New Interoperability Standard Aims to Ease Major Ed-Tech Headache.” Education Week. 27 January 2016. “Over the long term, the [best] solution is adopting an open standard that works. But some districts will always want to have their hand held, and not every company is going to be sophisticated on this issue.” ” The post In the News: On IMS OneRoster and the Need for Interoperability appeared first on EdTech Strategies.

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Dabbawalas, tutorial networks, and the naysayers

Dangerously Irrelevant

In Mumbai, India, many workers prefer a hot, home-cooked meal instead of eating at a food stand or restaurant. So each workday 5,000 dabbawalas (“those who carry a box”) deliver 200,000 lunches from workers’ homes to their offices. Collecting dabbawalas, who are typically on bicycles, pick up individual lunch boxes from each home and bring them to a sorting location.

Mattering Secret #1: “I See You”

The CoolCatTeacher

Mattering Mondays with Angela Maiers From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. How can you help kids know that they matter and are important? Success in life and the world begins not just with self-esteem but with kids knowing that they matter. Angela Maiers is our guest today to talk about Mattering. Listen Now. In 2016 we will have a few guests who will be part of an ongoing series. Angela Maiers will star on “Mattering Mondays” on Every Classroom Matters.

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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.

Is SCORM still relevant?

Neo LMS

I'm positive that at least 70% of the people in the e-learning space created or used at some point a SCORM package, whether it was a full class, a lesson, an assessment, or a simple presentation. SCORM has been used at a large scale for quite some time now, but as e-learning technology advances we have to wonder if it's still relevant for e-learning users. Now, there is a reason why SCORM is so popular so let's not jump to conclusions about its future just yet and let's see what are its benefits.

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The Students at Katherine Smith-We Are Geniuses

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 1, Number 10. Driving Question: What if every school formed a team of Geniuses? These are the Genuises at Katherine Smith Elementary School, Evergreen Elementary District, San Jose, CA. Katherine Smith is an Exemplar School. P21 Blogazine

The Consensus Around “Open”

Iterating Toward Openness

Yesterday EdSurge published an opinion piece by Stephen Laster, the Chief Digital Officer at McGraw-Hill Education, titled The Future of Education Isn’t Free. It’s Open. The article makes a strong argument for the importance of interoperability among learning platforms, tools, and content.

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