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Qualities of an Effective Teacher #gesf

The CoolCatTeacher

What are the qualities of an effective teacher? This was one of the main questions that one of the panels at the 2015 Global Education and Skills Forum tried to answer.

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Being a Growth Mindset Facilitator

User Generated Education

I was asked recently why I have a strong interest and innate understanding of the growth mindset. I believe it comes from a background of being an adventure educator, and even though it was not labeled as such, the adventure educator embraces a growth mindset when working with participants.

Hiring Teachers for Their Potential in South African Blended Learning Schools

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Understanding that the need for high quality education in South Africa is urgent, we have adopted a recruitment and selection strategy at SPARK that focuses more on hiring for potential than on hiring for current capability. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions?

Announcing the Second Annual Digital Innovation in Learning Awards

Digital Promise

Around the world, countless people and organizations are taking steps to ensure all students get a high-quality education by leveraging innovative technology and teaching practices. Many of them make a major impact that isn’t widely recognized, or use strategies that aren’t widely shared.

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.

21 Great Websites and Apps for Earth Day

Ask a Tech Teacher

April 22nd is Earth Day. Celebrate it with your students by letting them visit these websites: Breathing Earth. Breathing Earth YouTube Video –of CO2 use, population changes, and more. Conservation Game. Earth day collection. Earth Day—NASA Ocean Currents. Eco-friendly house. Eeko World.

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Finding the Technical Know-How to Build Your Great Startup Idea

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Here''s a common problem that many aspiring ed-tech entrepreneurs face: They have a great idea, but they don''t know how to build it. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email Product Development ProfessorWord Team aboutus lessonslearned professorword

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Google Greatness: 9 Google tricks I had never seen

Ditch That Textbook

I’m kind of a geek. Going to technology professional development on a weekend actually sounds like fun to me. When you make it tech PD that’s Google-focused, I’m going to look forward to it for weeks.

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11 Ways to Wrap Up the School Year

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s the end of school. Everyone’s tired, including you. What you want for these last few weeks are activities that keep the learning going, but in a different way. You want to shake things up so students are excited and motivated and feel interested again.

Building a bridge

Dangerously Irrelevant

A school board member said to me a while back: Scott, I hear what you’re saying about active, hands-on, project-based learning. But I got to tell you, when I’m driving over a bridge, I want to have confidence that the people who designed and built it knew what they were doing.

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.

Don’t Just Read Shakespeare, Perform It!

Catlin Tucker

Shakespeare’s plays are a staple in high schools across the country. Unfortuntately, when most students hear the name “Shakespeare” they react with a mixture of dread and anxiety. They worry they won’t “get it” and chances are they won’t get a lot of it.

Maybe Teachers Do Have the Power to Change the World

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. What if teachers were to stop saying, “This won’t work because we’re accountable to administrators, parents, and the bureaucracy”?

To Disconnect or Not

A Principal's Reflections

I just returned from a much needed eight day Disney World vacation with my wife and two kids. It truly was a magical time where we spent literally twelve or more straight hours together each day laughing, enjoying rides, and engaging in conversation on hundreds of topics.

How often do students get to do beautiful work?

Dangerously Irrelevant

Ron Berger said: Once a student creates work of value for an authentic audience beyond the classroom – work that is sophisticated, accurate, important and beautiful – that student is never the same.

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.

[New Release] Award Winning Author, Maria Dismondy, Launches her NEW children's book (a must have)!


Check out Maria''s Amazing Book and Explore Her Fun Blog Tour - click here to see this book on Amazon - I''m so excited to share my dear friend''s new book with all of you! Maria is a brilliant children''s author who really captures the ability to build empathy in young children.

When It Comes to Education, We Have to Stop Pretending

User Generated Education

Responding to Scott McLeod challenge and Steve Hargadon’s Tag: When it comes to education, we have to stop pretending. That “we” know best what students should learn; that it is okay for students to not have the freedom, time, resources to pursue their own interests and passions. That is it okay to make students sit in a desk for hours and hours every day learning things they don’t want to learn in a way and a place they don’t want to learn it.

5 Ways Teachers Can Stay on Top of Technology

Ask a Tech Teacher

Technology plays an important role in the classroom. Teachers can apply technology to help students learn through inter active games and simulations, or by taking advantage of educational resources online.

We have to stop pretending

Dangerously Irrelevant

When it comes to education, we have to stop pretending… that short-term memorization equals long-term learning. that students find meaning in what we’re covering in class. that low-level facts and procedures are a prerequisite to deeper learning.

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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.

We Have To Stop Pretending. #MakeSchoolDifferent

The Web20Classroom

Earlier this week my friend Scott McLeod tagged me in a post that he had written in which he describes 5 things in education we need to stop pretending. He challenged me along with several others to come up with our own lists of those things we need to give up and move past in order to make real change. I encourage you to read Scott''s post along with the collection of statements other have made. So, we have to stop pretending.

High School Grades: High Stakes and High Costs for Families

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Samara is a great English student. She plays by the rules, working hard to complete every assignment her teachers give her to the very best of her ability, staying after school for extra help several times each week, and studying diligently for every quiz and test given.

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How Will You #MakeSchoolDifferent

A Principal's Reflections

Earlier this week Scott McLeod pushed our thinking with a post titled We Have to Stop Pretending….#MakeSchoolDifferent. MakeSchoolDifferent. Please be sure to check out his post and the many thought-provoking comments.

Shifting the focus

Dangerously Irrelevant

Starr Sackstein said: How can we shift the focus away from how much a student does to how much they can apply to new tasks? … What can they do now that they couldn’t do before? How do they know? via [link]. Image credit: Enfocando / Focussing , Magec. Related Posts.

EdTech at School

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

The Human Connection in the 21st Century Mathematics Classroom Part II: New Models of Instruction

Battelle for Kids

April 14, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 5, Number 8. Driving Question: What Role Do Internet Learning Programs, Flipped Classrooms and PBI Play In The 21st Century Mathematics Classroom? In a fast-approaching future in which online video libraries of dynamic, topic-specific lectures become the standard and computer-generated math exercises adapt instantaneously to efficiently maximize student progress, the goal of completely self-sufficient students apparently will have been achieved.

15 Netiquette Rules for Students

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Your students are on the Internet. Help them use it appropriately with these 15 Netiquette Rules. For your convenience, the rules are listed beneath this infographic. Find more education infographics on e-Learning Infographics See if your question has already been asked, before asking. It only takes a moment to scan the conversation. Post information and [.]. The post 15 Netiquette Rules for Students appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

#74: Mastering Excel (for Beginners)

Ask a Tech Teacher

There are 22 common Excel skills easy enough for fourth and fifth graders. When they’re done, they–and their parents (and you, by the way)–will feel that they’ve accomplished much more. If the lesson plans are blurry, click on them for a full size alternative.

Forgetting Our History: From the Reusability Paradox to the Remix Hypothesis

iterating toward openness

Wow, there’s been some great writing lately. I’ve been particularly reinvigorated by Brian Lamb , Mike Caulfield , and Bracken Mosbacker. And Audrey Watters’ ongoing work on the history of educational technology is vastly more important than anyone seems to realize.

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.

The Human Connections in Mathematics Education- Part I: The Impact of Technology

Battelle for Kids

April 13, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 5, Number 7. Driving Question: What Role Can Internet Learning Programs Play In 21st Century Mathematics Classrooms? Addition facts, multiplication tables, lists of trig identities, sets of rules for finding derivatives – math is replete with repetitive skill learning and facts that must be memorized.

7 Words Educators Need to Reclaim

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. There are a good many things that frighten me about the field of education right now, but few things bother me more than the fact that many people are throwing the words of our profession around with reckless abandon. Words matter, and we need to consider them carefully.

Summer Keyboarding Class for Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Summer is coming, and so is Summer Keyboarding for Students ! If your students are looking for a summer keyboarding class to smooth out their rough edges, prepare them for next year’s increased tech demands, or get them started, this is the program for them.