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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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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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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.

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.

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.

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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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

#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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 can’t do what that other school is doing because…

Dangerously Irrelevant

We can’t do what that other school is doing because… they are bigger and have more resources. they are smaller and are more nimble. they are rural and have strong-knit communities. they are urban and have access to the city. they are suburban and have more money.

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”?

Algebra: The Model Deeper Learning Discipline

Battelle for Kids

April 16, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 5, Number 9. Driving Question: How Can Teachers of Math in 21st Century Classrooms Bridge Big Ideas Between Numeracy and Algebra? After arithmetic, lots of "should''s" are lined up for young learners of algebra. Facing algebra, many students who failed to develop the basic concepts when they learned arithmetic, are burdened by the fact that they have to apply logic.

[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.

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.

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.

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.

The Missing — But Critical — Educational App

The Journal

With zillions of apps in Apple's App Store and the Google Play store, how could there be an educational app that is not there? As you will read in this week’s blog post, there is an app that needs to be built — an app that we built for the Palm Pilot and PocketPC 10 years ago — that needs to be resurrected now

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4 Resources for Creating and Developing Digital Portfolios


In this look at digital portfolios, we will examine how each of these portfolio methods look and feel and more importantly why you should and should not choose them in both the school and personal settings. TC Blog WordPress

EdTech at School

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