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Not All Screen Time Is Created Equal

Catlin Tucker

As a parent, I am fiercely protective of my children. I want them to be kids. I want them to play sports, get lost in great books, collect bugs in our backyard, and engage with one another creating art projects, choreographing dance numbers, and playing good old fashioned board games. I often feel these traditional pastimes are less attractive than the pull of the screen. I resent the magnetic pull that iPads and apps have on their time and attention.

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Always Know Which Virtual Speakers Are Available for Your Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

Do you want to know which virtual speakers and field trips are available for your class? Use this auto-notification from Nepris for real-time updates. Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to sign up with any mobile device. . If you aren’t familiar with Nepris : It is an amazing source of experts available to meet virtually with your class. It’s like Skype but easier, less work, and more comprehensive. Check out my review here for more details.

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From Heartache to Hope

Tom Murray

This post is dedicated to the five people that lost their lives and the many that were affected by the events at the Fort Lauderdale airport on January 6, 2017. January 6th began like so many other travel days for me. After keynoting an event the night before, I woke up, packed my belongings from the hotel where I was staying, grabbed breakfast with some new friends I had met while at the event, and later that morning caught an Uber ride to the airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Coding or Critical Thinking?

EdTech4Beginners

As the Hour of Code again approaches, I ponder the efficacy of encouraging all schools to participate under the banner of coding. To be involved in EdTech is to interact with articles , TED Talks , and apps that encourage coding. Still, I am not convinced that all students need to focus on coding per se as much as they will benefit from the skills that are acquired while learning how to code. Perhaps I sound heretical given that I am a tech coach in addition to being a teacher.

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.

Safe teaching is risky teaching

Ditch That Textbook

I remember lots of important moments from my time in all levels of school. Many of them are my times with friends, conversations at the lunch table, sports competitions, etc. I remember some lessons from the classroom. The most vivid ones are projects I did with others or collaborative activities: I remember getting worksheet packets (blech!) [.]. Teaching creative teaching ditch framework innovative teaching maverick teaching risk-taking safe teaching

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Why students love a game-based learning experience

Neo LMS

For as long as children have preferred playing to sitting quietly and learning their ABCs, preschool teachers have been craftily devising games as Trojan horses to teach them concepts such as shapes, letter recognition, colors, seasons and relationships. Gamification in learning is an established trend, and uses the core elements of what make games fun – mastery, narrative, instant feedback, competition, and reward, to create new ways for learners to internalize information.

Some Brilliant Websites & Apps To Create Word Clouds.

EdTech4Beginners

I recently taught a lesson in which it was important for me to highlight keywords; a few of them were new to the class. I decided to ask the pupils to generate word clouds to find the words of most importance and then find the meanings. It was an effective way of doing so. An example of a word cloud. Here are some great tech tools to use to generate the clouds: Websites: Wordle. ABCYA. WordClouds (my favourite – you can make the clouds into shapes – see below).

5 Ideas to Amp Up Chromebooks

The CoolCatTeacher

John Sowash shares ideas on the 10-Minute Teacher Episode 35 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today John Sowash @rsowash talks formative assessment, multimedia, and the must-have apps for Chromebooks. Today he gives us five ideas to amp up our Chromebook classroom. Many of these tools and tips will work for any device that can access the Web. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Stream by clicking here.

18 St. Patrick’s Day Sites For Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day? Try these fun activities: Color the shamrock. Color the Pot-o-gold. Color the leprechaun. Puzzle–St. Pat’s Puzzle. Puzzle–St. Pat’s puzzle II. Puzzle–St. Pat’s drag-and-drop puzzle. Puzzle–St. Pat’s slide puzzle. Puzzles and games. Pat’s math. Patrick’s Day history–video. Pat’s Day songs–video. Tic tac toe. Webquest for St. Patrick’s Day I. Webquest II. Wordsearch.

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).

How Should We Address the Cybersecurity Threats Facing K-12 Schools?

Doug Levin

Thanks to my invited participation in the National Governors Association regional summit, Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge , I thought I’d take the opportunity to briefly share my perspective on the high-level cybersecurity challenges facing K-12 schools, why it is an important issue (for schools and government), and what should be done about it.

Learning is the Reward

A Principal's Reflections

Let’s face it, school, as we know it is driven by grades as the main reflection of what students do, or do not, know. What has resulted is a rat race of sorts where many kids and parents alike have their eye on the prize. The prize in this case is either a coveted letter or number grade that is celebrated above the most important aspect of education – whether a student actually learned and can apply this newly constructed knowledge in meaningful ways.

How Perla Zamora and Her students in Mexico are Tearing Down Walls

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode #34 The 10-Minute Teacher on Global Collaboration From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Perla Zamora @pzamoraats from Tampico, Mexico is tearing down walls. For thought leader Thursday, today, ask yourself how you’re connecting your classroom to the world. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Stream by clicking here. Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.”

Scaling Innovation: A System’s Approach to Transforming Teaching & Learning

Digital Promise

Like many other districts in the League of Innovative Schools, our team at Bristol Warren Regional School District (BWRSD) has a firm understanding of best practice and current research. However, the difficulty in scaling any innovation is converting the theory into action. To help overcome this, we have adopted the Future Ready Schools Framework , a systematic approach to scaling innovative digital learning practices while promoting long-term sustainability.

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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.

Project Galaxy Bazaar : Training Students for Ethical Entrepreneurship Leadership in the 21st Century

Battelle for Kids

As a Business teacher to grades 11 and 12 at S N Kansagra School in India, I have always wondered, "Is whatever I am doing in the classroom is good enough for my students? Or, do I need to incorporate something more to make them future ready?". P21 Blog

Entrepreneurs Need Funding: Winning Grants, Competitions, Proposals

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

There are lots of ways to get funding for your startup idea or product. Don't miss out. The post Entrepreneurs Need Funding: Winning Grants, Competitions, Proposals appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog #infercabulary bootstrap business plan competition Communication APPtitude Educational Technology/Ed-Tech Entrepreneurship Funding/Funding Streams Grants/Grant Funding Lean Startups SBIR Startups TEDCO

GIVEAWAY: The Chromebook Classroom Book by John Sowash

The CoolCatTeacher

A 10-Minute Teacher Show Giveaway From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. John Sowash will be on the 10-Minute Teacher show on Friday morning sharing his ideas for a Chromebook classroom. As part of our ongoing celebration of the launch of the show, John has agreed to give away two copies of his book The Chromebook Classroom. For this giveaway, I’m testing a new tool, Gleam , to run this giveaway competition. Many of you have already shared the show.

What Did SXSWedu Have to Say About Adult Learning?

Digital Promise

What did this year’s SXSWedu conference have to say about adult learning? Turns out, more than you might think. SXSWedu is one of the country’s largest educational technology conferences and, as most of these conferences go, has tended to focus more on the K-12 segment than on adults who are in need of foundational skills to help them advance in the workforce.

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.

A Fantastic Construction Game, With Lots Of Uses In The Classroom.

EdTech4Beginners

What is The Sandbox? The Sandbox is an app in which you can build vast worlds (think Minecraft but in 2D). Have a look at the intro video: How did I use it in a lesson? As part of our topic on mountains, as a starter activity, I asked the pupils to build a mountain and then map the different zones. How else could the app be used? Try some art projects. The game is in pixels and 11 different colours- interesting effects can be created.

Enhance Your Ed-Tech Startup With a Vacation

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

When entrepreneurs take a break, it can boost ed-tech innovation. The post Enhance Your Ed-Tech Startup With a Vacation appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog bootstrap Educational Technology/Ed-Tech entrepreneur Entrepreneurship Innovation lean startup startup vacation

Epic Ways to Celebrate Pi Day

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode #32 with Scottish Maths Teacher Chris Smith From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Chris Smith @aap03102 is a Maths teacher from Scotland where his irrational passion for Pi earns him geeky renown. He is an enthusiastic ambassador for the beauty and usefulness of Mathematics and shares this message with his anyone who will listen. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Stream by clicking here.

Tight on Goals, Flexible on Means: Universal Design for Learning Empowers Opportunity Youth

Digital Promise

YouthBuild USA , a Digital Promise Adult Learning Beacon , is an international intermediary for a network of 250 community-based YouthBuild programs and schools around the country. We and our partners are committed to bringing the voices and experiences of Opportunity Youth learners (low-income young people of promise, ages 16 to 24) and educators to the conversation about learning differences.

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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!

PL Superpowers - My Journey to Personalized Learning Superpower Stardom

Education Elements

I was blessed to become a Personalized Learning Lexington Education Leadership Award Fellow (2nd Class) back in December of 2015. Education Elements not only influenced my personal work, but it motivated me to make learning meaningful for my students (all 4,970) in an exceptional way. My work in personalized learning has been inspirational in my district. Every district educational leader will always answer yes to certain questions.

Startup Founders Need to Refresh Their Skills Regularly

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

As a company grows, startup leaders need work hard to stay in touch with the inner workings of their product. The post Startup Founders Need to Refresh Their Skills Regularly appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog audio stories bootstrap Creative Commons Curriculum entrepreneur lean startup lesson plans Listenwise media literacy NPR startup

Top 7 education apps for the classroom

Neo LMS

We people are funny creatures. We fight for our liberty of choice like a gorilla beating its chest, yet when we have too many options to choose from we hold still and try to blend in with the surrounding environment like a chameleon and avoid making any decision. You’d think this behavior makes no sense, but the paradox of choice is real. When we have to choose between A and B we complain that there isn’t an option C as well.

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Activating Student Thinking through Strategic Annotations

Digital Promise

Teachers are always looking for ways to facilitate deeper student learning through reading. The true goal of any classroom is to prepare students not only for comprehension, but also higher-order analysis where they feel comfortable interpreting content and using it in new ways. Getting there, however, requires that students understand how to practice metacognition and critical thinking while reading; teachers cannot simply hand students text and expect them to do so.

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.

Powerful Language Learning in the 21st Century

The CoolCatTeacher

Rachelle Dene Poth talks language learning and STEAM on 10MT From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Rachelle Dene Poth @rdene915 talks about teaching Spanish and STEAM with technology, student choice , and project based learning. For Wonderful Wednesday, take a trip inside her classroom to learn how she does it all. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Stream by clicking here.

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Getting Good at Prioritizing

Education Elements

As a startup, we have a small team and limited resources to work on problems where the solution is not obvious and success is not guaranteed. When working on Touchpoint , our new project management tool which complements our consulting services, every feature we build and every test we run is a precious use of our limited time and resources. This probably sounds pretty familiar to school administrators across the country — lots to do with limited resources to get it done. Let's talk priorities.

P21 EXEMPLARS MAKE A SPLASH IN WASHINGTON

Battelle for Kids

We started the P21 Exemplar Program four years ago because we wanted to capture in physical form the essential elements of 21st century teaching and learning. We had no idea how successful that program would become – until two weeks ago. P21 Blog