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Reinventing the Right Curriculum Is Impossible — But Necessary!

The Journal

Fixing the curriculum means replacing its current focus on English, math, history, science, etc. with content relevant to a future where 65% of today’s students will have jobs that don’t yet exist! This week’s guest blog by Jonathan Grudin explores making that "impossible" fix … possible

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Stop Taking Grading Home

Catlin Tucker

In January I wrote a blog post titled “ New Year’s Resolution: I’m Moving ALL Assessment into the Classroom.” ” I’m here to update everyone. Since January, I have not brought a single stack of digital papers home to grade! It’s been amazing! It’s not that my students aren’t writing. In fact, they just completed a detailed six paragraph research paper on an environmental problem of their choice.

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The Top Four Benefits of Teaching Online

EdNews Daily

Written by: Elizabeth Jamison. Jennifer had been mentally outlining her novel for years, but with her hectic schedule, she never managed to find the time to write. Suzanne dreamed of running her own business, but was afraid to leave the comfortable safety of her current, stagnant job. At sixty-two, Joe was tired of the rat-race. He wanted “out” but didn’t know how to get there.

The role of technology in the PYP

EdTech4Beginners

This post will outline the aims of the PYP (the Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate) and the role that technology plays in helping teachers and students to achieve those goals. The role of technology is not significantly different to non-IB schools, so the ideas of good practice outlined below will also apply to other educational settings. What is the philosophy of the PYP?

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.

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– the environment. Breathing Earth YouTube Video –of CO2 use, population changes, and more. Conservation Game. Earth Day—NASA Ocean Currents. Earth Day Printables. Eco-friendly house. Ecotourism Simulation–for grades 4 and above. EekoWorld. Electrocity. Footprint calculator. History of Earth Day –lots of reading. My Garbology. Starfall — Every Day is Earth Day.

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9 Fine Ways to Do Better 20% Time

The CoolCatTeacher

A global search in education blog post From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Twenty percent time from Google. Or a genius hour. Or passion projects. Or compassion based engineering. I’ve written about these before. First, I’ll define the terminology. Second, I’ll give you an example from my classroom happening right now.

Learning Transformed: Want a Free Copy?

Tom Murray

Hello, friends! Eric Sheninger and I are excited to share that our upcoming book, Learning Transformed , is now available for pre-sale through ASCD ! You can find more information about that here: tinyurl.com/LearningTransformed. Here’s what a few educational leaders have shared about the book: “…Learning Transformed is both a compelling manifesto for the schools our children need now and an inspirational blueprint for how to bring them about.” – Sir Ken Robinson. “In

3 Things You Could Learn This Summer to Infuse Your Teaching with Tech

Ask a Tech Teacher

This summer, Ask a Tech Teacher is holding five Summer Learning classes : Tech-infused Teacher (Certificate edition for CEUs or grad class for college credit ). Tech-infused Class. Teach Writing with Tech. 20 Webtools in 20 Days (and the Structured Learning curriculum edition ). the Differentiated Teacher. Most award Certificates at completion, for CEUs. The Differentiated Teacher and Tech-infused Teacher can be taken for college credit.

Teachers as Product Managers

Battelle for Kids

During a conversation with a stranger on a flight home, I started describing what I later realized was the rationale for the P21 Framework of 21st Century Learning in the context of a Software As a Service (SaaS) Product. I’m a geek I know, but in my defense, the stranger was a Product Manager and the analogy worked. P21 Blog

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).

Richard Byrne’s Most Exciting Edtech Tools

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Richard Byrne on Episode #57 of the 10-minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Richard Byrne @rmbyrne discusses the edtech tools he’s most excited about today. From video tools, creation tools, to app creation, you’ll hear lots of ideas. Plus, he’ll tell you about his newest project. This episode, blog, and webinar are sponsored by Bloomz , my favorite tool for parent communication.

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6 Tips to Move Large Change Efforts Forward

A Principal's Reflections

Change is a process, not an event. Saying this and fully understanding the intricacies involved with the process of change are two totally different things. Change isn’t something that can just be willed on a person, people, or organization. Mandates and top-down directives rarely become embedded and sustained components of school culture because once the focus changes (and it always does) then all the time, energy, and frustration transfers to the new initiative.

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A Pilot Test of Revision Assistant and What We Learned in the Process

Ask a Tech Teacher

Revision Assistant , part of the Turnitin family, is a comprehensive virtual writing assistant for students that allows them to digitally edit and rewrite documents for any class. Last year, Sammy Spencer, a High School English teacher in Southern California, ran a pilot program using Revision Assistant in her school. Here’s her story: Last Fall, my El Camino Real High School colleagues and I set out to change the way we teach writing.

The Importance of Online Personal Learning Networks.

EdTech4Beginners

Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) are the groups of people around us that help us develop skills and knowledge. They can be: Work colleagues. Teachers in other schools. People who you network with. Online PLN’s (usually social media based). What are online PLN’s? Many teachers are now learning from each other online. This can happen through belonging to shared Facebook groups or following educators on Twitter and taking part in ‘ Twitter chats ‘ Why should you have an online PLN?

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.

Tips for Successful Digital Parenting

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Weston Kieschnick on the 10-minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. How much time on devices is too much time? Should kids put up their smartphones and talk to each other and parents sometimes? Are we using technology too much as parents? Today, for Thought Leader Thursday, Weston KieschnickWeston Kieschnick @wes_kieschnick and I have a conversation about digital parenting.

Valuing Professional Learning through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Districts across the nation are exploring a new approach to professional learning to meet the evolving needs of today’s diverse classrooms and the educators who lead them. District leaders are looking to provide educators with personalized support that will identify and develop skills and practices to support powerful student learning – and micro-credentials are one such tool to meet this need.

169 Tech Tip #20: How to Add a Link to MS Word

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education. Today’s tip: #20–How to add a link to MS Word. Category: EDIT/FORMAT. Sub-category: MS Office, Google Apps, Keyboarding. Q: I want to link a resource in Word/Google Docs to a website.

5 Tips for incorporating blended learning into your classroom

Neo LMS

Undoubtedly technology is a massive boon for teaching, from massive online research facilities to interactive content and full-spectrum online learning environments, to collaboration across country and cultural divides, to the promise that teachers can spend less time preparing and grading, and systems that yield more data with which to measure students across a number of parameters — not to mention achieving the ideals of the flipped classroom.

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.

How the African STEP Dance Ignited Kids at Ron Clark Academy

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Junior Bernadin on episode 58 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. African Step, based on the African Gum Boot Dance, has an American version with a competition. Junior Bernadin @jbernadin one of the STEP coaches at 3-time national champion winning Ron Clark Academy. Learn about this marvelous type of song/ dance and its role in African American culture.

From Teacher to Student and Back Again

Digital Promise

In each of the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools , educator professional development is a major component on the journey to enhance student learning and engagement. Teachers often have to step out of their comfort zones and challenge themselves to take new risks in order to transform their classrooms. Group professional development is a great way to model learning and put teachers back in the role of student.

Summer Tech Camp–Everything You Need

Ask a Tech Teacher

Summer Tech Camp Survival Kit. From Ask a Tech Teacher. Are you teaching a Summer Tech Camp to Kids? We have the solution: Build Your Own Adventure. 230 value for $179. This is not training for you (you can find Summer Learning options here). This provides you with materials to run a tech camp for students. Weeks: 3 weeks (can be repeated). Hours per day: 4 or 6 hours per day, both options available in the same resource collection.

Personalized Learning Summit is Bigger and Better than Ever

Education Elements

Four years ago the team at EE had an idea.what if we brought together groups of personalized learning leaders in regional Blended Learning Leadership Academies (BLLA) to help spread innovation and best practices? We hosted these BLLAs for two years across the country, from Chicago to Washington DC and San Francisco. We facilitated collaboration time, hosted choice workshops, shared out highlights from the past year, and hosted silly photo booths.

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!

5 Habits to Start Now to Help Your Classroom Thrive in the Fall

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Want to prepare to have an amazing fall now? Would you rather have a summer to just spend some time healing up and getting yourself back together? Here are some tips for what I am doing NOW to make sure fall is awesome (but summer is too!) Join the free webinarThursday, April 27 6 - […].

Why Kids Who Have Trouble Behaving in Preschool Fall Behind

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The landscape of early schooling is drastically changing. More and more children are attending school at an earlier age. At the same time, early childhood and kindergarten programs are increasing focus on academic content. But are these children ready for school?

A new resource guide from Kiddom: Standards-based Grading for ELA and Social Studies

Ask a Tech Teacher

Kiddom is a free standards-based platform designed to help teachers curate individual learning experiences ( see my review here ). Now, they’re giving away their Standards-based Grading Guide–for free: Humanities Teachers, Rejoice! English Language Arts and social studies standards are often tangled webs of both skills and content, not so easily separated. This guide clears common misconception and offers best practices.

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School Visits Provide Startup Confirmation and Inspiration

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

A stop in two classrooms to watch students work with ed-tech product Listenwise proved it's important for entrepreneurs to stay close to their customers. The post School Visits Provide Startup Confirmation and Inspiration appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog bootstrap edtech ELL ELLs/English-Language Learners English language learning entrepreneur immigrants immigration iPad lean startup Listenwise literacy NPR single sign on startup

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.

Motivating Special Needs Breakthroughs #mondaymotivation

The CoolCatTeacher

A special needs conversation with Jennifer Cronk on episode 56 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Empowering special needs students with technologies is one of the greatest ways to motivate and ignite their learning. Jennifer Cronk @ jenniferacronk shares two tearful but joyful stories of people with special needs unleashed (including her own.)

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7 Great Ways to Use Google for Education

EdTech4Beginners

In this computerized era, Google is the most commonly used tool in everyday life; from starting a day with Google News to saying good night to a friend using Hangouts. Along with social uses, Google has a significant role in education. According to college experts at SolidEssay.com , Google’s numerous products such as Scholar, Gmail, Drive, Books, News, Calendar etc. are very helpful in enriching a student’s learning experience: 1.

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6 IT nightmares plaguing schools-and 6 solutions to stop them

eSchool News

From constricted budgets to needing to protect large numbers of devices and users, educational institutions face a unique set requirements for data protection and business continuity. As a result, many school IT departments are struggling to create new data backup and business continuity practices. However, all is not lost and there is no need to create these from scratch, as leading education institutions are already leveraging enterprise-class protection capabilities.