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A Model for Teacher Development: Precursors to Change

User Generated Education

Too often teachers are passive recipients of professional development rather than being active agents of their own development and change. Several recent reports have indicated that teacher professional development, as it is being implemented in most schools, is ineffective and a waste of time and money. Several studies over the past few years that have found professional development to be largely ineffective or unhelpful for teachers.

What We Learned from Seymour Papert

The Journal

Seymour Papert passed away on July 31. He was 88. We share with you, in this week’s blog, what we learned from him: why children should learn to program


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DIY Furniture Project

Catlin Tucker

In spring, I wrote a blog titled “ Classroom Furniture: Does it impede or improve learning? ” to explore how the design of a classroom impacts learning. I’ve been frustrated by my own bulky furniture, which stifles movement and makes collaboration challenging. Determined to redesign my own classroom, I researched furniture options, toured a retailer in Oakland, visited classrooms with alternative furniture, and presented a proposal to my school board.

10 Tips for Digital Storytelling You Don’t Want to Miss

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are eight of the top Digital Storytelling articles according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: 9 Best-in-Class Digital Storytelling Tools. Storyboard That–Digital Storyteller, Graphic Organizer, and more. Digital Storytelling Apps. Digital Storytelling Websites. Common Core Writing–Digital Quick Writes. 42 Great Story Websites You’ll Love. Monday Freebies #28: My Storybook. Weekend Website #29: Storybook Maker. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years.

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.

10 reasons to try Genius Hour this school year

Ditch That Textbook

For me, my Genius Hour project was learning BASIC. I was in middle school, and this programming code intrigued me. We didn’t have any computer science classes except for a six-week “Introduction to Computers” rotation class. So I started tinkering with it on my computer at home. I found books to learn new commands. Then [.]. Teaching 20 percent time genius hour independent learning passion-based learning projects

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Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 7, Number 5. Driving Question: How can we use digital tools to create a culture which empowers students? "If If all instructors were to realize that the quality of mental process, not the production of correct answers, is the measure of educative growth, something hardly less than a revolution in teaching would be worked." ― John Dewey, Democracy and Education. P21 Blogazine

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C-STEM Studio — A Great Way to Blend Math and Robotics

Ask a Tech Teacher

C-STEM Studio is a California A-G approved curriculum and turn-key solution for teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics through computing and robotics. This web-based scalable program is available for elementary through high school students and can last anywhere from four weeks to a year.

Creating classroom fireworks to get students saying WOW!

Ditch That Textbook

Attention economy is a term that many in business are paying attention to. There’s lots of noise in media and in our everyday lives. Organizations are doing whatever they can to get people’s attention. Social media marketing. Billboards. Emails. Advertising in unique locations. The ads they stick above urinals in the men’s room are a [.]. Teaching attention economy creative teaching creativity engagement innovation

Micro-credentials 101 – Workshop Resources

More Verbs

What’s all the fuss about micro-credentials and digital badging? What are they and how do I earn them? What do they have to do with professional development? What’s this new iLearnMaine Educator Micro-credentials program from ACTEM and the DOE? Attend this session and not only discover answers to these questions, but get a head start on figuring out which micro-credentials you might like to earn! iLearnMaine Educator Micro-credentals. Project Home. All About Micro-credentials.

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).

Now you can install Securly from a web browser


We’re not only the leading cloud-based provider of Internet security for K-12 schools, but also the industry’s first self-servable web filter. “With our self-serve update, Securly is realizing its long-held vision of giving IT Admins a product that can be set up in minutes,” says Paul Katcher, UI developer at Securly. Since the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) in 2000, web filtering has been required for schools that seek e-rate funding.

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Tech Ed Resources–Organize Your Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m taking a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, by tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do.

Ed-tech Developers: Share How You Use Research

Digital Promise

With more and more educational technology tools on the market, schools and universities , the government , and parents all want to know, Which products are effective for which teachers and students? In response, ed-tech developers are using research to inform the early stages of product design and development, and to conduct evaluations of their products’ effectiveness.

Making is a Process

A Principal's Reflections

“ No two makerspaces should be exactly alike, because no two school communities are exactly alike. Properly planning your makerspace will ensure that you uncover themes that are unique and meaningful to your school.

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.

Reflections on Personalized and Project-based Learning

Education Elements

Recently, I had the opportunity to facilitate a workshop with our partners at Loudoun County Public Schools and the Buck Institute for Education to do some deep thinking about the connections between project-based learning (PBL) and personalized learning (PL). I am very passionate about these two pillars of instruction, and I'm doubly passionate about their intersection. Personalized Learning Project Based Learning PBL Loudoun County

Curriculum Companions Start August 8th

Ask a Tech Teacher

Start date for the 2016-17 online school year: August, 8, 2016. Curriculum Companion Wikis (K-5 only) follow a tech professional as s/he teaches each lesson in the SL K-5 curriculum textbooks. Presented via video (10-15 minutes each), you can ask questions, start a discussion with other teachers using the curriculum, and access additional resources. It’s your mentor, your sidekick, your best friend in the tech ed field.

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Back to School Tips for Teachers on the Digital Transformation Journey

Digital Promise

Going back to school is an exciting and busy time for teachers and school administrators. There’s a ton of work to be done, from creating lesson plans, to preparing classrooms, to welcoming new students. Kicking off a new school year is a challenge in itself, but what happens when a school is also starting a new technology initiative that provides always available access to all students and teachers? The 25 newest Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) are tackling this challenge now.

Smartphones in the classroom: friend or foe?


The combination of students and mobile devices in the classroom has long been a debate topic among education professionals. The use of mobile devices during classes is often regarded as an element of distraction for students. But with today’s smartphones, can this still be the case? In the pre-smartphone era, when traditional mobile phones – or “dumb phones”, how I like to call them – ruled the world, students simply couldn’t use their phones for learning.

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.

Technology and it’s impact on children: A force for good or evil?


When I see children hooked on Candy Crush and Minecraft, hardly engaging with their friends during social times, I feel worried for them. What is this doing to their social and emotional skills and wellbeing? However, there are so many ways tech is used positively. I really don’t know what to think! I do however know that it is vital that we educate children about technology – including both the positive points and the negatives.

BEYOND FIELD AND FACTORY: Workforce Readiness In a Middle School

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 7, Number 4. Driving Question: How Can A Middle School Be Structured To Foster New Digital Workplace Skills and Opportunities for 21st Century Careers? Rancho Minerva Middle School, located 45 miles North of San Diego, is a middle school on the move. It is a school with over 90% of its students living below the poverty line with nearly 3/4ths speaking a primary language other than English.


3 Strategies to Combat Summer Learning Loss

Digital Promise

After many weeks away from their traditional school schedule, students across the country are starting to re-enter their classrooms and share stories of their summer vacations. Whether or not they know it yet, the way students spent their vacation days can play an enormous role in their future academic success as compared to their peers. The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) defines summer learning loss as “the phenomenon where young people lose academic skills over the summer.”

How e-learning can meet some needs of struggling students


When I started school, there were seven first-grade classes, and about 30 students in each one. We were all about the same age, some shy, some way too active, some nervous, but in our minds we were all the same: classmates, equal. By the time I started second grade, my class was missing a few students. Where did they go? Apparently, the school decided to create a special, eighth class, by selecting a few students with the lowest academic results from the other seven.

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!

Five Ways To Show Students You Care

The Jose Vilson

“How do you show students you care and love them?” ” Someone asked me that this afternoon. And every other week. Shout-out to the other eighth grade math teacher who asked it. I’m not about the touchy-feely stuff; I prefer to discuss techniques, strategies, and content where possible. I prefer to talk about race, class, gender, and take long walks in the city.

Of Sunlight, OER, and Lumen

Iterating Toward Openness

We recently installed solar panels on our home. The benefits of adding them were immediate and obvious – the very first month they were on the roof our electric bill dropped to $9 (the fee required to stay connected to the grid) and we generated more power than we used, pushing the excess back out to the grid. Because I can’t stop thinking about open, I’ve been pondering the relationship between solar power and OER.

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3 Videos Showing Deeper Learning Micro-credentials in Action

Digital Promise

Over the past few months, Digital Promise has traveled the country capturing the stories of educators who have earned Deeper Learning micro-credentials to transform teaching and learning. These 40 Deeper Learning micro-credentials were developed by Digital Promise to recognize educators who have shifted their classroom practice to encourage student success in our increasingly complex world.

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50 Beginning Of The School Year Procedures For A Stress-Free Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 50 Beginning Of The School Year Procedures For A Stress-Free Classroom appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching General New Teacher

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.

Part 3: Facilitating Inquiry in the Classroom… Questions, Metacognition, and 15 Pre-search Tools

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to this third post in a series that promotes student inquiry in the classroom. This post is dedicated to reflecting on that important topic of metacognition and reflection with questions before the search. You will discover multiple resources in this series along with some great ideas for finding student success in student owned inquiry. Before reading, please take a moment to subscribe by email or RSS and also give me a follow on Twitter at mjgormans.

Instead of Handouts – Google Keep

Teacher Tech

Instead of Handouts At an event I was at recently, a presenter made sure to provide the participants with 13 printed pages of the PowerPoint. The packets were provided outside of the venue for people to pick up. As might be expected there was not a massive rush to the table to pick up the […]. The post Instead of Handouts – Google Keep appeared first on Teacher Tech. Google Intermediate Keep google keep

Music Lessons

Digital Promise

Tracing links between musical training and executive function — and bolstering the case for music in schools. This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. If educators want to develop critical, creative thinkers who can set and accomplish their own goals — and who can use those skills to strengthen their math and reading skills — they may want to take another look inside the music room.