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Memo to OER Purveyors: Teachers Don’t Want Content, Teachers Want Curriculum!

The Journal

While OER marketplaces tend to tout the amount and types of content on offer, we must remind ourselves that content is not curriculum — and it is curriculum that teachers actually want. We go on to describe the life-cycle of a digital lesson — and argue that support for all the life cycle phases is only just beginning to be provided

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10 great virtual field trips to check out in 2017

Ditch That Textbook

In 2004, I was about to start my first teaching job. That’s when I got introduced to the world. I went on a 10-day mission trip to Uruguay. We drove the streets of Montevideo, a world capital that reminded me a lot of life in the United States. We walked through centuries-old Colonia del Sacramento, [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology global connections global education skype skype in the classroom virtual field trips

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Robotics and Computer Science for Elementary Level Learners

User Generated Education

I absolutely love all of the new robotics toys that have been coming out for elementary age learners. I have been using them for my summer maker camp, with my gifted education classes, and for my upcoming Saturday morning program. One of my gifted girls noted, “Where do all of these robots come from?” ” I laughed and told her, “It’s actually has become one of my passions. Collecting them has become a major hobby of mine.”

How Mainstreet Media Steps Up When Mainstream Media Lets Us Down

The CoolCatTeacher

What we can learn from the media's silence about the South Georgia Storm Disaster 2017 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Is it that we don’t have a dead baby in a ditch like we had in the Camilla tornadoes in 2000 to get people upset? Is that Albany Georgia’s tragedy is ignored?

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.

Top 10 Websites and Apps of 2016

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every week, I post a website(s) or app(s) that my classes found useful, instructive, helpful in integrating technology into classroom lesson plans. Some, you agreed with me about; others not so much. Here, I’ll share which sites you-all thought were the most helpful in efforts to weave tech into the classroom experience. Between these twenty, they had over 240,000 visitors during the year. See if you agree: Websites. 12 Websites to Teach Mouse Skills.

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If You Are Using iPads In The Classroom – Apple TV’s Are A Must!


Apple TV’s allow you to stream your iPad screen to another device such as a projector. They are invaluable in the classroom and have so many uses. How do you set it up? It is really easy to set up an Apple TV. Watch the YouTube video below for details: How can Apple TV be used in the classroom? Show a pupil’s work to the whole class. Share a student solving a problem on their iPad with the whole class; they can present the information easily by talking through their methods.

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Living Life as a Teacher Is Noble Enough

The CoolCatTeacher

Appreciating teachers and the role we play in the world From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Wow, you know as a teacher you just can’t turn it off. I was just in Walgreens picking up pictures, and as I was walking in, a little one-year-old decided to walk out through the open door. I scooted out and followed him and took his tiny hand as his alarmed grandmother was grateful I brought him back. She said, “He just runs away all the time.

10 Hits and 10 Misses for 2016

Ask a Tech Teacher

Since I started this blog five years ago, I’ve had over 4.8 million visitors to the 1,454 articles I’ve written on integrating technology into the classroom. This includes how to use wikis or blogs in the classroom and what I’ve learned from my students as we got through another tech week. I have regular features like: Weekly Websites and Tech Tips ( sign up for the newsletter). Dear Otto Help Column. Edtech Reviews. Lesson plans.

Ed-Tech Tools and Traditional Strategies Enhance Vocabulary Learning

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Vocabulary learning is like a dimmer switch--with the right techniques eventually students will shine. The post Ed-Tech Tools and Traditional Strategies Enhance Vocabulary Learning appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Apps Games Reading/Literacy

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).

10 Tips to Make Learning REAL

A Principal's Reflections

Another Christmas has passed and I am continually amazed by the technologies that kids now have access to. For example, my son received a drone from my mother-in-law and has been playing with it non-stop for days now. At first, he was focused on just the basics of flying the device. After having mastered take off, landing, and balance, his focus now is on using the camera to take photos and video. It is awesome to see how engaged he is with the drone, but that he is also learning in the process.

Today is the Present

The CoolCatTeacher

Living life to the fullest every day. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I live across the street from death. Truthfully, I wouldn’t have chosen to live across from the funeral home, but it was my grandparents’ house. Contrary to what you might think, a constant reminder of death can change your life in positive ways if you let it. When we first moved in, some things surprised me about the pattern of funerals.

Sharing Picture Books With Kids Can Make Them Smarter and More Attentive

Digital Promise

This article was originally published in The Conversation. Read the original article. . Illiteracy is a global concern. Research suggests that 175 million young people, largely from poor countries and regions, lack basic literacy skills. This has wide-ranging negative effects, both for individuals and society at large. Illiteracy has been shown to contribute to poor health.

Our 10 Most Popular Personalized Learning Blogs of 2016

Education Elements

Over the course of 2016 we published more than 70 blog posts on our weekly blog, sharing ideas from our team, our districts, and thought leaders from across the country. We are amazed and inspired by all the passion, leadership and innovation in the personalized learning space reflected in the Bring Your Own Thoughts (BYOT) blog.

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.

My Article For The TES: Five Time-Saving Tech Tools For New Teachers.


I recently wrote an article for the Times Educational Supplement about ways for new teachers to save time by using technology. Click here for the full article. Tagged: edtech , education , teacher technology , teacher workload , teachers , teaching , tech , tech tools , time saving. education edtech teacher technology teacher workload teachers teaching tech tech tools time saving

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Chance encounter leads to unlikely friendship between 4-year-old and a senior citizen.

User Generated Education

This is typically an educational blog but sometimes events in the world are so touching and significant that I need to share them out. This is one such story. Plus I think it is a great way to start the new year. A few decades ago I wrote a book of short stories. This story reminded me of one of the stories I wrote titled, Coming Out of the Dark.

10 Free browser extensions supporting students when learning online


Can you imagine what a student thinks when trying to study? How hard it can be for some to really stay focused on their learning materials when there are so many distractions surrounding them? Online ads and social media channels can be greater reasons for procrastination than the fridge or noisy roommates.

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Openness and TRUST

K12 Open Ed

The folks at the Indiana Department of Education’s elearning group are working on an OER #GoOpen initiative, which includes a series of Twitter chats (#INeLearn). Last night I participated in one of these lively conversations. After this chat, I was struck by how important TRUST is to open learning, and again, how OER doesn’t necessarily have to coincide with open learning. Below is an excerpt from this chat that brought this home to me.

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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.

4 Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Revolutionize the Classroom.


It’s hard to see anything other than artificial intelligence being the next frontier of the edtech front. More specifically, machine learning has quickly gained the potential to overhaul what educators can accomplish with technology due to how rapidly the field has advanced within the last two years.

In the News…2017

Tom Murray

January. Tom Murray to be Honored as Thought Leader of the Year, EdTech Round Up , Link. PR with Panache! Honors Tom Murray as Thought Leader of the Year, PR with Panche! K-12 Districts Find That Education and Awareness Are Key to Privacy Protection, Edtech K-12 Magazine , Link. News Alliance for Excellent Education EdTech K-12 Future Ready Schools PR with Panche

Will AI replace teachers?


Will AI replace teachers? This was the subject at a plenary debate at the OEB conference just last December. I was intrigued. What arguments would the four expert speakers bring to the table? Artificial Intelligence is surely spreading and its uses are getting more and more diverse. AI will definitely change the educational system as we know it, but will it really replace teachers? I already had thought of an answer to this question before going to the plenary debate.

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8 Things to Keep in Mind When Executing a Digital Transformation

EdTech Magazine

By Eric Sheninger By following a process, K–12 leaders can be assured they are making the most of education technology. Classroom Digital Content Leadership Management Professional Development Training

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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!

Finalist in the UK Blog Awards.


I’m in absolute shock after receiving an email earlier in the day, informing me that I am a finalist in the UK Blog Awards, 2017. I am in the education category. Here is the shortlist: [link]. The ceremony is at the Westmister Park Plaza Hotel on Friday 21st April, 2017. Wish me luck! Tagged: blogging , edtech , education , teachers , teaching , technology , UK Blog Awards. education blogging edtech teachers teaching technology UK Blog Awards

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4 Things All Project-Based Learning Teachers Should Do

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 4 Things All Project-Based Learning Teachers Should Do appeared first on TeachThought. Project-Based Learning General New Teacher

Detentions, suspension and expulsion do not curb violent behavior

The Hechinger Report

. Each day as we tune into news sites and social media, we hear disturbing reports of violence in our nation’s schools. These stories’ regularity leads us to believe schools are no longer safe places for our children, or our teachers. So, can we curb school violence and the behavior problems behind it? Can we create safe and supportive school environments and reach struggling children and adolescents? The answer is “yes” … but it takes some work.

Principals: The lessons we learned in 2016

eSchool News

[ Editor’s note: This story is Part 2 of our 3-part series on Lessons Learned in 2016. Check back tomorrow for Lessons Learned by Educators. Click here for yesterday’s article from Superintendents.]. The best educational leaders are lifelong learners. They are constantly expanding their knowledge, refining their skills, and looking for creative ways to help kids learn.

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.

?Social Studies Should Teach Students for Tomorrow, Not the Past


Are you teaching for tomorrow? It’s a question I often ask myself and educators in my professional network. In fact, this question has become the cornerstone of my personal educational philosophy, and a guiding principle for my team of high school social studies educators at Fairfax County Public Schools. Teaching for tomorrow allows us as educators to reflect on our profession and the experiences students are having.

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12 Tools That Made The Biggest Difference In My Teaching

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 12 Tools That Made The Biggest Difference In My Teaching appeared first on TeachThought. Technology General New Teacher

Flexibility Is Key in Personalized Learning Classrooms

EdTech Magazine

By Amy Brown Physical environments are being adapted with students and mobility in mind. Classroom