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Disengaged Teachers: A Problem We Need to Solve

Catlin Tucker

I frequently hear about high numbers of students who are not engaged in their learning, but I hear less about teachers who are not engaged in their work. However, a Gallop Poll found that 57% of teachers report that they are “not engaged” at work, with an additional 13% reporting that they are “actively disengaged.” ” This is alarming. How can we expect students to be engaged in their learning if their own teachers are not engaged?

Why EdTech Initiatives Fail (…and a support to help!)

Tom Murray

Over the past decade, as school district budgets have remained relatively stagnant, spending on educational technology has continued to accelerate. In working with district leaders across the nation, I can point to countless bright spots, where technology is supporting the acceleration of student learning, and empowering teachers to create authentic learning experiences for all students. However, the stories that district leaders don’t like to tell, are when edtech initiatives fail.

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KidZania: Hands-On Kid Sized Cities Coming To America

EdNews Daily

The world’s fastest growing experiential learning center for children is coming to the U.S., promising to bring unique educational experiences to American children. KidZania’s are mini, kid-sized cities and experiential learning centers that allow kids to role-play in a variety of real life professions, from firefighter to doctor to TV news personality to marine biologist. . There are currently KidZania’s in 24 major cities worldwide, and the company plans to open the first U.S.

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Doing More With The Classroom Makerspace

The Web20Classroom

When I was 6 or 7 years old I was at home on a boring rainy weekend. Being an inquisitive kid and generally looking for mischief I found some tools in a closet and decided something in my house needed taking a apart. I'd always wondered how a toaster actually made toast so it became the subject of my experiment. I spent a while taking it a part looking at all the pieces and, of course not knowing how any of it worked.

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.

Preparation for the New World of Work

A Principal's Reflections

A great deal has been written about the future and the importance of preparing students with the skills, mindset, and attributes necessary for success in a rapidly evolving world. Truth be told, this is quite the harrowing task and one that should compel us all to pause and critically reflect on not only where schools are, but more importantly where our students need them to be.

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How This Teacher Builds A Professional Learning Community Online

EdNews Daily

This is the first article in our series about building professional learning communities for online teachers. In this series, we share ideas from online teachers who work at 51Talk. 51Talk is the largest online English education platform in China. In June 2016, it became a publicly listed company on the New York Stock Exchange (COE). 51Talk’s mission is to make quality education accessible and affordable, and to enable students to talk to the world.

Teacher Frustrators: Testing Takes Priority, Web 1.0-Level Internet

The Journal

This week’s blog post looks behind the technology to the policies that make teachers utterly frustrated when trying to use that technology with their students. We tell two, true stories that, without a doubt, will make you groan with frustration. These sorts of frustrators must be addressed if technology is going to have its promised impact

Formative Assessment Tools and Tips from Monica Burns #FormativeTech

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 37 of The 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Monica Burns, author of #FormativeTech , shares essential tools and tips for effective formative assessment. Learn how to get results. Pick some tools. Accelerate learning. Monica’s book comes out today! Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Stream by clicking here. Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.”

How to Use Tech to Help Graduating Students Find Jobs

Ask a Tech Teacher

The end of the school year means graduation for seniors. If they aren’t going to college, they’re job hunting. Sara Stringer, Ask a Tech Teacher guest blogger, has several ideas on how to make that more efficient: As a teacher, you’re fully aware of how much the world is advancing through technology. Undoubtedly, innovation has touched many aspects of how you teach. The Internet has made it easier to gather, evaluate, summarize and disseminate information.

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).

Creating Control: Managing Bullying in the Classroom

EdNews Daily

One of every four students reports being bullied during the school year, according to the National Bullying Prevention Center. Bullying in the classroom has always been a problem, and educators are now taking bullying seriously. In today’s classroom, teachers must ensure that they offer all students a classroom environment free of bullying.

6 Best Practices for Building Positive Teacher-Student Relationships

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Chances are you didn’t need Hattie or any researcher telling you about the importance of student-teacher relationships. As a first year teacher, I somewhat smugly felt when it came to student-teacher relationships, “You either have it, or you don’t.” It seemed as if I had good relationships with my students. But was I bonding with […]. The post 6 Best Practices for Building Positive Teacher-Student Relationships appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

Teaching Morals and Ethics In a World of Gray

The CoolCatTeacher

A Cathy Rubin Global Education Discussion From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The murderous mobster Jimmy Hoffa once said, “I may have my faults, but being wrong ain’t one of them.” ” If such an evil man – guilty of prostitution, gambling, corruption, murder and more — didn’t see his faults, what hope do we teachers have of teaching kids the difference between right and wrong?

Beneylu School: A Clever LMS for your School

Ask a Tech Teacher

Beneylu is a K-8 online learning platform that puts critical classroom applications, resources, activities, and games in a secure online universe that is accessible to parents, teachers, and students. The goal is to make learning not only smoothly-delivered but adaptable and intriguing for everything. The brightly-colored friendly Beneylu platform provides a web-based classroom with intuitive learning resources and student-friendly apps.

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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.

Why I Hack My Classroom

EdNews Daily

Written By: Grace O’Shea. New York City, Summer 2011. I was excited to be joining a force of Teaching Fellows poised to tackle the opportunity gap in NYC. I began my summer school assignment feeling a healthy mix of zeal and terror. I was about to go live. The challenge? Get a group of straggling eighth graders excited about science. Room 230. I enter. My students are seated in clunky desks — or are they chairs? Let’s call them desk-chairs — uniformly lined up to face the SmartBoard.

Preventing Project Based Lag: 3 Tips to Keep the Pace with PBL

Battelle for Kids

Ben Franklin once famously said, "In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." As a PBL teacher, I’d like to add one more item to his short list: projects last longer than expected. One of the biggest challenges PBL teachers face is staying on track with time. Obstacles like pep rallies, snow days, reteaching, inexperience with PBL planning—and the list goes on—can quickly turn your project calendar into a traffic jam.

The flipped classroom: creating a win-win situation for students and teachers

Neo LMS

It’s funny how some things in our present days seem to be stuck in the past. Take the classroom for example. The place where students spend most of their time preparing to become successful citizens in our ever more connected modern world hasn’t evolved much since the pre-industrial era. Markers and whiteboards have replaced chalk and blackboards, the furniture is nicer, and maybe there’s a projector in each classroom. But the setting is the same as always.

The Effect Of Cloud Computing Technology On Today’s Education

Ask a Tech Teacher

Using the cloud to store, share, and collaborate in the classroom is relatively new. A decade ago, accessing schoolwork from home was just about impossible. Now, it’s easy through sites like Google Drive and OneDrive. Mary Davis, a guest writer for Ask a Tech Teacher, specializes in cloud computing. Here are her thoughts on how cloud computing is transforming today’s education: Cloud computing technology is certainly having its moment these days.

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.

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: The Impact of School Lunch on Student Performance

EdNews Daily

By now, it is no mystery that what people eat has an effect on their daily physical and mental health. When people keep themselves well-nourished, they can participate more fully and effectively in a wide variety of activities. Of course, nutrition has an impact on K-12 students as well, from their academic performance to their behavior in the classroom. During the 2012–2013 school year, more than 30 million students participated in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) , according to a U.S.

For Students to Thrive in the 21st Century the Ever-Widening Skills Gap Must be Addressed

Battelle for Kids

Soft skills. Life success skills. Social and emotional learning. People skills. College and career readiness. P21 Framework. All of these terms represent one thing - a worldwide skills gap epidemic. P21 Blog

Measuring the Progress That Matters

Digital Promise

The importance of assessing student strengths and growth in areas that matter is a topic of frequent conversation among superintendents in our League of Innovative Schools. When standardized tests weigh so heavily on school districts’ consciousness, there is often little remaining energy or incentive to challenge the status quo. The omnipresent question is, how do we measure student progress and achievement on development we care about?

169 Tech Tip #127: 12 Tips on Hard-to-teach Classes

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: #127–12 Tips on Hard-to-teach Classes. Category: Differentiation. Sub-category: Teaching, Classroom management, Pedagogy.

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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!

A Framework for Implementing Maker Education Activities Presentation

User Generated Education

I am facilitating two mini-workshops at ASCD Empower 17 and the 2017 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence on using a framework for implementating maker education activities. The description for my session is: Providing a framework for maker activities helps ensure that their use is intentional and that meaningful learning is extracted from these experiences.

How do you deal with cyber-bullying in schools? 

EdTech4Beginners

Recently, I have noticed that cases of cyber-bullying are being reported more and more often in the news. As social media and technology is already a central part of children’s lives, online safety is an incredibly important issue to tackle. What is cyberbullying? Cyberbullying is defined as, “the act of harassing someone online by sending or posting mean messages, usually anonymously.” ” Dictionary.com. How does it affect schools?

Creating a Culture of Relearning in Your CBE Classroom

Education Elements

The biggest frustration I hear from teachers who are implementing competency-based education (CBE, also known as mastery-based education or learning) is that students' motivation drops considerably when they realize they can retake tests until they get a passing score. It seems, much to the chagrin of the teachers, some students no longer take assessments seriously.

How to Incorporate Mindfulness into Your Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

Students learn best when they are relaxed, happy, and feeling loved. It is challenging to include those characteristics in classes when you are concurrently trying to achieve school goals, comply with curriculum timelines, juggle parent concerns, and blend your lessons with those of colleagues. This is where mindfulness becomes important. It reminds teachers that the fulcrum for learning is the student’s emotional well-being. Let’s back up a moment: What is mindfulness?

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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.

You are in the miracle business — the best business to be in

Ditch That Textbook

The system is getting in the way. Sir Ken Robinson has counseled education leaders all over the world. He’s seen what works and what doesn’t. And there’s a lot we can do in the United States — and in other countries — to improve. Take standardization and competition. We’re mass-producing lessons and units for the [.]. Teaching Uncategorized creative teaching innovation macul17 sir ken robinson

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What Makes SEL Work?

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. What is the key to a high-quality social-emotional learning program that makes a lasting impact? It has to be a whole-school effort, according to developmental psychologist Stephanie Jones and her research team at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Effective Student-Led Parent Conferences

The CoolCatTeacher

Laura Penrod Stock interviewed on Episode 38 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Help students share their work. Give them a voice. Students can lead parent conferences. They can share a year-long portfolio of work. Here’s how. Today Laura Penrod Stock @tweetmeego coaches students to create powerful student-led conferences with their parents.