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How to Recognize, Avoid, and Stop Stereotype Threat in Your Class this School Year

Digital Promise

What can I do in my position to change outcomes for kids? As teachers, we don’t always have a say in decisions that are made in our buildings, the pacing for curriculum, or the content of a professional development day. But, we do have a lot of say about what happens within the walls of our classroom and whether or not ALL of our students feel welcome, safe, and successful.

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Beginning the School Year With Connections: 2018

User Generated Education

I have written before about the beginning of the school year, Beginning the School Year: It’s About Connections Not Content. I begin all classes focusing on having the students make connections between each other and with me. I want students to learn about one another in a personal way. I want to learn about my students so my instructional strategies can be more personalized and tailored to their needs and interests.

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5 Ideas to Tap Social Media to Enhance PD and Student Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Nikki Robertson in Episode 340 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Nikki Robertson, ISTE Librarians Network President Elect, shares five ways to use social media to enhance professional development and improve student learning. Can you use Snapchat to connect with parents? Can social media be effective professional development? Nikki shows us how. Listen to Nikki Robertson on Episode 340.

Children Understand Far More About Other Minds than Long Believed

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Until a few decades ago, scholars believed that young children know very little, if anything, about what others are thinking. Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget , who is credited with founding the scientific study of children’s thinking, was convinced that preschool children cannot consider what goes on in the minds of others.

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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.

Power Up Blended Learning: A Professional Learning Infrastructure to Support Sustainable Change

Catlin Tucker

The days and weeks leading up to a new school year are exciting. Teachers return energized, refreshed and ready to tackle another year. To capitalize on this energy, most school districts organize mandatory professional development opportunities for teachers designed to teach them a new teaching strategy or introduce them to a new piece of technology.

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12 curation ideas for students AND teachers with Wakelet

Ditch That Textbook

How do you get the most out of social media without letting things get lost in the shuffle? Being an educator on social media can be both inspiring and overwhelming. There are so many great ideas and resources out there to use that it can be hard to keep up with it all. It can […]. Ed Tech curation edtech educational technology productivity

Fostering Powerful Use of Technology Through Instructional Coaching

Digital Promise

Last summer, we began an exciting pilot project to understand whether instructional technology coaching ultimately leads to closing the digital use divide in the classroom. While in some cases, technology is used in powerful ways to support students in developing critical thinking and collaboration skills, and to develop a sense of agency, in other situations it is used in things like drill and practice exercises, test prep, and reading online content.

Vote Early and Often for Our SxSWedu Sessions

Battelle for Kids

Once again, the P21 network of Exemplar schools and member organizations is eager to represent at SxSWedu in Austin next March. P21 Blog

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Plan a Memorable Back to School Night

Ask a Tech Teacher

Back to School night is a time-honored ritual where teachers and parents meet, with or without children, and preview the upcoming school year. Teachers share information about their teaching style and methodology, how they grade, what students can do to thrive, and how parents can connect to classroom activities. It’s a way of easing everyone back into the education journey after a long summer break and is arguably one of the most impactful days in the school year.

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 ways to make good Google Classroom assignments better

Ditch That Textbook

If you’ve used Google Classroom for long (or even if you’re just beginning to use it), you’re likely to see that there’s not a lot to it. Google Classroom was created to help teachers teach and learners learn so that tech stays out of their way to do it. Less tech, more teach. And Google […]. Ed Tech g suite Google Apps google apps for education google classroom googleedu

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Timeless Learning: Progressive Education Based in How Humans Have Always Learned

Digital Promise

What does learning look like? What does it sound like? What does it feel like? How does a five-year-old learn? A 13-year-old? A 17-year-old? And… if a child had never seen or heard of a school, what would his or her learning experiences be as they move from age four to age 18? What would those 18-year-olds be like? What might they know? What skills might they have? What abilities? What understandings?

20 Tech Tips to Shake Up Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 337 with Kasey Bell From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Kasey Bell shares her tech tips for helping teachers make progress with technology. She also shares the biggest mistake she’s made as a teacher relating to edtech. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Stream by clicking here. Kasey Bell’s Bio.

Curriculum Companions Start September 10th!

Ask a Tech Teacher

Curriculum Companions (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 see how another teacher uses the curriculum and access additional resources like vocabulary and how-to videos. It’s your mentor, your sidekick, your best friend in the tech ed field. 32 webinars per grade (192 webinars in all), 9 months.

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.

10+ ways to use Flipgrid’s newest features in the classroom

Ditch That Textbook

For many students, video is just part of the way they speak. Snapchat. Instagram. YouTube. For many of them, they think in terms of sharing socially. Video has never been more accessible and available to use in classroom settings. Flipgrid is a platform where students can respond to prompts with short video responses. And Flipgrid […]. Ed Tech flipgrid flipgrid 2.0 flipgrid ideas classroom new flipgrid features

Makerspaces go digital: 6 options for the blended classroom

Neo LMS

Makerspaces are a wonderfully interactive, highly creative and increasingly valued part of classrooms in the technology age. There is literally a wealth of inspiration, guidance and ideas on the web from how to start a makerspace , to complex long-term project ideas and everything in between. What makes Makerspaces so attractive is that they are accompanied by images of students getting “their hands dirty”, experimenting and tinkering in the real-world, and getting out from behind the screen.

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Vote for Digital Promise in the 2019 SXSW EDU PanelPicker!

Digital Promise

At Digital Promise, we believe in the power of storytelling to help move from vision to reality. With that in mind, we invite you to help us tell our stories at SXSW EDU 2019 to spread the word on topics like learner variability, educator micro-credentials, immersive storytelling with 360° technology, maker learning, edtech pilots, data interoperability, and more.

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Back to School: A Bundle of Lesson Plans at a Great Price

Ask a Tech Teacher

Lots of teachers want to integrate tech into their class but picking what to use among the thousands of offerings is daunting. Where to purchase: Teachers Pay Teachers. Price: $9.99. Details : for grades K-12. five resources, from posters to pedagogy to lesson plans. 175 pages, delivered digitally via PDF. available only through Teachers Pay Teachers.

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.

Try the Connected Kahoot!

Ditch That Textbook

Kahoot is a favorite among students and teachers alike. It’s a fun way to jazz up assessments with gameshow style quizzes. But what if we took our Kahoot beyond the walls of our classroom? What if we used Skype or Google Hangouts to connect multiple classes and all played together at the same time? Steve […]. DTT podcast #DitchPod creative teaching edtech kahoot skype student engagement

Student Agency is More Than Voice and Choice

A Principal's Reflections

Educators and schools across the globe have embraced the concept of student agency. It is a relatively simple concept in theory, but much more difficult to implement in practice. The underlying premise is to move learners from a state of engagement to empowerment so that they exert more ownership over their learning.

Rhythm, blues, and reading cues: How music improves young students’ reading skills

Neo LMS

Children typically become proficient readers sometime between their fifth and seventh birthdays. By the time a child is in second grade, they often become self-conscious if they fall behind and may begin to display behavioral issues, according to Today’s Parent. While not all children will learn to read on the same schedule, there are things we can do as parents and educators to encourage the process. One of the simplest and most profoundly effective methods for encouraging literacy is music.

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Today’s Meet is Closed. What are your Alternatives?

Ask a Tech Teacher

As of June 16, 2018, Today’s Meet closed (read the full details here ). That iconic backchannel chat platform for classroom teachers and learners, the one that for ten years was the first name thought of when discussing feedback and collaboration, one that quickly became a staple in classrooms and conferences. I went to my PLN for thoughts on what they’ll use in its stead.

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!

25 ways to create experiences your students will remember

Ditch That Textbook

Most of us have fond memories of a fantastic experience we had with our teacher and fellow classmates. Maybe it was creating soundtracks for dramas. Or perhaps making a board game to show off your knowledge of biomes. For many of us, it was just having the choice to do something that we enjoyed. It […]. DitchBook Twitter chat creative teaching innovation inspiration motivation

Trade The Cow

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Sometimes, we start the school year and things from year’s past are dragging us down. We kick off Season 4 of the 10-Minute Teacher with a Motivational Monday story from Will Rogers — “Trade the Cow.” ” Episode 336: Trade the Cow. Listen on iTunes. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Check out the podcast archives at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast.

Four Actions to Make Your First Year As a Superintendent Count

Education Elements

Let’s just be clear: there is a very short honeymoon period for a new superintendent. From day one, people have expectations of you as the new superintendent. They want you to be exactly the same or completely different than your predecessor. They have their hopes pinned on you bringing new ideas or have their fingers crossed that you won’t. They are wondering how long you will stay and what you will do during your tenure.

Tech Ed Resources for your Class–K-8 Keyboard Curriculum

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 going to take 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.

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.

Kick Off the School Year Right with These 14 Back to School Tips and Tons of Resources!

Teacher Reboot Camp

I’m excited to announce I’ve taken on a new position as the Technology and Computer teacher at a STEM charter school in Houston, Texas. Yesterday, I met some of my 650 elementary students and their parents. I will be teaching 2nd to 5th graders and working with our PBL teachers to support the kindergarten and 1st graders. I’m excited to begin the school year and already have a checklist of what needs to be accomplished before we officially begin on August 22nd.

Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset Review: Awesome VR in 360

The CoolCatTeacher

Inside Virtual Reality and Predictions for the Future From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I donned my Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset at about 10:30 p.m. After what seemed like five minutes, I took off the headset — to find it was 12:30 a.m.!

Four Actions to Make Your First Year As a Superintendent Count

Education Elements

Let’s just be clear: there is a very short honeymoon period for a new superintendent. From day one, people have expectations of you as the new superintendent. They want you to be exactly the same or completely different than your predecessor. They have their hopes pinned on you bringing new ideas or have their fingers crossed that you won’t. They are wondering how long you will stay and what you will do during your tenure.