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Teaching & Assessing Soft Skills

Catlin Tucker

The career landscape is changing dramatically. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the average worker currently holds ten different jobs before the age of forty. This requires a high degree of flexibility and adaptability. Students who leave high school with strong soft skills will work more harmoniously with others and be more successful tackling unfamiliar tasks. However, teachers must explicitly teach these soft skills in school.

Changing the Way We Think About Technology in the Classroom #EdWriteNow

Tom Murray

This past July, after four straight weeks of travel, I’ll admit, I was tired. A few months earlier, I had been asked to join a team of ten authors on a project to benefit an amazing cause, The Will to Live Foundation ; an organization founded to support teen suicide prevention. I signed on to the opportunity and agreed to donate my time and write a chapter; all of which would be completed in 2.5 days over a weekend in July.

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20 Websites and 3 Posters to Teach Mouse Skills

Ask a Tech Teacher

Many of my most popular articles are about mouse skills. Every year, tens of thousands of teachers visit Ask a Tech Teacher to find resources for teaching students how to use a mouse. No surprise because using a mouse correctly is one of the most important pre-keyboarding skills. Holding it is not intuitive and if learned wrong, becomes a habit that’s difficult to break.

What Is Your Why?: The Importance of Computer Science Education

Digital Promise

Pioneering districts in the League of Innovative Schools are at the forefront of incorporating computer science education in K-12, leading large-scale initiatives to integrate coding and computational thinking into their curricula. Digital Promise recently started a coding working group for the League as a forum to share best practices and address challenges in implementing computer science.

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.

23+ Tips to Help Kids Organize by Learning Styles

The CoolCatTeacher

Sponsored by Staples From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. As I organize my tenth grader for back-to-school, I’m realizing that we’re still missing some important items. One of my passions as an educator is helping non-traditional learners succeed in school. Whether they have a learning difference or ADD, I believe that if we work with kids, we can help all of them succeed. This blog post is sponsored by Staples. All content and opinions are my own.

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We Remember… 9/11

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America, we love you. History News

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Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K–6 Classroom

Tom Murray

From coast to coast, U.S. schools are buying tremendous amounts of technology, placing these tools in classrooms, and often are left wondering what to do with it. So, what is it that actually works? On Tuesday, September 12th, from 2:00-2:30 pm EST, join author and long time educator, Kristin Ziemke and me as we discuss: Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom ! Join us next week! More here: (Note: The webinar will be archived on the same URL after the event.).

GradeCam: The Teacher’s Friend for Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

A sponsored post by GradeCam From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Some think GradeCam is just the modern-day replacement for multiple-choice Scantron machines. I did. But I was wrong. This past week, I took a tour of GradeCam, and in this post, I’ll share with you the features of this system and how it can save you time as a teacher.

Codemoji – Changing the Classroom Coding Landscape

EdTech4Beginners

First and foremost: What is Codemoji? Codemoji demystifies coding and gives students hands-on experience building web pages, animations and much more. The “emoji” part of Codemoji is exactly that, a set of emojis that function and work like real HTML, CSS and JavaScript tags. Emojis are added together to build a website, and this gets the students really engaged. The theory behind Codemoji and why it works so well . The Codemoji framework is the key to the pupil’s success.

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).

4 Great Alternatives to Google Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

Designed by Freepik. In today’s K-12 education ecosystem, most classroom management tools have moved online. This includes typical LMS (Learning Management Systems) functions like homework, classwork, schedules, quizzes, resources, and gradebooks so stakeholders–teachers and students–can access them from any location and any digital device.

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Students as Teachers

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. Two of my recently graduated high school seniors, now college students, arrive at my classroom at 7:15 a.m. every Friday morning. As I unlock my door, they ask, “So what are we teaching today?”. The two former students are incredible — they stay all day, acting as teachers and mentors in my U.S. and World History classes.

10 great ideas from Ditch That Conference #DitchCon2017

Ditch That Textbook

“An analog conference for a digital world.” ” Ditch That Conference 2017 was a hit, helping educators think about the face-to-face/digital balance and providing TONS of ideas on how to make it happen. This was the first conference of its kind and truly a dream for me. I got to imagine an event, organize it, recruit […]. Teaching best practices collaboration digital balance ditch that conference ditchcon2017 education conferences

5 Ideas for Technology Stations

The CoolCatTeacher

Leslie Swanson-Anaya on episode 145 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Leslie Swanson-Anaya @InspiredLeslie elementary teacher of the year for Texas region 15 has ideas for awesome technology stations. These apps will work for all ages of students and subjects. Learn how she helps students learn and progress using technology.

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.

Great list of Top Education Blogs

Ask a Tech Teacher

10Greatest.com has a comprehensive list of the top education blogs. It covers everything from grade-level resources to topic-specific. I’m proud to say that Ask a Tech Teacher is the first blog on the list–but we have a lot of august company, everything from Richard Byrne to Alice Keeler. Here are a few: ASK A TEACHER. LEARN LEAD GROW. COOL CAT. PBS PARENTS. LARRY FERLAZZO’S ENGAGING PARENTS IN SCHOOL. ED TECH FOR BEGINNERS. CAITLIN TUCKER. TEACHER TECH WITH ALICE KEELER.

The Power of "What If?" - How XQ is Rethinking High School

Education Elements

On Friday night America’s top TV networks put aside the battle for ratings, when all four aired the XQ Super School Live special to address the question: What needs to change with American high schools? Cameos from an all-star lineup of celebrities, and cover songs from our favorite high school movies were an added bonus to the program’s key message.

Celebrating Constitution Day in the 21st Century

Battelle for Kids

Constitution Day is on September 17th in the United States, and schools from every state will celebrate on by exploring and discussing The Constitution, the 226-year-old document that founded our modern day government. Educators and parents should seize this opportunity to nourish and strengthen students’ citizenship and 4Cs (communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication) skills. P21 Blog

3 critical things to know about boosting student engagement

eSchool News

Engaging high school students in learning and breaking away from the typical boredom that seems to plague so many students is a challenge–one that could be addressed differently depending on a student’s dominant mode of engagement. To figure out the best ways to engage different groups of students, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute worked with a research team headed by Crux Research president and founder John Geraci.

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.

2017 Teachers Pay Teachers’ July Conference — Overview

Ask a Tech Teacher

One of the largest online marketplace for teachers is Teachers Pay Teachers. If you haven’t heard of this estore, you are either new to teaching or long since retired. This vibrant educator community hosts teacher-authors who wish to sell their original lessons and ideas to other teachers, district administrators, homeschoolers, and unschoolers. Since its start in 2006 by a former teacher, it’s grown to over 3.4 million teachers buying or selling over 2.7

New book! Different Schools for a Different World

Dangerously Irrelevant

As some of you may have realized by now, Dean Shareski and I have a new book out. Titled Different Schools for a Different World , it describes 6 key relevancy gaps between today’s schools and what students and society need from them: Information Literacy. If schools are to genuinely prepare graduates to compete in a technology-infused information landscape, they must stop acting as they did when learning and teaching primarily occurred in analog formats.

Teaching makers: unraveling the maker movement

Neo LMS

A confession: This is one of my favorite topics. I think that hands-on experimentation, design, invention and creating is one of the most stimulating things you can engage students in, and I lap up anything I can on the thriving maker movement. For teachers this is not new. Teachers have been puzzling out how to make practical their lessons for eons: making rocket ships from matchsticks, paper mâché solar systems, cabinets in Woodshop and Beef Wellington in Home Ec.

Learning from Airbnb To Create an Amazing Learner Experience

A Principal's Reflections

Over the past few years we have seen disruptive innovation take hold. The entrepreneurial spirit, aided by advances in technology, has propelled the creation of new businesses that consumers are flocking to. One of those businesses is Airbnb. I don’t want to assume that everyone knows what this company is all about so here is a summary from Wikipedia.

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!

B is for Blended with Technology: The ABC’s of PBL … Building Blocks to Transform Learning

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to this second post in a series that promotes PBL and 21st Century Learning through the examination of Seven Building Blocks. In this second post, I would like to build the idea of the Building Block I call Blended with Technology. It may just provide a whole new look at what educational technology really is and why it is important to PBL and Deeper Learning. Before reading, please take a moment to subscribe by email or RSS, and also give me a follow… on Twitter at mjgormans.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 36 Edition)

Doug Levin

No commentary this week (not for a lack of things to say, just time), but one quick update: TV news reports of school cyber incidents are quite telling: sometimes for what they report, sometimes for how they report, sometimes for what they omit. In every case, they tell the story with emotion, which is something that the K-12 Cyber Incident Map does not do well.

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The two big letters that shape up K-12 education: AI

Neo LMS

“Personalized learning” sounds great for any ear interested to hear about education advancements, but it also comes with a rather broad definition. The core idea is to offer each student the possibility to learn any subject based on their already available knowledge, level of interest and individual pace on the learning curve, in an environment that constantly adapts to their learning needs. How exactly to deliver personalized learning is a matter of debate.

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Overcoming The Barriers To Better School:Home Communications

The Web20Classroom

As a teacher, I always looked forward to the first day of school. Getting my room put together, planning new lessons and meeting new faces was something I couldn't wait to do. As a parent, I dread the first day of school. And this year was no different. When my newly minted third grader, Reaghan, came home of course I wanted to hear all about how it went, the new friends she made and what her teachers were like. But them came the take-home folder filled to capacity with nearly 50 sheets of paper.

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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.

An amazing, online, writing tool (and it’s free)!

EdTech4Beginners

I recently stumbled upon StoryBird – a website in which digital picture books can be created. I tried it out in school, and the results were amazing. The children were really proud of the writing they had done. Have a look at my video walk-through of the site: Have a go! Let me know how you / your class get on Tagged: creativity , edtech , education , literacy , online tools , story maker , story-writing , teachers , teaching , writing.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 36 Edition)

Doug Levin

No commentary this week (not for a lack of things to say, just time), but one quick update: TV news reports of school cyber incidents are quite telling: sometimes for what they report, sometimes for how they report, sometimes for what they omit. In every case, they tell the story with emotion, which is something that the K-12 Cyber Incident Map does not do well.

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EDUCATION IN DETROIT: WE WILL BE PHENOMENAL

Battelle for Kids

I spent three days this week diving deep into the educational challenges facing Detroit. Nearly 200 representatives of school networks, policy groups, non-profits (such as P21), researchers, and academics gathered under the auspices of the Hewlett Foundation HUDL, the sixth such gathering since 2012. P21 Blog