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So, When During the School Day Should Teachers Create Curriculum?

The Journal

OER – Open Education Resources – are being touted by the Department of Education as the key to future of K-12 curriculum. While there is no question that OER are a component of the new digital curriculum, in this blog, we answer the question raised in the blog post’s title

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Classroom Furniture: Does it impede or improve learning?

Catlin Tucker

My first year teaching I remember spending the week before school setting up my new classroom. I hung pictures, organized my desk, and set up all of the desks and chairs into neat rows. I believed that putting students in rows facing the front of the room would make them easier to manage. I also believed that an effective classroom was a quiet classroom. Everyone was supposed to be quiet except for me. Oh, how things have changed! As I prepare for next year and the launch of N.E.W.

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14 copyright essentials teachers and students must know

Ditch That Textbook

Students and teachers toe a very fuzzy ethical line every day — many without even realizing it. Some end up on the safe side of the line, but others cross the line and cross ethical boundaries — and sometimes costly legal ones. That line is the copyright line, deciding how teachers and students can respect [.]. Ed Tech copyright creative commons edtech educational technology licensing media public domain video youtube

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23 Earth Day Activities, Resources, Web Sites, & Apps

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.”- ”- Lady Bird Johnson. Earth Day is April 22nd and serves as an important reminder of how each of us needs to do our part to care for the planet we call home. Teachers can help their students begin to care about their impact on the environment and take action to minimize their impact on the Earth by making them aware of environmental issues.

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.

How to Fight Bullying By Teaching Kids To Be Kind

The CoolCatTeacher

Make Your School A Better Place From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Perhaps meanness in school happens because we don’t teach students what to do. The #tbk ( to be kind) movement is spreading like wildfire among many schools. The Schmucker Middle School National Junior Honor Society is encouraging the entire school to be kind. They heard about the program when their principal told them about Lake Bradley High School in Florida.

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Snapchat 101 for teachers — What you need to know

Ditch That Textbook

In my first conversation about Snapchat with another educator, I didn’t have a very open mind. “Let’s Snapchat each other to talk about it more!” ” she said. I politely declined. I didn’t want anything to do with it. Snapchat had gained a reputation as a place where kids go to swap inappropriate pictures. Today, it [.]. Ed Tech digital citizenship edtech educational technology safety security snapchat social media student-teacher connections

WHAT’S BETTER THAN A SATURDAY MORNING OF TV CARTOONS?

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 17. Driving question: Why are kids so excited to spend their Saturday mornings at our school? Imagine fifty students waking their parents up early Saturday morning to be at school by 8:00 am. No TV cartoons! They are excited about going to school on the weekend to develop their math, logic, and critical thinking skills. Imagine full engagement while students cheerfully compete in a series of games that use complex mathematical concepts.

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The Journey from “Just Awful” to Great Teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

Taking the Leap of Faith with 39-year Veteran Teacher Lou Zulli From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Great teachers are always great. Right? Wrong. Most of us start off teaching by making mistakes — LOTS OF THEM. Lou Zulli is a pro. He’s been teaching for more than 39 years. And yet, today, he remembers the times he failed.

Ten MS Word Tips You Don’t Want to Miss

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are ten of the top MS Word tips according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: #109: MS Word Skills Assessment for Grades 3-8. Dear Otto: How do I set the default font on MS Word. Tech Tip #37: My MS Word Toolbar Disappeared. Tech Tip #20: How to Add an MS Word Link. MS Word for Grades 2-5. #45: 45: How to Use MS Word to Teach Geography. Easy Photo Editing in MS Word. Tech Tip #98: Speed up MS Office with Quick Access Toolbar. Tech Tip #24: How to Open A New Word Doc Without the Program.

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).

Change Needed Today to Prepare for Tomorrow

A Principal's Reflections

There is always a great deal of talk about what schools need to do now. The problem though is that most of the talk is not followed with action. Then there are those who want to act, but do not have the adequate support to do so. Herein lies the issue with all the change talk, rhetoric, and opinions. Very few people reading this post will deny that the education system has to change now or we run the risk of preparing students for a world that no longer exists.

Four Signs It’s Time for Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

This post was co-authored by Center for Teaching Quality CEO Barnett Berry. . Studies suggest American schools invest $18 billion in teachers’ professional learning annually. But considerable evidence indicates that formal professional development often misses the mark. And while teachers are also learning in informal ways, existing systems don’t track or make the most of that growth. . In short, the current approach to American teachers’ professional development is falling short.

How Innovative Educators Observe, Reflect, and Share

The CoolCatTeacher

The Innovator's Mindset with George Couros From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Many teachers say they don’t have time to connect. I live and breathe that feeling. However, when I’m down, sometimes an idea on Twitter or a suggestion on Facebook turns my day around. I get tons of ideas from the many education superstars I write about and interview on my show and blog.

10 Ways to Wrap Up the School Year

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s the end of school. Everyone’s tired, including you. What you want for these last few weeks are activities that keep the learning going, but in a different way. You want to shake things up so students are excited and motivated and feel interested again. Change your approach to teaching. Provide some games, simulations, student presentations–whatever you don’t normally do in your classroom. If you’re doing PowerPoints, use the last few weeks for presentations.

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.

Flipping Your School's Professional Development

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Here's why flipping professional development for teachers makes sense. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. Research & Insights eduCanon differentiationtools edtech flippedclassroom formativeassessments interactivelearning personalized professionaldevelopment realtimemonitoring screencasting teachertraining teacherpreneur video videoscreencasting

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Navigating the Digital Transformation Journey

Digital Promise

You lower your hands to the ground and feel the texture of the rubber track against your fingertips. You slowly inhale the clean smell of fresh-cut grass and feel the wind gently pull the hair away from your face. The referee stands to your left, ready to count down to the beginning of the race. You pause and close your eyes; you see yourself spring out of the blocks, swing your legs, and raise your arms in victory as your feet cross the finish line.

Wainhouse Research Presents New Findings on LRM

Fidelis Education

By Alan Greenberg. Ending the Expectation of Average while Getting Back to Basics. Many educational technological tools have been designed to solve a specific functional requirement, whether meant to support institution, educator / learner, or classroom needs. Some of these have been terrific point solutions that have enhanced teaching and learning and improved institutional efficiency and productivity.

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Subscriber Special: April

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to Ask a Tech Teacher get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. April 1st through May 15th: 10% Discount ( use code SUMMERPD ) on any of our Summer Learning online classes: The Tech-infused Teacher. The Tech-infused Class (must take Tech-infused Teacher first or get approval of instructor). Teach Writing with Tech. 20 Webtools in 20 Days (space limited–sign up early). Group discounts available. Want more information?

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.

The Teacher’s Guide to Tech Might Be Your New Best Friend

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Who needs an EdTech guru? You may be shouting, “I do” and that’s okay, because all educators need as much technology help as they can get. So, what if your tech guru were always with you–24/7? It might sound impossible but it isn’t. The Teacher’s Guide to Tech is every educators’ new best friend Longtime educator, bestselling author, popular blogger and podcaster Jennifer Gonzalez […].

Being a Blended and Online Learning Mentor: The Key to Success

FuelEd

Contributor: Ashley Shorter Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 9:15am A mentor is by definition someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced, often younger, person, i.e., a trusted counselor or guide. While this may sound like a familiar role in a traditional brick-and-mortar teaching environment, when it comes to online and blended learning a mentor role takes on a new life. So, what does a mentor in an online and blended environment look like?

Wainhouse Research Presents New Findings on LRM

Fidelis Education

By Alan Greenberg. Ending the Expectation of Average while Getting Back to Basics. Many educational technological tools have been designed to solve a specific functional requirement, whether meant to support institution, educator / learner, or classroom needs. Some of these have been terrific point solutions that have enhanced teaching and learning and improved institutional efficiency and productivity.

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My #GoDaddyNightmare

Ask a Tech Teacher

For those of you who are trying to visit my resource site, StructuredLearning.net , it’s down. I’ve talked with Go Daddy, addressed their issues. Money’s there, bank’s on my side, fault is somewhere besides me, everything’s straightened out, and still it may take them 24 hours to re-activate my site. F *. It’s not just me; it’s my entire group of cooperative teacher publishers. F** F. I’ve explained that, and they explained I’m in the queue.

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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!

Micro learning and the short attention span

Neo LMS

“ The attention span of a goldfish is longer than a human’s. ” ” Seriously. The goldfish has an attention span of 9 seconds, while humans only go to the limit of 8 seconds. Keep that in mind next time you create e-learning courses for kids. Each pupil in your class may just be like Dory from Finding Nemo: But it's not really their fault. Why the short attention span? First, blame evolution.

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You're Not Average

Voyager Sopris Learning

And neither are your students. Pause for a moment before you continue reading. Think about your friends, your family, your students. Think about yourself. Is anyone average? Of course not. All of us are typical in some ways and not-so-typical in others. Moreover, this typicality is situational. My wife has spent much of her adult life being the shortest (but cutest) person in the room. My family is relatively tall, and so are our friends.

Disrupting Traditional High School in a High Tech World

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 16. Driving question: How Can A New High School Design Ready Students To Succeed in the Global Workforce? Changes to the higher education and workplace have been occurring at warp speed. Workers in the 21st century have the ability to stay connected 24/7 and are often waking up at odd times for meetings with clients in a different time zone. Colleges have started massive open, online classes and students are completing degree requirements online. P21 Blogazine

5 Tips for Student Engagement and Concept Retention

Securly

Across the United States, the average school day is approximately six and a half hours. That’s incredibly lengthy relative to the the average human attention span of 8 seconds. In today’s world, students need even less than 8 seconds to access information or find an answer to their question with search engines and online databases. This reliance poses a threat to the actual retention of knowledge learned in the classroom.

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.

Micro-learning and the short attention span

Neo LMS

The attention span of a goldfish is longer than a human’s. Seriously. The goldfish has an attention span of 9 seconds, while humans only go to the limit of 8 seconds. Keep that in mind next time you create e-learning courses for kids. Each student in your class may just be like Dory from Finding Nemo: But it’s not really their fault. Why the short attention span? First, blame evolution.

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Flipping Your School’s Professional Development

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

. Guest post by Swaroop Raju, co-founder of PlayPosit. A few years ago, flipped instruction was a concept touted by only the most adventurous of educators. Now the movement has taken off and is an integral part of thousands of classrooms all over the world. According to research from online course provider Sophia Learning and the Flipped Learning Network , the number of teachers who have flipped a lesson has grown from 48 percent in 2012 to 78 percent in 2015.

50 Ways To Challenge Yourself As A Teacher

TeachThought - Learn better.

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