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Websites for Hour of Code by Grade

Ask a Tech Teacher

This December will again host the Hour of Code , a one-hour introduction to programming designed to demystify the subject and show that anyone can be a maker, a creator, and an innovator. Last year, almost 300,000 students (age 4-104) participated from over 180 countries and wrote almost 20 billion lines of code. The 200,000+ teachers involved came away believing that, of all their education tools, coding was the best at teaching children to think.

Coaching and Mentoring with Technology

Digital Promise

Learning, coaching, and mentoring models for struggling adult learners continue to evolve and can be dramatically enhanced through new technologies. Implementing new technologies allows organizations to explore virtual and blended models that reduce or eliminate hurdles, which can impede an individual’s momentum toward reaching their desired education and employment goals.

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Five questions to ask before assigning homework

Ditch That Textbook

After co-authoring Ditch That Homework, I’ve participated in LOTS of meaningful discussions about the subject. And they haven’t all been about “homework is evil and we should ban it all the way across the board.” ” (This is a common misconception about the title of the book …) Homework is a contentious topic. Everyone seems to […].

5 Ways Online Learning Can Open Doors For All Students

EdNews Daily

According to Babson Survey Research Group , the number of students registered in online courses grew to 5.8 million nationally. Online class growth has been consistent for the past 13 years, and more than a quarter of higher education students (or 28%) are enrolled in at least one online course. Also, Imo Education predicts that by 2019 at least 50% of all classes will be delivered online. Online courses deliver many advantages for students.

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.

Zapzapmath adds multiplayer option and more to their popular app

Ask a Tech Teacher

Zapzapmath is a free gamified ecosystem that teaches math skills aligned with many national and international standards. Its format is engaging, music lively, and layout colorful. The over 180 games spanning 900 difficulty levels are fast-paced and interactive and cover over 180 math topics. Zapzapmath has been awarded a plethora of education accolades and is ranked in the top 10 of the education category in 58 countries including the US and China.No

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50 Of The Best Quotes About Teaching

TeachThought - Learn better.

50 Of The Best Quotes About Teaching by TeachThought Staff Teaching is both an art and science. Teaching is conceptual and intellectual, abstract and concrete, creative and sequential. It’s about people but framed through ideas. It’s about content, hearts, minds, the past, the future–whatever we can imagine, teaching and learning are both causes […]. The post 50 Of The Best Quotes About Teaching appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching

Building a Better World: Six Strategies for Engaging the Sustainable Development Goals in the Classroom

Battelle for Kids

There is an increasingly diverse, passionate network of educators around the world who are using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a foundational framework for global education in their classrooms. By themselves, the SDGs may seem too complex and abstract for students, particularly at the younger grades, but they provide a roadmap toward global understanding for any classroom that engages them authentically.

Hour of Code 101

Ask a Tech Teacher

Coding–that mystical geeky subject that confounds students and teachers alike. Confess, when you think of coding, you see: …when you should see. It feels like: When it should feel like: December 4-10, Computer Science Education will host the Hour Of Code–a one-hour introduction to coding, programming, and why students should love it. It’s designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, and an innovator.

A More Interoperable Future

Digital Promise

Twenty-three leaders from 17 League of Innovative Schools districts attended the Ed-Fi Summit in Austin, TX, in early October to share and gain insight on advancing their work in achieving data interoperability.

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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).

Bringing the Core Four Home: Helping Parents Understand Personalized Learning

Education Elements

This scenario is all too familiar. Children spend a day at school and then have nothing to report. How is this possible? You can encourage parents to avoid this by asking questions connected to personalized learning. Remind them that in their child’s classroom, teachers and students are working together to include four elements of personalized learning. Share these tips to get the conversation started. Personalized Learning core four

GETTING WISE ABOUT GLOBAL EDUCATION CHALLENGES

Battelle for Kids

More than 2,000 participants from 100 countries spent two days in Doha, Qatar, for the eighth World Innovation Summit for Education ( WISE ). P21 Blog

Coding and US Security

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you’re a history teacher, here’s a great tie-in between history and Hour of Code: During WWI, the Choctaw language had been used to transmit U.S. military messages. With this thought in mind, Philip Johnston, the son of a missionary grew up on a Navajo reservation and spoke the Diné tongue fluently, brought the suggestion of a similar code to General Clayton Vogel early in 1942. The Diné language has no alphabet, uses no symbols and one sound may hold an entire concept.

We cannot continue to educate students in classrooms designed for a world that no longer exists

Dangerously Irrelevant

Hazel Mason said: We can’t make America great again, or Europe only white by trying to recreate the world of the past. The era of well paying industrial jobs with amazing benefits and pensions is over. The problem America and other industrial nations are facing is the girth of their populations who are not just ill equipped but not at all equipped to compete in the Modern Learning world.

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.

Brent Johnson: My student’s views on learning and teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

Brent Johnson on episode 193 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Brent Johnson is a senior at Westwood Schools. He has taken my classes for the last four years. We have a frank conversation about technology and a win in the National 4H Competition as a result of some apps he made in my class. Brent has come a long way! I hope you find this conversation inspiring.

The Tools for Success

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. We know that serious stress experienced early in life can have severe consequences on children’s biological development and executive function.

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Today we Honor Veterans

Ask a Tech Teacher

In the USA, Veterans Day annually falls on November 11. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans Day. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 20 years.

Gearing Up for Hour of Code (GTT030)

Ditch That Textbook

Think of the most important languages students could learn to prepare them for the future. What makes your list? Chinese? Arabic? Spanish? Deep down inside, my Spanish teacher heart hopes you picked Spanish …) What about code? Coding — the language used to create apps, computer software, anything on the Internet, etc. — is definitely […].

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.

Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

Mandy Froehlich on episode 192 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Mandy Froehlich talks about a tool she uses in her classroom, Flipsnack. Learn how she uses this tool. FlexPath – only at Capella University – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format.

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The COPPA Rule, FERPA, and the Security of Student Data

Doug Levin

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Department of Education have recently announced their intent to host a joint workshop on ‘Student Privacy and Ed Tech.’ ’ About this workshop and related work, they write : The use of “Ed Tech” has exploded over the past several years. More than half of K-12 students have access to a school-issued personal computing device, and in many school districts, online curriculum is becoming the norm.

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The Pulse of a Learning Culture

A Principal's Reflections

What makes a great and successful learning culture? If you were to ask the majority of stakeholders, they would typically say that a school or district that has high levels of achievement in the form of standardized test scores represents success. Many parents will choose to move to an area and raise their kids there for this reason alone. All one has to do is look at all the hoopla surrounding national and state rankings to see that this indeed is the case.

Classrooms and Our Changing Brains: Perspectives on Innovative Experience Design

Education Elements

Ask any high school teacher or college professor about her biggest impediment in the classroom. The answers you hear will share a common theme. In the age of smart- everythings —from phones, to watches, to tablets, to connected specialty devices—the ubiquitous interloper and often unwelcome guest in any modern classroom has a screen. Leaders

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!

She Hired Me! Betty Shiver, the woman who convinced me to become a teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

Betty Shiver on episode 194 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. In today’s show, Betty Shiver, my former curriculum director and the person who convinced me to become a teacher and I talk about teaching. We discuss hiring, inspiring, and having conversations that inspire people to change and improve their classrooms.

In the News: What Should (and Shouldn’t) Personalized Learning Look Like?

Doug Levin

As quoted in: Education Week. Surveying the Field: What Should (and Shouldn’t) Personalized Learning Look Like? Education Week. 8 November 2017. Personalized learning should: “Be transparent and subject to public inspection. Products must be independently audited and assessed for alignment to standards and to guard against bias and discrimination. For greatest impact, all personalized learning solutions should also be openly licensed and open sourced.”

7 Free photo sources teachers can use for online courses

Neo LMS

Including photos in learning materials is the first step towards offering students a more visual learning experience. I won’t go into why there should be more visual elements in school instruction, nor into the many options teachers have to organize learning materials in a visual manner. I already did that here and here. The focus of this blog will be the photos. While including photos in learning materials is a noble idea, including stolen photos in them is not.

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How to Elevate Teachers in the Age of Computers

Education Elements

One of the worst implementation mistakes school leaders make when they buy devices for their classrooms is allowing even one teacher to feel obsolete. Computers do not substitute for good teachers. Leaders Blended Classrooms

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.

Amazing Grace Adkins – my 89 year old learning lab director and the most amazing woman I know

The CoolCatTeacher

Grace Adkins on episode 191 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Mrs. Grace Adkins is a hero, mentor, and teacher to many. With a 56-year generation-spanning career as an educator, Mrs. Adkins approaches her 90th birthday still teaching, loving kids, and riding over 100 miles on her bike each week. Meet a truly remarkable woman and a personal mentor, Mrs. Grace Adkins.

The Iceberg: Getting beneath the surface of #edtech fears (#DitchBook)

Ditch That Textbook

About 90 percent of an iceberg is underwater. Like an iceberg, what reluctant adopters say may only be 10 percent of what they’re feeling. For anyone that encourages educators to try something new — especially with tech — there are responses that we often hear … I’m not tech-savvy. I don’t have the time to […]. DitchBook Twitter chat ditchbook edtech educational technology growth mindset reluctant adopters

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In the News: What Should (and Shouldn’t) Personalized Learning Look Like?

Doug Levin

As quoted in: Education Week. Surveying the Field: What Should (and Shouldn’t) Personalized Learning Look Like? Education Week. 8 November 2017. Personalized learning should: “Be transparent and subject to public inspection. Products must be independently audited and assessed for alignment to standards and to guard against bias and discrimination. For greatest impact, all personalized learning solutions should also be openly licensed and open sourced.”