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How You Can Make Homework Easier for Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

When I started teaching, homework always involved paper–a worksheet, a poster, a written essay, or something else like that. The problems associated with that approach were endless, including that students couldn’t find the assignment, lost their notes, wrote the assignment down wrong, left their notebook where they weren’t so couldn’t do it, the dog ate it.

Special Needs #edtech treasure chest with Jennifer Cronk

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Jennifer Cronk on episode #62 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Jennifer Cronk @jenniferacronk helps us empower those with special needs. She shares her treasure chest of favorite edech tools for those with special needs. This show is a must-listen for special needs teachers. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Stream by clicking here.

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I’m going back to paper AND staying digital

Ditch That Textbook

As a teacher, I went all-in on being as digital as possible years ago. I made the “I’m going totally paperless” statement like so many well-meaning teachers. I had my best-laid plans ready to go. There were glitches and road bumps, but my class was becoming more and more digital. But something was missing. A [.]. Ed Tech brain research edtech educational technology g suite google keep sketchnoting visual notetaking

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Students Email Their Parents About Missing Work

Catlin Tucker

In my last blog post titled, “ Stop Taking Grading Home ,” I explained how I use the Station Rotation Model to provide students with real-time feedback as they work instead of taking grading home. I had one teacher ask me what I do when a student arrives at my teacher-led station and has not done the work required. That’s a great question, so I wanted to share my very simple strategy with my readers.

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 1st-5th

Ask a Tech Teacher

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 1st-5th. In honor of these tenacious, creative individuals, here are some of our favorite humorous teacher appreciation articles: 10 Bits of Wisdom I Learned From a Computer. How to Talk to a Tech Teacher. 18 Things Teachers Do Before 8am. A Website That Cleans Your Computer for You. Definition of ‘Teacher’. How to be a Tech Teacher. You’re a Geek Now. You Know You’re a Geek When…. 10 Steps to Become a Better Geek. 15 Ways to Get Your Geek On.

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How to create accessible e-learning design

Neo LMS

In a recent post I touched upon the subject of designing for accessibility in e-learning. The things is, there are millions of people out there who are living with some sort of disability, and they all should be able to access online learning content the same as everyone else. But not all web pages are created equally, and many students with disabilities are suffering in silence, even if the shouldn’t.

How to Create a Vision

Education Elements

Vision-setting can be a painful process. Hours may be spent on one twisting sentence. Long, awkward silences may follow periods of disagreement. Jargon can add up to something that everyone agrees to but no one really understands or finds inspiring. It doesn’t have to be this way. As Education Elements has worked with districts across the country, we’ve found a few simple guidelines can help make the visioning process invigorating and inspiring rather than routine or frustrating.

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5 Resources to Gamify Student Writing

Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher guest blogger, Karen Dikson, has put together a collection of online gamified sites that will help your students with their writing: You think the textbooks for today’s generations of students are way more interesting than the once you had? Ask your students. They still think the lessons are boring. If you don’t do anything to make the studying material more appealing, you can’t expect great engagement and results in your classroom.

Combatting Emotional Fatigue: A Teacher’s Occupational Hazard #mondaymotivation

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Joan Flaherty on episode 61 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life” Mary Oliver. Today’s guest, Joan Flaherty, author of Rest and An Approach to Rejuvenating our Teaching and Ourselves , talks about how we can combat emotional fatigue. Teacher, you have one wild and precious life. Our students do too.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Competencies vs. Skills

A Principal's Reflections

The 21st Century skills discussion and debate has waged on even prior to the onset of this century. The ensuing conversations have provided an opportunity for schools, districts, and organizations to critically evaluate what students need to know and be able to do in order to succeed in the new world of work. As we have moved further into this century the number 21 has less of a meaning, but the skills are still important.

How To Develop A Maker Mindset.

EdTech4Beginners

Having a ‘maker mind’ can be an asset to an individual as it comes with a lot of perks such as being able to create your own things and to not only innovate, but also to invent new and exciting things. This ability doesn’t necessarily come easily. There are several steps to be taken to develop a maker mindset and nurture it to be all it could possibly be. So how do we develop a maker mindset? Play With Stuff.

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Summer Online Learning Questions We’ve Gotten

Ask a Tech Teacher

In response to extensive interest from readers, Ask a Tech Teacher will be offering four Summer Learning Certificate classes with 18-24 CEUs: June 19th through August 6th. 3-4 weeks, lots of resources and hands-on help. Click to view slideshow. To help you make your decision, I want to share the most common questions I’ve gotten regarding sign ups: Q: What is the cost to register? The full program is $229. If you sign up by April 30th, you can enroll a friend for free.

Fast Problem Solving and Innovation with #HackLearning

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Mark Barnes on episode 64 of the 10-minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Mark Barnes @markbarnes19 discusses a popular method of problem solving: Hack Learning. Instead of a 5 year plan, this model helps educators improve on a daily and more short term basis. He gives examples of how educators are hacking (and improving) meetings and more. Let’s Hack Learning! Listen Now. Listen on iTunes.

Develop A Feature-Rich App for Any Virtual Classroom

Building an e-learning platform? Download the solution brief to learn how you can create a customized, feature-rich, interactive classroom for an enhanced learning experience.

What’s the difference between blended and personalized learning?

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this month, after two exhilarating and exhausting days at the Blended and Personalized Learning Conference in Providence, R.I., which we cohosted with our partners at Highlander Institute and The Learning Accelerator), I boarded an evening flight back to D.C. Just after takeoff, a school principal from Virginia seated in the row just ahead of me poked his head through the seat to ask: “So, what’s the difference between blended and personalized learning?”.

Skills for Today: 21st Century Learning and Camp: A Natural Connection

Battelle for Kids

Camps have been a context for learning for over 120 years. The earliest camps in the US were designed to teach kids then thought to be critical to the 19th and 20th centuries: personal responsibility, cultural and religious identity, and even patriotism. They were also designed to get kids out of the city — fresh air, it was then thought, was necessary to offset the pollution and pace of America’s growing urban centers, and critical for kids’ optimal physical and cognitive development. P21 Blog

169 Tech Tip #82: How do I use a ‘Read Only’ Doc?

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: #82–How do I use a read-only doc? Category: EDIT/FORMAT. Sub-category: Security. Q: The file I’m trying to edit say’s ‘read only’. What do I do?

Teaching CyberSecurity to Empower Students and Schools to Be Safe

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with David Raymond of the Virginia Cyber Range on the 10-Minute Teacher #63 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today David Raymond @ dnomyard is part of equipping Virginia high school students to defend themselves from cyber attacks. With knowledge in digital forensics and current technology, the Virginia Cyber Range is working to lead the world in educating its students on cyber security.

8 Reasons to Invest in a New Student Information System

If your school’s SIS has limited functions, only works on campus or breaks down more than you would like, it might time to invest in a new one.

The development industry has the development equation backwards

The Christensen Institute

A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece in the Guardian that discussed the development community’s obsession with ending poverty, and why that’s the biggest problem with the industry. The industry’s continuous focus on trying to end poverty limits its ability to develop and foster innovative solutions that are so desperately needed if poor countries are to achieve prosperity.

Skills for Today: Digital Literacy & The Importance of the 4Cs in a Global Context

Battelle for Kids

Kids are growing up with smartphones in their hands, developing their own apps, programming robots and creating online personas. Indeed, technology is prevalent in nearly every facet of children’s lives, including at school where they’re often using technology tools to enhance their learning. P21 Blog

Deeper thinking with timeline projects

Ditch That Textbook

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut. As cyclical as education is, it’s almost impossible not to. We do the same activities year in and year out — even if we’re constantly trying to reinvent our classes. It happens to the best of us. Twitter is a great way to get unstuck. It also [.]. Teaching depth of knowledge dok edtech educational technology higher-order thinking lesson design timelines

The role of parents to a successful BYOD program

Neo LMS

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs are a natural corollary to technology-based educational initiatives. Proponents of the concept cite many benefits: the immediacy of technology integration, student preferences for using their own devices, the fact that devices are better looked after by students, and the opportunity to concentrate funding for devices on students in need.

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7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

Google Pledges $50 Million to Close Education Gaps Worldwide

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez The tech giant hopes funding nonprofits can boost access to students in the U.S. and beyond. Classroom Digital Content

5 education trends of the future catapulted by blended learning

eSchool News

[ Editor’s Note: This story is Part 3 of our April series on Blended Learning. Click here to read Part 1 on what makes a blended learning initiative fail. Click here to read Part 2 on what blended learning really looks like in the classroom.].

In New York, ‘free college’ scores headlines for Cuomo, but it’s a big loss for students

The Christensen Institute

Governor Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship, which arguably provides free tuition for New Yorkers of any age to attend public institutions, is expected to have a price tag of $163 million in its first year. That’s a lot of money for most of us—especially families trying to figure out how to pay for college.

Creating Career Pathways for Underserved Adults: Connecting Supply & Demand

Digital Promise

Partnerships between government workforce development and private businesses can help underserved adults move into careers that change their and their families’ lives. Watch this recorded webinar to hear an in-depth conversation with the Acting Director of the DC Department of Employment Services and two private businesses in DC that seek to employ underserved adults.

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.