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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

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.

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5 Mistakes that Schools Do That Hurt Standardized Test Scores

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Dr. Brad Johnson on episode #65 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Dr. Brad Johnson @drbradjohnson talks about the mistakes schools make that hurt their standardized test scores.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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?”.

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

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.

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

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.

Breaking Into Breakout EDU

CUE

What exactly is this Breakout EDU thing I keep hearing about? You may have heard about escape rooms, where you pay someone to lock you and your friends in a room and you must collaborate to solve puzzles within the time limit in order to escape. People do this for fun!

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Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

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.

How is STEM Education Shaping the Future of our Science Classes?

EdNews Daily

Guest article written by Barbara Mascareno-Shaw. As more school districts focus on STEM education, there is room to improve. What is STEM education? Simply, it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

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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.

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Skills for Today: Advancing Critical 21st Century Skills Through Collaborative Learning: How One School District in the U.S. is Taking the Lead

Battelle for Kids

With the growing adoption of global 21st Century Learning initiatives, our administrators at Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) here in New Mexico felt it was time to implement more forward-thinking learning facilities in the district.

Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.