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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.

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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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.

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.

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 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). It is an effort for teachers and students to explore the interdisciplinary aspects of each subject in the scientific field. It is interesting to see students engage in a science activity that promotes science learning and other areas of learning.

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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.

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

The Internet Could Offer Free, Accredited College Courses For All

EdNews Daily

Written by Steve Klinsky. Millennials are streaming their entertainment and sharing their lives online in a way that no previous generation has had the capability to do. But for all the sophistication of the Internet age, the idea of getting top quality college courses online for free, and using them for credits in the traditional college system, is only now being tested.

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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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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).

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.

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

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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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.

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.

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.

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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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.].

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.

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.

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?

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.

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! And they actively seek out escape rooms in new cities they visit! . It’s not exactly practical (or legal) to lock your kids in your classroom and ask them to escape. [Ed. Note- Wait, really?

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Skills for Today: Project-Based Learning: A Solution to Teaching the 4Cs

Battelle for Kids

Rapid advances in science and technology coupled with global competition are driving new career opportunities within our emerging global economy; however, there exists a huge strategic hole in our educational eco-system, and if we are going to inspire and engage our future workforce, educators need to re-imagine their methods of teaching. P21 Blog

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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!

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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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. You might be surprised that sometimes the things schools do may have the opposite impact of what they intend. Consider this feedback as you prepare to administer testing this spring. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes.

Does Your School Offer Enough P.E.? These Statistics Will Shock You! #ProtectPE #ad

Kleinspiration

How Important Is Physical Education In Schools? Offering the opportunity for adequate physical activity within the school day is a topic I’m very passionate about. I was fortunate enough during my first year of teaching to attend several Brain Gym classes and learn about how vital it is for students to have movement throughout the day. Of course I knew kids needed exercise, that just made sense.

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. In 2013, we began work on an innovative K-8 project that would be called the George I. Sanchez Collaborative Community School. I’m thrilled and proud to share our journey to opening this amazing campus that enables true 21st Century Learning. P21 Blog

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.

Should We Be Sending Students Who Hack Their Schools to Jail?

Doug Levin

Some trends are emerging in reviewing the data assembled for the K-12 Cyber Incident Map. One trend involves how K-12 students caught being involved in and/or instigating school cyber incidents are being punished. Consider this select sample of stories from 2016 to present: “ Police charged a Franklin Regional High School senior with launching a series of cyber attacks against more than a dozen local school districts, the Catholic diocese and Westmoreland County government.”

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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.

Shotcut: An open video editing tool

K12 Open Ed

For a long while now, I’ve been looking for a free, preferably open source, video editing tool that was reasonably full-featured but also easy to get started with. With the recent demise of Windows Movie Maker, the need for this kind of tool is more urgent than ever. Looking around a few weeks ago, I found Shotcut , and I’ve been really impressed with it. Shotcut has been around for a while but has recently been completely rewritten.)

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