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Chromebooks in the Classrooms–Friend or Foe?

Ask a Tech Teacher

AATT contributor, Krista Albrecht, has a balanced evaluation of Chromebooks in the classroom I think you’ll find useful. Krista is a NY State certified Instructional Technology Specialist working in public education on Long Island, NY.

Education Business Plan Competitions: Crafting the Perfect Pitch

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Are you preparing to pitch your ed-tech startup at a business plan competition? Here are the eight points you need to cover. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. Lessons Learned ProfessorWord Startup Life aboutus lessonslearned professorword

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Building Early Literacy Skills With iPads

iTeach with iPads

Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting -Edmund Burke. I am on spring break this week. It has been such a luxury to linger over coffee and the newspaper in the mornings.

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Sharing: A Responsibility of the Modern Educator

User Generated Education

In a past post blog I discussed the idea that every educator has a story and that they should share those stories: Educators are doing amazing things with their learners in spite of the standards-based and accountability-driven movements.

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.

How to Create a Curriculum Map

Ask a Tech Teacher

If I’m trying to get from Los Angeles, California to Minot, North Dakota, I start with a map. I build a route that includes the sights I’d like to visit, shows me the connecting roadways, and gives me a rough idea of how long it’ll take. The same is true with teaching a class.

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Meet Google Keep, and 6 ways it can help schools

Ditch That Textbook

For a long time, I’ve been a list-maker and a note-taker. You should see my desk. It’s littered with them. The worst is when I take down some valuable details and then leave the paper sitting on my desk at school.

The EdTech Disconnect

The Christensen Institute

This is the second post in the #WhoYouKnow blog series on the overlap of social capital, EdTech, and innovation. Next time you pick up or read about a new EdTech product, ask yourself a simple question: “Will this product expand or strengthen students’ networks?”

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23 Websites for Poetry Month

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April is National Poetry Month. For thirty days, we celebrate the value and joy that poetry brings to our world. According to the Academy of American Poets , the goals are: Highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets.

The Homework Help Desk: Amazing [FREE] Interactive Resource to Help Kids and Parents!

Kleinspiration

A Must Have Resource for All Parents - I made 2 brief videos below - As I attempt to catch up on mass amounts of unread email, I enjoy browsing the various resources that come through my inbox.

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.

Pixar makes its 3D rendering tool, RenderMan, free for anyone

Educational Technology Guy

Pixar, the company behind Toy Story, Cars and other incredible animated movies, has announced that it''s in-house 3D rendering software, RenderMan , is now free for non-commercial use. RenderMan creates the rendering with lighting effects. It does not create the original 3D model.

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"I Just Want to be Normal, Daddy."

Tom Murray

Finding strength in the midst of heartache Today was one of the those days. The kind of day that’s difficult to forget and one that rips your heart out as a parent. What started out as any Monday would, ended with me appreciating life and the love of my little ones that much more.

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Resource Review: Mentoring Minds

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Mentoring Minds is an education publishing company and resource site created by former teachers.

Turn Your Classroom into a Workshop to Engage Learners

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. If you think a classroom bereft of traditional tools like homework, bell work, worksheets and even grades sounds intriguing, you are ready to convert your classroom into a workshop setting, where learning will really soar.

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.

Learn why the new Microsoft Surface Tablet is Perfect Companion to your Digital Classroom | @Microsoft_Edu

TeacherCast

Jeff sits down with Jacqueline Russell to discuss why new Microsoft Surface Tablet is the perfect solution to your digital classroom. Jeff sits down with Jacqueline Russell to discuss why new Microsoft Surface Tablet is the perfect solution to your digital classroom.

Making Sure your Meetings are Productive and Effective

Educational Technology Guy

Meetings are something that all managers and leaders need to be able to plan, organize, run and follow up on. When I was a project engineer, I had to run lots of meetings and had training in effective meetings at a couple different companies. I''ve attended good meetings, and really bad meetings.

Summer PD–from Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher

Summer is coming, and so is Tech Training! Join me with a great group of professionals (who will quickly become your best online friends) for three weeks of intensive training on tech topics you want to learn about. All the details are below. Note: Early Bird special for those who sign up by May 31st. Use coupon code SUMMERPD to get 10% off! Sign up now– it’s all online, but a lot of 1:1 assistance, so space is limited. you get lots of the materials as soon as you sign up.

The Purposeful Pause: 10 Reflective Questions to Ask Mid-Lesson

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Much has been said about growth mindset and grit this year and for good reason. When learners begin valuing growth and learning over grades and the production of perfect final works, great things happen.

EdTech at School

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

Should Your School District Have its own Podcast? | #EduPodcasting @PodcastingToday

TeacherCast

Learn how your school or school district can create it''s very own podcast to support your teachers, students and create a positive brand for your community.

EdTechTeam Maryland Summit Featuring Google for Education [Register Now] w/ @adambellow @kleinerin @kylepace

Kleinspiration

We invite you to join us for the EdTechTeam Maryland Summit Featuring Google for Education - click here to register and read more - Open to attendees from around the globe LEARN MORE The Summit includes two keynote presentations, 8 breakout sessions, a demo slam competition and a closing capstone session.

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Accelerator for Ed-Tech Startups Launches in New York City

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Each of 10 selected ed-tech startups will receive $170,000 when they are chosen for the first class of this new accelerator in the Big Apple. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. accelerator digitalpromise donburton edgeedtech jonathanharber kaplan schoolnet startup techstars

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How Old School Mandates May Be Destroying Your School

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Last year, inspired by some online conversations about old school leadership, we published this “Dear Principal.” Now, we’re rehashing it to see if anything has changed and how we can continue to “hack” learning.

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.

Video Demo: Using Google Sites as Student and Teacher Portfolios | #TechEducator Podcast

TeacherCast

Learn how to create student and teacher portfolios using Google Sites. For more information, please visit TechEducatorPodcast.com | @TechEdShow The TechEducator Podcast is a weekly round table discussion about current topics in educational technology.

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The Meaning of Deeper Learning In Mathematics

Battelle for Kids

March 30, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 5, Number 1. Driving Question: What Does ''Deeper Learning'' in Mathematics Really Mean? I recently took a trip to Mexico. While sunning myself on the beach, I was approached by a young man named Alberto. Alberto looked to be around 10 years of age.

The Chromebook Help App - built in support on your Chromebook

Educational Technology Guy

Chromebooks are very easy to use, but there is a learning curve for some people as it does do things differently. The nice part is that they have their own built-in help app. This is useful for anyone from the tech newbie to teachers and students first learning to adapt to a Chromebook.

5 Strategies for Building a Powerful BYOD Classroom

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Moving to a Bring Your Own Device school or classroom is a major transition. I’ve heard many horror stories of monumental failures from first-year BYOD teachers, and most could have been avoided with some simple planning.

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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.