Sat.Mar 28, 2015 - Fri.Apr 03, 2015

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.

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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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.

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

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

Go deep

Dangerously Irrelevant

Bob Lenz said: Teachers have long struggled with the tension between breadth and depth. It’s a hard choice, hard enough that we are tempted to avoid it, dismiss it as a false choice, or contend that it is a dilemma we can dissolve through tinkering.

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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.

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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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.

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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“Why Should I Change the Way I Teach?”

The Journal

Singapore’s Ministry of Education provides a clear answer to the question raised by a third-grade Singaporean science teacher: It’s no longer about preparing children for the Industrial Age. It's about preparing children for the Age of Knowledge Work.

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.

School is broken

Dangerously Irrelevant

Will Richardson said: I think the fact that only 44% of our kids reporting engagement in high school strongly suggests [that school is] “broken.” I think the difference of educational opportunities for the kids in Camden v. the kids at Lawrenceville Prep is “broken.”

Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

23 Websites for Poetry Month

Ask a Tech Teacher

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.

9 Inventive Activities for Learning

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Students learn more effectively when they are having fun. This is why it’s so important to use games, activities, and crafts to encourage hands-on learning. But it’s difficult to continually come up with new creative ideas to help students learn and have fun in the process.

Tomorrow, 3/31, is World Backup Day - make sure your data is backed up and safe

Educational Technology Guy

Today is World Backup Day! Everyone needs to have their files backed up. It is very easy to have your flash drive, hard drive, or computer crash, get damaged, or have your flash drive or laptop get lost or stolen. And it always happens at the worst possible time.

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Notes from Code Studio elementary coding training

Dangerously Irrelevant

My notes from yesterday’s Code.org elementary coding workshop… Ben Schafer , University of Northern Iowa, Facilitator. Our agenda for the day. Ben’s slides (PPT). Complete instructor handbook (PDF). Iowa workshop schedule. Notes. Code.org’s elementary school courses overview [VIDEO].

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use 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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Make a Fellow Teacher’s Day with These Twenty Acts of Kindness

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. My brother in law is battling cancer. He has been for some time, and it seems that every time I’m with him, I learn something new. Something very important. Yesterday, as I was winding my way toward the parking ramp at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, I found myself feeling overwhelmed again. I was running late. [.]. The post Make a Fellow Teacher’s Day with These Twenty Acts of Kindness appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Inspiration #edchat #ChangeTheWorld

Enable Dropbox Integration into your Chromebook File Manager

Educational Technology Guy

If you use a Chromebook, you are also using Google Apps and Google Drive as your file storage. But many people, myself included, also use Dropbox for file storage and backup.

Resource Review: Mentoring Minds

Ask a Tech Teacher

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

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.

Notes from the 2015 Iowa STEM Summit

Dangerously Irrelevant

Here are my notes from today’s 2015 Iowa STEM Summit … Welcome , Lt. Kim Reynolds & Mary Andringa. STEM should be a catalyst for active learning. Launching a STEM Council Seal of Approval for programs (e.g. Exploring Iowa Archaeology ).

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5 Tech Tools to Improve Collaboration

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. The benefits of collaborative learning with tech tools are many.

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10 ways to connect classes to global audiences

Ditch That Textbook

Students are connecting with audiences much bigger than their school communities every day. They tweet, share photos on Instagram and write comments on various websites. Wouldn’t it make sense that teachers help guide them to share responsibly and safely AND to use it for a greater good?