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Why feedback is SO time consuming — and how to fix it

Ditch That Textbook

Tell me if this sounds familiar. You’re chained to your desk grading papers. It’s getting monotonous, but you feel like you need to do it because it’s important. You hand those papers back to the students, and where do they end up? Yep, the trash. Even if you make them keep that homework in a […]. Teaching effective feedback in the classroom how to make auto-graded quizzes providing digital feedback save time feedback to students

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Scaffolding Questions to Develop Deeper Understanding

A Principal's Reflections

Over the past couple of months, I have been working with a variety of schools and districts in the role of a coach. Most of this work is focused on digital pedagogy so naturally, I am focused on observing and collecting evidence to get a handle on both the level of instruction and the learning that is taking place. To allow educators to critically reflect on their practice I take many pictures of what I see, especially the types of learning activities with which students are engaged.


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Artificial Intelligence Is Coming. What Should We Teach?

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The rise of artificial intelligence and its application to education means educators and startups needs to rethink how it can be applied in the classroom. The post Artificial Intelligence Is Coming. What Should We Teach? appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog ai Artificial Intelligence robots Startup Startups

10 Steps to Developing a Powerful Learning Culture

Tom Murray

“Be the leader you wish you had.” Simon Sinek. Professional learning in many districts must undergo radical reform, from a model that’s outdated and ineffective to one that’s personal, empowering, and owned by the learner. How can we create such a culture of ownership and empowerment? Clearly define and articulate the vision. Do all stakeholders understand the district’s direction? How should instruction improve with the time that’s invested? How will students benefit?

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.

169 Tech Tip #25: My Desktop Keyboard Doesn’t Work

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: #25: My Desktop Keyboard Doesn’t Work. Category: Hardware. Q: I need to type a lesson plan , but all I get is a cursor that blinks… and blinks… but goes nowhere. What do I do?

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7 Ways to Avoid Student Loan Debt

EdNews Daily

LinkedIn originally published this article as part of the LinkedIn’s Avoid Student Debt Series. By: Robyn Shulman, 2016. Before the Internet was alive and well in the eyes of the public, there was very little awareness built around different ways to save money for higher education. As a child, I grew up in an underprivileged environment and quickly understood the role of finances and how it impacted my life.

How to make a curated collection of tweets with TweetDeck

Ditch That Textbook

Twitter chats are a whirlwind of good ideas. Educators tweet to a single Twitter hashtag, answering questions and sharing their best ideas. But when the Twitter chat is over, the ideas often disappear from our brains without a concrete way of harvesting those ideas. Many of us have used a service called Storify to gather […]. Screencasts creating a tweetdeck curation curating twitter chats saving a twitter chat storify alternative

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What is the VARK model of Student Learning?

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you use the VARK model of Student Learning , you know why I’m excited about it. VARK started as a questionnaire to help students and teachers understand their best approach to learning but has since become more of a guideline for teaching and learning. The questionnaire is deliberately short (thirteen-sixteen questions, depending upon which version you take) in order to prevent student survey fatigue.

Student Get to Know You Image Stickers Activity

Teacher Reboot Camp

Need a fun way for students to get to know each other ? Throughout the past 8 years, I have designed several online courses and MOOCs. We start with a fun get to know you activity, which usually is the 321 Introduction. I noticed this activity has become super popular in many online course; therefore, for The Goal-Minded Teacher MOOC ( #EduGoalsMOOC ), I decided to try another activity in case I had participants who had taken my previous courses.

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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).

STEM for kids: Online classes teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skills


STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, is an important group of subjects that are in high demand — not just in classrooms, but in the job market as well. As technology is increasingly used in the job market, we need to prepare our children for the employment landscape they’ll encounter in the future. In the upcoming decade, STEM jobs will grow at almost double the rate of all other jobs.

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5 Ways to Promote Health and Happiness in Every Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I will never carry a gun into my classroom. However, I believe I have something far more helpful: compassion, caring, and a determination to change the world by reaching the hearts and minds of this generation. People are scared and rightly so. In one moment, a madman can destroy the lives of so many.

Innovative Ways to Encourage Writing

Ask a Tech Teacher

Knowledge is meant to be shared. That’s what writing is about–taking what you know and putting it out there for all to see. When students hear the word “writing”, most think paper-and-pencil, maybe word processing, but that’s the vehicle, not the goal.

Cultivating creativity in the classroom: Ideas for teachers by teachers

Ditch That Textbook

As we move further and further into the digital age, creativity continues to surge to the top of skills students will need in the future. Barbara Dyer, president of The Hitachi Foundation, wrote that creativity is no longer an option in the workplace. Creativity and innovation are key requirements for the growth and adaptation of […]. DitchBook Twitter chat classroom creativity ideas creative classroom activities creative classroom assignments

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.

Resilience for Anxious Students

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. Did I study enough for this test? Won’t my friends do better than me? If I don’t get an A now, I won’t do well on the next exam, and then will I even get into a good college? Anxious thoughts such as these aren’t always just passing worries. They’re becoming deeply rooted, widespread mantras for young people across America.

The Compassionate Achiever: Understanding Empathy and Compassion So We Don’t Burn Out

The CoolCatTeacher

Chris Kukk on episode 256 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Dr. Chris Kukk, author of The Compassionate Achiever , combines neuroscience with social sciences to discuss why compassion helps us achieve more. He also shares the difference between empathy and compassion and why one of these is a recipe for burnout. Listen Now. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Stream by clicking here. Enhanced Transcript.

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Next Generation Learning: Assessments


“Next generation” learning is receiving some buzz in edtech circles, and so I thought we could delve into it a little more, not least because what I have discovered is a lot of NGO-style verbage, of the kind that is heavy on policy and light on real-world detail. I have tried to scratch below the NGO-ese in which most of the literature about this educational reform model is written, to really find out what it is, how it is working and for whom. What is Next Generation Learning?

From Great Ideas to Successful Execution

Education Elements

In education reform, the focus is often on the sexy idea-of-the-day—the vision that lights donors up and causes them to give, that can grab headlines, that can give policymakers a political win. All too often we—thought leaders, foundations, policymakers, and, yes, some educators—forget about the real work that has to happen to put these things into action. The actual operations. Leaders

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.

In the News: On School Website Security, Privacy Practices

Doug Levin

In the three weeks since “ Tracking: EDU ” officially launched, a growing number of news outlets, associations, and organizations have highlighted the findings and significance of the work, including Boing Boing (which helpfully excerpted some of the study’s recommendations), Dark Reading , , EdScoop , EdSurge (with commentary from state officials from Connecticut and Tennessee), Education Week , FERPA|SHERPA , the IAPP , POLITICO , and T.H.E. Journal.

Keep Your Head Up When You Stumble

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 44 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Westwood Schools Alumnus, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Hilliard, (soon to be a Colonel in the Army) spoke to our students today. As he talked about success and failure, he said something incredible, “If your head is up when you stumble and you’re looking forward, then you will see an open door.” ” Lt. Colonel Robert Hilliard, US Army.

Educational technology survey 2018


Please spare a moment to complete my ‘Educational technology survey 2018’ – it will only take a few minutes (I promise!). Click here to participate! education edtech edtech survey educational technology teachers teaching

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Four Suggestions to Introduce Personalized Learning into Your Organization

Education Elements

As the saying goes, change is hard. This is especially true for leaders introducing personalized learning into their organizations. I often have a front-row seat to the resulting backlash and chaos that stems from leaders as they help their districts make shifts toward personalizing learning for students. Frequently, there are patterns that I see across districts: teachers facing initiative fatigue, questions about why, how, and what, and concerned parents.

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 Squeaky Wheel

Doug Levin

Sometimes it pays to be a squeaky wheel. Based on her (and her family’s) review of the unfavorable Terms of Participation in the Scholastic Art & Writing Award program, 8th-grader Sasha Matthews took to the internet to make her case. With more than a passing interest in issues of intellectual property in education, I amplified her story. And then this happened: Update!

Secrets of Living an Epic Life Full of Meaning

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 45 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Out beyond complacency and comfort lies a land of opportunity. It requires that you no longer comform to the comfortable. You can’t “phone it in.” ” You have to work. You have to dream. You can’t settle. Everyone wants success – well, most do anyway. And most people say the same thing.

Patterns of Innovation: Pixar in a Box

Battelle for Kids

How many times have you heard a student ask some form of the question “why do I need to learn this”? It’s sometimes difficult to come up with an answer that seems grounded in something meaningful to the student. P21 Blog

The Power of "Why?"

Education Elements

One of the pitfalls of being new to any situation is the mistake of being quick to rush to judgment. Entertaining the idea that what you see as a problem has actually been vetted to be the most viable solution by someone who came before you is a skill that requires patience, understanding and respect. When this core tenet is dismissed, and you assume too quickly that you know better, it often can lead to a downward spiral from which there is no return. Leaders

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.

Project Based Learning and the Flipped Classroom… A Great Combination!

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I big shout out to all of you I had a chance to meet at FETC 2018 in Orlando. Also, a big thank you to the over 400 that attended my workshops and sessions. While I was at FETC I ran into Jon Bergmann who is best known for his work on the Flipped Classroom. We had our usual talk on ideas that support both PBL and Flipped Learning. In fact, you can listen to several webcasts we have been part of in the past in the links below.

Change Your Habits, Change Your Life: How Streak Tracking Makes All the Difference

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 46 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Set your goals and select habits to go with those goals. For to make a change or accomplish anything, you need steady progress. And sustained growth comes from repetition. And something that repeats consistently is a habit. But changing habits is so hard! And accomplishing goals is as well. I track my habits on a one-pager that also has my goals listed at the top. shown above).

Viewing Comprehension Strategies: Watching Videos Like You Read A Book

TeachThought - Learn better.

40 Viewing Comprehension Strategies: Watching Videos Like You Read A Book by Terry Heick You can’t watch a video like you read a book; the modalities couldn’t be much more different. On the surface level a video uses light, color, sound, and moving images, with the potential for adding text and shape and color and light […]. The post Viewing Comprehension Strategies: Watching Videos Like You Read A Book appeared first on TeachThought.