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Why Kindergartners Must Learn Technology

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you missed this article over at ReadiLearn , here are my thoughts about teaching technology in kindergarten: Why Kindergartners Must Learn Technology. When I started teaching technology almost twenty years ago, I taught K-8, three classes in each grade every week. I was buried under lesson plans, grades, and parent meetings. I remember suggesting to my principal that he ease my schedule by eliminating tech for kindergartners.

5 Interactive Presentations Ideas that will Engage Students

ViewSonic Education

Quick Take: Explore how to build interactive presentations that will engage students and use technology integration to create interactive learning environments. Students today expect the classroom to be both educational and enjoyable at the same time. Interactive presentations help engage students by having them participate in the lessons instead of passively listening to lectures. This reduces boredom and gives students a sense of responsibility to be attentive.


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Computing, Cost Savings and the Cloud: The Value of Virtualization

EdTech Magazine

Computing, Cost Savings and the Cloud: The Value of Virtualization. eli.zimmerman_9856. Mon, 08/19/2019 - 09:40. Even amid the proliferation of mobile technology in K–12 schools through BYOD programs and one-to-one computing, desktop computers remain a popular choice. But given the advancements of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and the growth of cloud computing, are traditional computer labs passé? Not yet.

A Template to Help Students Tap Into Their Genius Potential

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Children are the most learning-hungry beings in the world.” ” – Ashley Montagu. This year we will be getting our elementary students (2nd to 5th) to explore their passions and interests with Genius Hour Projects. Genius Hour Projects, also known as 20% Time, involve setting aside class time each week for students to independently work on a project related to their interests or passions. Genius Hour is motivating for middle school and high school students, too!

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.

20 activities to “Bloom” with the new Flipgrid camera

Ditch That Textbook

Video is so easy to create in the classroom now. What used to take expensive equipment and advanced know-how can be created in seconds with devices we already have. Video is a rich medium for learning. Students can practice speaking skills, show their passion through their voice, and make learning visible. In summer 2019, Flipgrid […].

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Icebreaker Idea: Fun with the Frayer Model

Catlin Tucker

The Frayer Model is a graphic organizer that many teachers use to support vocabulary development. It can be easily adapted to facilitate fun icebreaker activities at the start of the school year. I created the template below using Google Slides then added a quirky, fun question to each section of the graphic organizer. I use Google Slides for this activity because students can answer the questions a combination of text, images, and videos.

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Starting Off the School Year: It’s About the Learners

User Generated Education

I always start off the school year focusing on connections – my connections to the students, their connections to me and the other in the class. Too many classes, all grade levels, begin the school year with getting down to academic business – starting to cover content, discussing expectations regarding academic requirements, giving tests, and other academic information provided by the teacher to the students in a mostly one-way communication.

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10 ways to build a growth mindset in your classroom

Ditch That Textbook

The term “growth mindset” was coined by Carol Dweck over 30 years ago to describe the beliefs that people have about intelligence and learning. She describes a “fixed mindset” as one that believes the intelligence is fixed and can’t be changed. Those who have a growth mindset, however, believe that they can get smarter and […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Feedback feedback feedback in the classroom growth mindset growth mindset in the classroom teaching

169 Tech Tip #37 — Basics of Internet Safety

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: Basics of Internet Safety. Category: Internet. Sub-category: Security. Here are two posters to share with students about the basics of Internet safety: Click to view slideshow.

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).

Making Success Real with Verizon Innovative Learning schools

Digital Promise

W.E.B. DuBois Academy opened its doors last fall as an all-boys middle school with an Afrocentric curriculum, the first of its kind in Louisville, Kentucky. Moreover, the new school also joined the fifth cohort of the Verizon Innovative Learning schools initiative.

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Alexa goes to uni: how smart speakers found their place in HE


Higher education (HE) institutions are always looking to adapt to change. In fact, the most successful of them show the ability to prepare students for the uncertain future. In the age of artificial intelligence, HE needs to demonstrate now more than ever that it can create valuable learning experiences for students. At the same time, HE also faces unique challenges such as making life easier for a large number of students, campus organization, and better communication between departments.

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How to Give Teachers Choice in Professional Development

The CoolCatTeacher

Meredith Akers on episode 548 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Meredith Akers is a principal who has been using some unconventional methods of teacher PD. In this episode, she talks about the revolutionary way she recently held teacher PD (using video instruction and face to face meetings) and what she learned. Let’s give teachers choice in their professional development about what they learn.

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Tech Ed Resources–K-8 Tech Curriculum

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, by tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do.

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.

Buncee and Immersive Reader: A Winning Combination for Assistive Learning

A Principal's Reflections

I am a huge fan of Buncee. The following is a guest post by Rachelle Dene Poth ( @Rdene915 ), Spanish and STEAM Teacher at Riverview High School in PA. For several years, Buncee has been one of my favorite creation tools; both for personal use and for classroom instruction. While there are many digital tools to choose from when it comes to teaching and having our students create, Buncee’s versatility and ease-of-use make it a go-to tool for all creative needs.

How Attendance Awards Backfire

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. . From spelling bees to art shows to high school superlatives, offering awards to students is a standard way of encouraging success in school. But these awards aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution to academic problems. In fact, when it comes to attendance, new research suggests that offering students awards may actually backfire, suppressing attendances rates.

Equity Programs in New York State

The CoolCatTeacher

Anael Alston on Episode 549 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Dr. Anael Alston is Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Access, Equity and Community Engagement in the New York State Education Department. He talks about what works to engage young men of color in education and his journey and passion for helping all students engage in school and do their best. If this is your heart’s passion, you’ll want to hear what Anael has to say.

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Stakeholder Engagement and Change: 4 Steps to Effective Engagement

Education Elements

At Education Elements, we pride ourselves on being a responsive organization. Like many organizations, we can fall short of true responsiveness, but we are proud of how nimble, engaged, and positive our team is as a result of responsive practices. Our true north lies in seeking feedback to best understand the experiences of our community members. Feedback, in every way it is offered, allows us to make improvements suggested by those who have a stake in the work. Obvious, right?

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.

Destroy the box

Ditch That Textbook

As educators, we’ve all heard the phrase, “think outside the box.” It is a great mantra for those who want to think about traditional teaching strategies in a new way, to dig deep into the creative process, or to push themselves to the next level in lesson delivery. This wise quote was shared with me […]. Creativity Guest Blog Teaching creative teaching creativity destroy the box innovative teacher

Learner Variability in the Classroom through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

“I’m not just a math teacher; I’m a teacher of the whole child,” Bethany Orr, a fourth grade teacher in North Carolina and Iredell-Statesville Schools’ 2019 Teacher of the Year, reflected after earning a learner variability micro-credential on self-regulation. Orr spent a semester digging into the research behind how learners vary and tried several strategies tied to self-regulation, a key learner variability concept, to support two of her students.

Using Amusement Parks, Mud Runs, and Escape Rooms to Inspire Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

John Meehan on episode 546 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Student engagement! We need it! Today’s guest, John Meehan, shares inspiring stories that help us use amusement parks, mud runs, and escape rooms to inspire exciting lessons in our classroom. John is the author of EDrenaline Rush: Game-changing Student Engagement Inspired by Theme Parks, Mud Runs, and Escape Rooms. Get excited. Let’s do this!

Filter Out the ‘Noise’ to Become a More Creative Entrepreneur

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Tuning out social media, day-to-day noises and even the radio for short periods of time can boost energy and help startup founders focus on their goals. The post Filter Out the ‘Noise’ to Become a More Creative Entrepreneur appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog edtech Entrepreneurship female entrepreneur Innovation Leadership mindfulness Power of Pause SEL social-emotional learning Startup wellbeing women in tech

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!

It’s a Long Game After All

Iterating Toward Openness

It’s a world of laughter. A world of tears. It’s a world of hopes. And a world of fears. There’s so much that we share. That it’s time we’re aware. It’s a long game after all. OER advocacy, like most work, is filled alternately with advances and setbacks.

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TNT EdTech Podcast: EduProtocols 2 with Marlena Hebern


TNT EdTech Podcast – we are now powered by CUE! In Episode 13 with Scott the Teacher and Matthew the Tech Coach we interview Co-Author of EduProtocols Book – Marlena Hebern! Marlena shares with us several new and remixed lesson frames from her upcoming book EduProtocols 2 coming out this Friday, August 23rd on Amazon. […]. The post TNT EdTech Podcast: EduProtocols 2 with Marlena Hebern appeared first on OnCUE. Learn EduProtocols podcast

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5 Ways to Curate Texts That Inspire Readers

The CoolCatTeacher

Julie Wright on episode 550 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Students need to be surrounded by books that inspire them to read and rejoice in books. But how do we curate those texts to inspire our readers? Julie Wright gives practical advice for librarians and all of us teachers (including me) who like to surround students with rich texts that inspire reading.

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Welcome back to school - resources for every teacher

Educational Technology Guy

Welcome back to school! I hope everyone had a great summer and was able to relax and recharge. Most schools around here start next week, with new teachers starting this week. The beginning of the year is always a little crazy for all teachers. Getting your room setup, implementing new ideas into your lesson plans, getting to know your students, and just settling back in to the routine can be busy and stressful. Remember to not over do it and take time for yourself.

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.

Tell Your Students – These Professions are Hiring Big Time

EdNews Daily

By Charles Sosnik. Professional athletes and actors make big money, and those professions seem a lot more accessible to many young people than say, a computer analyst or someone working in the space industry. Last year, “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson made $119 million. Lebron made $88.5 million. Floyd Mayweather made $275 million. Even if kids in school think they may be the next Lebron, the reality is that the available slots for pro ballers are capped at 494.

16 Podcasts for the Classroom


Developing two podcasts this year for educators with TNT EdTech Podcast with my buddy Scott Nunes and The Ed Tech Coach’s Corner sharing educator stories of integrating technology in their classroom, I started to think about having students create their podcasts as a way to reflect and show understanding. As I ventured into this area […]. The post 16 Podcasts for the Classroom appeared first on OnCUE. Learn audio learner listening skills podcast

AR/VR in K–12: Schools Use Immersive Technology for Assistive Learning

EdTech Magazine

AR/VR in K–12: Schools Use Immersive Technology for Assistive Learning. eli.zimmerman_9856. Thu, 08/22/2019 - 08:25. In K–12, assistive learning can be a tricky beast to tackle. Schools have a duty to attend to all students’ needs, but it can be difficult to create a curriculum that addresses every student, especially as an increasing number of schools experience overcrowding. .

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