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Research to Practice from LPS: Building Learners? Writing Skills

Digital Promise

Of the 700,000 students who drop out of high school each year, many leave with, and because of, low literacy skills. Leading researchers on the development of writing, Steve Graham and Dolores Perin , assert that “because the definition of literacy includes both reading and writing skills, poor writing proficiency should be recognized as an intrinsic part of this national literacy crisis.” It is crucial for students to build their writing skills to develop as confident, independent writers.

Are you an AR innovator?

eSchool News

My library is not quiet. As much as I can, I strive to have my students engaged and excited about learning and exploring new things. One of those new things is augmented reality (AR). Recently, an AR company gave interactive lessons for my class of 25 sixth-graders. The company was here for three hours and my students were engaged and excited the entire time. It was amazing to watch, and I thought, “This is a medium that we definitely have to explore.”.


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Even When Research Supports Changing Traditional Teaching, Parents Make It Hard


Every evening after dinner, Herman Agbavor and his 5-year-old son, Herbert, have a ritual. Little Herbert climbs into his dad’s lap, unzips his book bag and they go over his kindergarten homework. The two of them have been doing some variation of this homework routine since Herbert was 1. That’s when Agbavor first enrolled the boy in preschool.

Minecraft: Kids Learn 21st Century Skills While Building New Worlds


Minecraft has been named a Best Summer Learning Game by Common Sense Education Minecraft Spiraling sandbox of adventure and creation gets kids to dig deep Pros: Delivers open, creative, and purposeful play supported by frequent updates. Cons: Open world can lead to power struggles and community problems without a shared code of conduct. Bottom Line: An irresistible and seemingly limitless incubator for 21st-century skills that, with a little guidance, can chart new courses for learning.

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.

Incredible Giveaways Whether You Are at #ISTE18 or #Notatiste18

Teacher Reboot Camp

This week my daughter, Savvy, Kelly Jake Duncan , and I are headed to the ISTE Conference as official ISTE media and to present. If you attend any of my presentations in Chicago or attend virtually by watching any of the live streamed interviews and presentations shared on Twitter( @ShellTerrell ), then you have the opportunity to receive a digital badge and to receive some incredible giveaways!

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Gamechanger: Type to Learn is Now in the Cloud!

Ask a Tech Teacher

When I started teaching a decade ago, Type to Learn was the MS Word of typing programs–everyone used it. The game-based keyboarding program was fun, engaging, and actually worked. Students graduated from the thirty-forty lessons (that took about a year to get through) with the skills they needed to become fast and accurate typists who could use the keyboard as an effective tool in both classwork and homework.

Learning to Self Manage

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. Never give up!” “Be Be determined.” “If If you dream it, you can achieve it.” We often see inspirational messages such as these coating school classrooms, broadcasting the idea that willpower equals success. But the ability to exercise self-control — even with a specific, self-imposed goal in mind — is tough, even as it develops with age.

Where to begin if you want to flip your classroom?


I’ve always found the phrase “ Flipped Classroom ”, quite deceptive — it makes the process appear effortless and swift. Educators who have attempted this revolution in teaching, however, will no doubt disagree: it is a long process, that requires many hours of consideration and planning, not to mention a shed load of trial-and-error. However, there are ways to dip your toe in, so to speak, and experiment with the process, without overhauling your entire classroom in one go.

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Using Feedback Logs to Empower Learners

A Principal's Reflections

The most successful companies are successful because they are always looking for ways to improve. When it comes to their employees, there is no ceiling as they are continually pursuing pathways and allocating resources to help the best get even better. The same philosophy can be applied to our schools. Continuous feedback for all learners, regardless of their abilities or where they are at, is pivotal if the goal is to help them evolve into their best.

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).

Top Ten Education Blogs

Ask a Tech Teacher

I am honored to be selected as one of TutorFair’s Top Ten Education Blogs for 2018 ! Without a doubt, the credit goes to my readers. I am proud that the resources, reviews, and materials I curate for you resonate with your teaching needs. Do check out their full article to see all ten selected blogs. It includes names of edtech experts you already follow and a few you’ll want to add to your list. More edtech blogs: Free Tech For Teachers. The Confident Teacher.

Facial Recognition Technology Has No Place in Schools

Doug Levin

Facial recognition technology is dangerous, and it has no place in U.S. schools for the foreseeable future. Says Evan Selinger, a Professor of Philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology and a Senior Fellow at The Future of Privacy Forum, about the current state of facial recognition technology: Imagine a technology that is potently, uniquely dangerous?—?something something so inherently toxic that it deserves to be completely rejected, banned, and stigmatized.

Seven Things Education Elements Does to Support School Districts

Education Elements

One of the most common questions I answer about Education Elements is, “So what do you guys do?” If we have an elevator ride that goes to, say, the top of the world’s tallest building, I can give a fairly satisfying and comprehensive answer.

Meet NEO at ISTE 2018!


It’s that time of the year again! No, I’m not talking about the summer vacation, I’m talking about a new round of ISTE! ISTE — or the International Society for Technology in Education — is just around the corner. The ISTE Conference & Expo is recognized globally as the most comprehensive educational technology conference in the world.

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.

Create a Product Advocate Program to Gain a Community of Champions

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Cultivating teachers as digital ambassadors for your startup product is a smart move that can help spread word of mouth recommendations. The post Create a Product Advocate Program to Gain a Community of Champions appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog brand ambassadors Business Strategy Educational Technology/Ed-Tech Sales / Marketing Startup Startup Life Startups

Scholastic Makes Misleading Privacy, Security Claims in Services Directed to Children

Doug Levin

The Scholastic Corporation was founded in 1920. Across the United States, kids and families regularly come into contact with Scholastic marketing and sales within public schools in the form of book fairs and monthly sales pamphlets distributed by teachers directly to students. In 2017, according to Scholastic’s annual form 10-K (available at [link] ), Scholastic had revenue in excess of $1.7 billion dollars. In surveys of educators, the company is generally held in high regard.

Feedback: No Time Turner Needed


I have been teaching English for a long time. A very long time. I have spent hours writing feedback, inking up student drafts with corrections as a service and gift to my students. I kid, but really, I just want them to succeed. I want them to think about where they can grow as writers and spend time considering […]. The post Feedback: No Time Turner Needed appeared first on OnCUE. Learn

Learn About the #ISTE18 Conference from 6 Fantastic #EDUPodasters


In this episode of the TechEducator Podcast, we take a look at this years ISTE conference. Learn how 6 of educations top EDU Podcasters will be attending and manipulating through hundreds of hours of presentations, networking events, and vendor demonstrations and learn how YOU can connect with those on the conference floor if you are #NOTATISTE. The post Learn About the #ISTE18 Conference from 6 Fantastic #EDUPodasters appeared first on The TeacherCast Educational Network.

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.

Nearly 750 charter schools are whiter than the nearby district schools

The Hechinger Report

Lake Oconee Academy was the brainchild of the Reynolds Lake Oconee real estate company. Photo: Terrell Clark/The Hechinger Report. GREENSBORO, Ga. This was clearly no ordinary public school. Parents of prospective students converged on Lake Oconee Academy for an open house on a bright but unseasonably cold March afternoon for northern Georgia. A driveway circling a landscaped pond led them to the school’s main hall.

Heading to #ISTE18? Here?s What to Pack

Doug Levin

Be sure and read “ Must-Have Technology Gear to Bring to ISTE 2018 ” at The K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center for tips on how to stay (more) private and safe at #ISTE18. Because Rockwell was prescient. Blog Privacy Security #ISTE18 ISTE

Part 1: Ten Reasons for Mapping Out PBL? Scaffolds That Makes Project Based Learning Work

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

By now you know that I really believe in the power of PBL. It supports tested content standards and important 21st century skills while PBL providing teachers with the why and how. In this series I wish to investigate that “why” and “how” while providing some ideas and resources to support PBL planning. Also, please take a moment to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email and join me on twitter at mjgormans .

Technology Is Key for Boosting Classroom Equity

EdTech Magazine

Technology Is Key for Boosting Classroom Equity. eli.zimmerman_9856. Mon, 06/18/2018 - 17:46. As the growth in personalized learning initiatives has emphasized, students will exhibit differing aptitudes for subjects depending on their strengths. However, issues with classroom equity have left some students unable to perform, not because they are having trouble grasping the material but because of issues related to geography, race, gender, ethnicity, language or economics.

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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!

When math lessons at a goat farm beat sitting behind a desk

The Hechinger Report

Wess Wheeler (L), an independent learning opportunity student at Randolph Union High School, and Miles Hooper, manager and co-owner of Ayers Brook Goat Dairy farm, among the goats. Photo: Kelly Field for the Hechinger Report. RANDOLPH, Vt. Miles Hooper, the 26-year-old manager of Vermont’s largest goat farm, remembers what it’s like to be 16 and not want to be in a classroom. Just 10 years ago, he was kicked out of his Vermont public school and finished at an alternative high school in Maine.

7 steps to success in work and life for all students

eSchool News

As educators, we have a responsibility to all students to not only help them achieve academically, but to also prepare them for life as productive, contributing, global citizens. For our students with disabilities, this is a more involved and comprehensive process. These students require repetition and hands-on experiences to acquire the skills necessary for success beyond school walls.

#PLN: Using Twitter to Impact Your Professional Learning

Class Tech Integrate

This post is week 2 of 8 in the 8 Weeks of Summer Blog Challenge for educators from Find out more about this challenge by clicking here. The most important/impactful professional learning I have ever participated in was developing my own Personal Learning Network (PLN) through Twitter. When I tell many of my fellow educators this, they look at me with a strange look on their face. Whats a PLN? and how on earth are you doing professional learning with Twitter?

Teachers Are Turning to AI Solutions for Assistance

EdTech Magazine

Teachers Are Turning to AI Solutions for Assistance. eli.zimmerman_9856. Thu, 06/21/2018 - 15:06. While teachers may always be the best line of defense for students falling behind, busy schedules don’t always permit the special attention and feedback that students need. That’s where artificial intelligence–powered teaching assistants might come in handy.

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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.

Certify?em for Google Forms: Create a Certificate

Teacher Tech

Create a Certificate From Google Forms Do you want to give your students a certificate after they complete a Google Form? Try the Certify’em Add-on for Google Forms. Try filling out this Google Forms quiz. Loading… Google Forms Add-on Certify’em Add-on Once you install the Add-on you will find it under the Add-on puzzle piece. […]. The post Certify’em for Google Forms: Create a Certificate appeared first on Teacher Tech. Advanced Forms Google G Suite google

Student Agency: ?What do you want to learn?


This is an excerpt from the fourth chapter of More Now: A Message From The Future for The Educators of Today by Mark Wagner, Ph.D., our founder and CEO. These philosophies have inspired his work, and ours at EdTechTeam, for years. The book comes out June 26 and is available for pre-order now. What Do You Want to Learn? This question, What do you want to learn? is an effective way to start students down a pathway for meaningful learning. Every student has an answer.

Can we design learning environments geared for maximum motivation?

eSchool News

What can we learn from human psychology about designing learning environments geared for maximum motivation? Let’s start by identifying core human motivations using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs. Psychologist Abraham Maslow studied human motivation as a whole, rather than the discrete pockets of motivation prior studies had identified. Maslow’s Hierarchy is depicted as a pyramid, with the base of the structure housing the most basic needs and more rigorous needs building on top of those.