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10 Projects to Kickstart Hour of Code

Ask a Tech Teacher

Coding–that geeky subject that confounds students and frightens teachers. Yet, kids who can code are better at logical thinking and problem solving, more independent and self-assured, and more likely to find a job when they graduate. In fact, according to Computer Science Education , by 2020 , there will be 1.4 million coding jobs and only 400,000 applicants.

Learning Should Be Fun: Gaming for Adult Learners

Digital Promise

Twenty English language learners, gathered at an East Boston community-based organization, are playing a storytelling game on their mobile phones. After beating the game and receiving a check mark for a successful mission, the players return to a virtual world where they, as their avatars, mingle with players in Florida. They chat by typing messages and arrange to play a word-guessing game together.


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2 teacher-created models for savvy tech integration

Ditch That Textbook

The best way to know how an idea will fly in the classroom is to try it in the classroom. Planning and theory will only tell us so much until we try it out. That goes for technology use in the classroom, too. Teachers have been using long-established models for solid classroom tech use for [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology fun pager SAMR tech integration tpack

Two ways to integrate visual storytelling in K-12 instruction


This piece originally appeared on The first pop-up children’s book I ever touched was Little Red Riding Hood. I was a high school senior and I had thought I was over the fairy tales phase age. Yet I was super impressed with the pop-up Little Red Riding Hood. The story was the same. Except that it wasn’t. The pop-ups made it different; they added another dimension to it. Did I mention how impressed I was with the pop-ups?

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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.

Hour of Code–What is it?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Coding–that mystical geeky subject that confounds students and teachers alike. Confess, when you think of coding, you see: …when you should see. December 5-11, Computer Science Education will host the Hour Of Code–a one-hour introduction to coding, programming, and why students should love it. It’s designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, and an innovator.

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A Primer on Maker Learning: Agency

Digital Promise

We recently highlighted some of the very important reasons to include maker learning in a school’s academic program, as well as a few of the efforts that Digital Promise is undertaking to help. This post is part of a continuing series that will highlight the values that lead to the highest quality and most effective implementation of maker learning: Agency, Authenticity, and Audience.

Sowash’s ‘The Chromebook Classroom’: An Excellent Resource for K–12 Teachers!

The Journal

The Chromebooks are coming! The Chromebooks are coming! So, what is a K-12 teacher supposed to do with those Chromebooks? In this week’s blog post we review “The Chromebook Classroom”a recently published book by John Sowash. Our opinion? Sowash has hit a homerun

Hour of Code Website and App Suggestions for K-8

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are ideas of apps and websites that teachers in my PLN used successfully in the past during Hour of Code: Kindergarten. Start kindergartners with problem solving. If they love Legos, they’ll love coding. BotLogic –great for Kindergarten and youngers. Code –learn to code, for students. How to train your robot –a lesson plan from Dr. Techniko. Kodable- -great for youngers–learn to code before you can read. Primo –a wooden game, for ages 4-7. Program a human robot (unplugged). Scratch Jr.

Trading in Traditional Notebooks for Multimedia Blogs

Catlin Tucker

Look familiar? For years I’ve watched students lug cumbersome binders to each class–dutifully take notes and collecting large quantities of paper. I’ve often wondered how useful these binders are and how often students sift through their papers to review information. This year, students in N.E.W. School traded in their traditional notebooks for multimedia digital blogs using Blogger.

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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).

How To Gamify Your Classroom.


Gamification is the process of making learning into a game. It is made up of a number elements: Giving online badges to students. Setting goals and competitions. Giving instant feedback. Creating levels of learning which pupils must try and climb. Why is gamification effective? The simple answer is that the majority of children are competitive and they love playing games. So why not use these two positives in their learning? What software can help me with gamification?

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Chance Networking Expands an Ed-Tech Startup’s Horizons

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Networking can be out of our comfort zone, but it's important to be open and to listen to what others are doing. You may find an unexpected connection. The post Chance Networking Expands an Ed-Tech Startup’s Horizons appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Educational Technology/Ed-Tech entrepreneur leanstartup Networking startup

World Typeathon Starts Monday–Join in!

Ask a Tech Teacher

There’s something exciting going on over at Typing Tournament Online : The World Typeathon. This is a free event and allows students to pit their skills against typists from around the planet. Here are the details: When? Round 2 starts Monday Nov 14th 2016 and ends Sunday Dec 18th 2016. For the full-time table click here. Everyone can participate at any time.

Lessons Learned from Math Product Pilots in Six School Districts

Digital Promise

As students’ math scores remain stagnant , education leaders are exploring ed-tech tools as a way to provide targeted support in essential math skills. But with more than 150 products to choose from, many district decision-makers say they need a way to quickly and effectively determine which products are high-quality and best meet their goals.

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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.

Mobile Storyteller, and how your students can tell stories, too

Ditch That Textbook

Anyone can tell stories. They’re powerful and compelling. It’s how humankind has passed information down from generation to generation. Students at Hoover High School of North Canton City Schools (North Canton, Ohio) get to tell stories with some impressive equipment. They use industry-standard digital video cameras. They edit video using Adobe Premiere and Avid, both powerful [.]. Ed Tech creative teaching edtech educational technology storytelling video video projects

Pokemon Data Handling: A Photo Essay


Getting inspiration from the brilliant Adam Hill , I recently used Pokemon as a stimulus for a data handling unit in mathematics. It was the perfect topic because the pupils love the game and also there is so much information available to collect and interpret. Leaving the task quite open, the children could choose to survey the class (levels, opinions, achievements etc.) or alternatively use the raw data of different Pokemon characters.

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Happy Thanksgiving Week to All!

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’m taking next week off. I’ll be preparing for my daughter’s holiday visit from her home in DC and my son who’s visiting from El Paso TX. I am so excited to see both of them! I’ll be back November 28th. Any emergencies–drop me a line at Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years.

The Ed-Tech Pilot Framework: An Eight-Step Process for Evaluating Products

Digital Promise

In an ideal world, there would be a public registry of ed-tech products, filled with detailed evidence on where, how, and with which students they are most successful. But, lacking this type of resource, districts must evaluate product quality and effectiveness on their own, and often do so through product pilots — a process that can be overwhelming for busy leaders.

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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.

Life As A LELA Fellow

Education Elements

I did not fully grasp what was ahead of me when I sent in my application to become part of the third Lexington Education Leadership Award (LELA) Fellowship. Was this another advertising scheme? Did I just win $10,000,000 from Ed McMahon? Being a bit skeptical at first, I did my homework and quickly realized that the Lexington Institute and Education Elements were the real deal.

Breaking into Japan’s Ed-Tech Market Is an Education for Companies

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Japan brought us Nintendo and Sony, among other well-known technology companies. So it was with high expectations that I went to Japan to visit our sales distribution partners to learn more about the Japanese market for education technology. The post Breaking into Japan’s Ed-Tech Market Is an Education for Companies appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog edtech Educational Technology/Ed-Tech International/Global Education Market Japan leanstartup startup

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Hour of Code–Is it the right choice?

Ask a Tech Teacher

I took a Classroom 2.0 Live webinar last year on rolling out the Hour of Code in the classroom. There were so many great things about that webinar, but one I’ll share today is why teachers DON’T participate in Hour of Code. Here are what the webinar participants said: How about you? Why are you NOT doing Hour of Code? Stay tuned for these Hour of Code articles on how to present coding in your classroom: Hour of Code: What is it? November 15th).

300 Organizations Come Together to Launch Nation of Makers

EdNews Daily

New non-profit organization will ensure that more Americans have access to the spaces, communities, and tools that enable them to make things, not just consume things. The grassroots Maker Movement has, and continues to, impact entrepreneurship, education, economic and workforce development, manufacturing, community revitalization and technology inclusion in the U.S.

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!

My Article For The TES: How to… Incorporate Tech Into Any Lesson.


I was recently asked to write about a number of simple ways to incorporate tech into any lesson. Click here for the full article. Tagged: classroom technology , edtech , education , learning , teaching , tech , tech tools , technology. education classroom technology edtech learning teaching tech tech tools technology

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Five Ideas to Go Beyond SAMR… How Deep is the Learning in Your Technology Integration?

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Every school I visit that is attempting to integrate technology into instruction are also having conversations on SAMR. As I have talks with these schools, I tell them that SAMR is a wonderful place to start. At the same time, if we are to look at technology integration that promotes rigor and deeper thinking we must integrate multiple concepts together. Please enjoy and share my five ideas I think all schools should think about as they go beyond SAMR.

One App for ALL Your Parent Communication!


Finally an app that isn’t “one more thing…” It is “THE thing!”. As an educational blogger, I get to learn about and share many exciting products with my audience. However, as a classroom teacher, I am skeptical about which products I choose to share with my readers. It seems like each day there is a new shiny tool or resource that promises to do something amazing to make my teaching practice better in some regard.

Startup U: Draper University and the Students of Tomorrow

EdNews Daily

Meet Tim Draper and the amazing students live on your own screen from Draper University. In a world that is ever-changing rapidly before our eyes, our needs in education are changing as well; in comes Draper University. Tim Draper, ABC and his promising entrepreneurs are ready to bring you the fast-paced world of a new type of education. The Billionaire Venture Capitalist will lead a group of promising entrepreneurs live beginning Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 at 10pm|9c on ABC.

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.

A Fantastic Virtual Reality App: Fulldive.


Fulldive is an amazing app which will ease you into the world of virtual reality (VR). What do I need to buy? All you need is a VR headset, a mobile phone (tablets are too big) and the FullDive app downloaded. After, you simply put your phone into the headset and go! Here’s how to set up a Google Cardboard: What’s in the app? The graphic below, shows you the main screen with all the options that are available to you. What can you do in the classroom with Fulldive?

Anniversary edition: Top 10 posts of the NEO Blog


Once upon a time, exactly one year ago, something magic happened: the NEO Blog was born! Ok, there’s nothing magic to publishing a post on a blog, that is as easy and straightforward as it can be. But the day of November 17, 2015 will always be kind of magic for the NEO team. So today we’re celebrating the one-year anniversary of the NEO Blog! Just imagine our office covered in confetti. The NEO Blog turns one!

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Stereotyping, Behavior, and Belonging in the Open Education Community

Iterating Toward Openness

Stephen Downes points to some older but interesting posts by Lisa Petrides and Bill Fitzgerald about the role of commercial actors in the open space. It’s a topic that I’ve been thinking about recently, particularly with yesterday’s revelation that Microsoft has joined the Linux Foundation. For someone who was online during the 90s, this is completely unimaginable. I had to read the full announcement to convince myself it was true. What the heck is going on?

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