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Student Reflection with Digital Portfolios

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. – Peter Drucker. A year ago, I created a technology course on Moodle for Spanish teachers as part of the Ministry of Education of Spain. The teachers are very new to web tools, developing Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) and are currently teaching full time.

The Periodic Table of the Figures of Speech: 40 Ways to Improve Your Writing

Educational Technology Guy

The Periodic Table of the Figures of Speech: 40 Ways to Improve Your Writing is a nice resource that helps you use figures of speech in your writing to help you convey your meaning. It covers metaphors, onomatopoeai, hyperbole, irony, personifications, climax, parenthesis, ellipsis and alliteration.

What to Know When Registering Your Trademark

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

PROFESSORWORD® is now a federal trademark registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. If you''re thinking of registering a federal trademark for your startup, here''s what we learned through the process. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org.

The Hour of Code in Kindergarten

iTeach with iPads

All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.- Martin Fischer. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in over 180 countries. It is designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics.

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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.

Newsworthy! Learning as Reporters & Journalists

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light. – Joseph Pulitzer. The best kind of learning motivates you to question, explore, make it your own, then pass it on. I’m not interested in my students coming to specific conclusions or answers.

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It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

A Principal's Reflections

As a practitioner I am always looking to learn how to better assist educators at all grade levels. Superintendent Scott Rocco provided me with a great opportunity to not only work with teachers in his district, but to also push me outside my comfort zone, which has always been secondary education.

5 Tips To Keep Students Learning When Extreme Weather Strikes

Catlin Tucker

Yesterday Northern California was hit by massive storm. My school was closed because of weather for the first time in my teaching career.

Making an Impact with Problem / Project Based Learning

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. – Einstein. Our learners are creating, inventing, and problem-solving with digital devices in order to change the world.

Molecular Workbench - Visual, Interactive Simulations for Teaching & Learning Science

Educational Technology Guy

Molecular Workbench is a free and open source site with some really nice interactive simulations in science. There are hundreds of simulations in physics, chemistry, biology, biotechnology and nanotechnology.

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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.

Digital Promise Supports E-rate Modernization

Digital Promise

Digital Promise applauds the Federal Communications Commission's vote today to increase the funding cap by $1.5 billion for the federal E-rate program that connects schools and libraries around the country. Demand for these services far exceeds previous funding levels and approving this increase – which amounts to an additional $2 per year on Americans' phone bills – will help thousands of schools improve the opportunity to learn for students.

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A Special Letter From Santa… 10 Reasons Why Teachers Must Be Magic!

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a very magical entry… one that has been a traditional post each holiday season. It is a time of year that I wish to express my gratitude to those wonderful educators that have welcomed me at their schools and conferences and join me at this blog through out the year.

Digital Ways to Celebrate December Holidays

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love. – Hamilton Wright Mabie. Students are excited about the holidays and celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or their school break. Get them learning and celebrating with digital devices, web tools and apps. Students can write digital stories with the resources listed below or create very meaningful gifts for friends and family members.

Tynker - free web app for learning how to program

Educational Technology Guy

This week is Computer Science Education Week. Tynker is a free web app that teaches how to program. It is similar in appearance to Scratch and includes lesson plans and curriculum, classroom management tools, and examples of student work. It is self paced and allows students to work on their own.

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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.

Invisible Technology

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

Technology should be present but ‘invisible’ When we pick up a pen or pencil, we don’t call it a ‘pencil activity’, the same goes for any other technology.

14 Resources for AppSmashing with ThingLink

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

In November I launched the ThingLink AppSmash Challenge to encourage educators to share great ways to combine two or more apps together to create, publish and share content using ThingLink as a presentation tool.

Digital Ways to Celebrate December Holidays

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love. – Hamilton Wright Mabie. Students are excited about the holidays and celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or their school break. Get them learning and celebrating with digital devices, web tools and apps. Students can write digital stories with the resources listed below or create very meaningful gifts for friends and family members.

Free alternatives to Microsoft Access, including a web based one

Educational Technology Guy

Access is Microsoft''s well known data base tool. However, it only comes in the higher priced versions of Office and many people don''t use Office at all. Here are two alternatives : 1. Grubba - free, web based, easy to use database app.

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.

Opportunities, Coding Advocacy and Credibility

RafranzDavis.com

In a perfect world, all teachers would not only have the desire to be instructionally creative but also the freedom to do so. Academic excellence would not be based on test scores but on the backs of students excitedly learning and basking in the glow of the learning process.

The Hour of Code is Here

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

The Hour of Code is a week long global awareness movement that will reach tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries this year. The goal is to introduce students to the world of coding in as little as one hour.

Making an Impact with Problem / Project Based Learning

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. – Einstein. Our learners are creating, inventing, and problem-solving with digital devices in order to change the world.

Cloud Security Infographic from NJIT - some great info here.

Educational Technology Guy

This week is Computer Science Education Week. As part of this, cloud security is a topic that should be discussed among technical staff and students and teachers with their personal security.

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

Exploring High Quality Websites and Apps for Common Core Lesson Design

Class Tech Integrate

Many teachers and parents are on the never ending search to find productive apps and websites to help students learn. Of course it's great that there are games out there that offer educational value, but teachers also need to know what tech sites and apps can be utilized for high quality lessons.

EducationSuperHighway Applauds Historic Action by FCC to Connect All of America’s Students to High-Speed Broadband

Education Superhighway

SAN FRANCISCO — December 11, 2014 — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted today to approve Chairman Wheeler’s latest proposal to complete modernization of the 18-year-old federal E-rate program. EducationSuperHighway applauds the Chairman and the Commissioners for ensuring that every school can connect to high-speed broadband, every classroom to Wi-Fi, and every student to a brighter, more connected future.

Student Reflection with Digital Portfolios

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. – Peter Drucker. A year ago, I created a technology course on Moodle for Spanish teachers as part of the Ministry of Education of Spain. The teachers are very new to web tools, developing Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) and are currently teaching full time.

Download YouTube videos (and others) for offline viewing

Educational Technology Guy

Sometimes you need to download a video to show to your class. The site, YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, etc. could be blocked at school, bandwidth could be an issue, or the ad that loads at the beginning may not play due to filtering and prevent your video from playing. Here is a simple way to download a video from these sites: Go here: [link] Enter the URL of the video in the box and click download. It will give you anywhere from 1 to 5 or 6 options for download. I recommend using the MP4 version.

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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.

Exploring High Quality Websites and Apps for Common Core Lesson Design

Class Tech Integrate

Many teachers and parents are on the never ending search to find productive apps and websites to help students learn. Of course it's great that there are games out there that offer educational value, but teachers also need to know what tech sites and apps can be utilized for high quality lessons.

Vlogging and learning

Learning with 'e's

Hawaiin educator Amy Burvall is well known for her series of videos in the History Teachers series. They are well worth a view, even if you are not that much into history.

Newsworthy! Learning as Reporters & Journalists

Teacher Reboot Camp

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light. – Joseph Pulitzer. The best kind of learning motivates you to question, explore, make it your own, then pass it on. I’m not interested in my students coming to specific conclusions or answers.

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