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Design Your Own Digital Choice Board

Catlin Tucker

This week I had the pleasure of training a group of elementary teachers on blended learning strategies. As a group, they wanted to focus on: Differentiation. Student choice. Assessment. One of the strategies we discussed with the potential to weave these three areas of focus together is a choice board.

15 ways to use Snapchat in classes and schools

Ditch That Textbook

Companies are starting to flock to Snapchat. McDonald’s and Taco Bell are using it to get Snapchatters interested in their products. The NBA and MLS are giving behind-the-scenes footage from their sports worlds. CNN is reporting news content, and The Food Network is providing an extension to its programming. They’re providing content that’s interesting. They’re [.]. Ed Tech digital citizenship edtech educational technology snapchat social media student engagement


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Questions Learners Should Be Addressing Every Day at School

User Generated Education

I believe it is every educator’s responsibility to help insure that learners are addressing the following questions during each school day: What questions am I asking today? What answers am I seeking today? What am I exploring today? What am I making today? What am I finding exciting today? How am I playing and having fun today? How am I using failure to inform my learning today? What am I doing today to cooperate with others? How am I documenting my learning today?

Word Clouds Revisited! 35+ Activities, Web Tools & Apps

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.” ” – Maya Angelo. In November, I spent the month training teachers around Venezuela to integrate technology in the classroom. One of the most practical and favorite training sessions was introducing teachers and professors to teaching with word clouds.

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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.

How Two Innovative School Districts Prepare Students for the Future

Digital Promise

San Diego County offers more than enviable weather and beaches. Inside its borders are two of the nation’s best school districts — Cajon Valley Union School District and Vista Unified School District — that are working to provide students with the highest caliber of education possible. Vista Unified School District. Vista Unified School District’s (VUSD) mission is “to inspire each and every student to persevere as critical-thinking individuals who collaborate to solve real-world problems.”

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STEAM: An Approach, Not a Course

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 19. Driving question: How can the Engineering Design Process Create STEAM classrooms? STEAM is not a simple list of subjects to be taught. It is an educational approach to teaching and learning that is iterative and creative. One model I see working well is based off of the Engineering Design Process (EDP) typically used in professional settings.

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Where the Masterpiece of Learning Really Starts

The CoolCatTeacher

The art and craft of great teaching From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Paganini was here to play his great work “Napoleon.” His violin glistened. As he broke every string. But one. He looked to his shocked audience and held up his violin. He yelled, “Paganini and one string!”. Paganini proceeded to wow them with the entire piece played on just one string. While his audience marveled, no one left the theater and redesigned the violin with one string.

Goal: Engage with Poetry by Georgia Psarra

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! Goal: Engage with Poetry. This goal is by Georgia Psarra. In this video, Georgia ( @JoPsarra1 ) shares her inspiration and describes a poetry project with her students in Greece. Accomplish this goal: Have your students create a multimedia presentation, digital story, poetry book, Voicethread, comic or a video in which they express their interpretation, emotions or thoughts about a poem.

What a Teacher Can Do About Cyberbullying

Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Cassie Phillips, is a consultant and internet security expert. She is passionate about sharing information on protecting children from cyberattacks making policy to improve school systems on this topic.

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).

Authentic Science Through High School Astronomy

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 18. Driving question: What Might High School Students Do When They Get Their Hands on A 300-Million-Dollar Mars Spacecraft? The question expanded. What does happen when you take a NASA spacecraft currently in orbit around Mars, load it with the most advanced sensory equipment possible, launch it into orbit around that rocky planet, and then put its data and imaging systems in the hands of high school students? The answer. They learn how to ask questions and much more.

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All Project-Based Learning is Not Created Equal: What Works?

The CoolCatTeacher

Best Practices in Project-Based Learning with Suzie Boss From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Project-based learning (PBL) works, but not all project-based learning is alike. PBL Expert Suzie Boss takes us into assessment , project design , and teacher PD for more effective, meaningful projects that improve learning. Click to listen to this show on: BAM Radio Network | iTunes | Stitcher .

Goal: Share Your Best/Worst Lesson by Terry Freedman

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! Goal: Share your best and/or worst lesson. This goal was inspired by Terry Freedman’s Best/Worst Lessons series. In this video, Terry ( @TerryFreedman ) shares his inspiration behind the series and how reflecting on our best and worst lessons helps enhance our teaching. Accomplish this goal: Share your best and/or worst lesson through a blog, podcast, or vodcast. Why do you think it was your best/worst lesson?

Summer Tech Camp–Everything You Need

Ask a Tech Teacher

Summer Tech Camp Survival Kit. From Ask a Tech Teacher. Are you teaching a Summer Tech Camp to Kids? We have the solution: Build Your Own Adventure. 230 value for $179. This is not training for you (you can find Summer Learning options here). This provides you with materials to run a tech camp for students. Weeks: 3 weeks (can be repeated). Hours per day: 4 or 6 hours per day, both options available in the same resource collection.

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.

The 10 Musts of Classroom Management

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. One of the most important roles of a classroom teacher is that of classroom manager. Learning cannot take place in a poorly managed classroom. Conversely, the best classrooms provide environments where teaching and learning can flourish. Follow these tips and you’ll improve your classroom management skills immediately. 10 musts for effective classroom management 1 – Maintain […]. The post The 10 Musts of Classroom Management appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

Navigate the Ed-Tech Marketplace to Get Your Product Into Schools

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

New marketplaces allow K-12 educators to purchase digital content, creating new entry points for ed-tech startups to sell their products. But how do you know which marketplace will get your company's content in the right hands? Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email Education Market Startup Life blendedlearning edtech market startup startups

New Research Shows Waterford has Positive Longitudinal Effects for Early Learners


New research shows Waterford curriculum at the preschool level has positive longitudinal effects for children through 4 th grade. A recent independent study published by the Utah State Office of Education shows children who used Waterford UPSTART the year before kindergarten saw immediate positive gains and were still outperforming state averages on standardized tests in grades first through fourth across language arts, math and science. Download the full report here.

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Go Paperless for Earth Day

Ask a Tech Teacher

Earth Day is April 22nd. Someone in your school, maybe the parent group, will raise the question of WHY NOT a paperless classroom? Everyone will nod their heads, agree this is a revolutionary idea, and move on when Earth Day passes. Really, though: There are benefits to adopting web-based alternatives to paper: it’s easy to collaborate when everything’s online. nothing gets soda dripped on it or eaten by the dog.

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.

Supplement Your Professional Learning with edWeb

A Principal's Reflections

Since 2009 I have been a huge believer and advocate for connected learning and the formation of Personal Learning Networks (PLN’s). Now don't get me wrong, I still highly value face-to-face experiences, as there are some natural limits to learning exclusively in a social media vacuum. The discussions, interpersonal connections, and relationships that result from these events are priceless. It is also extremely important for district and school teams to collaborate in person on specific goals.

3 killers of student creativity and ownership

Dangerously Irrelevant

Three killers of student creativity and ownership: The teacher and textbook are always right. There is a right answer and it’s your job to find, regurgitate, and/or comply with it. If you question either #1 or #2, you get in trouble. these apply to behavior too, not just learning). Related Posts. Why would students feel valued at school? When all students bring home is a piece of paper. Can we answer this question satisfactorily for our students?

Are SPOCs a better option for online education than MOOCs?


Higher education can be considered a luxury for many people worldwide. If we put it on a black to white spectrum, we can group countries into at least three shades: whitish, greyish, and blackish. Denmark, for example, would belong to the whitish part. Higher education in Denmark is free of charge and scholarships and student grants are very much available. This whitish part is very small, though.

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Free Virtual Conference from Turnitin

Ask a Tech Teacher

Turnitin , a global leader in evaluating student work, is having a free Virtual Conference, April 18-22nd. WritingXTech 2016: The Writing Mindset. Do your students think writing is just conventions and words on a page? Join us to explore how thinking differently about writing can engage your students and set them up for success. . It’ll include nine sessions with questions like: How can we encourage students to understand that writing is more that merely following conventions?

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 Unofficial Guide to the 2016 ASU GSV Summit


Contributor: Amanda Cunningham Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 1:15pm The annual ASU GSV Summit will be here next week. What began eight years ago as a modest event put on by Arizona State University and GSV Capital, an investment firm, to enable investors to hear presentations from about 50 education start-ups has transformed into a central showcase for investors and companies scouting the next big thing in education technology

Turning the Page: How the Librarian’s Role Continues to Evolve

EdNews Daily

Written by Robyn D. Shulman, M.Ed. Do you remember walking into the school library during your elementary school years? For me, as an avid reader at a young age, I can easily recall various unique aspects about that magical room. On the left side, I could sense the aroma of old books, see yellow pages that were slightly torn, and was lucky to glance at newly returned books quietly waiting to be organized once again.

Are SPOCs a better option for online education than MOOCs?


Higher education can be considered a luxury for many people worldwide. If we put it on a black to white spectrum, we can group countries into at least three shades: whitish, grayish, and blackish. Denmark, for example, would belong to the whitish part. Higher education in Denmark is free of charge and scholarships and student grants are very much available. This whitish part is very small, though.

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Navigate the Ed-Tech Marketplace to Get Your Product Into Schools

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Guest post by Monica Brady-Myerov, founder and CEO of Listen Current. New marketplaces have popped up allowing K-12 district administrators and teachers to purchase content, creating new entry points for ed-tech startups to sell their tools. Recently, publishing giant Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced the creation of HMH Marketplace , an online selling market for peer educators and commercial providers.

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.

Virtual School Chat Series Part 4 - 25 things that will make or break the success of your virtual school

Education Elements

It’s your goal to make your virtual school program successful. My goal is to help you identify the key factors that can make or break the success of that program. Here in part four of my virtual school blog series , I offer 25 things to consider for your virtual program’s success, grouped under 5 main categories: Strategy, Design, Curriculum, Support and Operations. For each item I’ve asked one key question.

3 Ways to Encourage Parent Involvement in Classroom


Any educator will agree parents are the most important partners in a child’s education. Students, whose parents are involved in learning processes, tend to demonstrate better academic performance and behavioral patterns. Still, in most schools parent involvement is confined to attending general meetings, school events or conducting phone discussions. Not a good way to go! Teachers must think of strategies to incorporate parents into learning processes.

The Power of STEAM Partnerships

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 20. Driving question: How Does A High School Innovate With Community A Partnerships To Promote 21st Century Learning in STEM? As I complete my first full year as Principal at Avonworth High School, the power of partnerships has become crystal clear. What is that power? It is the cultivation and sustainment of innovation to drive STEAM and other student projects.

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