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8 New Books to Jump-Start Your Summer Learning

Tom Murray

It’s that time of year again. School leaders begin to make their plans for the summer months; from professional learning days to administrative PLCs. The best teachers begin counting up the time remaining to make a difference in the lives of their kids. Both groups also look forward to some needed downtime and finally the opportunity to relax with a good book.

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10 Notables Changing the Future of Learning and Teaching

EdNews Daily

Written by Rich Baxter. Education is merging with neuroscience, quantum computing, and AI , redefining what it means to be human and thus what it means to learn and to teach. Where does that put education as a human endeavor and what other factors do we need to consider in order to take full advantage of the present knowledge revolution?


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15 Memorial Day Websites for Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Memorial Day (May 29, 2017) is the time we remember all of those soldiers (and anyone in the Armed Forces) who gave their lives in the defense of American freedom. In war and peace, they made the ultimate sacrifice, and because of them we are privileged to live the American Dream. Once a year, we honor them, their sacrifice, and those they left behind. Here are some activities to help students understand the import of this day: Folding the American flag. In Flanders Field- -poem.

Preventing the Math Summer Slide

Digital Promise

The summer slide, a loss of academic progress during the summer break between school years, has been confirmed in many research studies since an early publication by White in 1906 [1]. All too often kids arrive back at school in the fall worse off in mathematics than they finished in the spring, causing teachers to give up weeks of class time, or more, to make up for that loss.

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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.

Teach them HOW at the end of the year

Ditch That Textbook

Now’s the time of year when the “what” takes center stage in many schools. Final exams — and the prep time that comes with them — ask students what they’ve learned. End of the year projects let students demonstrate what they know. The end of the school year is that cumulative, summative time of year [.]. Teaching creative teaching end of the year inspiration motivation purpose teaching

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Can an AI Save the World?

Ask a Tech Teacher

This week, my wonderful efriends here in the blogosphere are helping me get the word out about my second novel, Twenty-four Days.

5 Ways to Teach How the Brain Learns

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Ramona Persaud on episode 80 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Ramona Persaud @ramonap director of the film, Grey Matters , talks about how we can teach kids the way the brain learns. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Stream by clicking here. The transcript will be uploaded and posted right here at soon as soon as it is available. Just type in to come back.

The Tech-Savvy Educator: 6 Areas Of Development

The Web20Classroom

These are truly incredible times to not only be a learner but an educator as well. The access to information we have is unlike anything we’ve had before. And the tools we have to create a learning environment where all students can succeed are ever increasing. While these are incredible times, it can be quite daunting as an educator to look across this ever-changing technology landscape and feel unprepared.

100-year-old advice to shape our activities and lessons today

Ditch That Textbook

It’s amazing how wisely John Dewey could speak to educators today in an age without digital devices and the Internet. In Dewey’s day, individualization and differentiation of instruction was heresy. Rote memorization and recitation were common practices. The more I dig back through his life, his views on education and his quotes, the more I learn about [.]. Teaching constructivism growth mindset john dewey learning theory student-centered learning

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).

Studying for Finals: 5 Collaborative Online Methods to Try in Your Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you’re looking for new approaches to studying for finals that will excite your students, check out my article over on Hey Teach! I have a few ideas for you. Here’s a sneak peak: Studying for Finals: 5 Collaborative Online Methods to Try in Your Classroom . I’ve stopped passing out worksheets to help my students prepare for finals. Instead, I like to push my students to collaborate with each other by using online tools.

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Help Kids Learn to Code with Dash and Dot from Wonder Workshop

The CoolCatTeacher

How kids can explore and create in STEM with ease From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. This week has been genius week in eighth-grade keyboarding! We’ve finished our portfolios and it is time to celebrate. We have 3d printing, robot making, and all kinds of building going on. But today, I’m writing about one of my favorite tools for teaching coding quickly, Dash and Dot. Scroll down to enter the giveaway contest!

It’s Not About Twitter, It’s About Teacher Collaboration

Education Elements

Well, it’s a little about Twitter. Twitter provides an amazing social media tool for teacher collaboration. Twitter provides an innovative platform for professional development. Twitter promotes an engaging forum that excites and drives teachers. 3 years ago we were inspired by Jimmy Fallon to launch discussions on Twitter around a hashtag. Our understandings about leading and participating in Twitter Chats have evolved into a practice that promo.

Empathy and Leadership

A Principal's Reflections

“ It is easy to knock people down. Building people up is at the heart of empathetic leadership.” - @E_Sheninger No significant relationship can exist without trust. Without relationships, no significant learning occurs. As I continue to research and reflect on strategies to build powerful relationships with others, the topic of empathy has a consistent presence. In simple terms, empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. So how does this connect to leadership?

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.

3 Book Reviews about Anthropomorphized Computers

Ask a Tech Teacher

I know a lot of bloggers who are both geeks and authors. Often, their books including those techie topics I love to read (and ended up critical to my recently-published novel, Twenty-four Days ). Here are a few I think you might like: Digital Dick — an AI takes it upon himself to solve the murder of his creator. Little Computer People — an AI takes an interesting turn as she attains sentience.

The Power of Open and Honest Conversation: League Leaders Convene in Ohio

Digital Promise

School leaders and teachers in every school and classroom in Mentor Public Schools – and we mean, every classroom – opened their doors to over 200 members and partners of the League of Innovative Schools. These leaders came to Ohio for the League’s twelfth bi-annual League meeting ( #LISMentor ) in late April for an open conversation on improving student outcomes.

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Reflections on our Epic Personalized Learning Summit

Education Elements

Epic Lip Sync Battle. I almost feel like I could both start and end this post with just those 4 words and a short description of what it was like to be in a room full of educators singing and dancing their hearts out (some in costume!) on Thursday night of Education Elements' 3rd Annual Personalized Learning Summit.

Understanding the Heart of Dyslexia and Special Needs #MondayMotivation

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Melissa Raguet-Schofield on episode 76 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Melissa Raguet-Schofield @ cloth_mother is a Mom of a dyslexic. Today, we travel into the heart of a Mom of a child who struggles. What better motivation can we have as teachers than to empathize with those in our classroom who struggle. As a Mom of a dyslexic also, I hope you’ll hear our heart for great teaching.

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.

2 Webtools You Can Learn This Summer to Differentiate Lesson Plans

Ask a Tech Teacher

This summer, Ask a Tech Teacher is holding five Summer Learning classes : Tech-infused Teacher (Certificate edition for CEUs or grad class for college credit ). Tech-infused Class. Teach Writing with Tech. 20 Webtools in 20 Days (and the Structured Learning curriculum edition ). the Differentiated Teacher. Most award Certificates at completion, for CEUs. The Differentiated Teacher and Tech-infused Teacher can be taken for college credit.

Campus vs. Online: Where is the future of education located?


Can there be a loftier topic than the future of education? When considering that technology is playing an ever-increasing role in education, specifically the use of online learning tools, what the future of education looks like is a question many educational historians ponder.

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360 Filmmakers Challenge Stories: “Breaking Barriers”

Digital Promise

The 360 Filmmakers Challenge inspires the next generation of virtual reality creators by encouraging high school students to produce 360° films that make an impact. This is a story about “ Breaking Barriers ,” winner of the Complete 360° Award. “I I can do this. It’s just school,” utters the student featured in Breaking Barriers, a film produced by students from Parkville High School in Parkville, Maryland.

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Breakout EDU Digital is Awesome (and Free) #breakoutedu

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Mari Venturino on episode 77 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Mari Venturino @MsVenturino talks about breakout edu digital for edtech tool Tuesday. These challenges are free! And perfect activities for team building at the end of the school year.) Learn about the challenges and advantages of breakout edu digital. Have fun! Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Stream by clicking here.

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!

Read the Fine Print on Ed Tech to Take Charge of Student Data

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Schools need to make sure their digital tools have the ability to allow data to interact with multiple systems and mine for specific data sets. The post Read the Fine Print on Ed Tech to Take Charge of Student Data appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Data Educational Technology/Ed-Tech Software/Hardware Startups

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The role of rubrics in performance-based education


Humanity has come a long way in the last centuries and even in the last decade. Technology is probably the main driver behind this journey, which is far from reaching its end. Society is galloping towards the future, yet the educational system seems like it’s walking slowly. It’s moving in the same direction, but walking. Slowly. There are many aspects of this, but let’s settle on one only: assessing student performance.

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Children with Autism Aren’t Necessarily Visual Learners

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Children with autism are often described as “visual learners” and said to “think in pictures”. Accordingly, teachers and therapists routinely prescribe picture-based communication systems in an effort to support their learning.

A Stress Free Plan for Closing Out Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Angela Watson on episode 78 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Angela Watson @angela_watson teaches us a stress-free plan for closing out your classroom. See also her 5 Summer Secrets for a Stress free Fall video series. Check out the 40-hour Teacher Workweek Club. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Stream by clicking here. The transcript will be linked here as soon as it is available.

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.

To BOLDly Go


For months, there has been a buzz of excitement leading up to CUE BOLD. This event has been promoted as something new, something different. The premier lesson design event for the West Coast” did not disappoint. Trying to capture the energy and excitement from CUE BOLD was like trying to catch lightning in a bottle.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 19 Edition)

Doug Levin

If you read one story this week about the state of technology in U.S. K-12 schools, let the New York Times piece by Natasha Singer be the one. I am pleased to have been able to share my perspective in the article and very interested to see the rest of this series. EdTech News News news

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STEM Project: When Minecraft Meets Google Streetview.


Google Street View is amazing. It allows you to walk the streets of the world and view amazing artefacts and monuments. Minecraft is a tool that can be used to build and create things. How can I use these tech tools in a STEM project? Ask your students to search Google Street View and find places of interest. They must then replicate them on Minecraft. This project creates so many challenges and problems for students to solve, including: Scale factor. Building accurately. Shapes. Research.

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