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From Digital Native to Digital Expert

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. People of all ages struggle to evaluate the integrity of the digital information that rains down with every web search and social media scroll.

Increasing the visibility and impact of our work

Dangerously Irrelevant

[ Every week a ‘Monday Morning Message (MMM)’ email goes out to all doctoral students from a faculty or staff member in the CU Denver School of Education and Human Development. Here’s mine, slated for tomorrow. ]. If you ask them, many faculty members and staff will admit that they wish that their work was more visible.


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Integrating Maker Education into the Curriculum

User Generated Education

Rather than the maker experiences being an after school program, an add on activity, or an activity that is implemented when students have done their regular lessons work, it should be part of the regular, day-to-day curriculum. As noted in USC Rossier Online, “ In order for your school and students to be fully invested in maker education, it has to be integrated into your curriculum, not squeezed in” ( [link] ).

Backchannel Chat: My Choice to Replace TodaysMeet

Catlin Tucker

I’m still mourning the loss of TodaysMeet. I used it regularly as a teacher and presenter. It was the rare tool that was easy to use and free. I’ve been on the hunt for a viable replacement. Richard Bryne posted a blog with six potential alternatives to TodaysMeet. I explored them all and settled on Backchannel Chat. I selected Backchannel Chat, in part, because it reminded me of TodaysMeet’s simple interface.

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.

Are You Driven by “What If” or Held Back by “Yeah But”?

A Principal's Reflections

Imagine if only everything went as planned in life. If this was the case, I am not sure that there would be any lengthy discussion on a growth vs. fixed mindset. As we are all acutely aware, even if you diligently take into account many potential variables, things might not still work out. When this happens, it is not only frustrating, but it also impacts our psyche resulting in apprehension to try something new or different in the future.

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Scholarship Opportunity for Fully Accredited Online Courses

Teacher Reboot Camp

I’m excited to announce that on July 5th my two new online courses begin, Methodologies for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages , and Connected Educators: Harnessing the Power of Social Media for Professional Development. One of the many reasons I enjoy working with the team at Edtechnology Specialists is that the company believes in giving back. These are the charities Edtechnology Specialists supports. In addition, we will also be awarding scholarships to a teacher in need.

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What You Might Have Missed in June

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of June: My Sound Doesn’t Work. Top Ten Education Blogs. Gamechanger: Type to Learn is Now in the Cloud! The Case for PDFs in Class. SL Curricula Online Resources are Moving! 5 Favorite Apps for Summer Learning. Seven Fun Math Activities for the Summer Break. Look what’s new at Zapzapmath. World Environment Day: Living Responsibly with Nature. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years.

Understanding Digital Transformation: Part 1 - Background

The Journal

"Businesses will spend $1.1 trillion in 2018 on digital transformation…" Trillion. All in 2018. In this week’s blog post, then, we explore the notion of digital transformation outside of K-12 — what is "digital transformation?" What is its goal? Who is doing it? Armed with that understanding, then, in a subsequent blog post we will explore the "digital transformation" of K-12


The Myth of Neutral Makerspaces

User Generated Education

Recently, I attended the Nation of Makers Conference whose theme was intentional inclusion. The single comment from the conference that stood out for me was: Before we consider intentional inclusion, we need to consider and explore unintentional exclusion. When I think about unintentional exclusion, I think about how implicit biases are present and strong in every human being.

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).

Scholarship Opportunity for Fully Accredited Online Courses

Teacher Reboot Camp

I’m excited to announce that on July 5th my two new online courses begin, Methodologies for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages , and Connected Educators: Harnessing the Power of Social Media for Professional Development. One of the many reasons I enjoy working with the team at Edtechnology Specialists is that the company believes in giving back. These are the charities Edtechnology Specialists supports. In addition, we will also be awarding scholarships to a teacher in need.

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Should you Teach Typing? And Does it Work?

Ask a Tech Teacher

This topic that is close to my tech teacher soul. It has become a familiar argument between those who believe children intuitively learn to type (“see them on smartphones and iPads–they don’t need help”) and those of us who believe instruction makes them better, faster. Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, James Lovelock, discusses this: Explicit typing, simulated application and practical application – Why is this not a thing?

3 FREE online teacher conferences you don’t want to miss

Ditch That Textbook

Free professional development. Great presenters. Interesting, idea-packed presentations. All on your time, whenever and wherever you want. Sound good? Let me sweeten the pot a little. Free professional development credits AND, in some cases, PDF notes you can download. All in time for back-to-school inspiration. Three of these FREE “digital summits” are happening in the […].

Video-based learning: Why it works [Part 2]


Last week we began an in-depth exploration of why video-based learning works from a cognitive, psychological and learning theory point of view. I looked at research by Prof. Richard Mayer of Santa Barbara University, California and I promised we would explore more of his work. Today we will look at specific pitfalls of creating multimedia and video-based learning content based on principles extracted by Prof. Mayer from his many, many experiments in his cognitive psychology lab.

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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.

The Importance of Educating Educators

My Island View

I recently returned from my yearly trek to ISTE, one of the largest education technology conferences to be held annually. This year better than 22 thousand educators were in attendance in Chicago for three days. While there I spoke to many educators about their experiences and noted some common threads in their responses. Of course this was very unscientific, but for me some things were painfully obvious. The ‘Wow factor” was common to many of their comments.

Happy Fourth of July!

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s America’s birthday and I’m celebrating. I have an Army son heading off overseas and a Navy daughter doing her thing stateside. I’m toasting both of them today and all of America’s warriors, God be with you. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum.

Forgetting ISTE


As I settled in to relax this holiday week, I thought it was a good time to look back and reflect on the #ISTE18 or rather for me, the #NotatISTE experience. I read lots of Twitter posts during the conference, gathered some great inspiration, but like anything else, most has already been forgotten. I mean, […]. The post Forgetting ISTE appeared first on OnCUE. Learn

Teachers share tips on making makerspaces accessible to all

The Hechinger Report

. CHICAGO – Laser cutters, robots, 3D printers: when people talk about educational makerspaces, images of expensive, high-tech gadgetry comes to mind. In Colleen Graves’ library, they make use of a much cheaper resource. “It’s It’s trash,” she said. But don’t call it that.”. The school librarian from Leander, Texas, was speaking on a panel about how to make makerspaces affordable and accessible in low-income and rural schools.

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.

Modern Classrooms and Personalized Learning Are the Perfect Pair

EdTech Magazine

Modern Classrooms and Personalized Learning Are the Perfect Pair. eli.zimmerman_9856. Mon, 07/02/2018 - 14:22. A 10th-grader enters her classroom, flips open her Chromebook and then settles into a quiet corner to work. . In another part of the room, a group of her peers gather on a couch to collaborate on a project. . A teacher is there to guide the students when needed and circulates throughout the room to answer questions.

I’m traveling!

Ask a Tech Teacher

My Army son is coming to visit from Okinawa Japan for a month. We are training it across country (I’m in California) to visit my Navy daughter in the Washington DC area. Along the way, we’re stopping in Marion Indiana to visit my sister Tina who I haven’t seen in over a decade (though we talk often). I will get to meet many of her extended family I have never met. What a trip! I am planning to be back to blogging the last week or so of July.

Got STEM funding? Here’s how to use it

eSchool News

Schools lack the resources they need to properly offer coding education to students. So it’s not surprising that U.S. employers have only been able to fill 10 percent of available computer science jobs with qualified applicants. Progress was made this year when the U.S.


How to help children overcome math anxiety

The Hechinger Report

Sian Beilock Courtesy of Barnard College. You stare at the math test, pencil frozen. You know the answer to this problem. You know you know the answer to this problem. Yet, somehow, the answer doesn’t come. The issue may not be what you know, but rather how you feel. Anxiety can hinder people even when they’re solving the most basic math problems, according to a 2017 study on adults with high math anxiety.

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!

Modern Classrooms Energize Students and Teachers

EdTech Magazine

Modern Classrooms Energize Students and Teachers. eli.zimmerman_9856. Fri, 07/06/2018 - 11:07. Looking for that nudge toward making your classroom more collaborative and creative? A modern learning environment , which allows teachers to manipulate the classroom for any need and think beyond just “typical chairs in rows,” could be the key to making any space the right space for innovative thinking, says David Andrade, a K–12 education strategist at CDW-G.

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Why Are We Still Personalizing Learning If It’s Not Personal?


It makes perfect sense why there is a push for personalized learning in our schools. It is a well-intentioned response to the standardized curriculum and instructional practices that date back to the last century. As an ideal, personalized learning aims to provide instructional experiences tailored to each learner’s preferences and interests, and at a pace appropriate to their needs. But despite our good intentions, personalized learning in practice often falls short of those ideals.

Add 5 Minutes of Current Events into History Class


Moving current events front and center has been one of the most influential paradigm shifts in Sarah Cooper's years of teaching U.S. History. How does she find the time? Learn three simple ways to help students stay attuned to the news and make historical connections. Current Events Future of History awareness current events eight grade Sarah Cooper social studies timing U.S. history

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

The Hechinger Report

Dan D. Rogers Elementary fourth-grade teacher Sudhir Vasal created math lesson pathways so each child can progress at their own pace. Photo: Laura Pappano for The Hechinger Report. DALLAS — In December 1997, a sixth-grader at Dan D. Rogers Elementary School here set a three-alarm fire in the library. Erin and Sean Jett, whose house is so nearby they hear the school bell ring, did not have school-aged children at the time. But it left an impression. “My My child will not go there,” said Erin.

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.

App smackdown: 20 apps from ISTE 2018

eSchool News

Mobile devices are a key component in many classrooms, and apps go hand-in-hand with those mobile devices. When those apps are free and device-agnostic, it’s even easier to integrate them into the classroom. Some districts implement programs where students use tablets, and others allow students to bring and use their own devices. Some districts do both, letting students use their own devices while offering classroom devices for those students who need to borrow one.

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Good Teaching Isn’t Content Delivery & Learning Isn’t Passing Tests


All the motivated, hard working educators I met at the FlipTech 2018 conference this past weekend reminded me again and again of these vital truths: Teaching (as it should be) is NOT all about. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!]. FLN Hub Syndicated Posts Free Tools & Resources Professional Development Workshops & Conferences

Empowering Students to Share Their Learning

Class Tech Integrate

This post is week 5 of 8 in the 8 Weeks of Summer Blog Challenge for educators from Find out more by clicking here. Most of us have been there before as either the teacher or the student. It's the first week of school, and out comes the predictable prompt: "What experiences did you have during the summer?" Now don't get me wrong, it's a decent prompt for building rapport between the teacher and their students, but there has to be a way we can shake it up a little bit, right?