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What is an Adequate Learning Device?

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We have seen it happen too often. Too many schools are selecting a device for their students based mostly on either the ease of management by the tech lead or the one-time purchase price or both. We don’t believe that ease of management or one-time cost are the right prime criteria for selecting a device in schools, especially if your goal shifts from ensuring that every child has access to a device to ensuring that every child has quality learning experiences. But should those criteria be?

From STEM to STEAM: Leadership Lessons Learned

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 24. Driving question: What Does a STEM Leader Do? For 10 years I headed a STEM school. It wasn't my first job as a principal. It is not my last. I will say it has been my greatest learning experience along the path of becoming a STEM school leader. My next step is taking what I learned and creating a next generation STEAM high school. P21 Blogazine

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What Is the Teacher’s Role in the 1-to-1 Classroom?

The Journal

On the one hand, the role of the teacher in a 1-to-1 classroom is relatively unchanged from what a teacher has always done. Now for “the but”: but on the other hand, 1-to-1 introduces a huge change in what teachers have always done! This week’s blog post discusses this critically important and timely dilemma

Career Exploration Project

Catlin Tucker

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” ” Kids are repeatedly asked this question by adults. In kindergarten, my son’s class was asked to draw a picture of what they wanted to be when they grew up. They created the self-portraits pictured below. As my son worked on his self-portrait, I reflected on how little exposure most students have to the work world.

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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.

Moving Beyond Word Processing, Presenting, and Online Research

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Maine is lucky in that we have both the Maine Learning Technology Initiative ( MLTI ) and NetworkMaine. Both have helped close the Digital Access Divide for Maine’s schools.

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Google Apps “GAFE Smashing” activities — Part 1: Dynamic Docs

Ditch That Textbook

Google Apps make so many fantastic classroom activities possible. When you smash together multiple Google Apps to create one big activity, those possibilities grow exponentially. Have you ever heard the phrase, “We’re better together”? That’s the way Google Apps are. This idea was discussed by the moderators of the #DitchBook Twitter chat (held Thursdays at [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology gafe google apps for education google classroom google docs

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Goal: Craft a Message for Your Passion Project

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! “The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.” ” – Ferdinand Foch. Goal: Introduce a project or event you created based on your passion and vision. Accomplish this goal: Create a short video or graphic introducing us to a project you are passionate about.

Moving Beyond Word Processing, Presenting, and Online Research

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Maine is lucky in that we have both the Maine Learning Technology Initiative ( MLTI ) and NetworkMaine. Both have helped close the Digital Access Divide for Maine’s schools.

2 Simple Ways Improve a Lesson Plan

The CoolCatTeacher

Practical Tips for Rigor, Fun, and Retention From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Sometimes small changes can take a lesson plan from “OK” to “Yeah!” ” By improving the rigor and fun in each lesson, you can improve student learning and make your classroom more exciting. Learn practical tips from super-teacher Laura Candler that will help you make your lessons more engaging and memorable.

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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).

Cultivating an Innovator’s Mindset in schools today

Ditch That Textbook

Sometimes, when I get ready to write a new blog post, I have this nervous excitement in my fingertips. When that happens, I know I have something really good to share with you. Today’s one of those days. The world is changing very quickly. Technology is changing. The workforce is changing. Our students are changing, and [.]. Teaching change creative teaching edtech educational technology george couros innovation innovator's mindset

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Goal: Why I Teach

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! If your actions in the classroom inspire children to achieve more, question more, and dream more, you are indeed worthy of the title “Teacher.” – Robert John Meehan. Goal: Share with a community of teachers why you teach. Accomplish this goal: We are revisiting this goal from 2013 , due to a new project by Teacher 2 Teacher where teachers share why they teach, using the hashtag, #WhyITeach.

How To Use ‘Erase All Kittens’ To Teach Coding and HTML

EdTech4Beginners

Erase All Kittens is an absolutely fantastic website in which code and HTML are taught through gaming. My students absolutely LOVED it. *I I must note that the full version is coming soon – for now, just use the demo. How do I use the website in a computing lesson? First go to https://eraseallkittens.com/ . Click on ‘Play The Demo’ Next you’ll see a funny introductory video – we watched it as a class and laughed a lot! After the video is finished, the game begins.

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3 Free/Freemium Tools for Rubrics

Ask a Tech Teacher

Rubrics are a well-accepted, even transformative tool for assessing student knowledge over a breadth of criteria. Their deep granular detail enables students to quickly understand what is expected of them, teachers to receive critical feedback on student learning, and both sides to benefit from an agile yet objective tool for measuring workflow competency. But they are not without their problems.

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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.

Waving Goodbye to Drive-By PD

A Principal's Reflections

There has been a great deal of knocks on professional development as of late and rightfully so. More often than not, professional development is something that is done to educators as opposed to an experience that they truly value for growth. For many, district professional development is a one-size-fits-all isolated event with no follow-up or support. If impact, changes to practice, and sustainability are the ultimate goals then efforts must be made to better support teachers and administrators.

Leveraging Technology to Promote Culture on Maui

Digital Promise

Through our work with the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS), we’re impacting the lives of students in diverse communities all across the United States. Two of our VILS locations are on Maui, Hawaii, which has an extraordinarily rich culture and strong community traditions. Kalama Intermediate School is committed to celebrating and preserving Hawaiian history, culture, and the native language.

How To Use ‘Erase All Kittens’ To Teach Coding and HTML

EdTech4Beginners

Erase All Kittens is an absolutely fantastic website in which code and HTML are taught through gaming. My students absolutely LOVED it. *I I must note that the full version is coming soon – for now, just use the demo. How do I use the website in a computing lesson? First go to https://eraseallkittens.com/ . Click on ‘Play The Demo’ Next you’ll see a funny introductory video – we watched it as a class and laughed a lot! After the video is finished, the game begins.

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Summer Keyboarding Class for Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Summer is coming, and so is Summer Keyboarding for Students ! If your students are looking for a summer keyboarding class to smooth out their rough edges, prepare them for next year’s increased tech demands, or get them started, this is the program for them. It’s online, one hour a day M-F for three weeks, with a wide variety of activities that keep keyboarding fun and challenging. All the details are below. Note: Early Bird special for those who sign up by May 15th.

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.

STEM: From Knowledge to Action with Digital Stories Part II

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 25. Driving question: How can STEM teachers harness the power of storytelling? Part II. Answering Our Call. In part II, Jim outlines how he and his students use technology tools to tell their own STEM stories. Included you will find imbedded links to a selection of stories and suggestions on how to use these tools to tell students' STEM stories as well as links to other resources mentioned in this post. In our classroom, we move from the call to action to our answers.

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In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week - 5 Terrific Tributes to Teachers

Education Elements

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Being a teacher isn’t easy. The hours are long, the work is challenging, and sometimes the job can feel thankless. But teachers have an amazing impact, and if anybody deserves appreciation for the work they do, it’s teachers. At Education Elements, we have the privilege of working with exceptional teachers who strive to personalize learning for every student. Teachers inspire us all year round, but next week is a special opportunity for us to show how we feel.

10 Ways To Inspire Students Using Twitter

EdTech4Beginners

Twitter is a popular and useful social media tool. And the best thing is: many children love using it! Try and harness this enthusiasm and develop learning through it. There are lots of ways in which Twitter can be used in the classroom. Below I have listed 10 ideas in which it could be integrated in lessons: 1) Ask pupils to recount an event – a Tweet for each section. Another idea is to write diaries – try writing Tweets in character i.e. Anne Frank when she was in hiding.

A Helping Hand: Assistive Technology Tools for Writing

Ask a Tech Teacher

I don’t write enough about special needs so when Rose contacted me with an article idea, I was thrilled. Rose Scott is a literary teacher who is interested in making education comfortable for students with special needs. Her dream is to help students explore their talents and abilities. You can follow her on Twitter: @ roserose_sc.

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!

Five Ideas for Creating a Community in Online Learning

FuelEd

Contributor: Kelli Hicks Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 11:15am As an online or blended learning teacher, it can be hard sometimes to create the same feeling of a community that you can in a traditional brick-and-mortar setting—but it isn’t impossible. Here are five ways you can create a sense of community with your students and fellow teachers in the online world

STEM: From Knowledge to Action with Digital Stories

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 24. Driving question: How can STEM teachers harness the power of storytelling? In this two part post, a fifth grade teacher and STEM-PBL advocate answers the question. In part I, he describes how guides his students to gather information from free on-line resources to answer their STEM project's driving question through personal connections which will lead to action steps.

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10 Ways To Inspire Students Using Twitter

EdTech4Beginners

Twitter is a popular and useful social media tool. And the best thing is: many children love using it! Try and harness this enthusiasm and develop learning through it. There are lots of ways in which Twitter can be used in the classroom. Below I have listed 10 ideas in which it could be integrated in lessons: 1) Ask pupils to recount an event – a Tweet for each section. Another idea is to write diaries – try writing Tweets in character i.e. Anne Frank when she was in hiding.

Zap Zap Math–Clever, Robust Math App for K-6

Ask a Tech Teacher

Many of you are familiar with the award-winning free app called Zap Zap Math. I first learned about it through an email about their newly updated platform– …addictive math games. kids fall in love with math. free, higher order thinking games… I have to admit, I was intrigued. Not a lot of math apps can fulfill these claims. Could Zap Zap Math, with that zippy name, beautiful visual graphics, lively music, and the space theme, come through?

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.

Research About Games in the Classroom

Digital Promise

Much like books, apps, movies and music, games have proven to be valuable tools for teachers, and it turns out, many teachers are using them. According to a survey conducted by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, 78 percent of surveyed teachers use games in the classroom. If you ask teachers what they like about games, many cite their ability to excite students who are more challenging to engage in class.

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The impact of interactive videos in the classroom

Neo LMS

Raising a child is not the easiest thing to do. I’m sure every parent can agree that it is exactly the opposite of easy. If parents are like superheroes when they strive to meet all the needs of their one, two, seven or ten mini humans at home, then how should we call teachers, who do the same all day — but with 15 to 30 children? Super-superheroes? I’ll go with that.

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10 Effective Ways To Engage Pupils Through Facebook

EdTech4Beginners

Facebook is the most popular social network in the world. People of all ages love using it to connect with friends and share experiences. As the site gets more and more popular, the uses of it are widening; it is in fact, becoming a fantastic learning tool. My students love Facebook, so I wanted to find ways to tap in to this to engage them in learning. Here’s 10 ways to use Facebook in the classroom: 1) Use it to begin a biography of a historical character.