Sat.Apr 23, 2016 - Fri.Apr 29, 2016

When is it Time to Quit Teaching?

The CoolCatTeacher

A hard question we all must consider From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Each year I seek clarity for my teaching career. There are no easy answers here. Know this. The question is serious, “Should I teach another year?”.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!”

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Why Pedagogy First, Tech Second Stance is Key to the Future

EdTech Magazine

By Eric Sheninger As districts across the country purchase technology at a feverish pace, they must ensure they have a solid implementation plan. Classroom Curriculum Management Training

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.

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.

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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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.

The Midas Touch shatters Theranos’ dream of disruption

The Christensen Institute

Early last week, reports surfaced that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had threatened to sanction Theranos Inc., an early-stage diagnostics company, by banning founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes from participating in any laboratory business for at least two years.

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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?

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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.

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.

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EdTech at School

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

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.

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?

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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.

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.

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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.

Four Edu Podcasts to Listen to This Week

Chalkup

What’s in your headphones this spring, edtech team? We’re due for a fresh batch of podcast picks for the season. You can catch up on old podcast favorites here and here and here.).

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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.

NY Times article discusses engagement and gamification

Ascend Math

Last week, the New York Times ran an article on Kahoot, an online quiz system from Norway being played in some schools. The article is well worth reading for its smart discussion of “engagement” and “gamification.”. These are two subjects near and dear to my heart.