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5 ideas for using Google Classroom’s new differentiation and grouping feature

Ditch That Textbook

One huge drawback of using Google Classroom has beenthe inflexibility of creating assignments. Everything you assigned had to go to every student. Deliver assignments to small groups? Differentiate to subsets of students? Until now. Google announced a few changes to Google Classroom, and this one was the bombshell: assign activities to small groups [.]. Ed Tech differentiation edtech educational technology g suite for education gafe google apps for education google classroom grouping gsuiteedu

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New Year’s Resolution: I’m Moving ALL Assessment into the Classroom

Catlin Tucker

I don’t typically make “pie in the sky” New Year’s resolutions, but. this year I am bound and determined to move ALL assessment into the classroom! Click To Tweet This may sound like a crazy resolution given that most teachers spend hours of time outside of school assessing their students’ work. However, there are three reasons I’d argue we should NOT spend our time outside of class grading: Our prep time is better spent designing creative and engaging lessons.


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Why we should all think about the gamification of education


The educational system as we know it needs a revamp. Actually, a revamp is not enough. The educational system needs to be restructured. A lot of things need to change, and the sooner that happens, the better. Too many students drop out of school, and this isn’t the way to get successful citizens to lead their country forward. There are many reasons behind high dropout rates , but many seem to stream from the same sources. One of these is the slow adaptation to the new world.

How Google Docs Improves Writing

Ask a Tech Teacher

Google Docs is a free word processing program that does 99% of everything a student will ever need to do when writing. What isn’t included as part of the Google Docs program tool can be augmented with mostly free third-party add-ons, extensions, and apps. It operates in the cloud so there’re no download foibles, pesky maintenance, or expensive yearly upgrades.

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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.

2 BRAND NEW tools to help students display work, reflect

Ditch That Textbook

Google Slides is such a versatile tool in G Suite (Google Apps). It goes much further than creating a slide presentation to show on the screen to the entire class. Mix in images — the visual tools that make instant connections in our brains — and you’ve got an engaging activity in the making. I [.]. Ed Tech alice keeler chrome extensions ditch that homework driveslides edtech educational technology slideshot

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A Perfect SAT Score: Tips from Shaan Patel (PrepExpert)

EdNews Daily

A Perfect SAT Score. Is it possible? Shaan Patel of says yes. Have you ever wondered how to achieve higher SAT scores or even get a perfect SAT score ? I had the pleasure to interview Shaan Patel various times. He is the founder of 2400 Expert SAT Prep (renamed PrepExpert) and winner on ABC’s Shark Tank. Mark Cuban signed a deal with Shaan just in time for the release of the new SAT (SAT scores 2016-2017). Shaan on Shark Tank!

New from Kiddom

Ask a Tech Teacher

Kiddom is a free standards-based platform designed to help teachers curate individual learning experiences. Its pages are visual and easy-to-understand, enabling teachers to quickly determine how students are doing and where remediation is needed–all without spending a lot of time analyzing data. Many of the details are linked, allowing you to dig deeper on any subject from a variety of pages rather than one specific spot.

The Personalized Learning Pathway of Horry County Schools

Education Elements

It was so exciting for me to visit South Carolina for the first time last month. What was most exciting was that I got to join the Ed Elements team at our partner Horry County Schools (HCS), South Carolina’s third largest district. HCS has 54 schools, 2,700 teachers and more than 40,000 K-12 students. Personalized Learning Education Horry County Schools

Product Feedback Can Change Your Startup Route

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Listening to customers about how they use your product is critical when making decisions for the future. The post Product Feedback Can Change Your Startup Route appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog bootstrap Communication APPtitude Educational Technology/Ed-Tech Lean Startups literacy startup vocabulary

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).

YouTube Kids Launches #Learn A Language

EdNews Daily

YouTube Kids gives your family an easy way to watch their favorite shows, or explore anything that captures their imagination. It’s free, simple to use, and full of family-friendly videos. YouTube Kids. Made for curious little minds. Download in iTunes or Google Play. Kicking off this month! YouTube Kids is committed to helping kids explore and learn about the world around them. This month, they’re kicking off their first ever #LearnALanguage campaign.

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169 Tech Tip #15–Save Early Save Often

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to so many daily tech-infused education. Today’s tip #15–Save Early Save Often. Category: CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT. Sub-category: Keyboarding, Problem-solving. Q: My computer crashes often.

An effective video creation platform for teachers and students


Binumi is a great tool for everyone to create videos on any device, anywhere and at anytime. Users get everything they need to create amazing videos: royalty-free footage, editing tools and publishing ability. What do the outcomes look like? Some of the things that students create are pretty wonderful and leave students feeling proud and accomplished. An example of this is clear when you watch this short documentary on tigers (done by 8 year olds): [link].

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The Great Education Equalizer? New Study Shows MOOCs Have Not Yet Fulfilled Their Promise as a Force for Equity

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The latest piece of news on MOOCs — massive online open courses — suggests that they may not yet be the great democratizer of education that they were envisioned to be. One of the driving ideas behind MOOCs is that they are accessible to everyone, everywhere, regardless of previous educational achievement, socioeconomic status, or physical location.

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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.

How this Teacher is Finding True Joy in Her Profession: A Chat with Ariel from 51Talk

EdNews Daily

This is our third interview with teachers from 51Talk. I enjoyed this interview. You can hear the happiness in Ariel’s voice as you read her experience. If you have any questions about teaching with 51Talk, please reach out to us. You can also apply to teach at this link: 51Talk Application. Ariel, You’ve been teaching with 51Talk for the past four months. Can you please share your journey to 51Talk?

New Year Brings Changes

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’ve noticed that the same people subscribe to both my weekly newsletter on Tech Tips and Websites. That means they get two emails a week in their email box from me, in what is probably already a cluttered, overcrowded bit of virtual real estate. That inspired me to make a change. I’m going to merge the two lists and send one email a week that includes both a Weekly Tech Tip and a Weekly Website.

Web Filtering: Beneficial for Toddlers, Teens, and All in Between


Find out how schools can utilize web filtering to protect students of all ages, and optimize the digital classroom. The post Web Filtering: Beneficial for Toddlers, Teens, and All in Between appeared first on Blog.

Relationships Are Everything

A Principal's Reflections

I recently had the honor of being a guest on Dr. Will Deyamport’s podcast called the Dr. Will Show. You can view the Google Hangout video HERE. We had a vibrant conversation on the topic of Digital Leadership with a focus on school culture, embracing change, strategic use of social media, the Model Schools Conference , and innovation.

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.

Promoters of school choice are unwilling to ensure equal access in regular public schools

Dangerously Irrelevant

Derek Black said: [C]harters, vouchers, and other choice-like reforms are insulting substitutes for equal access to learning opportunities. They espouse the premise that all students are entitled to equal learning opportunities and reason that since students are not getting those equal opportunities in public school, they should be allowed to go elsewhere.

Subscriber Special: January

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to our newsletter get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. January: Check out our freebies! Check out discounted discontinued items! AATT Materials Freebies/Discounts Subscriber special

Web Filtering: Beneficial for Toddlers, Teens, and All in Between


Find out how schools can utilize web filtering to protect students of all ages, and optimize the digital classroom. The post Web Filtering: Beneficial for Toddlers, Teens, and All in Between appeared first on Blog.

“Not Normal” [Video]

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We spend way too much time trying to be normal. David Salyers , VP at Chic Fil A says, “Normal can never be amazing.” ” The truth is that normal is average. Normal is every day. It is truly not normal to be amazing. So, from now on I want there to be nothing normal about my life or my classroom or my family or my friendships. How about you? Who’s in for awesome? Let’s stop being normal.

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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!

Prioritizing the Development of Startup Features

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Every startup has a long list of the features they want to build and create. With limitations on time and money, tradeoffs have to be made. The post Prioritizing the Development of Startup Features appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog bootstrap Educational Technology/Ed-Tech lean startup Listenwise startup

Did You Miss These Posts Over the Holidays?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are four articles to get you ready for the demands of a new school year: End-of-year Tech Tips: Update Your Online Presence. End-of-Year Tips: Image and Backup Digital Devices. End of Year Tips: 22 Steps to a Speedier Computer. How to Teach with Videos. Try them out–post a comment if you need help. I’ll be here. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years.

Web Filtering: equally beneficial for your 5-year-old & 15-year-old


Web filtering is required by law, as long as schools wish to receive e-rate funding to supply their digital classrooms. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires that schools “block Internet access to pictures that are (a) obscene (b) child pornography or (c) harmful to minors.” CIPA also requires schools to monitor student online activity and provide training for responsible technology use. The general sentiment: students –especially teens– hate web filtering*.

My Article For Google & TES: The top edtech tools for teachers to try in 2017.


I recently wrote a new year themed article for a joint project between Google and the Times Educational Supplement (TES). Click here for the full piece. Tagged: edtech 2017 , education , educational technology 2017 , future edtech , future tech , teachers , teaching , tech tools 2017 , top edtech tools. education edtech 2017 educational technology 2017 future edtech future tech teachers teaching tech tools 2017 top edtech tools

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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.

3 Tips for rocking your classroom with video learning


When something is hard to believe or comprehend usually it needs to be demonstrated. For example, when a new technology is introduced on the market it is usually presented to the public through a demonstration of its functions and usability. Sometimes, to truly understand the logic behind a phenomenon or a concept, people need to see not just the result; they have to understand the functions and process that caused the observable result.

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Shaping Student Management Skills through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Teachers understand the value teamwork, communication, and collaboration holds in our increasingly complex and fast-paced world. To prepare their students for long-term success, teachers are constantly looking for ways to incorporate those behaviors into their students’ daily activities since they strengthen critical project management skills.

The Great Demand—How Do We Supply our Students with Quality Teachers?

Education Elements

Nearly every state in the United States is reporting a teacher shortage. Various states have taken action to address this shortfall by changing teacher requirements. Utah has loosened teacher qualifications to include candidates with no formal teacher training; Hawaii just called for 1,600 teachers to live and work on the island ; and last year, Clark County in Las Vegas, the fifth largest district in the nation, launched a "Call for Heroes" as they scrambled to fill positions.