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Understand NGSS in 5 Minutes: Sort of

The Journal

NGSS – The Next Generation Science Standards – is the hot new way to teach science in K-12. NGSS is a revolution in science education. In our blog, we briefly try to do that revolution justice by explaining its five key terms

Students Learn More When THEY Do the Work

Catlin Tucker

A major barrier to innovation in the classroom is teacher exhaustion. I regularly work with teachers who like the idea of trying new teaching strategies, blended learning models, and technology tools, but they don’t have the time or energy to experiment. When I work with teachers, my goal is to get them to shift their mindsets. Instead of asking themselves, “How can I?” ” I want them to pause and rephrase the question, “How can students?”


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How Teaching Online Can Change Your Life

EdNews Daily

Guest article from teacher Elizabeth from 51Talk. My name is Mary Davisson. My teacher’s name at 51Talk is Miss Davisson (Elizabeth). I have been teaching and training for over 30+ years. However, in 2017, little did I know my life was about to take a shift that I never saw coming my way, and it would be one of the surprises and grand opportunities of a lifetime. While perusing my emails one day, a particular correspondence from a specific recruiter caught my attention.

Reflecting on Maker Experiences with Reflection Cards

User Generated Education

I’ve discussed the importance of reflection in my Framework for Maker Education ; and specifically discussed reflecting on the maker experiences in several of my blog posts: Reflecting on the Making Process [link]. The Maker as a Reflective Practitioner [link].

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 Students Engaged?

Battelle for Kids

We know that engagement is key to moving the needle on student achievement. But is it an elusive intangible or an indicator that can be strategically levered for improvement? What can we learn about engagement from the students themselves? P21 Blog

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Learning to Read to Learn

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. By middle school, typical reading curriculums assume that students have the necessary literacy strategies to decode the writing in front of them. Lessons have shifted from “learning to read” to “reading to learn,” with students using texts to make sense of unknown concepts.

Classroom Management and Parent Engagement: 8 #EduGoalsMOOC Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Today, the Goal-Minded Teacher ( #EduGoalsMOOC ) free open online course Twitter chat took place about the topics, Classroom Management and Parent Engagement. We invited two incredible leaders in education to be our guest experts for the chat, Dr. Lynell Powell ( @DrJoy77 ), assistant principal and host of the Dr. Joy Radio Show and Marisa Constantinides ( @Marisa_C ), Director of Studies of CELT Athens (where I received my CELTA) and author of TEFL Matters.

Let’s Focus on the Learning

More Verbs

As I have moved through the state and talked with educators about learning through technology, including while working with MLTI (the Maine Learning Technology Initiative), too often the conversations focused on laptops and tablets and folks wondering if we could find devices that were less expensive. Is it possible that in their thinking, all laptops and devices were created equal, in such a way that the only variable is cost? Possibly it is the wrong conversation completely.

Celebrate Pi With Your Students (copy)

Ask a Tech Teacher

Throwback Pi Day–I’ll republish this post from last year, just to remind you of this wonderful mathematical day: Pi Day is an annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant ? (pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 since 3, 1, and 4 are the three most significant digits of ? in the decimal form. Daniel Tammet, a high-functioning autistic savant, holds the European record for reciting pi from memory to 22,514 digits in five hours and nine minutes.

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).

When It is OK to Miss a Day: Stop The Presses for Your Priority Person

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 60 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Consistency is important to me. I like to commit and do what I promise to do. It is hard to miss when I promise to do something. But, yesterday, I missed day 59 of 80 Days of Excellence. I could backdate, but I would feel like it would be a lie. So, instead, I’d like to make an important point.

SXSWEDU 2018 Wrap-up: Systems Change for Adult Learners?

Digital Promise

SXSWEDU 2018 wrapped up last week and once again I was struck by the wealth of information, experience, and innovation being shared across so many sessions. As usual, my focus was on adult learners and workforce development.

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Are We Talking Technology or Are We Talking Learning

More Verbs

More and more, educators are recognizing that the true value of technology isn’t learning how to use the tools and devices, but rather using the tools and devices to learn (see here , here , and here ). Even a recent meta analysis of the research on 1to1 learning environments shows that when the studies focused simply on the presence of technology, there was no real improvement in learning.

How to Build Lifelong Learners

Ask a Tech Teacher

If there is a trait above all others that I want to imbue into my students, it is curiosity. Let that include a passion to understand, connect the dots, and answer questions like, “Why?” ” The first step toward reaching that goal would be opening their minds to fascinating bits and pieces of knowledge, be they about computer games or nature. That Wow feeling is addictive, as is the high of connecting the dots, solving a puzzle, and unraveling the mysteries of life itself.

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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.

When Do You Let Go of Your Grail?

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 61 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. There’s a scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where Elsa, the German who seeks the Holy Grail. Indiana Jones is trying to save her and has her hand. Yet, she is reaching for the grail. And as she reaches, at a pivotal moment, we see that she cannot have both. She cannot reach for the Holy Grail and be safely gripped by Indiana.

Change the Narrative

A Principal's Reflections

No matter our level of digital proficiency, educators grapple with the rough-and-tumble pace that professional connectivity demands in our new age. A change of thinking is in order if we are to face a hyperlinked world of education. We facilitate learning and lead schools today, preparing our digitally and socially savvy students for success as adults in a future where many of their jobs haven't been created yet.

What’s a Startup to Do When a Giant Like Google Invades the Market Space?

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

When an ed-tech titan starts giving away valuable tools for free, startups might think about the adage, "If you can't beat them, join them.". The post What’s a Startup to Do When a Giant Like Google Invades the Market Space? appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog learning management system lms

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Update a Classic Bridge Building Lesson Plan

Ask a Tech Teacher

Check out my article over at Western Governor’s University on how to update the classic bridge building lesson plan : Over the past decade, a mainstay for middle school science programs has been building toothpick bridges. This type of school project—somewhat of a rite of passage in Project Based Learning —is intended to help teach students through hands-on experience. Similar projects include baking soda volcanoes, the infamous egg drop , and growing plants as a class.

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.

Learning Science Through Authentic Investigation

The CoolCatTeacher

Kate Dobrzenski on episode 274 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Kate Dobrzenski spotlights K-4 innovative science practice. She discusses how to incorporate the observation of phenomena and other Next Generation Science Standards in elementary science. Legends of Learning has amazing game based science experiences for students in 3-8 aligning with Next Generation Science and select state standards.

Partnerships that Work: Tapping Research to Address Learner Variability in Young Readers

Digital Promise

Education technology and innovation continue to evolve, making it easier for teachers to harness the power of technology to improve education outcomes for learners. At the same time, a growing field of learning sciences research offers more precise knowledge of how learners learn. Still, not enough edtech entrepreneurs use research to inform how their products can reach the full diversity of learners because of how labor intensive it can be to find, collect, and analyze quality research.

5 Ingredients To Create A Culture of Innovation in Your District

Education Elements

As a part of an education consulting team I’m often hired to support schools and districts solve complex challenges-- from redesigning teaching and learning, to building leadership capacity, aligning initiatives, increasing staff retention, and restructuring professional development. In all of this work the underlying, often unspoken, need that most teams want our help with is improving team and organizational culture.

169 Tech Tip #39: My Computer Won’t Turn Off

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 daily tech-infused education. Today’s tip: #39: My Computer Won’t Turn Off. Category: Hardware. Sub-category: PC, Problem-solving.

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!

Fight the Right Things So You Can Win At Life

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 64 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Fight for a positive outlook. Fight to keep yourself willing to learn new things. Fight against complacency. Fight against your own pride and ego that will make you think you have nothing to learn or cannot make mistakes. Life is a constant battle. We must fight to become better. Practice doesn’t make perfect, it makes permanent.

Beyond Waypoints and World Maps: Disrupting Our Understanding of Diversity

Battelle for Kids

Over 20,000 young people have participated in Out of Eden Learn in sixty countries around the world. Just over 50 percent of students have participated from public or government-funded institutions, about one percent are homeschooled, and the rest have participated from private or independent schools. Sixty percent of students have participated from within the United States, which is reflective of the fact that the project is US-based.

8 Reasons to choose a cloud-based LMS for your school


Whether your school LMS is outdated and simply can’t meet all the needs your teachers and students now have in order to deliver the best online courses and learn from these, or you haven’t used an LMS until now and realize it could make everyone’s lives better, it’s a tough decision to choose a new school LMS. The e-learning industry is growing as there are always new players penetrating the market.

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Article for TES: How to make sure your students stay safe online, whatever their age


I recently wrote an article for The Times Educational Supplement (TES). The article features teaching ideas and tips for how to keep children safe online. Click this link to access the full article. education teachers edtech teaching technology cyberbullying e-safety internet safety online education technology in the classroom

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.

“In Prosperity Our Friends Know Us. In Adversity We Know Our friends.” Colin Powell

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 63 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. “In Prosperity Our Friends Know Us. In Adversity We Know Our friends,” says Colin Powell. I think he’s right. When things are great, everyone wants to give you a high five. People want to hear your stories when you’re heading off to speak at Google or taking a trip to Dubai. But how about when you have to speak to a doctor or have to take a trip to chemotherapy.

New for Spring CUE 2018: The CUE Adventure!


This year, we’re transforming our exhibit hall into an epic adventure with the help of our friends at Classcraft! The CUE Adventure gamifies the conference experience as you and other educators visit vendors and see what’s the latest in ed tech. By using your mobile phone or tablet, you’ll create a hero and embark on […]. The post New for Spring CUE 2018: The CUE Adventure! appeared first on OnCUE.

Three Reasons to Start Your Own Podcast … Today!


In this episode of Educational Podcasting Today, we take a look at the brand new website and share three reasons why you might be interested in creating your own podcast. . The post Three Reasons to Start Your Own Podcast … Today! appeared first on The TeacherCast Educational Network. TeacherCast Educational Network (Full) Podcasting