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3 Reasons to Consider a Co-teaching Model

Catlin Tucker

This year I transitioned from teaching English classes in isolation to co-teaching English, science, and technology with another teacher in a pilot program called N.E.W. School. When I initially pitched the program concept to my principal, I emphasized the co-teaching component.

10 Two-Minute Videos That Pave the Way to PBL in Your Classroom

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Years ago, I decided to convert my boring traditional middle school classroom into a vibrant, student-centered, project-based learning environment. This was a monstrous undertaking that added a lot of stress to an already stress-filled job. In spite of years of hard work and frustration, I stuck with PBL, because I knew it was best for engaging […]. The post 10 Two-Minute Videos That Pave the Way to PBL in Your Classroom appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

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Guest Post: 6 Ways ‘WriteReader’ Empowers Teachers and Students.

EdTech4Beginners

WriteReader is a web based literacy platform that enables students aged 3 to 10 to create their own books while learning how to read and write. It empowers teachers to instil creativity in students by encouraging them to create, share and publish books whenever and wherever they want. It is a perfect English language acquisition tool for elementary teachers to support student writing and 21 st century skills.

How TED Talks Make Tough Conversations Easy

The Web20Classroom

We've all been there. We are sitting in a group of peers or strangers ready to discuss a topic but no one wants to take the lead and get things going. You need that one focal point for everyone to rally around to get things moving. Videos and images are a great way to jumpstart creative thought and to get folks talking. The same is true in the classroom. It can be helpful to start a unit or a topic off with some kind of visual stimulant that gets those creative thoughts moving.

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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.

Blended Family Engagement

A Principal's Reflections

To this day I still remember the article that I read about Twitter in the Staten Island Advance one cold Sunday in March of 2009. As someone who was totally against the use of social media for both personal and professional reasons, that article was intriguing to read as it essentially reinforced my negative perception. However, as I neared the end of the piece a light bulb went on.

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Guest Blog Post: Immerse Yourself In Virtual Reality.

EdTech4Beginners

Immersive VR Education have recently won their fifth International award for their educational experience, Apollo 11 VR. The company have taken out Best Educational Experience at the Proto Awards held in Hollywood over the weekend, after being nominated for five awards. It was an exceptionally proud moment, as both their Apollo 11 VR experience and Engage platform were nominated in the same category.

The best gift

Dangerously Irrelevant

The best gift that we can give our students is the gift of self-actualization. Every day, every hour, in every class and every school we should be asking ourselves, “Is this an environment in which our students are discovering and nurturing their interests, skills, and talents to become their best selves and make a positive difference in the world?”. Image credit: Little blue box , Shereen M. Related Posts. Replication or empowerment?

15 Ideas and Tons of Resources to Try with Learners in 2017

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” ~ Bill Gates. Throughout the year, I’ve shared many activities and resources to engage your learners with technology. Below are more than 15 ideas to try with your learners in 2017. Try picking one or two that you think would really motivate your learners to be more creative, problem solve, and think critically.

4 Ways to Empower the Intrapreneurs of K-12 and Ignite Innovation

Education Elements

In the 1980s, the organizational leadership world was introduced to the concept of the intrapreneur. Simply put, intrapreneurship is a working style that emphasizes innovation and risk-taking – traits we associate with entrepreneurs. The difference is that intrapreneurs use these skills within, and for the benefit of, an established organization. I consider myself a serial intrapreneur because I constantly look for ways to encourage innovation at every company I am in.

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).

Farewell, Lecture?

CUE

A selection of this post appears in the Winter, 2016 issue of OnCUE as our 5 Trends to Love/5 Trends to Lose series. This is in the Lose list. To read the full text of “Farewell, Lecture?” ” follow this link. link]. “Farewell, Lecture?” ” originally appeared in Science Vol 323, Issue 5910, 02 Jan 2009. Eric Mazur (©2005 Stu Rosner). Eric Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University and Area Dean of Applied Physics.

When Teachers and Technology Let Students Be Masters of Their Own Learning

Edsurge

Editor’s Note: ‘Tis the season of giving, eating and reflecting, a time to look back on 2016 and to make bold predictions about what next year may hold. In our fourth year-end personal statement roundup, we’ve again asked thought leaders to share their outlooks on education, but with a twist. They have to frame their thoughts as a response to some of the finest college application essay prompts, inspired by the very same ones that high school seniors are feverishly working on now!

10 Google Apps Tricks to Learn for 2017

Teacher Tech

10 Google Apps Tricks to Learn for 2017 1. Force a Copy When I create templates I like to share the templates in a way that prompts the user to create a copy. Notice if you go to alicekeeler.com/poo that it does not take you directly to the document but rather asks you to copy it […]. The post 10 Google Apps Tricks to Learn for 2017 appeared first on Teacher Tech. Docs Drive Google drive google

#1: The 7 questions every new teacher should be able to answer

eSchool News

[ Editor’s note: This story, originally published on June 13th of this year, was our #1 most popular story of the year. Happy holidays, and thank you for tuning into our 2016 countdown!]. Not long ago, the leadership team of a school district I was working with asked me: “If you were going to hire a new teacher, what would you ask in the interview?” They were concerned that hiring teachers with the right skills now can save a district a lot of money in staff development later.

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.

“Learn to live with ambiguity.”

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

am·bi·gu·i·ty. uncertainty or inexactness of meaning in language. synonyms: vagueness, obscurity, abstruseness, doubtfulness, uncertainty; • a lack of decisiveness or commitment resulting from a failure to make a choice between alternatives. Ambiguity has potential to be a catalyst to new learning. It can be the spark to kindle lateral thinking and creative solutions to huge problems we face. Ambiguity can be dangerous.

We Ask Our Kids What They Learned Each Day. Why Don’t We Ask Ourselves?

Edsurge

I love my family’s dinner routine. We cook, we eat, and most importantly we talk. Our kids are young, but we still ask our preschooler what he learned each day. And I imagine that topic will endure as our boys progress into elementary school and beyond. But as adults, my husband and I don’t ask or think about the answer to that same question. We talk about whether we had good days or bad days, but not about what we learned or how we grew.

8 Apps That Should Be On Your Mobile Device in 2017

My Paperless Classroom

Check out these 8 great apps from Google in 2017 to speed up your day and save the batteries on your mobile device. The post 8 Apps That Should Be On Your Mobile Device in 2017 appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network. Google Education Google mobile apps

Insert a Bitmoji Into Your Google Form

Teacher Tech

When using digital tools try to put yourself into them to help students feel there is a teacher guiding them through the lesson. Bitmoji’s are great for adding “you” along with some personality into digital resources. Google Forms are awesome for flipped learning, formative assessment, checks for understanding, and so much more. Bitmoji AND Google […]. The post Insert a Bitmoji Into Your Google Form appeared first on Teacher Tech.

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.

Blogs: Do They Serve Any Real Purpose?

My Island View

This year I made a few changes to my WordPress Blog site. I removed all of the ads that WordPress placed on it and I now use my name as the domain name to more easily traffic readers to the site. As I did these things at a minimal cost, I questioned whether or not it was worth the effort. I questioned if any of the time, effort or money that I have committed, and continue to put in to all of this, is really worth it. Does the average person even know or understand what a blog is?

How to trim an hour (or more) off your workweek NOW {free webinar/podcast}

The Cornerstone for Teachers

This week, I’ve been running a free live webinar called How to Trim an Hour (or More) Off Your Workweek NOW , and it has been so much fun to share ideas with teachers in real time online. One teacher who attended said that the training was absolutely life-changing for her, and since I’m only offering it this week, she asked me to make it available on my Truth for Teachers podcast, too. I thought that was a fantastic idea, so I’ve created an extended bonus podcast episode.

IT#1: What’s next in ed-tech? These 18 trends

eSchool News

[ Editor’s note: This story, originally published on September 14th of this year, was our #1 most popular IT story of the year. For last week’s #2 IT story, click here.]. I do a lot of speaking about ed-tech trends, and none of my talks seem to get larger audiences than those that address new or emerging technologies. Part of this is our never ending interest in what is “new,” and also that little voice in my head that says, “maybe I am falling behind.”.

Mock Twitter Chat with Your Students

Teacher Tech

Mock Twitter Chat with Your Students I love Twitter chats. They are exactly one hour Allow for everyone’s voice to be heard It is okay to have a side conversation about one part of the topic to go deeper while the rest of the conversation continues Guaranteed to get through 5-10 questions in an hour […]. The post Mock Twitter Chat with Your Students appeared first on Teacher Tech. Advanced Apps Script Google Sheets Twitter google sheets spreadsheets

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!

Blogs: Do They Serve Any Real Purpose?

My Island View

This year I made a few changes to my WordPress Blog site. I removed all of the ads that WordPress placed on it and I now use my name as the domain name to more easily traffic readers to the site. As I did these things at a minimal cost, I questioned whether or not it was worth the effort. I questioned if any of the time, effort or money that I have committed, and continue to put in to all of this, is really worth it. Does the average person even know or understand what a blog is?

Exponential Reading Growth: Celebrating Digital ELA Curriculum Success

techlearning

Digital natives in schools across the country are discovering the joys of curling up with a good ebook—and they’re reaping all the old-fashioned benefits of independent reading. Techlearning Resources

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Counting Down EdSurge’s Top Ten S’Cool Tools of 2016

Edsurge

You know the drill—with the winter holiday celebrations come those familiar “Top Ten Lists.” Top ten films of 2016. Top ten books on the New York Times bestseller list. In keeping up with tradition, we here at EdSurge like to throw our hat in the ring with a selection of the top ten most popular tools from the year. But here’s the twist--we don’t choose them. You do.

Why I Never Let A Statue Tell Me How Nice I Am [2016 In Review]

The Jose Vilson

One of the few tracks I put on when I hop on a train, a plane, or any automobile is A Tribe Called Quest’s “Award Tour.” ” Something about the rotating electric guitar sample and Dave’s (Trugoy of De La Soul) vocal butter chorus puts me in the mindset to make ideas and conversations flourish. That buh-duh-DUH-duh-duh-duh duhduhduhDA. It also contains one of Phife Dawg’s finest verses: When was the last time you heard the Phifer sloppy.

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.

#2: I made my classroom look like the real-world—and test scores soared

eSchool News

[ Editor’s note: This story, originally published on October 7th of this year, was our #2 most popular story of the year. The countdown continues tomorrow with #1, so be sure to check back!]. Think about the jobs in today’s economy — the ones we’re supposed to prepare students for after graduation. Are employees evaluated using bubble-in tests to prove they know the ins and outs of their job? Do they learn and use new skills one at a time in a vacuum?

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Google Drive: Share a Folder

Teacher Tech

Share a Folder in Google Drive An important skill for G Suite users is to be able to share a folder in Google Drive. Any files in the folder take on the sharing permissions of folder. This is an easy way to share multiple documents. Simply create a Google Doc in the folder or drag […]. The post Google Drive: Share a Folder appeared first on Teacher Tech. Drive Google Intermediate drive google

Barnett Berry on Teachers as Partners—Not Targets—of Innovation

Edsurge

Editor’s Note: ‘Tis the season of giving, eating and reflecting, a time to look back on 2016 and to make bold predictions about what next year may hold. In our fourth year-end personal statement roundup, we’ve again asked thought leaders to share their outlooks on education, but with a twist. They have to frame their thoughts as a response to some of the finest college application essay prompts, inspired by the very same ones that high school seniors are feverishly working on now!