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Beyond the Micro-credential: A Teacher’s Unexpected Professional Development

Digital Promise

Over the past 10 years as a teacher (and more recently as an aspiring administrator), I have consistently sought out new and innovative professional development. This work has included gaining a doctoral degree, attending trainings, reading books, going to conferences, and a multitude of other opportunities I have engaged in as others sought to support my personal and professional goals.

James O’Hagan: 5 Reasons to Bring ESports to your School

The CoolCatTeacher

James O'Hagan on episode 310 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Esports are coming to state high school athletic competitions, college sports, and intramurals now. Today, esports pioneer James O’Hagan explains the phenomenon and how Gamer-Scholars are emerging as successful examples of a new sport. SMART’s Give Greatness contest is today’s sponsor.

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STEAM Up Learning Outdoors! 15+ Ideas to Try Now or this Summer!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“[Science] is more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves. It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world.” ” – Barack Obama, Former U.S. President.

Tic Tack Toe in the Blended Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

The other day I was conducting some learning walks with the administrative team at Wells Elementary School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD). Throughout the school year, I have been assisting them with digital pedagogy as it relates to blended learning and the use of flex spaces.

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.

Why should teachers encourage Computational Thinking?

Neo LMS

In your edtech journey and research you may have come across the term “computational thinking”, and like me, you may have delved into a few definitions of the term; at which point you may have also have come across a variety of definitions, most of which have their origin in computer science. What is Computational Thinking? The most cited of these definitions being Jeannette M. Wing ’s ACM article “ Computational Thinking ” published in 2006.

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Assessing Maker Education Projects

User Generated Education

Institutionalized education has given assessment a bad reputation; often leaves a sour taste in the mouths of many teachers, students, and laypeople. This is primarily due to the testing movement, the push towards using student assessment in the form of tests as a measure of student, teacher, principal, and school accountability. Educators should be clear about why they include assessment in their instruction; be strategic and intentional in its use.

BLC18: Come to the Best Little Conference on Educational Technology!

The Journal

Alan November has run the Building Learning Communities (BLC) Conference since 2000, each year drawing almost 1,000 educators from all over the world to "be challenged and be affirmed." In this week’s blog post we describe the "Pixie Dust," the formula, that Alan and his team use to create a unique venue for educators to come together and immerse themselves in "education and technology

Generation Z’s Are Starting College, But Are Universities Ready For Them?

EdNews Daily

Guest article by Dan Lauer. This aphorism has always rung true, but when it comes to educating the next generation, it’s an essential mantra. The oldest members of Generation Z — defined by Pew Research as those born after 1997 — are on the cusp of adulthood, and while they’re ready for college, are universities really ready for them? After all, in the same way Millennials presented unique challenges and opportunities, so will Generation Z.

25 tips for connecting families with the classroom

Ditch That Textbook

When families are part of the learning community it has profound effects on the students. We want parents and guardians to feel involved in their child’s learning and welcomed in our classroom. Some families are involved and engaged from the moment their child steps foot in your classroom. Others may be more difficult to hook 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).

Teaching Debating Skills

User Generated Education

I, along with many others, have been impressed with how articulate the Parkland students have been regarding their school shooting and gun laws. When students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High debated gun control in class last November, they never imagined they were preparing to lead a national discussion on how to prevent school shootings.

5 Steps to Plan a Successful Startup Exit and Come Out on Top

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

It takes planning for founders and board members to craft a startup exit plan that addresses concerns, establishes priorities, and achieves the objectives and aspirations for all involved. The post 5 Steps to Plan a Successful Startup Exit and Come Out on Top appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog exit exit planning exit strategy lean startup Startup Startup Life Startups

10 Ways to Wrap Up the School Year

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s the end of school. Everyone’s tired, including you. What you want for these last few weeks are activities that keep the learning going but in a different way. You want to shake things up so students are excited and motivated and feel interested again. Change your approach. Provide some games, simulations, student presentations–whatever you don’t normally do in your classroom. If you’re doing PowerPoints, use the last few weeks for presentations.

Passion Projects in Kindergarten and First Grade

The CoolCatTeacher

Lindsey Danhoff on episode 308 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Kindergarteners and first graders explore their “wonderings” in Lindsey Danhoff’s classroom. Lindsey gives practical advice for passion projects with younger aged children. SMART’s Give Greatness contest is today’s sponsor. SMART wants to recognize educators across the globe who inspire greatness in their students, peers or community.

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.

The Digital Citizenship Curriculum: Digital Literacy, Cyber Hygiene and More

Battelle for Kids

From cyberbullying to cybersecurity, digital citizenship lessons help students navigate the internet effectively. P21 Blog

Generation Z Is Starting College, But Are Universities Ready For Them?

EdNews Daily

Guest article by Dan Lauer. This aphorism has always rung true, but when it comes to educating the next generation, it’s an essential mantra. The oldest members of Generation Z — defined by Pew Research as those born after 1997 — are on the cusp of adulthood, and while they’re ready for college, are universities really ready for them? After all, in the same way Millennials presented unique challenges and opportunities, so will Generation Z.

EdTech Magazine’s 50 Must-read K-12 IT Blogs

Ask a Tech Teacher

I am honored to be selected as one of EdTech Magazine’s “50 Must-Read K-12 IT Blogs of 2018” ! Without a doubt, the credit goes to my readers. I am proud that the resources, reviews, and materials I curate for you resonate with your teaching needs. Do check out their full article to see all 50 selected blogs. It includes names of edtech experts you already follow and a few you’ll want to add to your list. More edtech blogs: Alice Keeler. Monica Burns. David Andrade.

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The SMART Give Greatness Contest: Nominate an Educator and Win

The CoolCatTeacher

Win $40,000 in Classroom Equipment including Chromebooks From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. SMART believes that every student is capable of greatness. Often, educators are the inspiration for that greatness. The Give Greatness contest is designed to recognize educators across the world who inspire greatness in their students, their peers, and their community.

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.

A Link from Job Market Perceptions to Schoolwork

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. We’ve all heard the refrain expressed by high school students frustrated by trigonometry or centuries-old literature: “ When am I ever going to need this?”. Families and teachers may be tempted to shrug off these sentiments.

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Assigning Homework In the Digital Age: The Benefits of Virtual Classrooms

EdTech4Beginners

Over the past few decades, schools have relied on computer technology for delivering educational content or equipping students with resources to enhance their learning. With the advent of the Internet, some schools have started offering classes fully online for maximum flexibility, while other brick-and-mortar institutions are incorporating digital tools into their classroom and at-home assignments.

Last Chance for this College-credit Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

MTI 563: The Differentiated Teacher. MTI 563 starts in one week–Monday, May 14th! Last chance to sign up. Click this link ; scroll down to MTI 563 and click for more information and to sign up. Click to view slideshow. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 25 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum.

How to Engage Students and Find Your Creative Breakthrough

The CoolCatTeacher

Hope King on episode 306 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Hope King from Ron Clark Academy has an inspiring message for teachers about using your creativity to engage students. She talks about how every teacher can make their classroom more exciting and why it is necessary. SMART’s Give Greatness contest is today’s sponsor.

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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!

Digital citizenship lessons aren’t going to crack filter bubbles and echo chambers

Dangerously Irrelevant

C Thi Nguyen said: Jamieson and Cappella’s book is the first empirical study into how echo chambers function. In their analysis, echo chambers work by systematically alienating their members from all outside epistemic sources. Their research centres on Rush Limbaugh, a wildly successful conservative firebrand in the United States, along with Fox News and related media. Limbaugh uses methods to actively transfigure whom his listeners trust.

How simulations take learning to the next level

Neo LMS

Students’ hunger for knowledge can’t be satisfied with dry theory only; they need to see how things apply in real life situations. Theories are of course important, after all, the first step to becoming a specialist in any field is building a theoretical foundation. But, at the same time, having a vast amount of theoretical knowledge isn’t enough to become a true connoisseur of your area of expertise.

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May–Military Appreciation Month–God Bless Our Soldiers

Ask a Tech Teacher

As many of you know, I have a daughter in the Navy and a son in the Army. I love them both and live every day worried. But through it all, I appreciate what they are doing to make America what so many need it to be. I love America. I love our military. I love my daughter and son. You don’t have to watch all of these. I got carried away on YouTube.

How to Finish The School Year Strong

The CoolCatTeacher

Linda Kardamis on episode 309 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Finish well. Today, Linda Kardamis shares common mistakes to avoid and positive things to do that will help you have a successful finish to your school year. Listen Now. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Stream by clicking here. Enhanced Transcript. How to Finish The School Year Strong. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e309.

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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.

In the News: Protecting Student And Employee Data In The Cyber Age

Doug Levin

Cross-posted on the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center blog: [link]. As quoted in: Healy, Michelle. Protecting Student And Employee Data In The Cyber Age.” American School Board Journal. June 2018. At least 320 K-12 cybersecurity-related incidents, both intentional and unintentional, have been reported in the media since January 2016, says education technology consultant Douglas Levin.

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PL Summit 2018: 3 Days of Shaping the Future of Education

Education Elements

It is hard to make something better each year and yet, somehow, as I reflect on the Education Elements Personalized Learning Summit 2018 , it feels like we have done it. It’s five days since the Summit ended and I am still energized by the energy and passion of every one of the 750 people who attended. I am still excited about the ideas I heard and looking forward to talking more to the people I met. I am still amazed that we pulled it off.

Subscriber Special: May

Ask a Tech Teacher

May 24th-30th: Coaching or Mentoring. BOGO — Buy one month; get the second free. Do any of these sound like you? Your kindergartners don’t know what ‘enter’, ‘spacebar’, ‘click’ or many other techie words mean but you need to teach them to keyboard, internet, and become digital citizens. How do you start? You have new students in your class who haven’t had technology training. The rest of the class has. How do you catch them up?