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What’s school without grade levels?

The Hechinger Report

In math teacher Danielle Bosse’s classroom, three students take assessments (foreground) while their classmates learn and practice different math skills. Photo: Chris Berdik for The Hechinger Report. HUNTER, N.D. — On windswept fields outside Fargo, North Dakota, a bold experiment in education has begun. In a lone building flanked by farmland, the Northern Cass School District is heading into year two of a three-year journey to abolish grade levels.

An Updated Guide To Questioning In The Classroom

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An Updated Guide to Questioning in the Classroom by TeachThought Staff This is part 1 of a 2-part series on questioning in the classroom. Part 1 focuses on questions in general–their function, purpose, forms, their relationship with cognitive dissonance, as well as a quick overview of essential questions. Part 2 of the Guide To Questioning In The Classroom (publishing […]. The post An Updated Guide To Questioning In The Classroom appeared first on TeachThought.


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Back to School Student Goal-Setting and Motivation with Digital Vision Boards


At the beginning of the school year we can get students focused on setting and accomplishing learning goals and personal goals by getting them to create digital vision boards. Vision boards are basically collages of inspirational people, quotes, and visuals representing personal goals. Extremely successful people swear by them.

Great Leaders Surround Themselves With Smart People

A Principal's Reflections

Leadership is a team sport. It is not about what one person does, but instead the cumulative actions of everyone in an organization. Sure, a leader has to make some pretty important decisions at times that might require bypassing consensus or collaboration, but those are few and far between when you look at the big picture. Success requires broad embracement of ideas where people are motivated to change because they want to, not necessarily because they are forced to.

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.

Last Chance: Building Digital Citizens and Personalized Learning–Grad-level Classes

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MTI 557: Building Digital Citizens. This college-credit class starts in one week– Monday , August 6th ! Last chance to sign up. Click this link ; scroll down to MTI 557 and click for more information and to sign up. Click to view slideshow. MTI 562: The Tech-infused Teacher. MTI 562 starts Monday, August 6th! Last chance to sign up. Need more information? Ready to sign up? Click this link ; scroll down to MTI 562 and click. Click to view slideshow.

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8 Ed-tech organizations every teacher should know about


If you have spent any time in the ed-tech world you will no doubt have realized that there is a swirling cloud of acronyms that attend the subject, from ISTE, CoSN to NMC and P21. A veritable “alphabet soup”, as my Mom would say. I therefore thought that a definitive quick reference guide to the major players, with a brief description would be a handy resource for our readers. I hope you agree. 8 Ed-tech organizations every teacher should know about (and maybe become a member).

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2018 Education Innovation Clusters Convening: Looking to the Future

Digital Promise

On July 16-18, Digital Promise held the fifth annual Education Innovation Clusters Convening (#EdClusters18) in Philadelphia, with our co-host the ExCITe Center at Drexel University. EdClusters18 brought together nearly 100 leaders from more than 20 regions and 48 organizations across the country working to advance future-facing teaching and learning. EdClusters18 focused on clarifying the future vision, tools, and action steps for education innovation. See the full agenda here.)

August Preview at Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in August: Wikispaces has closed. Now what? 11 Back-to-school Activities for the First Month of School. Teaching Digital Rights and Responsibilities. Websites to teach Moune Skills. Plan a memorable Back-to-School Night. The Importance of a Morning Meeting. Today’s Meet has closed. Alternatives? College-level learning online. How to Teach Critical Thinking. Tech-ed Resources for your Class. New Ways to Gamify Learning.

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The New “PD”: How Shifting from Professional to Personalized Development Will Improve Your Workshops

Education Elements

August is an important month for school leaders; it is the last opportunity to reflect, recharge, and realign on your personal and shared goals before the school year officially kicks off. While there is no debate that we all want better student outcomes, many discussions occur during this period regarding the best methods to employ.

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).

Leveraging big data with connected content for stronger academic outcomes


The days of gauging learning success on the basis of simple metrics like enrollment, attendance, or course completion are long gone! Today, the most important metric is whether your institution is able to successfully deliver its curriculum — and whether the students were successful in getting what they expected from the course. In other words, the metric that matters the most is student academic outcomes. How can you ensure that your courses meet expectations? The answer is Big Data.

Why Your Community Makes a Difference

Digital Promise

How many times have we seen communities come together to care for their own, to rebuild after natural disasters, to provide simple acts of kindness to those in need? This is the power of communities. Today, communities have an opportunity to use that power to address a significant, yet often overlooked, challenge — adult literacy. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), nearly one in six adults in the U.S.

Tech Ed Resources for your Class–Lesson Plans

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are from members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, from tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do.

The New “PD”: How Shifting from Professional to Personalized Development Will Improve Your Workshops

Education Elements

August is an important month for school leaders; it is the last opportunity to reflect, recharge, and realign on your personal and shared goals before the school year officially kicks off. While there is no debate that we all want better student outcomes, many discussions occur during this period regarding the best methods to employ.

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.

Teaching Students to Innovate with Purpose


“Is it going to be on the test?” “How How many points is this worth?” Earlier this school year, my students asked questions like these whenever I introduced a new assignment and, needless to say, it was exasperating. At the same time, they were adjusting to having their own Chromebooks as part of the school’s brand […]. The post Teaching Students to Innovate with Purpose appeared first on OnCUE. Learn

6 Key Principles That Make Finnish Education a Success


I’ve worked as an elementary and primary school teacher here in Finland for more than a decade, and spent five years as a vice principal as well. Our education system is widely considered one of the best, if not the best , in the world. Some might assume that this is because we pay our teachers the most, but according to recent figures, Finland is not among the top 10 when it comes to teachers’ salaries. So, what makes Finnish schools consistently excellent?

Subscriber Special: August

Ask a Tech Teacher

August 2nd only: 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?

NEW! Google Classroom Comment Bank

Teacher Tech

Google Classroom Improves Feedback Workflow Yesterday Google Classroom gave a pretty major update to the Google Classroom BETA. Now when you click on student work from an assignment, an improved interface allows you to give feedback and points. Additionally, you can create your own comment bank to more quickly provide feedback. Beta Access If you […]. The post NEW! Google Classroom Comment Bank appeared first on Teacher Tech. Classroom Google Intermediate classroom G Suite google

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.

Sharing Humanity in the Classroom


If you’re like me, I love engaging students with short videos. I especially love short inspirational videos that get my students to think. I use them as starters for writing, discussions, or even teaching specific concepts. Strangely, most of my videos are advertisements. My students have even begun guessing half way through the video what […]. The post Sharing Humanity in the Classroom appeared first on OnCUE. Inspire Classroom Resources Creativity and Imagination

Whole Brain Teaching Is Weird — and Weirdly Viral


Do a quick internet search for “whole-brain teaching” and it will pull up a string of videos of young students repeating words back to a teacher in unison, waving hands or conducting other movements, and turning to their neighbor every few minutes to share. In some ways, these classrooms look like organized chaos.

12 Apps For Smarter Teacher-Parent Communication

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12 Apps For Smarter Teacher-Parent Communication by TeachThought Staff Teacher-parent communication is, ideally, a two-way street. It is best thought of in terms of purpose: Why do teachers and parents need to talk? How can learning experiences be designed that require that interaction? What systems can be put in place to respond when the communication–for […]. The post 12 Apps For Smarter Teacher-Parent Communication appeared first on TeachThought.

Making room for grassroots change

The Hechinger Report

The Northern Cass School District in rural North Dakota is doing away with grade levels with the state’s blessing. Photo: Chris Berdik for The Hechinger Report. Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Subscribe today! Ted Dintersmith, a venture capitalist turned education philanthropist, is convinced the U.S.

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!

Why is Digital Curation so Important for Educators in 2018?


Image Source I’ve been working with schools, colleges and universities for nearly 8 years. Working to promote entrepreneurship and digital skills to make young people more employable and teach them. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!]. Free Tools & Resources Making the case for Education Technologies Mobile Learning Resources Professional Development _ Miscellaneous Tools and Topics

As College Innovation Efforts Grow, So Do Warnings of a ‘McDonaldization’ of Higher Ed


Do you want fries with that education? The question is one that many professors fear is essentially coming to colleges, as higher-ed leaders adopt practices from businesses in an attempt to rethink their operations. There’s even a growing body of scholarly work that outlines a critique against the corporatization of college—arguing that even when reforms are well-intentioned, they are making campuses more like burger franchises than centers of learning and research.

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Every Classroom Is A Team And Every Teacher Is A Coach

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Every Classroom Is A Team And Every Teacher Is A Coach contributed by Molly Bruzewski, Ed.S. This is a 2-part series on strategies for promoting a team approach to academic achievement and high-performance teaching. Strategy 1 for running your classroom like a team: Modeling In this current atmosphere of accountability, educators are often challenged with […]. The post Every Classroom Is A Team And Every Teacher Is A Coach appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching

Want to get struggling readers enthusiastic about reading? Here’s how

eSchool News

With 10 million students in grades K-12 struggling to read, taking those struggling readers from disengaged to enthused may seem like a huge feat. However, doing just one thing to take action can cause a wave of reaction throughout the entire school.

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.

Tread Carefully Into the Rocky Realm of Rubrics


Rubrics should clarify both teacher and student thinking, writes classroom assessment expert Rick Wormeli. They can help mentor students as they analyze and reflect on their work, but there are cautions in their use that effective teachers will take time to investigate. Articles Assessment Fair Isn't Always Equal Rick Wormeli rubrics standards based grading using rubrics writing rubrics

FREE: Google Classroom Header Template

Teacher Tech

Google Classroom Header for Beta Classes Google Classroom is coming out with a new interface for the Fall (that is all you get on dates.) In the new interface, students go to the new Classwork page to find assignments. You need to sign up for Beta access if you want to see the Classwork page […]. The post FREE: Google Classroom Header Template appeared first on Teacher Tech. Advanced Classroom Google classroom G Suite google

4 Big Shifts That Can Personalize the Learning Journey


What needs to happen to move your school or district toward an effective implementation of personalized learning? According to EdSurge Fusion conference speaker, Dr. Scott McLeod, there are Four Big Shifts that propel “deeper learning schools” along their personalized learning journey. McLeod is the co-author of Different Schools for a Different World. As is abundantly clear from the title of his book, McLeod is an advocate for school change.