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Maker Education: Pedagogy, Andragogy, Heutagogy

User Generated Education

Maker education is currently a major trend in education. But just saying that one is doing Maker Education really doesn’t define the teaching practices that an educator is using to facilitate it. Maker education takes on many forms. This post provides an overview of how maker education is being implemented based on the teaching practices as defined by the Pedagogy, Andragogy, Heutagogy (PAH) continuum. Created by Jon Andrews.

9 Best-in-Class Digital Storytelling Tools

Ask a Tech Teacher

A digital story is a series of images connected with text and/or a narrated soundtrack — captured by a digital device such as an iPad or smartphone — that tell a story. It can be fiction, non-fiction, narrative, biographic, expository, or even poetry. Think of Ken Burns’ The Civil War , or Colin Low’s City of Gold.

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Differentiation vs. Tracking

Catlin Tucker

I recently had a reader ask me to clarify the difference between tracking and differentiation. I said that tracking refers to the systematic grouping of students into classes based on their overall achievement. By contrast, differentiated instruction is the adjusting of lesson activities and tasks for students in a single class who are at different levels. . Students grouped for an activity by ability level.

Things Every Teacher Should Know About Digital Citizenship

The CoolCatTeacher

Educate yourself to prevent the nightmare From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Picking the wrong technology tool can unleash a nightmare. Don’t think it can’t happen to you. If you look over the shoulder of one of Gord Holden’s 10,000 students, it looks like they are playing a video game. They are not. They are learning. They are safe, too.

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.

5 Tips for Integrating Ed-Tech Into Students’ Daily Lives

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

There’s been a lot of talk about whether ed-tech should be evolutionary or revolutionary. Should it build on existing systems and instructional philosophies, or completely revamp how we think about education? Although I personally believe the most effective solutions can draw on both approaches, it’s clear to me that software intended for students must be evolutionary as we consider the logistics of integrating technology in students’ daily lives.

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College Prep: The Often Winding Road for Parents, Students and High Schools

EdNews Daily

By Robyn D. Shulman. You can now hold the future in your hand before this phrase comes to life. Meet the career and college-planning app, Today, parents and students have the ability to access endless amounts of college and career planning information. Discovering reliable and valid resources online can be a challenging and exhausting endeavor in a super space filled with endless amounts of information. However, it doesn’t have to be this way.

10 Grammar Tips You Don’t Want to Miss

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are ten of the top grammar/word study/vocabulary tips according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: Website Review: Grammarly. 3 Apps to Combat Grammar Faux Pas. 50 Sites to Add Rigor and Authenticity to Word Study. Monday Freebies #32: Color my Grammar. #32: 32: How to Use Art to Teach Grammar. Weekend Website #91: 16 Word Study Websites for 2nd Grade. Dear Otto: How do I teach vocabulary? 5 Sure-fire Ways to Teach Vocabulary. Weekend Website #92: 43 Language Arts Websites for 3rd Grade.

How Startups Can Become Social Media Influencers

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

We are excited to be recognized as one of the top 100 most influential ed-tech brands in the country! OK, we were a little bit off the top 100 coming in at #102, but it’s still pretty impressive for a company that’s only three years old. The top 50 include the Gates Foundation and IntelEducation and KQEDMindshift , which has done an amazing job connecting teachers to public media resources. The list was compiled by Onalytica, an influence relationship management company.

My Article For Teachwire: Focus Your Teaching On The Important Stuff By ‘Flipping’ Your Classroom.


I recently wrote an article for Teachwire , an excellent educational website (the online version of the magazine ‘Teach Primary’), about simple ways to ‘flip’ your classroom. Click here for the full article. Have you ever ‘flipped’ your classroom? Let me know by commenting below. Tagged: edtech , education , flipped classroom , how to , learning , teaching , teaching ideas , tech , technology.

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).

5 Ways to Make Learning Personal

The CoolCatTeacher

with Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey share five very important concepts in today’s show. In their book, Make Learning Personal, they talk about how you enlist the support of learners beneath their own process of learning.

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Top 10 Reasons to Sign Up for Summer Learning with Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you haven’t yet made the decision to join me at Summer PD : Tech-infused Teacher for three-weeks of high-intensity tech integration, here are the Top Ten Reasons for signing up: 10. Tech in ed is a change agent. You like change. You’ll have a bunch of tech ed skills you can now say ‘I know how to do that’ Like TwitterChats. And Google Hangouts. And screencasts. Your school will pay for it of you promise to teach colleagues–or show the videos. It’s fun.

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[Guest Post] Train Students to Own Their Learning

Education Elements

Virtual Schools student ownership

Schools in All 50 States Are Making

Digital Promise

Making has always been in America’s DNA. From Benjamin Franklin to Thomas Edison to Steve Jobs, America has always been shaped, driven, and defined by inventors, tinkerers, and makers — people with the vision to dream and the ability to create.

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.

5 Tools To Make Your Website Faster (and Better)

The CoolCatTeacher

Tips and Tricks for Educators Establishing a Personal Brand From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Websites crash all the time. It is a common problem for everyone from schools to teachers to businesses to anyone who has a website. Here are some tools that I recommend to help figure out why your website is crashing or just to double check to make sure it is configured properly.

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Last Chance to Join Tech-infused Teacher and Teach Writing With Tech

Ask a Tech Teacher

Last chance–class starts Monday, June 20th! Summer PD. Three spots left. More on Summer PD: Top Ten Reasons to sign up for Summer PD. 17 Take-aways from Summer PD. Summer Tech Camp–Everything You Need. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 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.

Mistakes Make Us Human

A Principal's Reflections

Recently I was able to enjoy some time home with my family after what had been a brutal stretch on the road speaking and presenting. My wonderful wife had been holding the fort down in my absence so I was ready and willing to help her out in any way that I could. Thus, she asked if I could take our daughter to cheer practice the entire week and I immediately obliged.

Teacher Development Research Review: Keys to Educator Success

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Edutopia. Teaching quality has been defined as “instruction that enables a wide range of students to learn” ( Darling-Hammond, 2012 ), and it is the strongest school-related factor that can improve student learning and achievement ( Hanushek, 2011 ; Nye, Konstantopoulos, and Hedges, 2004 ; Rivkin, Hanushek, and Kain, 2005 ). Knowing this, what is the best way to foster and provide ongoing support for good teaching practices?

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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.

VIDEO TUTORIAL: How to Quickly Transcribe Audio Files [Video]

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I have been looking at testing the transcription of a podcast. There are services out there that will do it, but I have concerns about accuracy. So, I’m doing it manually this first time to see if people like it (or not). After some research, I found a service called oTranscribe that is pretty nifty. So, I made a quick tutorial.

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5 Websites That Make Language Learning More Interactive

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Great teachers strive to make learning engaging, interactive, and fun for students. Certain subjects like the visual arts and hands-on sciences may lend themselves well to this. Language learning, on the other hand, has rarely been grouped with “the cool subjects.” As technology advances, more and more tools have become available that when used correctly […]. The post 5 Websites That Make Language Learning More Interactive appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

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Finding the Road to Travel By

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 5, Number 4. Driving Question: How can we leverage real-world work to prepare students for the workforce? Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost. Whose responsibility is it to help students explore their career options? Who can best help each find his or her road to travel by?


Leading Educators Take the Stage to Ignite Change in Education

Digital Promise

Representing 73 districts, 33 states, and 3.2 million students, the League of Innovative Schools is a coalition of education leaders use their collective voice to advance positive change in public education, as exhibited by a powerful series of TED talks delivered this April.

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!

Proving LMS ROI: Is an LMS a worthy investment?


A learning management system is a complex software that is supposed to support an educational institution in achieving its scope: that of educating students. To some extent, an LMS is the most important part of the technological side of education today. Online courses support the learning and teaching needs in all major learning environments: traditional, or face-to-face, online, and of course, blended.

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Real-time Student Progress Reports: Simplicity with a Personalized Learning Platform


Contributor: Amanda Cunningham Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 9:30am Monitoring a student’s overall academic performance at any given moment can be an arduous and time-consuming process. A teacher or administrator may need to prompt multiple teachers to provide the latest progress reports in order to put together a complete picture of a student’s performance at that point in time. Pinpointing any issues the student is experiencing is another uphill battle.

[Guest Post] The Journey to Personalization: Two School Districts, Two Timely Questions

Education Elements

Each and every journey has its own route even if the final destination is the same. As a school district leader, I believe that learning is most effective when tied to the unique needs of every child. My experiences in two separate school districts lead me to think about how the journey to personalized learning may be different each time, while containing similar themes.

My Article For The TES: How to… Overcome classroom technophobia.


I recently wrote an article for the Times Educational Supplement (TES). It was about my experience of technophobia as a teacher and how I overcame it. Click here to view the full article. Have you experienced technophobia? Let me know by commenting below. Tagged: edtech , education , learning , teaching , technology , technophobia , TES. education edtech learning teaching technology technophobia TES

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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.

Out with Stereotypes

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 5, Number 6. Driving Question: What do you do with students with disabilities not able to attend college and/or continue with job training? At Ocean Lakes High School, the vision is simple: Prepare each student with functional skills to assist with life-long aptitudes in employment and enter them directly into the workforce with partner businesses. P21 Blogazine

Real-Time Student Progress Reports: Simplicity with a Personalized Learning Platform


Contributor: Amanda Cunningham Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 9:30am Monitoring a student’s overall academic performance at any given moment can be an arduous and time-consuming process. A teacher or administrator may need to prompt multiple teachers to provide the latest progress reports in order to put together a complete picture of a student’s performance at that point in time. Pinpointing any issues the student is experiencing is another uphill battle.

13 Steps to Shape & Secure Your 1:1 Chromebook Program


The following tips will help maximize the online safety and productivity of your students. We will demystify the Google Apps for Education Admin Console , providing you with the tools to successfully optimize your school’s 1:1 program and edtech experience. Taken from Best Practices to Shape & Secure Your 1:1 Program for Chromebooks. The Google Apps cloud-based policy, simplified: Device Settings (Steps 1-3). User Settings (Steps 4-13). >Chrome >Chrome Device Settings.