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The Art and Science of Learning: How New Mexico School for the Arts Uses Research

Digital Promise

New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) is a high school that boasts rigorous academic and mastery arts curricula for students from across the state. Though the school has collected six consecutive “A” grades from the New Mexico Public Education Department, and leadership felt proud of their accomplishments, NMSA Founder and President Cindy Montoya shared that staff had been operating primarily on intuition.

My Story: Fire, Loss, and Rebuilding

Catlin Tucker

On Sunday, October 8th I went to bed early. I had been waking up between 4-5 AM all week to do work for my doctoral program. We had also hosted my husband’s family for the weekend, and I was exhausted. Normally, we go to be at 11 PM, but that evening I crawled under the covers at 9:30 PM. It was a warm and windy night. I could hear the wind whistling through the trees outside my window. It reminded me of growing up in Southern California and the hot, dry Santa Ana winds.

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IT Staff Support is Critical for Success in 1-to-1 Classrooms

The Journal

Educators typically have mixed views on their school’s IT staff — to put it mildly. In order to better understand IT staff’s priorities, responsibilities and resources, we lunched with them recently. Our eyes were opened by those conversations

Reflecting on Digital Identity and Footprints! #EdtechMissions

Teacher Reboot Camp

Our learners become citizens of the digital world as toddlers or younger. They create digital avatars and profiles as part of their membership to online games or online communities. Sometimes their parents create their online profiles for them or the children create profiles for their dolls or toys. These profiles and memberships come with responsibilities, which are often outlined in small print in the Terms of Service few read or consider.

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.

How To Create a Virtual Field Trip for Google Cardboard

EdTech4Beginners

Virtual field trips are a great way to engage learners; creating an immersive and memorable experience for them. Thanks to advances in technology, teachers can create 360-degree virtual field trips for students that are both high in quality and relatively low in cost. In total, a teacher can spend anywhere from a few hours to a few days to generate these VR applications. Below, I’ll walk you through the major steps in creating the virtual field trip for Google Cardboard headsets.

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Helping Students Find Passion and Purpose: Barbara Bray

The CoolCatTeacher

Barbara Bray on episode 174 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Barbara Bray talks about personalizing learning in the classroom. She teaches us strategies and helps us think about how to make our classrooms better. Note: There were so many great quotes in this show, I’ve made some graphics for you to share. Enjoy!).

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Interview with Noah Geisel, @SenorG: Motivate with Digital Badges!

Teacher Reboot Camp

Noah Geisel, @SenorG , is the first person who really taught me about the potential micro-credentials and digital badges have to motivate learners to achieve great things throughout their lives. Noah and I sat down at the Friendly Place in San Antonio a few years back and he began to passionately explain and sketch out his digital badging ideas for an entire district. I had used badges for my online learning conferences, but hadn’t quite used badges with students, yet.

Digital Portfolios + Micro-credentials = Massive Impact for Students & Teachers

Digital Promise

Assessment. Evaluation. Judgement. Research reveals that students ubiquitously perceive assessment as something that is “done to them [sic] by someone else — and is out of their control.” …very little of the work we give students in school provides them with a sense that they are making a contribution to anything other than their own educational progress toward graduation. Indeed, once the grade is recorded, a huge amount of student work is thrown away. It has no more value.

Halloween Projects, Websites, Apps, and a Costume

Ask a Tech Teacher

Three holidays are fast-approaching–Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. If you’re a teacher, that means lots of tie-ins to make school festive and relevant to students. Here are ideas for Halloween projects, lesson plans, websites, and apps: Projects. ASCII Art–Computer Art for Everyone (a pumpkin–see inset). Lesson Plan: Halloween letter for grades 2-5. Make a Holiday Card. A Holiday Card (with Publisher). A Holiday flier. Books. Book Review: 16 Holiday Projects.

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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).

Write on the walls!

EdTech4Beginners

My school have painted some of the walls with ‘whiteboard paint’ The children absolutely love it and it is fantastic for collaborative learning. Here’s my class writing some poetry: Contemporary room design enabled Mr Jarrett to support these Yr6 students to explore their performance poetry ideas together #BeAmbitious pic.twitter.com/L2xkdWjuFg. — BISS Puxi (@BISSPuxi) September 7, 2017.

Annotation with Digital Devices Motivates Learners to Dive Deeper

Teacher Reboot Camp

Getting students to care about seeking and spreading the truth is one of the key topics in my new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions. How do we motivate our students to spend a few extra minutes evaluating all the information they consume with a critical eye? Annotation is the key to helping learners evaluate what they read online.

7 must-knows from blended learning’s early adopters

eSchool News

Earlier this year, the Highlander Institute, The Learning Accelerator and The Christensen Institute teamed up to bring together a conference on blended and personalized learning in Providence, R.I. The goal of the event was to focus on the practical elements of blended learning and personalized learning by surfacing the tactics that teachers and leaders from around the country were deploying on the ground.

How NOT to Assess Student Writing

Ask a Tech Teacher

In my school, every teacher assesses writing. Even in the tech lab, which is my purview, I provide mini-how-to-write lessons before tech projects that include writing. That’s not just for essays or reports but slideshows, blog posts, comments in forums, and more. I remind students of the five-paragraph essay, synonyms, plan-revise-edit-rewrite, persuasive essays, letter writing, or whatever fits the day’s lesson.

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 Ways to Help Numbers Come Alive

The CoolCatTeacher

Rebecca Klemm on episode 175 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Dr. Rebecca Klemm @ numbersalive shares how to help numbers come alive for all ages. From toddler to teenager to Ph.D., Rebecca informs us about the building blocks that build math success.

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Critical Questions to Ask When Building a Life-changing Curriculum Process

Education Elements

Yes, I said it in my title. Life-changing. Am I exaggerating? Maybe a little. But as a former teacher, I met too many students who “hated (insert any subject here)” because they thought their textbook, worksheet, or homework material was boring, too difficult, or did not make sense to them. I also met too many fellow teachers who thought their curriculum was simply their textbooks (which they often didn’t like), and no more.

Efficacy in Digital Learning

A Principal's Reflections

As a principal, the buck stopped with me. I was reminded of this by numerous superintendents during my tenure as a school leader. However, when we began moving forward with our digital transformation one particular superintendent asked me point blank what evidence I had that actually supported our claims that new equated to better. This not only stopped me in my tracks, but that moment in time provided the grounding that my school and I really needed.

169 Tech Tip #99: Need Email Accounts for Registration? Try This

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: #99–Need Email Accounts for Registration? Try This. Category: Email. Sub-category: Webtools, Problem-solving, Classroom management.

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.

Where will STEM education be in 5 years?

eSchool News

In 2015, there were nearly 8.6 million STEM jobs in the United States, and that number is growing every year. In fact, STEM job growth in the past 10 years is three times that of any other field , but by 2018, it is projected that 2.4 million STEM jobs will go unfilled. Yet, STEM education programs have not kept pace–calling into question whether there will be enough qualified employees available to take on these new positions.

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Introduction to Design Thinking for Educators Workshop

User Generated Education

I had the opportunity to facilitate a workshop on design thinking for educators at the New Mexico Association for the Gifted Fall Institute. Here is a round-up of what we did. Warm Up: Instant Challenge. Participants were asked to warm-up for the session with a challenge from the Destination Imagination Instant Challenge App. Instant Challenges are fun, STEAM-based group activities that must be solved within a short period of time.

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The Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. We are often quick to make judgements on what we perceive to be happening when children behave in a way that draws attention – but when a young person with autism is struggling to cope with the world, the last thing they need is our criticism. These 10 tips reflect our combined experience of research and close engagement with children with autism.

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How to Grow Global Digital Citizens

Ask a Tech Teacher

With the rise of online games, web-based education, and smartphones that access everything from house lights to security systems, it’s not surprising to read these statistics: In 2013, 71 percent of the U.S. population age 3 and over used the Internet. 94% of youth ages 12-17 who have Internet access say they use the Internet for school research and 78% say they believe the Internet helps them with schoolwork.

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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!

Secrets of Great District Leadership

The CoolCatTeacher

Randy Zeigenfuss on episode 178 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Superintendent Randy Ziegenfuss talks about secrets of transformational district leadership. Encouraging innovation. The role of principals. The mistakes many districts make in transformational change. The importance of the district team. These are all topics discussed today. Today’s Sponsor: GradeCam can save you time!

In The News: Hackers Target Nation’s Schools

Doug Levin

As quoted in: Hobbs, Tawnell D. Hackers Target Nation’s Schools.” Wall Street Journal. 23 October 2017. Cyber experts say schools need to be proactive in the rush to go digital, such as having antivirus software up-to-date, backup files, and providing computer security training. “We’re We’re rushing to connect everything while we know that even for the most sophisticated technology companies in the world that they’re vulnerable, and schools don’t have a chance in that context,” said Douglas A.

How to Engage Your Customers through WiFi Marketing

SecurEdge

What if you could harness the power of WiFi to reach your customers in real time and give your business a competitive advantage all at once? Hospitality Retail Strategy SMB WFi Marketing

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4 Amazing Tips To Making Communities Healthier Through STEAM and Sports

Battelle for Kids

If you are a regular BOOST Breakfast Club reader, you may have read my summer article, STEM and Wellness: Colliding Galaxies. The article explores a partnership sparked by a chance meeting at the 2017 BOOST Conference between the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the National Girls Collaborative Project. Three months later and our educational brief, STEM and Wellness: A Powerful Equation for Equity , is now live! Here is the heart of the brief: P21 Blog

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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.

Why Teachers Should Talk about Teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

Tom Rademacher on episode 179 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Tom Rademacher, author of It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and slightly unprofessional) Book About Teaching , shares why teachers should tell their story. And how they can do it without losing their job.). Today’s Sponsor: GradeCam can save you time! Quickly create assessments for any grade or subject without special forms or equipment.

5 Ways to use digital storytelling in class

Neo LMS

A major buzzword over the last few years, digital storytelling has emerged as a new way to communicate, specifically to communicate personal stories. It is defined by its use of computer-based technology to enhance the old art of storytelling. Typically digital storytelling is not associated with media such as Hollywood movies, as it is characterized as a personal expression, rather than a commercial exercise.

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School Takes Vacation in the Summer, But It’s a Busy Time for Ed-Tech Startups

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

When I started Listenwise, I was part of a business accelerator called Learn Launch. Its focus is to help education technology companies get their businesses off the ground. We had many classes and mentors who helped us understand the market. One thing stood out to me – the education market is seasonal. I thought this… The post School Takes Vacation in the Summer, But It’s a Busy Time for Ed-Tech Startups appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Business Strategy Startups