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How Do You Mend a Broken Teacher?

The CoolCatTeacher

Life Lessons from Hall of Fame Teacher Kim Bearden From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Broken. It happens. It hurts deeply. I have had days when I didn’t know how I would get out of bed and make it to school. Most teachers I respect have had periods of deep brokenness too. So has Hall of Fame Teacher Kim Bearden, co-founder of Ron Clark Academy. Today she tells all. We need to lift one another up and encourage each other.

Are We Talking Technology or Are We Talking Learning

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More and more, educators are recognizing that the true value of technology isn’t learning how to use the tools and devices, but rather using the tools and devices to learn (see here , here , here , and here ). Even a recent meta analysis of the research on 1to1 learning environments shows that when the studies focused simply on the presence of technology, there was no real improvement in learning.

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8 Websites that Explain Elections

Ask a Tech Teacher

In about half the world’s nations–such as those ruled by socialism, communism, dictators, and autocracies–law and order are decided by government agencies, often people placed in power by those already in power. When America wrote its Democracy-based Constitution and Bill of Rights in the late 1700’s, we chose a different route.

Celebrating Five Years of Leadership with the League of Innovative Schools

Digital Promise

This week, as we celebrate Digital Promise’s fifth anniversary , we also welcome the districts who are part of the 2016-2017 cohort of the League of Innovative Schools. Members of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools are changing the model of traditional public education and building policies, programs, and practices that demonstrate how forward-thinking leadership, combined with driven, empowered educators and smart technology use, can transform learning.

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

3 Reasons to Bring Music into the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

(Besides Improving Test Scores) From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Why does music seem to rewire the brain for learning? Studies show a definite link between music and academic success. Then, why is music often one of the first things cut when budgets shrink ? Let’s dive into why music is so important to a child’s education. We’ll also discuss some of the ways we need to educate children about music.

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8 Essential Books Every Tech-Minded Teacher Should Read

Ask a Tech Teacher

I love reading, but there are so many books out there, it’s challenging to pick the right one for my education needs. Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Karen Dikson, came to the rescue. She curated a great list of essential tech-minded books for today’s teachers. Here are her suggestions: We live in an extremely stimulating and dynamic era, and it’s hard to predict what is going to happen tomorrow, let alone in the next few years.

Improve retention, re-teach less with this learning technique

Ditch That Textbook

What if you didn’t have to spend so much time re-teaching material to your students? What if that material was securely saved in their minds, ready for recall whenever necessary? And they could apply that knowledge to whatever they were learning at the moment? Even though there’s no magic bullet to make students remember everything [.]. Teaching brain research cognitive science ditch that homework retrieval review study habits

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A parent’s perspective on the best learning apps for children

Neo LMS

There are many different apps that all claim to help children with their learning. From reading to math games, apps are taking over the educational landscape. So much so, that some schools are integrating tablets and apps into their curriculum. Apps can be a great tool to use for learning, once you figure out the best ones for your children and how to use them effectively.

Reluctant writers in your class? Engage them with Pokemon character reports.

EdTech4Beginners

I recently came across this amazing art on BoredPanda. It is an artist’s vision of the anatomy of different Pokemon characters. Here is an example: This inspired me to set a homework challenge for my students to create their own Pokemon character non-chronological reports. I hoped it would engage them! Here is the template I shared with them: *You can download the PDF by clicking here.

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5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Mindsnacks–Learning in Bite-sized Pieces

Ask a Tech Teacher

Mindsnacks is a series of education apps on topics like geography, vocabulary, languages, and SAT. With colorful graphics and cute characters, it’s a cross between flashcards and multiple choice with lots of visual thrown in. Though these are game-based learning, there’s no plot as you might find simulated games. Think Number Munchers rather than Minecraft. Each app includes personalized learning, an enhanced review mode, and additional challenges to keep students motivated.

iPad Math Journals in Kindergarten

iTeach with iPads

When I was growing up, I always knew I’d be in the top of my class in math, and that gave me a lot of self-confidence. Sergey Brin. Math confidence is something I did not have in school. While I am super proud of surviving doctoral stats, I feel the pain of my students when they struggle with math concepts. This week we are working on 2 dimensional shapes. We have found them in our environment and discussed the sides and number of vertices.

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K–12’s Curricular Transition from Atoms to Bits is a Work in Progress

The Journal

While the book publishing, music publishing and video publishing industries have transitioned successfully from atoms to bits, not so for K-12. Indeed, in K-12 it is early – and confusing – days in transitioning from atom-based textbooks to bit-based digital curricula

Designing Technology for Adult Learners: Support and Scaffolding

Digital Promise

We inaugurated our design brief series last spring with Designing for Adult Learners: 5 Key Principles Drawn from Adult Learning Theory. This series is for education technology developers and entrepreneurs who wish to enter the adult learning market, a market with enormous growth potential. We have now published our second brief, Designing for Technology Adult Learners: Support and Scaffolding.

Develop A Feature-Rich App for Any Virtual Classroom

Building an e-learning platform? Download the solution brief to learn how you can create a customized, feature-rich, interactive classroom for an enhanced learning experience.

Subscriber Special: October

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to Ask a Tech Teacher get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. October 9th-10th (two days only): K-8 Technology Curriculum UPDATED 6th Edition. Student Workbooks. 10% Discount on Room License–use coupon code STUDENTWKBKSPECIALROOM. 20% Discount on School License–use coupon code STUDENTWKBKSPECIALSCHOOL. 25% Discount on District License–use coupon code STUDENTWKBKSPECIALDISTRICT. Click the links for more information.

Goal: Introduce Pop Culture into the Curriculum

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” ” – Albert Einstein. Goal: Engage your students with pop culture appropriate for their ages. Teach a lesson with a song or share an example or anecdote from a famous celebrity your students respect. There are several teachers who get students to read, write, and learn their subject matter with pop culture.

10 engaging ways to use mobile devices in the classroom

Ditch That Textbook

Mobile devices are everywhere. Adults and children are using smartphones, tablets, e-readers and more to interact with each other and the web every day. More people interact with digital media through mobile now than through desktop computers, and that number continues to grow. Seventy five percent of kids under eight have their own mobile device. [.]. Ed Tech byod byot cell phones edtech educational technology mobile devices mobile learning samsung

A Plain English Instructional Model

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We’ve been working hard to help Maine’s schools adopt a “More Verbs, Fewer Nouns” stance when thinking about the technology in our schools. We want schools to be sure they are focused more on what they want to do with the devices than with the devices themselves.

8 Reasons to Invest in a New Student Information System

If your school’s SIS has limited functions, only works on campus or breaks down more than you would like, it might time to invest in a new one.

Why Schools Shouldn't Go It Alone on Personalized Learning

Education Elements

Principals and teachers trying to personalize their students’ learning are charged with radically reimagining the classroom. It’s a tall order that requires educators to take risks, move outside their comfort zones and essentially overhaul much of their jobs. What we’re seeing in the schools we’ve visited for this project makes it clear that this work shouldn’t—and often can’t—be done alone. Personalized Learning Blended Learning

Ditching Traditional Grades & My Online Gradebook

Catlin Tucker

Last year, I began experimenting with standards-based grading and wrote a blog titled “ Grading for Mastery and Redesigning My Gradebook. ” My goal was to shift the conversation away from the accumulation of points and, instead, focus on the development of skills. Although I appreciated the immediate change that took place when I began grading based on my students’ ability to master specific skills, I knew I wanted to go even further this year as I began N.E.W. School.

Are students buying what we’re selling?

The Christensen Institute

Calls for innovation in education seem to get louder by the day. Innovation” has become the catchall term for the urge to make up for what our current system lacks; a system that, on balance, is neither delivering an equally high-quality education to all students equally, nor designed to reliably prepare young people for the modern workforce. From there, of course, opinions about what sorts of innovations we ought to invest in, and to what end, vary politically and philosophically.

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The Advantages of a Plain English Instructional Model

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Recently we have started to promote a Plain English Instructional Model to help promote pedagogical conversations in school and to help contextualize our conversations about education technology around learning. The primary advantage of having a plain English instructional model is that it is often more easily adapted by our staff who are strong “Joe” and “Jane Average” instructors.

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7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

‘Really Tricky’ Online Maths Resources

EdTech4Beginners

I recently organised and ran the Federation of British Schools In Asia (FOBISIA) maths tournament. It was successful and I got positive feedback from both teachers and students. Well done to the winners: Now that it is finished, I thought I would share some of the resources I created/used. They were described by my students as ‘really tricky’! Click here to access 20 maths problems I made for the group challenge. Click here for the online maths test.

Ideas For Providing Internet Access At Home

The Web20Classroom

This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own. When I was an Instructional Technology Director one of the challenges I faced was working to ensure that students, no matter where they lived in my district, had access to the same tools and opportunities. I could provide technology that could be used in the schools, and provided high speed network access while they were in schools.

If poverty is not a resource problem, then what is it?

The Christensen Institute

In his 1949 presidential inaugural address, popularly referred to as the Four Points speech, Harry Truman introduced the concept of international development as we know it today. In his speech, he asked Americans to “embark on a bold new program for making the benefits of our scientific advances and industrial progress available for the improvement and growth of underdeveloped areas.” This speech, unbeknownst to the president, gave rise to the first global United States Foreign Aid Program.

Would This Help With Proficiency-based Learning and Teacher Effectiveness?

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Would it help your school with your proficiency-based diploma work and your PEPG/teacher effectiveness work if you could bring in professional development in any or all of these six areas? If so, we may be able to help you. This is the Plain English Instructional Model that MLTI is leveraging to help emphasize our focus on learning and is shaping the professional development we are providing schools. We hope it equally applies to proficiency-based diploma and teacher effectiveness work.

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.