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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.

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.


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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.

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.

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 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.

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How To Document A Science Investigation Using Google Keep.


Recently, my class did a science experiment, where we explored how rain falls. In short, you put shaving foam (the cloud) on top of a cup of water and drop food colouring onto it. When the cloud gets full, it begins to ‘rain’ the food colouring. Have a look at a video we took: How did the class document the experiment? We used a brilliant app called Google Keep. Its primary purpose is to make notes and reminders but it has a lot of uses.

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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.

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


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.

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Class Divide Debuts Oct. 3rd: HBO Documentary Shines Light on the Inequalities of Education

EdNews Daily

Main (Top) Photo: Joel. Credit: Tom LeGoff/courtesy of HBO). Commentary by Robyn Shulman: I was privileged to have an early screening of this film. As a parent, educator and writer, this film hit every emotion within me. Demonstrating the inequalities and gaps in education, Class Divide will make you understand how the education system is shadowed under a rock, dividing our country by what the documentary states as classism and so much more.

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).

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


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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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

College Bound? Made of Compassion and Creativity: Meet Ethan Sawyer, College Essay Guy

EdNews Daily

Sometimes, if we are lucky enough, our paths cross with genuine people who truly want to make a difference in the world, especially for youth. When I come across someone of this nature, I make extra effort to ensure I nurture and care for the relationship. I have not recommended specific names or people on this site in the past. In the four years I’ve been running this outlet, I am proud to introduce you to my new friend and colleague, Ethan Sawyer, the College Essay Guy.

One Simple Way to Eliminate All Classroom Discipline Problems

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. I once told a principal that our in-school detention room was an inefficient method of school discipline. When he asked me what I would do to improve it, I told him to remove all of the chairs and force the offending students to stand and stare at the wall. That was one of the saddest […]. The post One Simple Way to Eliminate All Classroom Discipline Problems appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Featured Innovation meditation

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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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.

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 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

Take A Look At The Maths Mastery Materials I Wrote For The Scholastic Online Resource Bank.


I recently wrote some content for Scholastic. It was a short article on mastery in mathematics; followed by some open-ended maths challenges to help learners achieve a thorough understanding of a topic. Find the full resource by clicking here. Tagged: education , mastery , math , mathematics , maths , open-ended problem solving , teaching. education mastery math mathematics maths open-ended problem solving teaching

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.

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.

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.

Top Eight Reasons To Become Certifiably Innovative with #CUEIEC


What is IEC, you say? CUE, along with Fresno Pacific University, has put together an amazing six month online Innovative Educator Certificate (IEC) program devoted to meeting your educational technology needs. Many schools have invested in various tech tools including tablets and laptops. This influx of technology has left many teachers with the desire to learn more about these tools and the drive to use technology in new and bold ways.

‘Really Tricky’ Online Maths Resources


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.

MLTI Fall 2016 Update Notes

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Here are notes and useful links related to the DOE MLTI Update for Fall 2016. New Staff Members. We are excited to have added Amanda Nguyen and Sean Malone to the Learning Through Technology Team. Each is a Maine native, a veteran educator, and a leader in learning technology. As Digital Learning Specialists Amanda and Sean will be involved with designing and implementing our programs, with tech support to schools, and with professional development.

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