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Best 2015 Videos: STEM, STEAM, and Maker Education Theme

User Generated Education

One of my end of year rituals is finding and posting the years’ best videos. Given my current interest in maker education , I decided to locate and post 2015 videos related to maker education, STEM, and STEAM. Maker Education: Reaching All Learners. At Albemarle County Public Schools, maker education fosters student autonomy, ignites student interest, and empowers students to embrace their own learning. What Is a Maker? We are all makers; it’s in our DNA.

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20 ways to ditch those worksheets

Ditch That Textbook

In the first few years of my teaching career, I relied on worksheets a lot. In fact, when I switched professions to become a teacher, creating my own worksheets kind of excited me. After those first few years and lots of lessons with worksheets, workbooks and end-of-chapter questions, I came to a scary realization. The [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology formative assessment gafe Google Apps homework worksheets


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Need Help Beginning a Blog?

Catlin Tucker

Blogging has become an important part of my teaching practice. Prior to blogging, I frequently neglected the reflection phase of learning. Now, blogging creates a space for me to reflect on what I am doing, what is working, and how I can continue to improve. Writing my blog has also become a vehicle to share my work with other educators and build an invaluable personal learning network. I know many teachers are curious about blogging.

10 Bits of Wisdom I Learned From a Computer

Ask a Tech Teacher

Life is hard, but help is all around us. The trick is to take your learning where you find it. In my case, as a technology teacher, it‘s from computers. A while ago I posted four lessons I learned from computers : Know when your RAM is full. You Can‘t Go Faster Than Your Processor Speed. Take Shortcuts When You Can. Be Patient When You‘re Hourglassing. I got a flood of advice from readers about the geeky lessons they got from computers. See which you relate to: #5: Go offline for a while.

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.

Find the Right YouTube Video for Your Lesson in Minutes

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

A new way to weed through YouTube videos for the ones that illustrate lessons best. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email Research & Insights blendedclassroom differentiationtools edtech flippedclassroom formativeassessments interactivelearning realtimemonitoring screencasting teacherpreneur video videoscreencasting

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3 Simple Steps to Help Students Become a Global Citizen

The CoolCatTeacher

What are the best ways for a teacher to engage their classroom in a global conversation? From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Like squirrels in a sack, we can choose to coexist or we can make life miserable for one another. We are all a global citizen whether we realize it or not. Parents and teachers are building the bridges today that tomorrow will walk across. . Let’s be clear about something.

5 Great Holiday Websites

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are five great holiday websites that will put the seasonal spirit into your teaching. They are education-infused, lively, and appeal to varied learning styles. If you’re a tech teacher, you’ll want to use all of them. If you’re a classroom teacher, click through and find the ones right for your age group: 12 Days of Christmas. Gift Hunt. NORAD Santa. Penguin Show. Reindeer Orchestra. 12 Days of Christmas. Middle School and High School. Overview.

Salting the Oats: How Effective Coaches Ready PBL Teachers

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 14, Number 8. Driving Question: How Do Coaches Most Help Teachers Transform Their 21st Century Instruction Into Classroom Action? Have you ever watched young children playing "school"? Even pre-school children portray the classroom as a place where the teacher is in control, often very autocratically, and the students are expected to be passive absorbers of information, following their teacher's instructions. Not much changes as the children pass to adolescence.

What Matters Most

A Principal's Reflections

“Forcing teachers and students to use tech because you have it will never get the results you want. Integrate when appropriate.” – Eric Sheninger I love technology. Now most of you are not shocked by that statement so let me explain it with some more detail. I love technology for its ability to transform lives and professional practice.

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).

Helping students in need


Here we are in the e-learning age where students are becoming self-engaged learners and teachers are maximizing whatever digital resources there are for teaching. Almost every school has a well-defined digital learning integration in their curriculum, which isn’t just about being modern or joining the so-called “e-learning bandwagon” - it’s also about making learning fun and engaging for students and teachers.

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Where’d Christmas Come From?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Watch this video and come away educated: __. 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.

School Districts Are Standing In The Way Of Public School Edtech

Education Elements

No gymnasiums, no cafeterias and no administrators. That’s school policy at AltSchools , a chain of private, for-profit schools backed by the likes of Andreessen Horowitz and Mark Zuckerberg. At the location I visited, the school schedule was written on a white board and could be changed in real time. Students flowed between grade levels and classes based upon what they wanted and needed from teachers.

It’s More Than A Bag Of Chips! Part I

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 14, Number 8. Driving Question: Professional Development- Reactive or Proactive? From the 90s, I remember a popular saying: "All that and a bag of chips". This saying basically refers to the episodic shifts that make life and worries different every day. With teens, the changes deal with what is cool at a given moment. What is cool changes from day to day. Their shifts, like so many chips in a bag, are ever changing in shape and form.

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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.

Must-have features in any LMS


Every online platform has some sort of “feature benchmark” where such a platform is expected to have features to upload this kind of file, save that to a cloud location, or share whatever resource users want. And the usual standard is that the consumers/users are the ones setting the tone for these benchmarks by providing feedback, and platform developers are expected to act on user feedback. But features are not just build on user feedback.

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Have Santa Call Your Kids

Ask a Tech Teacher

DialMyCalls (an AATT sponsor) has a special Christmas offer for kids who want to hear from Santa: Send Free Santa Calls To Your Family This Christmas. This Christmas we have a great gift for everyone! Whether you’re an existing DialMyCalls user or not, you can take advantage of our completely free phone call from Santa. Imagine the look on your child’s face when they receive a personalized phone call from Santa with his or her name on it!


The 4 X 4 of Personalized Learning (Part 3)

Education Elements

True personalized learning is really dynamically tailored to the individual, which means that you’d be hard pressed to find two places where personalized learning looks exactly the same. As much as personalized learning is tailored to each student’s needs, personalized learning is also tailored to each classroom, each school and each district. No district has the exact same needs and goals as other districts. The population of students is different from one school to another.

A Professional Development Road Map to Deep School Change

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 14, Number 7. Driving Question: What can happen if a school leaders redesign one year of professional development to reinvent a school? Who is going to let the elephant out of the closet? There's lots of attention given to how ineffective 90% of teacher education is. One shots, quick fixes and superficial mandates rule. What's new about that? Certainly, those wastes of time and minds need to go.

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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.

Sioux City CSD has a different view than Governor Branstad

Dangerously Irrelevant

Sioux City Community School District Chief Financial Officer John Chalstrom said: In the past six years, the increase in [Iowa] state aid has averaged 1.88 percent while expenditures have grown an average of 3.45 percent. Superintendent Paul Gausman said: How many years can you have in a row where the supplemental state aid is so low it continues to choke you for efficiencies? Sooner or later, you’ve found every efficiency you can and it begins to really hurt.

A Shout Out for My Donate Button

Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher is a small group of tech-ed teachers with a big goal: provide free and affordable resources to anyone, anywhere that integrate technology into education. It’s an ambitious goal and we rely on donations from readers like you to make that happen. About this time of each year, when several of our larger bills come due, we give a shout out for help.

Education 3.0–Where Students Create Their Own Learning Experiences

TeachThought - Learn better.

Education 3.0–Where –Where Students Create Their Own Learning Experiences by Terry Heick Curriculum maps are well-meaning and imminently practical documents that have guided educators–and education–for years. How these documents function in. The post Education 3.0–Where –Where Students Create Their Own Learning Experiences appeared first on TeachThought. The Future Of Learning Ed Reform Middle & High School Terry Heick Veteran Teacher

Books I Read in 2015

Iterating Toward Openness

Martin’s post has inspired me to share the books I read in 2015, though I have not made the time to produce useless charts like he did. I must say that, after staying healthy, the biggest benefit of running is all the audio books I manage to read. Some things on my list are only in print (no audio), but they were super important to me to read.

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!

Benefits of Google Apps and Chromebooks for Schools

Educational Technology Guy

Benefits of Google Apps and Chromebooks How does Google Apps and Chromebooks compare to Apple or Microsoft inside the classroom? Google Apps and Chromebooks are extremely easy to use. Students and teachers can access thousands of web apps and extensions, most free, as well as everything on the internet. Schools using Chromebooks have great experiences with limited issues or concerns.

How Tech Can Enrich Your Next Field Trip

The Web20Classroom

This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Devices like tablets and wearables don’t just enhance classroom learning—they can also transform field trips, making educational outings more interactive and memorable than before. Culturally stimulating field trips were found to improve critical life skills in children in a 2013 study from the University of Arkansas.

Using The SAMR Model To Frame How To Teach With Apps

TeachThought - Learn better.

Using The SAMR Model To Frame How To Teach With Apps by TeachThought Staff Not all apps are created equal. Not all teacher planning and instructional design are created equal. The post Using The SAMR Model To Frame How To Teach With Apps appeared first on TeachThought. The Future Of Learning General Veteran Teacher

Hope and the Teacher

The Jose Vilson

My colleague asked me point-blank: “You’re saying you don’t think you’re having an effect on kids?” ” I guess I should have been more poignant. I’m also not one for small talk, an affliction I acquired from years of nervous ticks when I spoke in normal situations. I also suffered from an extreme case of “I respect this person’s current work on these issues to not be honest.”

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.

Are You a Steam Punk Educator? Learn How To Bring STEAM into Your Classroom


Download. Listen in a New Window. iTunes. Stitcher. SoundCloud. Leave a Review. Clammr It. Subscribe via RSS Subscribe on Android Follow @TeacherCast. Leave a VoiceMail. In this episode, we take a look at the CUE Steam Punk Movement with our friends Jon Corippo, Doug Robertson and Brian Briggs. Learn how you can bring STEAM into your classroom today! The TechEducator Podcast is a weekly round table discussion about current topics in educational technology.

Bing In The Classroom

The Web20Classroom

The folks over at Microsoft have launched their Bing In The Classroom Initiative with the hopes of helping students be better searchers of information and build a foundation of good digital literacy skills. It all starts with registering your school or district as a Bing In The Classroom partner. When you do that, and students use Bing search they earn credits for their school that can be redeemed for free Surface tablets. Simply search and earn free tech.

Two Promote Collaborative Learning Tools I Used To Motivate Students

TeachThought - Learn better.

Two Promote Collaborative Learning Tools I Used To Motivate Students by Derek von Waldner As many educators know, students often come into a classroom ranging below or above a certain. The post Two Promote Collaborative Learning Tools I Used To Motivate Students appeared first on TeachThought. Learning Elementary School Experienced Teacher Tools resources