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User Generated Education

I was painfully bored during my K-12 education. I looked forward to college anticipating that it would be different – more engaging, more interesting, more innovative. I was wrong.

6 Questions to Consider as You Start the School Year

Tom Murray

It was August of 2000. I was about to enter my very first year teaching fourth grade in Pennsylvania. At 21 years old and a new college degree in hand, I thought I had a clue as to what it would take to be a new teacher.

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Simple Virtual Reality in the Classroom with Google Streetview and Google Cardboard with Donnie Piercey

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 127 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Donnie Piercey @mrpiercey , co-author of the Google Cardboard Book , shows how we can add simple augmented reality to our classrooms. Sponsor: Owl Eyes.

Back to School! Seven Ways to Communicate with Your Community

Digital Promise

As President and CEO of Digital Promise and Senior Vice President of Educational Partnerships at Discovery Education, we spend much of our time on the road, meeting with school leaders and teachers across the country. A common theme we hear is the importance and challenge of keeping stakeholders not only informed, but also engaged. This is consistent no matter the size or location of the district. It seems the breadth of school stakeholders has grown over the past decades.

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.

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12 Tools and Resources to Get Students to Create Instructional Videos

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Animation offers a medium of storytelling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world.” ” – Walt Disney. Research indicates that one of the most effective ways students learn is by teaching others.

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The newest advantage of being rich in America? Higher grades

The Hechinger Report

Monet Spencer made it into college this year despite becoming homeless when her mother died. She remembers seeing, as a member of her inner-city high school’s marching band, the much better equipment suburban students got. Everyone knows they’re treated differently,” says Spencer.

Group Work Gets Kids More Engaged in STEM

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Shortage of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals has been an important concern in the United States. It is estimated that over the next 10 years, the nation could face a shortage of one million STEM workers. So, what can we do to get more students interested in STEM? STEM Starts Early. Research shows that science achievement gaps begin very early.

A Terrible Thing Happened on Awards Day: Here’s What I’m Doing About It with Amber Teaman

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 126 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Amber Teaman @8amber8 , principal, shares something that happened at her school this year relating to wards day and what she and her team are doing about it.

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Join SETDA: Affiliate Memberships Now Accepted

SETDA's Affiliate program connects non-profit education membership organizations with state leaders. SETDA's mission is to build the capacity of education leaders to improve learning through technology policy & practice. Benefits include: SETDA conferences, webinars and news feeds.

Leading is Not Easy

A Principal's Reflections

This post, like so many, has been inspired by something I read. One of my favorite sites to glean more insight and knowledge on leadership is Inc.

8 Ways Teachers Can Leverage Podcasts as a Learning Tool

EmergingEdTech

There is a 1979 song made popular by British band The Buggles called “Video Killed the Radio Star.” It spoke of the advent of modern technology, specifically video, and its effects on radio. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].

6 Messages Every Student Should Hear On The First Day Of School

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 6 Messages Every Student Should Hear On The First Day Of School appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching

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Owl Eyes: The Must-Get Web-App for Classical Literature Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Edtech Apps that work From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Owl Eyes is a new, simple-but-powerful, and FREE web-app for reading classic books with your students. Literature teachers are sure to be excited!

Focusing on Mastery Over Marks

The Principal of Change

I came across this interesting article on parents.com, titled, “ Goodbye to Grades? Mastery-Based Learning Is Becoming the New Standard “, and thought it was great that an outside education site was talking about changes in education in mostly a positive way.

“I cannot imagine teaching without cloud applications.” – Tomasz Lukawski, Poland

Daily Edventures

Tomasz Lukawski. Head Teacher and Computer Science Teacher. Primary School No.3. Zabki/Warsaw, Poland. Music may seem like an unusual path to computer science, but for principal and classroom teacher Tomasz Lukawski, it proved to be just that. “I I used to be a music teacher,” Lukawski explains.

The importance of common, shared understandings

Dangerously Irrelevant

I had the chance recently to work with an awesome teacher-led school here in Colorado. Because the school already is pretty amazing, we spent most of our day and a half together fine tuning a few aspects of its work.

Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking

MindShift

By Beth Holland. As digital devices become more common in classrooms, teachers and students are discovering that what worked in the analog world may not be as effective in the digital one. Nowhere is this more clear than with note taking, a long-standing and important practice in most classrooms.

On toilets: Why the Indian government should listen to Bill Gates

The Christensen Institute

On August 2nd, the world’s richest man, Bill Gates, tweeted that, “Many toilets don’t get used because they smell bad. I believe this is a problem we can solve through innovation.” He couldn’t be more correct. About a year ago, I wrote a blogpost titled, “ Stop building schools; stop building water wells; and stop building toilets ,” to illustrate the point that most of these resource-intensive development projects are rarely successful. They are expensive, unsustainable, and unscalable.

10 Reasons to Try Genius Hour This School Year

The Principal of Change

My good friend AJ Juliani , co-author of the book “ Empower “, with John Spencer , is about to start a Genius Hour Master Course. His passion for this topic and his ability to share his enthusiasm has made a significant difference with so many educators.

Using the iPad Camera with Young Students

iTeach with iPads

One of the questions I get asked most often regarding the use of iPad devices in early childhood classrooms is “How do I get started?” ” If you’ve not used the iPad with young children before, it can seem a bit overwhelming.

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Grade Interviews

Catlin Tucker

Over the last two years, I’ve moved further and further away from traditional grading. I’ve blogged about grading for mastery of skills instead of the accumulation of points and ditching my traditional grade book in favor of an ongoing assessment document.

6 Education Leadership Challenges and How to Address Them

Education Elements

When our team partners with a school district to tackle its toughest education leadership challenges, relationships are built at all levels of the organization. We may encounter superintendents and cabinet staff first, but we tend to find ourselves learning in many nooks and crannies of an organization over time, listening to content area specialists, IT staff, teachers and school leaders, and even attending parent nights or school board meetings. Personalized Learning Leaders School Districts

Resources For Educators To Use In The Wake Of Charlottesville

NPR Learning and Tech

Teaching tolerance in a time of upheaval. Image credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Total Eclipse.A Lasting Memory

Tech Helpful

For the past 2 weeks I have had Bonnie Tyler's song "Total Eclipse of the Heart" running through my head. If you are too young to know the song, that's a shame. But the reason is clear to me why it's become an ear worm.a total eclipse of the sun will happen Monday within 20 miles of my home.

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White collar professionals are not going to like it

Dangerously Irrelevant

Alan Blinder said: American computer programmers have already felt the sting of offshoring. But as of now, accountants, lawyers, editors, radiologists, and the like really have not. So this will be a new experience for them, and it is predictable that they will not like it.

Updates abound: New features for Flipgrid, Google Classroom, Formative and Kahoot!

Ditch That Textbook

This year is no exception. In fact, just yesterday (the day before I publish this post), Flipgrid threw a HUGE bash at their Minneapolis headquarters to release the all new Flipgrid and a slew of new features. It’s a good time to be in education, folks. Technology makes all sorts of meaningful, engaging education accessible [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology flipgrid formative google classroom kahoot

Go Slow with Google Classroom Workshop

Teacher Tech

Google Classroom Workshop One of the best ways to learn Google Classroom is to experience it as a student. The student experience is different than the teacher experience. My Go Slow workshops take place online through Google Classroom.

Social And Emotional Skills: Everybody Loves Them, But Still Can't Define Them

NPR Learning and Tech

Social-emotional learning. Resilience. Agency. Empathy. Executive function. Education experts agree these are all crucial for student success, but the agreement stops there. Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR

The History of STEM vs. STEAM Education (and the Rise of STREAM)

EdTech Magazine

By Amy Pietrowski One K–12 educator offers an example of truly cross-curricular education. Classroom Collaboration Curriculum STEM

OPINION: How can we send students out into the world with huge college debt loads and not teach them what this means?

The Hechinger Report

Wire image: Getty Images. When Education Secretary Betsy DeVos released her department’s budget, helping college students manage loans was not a priority, despite record numbers of borrowers and delinquencies reported by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Today’s Classrooms Should Be About Flexible Teaching—Not Furniture

Edsurge

At the end of June a group of passionate, dedicated educators gathered for one of New Jersey’s last EdCamps of the 2017 school year. I bounced around a few sessions but settled into one called “Flexible Furniture.” The idea is that, instead of assigning students in traditional rows of desks, they would have a choice as to where they sit. The conversation was underway when I walked in.

High-Achieving, Low-Income Students: Where Elite Colleges Are Falling Short

NPR Learning and Tech

Top students from low-income families make up just 3 percent of enrollment on elite campuses, and a new report says there are lots of things higher ed can do to fix that. Image credit: Maria Fabrizio for NPR

4 Skills Tech Industry Employees Say Today’s Students Need to Succeed

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez From communication to STEM experience, these experts offer tips on future readiness. Classroom Curriculum Leadership Management STEM