Sat.Dec 05, 2015 - Fri.Dec 11, 2015

Maker Education Card Game

User Generated Education

I like and have always used games in my classrooms. One of my current educational interests is maker education. As such, I have begun creating games for maker education – see my first one, a board game, at Reflecting on the Making Process.

Smartphone Photography Tips and Apps

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 197 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Smartphones are everywhere. Our students have them. We have them. Teachers are starting to use smartphones for photography, video and art.

Implementing Mobile Devices With a Focus on Learning

A Principal's Reflections

The following post is a modified excerpt from Uncommon Learning. Mobile learning provides enhanced collaboration among learners, access to information, and a deeper contextualization of learning.

How to deal with students resistant to e-learning

Neo LMS

We are in the realm of 21st century learning, where most students are digital natives and expect their teachers to be the same and deliver all class content online, through an interactive e-learning platform. It’s always been a challenge for teachers, who are digital immigrants, to blend with these students because they have more know-how in the new advances of technology and perhaps, maximizing these technology advances in the classroom. Students are supposed to be the change, right?

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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.

Coding and Bots

User Generated Education

I have been asked to return to teach summer enrichment classes on maker education for elementary-aged learners at a local school during the summer of 2016. One of the new classes I am designing is called Coding and Bots.

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Hour of Code 2015

iTeach with iPads

It should be mandatory that you understand computer science. will.i.am. Like thousands of other classes, my kindergarten students have been participating in the Hour of Code this week. While you can code anytime, the grassroots campaign takes place the week of December 7-13.

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Learning management systems 101

Neo LMS

Today we’re going back to the beginning to discuss one of the basics tools in e-learning which is the learning management system, LMS, learning platform or whatever you like to call it. Most schools deploy learning platforms to do the heavy lifting of their e-learning. And while there are students and teachers who already know how LMSs works, there are still a handful of people new to the digital world that need some time getting used to using such a platform. What is an LMS?

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20 ways to use Formative for awesome assessment

Ditch That Textbook

When I return graded homework to students, I sort of cringe on the inside. I’m never sure where all that hard work and meaningful feedback is going to end up. Sometimes it’s in the trash (or recycle bin). Sometimes it’s on the floor of the hallway.

Love Song to My Readers: Cool Cat Teacher’s 10th blog birthday

The CoolCatTeacher

Cool Cat Teacher, established December 9, 2005 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. After 10 years of blogging, this blog birthday has me grateful for the several million teachers who have dropped by and given my work a read.

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Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

End of Year Tips: Update Your Online Presence

Ask a Tech Teacher

This week, I’m providing tips for end-of-year technology maintenance. These are activities that could (or should) be done once a month if you’re active on your computer, but AT LEAST do them yearly. Like today.

MISSION: LITERACY. Empowering and Engaging Students As Agents

Voyager Sopris Learning

Year after year, I struggled with students who claimed to hate reading. They didn’t like to read. They told me so, over and over again. I have a stock response: “You know, every time you say that an English teacher cries.”.

9 digital tools for your classroom toolbelt

Ditch That Textbook

The digital tool doesn’t make the class, but it does help to have some good ones handy. Sometimes, just finding a new digital tool can open up new opportunities for you and your students.

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Taking a Safe Approach to Online Activity

Securly

By Tom Walker. A piece of advice I always give people in regard to their online activity is to be mindful of the sites they visit. This is especially true in the K-12 space, where we need to be careful of the content that our students can access.

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

End-of-Year Tips: 18 Steps To A Speedier Computer

Ask a Tech Teacher

This week, I’m providing tips for end-of-year technology maintenance. These are activities that could (or should) be done once a month if you’re active on your computer, but AT LEAST do them yearly. Like this week.

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Startups Find School District Procurement a Challenging Puzzle

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

At some point in the life cycle of an ed-tech startup, the company will have to grapple with the complicated process of school district procurement. It's daunting. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org.

The Challenge of Differentiated Instruction

Ascend Math

I was recently asked for a good source on differentiated instruction. I replied that ASCD put out some exceptional publications. You can find them at: [link].

6 Ways the New National Education Technology Plan Could Help Close Achievement Gap

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith The latest update to the U.S. National Education Technology Plan has big plans for addressing unequal access to the powerful technology changing schools today. Classroom Digital Content Funding Leadership Management Online Learning

Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

21 Holiday Websites For Your Students (copy)

Ask a Tech Teacher

Need a few websites to fill in sponge time? Here are Holiday websites that will keep students busy while teaching them: 12 Days of Christmas. Christmas—history—fun video. Gift Hunt –updated version of 12 Days of Christmas–just as much fun. Holiday collection. Holiday Crossword. Holiday Elf Games.

Teach Your Pre-Readers How to Program using The Foos #HourOfCode #AskTheTechCoach

TeacherCast

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. Last year during CSEDWEEK The Foos was introduced to the world.

Rethinking Professional Learning: The Role of Technology

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 14, Number 3. Driving Question: How Can Schools Rethink Professional Learning to Improve School Success? Twenty-four years ago, I stepped through the doors of my first fourth grade classroom. I was a young, dedicated, new teacher ready, I thought, for the opportunities and challenges of my new classroom and hoping to bring some of my experiences and interests to my students.

Should Learning Be Personalized or Individualized?

Ascend Math

There has been a lot of discussion lately regarding Personalized Learning. What is Personalized Learning? Is it really any different from Individualized Learning? Some people think so. I read an interesting article on the subject of “personalized learning.”

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

“Techy Teacher” Column in Educational Leadership

Catlin Tucker

This year, I’ve been invited to write my own column for ASCD’s Educational Leadership magazine. My column is called “The Techy Teacher” and explores issues ranging from questioning for learning to promoting emotional health to using data in the classroom.

How Can Teachers Build Programming into the Curriculum? #HourOfCode @Scratch

TeacherCast

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.

Get Ready for the New Year!

Ask a Tech Teacher

Next week, I’ll share three holiday activities that will get your computers, technology, and social media ready for the new year. Here’s what you’ll get: Is Your Online Presence Up to Date? Back up and Image your computer. 15 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer. Join me! You’ll come away feeling ready, re-energized, and geeky. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years.

Why a Startup Business Plan Is Still Worth Writing

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

It used to be the case that every startup needed a business plan, but recently the value of the business plan has been hotly debated. Here's why it's still valuable. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org.

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.

Adoption and implementation of K-12 core instructional materials – final report

K12 Open Ed

As many of you know, I’ve spent much of this year working on a project to explore the adoption and implementation of K-12 core instructional materials and to explore business models for the successful and sustainable publishing of such open educational resource (OER) materials.

The Best Educational App. Ever??? by @SamPatue

TeacherCast

If back to school night has one lesson for me. It’s that parents of elementary students are looking for someone to talk to about iPads, phones, tablets, and how their kids are using them. I’m lucky enough to work in an amazing school with a great approach to technology education.

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End-of-year Tech Tips: Image and Back-up Computer

Ask a Tech Teacher

This week, I’m providing tips for end-of-year technology maintenance. These are activities that could (or should) be done once a month if you’re active on your computer, but AT LEAST do them yearly. Like today.