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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. The game I am presenting here is a card game that ends with the makers making something based on selected cards. Each maker picks a card from each of the three categories: The Thing or Process. The Product. The Population.

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. I collect new tools from interactions on Twitter, from reading blog posts and from face-to-face interactions with other educators. When I [.]. Ed Tech creative teaching digital tools edtech educational technology formative assessment storytelling

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How to deal with students resistant to e-learning


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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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.

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.

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. The description is: Learn how to code first by playing games and then by coding some bots including Sphero, OZOBOT, and Dash and Dot. All ages are welcome but the child should have basic symbol recognition/reading skills.

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Learning management systems 101


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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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. For most teachers I know, life zooms by, filled with lesson planning, meetings, classes, collaborations with their grade-level team, parent meetings, and thinking. There are few breaks to update/fix/maintain the tech tools that allow us to pursue our trade.

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. Meri Walker, the iPhone Art Girl, gives us the essential smartphone photography tips and smartphone photography apps that we need. Mobile artist communities are growing.

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.

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).

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. Hypothetically, effective mobile learning can empower learners by enabling them to better assess and select relevant information, redefine their goals, and reconsider their understanding of concepts within a shifting and growing frame of reference (the information context).” — Marguerite L.

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. There are two ‘speed’ problems that arise when using computers: the computer itself is slow, for lots of reasons. you are slow–meaning: You have too much to do. We’ll deal with this later… Here’s what you need to do: Make sure your firewall is working.

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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. On this day in 2005, I started blogging. It took me a week to write my first post. On this day ten years a go, I found the strength to hit publish. (I’ll

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Taking a Safe Approach to Online Activity


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. Here are some tools and suggestions to stay safe while living online. 1) Safe Searching. Google SafeSearch. Google SafeSearch is a filter built within Google that can be turned on or off at a user’s discretion.

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.

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.”. Handing out reading assignment packets or calling for volunteers to read aloud was consistently met with gut-wrenching groans. I am an unusually peppy person, but I was deflating. Must I hear this every time? We hadn’t even started the reading yet.

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. Holiday hangman. Holiday Hangman II. Holiday music. Holiday music II –sing along with the music–the site provides the words. Holiday—Design Gingerbread House. Holiday—find the word. Holiday—match game.

Modern Professional Learning: Connecting PLCs With PLNs

The CoolCatTeacher

A Post written for Edutopia From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Modern professional learning links the Professional Learning Community (PLC) with the Professional Learning Network (PLN). Help teachers improve teaching by using both together in powerful ways. In this post on Edutopia, I work hard to connect the research on two methods that have been shown to improve a teacher’s teaching ability: the PLC and the PLN.

Taking Time To Transfer In Professional Development

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 14, Number 5. Driving Question: How do we promote deeper learning in professional development? What is good for the goose is good for the gander." -- Proverb. My dear spouse often quotes this proverb to me, especially if I put up my nose about taking out the garbage. A friend tells me that this saw applies equally well to professional learning experiences. She refers specifically to the application of the definition of deeper learning. Hewlett).

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.

Improve Math Skills With a 5 Minute Daily Edit

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. There’s a lot we can learn about teaching math skills from language arts teachers. For example, think about how we build writing fluency and grammar skills in language arts. Among other things, we certainly do these: Explicitly teach important skills and rules. Provide students with “mentor texts” and many examples of excellent prose to read […]. The post Improve Math Skills With a 5 Minute Daily Edit appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Featured Strategy math

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. Two critical maintenance tasks that lots of people skip are: image your computer. back up your documents. Image your computer. Every computer must be reformatted eventually.

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 districtprocesses edconnective leanstartup procurement purchasing requestforproposals startup

“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. I’ve infused each column with my thoughts on the role of technology in relation to these larger issues and incorporated examples from my own practice to demonstrate how I’m using technology with students.

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!

Tweeting Our Way to Collaboration and Personalization

Education Elements

Go to twitter and search #warrenbl. Go ahead, do it. What do you see? We see evidence of an amazing effort by school and district leaders to share learnings, ask questions, and build excitement about blended and personalized learning. Personalized Learning Personalized Classroom EdTech

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. I’ve written about some of this work as it’s progressed, and now the final report on this is available.

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 Lessons Learned ProfessorWord Startup Life aboutus professorword

#Relate2016 – Learning & Development Series

Fidelis Education

If you’ve started to think about your New Year’s Resolution, you might want to add one more to your list. Do not miss out on Relate 2016, a progressive new Learning & Development Series that showcases expert guest speakers giving insights into the hottest topics in education. There’s a world of expertise out there and we plan on giving you the best of it. Join us January 6 from 12-1PST as we speak with Craig Forman.

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.

Professional Learning PBL: An Open Letter To George Bernard Shaw

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 14, Number 6. Driving Question: Why Is George Bernard Shaw All Wet? We have all heard the disparaging idiom by George Bernard Shaw: " Those who can, do ; those who can't, teach." At every Advanced Reasoning In Education Global PBL Academy , we are proud to pour a bucket of water over his head and prove him all-wrong. P21 Blogazine

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


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, Jeff sits down with Kasia Chmielinski to learn how Scratch is being used in over 150 countries in more than 40 languages. Join Jeff, Rob Pennington, Kevin Donatello, and Sam Patterson as we dive into the Hour of Code and Beyond on TeacherCast Podcast 124. About Scratch.

Ten Reasons Why Teachers Must Be Magic… A Special Letter From Santa!

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a very magical entry… one that has been a traditional post each holiday season. It is a time of year that I wish to express my gratitude to those wonderful educators that have welcomed me at their schools, webinars, and conferences and also join me at this blog and on twitter through out the year. I would like to share with all of you a very special letter I found under my Christmas Tree many Christmas Eves ago.