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3 Teachers that are crushing assessments with ed-tech

Neo LMS

Assessments are the unloved orphan of schooling — no-one likes them. They are typically named as one of the most time-consuming activities for teachers, and debates continue on how effective current standards of assessment are in actually measuring what students know, vs. simply measuring teacher and school performance. For starters let’s briefly define the three basic forms of educational assessment. Formative assessment — This type of assessment happens on-the-go, during the learning process.

The Greatest Challenge to School Innovation

Education Elements

When school leaders want to bring innovative practices to classrooms, what's the greatest challenge that stands in their way? Lack of funding? Inadequate in-house expertise? According to the most recent SpeakUp survey, 46% of administrators point to one key factor above most others: teacher motivation. Leaders

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Maker-Enhanced Writing Workshop: Character Development

User Generated Education

Readers of my blog know my thoughts and feelings about effective student learning. I have written blogs on: All Lesson Should Be Interdisciplinary Learning – [link]. The Imperative of Experiential and Hands-On Learning – [link]. Authentic Learning Experiences – [link]. Intentional Creativity – [link]. The Magic of Making: The Human Need to Create – [link]. This month I started a maker-enhanced writing workshop with a group of gifted 3rd through 6th grade students.

Best-in-Category Winners for 2018

Ask a Tech Teacher

During the last month, Ask a Tech Teacher readers voted on which tech tools had the greatest impact on their teaching. For this Best in Category award, we asked them to look for the ones that made them say Wow and rush to share with colleagues everywhere. Then we looked for the following qualities: how dependable is it. how versatile is it for time-strapped teachers. does it differentiate for the varied needs of students and teacher.

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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.

Preparing Students to Innovate with Computational Thinking

Digital Promise

Brooke Morgan is the Coordinator of Instructional Technology at Talladega County Schools in Talladega, Alabama. Talladega County Schools is participating in Digital Promise’s Computational Thinking Pathways Challenge Collaborative. Talladega County Schools prepares students to use computing skills and knowledge in future career and college opportunities by offering pathways for computational thinking from kindergarten to 12th grade.

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30 Google Classroom tips every teacher must know

Ditch That Textbook

Google Classroom is a favorite among the many useful G Suite tools. It allows us to manage our classroom assignments digitally and saves us lots of time. Like most of the G Suite tools, Google Classroom is constantly getting updated with new features. By utilizing these features we can make Google Classroom work even […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Ed Tech edtech educational technology g suite Google Apps google apps for education google classroom gsuiteedu

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The Two Most Important Questions to Ask to Determine if Learning is Taking Place

A Principal's Reflections

There are so many thoughts and ideas as to what learning really looks and feels like. From these conversations, educators form their own perspectives and opinions that best align with the vision, mission, and goals of their classroom, school or district. However, a consensus is critical if the goal is scalable change that results in improved learning outcomes.

Leadership Starts with You

Tom Murray

I’ve had the privilege of working for some amazing leaders over the years. Those leaders that had courage. Those leaders with an articulate vision. Those leaders who valued people first. Those leaders who helped foster cultures of risk-taking and innovation. Those leaders who modeled the way and led by example. Those leaders who were willing to challenge the status quo and do whatever it took for those that they served. Traveling the nation and working with educators gives me great hope.

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Entrepreneurs Should Pay Attention to Advice They Don’t Want to Hear

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

So many startup legends lead us to believe that a single piece of advice—either taken or not—can be pivotal to the success of a company. The post Entrepreneurs Should Pay Attention to Advice They Don’t Want to Hear appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog advice decisionmaking Entrepreneurship K-12 Dealmaking mentors

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).

The Digital Gallery Walk: Collaboration on their feet

Ditch That Textbook

Collaboration is cemented as one of the four C’s in education, right along with communication, critical thinking and creativity. When it comes to digital collaboration, one characteristic highlights almost all of our approaches. Sitting. A lot of sitting. The concerns with obesity and Type 2 diabetes are well documented, along with the harmful effects of […]. Ed Tech Teaching digital classroom activities digital collaboration digital student interaction g suite collaboration

Easily Manage Class AR with Metaverse Collections

Ask a Tech Teacher

One tool that stands out with educators when discussing the creation and use of Augmented Reality (AR) for education is Metaverse. Metaverse is one of the most popular AR apps in schools. It blends a website for the creation of AR experiences with an app for their display, nimbly allowing users to create, share, and interact with their AR ‘experiences’ (or projects). It’s easy to use and requires no coding.

Testing Mode Matters

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. Taking a test online rather than on paper might hurt students’ test scores — at least at first — according to a study from the American Institutes for Research (AIR).

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VR & AR in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Hall Davidson shares both simple explanations of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) in the classroom. He talks about the tools, best practices, and tips for these technologies as well as his predictions for which one he thinks is going to be the most useful for teachers. Today’s Sponsor: Metaverse is a powerful augmented reality app. They have a new classroom management tool called Collections.

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.

3 tips for creating a positive AR and VR experience in every classroom

Ditch That Textbook

“I don’t have enough devices.” This is a common reason teachers give for not being able to integrate augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) experiences into their classrooms. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are powerful learning mediums that continue to find a foothold in education. Augmented Reality (AR) – always involves adding […]. Ed Tech Guest Blog ar in the classroom augmented reality edtech virtual reality vr in the classroom

How To Teach A Group Of ESL Students Who Are At Different Levels-Tips From Teachers From HAWO American Academy

EdNews Daily

Imagine walking into a class or signing on as an online teacher to work with a new classroom of ESL students. When you get into the classroom, you quickly realize your students speak, write and read at all different levels with various cultural backgrounds, levels of education, and language differences. A common scenario: The first student you see is almost fluent in English, and he or she enthusiastically welcomes you.

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Behind the Scenes with a MY World 360° Media Creator

Digital Promise

Filmmaker and photographer Andrew Arias tells stories about his community that are personal and profound. Growing up, I saw things that were amazing to me—stuff that other people don’t see,” Arias says. A photography class in high school sparked his love of photography and filmmaking, and he has since used his craft to document stories of everyday life in his hometown of Los Angeles.

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How to Use Metaverse: Awesome Augmented Reality and New Features

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Metaverse is a powerful augmented reality (AR) programming app for classrooms. I first wrote about this app in December 2017 shortly after launch. Metaverse has come a long way and is specifically focused on becoming an amazing AR app for classrooms with the new Collections feature.

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.

Guest post: How to Help Your Children Achieve Success in the Classroom with Balance

EdTech4Beginners

If you want your child to become successful in life, it’s up to you to set the foundation. As a parent, it’s your job to do all you can to set them up for success. When you’re able to do this, you won’t have to worry about guilt concerning whether or not you did all you could. In fact, as long as you regularly educate yourself on how you can become a better parent, it’ll shine through.

The current ways m-learning is making online education better

Neo LMS

A version of this post was originally published in ICT & Computing in Education , on January 18, 2019. Even though many people accuse the education system of being stuck in the past and resistant to change, it advances nonetheless. Thanks to technology education today has come a long way since the agrarian and industrial periods it was invented in. The modern classroom is equipped with all sorts of educational technologies.

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The “Secret Sauce” of Education Transformation: Agency

Digital Promise

Before my decade-or-so in education technology, I was a Fortune 500 executive with the responsibility of leading an organization and developing my employees to their greatest potential. But my passion was creating a workplace where people not only performed to their highest level, but also loved their work. A place that was, as Papert calls it , “hard fun,” rather than an unending grind. Students with agency learn more deeply, persist longer in their tasks, and enjoy school more.

5 Essential Practices for Designated and Integrated ELD

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Elizabeth Iwaszewicz talks about five strategies for designated and integrated English Language Development (ELD). Today’s Sponsor: Metaverse is a powerful augmented reality app. They have a new classroom management tool called Collections.

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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!

Don’t Look Now but the 21st Century is Behind You!

Education Elements

Five years ago, our team partnered with the Economist Group to conduct a study where we asked business and industry leaders around the world, what were the most critical skills they wanted their employees to possess. You could say the results were more validating than surprising. The usual suspects were on the list – problem-solving, teamwork, communication, critical thinking, and digital literacy were among the skills mentioned.

How Public School Teachers Can Help Students Succeed

EdNews Daily

Being a public-school teacher means more than giving lectures and grading papers. As a teacher, you can mentor and protect your students to provide them with all the tools that they need to succeed in their educational endeavors. Here are some ways that public-school teachers can help their students succeed. Make After School Fun. Just because the school day is over doesn’t mean that you can’t still help your students out.

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PBLWorks (formally Buck Institute) Introduces Project Idea Cards for Teachers

Educational Technology Guy

PBLWorks (new brand name of the Buck Institute for Education) has introduced a free online library of more than 60 downloadable Project Idea Cards to help teachers use Project Based Learning (PBL) in their classrooms. There will be more cards released going forward as well. The Project Idea Cards are free downloadable resources, standards-based, with project ideas from math and science to history and English.

25 Days of Making: When Educators Make, Create, and Have Fun

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Learning to make and create can be a challenge but hundreds of educators took the challenge. Aaron Maurer talks about the 25 days of making and some upcoming projects for student making that will be kicking off soon. You’ll find some fun ideas and in the end, they actually ended up with 30 projects you can create. This will be an awesome resource for those who want to tinker during spring break or this summer!

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.

3 Keys to Creating a More Agile School District

Education Elements

In 2012, Google began studying how workers can transform productivity by examining the perfect team. They scrutinized everything from how often they socialize together, to how regularly they communicate, to their personal backgrounds. Like many organizations, Google believed that putting the best people together would create the highest level of productivity. However, no matter what data they collected, they didn’t see any consistent patterns. Leaders

Preventing Digital Damage: 4 Tips For Managing Your Child’s Screen Time

EdNews Daily

Physicians, teachers and psychologists generally agree that spending inordinate amounts of time immersed in computers, smartphones or social media can negatively impact a child’s developing mind and body. A screen time article published recently in JAMA Pediatrics found a link between excessive screen time and later development milestones.

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I’m a Neuroscientist. Here’s How Teachers Change Kids’ Brains.

Edsurge

Teachers change brains. While we often don’t think of ourselves as brain changers, when we teach we have an enormous impact on our students’ cognitive development. Recent advances in educational neuroscience are helping educators understand the critical role we play in building brain capacities important to students’ learning and self-control. To understand how teachers change the brain, we need to begin with a reasonably new understanding of the biology of learning.