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Two Important Lessons About Digital Transformation From Outside Of K-12

The Journal

We have commented before on the Digital Transformation (DT) happening inside and outside of K-12. Well, sports fans, it’s DT time again! In this week’s blog post, then, we point out two lessons from DT outside of K-12 from which that those in K-12 might well learn

Developing a Community of Inquiry in Your Blended Classroom

Catlin Tucker

A consistent theme in my work on blended learning is shifting students from passive consumers in the classroom to active, engaged members of a learning community. The Community of Inquiry framework can help teachers blending online and offline work to cultivate a blended classroom characterized by respect, dialogue, inquiry, and exploration.


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How Education Can Thrive in the Age of Innovation

EdNews Daily

By Dr. John Kao. Worldwide, it is becoming abundantly clear that members of Generation Z — the generation born around the millennium — are more socially engaged and concerned about the condition of the world than previous generations. They are eager to learn the capabilities of innovation and entrepreneurship that will empower them to have a positive influence on the world.

Managing And Protecting Digital Identities

The Web20Classroom

It started with some tweets. You are a vile human being!" "I I can't believe you are allowed to say the things you do." "I I want you dead." I was hurt, confused and shocked. What had I said or done to make people say these things to me? And they came in a flood. Over and over for several days, several years ago. Then I started doing some searching of my name. To my surprise there was a person who had the same name as me who holds many hateful and racist beliefs.

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.

How to Do Student-led Conferences

Ask a Tech Teacher

I remember report card days as a child, me sitting outside on a brick wall, scared to death as my mother met with the teacher and received the (always bad) news about how I wasn’t doing. It never motivated me to try harder, didn’t make me like school better, and angered me at everyone involved. Fast forward to me as a K-5 teacher. I love report card days now because this is when I get to meet parents.

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Build Relationships Throughout the Year With These Awesome Icebreakers! Free Template!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.”- ”- Mattie Stepanek. Relationships are the most important factor in your effectiveness as a teacher and your student’s success! Knowing students and them confiding in us and working with us and their peers helps us figure out their interests, strengths, insecurities, struggles, and passions.

Exploring the most popular smart speakers for the classroom


Edtech trends come and go. Some have more potential to stay than others, considering their general usefulness in the classroom and the level of innovation they bring to everyday school activities. However, there is one trend that is steadily “invading” our homes and indeed, our classrooms. That is of course, artificial intelligence. We’ve all “talked” to Siri, Alexa or Google before and some of us use the virtual assistant daily.

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5 digital tools to enhance the writing skills of your students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Linda Cartwright, has a great list of basic writing apps to get your students started with the new year. A few–like Hemingway and Kaizena–I’ve used successfully in my classes. A few others are new to me. Let me know what you think: In the digital age, teachers are concerned with the literacy of their students.

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Guest post: How to Make your eLearning Course More Interactive


For online students, there’s nothing worse than being subjected to a dull, boring eLearning course. If staying motivated to sit through the course was not tough enough, an uninteresting course makes it even harder. Learning needs to be enjoyable. Being an online instructor, you need to get creative and find exciting ways to make your eLearning course informative and engaging for it to resonate with your students. They need to derive value from it while enjoying the process.

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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 4 Biggest Questions You Need to Ask Before You Start District Strategic Planning

Education Elements

In The New School Rules, Anthony Kim and Alexis Gonzales-Black write that every district has experience putting together a strategic plan, and most follow the same process. “We We labor over these plans—sometimes over the course of 12 to 24 months—dreaming up the path ahead and detailing the resources we’ll need.Unfortunately, once we’re set to go, we find the situation has changed before we’ve gotten started. Technology programs or platforms may have changed or been discontinued.

9 Crucial classroom accessories every teacher should have


The modern classroom is more challenging than ever, for both students and teachers. High-tech gizmos are making the teaching process easy but they do require time to learn to operate. Of course, there are other classroom accessories that are evergreen and that every teacher will probably need in the centuries to come. It is this combination of old and new learning utensils that make for an efficient contemporary classroom.

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Online Tutor–Is it Right For You?

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you’re searching for alternatives to teaching in a classroom and you’re a stellar teacher, you have a lot of options. Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Justin Smith, loves what he does and does a good job of explaining it: “I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist…Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.”. ~ John Steinbeck.

Grapevine, Texas’s Lauren Naylor Discusses the Warning Signs of Cyberbullying


There was once a time that bullying only occurred face to face or with passive aggressive notes. There was no internet, social media, instant messaging or texting and you could not play video games online with people around the world. Today, our access to connecting with other people is easily accessible. Connecting with others around the world can be one of the most amazing experiences. You might meet your next best friend, your lifelong partner or a long-lost family member.

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.

V.I.R.G.I.L. Con


As I reflect upon my journey as an educator, Professional Learning and mentoring have been my constant companion. Without the counsel and support of my fellow educators, I doubt that I would still be teaching. In 2015, I decided to give back. Along with Stephanie “Webs” Weber, I founded the Intelligent Hoodlums. We began to […]. The post V.I.R.G.I.L. Con appeared first on OnCUE. News Partnerships professional learning

Facilitating Student Owned Inquiry With The Right Question… Deeper Learning

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I am convinced that the key to student engagement is the ownership of inquiry. People want to know the answer to questions… especially their own. This can be proven by watching people inquire on their cell phones when questions come up in a conversation. Now the answers and ability to find valid ones is up for debate… we can look at that in a future post. Let’s take our time now to discover a way to get our students excited to ask and own their own questions in the classroom.

Take the ‘Power Pause’: Being Busy Doesn’t Equal Effective Company Leadership

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Company leaders face a barrage of notifications from email, texts, social media and more. It pays to take a pause to refocus and find balance. The post Take the ‘Power Pause’: Being Busy Doesn’t Equal Effective Company Leadership appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Emotional Intelligence Emotions Power of Pause SEL social-emotional learning Startup wellbeing

School Attrition: The Shifting Tides of Student Enrollment

EdNews Daily

By CHARLES SOSNIK. One in four school-aged children currently do not attend a traditional public school. Even with all the positive changes being made by the dedicated men and women working in schools across our nation, more than 25 percent of American families are just saying no. In the United States, four million children are counted as homeschooled or unschooled, 3.2 million are enrolled in charters and 5.7 million are in private schools. And those numbers may not tell the whole story.

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.

ISTE Goodness pt 2


What I did: Monday, the first full day of ISTE with the Expo Hall open, was a whirlwind! ISTE is organized chaos–it functions like a well-oiled machine–yet, it is like going to Disneyland before the invention of the fast pass during peak season–people are scrambling to find out where to go, things are jam-packed, long […]. The post ISTE Goodness pt 2 appeared first on OnCUE.

5 Years Since Starbucks Offered to Help Baristas Attend College, How Many Have Graduated?


Angela Humberstone’s college experience afforded no idyllic afternoons studying on a campus quad. In between daily work shifts at a hotel in the morning and at a Starbucks in the afternoon, she squeezed in a few hours of homework, sometimes also allowing herself a brief nap in her car. The arrangement was possible logistically because Humberstone took her courses in business and environmental sustainability entirely online.

8 Ways Parents Can Support Critical Thinking At Home

TeachThought - Learn better.

8 Ways Parents Can Support Critical Thinking At Home by Lewis Caroll, PhD and TeachThought Staff Research agrees that the strongest students emerge from homes supportive in the learning process, and below we’ve listed a few ways parents can support students at home. In 8 Science-Based Strategies For Critical Thinking, we looked at ways we […]. The post 8 Ways Parents Can Support Critical Thinking At Home appeared first on TeachThought. Critical Thinking

Why Today’s Math Textbooks Just Don’t Add Up

EdNews Daily

By Al Noyes. How school districts can empower teachers with dynamic resources that help them teach more effectively and respond to emerging needs. Pick up a traditional high school mathematics textbook and you’ll see that it was authored by a number of collegiate luminaries, put through a series of pilot tests, and run through numerous developmental cycles over a period of time.

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!

Executive Functioning Important to Student Success


In her final blog post of the series, educator and author Sarah Kesty shares some valuable tips for educators wanting to teach executive functioning in the classroom. Read on to see how you can bring EF into your classroom and beyond. Where do you go from here? You know executive function has incredible importance to […]. The post Executive Functioning Important to Student Success appeared first on OnCUE.

Time Is the Greatest Challenge to Teaching STEM. Families Can Help.


For 14 years, Julia Moak, a fifth grade science teacher in Miami, has switched on the lights in her classroom at the start of every school day. An unnoticeable moment, you might think, but Ms. Moak smiles every time she does it, delighted by the science behind the simple task. The light flooding her room makes her visualize a placid reservoir with a dam at one end, where a turbine converts the kinetic energy of water into mechanical energy.

Inside one school’s efforts to bridge the divide between white teachers and students of color

The Hechinger Report

Virginia Forcucci speaks to students in her 10th grade English class at Sussex Tech High School. Photo: Kelly Field for The Hechinger Report. GEORGETOWN, Del. — On a recent Thursday morning, when most of their peers were busy prepping for the day, a dozen teachers and staff at Delaware’s Sussex Tech High School sat down to talk about race. The group was discussing Chapter 2 of scholar Robin DiAngelo’s “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism.”.

“Learning Styles” Are a Myth


Image Source: How often have you heard educators and others discuss Learning Styles? “I'm a visual learner” “I'm a kinesthetic learner, I have to get. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!]. Miscellaneous Tools and Topics

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.

40 Ways Teachers Can Use Pinterest In The Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

40 Ways Teachers Can Use Pinterest In The Classroom by TeachThought Staff and There are a lot of great technology tools out there for teachers that can make it easier to connect with other educators, get ideas for classroom activities, and find inspiration. One of the most popular tools for teachers is Pinterest. Using Pinterest, teachers […]. The post 40 Ways Teachers Can Use Pinterest In The Classroom appeared first on TeachThought.

The 3 Things Our Middle Schoolers Need Most


With the start of a new school year approaching, how can we make sure our middle school students are getting the support they need for an academically and personally successful school year? School leader Rhonda Neal Waltman offers three effective strategies. Articles Student Support back to school community literacy Reading relationships Rhonda Neal Waltman student support

Whole Child Education Has Come Far. It Still Has a Long Way to Go.


What does a “whole child education” mean to educators? That has been a question we’ve been helping to answer since ASCD launched its whole child initiative more than a decade ago. More recently, it’s taken on greater awareness (and confusion) with the increased attention around social-emotional learning. So it is no surprise that EdSurge would publish a research article centering around this question, given the various definitions and perceptions among educators.