Sat.Jan 30, 2016 - Fri.Feb 05, 2016

Teacher PD Is Still Broken, These 3 Steps Can Fix It

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 212 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Many teachers feel like teacher professional development is a waste. Dan Brown shares the three research-based ways to make teacher PD better.

Differentiate Reading with Rewordify

Catlin Tucker

In an earlier post titled How Challenging Is that Online Text ? , I shared the Readability tool that can help educators determine how hard an online text is to see if it is a good match for their students.

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3 Favorite Classroom Apps

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s an excellent collection of great apps for your classroom — to cover writing, research, and assessment. You can even use all three on one project: Storyboard That. Free; fee for education accounts .

Reinventing Curriculum: The Underlying Challenge to Moving Education Forward

The Journal

This blog post kicks off a new blog theme: Reinventing Curriculum. Like teacher and pedagogy, curriculum is one of the keys to a successful learning experience. Due to three trends, we will argue, curriculum – its development, its distribution, and its use — is in a state of real turbulence. The educational community, in general, and educational technology, in particular, needs to focus on the “next turn of the crank” in curriculum

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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.

100+ Great Google Classroom Resources for Educators

The CoolCatTeacher

The easy tool educators are using every day From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Google Classroom allows teachers to easily manage student work and teaching with Google Docs, Google Forms, Google Spreadsheets and anything Google.

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Dear Otto: How Do Students Access Twitter in the Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

Dear Otto is an occasional column where I answer questions I get from readers about teaching tech. If you have a question, please contact me at askatechteacher at gmail dot com and I’ll answer it here. For your privacy, I use only first names.

20 ways Snagit can improve life in the classroom

Ditch That Textbook

If you’re like me, you have just a couple of go-to digital tools. For me, those tools make my life easier and I can’t imagine my life without them. For me, Snagit is one of those tools. In fact, I use the full paid version of it for Windows, and it’s one of a few [.].

You Matter: Before You Help Students, You Must Help Yourself

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 211 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Stress caused me to lose half my hair and gain weight. Stress put Angela in the hospital three times in a year.

Success with Online High School Courses: From Probation to Graduation for More Than 600 Students

FuelEd

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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.

Tech Tip #123: Quick Search for Plagiarized Images

Ask a Tech Teacher

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy!

The Third C: Communication in the 21st Century

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 2, Number 2. Driving Question: What's So Critical About Communication in the 21st Century? In 10 seconds, how many ways to communicate can you name? Yes, just stop reading for a minute and try it out? Ok, so how many related to technology? Did speaking come in the top ten?

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Merging Classrooms: How I Shared My Students with a Class in Egypt

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 214 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Talking about ISIS and Arab Spring online with kids from the US and Egypt. Did teacher Adam Jones really do that? Yes he did.

The Maker as a Reflective Practitioner

User Generated Education

This coming year, I am doing several keynotes and workshops on the reflecting on the making process. Two elements from my training as educator lead me to really embrace this topic: Background in Experiential Education. Studying the Reflective Practitioner During Graduate School. Experiential Learning. Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience, and is more specifically defined as “learning through reflection on doing.”

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.

What We Can Learn from Family Dinner

Hapara

A recent broadcast on San Francisco’s Public Radio, KQED, reviewed the studied benefits that regular family dinner offers to children. Edtech Update social emotional learning constructivism

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The 5 Strategies States Should Pursue Now to Make the Most of Future EdTech Investments in ESSA

Doug Levin

The glasses have been raised. The speeches made, and press releases issued.

Edusketching: A Tool to Help Students Understand Complex Concepts

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters Episode 213 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Your recall of information is up to 55% greater with the use of a picture linked to the content, according to edusketch expert and National Board Certified Teacher, Wendy Pillars.

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Visions of Education Futures Floating Around in My Head

User Generated Education

Walk into a classroom in any part of the United States, even the world, and you most likely will scratch your head in disbelief asking yourself questions such as: Why do the classrooms look pretty much like the ones in which I, my parents, and my grandparents learned? Many students (of all ages) own computers in the form of their cell phones that are more powerful than all of the computer power of NASA back in 1969, when it placed two astronauts on the moon.

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.

Practical Applications to Individualize and Personalize Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Possibly one of the most important shifts needed in schools is to provide individualized and personalized learning experiences to students. Learning has fundamentally changed with the evolution of the Internet and other technologies that allow for ubiquitous access to information and knowledge.

Old English Teachers Never Fade Away

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 2, Number 1. When I was a boy several centuries back, the historic words "Old Soldiers Never Die, They Just Fade Away" flowed out of my family's sole radio. Over the years, I have uncovered many meanings in General MacArthur's retirement speech.

Top Blog Posts of January 2016

The CoolCatTeacher

The Cool Cat Teacher Blog From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. January 2016 was an epic month here with a reach of over 200,000 views between this blog, my blogspot blog, and vickidavis.me.

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How to become a teacher who innovates

Ditch That Textbook

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I’m just not one of those innovative teachers. Creative ideas don’t just pop into my head.”? ”? This post and this video are for you. Know someone who thinks that? Maybe you can pass this along to him/her.)

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Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.

Helping Connect Families with Learning Through Technology

Digital Promise

Earlier this week, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center released a study summarizing their findings around how lower-income families access and use the Internet. This study takes a deep dive into digital inequality and helps us understand how many families are engaging with technology.

The Top 5 Skills to Become a Great Coach

Fidelis Education

By Caroline Roma. Recently we teamed up with Craig Forman, coaching expert with 10+ years of experience, to present on coaching best practices [click for the recording].

Can learning be addictive?

Neo LMS

The internet can be addicting. People would a quick search on an interesting topic, read on and find themselves reading more and more topics totally different from the topic which piqued their interest. It’s like playing a video game and most of us can relate to that. Once we start playing the first few stages of the game, we progressing and finally finish the story of the game. It’s addictive.

Subscriber Special: February

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to Ask a Tech Teacher get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. This month: If you donate to my blog drive, I’ll send you FREE. The 57-page K-8 Hour of Code Bundle –everything you need to kickstart coding with your students. We could sell ads, but we don’t want to clutter the pages. That’s distracting as you search out resources for your classroom. We rely on donations.

EdTech at School

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