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Visible Learning and John Hattie

Ask a Tech Teacher

Over the years, I’ve struggled to teach in ways my students would understand. Standing at the front of the classroom stopped working so I researched (and tried in some cases) Whole Brain Teaching (WBT), Socratic Method , Understanding by Design , Mindfulness , and a lot more options that colleagues mentioned as helpful with their differentiated student groups.

Qualities of Effective Educator Professional Development

User Generated Education

Most administrators and teachers believe in the importance and value of professional development. Sadly, though, too many teachers believe that those mandatory, one-size-fits-all professional development sessions offered by their schools are a waste of time and money. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said in a statement, “Even high quality professional development must be directly relevant to the needs of teachers and genuinely improve teaching and learning.”

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6 Tech Treasures for Special Ed Teachers (K-6)

The CoolCatTeacher

Melissa Mann on episode 167 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Special ed teacher Melissa Mann shares six of her favorite edtech tools for the special education classroom. From collecting data to parent communications to taking care of yourself, Melissa has something for every classroom (as well as a pretty cool pep talk!).

How AI Can Compliment Educators, Not Replace Them

EdNews Daily

Over the last weekend of July, some of the world’s education leaders gathered at the Ed T ech Asia Summit in Ho Chi Minh to discuss where education is headed in the 21st century. 51Talk (or “China Online Education Group”), China’s leading online education platform and the first from China listed on the NYSE (NYSE: COE), was invited to attend the summit alongside education industry leaders such as Pearson, Amazon, and YouTube.

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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.

Should You Unschool?

Ask a Tech Teacher

The first time I read about Unschooling, I ignored it. Surely, it was a fad that would go away. When that didn’t happen and I read about it a thousand more times, I dug into it. Inspired by the teachings of John Holt (1923–1985), this free range branch of homeschooling promotes learning through nonstructured, child-led exploration. There’s no set curriculum or schedule; students learn what interests them with guidance from involved adults.

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How Lifelong Readers Are Helping Communities Thrive

Digital Promise

It’s a well-known fact: A child who develops a love of books and reading will recognize a lifetime of benefits. 1-4, 25-26) While children who visit the library to immerse in their favorite books may not realize it at the time, they’re building the skill of thoughtful reading—the foundation of critical thinking, academic success, and, eventually, a happy and productive adult life. (1,

Is creative work REALLY worth the time in the classroom?

Ditch That Textbook

It’s a fair question. I’ve heard similar questions to this at teaching conferences, in discussions and versions of it on social media. I’ve even thought it myself. “This creative work takes a lot of time. Does it really give a return on all of that investment? There’s plenty of evidence that points to YES … […]. Teaching brain research classroom creativity cognitive science creative activities creative teaching

How to Personalize Professional Development: One District’s Story

Education Elements

Close your eyes and imagine yourself in an all-purpose room with uncomfortable chairs and a trainer lecturing to a whole-group about the latest small-group teaching strategies. We’ve all been there, right? Stuck in PD sessions with facilitators who don’t practice what they preach. Personalized Learning Leaders School Districts

169 Tech Tip #83: Find Outlook Follow-up Folder

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education. Today’s tip: #83–Find Outlook Follow-up Folder. Category: Email. Sub-category: Problem-solving. Q: I had to reformat my computer and lost the ‘For Follow Up’ folder in Outlook.

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).

Why Learning and People Should Come First

A Principal's Reflections

I was recently working on my slide deck for a three-day workshop that will take participants on an immersive experience into digital leadership and learning. My primary objective for all multiday workshops is to illustrate the vital role that technology can play in improving teaching, learning, and leadership. Most of the first day is spent on emphasizing the importance of a pedagogy first, technology second mindset.

Honoring Unique Student Learning through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

“ We must meet our students exactly where they are with exactly the brains they have right now. We must use all the tools we have available to us and not expect them to fit into a mold or all behave exactly the same. ” – Dr. Gene R. Carter. While many districts, schools, and educators understand the need to shift to a culture of personalized learning, many others still struggle to transition fully from the one-size-fits-all approach and truly change instruction.

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Bullying and Cyberbullying: The Things You Need to Know

The CoolCatTeacher

Anne Collier on episode 169 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Anne Collier helps us understand the statistics on bullying and cyberbullying. We talk about targets, those who bully and how to respond when helping those embroiled in this situation. October is the month we work to take a stand against bullying, so this is a topic of emphasis this month for many of us.

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2 Free Webcasts from Turnitin

Ask a Tech Teacher

Two Webcasts from Turnitin You Won’t Want to Miss! Learn how to protect your academic integrity and improve writing achievement. Sign up now. What Is Contract Cheating & What Can We Do About It? Tuesday, October 10 , at 12:00 pm Pacific ( 3:00 pm Eastern)When students arrange for others to complete their academic work for them, they undermine the very purpose of the academic assessment and defraud the public with credentials that don’t represent their knowledge and abilities.

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.

Practical applications of Constructivism in the online classroom

Neo LMS

Last week we discussed the theory behind constructivist teaching , today we will explore how to apply constructivist principles to your online learning environment. To recap: constructivism is a learning theory positing that prior knowledge is the foundation for building new ideas, as opposed to instructivist theory, which holds that students have a tabula rasa that must be populated with new ideas primarily through instruction.

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8 Math and Science Simulation Resources For Any Classroom

The Web20Classroom

"Science is fun. Science is curiosity. We all have natural curiosity. Science is a process of investigating. It's posing questions and coming up with a method. It's delving in." Sally Ride I was a Middle School Science and Math teacher. When I started in college I didn't set out to teach those subjects but found myself there after discovering my love for both.

Do You Know the Edtech Adoption Rules in Your State? SETDA’s New Guide May Help.

Edsurge

What’s the difference between selling an education product to California versus Indiana—or any other state, for that matter? A new report from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) aims to clear up the murky waters surrounding the adoption of digital learning materials, a process that varies wildly between states.

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#EdClusters17 Convening: Strengthening Our Connections

Digital Promise

At Digital Promise, we build and convene powerful networks to connect creative minds and catalyze change. Our Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters) network connects local ecosystems around the country that bring together educators, researchers, entrepreneurs, funders, and other community stakeholders to support transformative teaching and learning.

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.

Technology On Its Own Won’t Improve Your School

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

There's no magic ed-tech tool to improve education. Technology must work in combination with other strategies, including professional development. The post Technology On Its Own Won’t Improve Your School appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Professional Development software Software / Hardware Startups

5 Things That Happen When We Empower Students

The CoolCatTeacher

Juliani on episode 165 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. AJ Juliani, author of Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning talks about the empowerment of students. How teachers can be the “guide on the ride” and help students find their passions. We can do this! Book Creator for Chrome. Previously on the 10-Minute Teacher, guests have mentioned Book Creator as one of their top apps for the iPad.

A Great Way To Use Tech To Help Teachers Meaningfully Engage With Families

EdTech4Beginners

Strong parent-teacher partnerships are key to student success in the classroom. In fact, parental engagement is very effective at predicting student achievement. When teachers and parents are in regular contact about students’ needs, progress, and successes, students feel supported and motivated to try their best in school. However, teachers find it challenging to build strong relationships with their parents, mainly due to language, technology, and perception barriers.

?Inside the Incubators: the Anatomy of a University Innovation Team

Edsurge

More than ever universities today are carving out fresh ways to bypass bureaucracy and drive innovation in higher education—and it’s working. Colleges are pioneering novel forms of credentialing and breakthrough education technologies for non-traditional learners around the globe. They are experimenting with more intensive ways to partner with the K-12 system and with employers, and they are creating new lines of revenue and educational business models.

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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!

How to Cope with Bullying

Ask a Tech Teacher

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Started in 2006, it aims to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention around the world and is supported by hundreds of schools, corporations, and celebrities. While schools can sponsor month-long events, the most popular is to wear orange on October 19th, designated Unity Day. Why is this so important? Check these statistics (from Pacer.org ): One out of every four students (22%) report being bullied during the school year.

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It’s True: Internet Surfing During Class is Not so Good for Grades

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Many universities encourage students to purchase laptops that they can bring to class. Charities like One Laptop per Child provide low-cost laptops to disadvantaged students. There is no doubt that having a desktop computer or laptop in school is useful for writing papers, gathering information and learning how to program and use software.

Google Masters For Kids of All Ages: Badges, Skills and More

The CoolCatTeacher

Lee Ann Yonker on episode 168 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Lee Ann Yonker helped start the #MiniGoogleMasters movement in her school in K-3rd grade, demonstrating littles can be tech-savvy too! Now having moved to 5th grade, Mrs. Yonker is continuing her tech encouragement with the #MakingGoogleMasters. We talk about what students of all ages can do.

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5 Ways To Include Students In Education Reform, Transformation

Battelle for Kids

As a graduate journalism student over 20 years ago, I worked on a thesis project centered on education reform news reporting. I was analyzing how often education reporters included students in their stories about education. Probably no surprise….it it was almost non-existent. P21 Blog

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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.

8 Visual techniques for organizing lessons and ideas in the classroom

Neo LMS

In a previous blog post I scratched the surface of the big topic of visual learning in schools and the idea that students of all grades could appreciate having more visual elements in their instruction. At the end of it I promised to dive into some techniques teachers could use to include more visual elements in learning materials and classroom activities.

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?Engineers, Recruiters and Professors Weigh In: Future Programmers Need Writing Skills, Too

Edsurge

Coding and computer science have yet to make their way into every school curriculum in the U.S. But the country isn’t short on initiatives—such as Google’s Code Next program or the White House’s Obama era Computer Science For All campaign—which aim to change that. And while these programs attempt to arm students will the ability to code, they sometimes overlook a critical skill that developers, computer science scholars and tech recruiters say is key to landing a job in their field: writing.

5 Ideas for Teaching Fire Prevention and Safety

The CoolCatTeacher

Sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. October is National Fire Prevention Month, with Fire Prevention Week happening October 8-14. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has fantastic resources to help educate children on preventing fires. In addition to fire prevention week materials, they are also launching a brand new safety app for kids.

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