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Why do we group students by manufacture date?

User Generated Education

Ken Robinson once famously said, “Students are educated in batches, according to age, as if the most important thing they have in common is their date of manufacture.” (Ken Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything ). I have the privilege of working with 2nd through 6th graders in my gifted education classes and Kindergarten through 6th grade in my summer STEM and robotics camps. With my summer camps, they get to choose their camp by interest not age.

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Understanding Learner Variability: The Research and the Reality

Digital Promise

In our paper, Learner Variability Is the Rule, Not the Exception , we define learner variability, based on research on the science of the individual and what research says matters in learning. Learner variability includes: … the young person who lives in poverty, or is learning to speak English and may not yet have the background knowledge to enable comprehension of a reading passage.

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Using Google Slides to create Instagram Stories in class

Ditch That Textbook

Instagram is social media behemoth, and it keeps growing. It has eclipsed 1 billion users, and it’s the second most popular social media platform with teenagers behind Snapchat, according to a report. Although one statistic says it has more daily teenage users than Snapchat. It’s just one of a variety of social media and other […]. Ed Tech creative google apps ideas instagram google slides instagram in the classroom social media in classroom

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Middle School Writing Rubrics

Catlin Tucker

In my book Blended Learning in Grades 4-12 , I shared the following middle school writing rubrics with my readers. Unfortunately, the short links I provided in my book have timed out, so I wanted to share these on my blog so any middle school teachers interested in using them have access! Feel free to make a copy and adjust as needed. 6-8ArgumentativeWritingRubric. 6-8InformativeWritingRubric. 6-8NarrativeWritingRubric.

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.

My 3 Student Expectations This Year For My Digital Heroes and a Free Handout!

Teacher Reboot Camp

I recently finished two weeks of intense teacher training. I enjoyed what my district coach had to say when it came to classroom rules. She only has one expectation, which is be respectful and that covers pretty much everything when you think about it. I took this idea and decided on 3 expectations. I love this idea, because I teach 440 elementary students and in charge of the technology curriculum for 640.

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What is the role of the teacher in the online classroom? Connectivism might provide an answer

Neo LMS

Enabling interaction, collaboration and social learning online is perhaps the most difficult, and yet most important, part of teaching online. Beyond learner satisfaction, however, is the more important belief that collaboration enhances learning outcomes and reduces the potential for learner isolation that can occur in the online environment.

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5 Ways Teachers Can Create Solid Relationships With Their Students

EdNews Daily

For students, establishing strong, trustful relationships with their teachers is fundamental to the learning process. Also, creating positive relationships within the classroom can provide students with higher self-esteem, a feeling of connection, and can create a welcoming “family-type,” of an environment.

My 3 Student Expectations This Year For My Digital Heroes and a Free Handout!

Teacher Reboot Camp

I recently finished two weeks of intense teacher training. I enjoyed what my district coach had to say when it came to classroom rules. She only has one expectation, which is be respectful and that covers pretty much everything when you think about it. I took this idea and decided on 3 expectations. I love this idea, because I teach 440 elementary students and in charge of the technology curriculum for 640.

22 Websites and 4 Posters to Teach Mouse Skills

Ask a Tech Teacher

Many of my most popular articles are about mouse skills. Every year, tens of thousands of teachers visit Ask a Tech Teacher to find resources for teaching students how to use a mouse. No surprise because using a mouse correctly is one of the most important pre-keyboarding skills. Holding it is not intuitive and if learned wrong, becomes a habit that’s difficult to break.

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 Case for Coaching Leaders

A Principal's Reflections

Growing up as a child I played numerous sports recreationally and in high school. Upon entering high school I was not the best athlete by any means, but football was one sport where I excelled more than others, and this led to some time playing in college. Even though I had some fantastic coaches throughout my days playing competitive sports, I never gave much thought to becoming one myself. Once I knew that my destiny was to become a teacher that was my sole focus.

A Skilled Services Career Might Be The Best Economic Option For Many Students

EdNews Daily

Students not bound for college used to be put into vocational-technical classes as a way to build their skills for a vocational career. They had the opportunity to learn carpentry, food prep, hospitality, or automotive repair, among other trades. But that’s all changed. Back in 1984, the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act aimed to not only improve the quality of vo-tech education, but also shed its negative image.

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5 Creative “Googley” Tech Tools to Get Kids Creating

The CoolCatTeacher

Evan Mosier on Episode 345 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Evan Mosier from Iowa teaches us some awesome Googley ideas to start our school year with excitement and creativity. Today’s Sponsor: Advancement Courses. Donor’s Choose.

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11 Back-to-school Activities for the First Month of School

Ask a Tech Teacher

A new school year is a fresh start. For students, that means a different teacher and new classmates. For teachers, it’s another chance to make an impact on the lives of kids, turn them into life-long learners or at least let them experience the joy of learning.

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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.

7 ninja Google Keep tricks for teachers and students

Ditch That Textbook

As vast as the Internet is, it’s good to have a way to archive things you find — and the ideas that it sparks. For me, that all comes down to Google Keep. It’s like digital sticky notes you carry with you in your phone, computer or Chromebook. I’ll jot down a fleeting thought, capture […]. Ed Tech

A Lesson in Creating Immersive Media

Digital Promise

This summer, we are working with Houston’s Writers in the Schools (WITS) to support teachers who are guiding students to create immersive media about what Houston means to them. Using the prompt “Dear Houston,” students were challenged to write letters to their city, still rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and create 360° films to share what they believe is special about Houston. Participating teachers started the training with no experience making 360° video.

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Teaching the Power of Computing Through Supportive Guidance

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

An interview with William Lau, the author of "Teaching Computing in Secondary Schools," withadvice about avoiding common misconceptions about teaching the subject. The post Teaching the Power of Computing Through Supportive Guidance appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Al Sweigart Coding Computer Science computing Greg Ashman interview Paul Kirschner Startups STEM William Lau

Wikispaces has closed. What are your alternatives?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Wikispaces, one of education’s standout collaborative websites, closed at the end of June 2018. Thousands of teachers have used the free Wikispaces platform to share materials with students and colleagues, to run online classrooms, or as the virtual arm of a blended course. Its robustness and versatility allowed teachers to engage in discussion boards, forums, share all sorts of media, and create a personalized environment that could be tweaked to adapt to individual needs.

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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.

New Bedfellows: the Marriage of Personalized Learning and High-Quality Curriculum

Education Elements

Unexpected pairings are a common feature throughout history and culture; Dharma and Greg, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia, Frog and Toad, Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg. Opposites attract when they have a shared purpose and their strengths complement one another. They can approach problems with a greater set of ideas and a broader range of perspectives. At first glance, personalized learning and high-quality curriculum may seem like opposing movements.

Interoperability in K-12 Education — How Districts Can Improve Teaching Efficiency and Student Success

Digital Promise

For anyone working in K-12 schools and districts, using multiple software products is a way of life. In fact, according to a Digital Promise study , 74 percent of districts use more than 26 different education technology products and another 17 percent of districts use over 100. With all of these separate K-12 education technology products from a variety of vendors, interoperability — or how well the products communicate and share data with each other — can be a lost cause.

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A Learner Centered Innovation Model

The CoolCatTeacher

Katie Martin on Episode 341 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Katie Martin, an ISTE 2018 keynote, talks about the importance of putting learners at the center of your innovation model. She starts with the questions we need to ask ourselves and our students and talks about what learner-center innovation looks like. Get inspired and motivated by listening to Katie. Today’s Sponsor: Advancement Courses.

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Great Back to School Classroom Activities

Ask a Tech Teacher

The first week of school is different from all others. During this week, teachers and students alike spend time getting to know each other, become comfortable in the classroom where they’ll spend countless hours for the next nine months, and take time to reach a comfort level with leaving summer behind.

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!

40+ ideas for creating with G Suite

Ditch That Textbook

Creating while learning gives students a way to show their understanding. Students can apply their knowledge while putting their personal spin on it. G Suite has many of options to get your students creating with technology. In a recent Twitter chat moderated educators shared more than 40 ideas for getting students creating with G Suite. […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Teaching blended learning creative teaching g suite Google Apps google apps for education

Five Easy Ways to Boost Children’s Spatial Skills

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. When we read maps, pack the car for holidays, assemble flat-pack furniture or cut cake into equal slices, we use spatial reasoning skills. These allow us to mentally manipulate objects or think in a way that relates to space and the position, area, and size of things within it.

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AR, VR, and MR for All Classrooms

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality are terms being thrown around in technology circles. But what do the mean? How are they being used in the classroom? Jaime Donally talks about these technologies in simple language and helps us understand the classroom applications of them. Today’s Sponsor: Advancement Courses. Donor’s Choose.

Are K-12 teachers struggling to keep up with edtech?

Neo LMS

Technology is changing the landscape of industries everywhere. From retail and agriculture to design and healthcare, societies are adapting fast to the changing times. K-12 education is no exception. Technology has paved the way for new opportunities to improve this crucial period of student growth. Curriculums have been readjusted to cater to students’ specific needs.

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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.

5 digital tools to save time in the classroom

Ditch That Textbook

Precious minutes are lost each class to administrative tasks. This post looks to share a few tools that can help increase efficiency and enhance productivity in the classroom while also integrating technology seamlessly into lesson plans. Classroom Screen My favorite tool that I have come across in 2018. Classroom Screen is a free website […]. Ed Tech classroom productivity classroom screen classroom time savers edtech tools to try noisli onetab yell key

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New Bedfellows: the Marriage of Personalized Learning and High-Quality Curriculum

Education Elements

Unexpected pairings are a common feature throughout history and culture; Dharma and Greg, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia, Frog and Toad, Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg. Opposites attract when they have a shared purpose and their strengths complement one another. They can approach problems with a greater set of ideas and a broader range of perspectives. At first glance, personalized learning and high-quality curriculum may seem like opposing movements.

Inspiring a Love of Writing in Fifth Graders

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 343 with Faith Marie Brody From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Classroom teacher Faith Maria Brody talks about how she inspires a love of writing in her fifth graders. Today’s Sponsor: Advancement Courses. Donor’s Choose. From now until September 28, Advancement Courses, an online provider of professional development for K-12 teachers, is donating 10% of their sales to funding DonorChoose.org projects.

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