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Tips for Educators: The Innovator in You and the Future of District Organizations

Education Elements

Everyone is an innovator. Within the last two decades, the barrier to entry to be innovative has dramatically decreased. Today, people can have multiple careers and innovations within a lifetime. Innovation has become so frequent that it’s part of everyone’s vernacular and a topic in many industries including healthcare, auto manufacturing, and education. Who doesn’t want to be innovative? It’s cool to be considered innovative and disruptive.

How to Provide Help

Digital Promise

Understanding the appropriate way to seek out help is not a skill every student has. Some children, especially younger ones, meet every assignment with cries of “ I need help! ” — before trying independently. Others, especially older students and those struggling with self-esteem, might refuse assistance even when they are entirely lost. Teachers want to provide help in a way that develops students’ self-awareness and self-efficacy, but that’s complicated, too.

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Is it more about what you can teach or what they can learn?

The Principal of Change

In a workshop, an educator shared their reluctance to try some of the things that I was suggesting with students in their classroom. Luckily, I had students joining me in the workshop and asked them for some feedback. I shared a video of a student making a “Mitosis in 60 Seconds” video where they had to explain Mitosis but in a 60 second time constraint. I asked the students, could you figure out how to make this video without the guidance of your teacher?

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20 virtual field trip ideas and activities for your classroom

Ditch That Textbook

Imagine your class traveling to see the Great Pyramid of Giza, touring the International Space Station, or having a face to face conversation with a beloved author. All of these experiences are possible through virtual field trips. Virtual field trips allow us to take our students on adventures we never could before. They are fun, […].

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.

Engagement through Competition

Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, James Lovelock, has been thinking about the nexus of student engagement, online games, and learning. Here are his thoughts: Student engagement has long been a point of conversation for educators, the concept that students must have an active interest in order to get the best benefit from instruction is hardly a new thought.

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Micro-credentialing an Emerging Teacher Leader

Digital Promise

Nifemi Ogunsuyi is a teacher leader in New York who participated in Teaching Matter’s Emerging Teacher Leadership Program (ETLP) to develop teacher leader skills, as well as their Master Teacher Program , an advanced micro-credentialing program that allows teachers to demonstrate her competence in leading other teachers. Jennie Brotman sat down with Nifemi to dive deeper into her experience earning their micro-credentials. The interview as presented has been condensed.

Google Slides templates for Snapchat games in class

Ditch That Textbook

People all over the world are flocking to Snapchat to share photos and videos that reflect what’s going on in their lives. To be specific, it’s more than 300 million monthly active users. The magnitude of Snapchat’s impact is huge (source): 3 billion photos and videos are created every day on Snapchat. 78 percent of […]. Ed Tech snapchat classroom activities snapchat in the classroom social media with students using social media in class

169 Tech Tip #114: Embed a Google Apps File

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: #114–Embed Google Apps Files. Category: Google Apps. Sub-category: Classroom management.

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Helping Learners to be Kind Online and Offline

Teacher Reboot Camp

“There’s no such things as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” ” – Scott Adams. October is National Bullying Prevention month. I like to focus on getting students to spread kindness and feel the benefits of being kind versus being mean to others. Many children play social games, such as Roblox and Fortnite, and experience cyberbullying much more than we did in the past.

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).

Explore Shared Education Challenges with the Challenge Map

Digital Promise

School districts across the country are tackling the toughest challenges in education, including kindergarten readiness, family engagement, and school redesign. To address these challenges, we need to understand how they are experienced in different settings—from small, rural districts to large, urban districts—and we need to learn from educators and researchers who are working to solve these issues.

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Google Maps walking tours with Street View and Screencastify

Ditch That Textbook

Think about a meaningful trip you’ve taken far from home. Maybe it was a vacation with family. Maybe it was a study abroad opportunity during college. Regardless, when you got your feet on the ground in that location and took it all in, it probably changed your worldview — and your feelings about that location. […]. Ed Tech classroom video activities video activities for class video projects for students virtual walking tours

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October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Ask a Tech Teacher

Surprisingly, 15-20 percent of the population has a language-based learning disability, and over 65 percent of those deficits is in reading. Often, these go undiagnosed as students, parents, and teachers simply think the child is not a good reader, is lazy, or is disinterested. Thankfully, the International Dyslexia Association sponsors an annual Dyslexia Awareness Month in October aimed to expand comprehension of this little-understood language-based learning condition.

Vrain Waves: Teaching Conversations with Minds Shaping Education

Catlin Tucker

I had the pleasure of chatting with Benjamin Kalb and Rebecca Peters about blended learning and our conversation is available on the Vrain Waves Podcast. During our interview, we talked about the changing role of the teacher and learner in a blended classroom, designing a station rotation lesson that encourages collaboration, using technology to give students more agency, and rethinking what, where, and how we assess student work.

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.

Fall Break on the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

The CoolCatTeacher

October 8-12, 2018 is our fall break on the show. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. This week — October 8-12, 2018 — we’re taking a fall break on the 10-Minute Teacher. Don’t worry – there are lots of shows to listen to in our archives. We’ve created a handy database that lets you search by the name of the guest or the show topic here: www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast.

6 ways to get your classroom groove on with Allihoopa

Ditch That Textbook

Start singing “Conjunction junction,” and you’ll likely hear someone continue singing, “what’s your function?” ” Many of us remember singing along to Schoolhouse Rock, Sesame Street, and Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. The use of music as a learning tool is nothing new, but now, there’s a social media community and app that takes this idea beyond the […].

Tech Ed Resources for Class–Common Core

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m taking a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, by tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do.

One Year After the Fire

Catlin Tucker

One year ago tonight, my family went to bed on a typical Sunday evening. I fell asleep with thoughts of the week ahead, the kids’ schedules, and school. I woke at 2:30 AM to the sound of a police officer yelling into a megaphone to leave our home immediately because there was a fire. I wrote a blog about the evening we evacuated and the next morning when found out our home had been one of the many casualties of the Tubbs Fire.

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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.

Build a Door for Opportunity to Knock On

A Principal's Reflections

“ If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle I love the quote above. It did not resonate with me early in my career as a school administrator, but later became sort of a personal mantra. For years I always looked at the world through a “glass half empty” lens. Challenges morphed into excuses, and in the end, nothing changed. In a sense, I wasn’t pushed to be innovative or bring about substantive changes that genuinely impact school culture in powerful ways.

The 5-Second Rule And Other Myths: How to Protect Kids’ Health At School

EdNews Daily

Guest article by Stephen Lewis. Five seconds might fly by to us, but to microbes, it’s plenty of time to hitch a ride on fallen food. Of course, try telling that to a hungry kindergartener whose ham sandwich hit the cafeteria floor. No, really: Tell him. After all, his life could depend on whether he bites back into his lunch. Far too many kids are getting sick or worse thanks to rising strains of bacterial and viral diseases.

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TeacherKit Saves You Time by Managing Class Tasks

Ask a Tech Teacher

TeacherKit , a useful classroom management app for iOS or Android, provides teachers with one location to log student attendance, take note of student behavior, record grades, create student-level reporting, and other tedious tasks that traditionally take time away from teaching. The intuitive interface allows all this to be done with quick taps and swipes, generating data visualizations on the fly, both for whole classes and individual students.

Immersive Storytelling to Inspire Action for a Better World

Digital Promise

This year on the Global Day of Action, over a million people from around the world mobilized to show how they are working to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and create a better world for all. Coinciding with the opening session of the UN General Assembly, the Global Day of Action provided a unique opportunity to amplify local actions and bring them to the attention of world leaders.

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!

5 Digital collaboration skills every student needs to master

Neo LMS

Many people still feel that the immediacy of face-to-face collaboration is the gold standard in getting teamwork projects done. However, there are a number of high profile examples of digital and online collaboration that yield real results. First, there’s the Polymath Project. What began as a thought experiment by Tom Gowers titled, “Is massively collaborative mathematics possible?” on his blog , has ended up as one of the most successful online mathematics collaborations ever.

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Lose and lose and lose until you win

Dangerously Irrelevant

Journalist I.F. Stone said: The only kinds of fights worth fighting are those you are going to lose because somebody has to fight them and lose and lose and lose until someday, somebody who believes as you do wins. You mustn’t feel like a martyr. You’ve got to enjoy it.” Or, as Camus put it: “One must imagine Sisyphus happy.” ” via [link]. Although this article is in the context of climate change, I thought it quite apt for our efforts at school transformation.

Every Morning Is An Affirmation

The Jose Vilson

As a boy, I used to say my prayers at night. Nothing and everything triggered these prayers. While a light buzz pretended silence before the eventual gunshot outside, I’d kneel on both knees, hands clasped, eyes closed, talking to what Catholics refer to as God. Maybe I just needed time to hear what He needed to tell me. Maybe I needed a respite from the emotional abuse I felt burdened to withstand. Maybe the Our Father served as a wish. Maybe these dreams needed realization.

Thoughts on Continuous Improvement and OER

Iterating Toward Openness

Recently I’ve been doing both more thinking and more roll-up-your-sleeves working on continuous improvement of OER. Below I’m cross-posting two short pieces on this topic I recently published on Lumen’s site ( here and here ). Improvement in post secondary education will require converting teaching from a solo sport to a community-based research activity. Herbert A. Simon , 1986). The faculty Lumen work with carry an enormous workload.

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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.

Education Elements’ Responsive Playbook: How We Built a Thriving, Learning Organization

Education Elements

As an education consulting organization we work with hundreds of schools and districts to improve the way teaching, learning, work, and collaboration happen. In projects with clients, we rarely ask leaders to try something we haven’t tried ourselves. In fact, when Anthony Kim and Alexis Gonzales Black published The NEW School Rules: 6 Vital Practices for Thriving and Responsive Schools , many of the lessons included in the book were drawn from our own teams at Education Elements.

North Dakota Innovation Academy: We launch tomorrow!

Dangerously Irrelevant

Tomorrow I have the privilege of launching a 7-day Innovation Academy with school leaders across the state of North Dakota. The dates are spread out across the year. We end next May. . The Innovation Academy is sponsored by my national center, CASTLE , and the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders (NDCEL) , with the extremely generous support of Ted Dintersmith, author of the excellent book, What School Could Be, and executive producer of the amazing film, Most Likely to Succeed.

5 Tips To Improve Your Teaching And Boost Your Career

EdNews Daily

Whether you’re a new teacher or have years of classroom experience, there’s always more to learn. Read on for five practical tips to help you teach more effectively and enjoy a fulfilling teaching career. Communicate with colleagues and mentors. Your colleagues provide a wealth of information, especially if you’re a new teacher or have recently moved to a new school.

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