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Technology Use Is A Right, Not A Privilege

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Educators must know how to empower students to understand how to use technology as a tool of engagement to support real learning

A Journey to Understand and Implement Personalized Learning

Education Elements

Several years ago, I was selected by the Lexington Institute for their initial leadership cohort, which focused on the implementation of personalized learning. It was a tremendous honor and a great learning experience for me. It is where I first met Anthony Kim and became aware of Education Elements.

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How Educators Can Build Student Agency and Help Students Advocate for Themselves

Digital Promise

As a first year teacher, I struggled to figure out how I could best meet the needs of my students. It was quickly apparent to me that each student had unique strengths and weaknesses, and I made it my mission to figure them out. I learned that not only did I need to understand their uniqueness, but I also needed to work with them to build their capacity to advocate for themselves. One of my students, Nic, made this patently clear to me. Nic was the type of student who challenged my thinking.

Blended Learning: 8 Respectful Routines

Catlin Tucker

I field a lot of questions about classroom management when I work with teachers transitioning to blended learning. Teachers worry about what will happen when they shift from whole group lessons to blended learning models that encourage student agency. Ultimately, the goal of blended learning is to combine online and offline work to give students more control over the time, place, pace, and path of their learning.

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.

10 Unusual Projects for Hour of Code

Ask a Tech Teacher

Coding–that geeky subject that confounds students and frightens teachers. Yet, kids who can code are better at logical thinking and problem solving, more independent and self-assured, and more likely to find a job when they graduate. In fact, according to Computer Science Education , by 2020 , there will be 1.4 million coding jobs and only 400,000 applicants.

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Quieten down your class with this website!

EdTech4Beginners

CLASSCRAFT is a brilliant website which has a variety of features. My favourite is the ‘ Classroom Noise Volume Meter ‘! It has certainly quietened my pupils down. It is really simple to set up: Set the timer. Set the volume level (make sure that your internet browser has permission to use your microphone). Start! Watch the class work quietly! Have a try and let me know how it goes.

Our Kids Need You

Tom Murray

You’ve heard it said countless times… “Kids today…” and it’s often not said in a positive manner. Just before or after the phrase, which is typically said in some condescending tone, is a reference as to why this generation of kids does not rise to the value of the last.

Metaverse–Education Game-changer

Ask a Tech Teacher

Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are buzzwords that every educator wants to know more about. They are two distinct functions. Kathy Schrock , columnist for Discovery Education explains: Augmented reality layers computer-generated enhancements on top of an existing reality to make it more meaningful through the ability to interact with it.

Addressing the Five Key Areas of Professional Development through Instructional Coaching

Digital Promise

Last year, Digital Promise, with generous support from Google, launched the Dynamic Learning Project (DLP) to continue its effort to close the Digital Learning Gap. The DLP utilizes instructional coaching to increase powerful and impactful use of technology in 100 middle schools across the country.

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).

Rewiring Education: Lessons Learned from Apple’s First VP of Education

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 391 with John Couch From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. John Couch was hired by Steve Jobs as Apple’s first VP of Education. Learn about the journey to improve classrooms, the early research on classroom improvement and why improvement is happening but not everywhere.

5 ways to use Adobe Spark Post with your class tomorrow

Ditch That Textbook

The ability to create professional looking graphics is a valuable skill to teach. But many of us don’t know where to start. Did you know you and your students can easily design stunning visual images in minutes without any graphic design experience? Want to know how? With Adobe Spark Post you and your students can create amazing […]. Ed Tech Guest Blog adobe spark adobe spark post creating in the classroom creative teaching graphics

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Hour of Code Lesson Plans by Grade

Ask a Tech Teacher

This December will again host the Hour of Code , a one-hour introduction to programming designed to demystify the subject and show that anyone can be a maker, a creator, and an innovator. Last year, almost 300,000 students (age 4-104) participated from over 180 countries and wrote almost 20 billion lines of code. The 200,000+ teachers involved came away believing that, of all their education tools, coding was the best at teaching children to think.

Organize and Motivate Your Local Maker Community

Digital Promise

How can I motivate teachers in my district to introduce making to their students? What are examples of maker learning projects in my subject area? Where can I learn about what making is from someone who is doing it? As the maker movement continues to expand, more and more educators are asking these questions. One way to address them is by creating opportunities and spaces for educators to come together and share the work they are doing with their students.

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.

Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom with Amy Burns

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 392 with Amy Burns on the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Master music teacher Amy Burns shares how her music students use Seesaw as a place for performance and sharing with parents and grandparents. Amy believes this pedagogical shift is a game changer in the music classroom Learn more. Project Pals has a useful classroom collaborative platform that lets you create and manage projects for your students.

What can parents do to keep their kids safe in the context of cyberbullying?

Neo LMS

There can be no doubt that the Internet has a dark side, in some cases quite prevalent and noticeable and in others nuanced and unapparent. From Silk Road-style dark websites trading in drugs, arms and bomb kits to sophisticated phishing syndicates to vicious comment trolls, going online can sometimes mean running the gamut from criminals to sociopaths to terrorists. In this context cyberbullying may appear to pale by comparison.

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Hour of Code 101

Ask a Tech Teacher

December 3-9th, 2018, Computer Science Education will host the Hour Of Code–a one-hour introduction to students on coding, programming, and why they should love it, designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, and an innovator.

Digital Skills Make a Difference for Adult Learners

Digital Promise

The number of middle-skill jobs that require digital skills continues to grow. Often, though, adult workers lack this skill set. Last fall, in an effort to address this gap, Facebook pledged to train 3,000 Michiganders in digital skills by 2020 through the Digital Skills Micro-credential program created in partnership with Digital Promise.

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.

Chase Growth, Not Perfection

A Principal's Reflections

Perfection is something many people chase after. Educators are no different, but more on this later. In sports, there are only defined scenarios when perfection can be achieved. A pitcher can deliver a perfect game if he or she gives up no hits or walks and the fielders commit no errors. In bowling, a 300-game consisting of all strikes is also a sign of perfection. Outside of sports, it becomes even harder to meet stringent criteria to achieve this.

Transformational Teaching in Tough Times – Part 1 with Sia Kyriakakos

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 393 of the 10-Minute Teacher with Sia Kyriakakos From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Master music teacher Amy Burns shares how her music students use Seesaw as a place for performance and sharing with parents and grandparents. Amy believes this pedagogical shift is a game changer in the music classroom Learn more.

Websites and Apps to Support Hour of Code

Ask a Tech Teacher

We’ve provided a lot of projects and lesson plans, as well as websites you’ll like organized by grade. Here are all those that don’t easily differentiate by grade. See if some of them work for you: Websites. Animatron –design and publish animated and interactive content that plays everywhere, from desktop computers to mobile devices. BrainPop coding games. Build a website –a guide. Chrome Experiments –geeky experimentation with programming. I like programming video.

The Importance of Process Art in the ECE Classroom

Battelle for Kids

The early childhood classroom provides the foundations for a child’s education and success in life. In addition to academic learning, children are growing in self-confidence, creativity and individuality. As a part of STEAM learning, art plays a large role in helping to build these skills. P21 Blog

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 Resources to Find Tons of Free Fun Unplugged Coding Activities!

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the series, Hour of Code Ideas ! Falling in love with code means falling in love with problem solving and being a part of a forever ongoing conversation.” – Kathryn Barrett. In a previous post I described why all students should participate in the upcoming Hour of Code event, which takes place December 3rd to 9th. Find more reasons to introduce students to coding in this article, Why Kids Should Learn To Code (And How To Get Them Started).

Transformational Teaching in Tough Times Part 2 with Sia Kyriakakos

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 394 of the 10-Minute Teacher Show. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Baltimore teacher Sia Kyriakakos continues her powerful interview about transformative teaching in tough situations. Her art classroom is an incredible place to learn and connect. Episode Sponsor: Project Pals has a useful classroom collaborative platform that lets you create and manage projects for your students.

Big Sale at Teachers Pay Teachers!

Ask a Tech Teacher

Check out my Teachers Pay Teachers store for big savings on November 26th and 27th! Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum.

How to apply the Universal Design for Learning in the classroom

Neo LMS

This post was originally published in the October 2018 issue of the Education Today Magazine. The way people learn is as unique as cats’ noses. In case you wonder, there are no two cat muzzles exactly the same. So even though students in a classroom may look alike, they each have a unique combination of background, strengths, needs and interests that affect their learning outcomes. Since classrooms are so diverse, curricula need to meet this diversity.

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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.

Four quick thoughts for higher education faculty

Dangerously Irrelevant

I had the privilege of participating in a conversation today at my university about how (and whether) the digital work done by faculty should count for promotion and tenure. (I I also had the opportunity to speak for a few minutes; here are my slides ).

Healthy Children, Better Learning

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. Sometimes it seems as though education reformers, present company included, spend much of their time discussing the obvious: that good teaching matters, that learning to read by grade 3 is important, that early childhood learning is very valuable.

Innovative School Leaders Part 3: Leading with Intention

Education Elements

“The more senior you are, the more important listening becomes. Once a leader speaks, most people stop listening to one another and start positioning themselves. But when the leader doesn’t speak, then, just like a great choir, people have to listen and respond to one another. That’s how and when distinctive work emerges. Knowing you will be heard creates space for thinking.” Vicki Abeles, Beyond Measure.