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10 Hits and 10 Misses for 2017

Ask a Tech Teacher

Since we at Ask a Tech Teacher started this blog six years ago, we’ve had over 5.3 million visitors to the 1,797 articles on integrating technology into the classroom. This includes tech tips, website/app reviews, tech-in-ed pedagogy, how-tos, videos, and more. We have regular features like: Weekly Websites and Tech Tips ( sign up for the newsletter ). Dear Otto Help Column. Edtech Reviews. Lesson plans. If you’ve just arrived at Ask a Tech Teacher, start here.

Get Your Google On! 17 Google Gurus and Hashtags to Follow!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Learn with great passion. Learn with great enthusiasm.” – Lailah Gifty Akita. Google apps have so many features to help your students collaborate, brainstorm, research and create effectively with technology. Google also makes collecting and assessing digital activities much easier and quicker for teachers.

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Google Chrome extensions galore! 50+ for the classroom

Ditch That Textbook

Record a video of your screen. Split the screen of your web browser. Block ads. Keep digital sticky notes. Even make your phone ring to end a conversation that’s gone on too long. Google Chrome extensions turn your Chrome web browser into a veritable Swiss Army knife of versatile options. There are thousands of these […]. DitchBook Twitter chat bitmoji chrome extensions ditchbook g suite google chrome googleedu grammarly gttribe onetab screencastify twitter chat

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Start the New Year by Articulating Your WHY

Catlin Tucker

One of the most thought-provoking books I read last year was Simon Sinek’s Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. In his book, Sinek talks about how successful individuals and organizations communicate. Instead of explaining what they do, they start with why they do it. What is our purpose? What drives us? What are we passionate about? Explaining what we do is a lot simpler than putting our why into words. It is also less effective.

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.

Virtual Reality in the Classroom: It’s Easy to Get Started

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every teacher I know has virtual reality on their radar. It’s one of those short-listed disruptive technologies that kids want to be involved in and will change teaching for the better. I was thrilled when Amanda Ronan over at Teach.com suggested that she write a how-to for teachers on getting virtual reality started in their classrooms. I think you’ll enjoy her thoughts: Suddenly, virtual reality is everywhere.

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Tech for 2018: 10 things worth trying this year

Ditch That Textbook

Tech tool options continue to grow. There's a lot out there. Here are some new -- and familiar -- ones to try in 2018. Icons via TheNounProject.com)The joy of teaching in the 21st century is that there's so much available for teachers and students to use.Sadly, that's also the frightening, crippling thing about it.There's so […]. Ed Tech 1:1 classroom blended learning chromebooks digital learning edtech educational technology elearning g suite gafe Google Apps googleedu laptops

TV Is (Finally) an App: The Goods, The Bads and the Uglies for Learning

The Journal

TV – live shows (news, documentaries, etc.), not just YouTubes – is now available on all devices as an app. And, TV as an app makes absolutely unique resources readily available in the palm of a learner’s hand. However, as we discuss in this week’s blog post: if only it were that simple

Top 10 Websites and Apps of 2017

Ask a Tech Teacher

Throughout the year, I post websites and apps the Ask a Tech Teacher crew’s classes found useful, instructive, helpful in integrating technology into classroom lesson plans. Some, you agreed with us about; others not so much. Here, I’ll share which sites you-all thought were the most helpful in efforts to weave tech into the classroom experience. Between these, they had over 240,000 visitors during the year. See if you agree: 12 Websites to Teach Mouse Skills.

Maker Monday: Start the Week with Creativity and Purpose

The CoolCatTeacher

John Spencer on episode 226 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. John Spencer, co-author of two different best-selling books, Launch and Empower , talks about the creativity (and test score) boosts his classes experienced when he began Maker Mondays. Middle School Science teachers should get the FREE Xplorlabs Fire Forensics kit.Solve a mystery. Meet Next Generation Science Standards. Have fun!

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).

My Educator Journey with Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

In many districts, teachers are provided the same professional development regardless of their subject area, grade level, or personal goals. The irony of this is that many of us educators have been successfully navigating the waters of personalized learning for our students, but haven’t been given the opportunity to transition that same approach to our own professional learning. Micro-credentials were my path to do exactly that.

A great lesson, exploring how websites have changed over time

EdTech4Beginners

Who remembers the film Space Jam? Believe it or not, the original website, which was created in 1996, still exists! Have a look at it with your class (click here for the link) and discuss the differences. I have made a simple comparison sheet for you: To extend the children, ask them WHY it has changed. This could lead to research about technological change/advancements i.e. HTML5. Let me know how the lesson goes.

Ensuring your child’s brain is active in school through a good night sleep

Neo LMS

Factors relating to poor sleep have been found to have a significant impact on school performance. This was observed in a study published by NCBI showing that students with less than 7 hours of sleep performed worse academically than those with adequate rest. The major cause is the pressure that students feel when having to juggle academics, extracurricular activities, family time, and a social life. The buildup of stress can lead to sleepless nights, which can be detrimental to their schoolwork.

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2 Martin Luther King Day Lesson Plans and a Book

Ask a Tech Teacher

Through my Teachers Pay Teachers store, I have two lesson plans help you plan Martin Luther King Day on January 15, 2018. 4th grade. Students interpret the words of Dr. Martin Luther King in their own words in a visual organizer. Great project that gets students thinking about the impact of words on history. Common Core aligned. 7-page booklet includes a sample, step-by-step projects, a rubric for assessment, and additional resources to enrich teaching. 5th grade.

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.

Want to Solve our STEM Skills Problem? Bring in the Professionals

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The role of technology, the changing nature of the work force and the effects of globalisation means citizens and governments are playing catch up to make sure our future generations are capable and competent to perform the jobs of tomorrow. Recent Australian studies show there’s a decline in student participation in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects in high school.

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iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Sean Nank on episode 228 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Dr. Sean Nank’s research shows that the single biggest method for improving learning with iPads is to use online formative assessments. However, his formative assessments have a twist — students are all answering DIFFERENT math questions. This intriguing research is a must listen for any school with access to technology.

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6 Practical strategies for teaching across the digital divide

Neo LMS

Last week we discussed the digital divide , and today I thought we could explore some practical strategies that teachers, as individuals, can adopt in an effort to bridge the digital divide in their classrooms. Before we go ahead and look at some practical steps I thought it would be useful to sketch in some background on how technology is actually being used in classrooms across the US, in an effort to create some necessary context.

What You Might Have Missed in December

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of December: End-of-Year Maintenance: 19 Steps To A Speedier Computer. End-of-year Maintenance: Image and Back-up Digital Devices. End of Year Maintenance: Update Your Online Presence. New Year, New Mindset (my New Year resolutions). If you’re planning ahead to Martin Luther King Day, here are two lesson plans I have on Teachers Pay Teachers that include research and background on this seminal American.

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.

What We Learn from the Edtech Games the Government Plays

Edsurge

What can you learn from some of the games the government has going on?For For starters: Algebra, history, chemistry, English and yes, even civics and how to brush your teeth. Monday was the fifth annual ED Games Expo, held at the the famed Washington performance hall, the John F. Kennedy Center. Some 120 games, created by 80 game developers who have received support for their work from the federal government, were on hand to show off their latest creations.

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Take a Rest

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 11 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Sometimes you must rest to be your best. Get some. This post is day eleven of 80 days of excellence. I’ve created an email list below for those of you want to be emailed the full posts written as part of this series. The post Take a Rest appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

What to Expect from Securly in 2018

Securly

2017 was a year of growth and innovation. Find out what student safety products are coming your way in 2018! The post What to Expect from Securly in 2018 appeared first on Blog. Marketing EdTech Update parental controls parents web filtering

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Future Shifts

CUE

“We are getting kids ready for jobs that do not exist” has been a mantra of frustration that has been bandied about the educational ecosystem for far more than the last several years.

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!

Reflection Bingo: A Strategy for Reflection, Connection, and Sharing

Battelle for Kids

My district is one of the lucky districts that had the week before Christmas off (shopping was completed, parties attended, and I was rested!) which meant that we had to return the day after New Year for our professional learning. As the person kicking off our staff for a day of learning, I wanted to make sure that I was helping everyone to start in a positive and productive mood. To that end, the idea for reflection bingo was born. P21 Blog

Throw out Learning Styles and Replace it with UDL

The CoolCatTeacher

Kathleen McClaskey on episode 229 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Kathleen McClaskey talks about the research on learning styles and the alternatives for teaching and reaching every child. Today’s show will help you think about the research many of us have used for years to design lessons. Opening Graphic. Middle School Science teachers should get the FREE Xplorlabs Fire Forensics kit.Solve a mystery.

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What to Expect from Securly in 2018

Securly

2017 was a year of growth and innovation. Find out what student safety products are coming your way in 2018! The post What to Expect from Securly in 2018 appeared first on Blog. Marketing EdTech Update parental controls parents web filtering

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A #DitchSummit encore! The Digital Summit is back in January!

Ditch That Textbook

Did you love the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit? Get more of it from Jan. 12-18, 2018! Public domain image via Pixabay.com)Apparently, people love to get PD in their PJ's!The The Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit brought professional development into your living room, on your favorite couch, with slippers and pajamas and coffee (or hot chocolate […].

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.

Stories Link Us Together

A Principal's Reflections

I absolutely love hearing and telling stories. There is so much magic in them and a good story can captivate an audience. When I work with schools, especially in a coaching role, I routinely ask educators to share with me how they are empowering students to own their learning or ways in which they are transforming teaching, learning, and leadership.

7 Productivity Power Tools for the Busy Educator

The CoolCatTeacher

Frank Buck on episode 227 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Become more productive today with these seven tools from Dr. Frank Buck. Automate what you can and save time. Middle School Science teachers should get the FREE Xplorlabs Fire Forensics kit.Solve a mystery. Meet Next Generation Science Standards. Have fun! Go to [link] today to get your Free Fire Forensics Kit. Listen Now.

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Held back, but not helped

The Hechinger Report

Domonique Crosby raises her hand in calculus class at George Washington Carver High School. Photo: Cheryl Gerber for The Hechinger Report. NEW ORLEANS — If Domonique Crosby has her way, she will graduate from high school this spring at age 20. To her, earning her diploma, even two years late, feels like something of a miracle. Held back in the fourth grade, Crosby was 16 years old when she entered George Washington Carver High School in New Orleans.

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