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Why Students Need More ‘Math Talk’

Digital Promise

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Test scores , school report cards and Facebook posts complaining about homework problems often drive critiques of how math is taught in schools. Amid the debates, it has become increasingly clear that one ingredient is necessary for success: opportunities for students to talk about math. Unfortunately, these are often lacking in U.S. classrooms. We are both math education researchers.

If we don’t engage online, we cede mindshare to others who will

Dangerously Irrelevant

[ Every week a ‘Monday Morning Message (MMM)’ email goes out to all doctoral students from a faculty or staff member in the CU Denver School of Education and Human Development. Here’s my second one, which came out today. ]. Please join Dr. Heather Johnson and me for one or both of our two Spring 2019 social media workshops for SEHD faculty and students! ]. In my previous MMM , I noted the power of having an active and visible online presence as part of our professional and scholarly work.

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The Work You Do Has Power

Tom Murray

Blockbuster. Netflix.Toys ‘R’ Us. Amazon.Radio Shack. Amazon.Kmart. Amazon.Taxicab. LyftNewspapers. Facebook. Instagram. Snapchat. YouTube. On demand content.…and …and now Sears. Amazon. Advances in technology are disrupting almost every industry, and in almost every country. No longer do nature’s borders significantly reduce the acceleration of change. Take a moment to consider the digital disruption that has already occurred in the following industries (Goodwin, 2015).

10 Chromebook features you (probably) don’t know about

Ditch That Textbook

Chromebooks are packed with some pretty amazing features that make them unique digital devices for students. In a Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit video presentation, I shared some of my favorite tips for making the most of Chromebooks in the classroom — for students and for YOU! The Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit is a FREE […]. Ed Tech chromebook in the classroom chromebook tips ditch summit ditch that textbook digital summit google classroom chromebook

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.

Help Students Share Their Stories with 360° Media Production Kits

Digital Promise

Since 2016, Digital Promise Global’s 360° Story Lab has supported young people’s creation of immersive stories that share their perspectives and inspire positive action on issues they care about.

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Have Santa Call Your Kids

Ask a Tech Teacher

DialMyCalls (an AATT sponsor) has a special Christmas offer for kids: Free Santa Calls To Your Family This Christmas. This Christmas we have a great gift for everyone! Whether you’re an existing DialMyCalls user or not, you can take advantage of our completely free phone call from Santa. Imagine the look on your child’s face when they receive a personalized phone call from Santa with his or her name on it!

Top 5 Shows of 2018 – 10 Minute Teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter This week is encore week on the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast. We’re counting down the top shows of Season 4 of the show. Season 4 started in July and runs through December!) I’ll keep this post updated as the shows are named! The #3 Episode of Season 8 5 Habits of Healthy Teachers Jen Burdis, teacher and American Ninja Warrior competitor shares insight on how every teacher can be healthier.

How Do You Build a Successful Classroom-based Coaching Program?

Digital Promise

Though it’s most often associated with sports, coaching can also be an important form of professional development in education. Like in sports, its goal is to improve individual and team performance. In the classroom, coaches can provide one-on-one support, help teachers tackle classroom challenges, and identify strategies to best support student learning.

The Two Most Critical Aspects You Should Know To Succeed In Online Teaching

EdNews Daily

Welcome back to our “Teacher Feature Series,” where we chat with educators who work online across borders. Today, please read about Stuart Delony’s online teaching journey with HAWO American Academy. Stuart, thanks for joining us. Please tell us about you and your educational background. My name is Stuart Delony, and I’m a Senior Teacher at 51Talk/HAWO American Academy.

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).

End-of-Year Maintenance: 19 Steps To A Speedier Computer

Ask a Tech Teacher

This week, I’m sharing three holiday activities that will get your computers, technology, and social media ready for the new year. Here’s what you’ll get: 19 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer. Update Your Online Presence. Backup and Image your computer. A note: The above links won’t work until the articles publish! Today: 19 Steps to a Speedier Computer.

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The Easiest Ways to Measure Your Progress in School

EdTech4Beginners

Measuring your progress is quite important in one’s everyday life, especially if you want to figure out how well you’re doing at school. Progress measurement should be second nature to people who are trying to improve in a particular field. Unfortunately, not many people know how to measure progress properly or easily. This can lead people to make plenty of misjudgments about progress. If you put more effort into measuring your progress, you’ll be able to get consistent and accurate results.

3 Techniques for Promoting Resilience in Adult Digital Literacy

Digital Promise

During a recent trip to the doctor, the office’s affiliate hospital was in the midst of transitioning to a new electronic medical records system. At every single phase of my visit—from checking in, to the nurse evaluation, to accessing my chart for lab work—this new system wreaked havoc.

Maine Learning Technology Framework

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The Maine Learning Technology Framework describes the key elements and components needed to achieve the greatest learning benefit from a district’s technology investment. The Framework is intended to support teachers, tech leads, librarians and other school leaders in their efforts to leverage technology to improve student learning experiences related to learning targets and outcomes.

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.

End of Year Maintenance: Update Your Online Presence

Ask a Tech Teacher

This week, I’m sharing three holiday activities that will get your computers, technology, and social media ready for the new year. Here’s what you’ll get: 19 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer. Update Your Online Presence. Backup and Image your computer. A note: The third link above won’t work until the article publishes! Today: Update Your Online Presence.

Making is in Our DNA

A Principal's Reflections

I have such fond memories of the time I had with both my grandfathers, albeit much too short as one of them was taken from us too soon. Each of them had such a great fondness for the outdoors, which influenced my decision to pursue degrees in marine environmental science and biology. William Sheninger, or “Pappy” as we called him, was always outside fixing things and my brothers and I would often hover around to see what he was doing.

The League of Innovative Schools’ 12 Days of Innovation

Digital Promise

2018 was an incredible year for the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools and Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters). With our renewed focus on designing, validating, and scaling effective innovation to advance equity and excellence for every student, we have had an exciting year that included launching new tools and programs, welcoming new members, hosting convenings, and sharing stories. Take a look at our Year in Review!

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Be proud of your pockets of innovation. AND…

Dangerously Irrelevant

Every school system has pockets of innovation. Those three forward-thinking teachers in the elementary school, that one grade-level team in the middle school, the department that’s really trying to do something different at the high school, that amazing principal over there, and so on. As school leaders we’re proud of – and point to – that cutting-edge work and rightfully so. But we also have to recognize that pockets of innovation mean that inequities exist.

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.

End-of-year Maintenance: Image and Back-up Digital Devices

Ask a Tech Teacher

This week, I’m sharing three holiday activities that will get your computers, technology, and social media ready for the new year. Here’s what you’ll get: 19 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer. Update Your Online Presence. Backup and Image your computer. Today: Image and Backup Your Digital Devices. Two critical maintenance tasks that lots of people skip are: image your computer. back up your documents. Image your computer. Every computer must be reformatted eventually.

5 Tips For Chinese Students Who Want To Apply To US Universities

EdNews Daily

As overall international enrollment in US universities drops, one country is still increasing its share of students: China. The number of students who are coming to the States from China rose 6.8% over the previous year, continuing the trend of more incoming Chinese college students with families who can afford raising tuition and fees. Data from the U.S.

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What We Talked About in 2018 - The Top 10 Blog Posts from Education Elements

Education Elements

Over the past year, we published 71 posts, and we’ll probably manage to sneak in a couple more before the year is done! Here at the Bring Your Own Thoughts blog, it’s always been our goal to create space for a wide range of perspectives and experiences so that as many educators as possible can find content which is useful and relatable to their own challenges and goals. We’re proud to say that every year, the B.Y.O.T.

4 inspiring quotes and key takeaways from the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit

Ditch That Textbook

When we reflect on a presentation we usually remember key moments. Those times where we found ourselves nodding our head and saying “yes” This year’s Ditch Summit presentations have been full of those moments. The Ditch Summit community has been abuzz on Twitter sharing memorable quotes that have resonated with them using the #DitchSummit hashtag. During our […]. DitchBook Twitter chat ditch summit ditch that textbook digital summit edtech

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!

Have Santa Call Your Kids

Ask a Tech Teacher

DialMyCalls (an AATT sponsor) has a special Christmas offer for kids: Free Santa Calls To Your Family This Christmas. This Christmas we have a great gift for everyone! Whether you’re an existing DialMyCalls user or not, you can take advantage of our completely free phone call from Santa. Imagine the look on your child’s face when they receive a personalized phone call from Santa with his or her name on it!

Authentic PBL: Santa Believes in Project Based Learning … Do You?

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Did you know that Santa believes in Project Based Learning? It’s true… in fact, I have worked quite hard at finding evidence that supports this conclusion. Upon further reflection, it occurred to me that not only does Santa believe in PBL, he practices many of its positive attributes at his workshop. By now you are thinking… what is this connection? Let me explain my reasoning by giving you an overview some of the essential elements in PBL.

5 Tips for Chinese Students Who Want To Attend American Universities

EdNews Daily

Studying and receiving a college education in the US is a growing trend around the world. During the school year 2016-2017, almost 351 thousand Chinese students were studying in higher education institutions in the United States. Going abroad for education and international degrees can have tremendous benefits for students as well as both countries. Students can and often do return to their home countries once they complete their college degrees.

Most educators do not have ‘change fatigue’

Dangerously Irrelevant

Will Richardson said: As schools and classrooms, why do we exist today? What do we believe? What are our values? What are our deepest commitments to the children we serve? And do we live all of that? Without coherent, clearly communicated answers to those questions, no serious change will survive. And, importantly, there will be nothing to judge the next “new thing” against. I know “change fatigue” is real. But that’s not what most people are tired of.

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.

End-of-year Maintenance: Image and Back-up Digital Devices

Ask a Tech Teacher

This week, I’m sharing three holiday activities that will get your computers, technology, and social media ready for the new year. Here’s what you’ll get: 19 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer. Update Your Online Presence. Backup and Image your computer. Today: Image and Backup Your Digital Devices. Two critical maintenance tasks that lots of people skip are: image your computer. back up your documents. Image your computer. Every computer must be reformatted eventually.

OER Cost Savings and Adoption Rates: New Methodologies, New Data, and New Results

Iterating Toward Openness

At the OpenEd Conference in 2013, Nicole Allen and I challenged the OER community to save students one billion dollars. Five years later, SPARC have collected a significant amount of data in order to answer the question of whether or not we have achieved that goal. You can read more about the data collection methodology and their ongoing work on this question here. SPARC have made the data available under the CC0 dedication and you can download them here.

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The Greatest Enemy of Creativity in Schools Isn’t Testing. It’s Time.

Edsurge

Creativity is one of those ineffable skills that’s important—especially for jobs of the future —but hard to pin down. We know when we feel creative, and we know what creative work looks like. Measuring and assessing such work in a way that keeps kids inspired is another matter, though, and schools aren’t known for being good at it. For years, personalities like Sir Ken Robinson have taken education systems to task for actually testing the creativity out of students.