Sat.Oct 29, 2016 - Fri.Nov 04, 2016

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MLTI is a Massive Failure: What We Can Do

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On Friday, October 14, 2016, Maine’s Governor Paul LePage announced that he believes the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) has been a massive failure. Now, we could get mad, or argue, or blame, or call someone and complain… But in truth, MLTI has become better known for the technology than the learning, and we have become stuck at word processing, presenting and online research.

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Networking Plays a Crucial Role in Startup Progress and Beyond

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The ed-tech startup journey is a continuum, and the relationships we've built along the way make our whole community stronger. The post Networking Plays a Crucial Role in Startup Progress and Beyond appeared first on Market Brief.

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Teaching Computational Thinking is the First Step to Bridging STEM Skills Gap

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Educators already instill in their students many concepts of computer science.

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4 Simple Ways to Help Students Drive Their Own Learning

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. How to Move Teachers to the Passenger Seat and Give Kids the Wheel by Connie Hamilton Education is about creating lifelong learners. Sure, we understand this goal but how to accomplish it is often easier said than done. Teachers and parents alike describe students who go through the motions of school without really learning. […].

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Can Brain Science Actually Help Make Your Training & Teaching Stick?

Speaker: Andrew Cohen, Founder & CEO of Brainscape

The instructor’s PPT slides are brilliant. You’ve splurged on the expensive interactive courseware. Student engagement is stellar. So… why are half of your students still forgetting everything they learned in just a matter of weeks? It's likely a matter of cognitive science! With so much material to "teach" these days, we often forget to incorporate key proven principles into our curricula — namely active recall, metacognition, spaced repetition, and interleaving practice.

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Guest Post: Top Websites To Use When Teaching Writing.

EdTech4Beginners

It’s that time of the year again when I go through my bookmarks and Diigo lists and try to choose websites I like when teaching writing: this prepares me well for the upcoming school year. Most of the time, I end up adding even more sites to the existing lists! The sites listed below are brilliant and children love it when I use them. Image courtesy of Grays Harbor College.

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Blending Online and Field Learning To Inspire Young Girls in Science

EdNews Daily

Op-Ed, Dr. Mikki McComb-Cobza. Ocean First Education. Today, there have been major strides in efforts to increase the use of technology in classroom teaching. As the utilization and embracement of technology in education has increased, as has utilization of online and blended learning in and out of the classroom, imperative for today’s digital native learners and members of the future workforce.

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10 Google Classroom time savers for teachers

Ditch That Textbook

If you and your students are using Google Apps in the classroom, Google Classroom can save you tons of time and effort. It helps you assign, collect, grade and return work seamlessly. But, like anything else, there are tricks that can help you do the same work in less time. They make you more efficient [.].

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Online Writing Is Really Engaging With Night Zookeeper

EdTech4Beginners

Recently I was contacted on Twitter by the owner of Night Zookeeper to try out his website with my class. Night Zookeeper is a ‘digital learning tool that inspires writing through competition’ My students had a go and it really is brilliant! You get a two week trial and then you must pay. How do I set up? Watch this video tutorial for information on how to get started: What are the main advantages of Night Zookeeper?

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Should parents also know how to use e-learning platforms?

Neo LMS

All parents want their children to receive the best education possible, and for many kids in today’s world, this means being taught through an e-learning platform. Using technology to access tests, communications from teachers, and study guides is foreign to most parents since class certainly wasn’t in this format when they were children. But, should parents adapt to the times and learn how to use e-learning platforms?

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How to Teach Mouse Skills to Pre-Keyboarders

Ask a Tech Teacher

Many students enter kindergarten with a basic knowledge of digital devices like iPads and smartphones, but this rarely includes the use of a mouse. This little piece of hardware is strictly for desktop devices and maybe add-ons for laptops. In today’s tech world, you may even consider it a niche item. But you’d be wrong. Rarely is there a child that can get through school without using a mouse.

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Reimagining Chickering & Gamsons Principles Post-Pandemic: Technologys Central Role in Modern Edu

This white paper examines and proposes revisions to the "Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education" introduced by Arthur Chickering and Zelda Gamson in 1987 for today's technology-driven world.

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Show Off Your Creative Side With Infographics

The Web20Classroom

By our very nature humans are drawn to images and graphics. Rather than reading table upon table of boring statistical data, we put them into graphs and charts so they are easier to read and understand. (And they look nicer too.) With the dawn of social media the use of these graphics to represent all sorts of information has blossomed into a whole new category of image.

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Implementation Issues are Research Worthy, Too!

The Journal

Consistent with our blog’s theme of "Reinventing Curricula," we feel that research itself needs reinvention! Straight cognitive research isn’t enough if our goal is to design "effective, scalable and sustainable [educational] policies and programs." In this week’s blog post, then, we explore a new R&D methodology — Design-Based Implementation Research.

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Epson’s New Projector App for Chromebooks Adds More Interactivity to Classrooms

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Students and teachers will find it even easier to share screens in class.

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5 Tech Tools That Are Great For Adaptive Learning.

EdTech4Beginners

Adaptive learning is where teaching methods and materials change to match each student’s pace. How could a teacher possible manage that for a whole class? This is where technology becomes incredibly powerful – students can be set challenges through apps and websites and they can work at their own pace – the technology adapts. Here are 5 great tech tools which will bring adaptive learning to your classroom: Socrative – set questions and tasks which students can then work through at their ow

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Behind the Bell: The Underlying Impact of Tardiness in K-12 Schools

Managing a K-12 campus with constant pressure to meet performance metrics is challenging. And tardiness can significantly limit a school from reaching these goals. Learn more about why chronic lateness matters, and key strategies to address the following impacts: Data errors caused by manual processes Low attendance and graduation rates that affect a school’s reputation Classroom disruption, which leads to poor academic performance High staff attrition and “The Teacher Exodus” Unmet LCAP goals t

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A Holiday Flier and Greeting Card in Publisher

Ask a Tech Teacher

Two holiday projects for grades 2-8–for Thanksgiving or Christmas–in the desktop publishing tool of your choice: A flier to celebrate a holiday event. A greeting card to spread wishes for a happy holiday season. Greeting cards are easy enough for second graders–even early readers. Using MS Publisher, pick a template, add a picture to personalize, add their name–and they’re done.

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Halloween Wars: An Interdisciplinary Lesson with a STEM, STEAM, Maker Education Focus

User Generated Education

For Halloween 2016, I did a version of Halloween Wars (a Food Network show) with my two classes of gifted elementary learners. I am sharing this lesson through my blog post as it reinforces how I approach lesson planning and teaching. Background Information. Principles that drive my instructional approach. regardless of theme, include: Instructional challenges are hands-on and naturally engaging for learners.

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Stick with it until it becomes transparent

Ditch That Textbook

I remember when my grandma started using FaceTime for the first time. She’s in her 90s now and lives in Florida with my grandpa. (She’s the communicator of the two. He likes to listen and interject a comment occasionally while she does the talking.) I was excited that they were going to try FaceTime. Being [.].

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Guest Post: Mysimpleshow, The Free Video Creation Tool for Educators and E-Learning.

EdTech4Beginners

Educators looking for a new online teaching and learning tool – we found it! It’s called Mysimpleshow , and it’s free. Mysimpleshow.com is an ‘explainer video-making tool’ that lets users create informative and engaging videos. The tool empowers simple explanation and is of great help to educators and students alike. Educators can use the tool to incorporate mixed media into lessons, support the flipped classroom ideology, enhance presentations with relevant video content, assi

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The Battle of the Authoring Tools: A 10-Point Comparison for Picking the Right One

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

There are plenty of great authoring tools for developing eLearning, but the one you select could directly impact your course's outcomes. Depending upon your learners’ needs and your organization’s performance goals, you could be overlooking considerations that impact the both effectiveness of your courses and how long it takes to finish them. From general capabilities to specific workflow structures, some aspects are critical when it comes to learning objectives and deadlines.

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169 Tech Tips–Two Great Chromebook Shortkeys

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: #121–Chromebook Caps Lock and #122–Chromebook Delete Key.

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5 Takeaways From Our #PLroadtrip to iNACOL 2016

Education Elements

On Friday morning I looked around the Las Vegas airport on my way back from the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium in San Antonio and realized I looked just as tired as the people who had spent the last several days drinking and gambling. I noted one key difference though: tired as I looked, inside I was excited and full of inspirational ideas while the others in the airport, well, they were just plain tired.

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Is MLTI Impacting Student Learning?

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When a district (or a state) expends large sums of money on education technology, it is fair to expect that there would be a return on the investment, especially in improved student learning. There are those that think, for example, that Maine should stop paying for the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) since, after 15 years, there has been no improvement in test scores.

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How to Turn a District’s Edtech Portfolio From a Hodgepodge to an Ecosystem

Edsurge

This fall, Jillian Estrella started her fourth year as a science teacher at the Energy Institute High School in Houston. To most outsiders, Energy Institute High School might feel like a school of the future. There are Smart TVs in every classroom and interactive whiteboards and table tablets in the student media lounge. All course content, assignments, grades, shared documents and study tools are delivered digitally.

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The Roses and Thorns of an LMS Strategy: How to Flourish with the Right LMS

Speaker: Amanda Davis, Chief Experience Officer and Liam O'Malley, VP of Association Solutions

The "new normal" is now a little less new, a little more normal. Does that mean your current LMS strategy is in need of a refresh? Is your organization or association leaning into the always-evolving eLearning environment to ensure you have the tools and content to remain relevant through all this change? There are many complex decision-making processes within your learning & development strategy and LMS lifecycle management, including: Selection.

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The Power of Symbols–What does the word ‘Turkey’ mean?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Last year, I did a poll on the meaning of the word ‘turkey’ This was to demonstrate how powerful symbols are to your students and do so with an authentic use of technology to support discussion on math, language standards, and the holidays. As a summation to your discussion with students on symbols, idiomatic expressions, geography, farms, or another topic, post this on your Smartscreen.

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The Top 4 Reasons Why Teachers Should be Using Google Classroom

EdTechTeacher

This fall, as part of our #ETTchat series , Communications Editor James Daley will be chatting with our EdTechTeacher instructors about some of their favorite tools, apps, and strategies for the classroom. In this post, he chats with Ben Sondgeroth about why teachers should be using Google Classroom. At the beginning of the 2014 school year, Google released Google Classroom–an innovative online platform that allows teachers to manage the creation, distribution, and grading of assignments

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Standing Up for Students: A Conversation with Melissa Tomlinson @BadassTeachersA @NJEA

TeacherCast

Welcome to a the Jersey Educator Podcast, a show created by NJEA members. for NJEA members. Whether you are a teacher, an education support professional, or a New Jersey Student Education Association member, this show will serve as a platform to help YOU bring out the best in your students. each and every day in your schools. The shows are hosted by Jeff Bradbury of TeacherCast.net (@TeacherCast) and Jim Boice, a field representative with NJEA (@boiceinthehood).

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IBM Watson Launches First Mobile App For Education

Edsurge

IBM Watson proved on Jeopardy it can process and “learn” information much faster than humans. But how well can it help teachers and students learn? Last week, IBM Watson released Element for Educators , an iOS app designed for the iPad to give teachers a better understanding of factors affecting student performance. The tool also serves as a communications platform for teachers to share notes with other teachers or across the district, whether it’s about a curriculum standard or a student’s grad

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Enhancing HyFlex Education through the PowerTeaching Framework

This whitepaper explores integrating the PowerTeaching pedagogical approach within a HyFlex (Hybrid Flexible) educational model, focusing on employing cooperative learning strategies and efficient classroom management techniques.

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Subscriber Special: November

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to Ask a Tech Teacher get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. November 1st-15th: when you spend $25 or more on Structured Learning , get a free copy of the. Hour of Code bundle. Click to view slideshow. When you spend $50 or more on Structured Learning , get a free copy of the. Hour of Code Bundle and the STEM Bundle.

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Top 8 Google Sheets Add-ons for Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

October 29, 2016 Google Sheets add-on store features a number of educational extensions to use with your forms and spreadsheets to add amazing functionalities. These add-ons are arranged into various.read more.

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10 TED-Ed videos your students can use today

eSchool News

More often than not, students pick up a mobile device or use a computer to access videos and digital media online. With a dearth of resources online, educators can find content that meets students where they’re comfortable learning, with interactive and engaging presentation. TED Talks have grown in popularity in part for their inspiring and frank perspectives on any number of world issues, and educators can leverage these resources for learning.

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The Case for Learning Engineers in Education

Edsurge

This piece was written for The White House Symposium on the Future of Education R&D and Digital Learning, which took place on Oct. 5. It was originally published on Bror Saxberg’s blog and is reprinted with permission. Technology is changing the way almost all industries work beyond recognition. It’s also changing the nature of what skills humans need to succeed.

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Building the Foundation for a Modern K-12 Classroom

K-12 looks different these days. But one thing remains the same: you need a reliable learning platform that serves as the foundation for teaching and learning––for all students, in a variety of learning experiences. Discover how the Instructure Learning Platform supports today's K-12 classroom through: A central, consistent, connected hub of the digital learning environment.