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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.

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. […]. The post 4 Simple Ways to Help Students Drive Their Own Learning appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Featured edchat homework

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Guest Post: Top Websites To Use When Teaching Writing.


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. My Top 5! : An absolute must whatever type of writing you work on!

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.

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.

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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Implementation Issues are Research Worthy, Too!

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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

Online Writing Is Really Engaging With Night Zookeeper


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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A Holiday Flier and Greeting Card in Publisher

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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. It takes about 15 minutes.

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. The Startup Blog bootstrap Communication APPtitude Educational Technology/Ed-Tech entrepreneur leanstartup startup

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).

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. There is a game-like atmosphere.

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5 Tech Tools That Are Great For Adaptive Learning.


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.

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. Category: CHROMEBOOKS. Sub-category: Keyboarding. Q: Where’s the caps lock on a Chromebook ?

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. There is , however, evidence that MLTI is positively impacting learning. In some places. Under certain circumstances.

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.

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.

Stick with it until it becomes transparent

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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 [.]. Teaching creative teaching edtech educational technology growth mindset perseverance

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

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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.

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


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? Here’s why: Involvement.

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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.

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


Educators looking for a new online teaching and learning tool – we found it! It’s called Mysimpleshow , and it’s free. 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.

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


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) and Jim Boice, a field representative with NJEA (@boiceinthehood).

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. Click to view slideshow. Here’s what you do: Go to the Structured Learning website. Make your purchase as usual.

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


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.

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!

‘I spend half my days in accelerated classes and the other half in special ed’

The Hechinger Report

Jack Bradley is a junior at Dupont Manual High School in Louisville, Kentucky. Editor’s Note: Jack Bradley is a junior at Dupont Manual High School in Louisville, Kentucky, where he attends the public high school’s math, science and technology magnet.

4 Questioning Strategies For Effective & Thoughtful Teaching

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The post 4 Questioning Strategies For Effective & Thoughtful Teaching appeared first on TeachThought. Questioning Teaching Experienced Teacher General

Why Student Reflection Should Never Be Skipped


As Kevin Hodgson's 6th graders completed a lengthy foray into short story writing, they finished with reflections on their craft. Hodgson shares some of their insightful comments and considers reflection's potential catalytic effect on both students and educators. Teaching Writing Working Draft conclusion description dialog George Couros Kevin Hodgson plotting punctuation reflection short story writing sixth grade The Innovator’s Mindset word choice

Makerspace Materials: Stock the Staples to Ignite Imaginations

Fractus Learning

The journey of building and maintaining a makerspace in our school is never-ending. Less than one year ago, we opened the doors of our Learning Lab Makerspace to our students, who have since experienced creating, tinkering and play. While still in its infancy, our Learning Lab has gone through a major transformation into the makerspace and yet has still continued to change based on our students’ interests and needs.

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.

Our research shows that when students work on projects, they learn more

eSchool News

Educators often talk about 21st-century skills and the benefits of incorporating communication, creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, and critical thinking into lessons. These are skills students rarely learn straight out of a textbook. The best way to teach them, we’ve found, is by making these skills a relevant part of their active lives. If that sounds daunting, rest assured, it doesn’t always have to be.

The Top 4 Reasons Why Teachers Should be Using Google Classroom


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.

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

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

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