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7 Ways To Remove The Gamification In Your Classroom

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3 major ways to boost basic data literacy in K-6

eSchool News

A new report outlines the need for K-16 students to develop key data literacy skills. Focusing on three specific areas could be key to boosting K-16 students’ data literacy in a world where big data’s importance grows daily, according to a new report.

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Robotic Telepresence Device Allows Student to Attend School Virtually While Receiving Treatment

The Journal

Naya Salah, a seventh grader at Stratford School's Santa Clara Middle School, uses a videoconferencing system called Beam to attend school as she recovers from leukemia and gets chemotherapy

Big Jump in Use of Games, Videos in K-12 Schools, Survey Finds

Marketplace K-12

Cross-posted from the Digital Education blog. The number of American teachers using games in classrooms–particularly with younger students–has doubled over the past six years, according to a large survey released last week that measures national ed-tech use. In 2015, 47 percent of K-12 teachers and almost two-thirds of K-5 teachers reported using game-based learning environments in their classes, up from 23 percent of K-12 teachers in 2010.

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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.

Goal: Learners Share Advice for Next Year’s Students

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! “The expert at anything was once a beginner.” ” – Helen Hayes. Goal: Get students to share advice for being successful in your class, class subject, or grade level. Accomplish this goal: Ask your learners to come up with advice for being successful in your class, the grade level, or subject. This advice will be used to help students next year.

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Researchers: Forget Internet Abstinence; Teens Need some Online Risk

The Journal

If adults want to help teenagers learn how to handle the big risks of Internet usage, the best thing we can do is let them get used to handling smaller risky online situations. That's the conclusion from a Pennsylvania State University research project that examined adolescent online safety

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Deeper Early Learning: Five Tips to Integrate Play

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 4, Number 9. Driving Question: How should play be integrated into early classrooms in support of deeper student learning? First Grade students arrive at school to find unfamiliar music playing in the background of their classroom. The teacher greets them at the door in a red and gold traditional Chinese suit. The Smithsonian Museum's Giant Panda Cam is playing on the classroom's ENO board, for ongoing student observation.

A Free, Downloadable, Visual E-Timetable


Timetables are very important to have in the classroom. Children need to know what they will be studying over the day. In particular, it is known that pupils with special educational needs, benefit from the structure and support of a timetable. A visual timetable is great because students of all ages can understand it and it’s clear to see.

6 Summer School Tech Activities

Ask a Tech Teacher

With the growing interest in coding comes a call for after school tech camps that supersize student enthusiasm for learning technology. If you’ve been tasked (or volunteered) to run this activity, here are five activities that will tech-infuse participants: Debate. Working in groups, students research opposite sides of an issue, then debate it in front of class. They tie arguments to class reading, general knowledge as well as evidence from research. They take questions.

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).

Research: Display Size Impacts Student Comprehension

The Journal

More than half of students (58 percent) in a recent study couldn't read content displayed on a 70-inch flat panel in an average-sized classroom

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Building Early 21st Century Skills with Play

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 4, Number 10. Driving Question: "What if.parents and school districts harnessed the full power of play as a 21st Century tool for students to experience and develop 21st Century skills?". As educators, we embrace the task of teaching children to be creative problem solvers, communicators, collaborators and critical thinkers—using these tools to solve challenges with gusto.

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A Free, Downloadable Visual E-Timetable


Timetables are very important to have in the classroom. Children need to know what they will be studying over the day. In particular, it is known that pupils with special educational needs, need the structure and support of a timetable. A visual timetable is great because student’s of all ages can understand it and it is clear to see. I have made an electronic timetable which can be projected to the whole class or shared with them using a class management tool such as Google Classroom.

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Safe, Kid-Friendly YouTube Alternatives


Due to the success of “ Safe, Kid-Friendly Alternatives to Google, YouTube, and Beyond ”, we decided to dig deeper. Below you’ll find a variety of safe, kid-friendly vide o streaming resources. Safe Youtube. Take any link from YouTube and will generate a version sans distracting/offensive comments.

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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.

Oculus Launches Virtual Reality Program in High Schools

The Journal

The new initiative provides students with VR equipment to create short films on social issues


Ending the School Year with Epic Ideas and Intrigue

The CoolCatTeacher

End the School Year Like a Pirate with Dave Burgess From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Your legacy moment as a teacher is the last day of school. In today’s high-energy show Dave Burgess will get us all motivated to end the school year well. Don’t wind down, you’ve got to wind up at the end of the school year! burgessdave #tlap Powered By the Tweet This Plugin Tweet This. Listen to this show on: BAM Radio Network | iTunes | Stitcher.


Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 4, Number 12. Driving Question: How Can I Create a More Playful Learning Environment with High School Students? Part I: Seven Starter Strategies "Play in my English class? You have to be kidding!" Play is what my kindergarten children do. I have too much content to cover." Science is serious stuff. Play in a biology lab? Hah!". P21 Blogazine

How to Crowdsource Quality Resources for Adult Learners

Digital Promise

The Need. Perhaps you’ve seen the statistics — more than 30 million adults in the U.S. are unable read, write, and solve basic math equations. But our adult basic education programs can only serve roughly four million of those adults. This gap between the need and available educational services has prompted calls for innovative ways to improve access to quality educational resources.

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.

Private Institutions Sign on To Offer 'Tuition Reward' Points

The Journal

A number of private colleges have recently signed on for a program that gives them marketing access to potential students whose families have accounts at specific financial companies

2 Ways to Unleash More Energy By Examining Your Relationships

The CoolCatTeacher

Living an Epic Life Full of Meaning From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Examine your relationships. You may find a secret stash of energy waiting to be unleashed. The People Who Drain Our Energy. Some people are vampires. When they come around, you taste dread. Inevitably, they will suck your blood. Well, not literally, they won’t suck your blood. But certainly they’ll absorb your will to live.

OUCH! Did I Just Learn Something

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 4, Number 10. Play-Based Learning: A Guide for Grown-Ups. Driving Question: Do 8th Graders need recess? What joyful childhood memory can you recall most clearly?

District Offers Secure Exams with Hapara and GAFE


Offering a secure examination experience for teachers and students in the cloud can be a daunting task. There is a reason that standardized exams are so simplistic in nature. It is a lot easier to standardize procedures if every student takes the same exam at the same time and the scores can be tabulated by a machine that counts black and white circles. GAFE Edtech Update Hapara Highlights hapara workspace standardized testing

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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!

National Institute for STEM Ed Integrates Chalk & Wire's E-Portfolio Solution

The Journal

The National Institute for STEM Education has partnered with Chalk & Wire in an effort to improve assessment of STEM teachers as they seek certification

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An unknown future? Prepare students with these timeless skills

Ditch That Textbook

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that 65 percent of today’s schoolchildren will be employed in jobs that don’t exist today. Think of how you would have felt 10 years ago if someone said these would be full-time, paying jobs: Search Engine Optimization Specialist User Experience Manager Social Media Manager Telecommuting Coordinator Online Advertising Manager Medical [.]. Teaching collaboration critical thinking future future ready workforce

Going Back to School to Learn About Blended Learning

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Recently I was invited by the Natick, Mass. public schools to attend an Apple Distinguished Schools Day where Natick shared its blended learning approach with other schools and districts. As an online learning tool, Listen Current fits well into blended learning, but I wanted to learn more about how schools are adopting it and how we as a company can be more attractive to schools using blended learning.

How I Used Technology In A ‘Healthy Bodies’ Science Lesson


This term, my class’s science topic is ‘healthy bodies’ Last week we went live on Facebook whilst doing a heart dissection. This week, we looked at what happens to the heart during exercise. I started off by showing the students this excellent video as a reminder of last week’s learning: A group discussion followed about what happens to the heart when we exercise. I then challenged the class to find ways to investigate this.

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.

Educational Technology is at a Fork: Instruction vs Construction

The Journal

There are some that use technology to support construction-oriented pedagogies — maker movement, project-based learning — and some that use technology to support instruction-oriented pedagogies — personalized learning. Instruction may well be less costly to deliver — but the loss of the opportunity to develop our children’s creativity is inestimable

Should learning be hard?

Ditch That Textbook

The Calvin Cycle was the bane of my existence as a high school freshman. I was in a biology class. In the midst of surviving swimming practices, working part-time at Burger King and trying to navigate all of my other classes, I was required to learn the Calvin Cycle, start to finish. (It It didn’t help [.]. Teaching brain research cognitive science effortful learning learning strategies make it stick

Becoming Innovative: 15 New Ideas Every Teacher Should Try

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