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Ten Tech Problem-Solving Tips You Don’t Want to Miss

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the top ten problem-solving tips according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: Tech Tip #108: Got a Tech Problem? Google It! What to do when your Computers Don’t Work. 25 Techie Problems Every Student Can Fix–Update. How to Teach Students to Solve Problems. I Can Solve That Problem…. Let Students Learn From Failure. Let’s Talk About Habits of Mind.

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20 Web Tools and Apps for Learners to Create Fun Videos

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Humans are incredibly visual and powerful, moving images help us find meaning… video helps capture and contextualize the world around us.” – Dan Patterson. Students enjoy producing short videos and showing their creativity. Planning a video project doesn’t have to be a huge headache. In my digital book, Learning to Go , I provide tips, resources, rubrics, and handouts to help your students storyboard their productions and create short commercials, films, trailers, broad

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Tech Tips for Teachers: 3 Ways to Use QR Codes in the Classroom

EdTech Magazine

By Meg Conlan By making lengthy links more shareable, QR codes help teachers distribute educational resources, student work and parent surveys.

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7 Smart Tips for Wrapping Up the School Year (and Get a Head Start on Next Near)

The CoolCatTeacher

Tips for Finishing Well and Getting a Head Start on the Fall From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Some of us have already ended our school year. Others of us have a few weeks to go. These timeless tips from Angela Watson will help you finish your school year well. Listen to this show on BAM Radio Network | iTunes | Stitcher .

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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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13 ways to create unforgettable multimedia with Adobe Spark

Ditch That Textbook

Multimedia is one way that technology is impacting what we do in the classroom. Just look back 10 years. To create impressive video, audio and images in the past, it used to take expensive equipment. Video mixers. Audio boards. Design software. Now we have high-resolution (or high-definition) creation tools right in our pockets. Smart phones, [.].

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Goal: Explore a Past Reflection

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! “Sometimes, you have to look back in order to understand the things that lie ahead.” – Yvonne Woon. Goal: Explore past reflections and reflect on what they reveal about your growth, ideologies, and beliefs about teaching and learning. Accomplish this goal: Look at past blog posts, journal entries, podcasts, or video reflections from last year or years ago.

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Andrew Ward’s Entrance into Spanish Class Goes Viral [Video]

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Teacher Andrew Ward (link to Facebook) always enters class with a hearty “Buenos Dias.” Well, not always but many times. His students secretly filmed him and shared the video with him on the last day. How do you enter class? Is it exciting? Do the kids know you’re glad to be there.

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Taking Control Of Your Professional Development

The Web20Classroom

Recently I was talking to a teacher friend of mine. He is what I would consider a very good teacher. He is engaging in the classroom, works very hard to meet the needs of all his students and regularly reflects on his teaching to understand his strengths and weaknesses. It's through that reflection that he is figuring out how to be better. He told me about an email he got from his district.

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Infographic: Ways to Learn a Language with Technology

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Language is not a genetic gift, it is a social gift. Learning a new language is becoming a member of the club -the community of speakers of that language.” – Frank Smith. If you teach students a language, then technology can help your students’ proficiency in that language. Technology is engaging and many of your learners may have devices or access to a computer.

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How Teaching Compares to Working in an Ed-Tech Startup

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The ed-tech startup boom is being driven by former teachers. This is great because they are the ones who know what is needed in the classroom and what works with students. They also have the perspective of people who have used good and bad teaching tools in their classrooms. Teachers are both starting companies and leaving the classroom to join startups.

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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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New Productivity Book: Vote on Your Favorite Book Cover

The CoolCatTeacher

And Grab Some of My Favorite Planning Forms Now From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. You’ve spoken! I’m only in day two of collecting my 2016 Reader Survey results but one thing is VERY CLEAR. The number one challenge the readers of this blog have is “ I don’t have enough time. ” (I’ve embedded the live data chart below.

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Create Simple Infographics With This Superb Online Tool

EdTech4Beginners

Piktochart is an excellent online website ( also available on the App Store ) which makes it really easy to create an infographic. An infographic is a way of displaying data in a visual way. Text is combined with images and symbols to make the message the infographic conveys, easy to understand. How do you use Piktochart? It is a really easy, user-friendly program.

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Game-Based Learning Gains Steam in Higher Education: Triseum Raises $1.43 Million to Transform Educational Experiences for Students

EdNews Daily

André Thomas, CEO of Triseum and former Head of Graphics for EA Sports Madden Football, brings gaming to new heights on university campuses combining rigorous learning and resources with state-of-the-art graphic design. New investment into Triseum continues to provide growth opportunities for a company already breaking barriers with over 40 percent of its staff being female.

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Under Construction

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 4, Number 17. Driving Question: How can play-based learning be inspired by authentic contexts? The teachers at our district's Valley View Early Learning Center design educational opportunities using play-based learning techniques. They view play as both a scaffold for development and a reflective means by which children practice skills they will need ahead.

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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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Three Sides of a Three-Sided Coin: Specialized Supports (Part 3)

A Principal's Reflections

This is the third guest post in a series on Response to Intervention (RTI) by Dr. Chris Weber , a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on the topic with the International Center for Leadership in Education. Check out all the posts in the series HERE. Differentiation, special education, and response to intervention (RTI) are interrelated and interdependent; or, they should be.

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How Makin Misteaks Can B A Pwrfl Teeching Statergy;

EdTech4Beginners

We all make mistakes. I certainly have made them whilst teaching. And do you know what? Pupils love it when you do. It engages them and lets them see that everyone makes errors – not just children. What are effective ways of making mistakes in the classroom? Play ‘spot the mistake’ with your students. This game is when you make slips whilst teaching and students have to signal when the mistake occurs.

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Interactive Tabletop Shows Promise in Education

EdTech Magazine

By Meg Conlan A new Sony prototype projector transforms any surface into an interactive display, giving new meaning to the phrase “hands-on learning.”.

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Getting children excited to stand in line

Dangerously Irrelevant

The Hechinger Report profiled a teacher who uses the Class Dojo behavior modification software to “get children excited about things like staying in line.” Really? Yeah, I’m sure kids are “excited” to be manipulated into compliance. I call BS. Also, I’m pretty sure that our global economic and social transformations are being driven by creative innovators, not compliant rule-followers….

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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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Meet NEO at ISTE 2016 in Denver!

Neo LMS

Education and technology in 2016: it seems you can’t have one without the other. Well, maybe you can, but it’s way more interesting to see technology in action and its power over education. Teachers everywhere must provide the best learning experiences for their students, and technology is their best ally. Children need to become successful citizens of tomorrow, and they must harness the power of technology to thrive in an increasingly connected world.

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Turnitin Opens Nomnations for 2016 Global Innovation Awards

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’ve written about Turnitin’s great programs for classrooms (see this review on Revision Assistant ). Their focus is always on how to help teachers and students, and now they’ve announced their Global Innovation Awards , a way you can honor teachers readers think demonstrate excellence in the field. Here’s their press release: Turnitin has opened nominations for the 2016 Global Innovation Awards program, which recognizes educators who demonstrate excellence in promoting a

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Flexibility is Key to Finding a K-12 Market Foothold for Ed-Tech Products

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

When we first conceived of SmartyReader , we had a clear vision of how it would be used: in high school English/language arts classrooms. Teachers would assign daily Smarticles and have data on their students’ comprehension and critical reading and writing skills at their fingertips. We thought it was an easy sell: let class-wide performance on each close reading question tell the story of where comprehension broke down and use it to centralize discussion on those passages.

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Open Education – Where do I begin?

Tom Murray

This blog was originally posted on the Future Ready website at [link]. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Andy Marcinek , Chief Open Education Advisor at the US Department of Education (ED), to explore how schools can benefit from Open Educational Resources (OERs) and what is being done in this area nationwide. With support from ED, state leaders, and new platforms for curation and discovery, there has never been a more exciting time to rethink traditional, static instructional ma

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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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Exemplary Project of the Month: How a Playground Project Became a Tool for Learning

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 4, Number 18. Driving Question: What happens when fifth graders are asked to design a kindergarten playground? The inspiration for a collaborative fifth grade project struck Nina Hernandez as she watched kindergarteners at play. Ms. Hernandez, the fifth grade-writing teacher at Manzanita Elementary School, noticed that some students played on the play structures, but others did not.

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21st Century Digitally-infused Teacher-Starts June 6th

Ask a Tech Teacher

How to Make Tech Integration Easy, Authentic, and Normative. Starts Monday, June 6th! Last chance to sign up. Click this link ; scroll down to MTI 562 and click for more information and to sign up. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum.

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Preparing Students for a Bright Future in IT with CTE

FuelEd

Contributor: Amanda Cunningham Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 8:45am In this blog series, we will delve into four important Career Clusters ® that are in need of more educated and well-trained students to fill the higher-skill, higher-wage jobs open to them. These Career Clusters are health science, information technology, business management and administration, and manufacturing.

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Building Confidence and Competence through Personalized Professional Learning

Digital Promise

Houston Independent School District (HISD), the largest school district in Texas, has launched PowerUp , a district-wide initiative aimed at transforming teaching and learning. To facilitate robust opportunities for personal and authentic learning, the PowerUp Initiative has provided all high school students and teachers with 1:1 laptops and access to digital content through the HUB, a district-wide learning management system.

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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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Lessons from a month of Play

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 4, Number 19. As we close out the May issue of the P21 Blogazine featuring the power of play, I pause to reflect on what we have learned and how we can use it not only for our journey into summer, but also to carry us into fall.

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Happy Memorial Day!

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’m taking the day to honor our soldiers. Hang the American flag and call my two soldier children. Say hi, how are you. When are you coming home to visit? Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum.

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Digital Leadership Daily now has over 1,000 subscribers

Dangerously Irrelevant

I’m pleased to note that Digital Leadership Daily is now reaching over 1,000 daily subscribers via its SMS, Facebook, and Twitter channels. Fifteen months ago I decided to send out one high-quality technology leadership resource per day through this new dissemination channel. I figured that it was a good way to reach folks without overwhelming them.

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Who Are The Rest of Y’all? (On Dr. Emdin’s For White Folks …)

The Jose Vilson

First, it’s important to note that I’ve been following Dr. Christopher Emdin’s ascent into superstar academic. From the hip-hop pedagogy classes he organized at Columbia University’s Teachers College and the collaborations with Wu-Tang Clan elder statesman GZA to conferences in South America and rendezvous with Kendrick Lamar, the dapper dandy reppin’ the Bronx has made this “work” look easy.

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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.