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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. Computer Shortkeys That Streamline Your Day. #81: 81: Problem Solving Board. 5 Ways to Cure Technophobia in the Classroom.

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.

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Invest in Innovation

Catlin Tucker

“We need great teachers!” ” I frequently hear this war cry for improving schools. The insinuation is that great teachers can fix what’s wrong with our education system. However, in the last 5 months I’ve gotten a crash course in just how challenging it is for a single teacher to make meaningful change at a school or district level.

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, [.]. Ed Tech adobe spark creation creativity edtech educational technology images multimedia slideshows video

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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.

How Makin Misteaks Can B A Pwrfl Teeching Statergy;


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. It works great as a fun starter.

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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. Triseum announces new funding round of $1.43

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. Because the school is undergoing a large expansion, students see construction every day.

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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.

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.

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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).

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.

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. Hernandez, the fifth grade-writing teacher at Manzanita Elementary School, noticed that some students played on the play structures, but others did not. How can we engage ALL kindergarteners in play?' she wondered. P21 Blogazine

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.

Preparing Students for a Bright Future in IT with CTE


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. In our first post, we explored the need to prepare students for careers the health science field.

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.

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 . Learn about planning a student trip with Rustic Pathways. Show Notes: Common mistakes teachers make at the end of the year.

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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. P21 Blogazine

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. Over the summer teachers were going to go to some professional development in their content area.

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. Melissa Corto is one of them.

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.

Will You Take the 2016 Cool Cat Teacher Reader Survey?

The CoolCatTeacher

Speak out. Be heard. I'm listening. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. You have things you NEED. Things you WANT. I’m sure there are some things I can do to be a better blogger. Or something I could create that could help more people. Speak out! So, I’m opening up my 2016 reader survey. I don’t ask your email or name. Answer the questions you want to answer. Let your voice be heard!

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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. In our experiences in schools, we can more successfully implement these critical, research-based initiatives.

4 EdTech Experts Explain the Power of Twitter Chats

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Want to learn something new, right now? Did you know that powerful information, opinions, and resources are a click away? Where is this wealth of knowledge? In a live Twitter chat. If you know Twitter and understand the hashtag, you know how easy it is to search any #hashtag on Twitter. Or, if you see […]. The post 4 EdTech Experts Explain the Power of Twitter Chats appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Featured Social Media edtech Twitter

Meet NEO at ISTE 2016 in Denver!


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.

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!

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. Love it!

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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.

Personalized Learning: Toward a Healthy Learning

Education Elements

As I was thinking about big mindset shifts, these advertisements caught my eye. The first one says “more scientists and educators smoke Kent”. The point here is that educated and smart people smoke this brand. The other advertisement says that there is “scientific evidence” that people who smoke Chesterfields saw “no adverse effects on the nose, throat and sinuses”. Yes, scientific evidence that this brand is safe. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Student Achievement

Preparing Students for a Bright Future in IT with CTE


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. In our first post, we explored the need to prepare students for careers the health science field.

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.

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. The poll is still open.). Preorder Price $6.95.

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5 Ways To Avoid Summer Slide For Elementary Students


Any educator knows autumn is the season when we have to restart everything from the beginning. Even the most adept kids show regression since they did nothing but play throughout the summer. With vacations around the corner, I strongly recommend thinking ahead to minimize the effect of the summer slide on your elementary students. Here are 4 proven and tested methods to avoid learning loss during summer months: Summer assignments. I strongly believe summer assignment list is a must.

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. Note: it’s not.)