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Use the SAMR Model to Spearhead Technology in Your Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

This is a question I get often from teachers: Technology is always an extra layer of work in my classroom. How can I blend it into what I already do without taking time I don’t have? When I first addressed this issue fifteen years ago, it was all about replacing traditional classroom tools with one on a computer. For example, book reports were typed on the computer instead of handwritten, or math facts were practiced with a math game instead of flash cards.

8 E-Learning Trends Changing The Learning Landscape


As technology advances and the disadvantages are dealt with, elearning is becoming ever more competitive. The post 8 E-Learning Trends Changing The Learning Landscape appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network. Editorial

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5 tips for creating a makerspace for less than the cost of an iPad

eSchool News

You don’t need power tools and 3D printers to start a makerspace. Instead, get creative. Where others see trash, I see treasure. Reusing, repurposing, and recycling items that can be found in the kitchen garbage can, on the curb, or collected by friends and families helps educators to save money while protecting the environment.

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40 Recommended Extensions for Teachers, Research, and Language Learners

Teacher Reboot Camp

“It isn’t that they cannot see the solution. It is that they cannot see the problem.” ” – GK Chesterton. Did you know a web browser has many free incredible extensions (Chrome/Safari)/add-ons (Firefox)/plugins(IE) to support teachers and learners? Teach your students how to enhance their reading, writing, literacy, studying, and research skills with these powerful web browser tools.

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.

Feelings During FLOW-Related Learning

User Generated Education

Watch children, youth, and even adults when they are immersed in learning something of interest of them, and you will see often complete engagement and personal joy. When education is done “right”, learners often feel and experience the following in their both formal and informal educational environments: Joy. Engaged. Excited. Wonderment. Intrinsically Motivated. Creative. Accomplishment and Pride (in themselves and in their work).

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Video or voice record your students to support peer & self evaluation.


Recording your students is a brilliant way to help them improve their speaking, drama and performing skills. My students all bring an iPad to school and they use the basic video or voice recorder on it. How can I use recording effectively in lessons? When a pupil has completed a piece of writing or if they are performing something, record them! I recently asked my students to write, for our World War 2 topic, letters home from soldiers to their mothers.

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40+ Hashtags to Follow to Learn About the Latest Teaching Trends

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The hashtag, that ubiquitous pound sign followed by a keyword, are part of the language of social media.”- ”- Neil Patel, Forbes. This summer learn more about teaching trends by exploring hashtags. Hashtags (text with a # sign front) are found all over social media on sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine, and GooglePlus.

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5 Leadership Strategies Every School Leader Must Consider

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Listen to the podcast episode In the new Hack Learning Series book, Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students, and Parents Love (June, 2016), school leaders Joe Sanfelippo and Tony Sinanis discuss how important it is for leaders to be present and engaged with all stakeholders. The Hack Learning Podcast episode embedded […]. The post 5 Leadership Strategies Every School Leader Must Consider appeared first on Brilliant or Insane.

Thirteen Writing-with-Tech Tips You Don’t Want to Miss

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are thirteen of the top writing-with-tech tips according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: A Helping Hand: Assistive Technology Tools for Writing. Tech Tip #124: Editing is Easier with Digital Writing. Revision Assistant–the Most Comprehensive Virtual Writing Assistant Available for Students. 4 Ways Students Can Plan Their Writing. 7 Innovative Writing Methods for Students. How to Write a Novel with 140 Characters. Technology Removes Obstructed Writers’ Barriers to Learning.

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).

Matific Is A Great Primary Maths Learning Tool.


Matific is simply excellent. It’s available at or alternatively as an app (available on both Google Play and the App Store). It allows teachers to set individual students, groups or the whole class challenges and activities. My students are big fans and are always pleased when they see that Matific has been incorporated into a lesson. How do you use Matific?

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Measuring success of online education


Success. What a fine idea. Everyone wants to be successful. Yet when you ask people to define success, you get a gazillion of different answers. Success just means different things to different people: be a good student, graduate all levels of school, travel the world, find your dream job, your dream house, build a family, have kids that are good students, and so on.

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Enabling Play's Benefits for All in the K-12 Equation

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 4, Number 13. Driving Question: How can play support and promote healthy development across the Pre-K to 12 Spectrum? When you think of your schooling experience, what is the first word that comes to mind? It is probably not "fun." Common words that pop up are "hard," "important," "college," but rarely do people share "fun" or "joyous." Play just doesn't seem to be a part of the school equation.

What It Looks Like to Build A Culture of Support in Schools

Digital Promise

Through the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) initiative, we work with schools that are committed to transforming learning environments with always-available access to technology and powerful, personalized learning. We’ve even created a blueprint for schools to help them successfully navigate this journey. Undertaking this transformation is a challenge, and requires buy-in and commitment from district leadership, school administrators, and teachers in order to be successful.

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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.

Great Tech Tools For Pop Art Lessons


Pop Art Studio is a great website in which you can apply Pop Art effects to an image. Our topics this term are World War 2 and Pop Art, so my class created an Andy Warhol style effect on an image associated with the war: Click to view slideshow. How do I create Pop Art?

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Martellus Bennett-More Than an Athlete

EdNews Daily

I am so excited to share this TED Talk given by athlete and creative genius, Martellus Bennett. On a personal note, my huband plays basketball with him. This video is as authentic as it gets and is an inspiration for all kids. Please listen and share with your classroom if appropriate. You will love his talent, animation, work and above all…he will just make you smile. New England Patriots and recent Chicago Bears tightend who has struggled with incessant creativity since birth.

STEM and Play: A Crucial Connection

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 4, Number 16. Driving Question: What if students play In a STEM school? Webster Dictionary defines play as an "activity engaged in for enjoyment and recreation, especially by children." Piaget suggests that play can form the foundation of formal logic, as students experiment with cause and effect. In psychoanalytic literature, play is thought to facilitate the learning of identity and encourage the development of self-regulated behavior. P21 Blogazine

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The Case for Case Studies: Success Stories for Continued Growth

A Principal's Reflections

Case studies provide a glimpse into how vision, strategic planning, and implementation drive results-oriented change. In education, they connect people to stories of how schools and districts have improved school culture and the specific steps that were taken.

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.

Understanding Ed-Tech Product Pricing, for Educators and Entrepreneurs

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

You expect that when you search for a book on Amazon, or a sweater on Zulily you’ll find the price front and center. It’s normal in the consumer world. But in business-to-business sales, like in education technology, it’s not always that easy. Some ed-techs companies list their prices, others don’t. That often leaves teachers and administrators scratching their heads. TenMarks gives a starting price point per student and StudyIsland also gives an indication of its lowest student price.

How educators and teachers can get the most out of online forms software - guest post

Educational Technology Guy

How educators and teachers can get the most out of online forms software Online forms might not be the first thing that comes to mind as a helpful classroom tool. 10 years ago the idea would have seemed absurd. But today? Online form tools can save hours, paper, and your budget. That’s because the way students and teachers interact with technology has completely changed.

Learning Loves Play. Snippets to Play With

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 4, Number 15. Driving Question: What happens if we play with ideas? The first of Mouse's five learning design principles: "Learning loves play.". The etymology of "play" includes "vigorous movement," "leap for joy, dance," "care for / tend to (with devotion)," "compete.". We are nowhere more serious than at play -- the stakes are too high. P21 Blogazine

Top 10 #TEDx Talks by Innovative Educators


This list includes my all time favorite and most inspiring TEDx talks given by members of the educational community. I hope these find a place on your "must see" list too. The post Top 10 #TEDx Talks by Innovative Educators appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network. Presentation Videos TeacherCast Top 10 TED Talks

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!

Innovation academies help build shared understanding, capacity, and commitment

Dangerously Irrelevant

This year I’ve had the incredible privilege of working with the Johnston (IA), Emmetsburg (IA), and Prior Lake-Savage (MN) school districts in an Innovation Academy format. I thought that I’d share what that work has looked like in Johnston as we’ve progressed through the school months. At the core of the Johnston Innovation Academy has been five full days – each about a month apart – of in-depth work with over forty district, building, and teacher leaders.

2016 PL Summit Sparks New Friendships and Ideas

Education Elements

The room was suddenly, almost eerily, silent. Dananjaya Hettiarachchi stood on the stage at our 2nd Annual Personalized Learning Summit and we all watched him, mesmerized. We held our breaths for a few seconds while our fingers slowed down their constant tweeting. And then, like the world champion public speaker he is, he made us burst out into laughter. I leaned forward, excited to hear more. Finally, after months of planning, this was happening.


Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 4, Number 13. Driving Question: How Can I Create a More Playful Learning Environment with High School Students? Part II: Engaging Student Minds In Part I , Jim shared seven strategies for integrating play into secondary classrooms. In Part II, Jim spotlights five ways to design lessons and units that engage students with mind play strategies. P21 Blogazine

Everything you need to run a whole school maths event.


In March it was ‘World Maths Day’ As a maths coordinator, I ran a whole school event which included class competitions, home learning and a ‘maths bee’ I have put all the resources I used into the ‘Lesson Plans / Resources’ section of this website – this links to a Google Drive folder. Click here for access. You need to ‘download’ or ‘make a copy’ if you want to edit the resources. I hope they help!

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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.

6 Student Suggestions to Improve Web Filtering


The following are real student responses from an international survey we conducted during Summer 2015. We asked students what changes would improve the web filtering experience. Note: our survey participants included both Securly and non-Securly users. Quick Whitelisting. “At At school, I would appreciate the ability for teachers or someone to quickly unblock a website for us if it was blocked wrongly or if it was needed for schoolwork.

Using Failed Assessments to Coach Students in an Online Learning Environment


Contributor: Kelli Hicks Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 7:30pm. My Own Learning Coach. When I was in college, I worked part-time as a custodian cleaning one of the buildings on campus. One of our responsibilities was to clean and polish the hard-tile floors in the long hallways. There were three levels of floors, and each one had a different machine with varying levels of difficulty that was used to clean it

Lots of great new things coming to Google Apps and Chromebooks!!!

Educational Technology Guy

Google Apps for Education and Chromebooks have become truly awesome resources for schools and Google just keeps improving them. Here are some of the recent announcements: Android apps are coming to Chromebooks! some Android apps have already been available for use on a Chromebook. I've been using the Evernote app for a while and love it. But in order to get them to work, developers had to do some work themselves.