Sat.May 02, 2015 - Fri.May 08, 2015

10 Top Teacher Appreciation Week Ideas (and a Way to Save Money on Them)

The CoolCatTeacher

I have a thing for office supplies! I think it comes from being a teacher. This week (May 3-9) is Teacher Appreciation Week. Now, I can share my favorite productivity tips and tools (as always) along with how to get them for yourself at your local Staples store.

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Becoming a Lifelong Maker: Start Young

User Generated Education

I was recently asked what is was about my childhood that led to me being an adult who makes and who advocates that everyone should make in one form or another. I believe there were several childhood experiences that contributed to me becoming a lifelong maker.

A Title Doesn't Make You a Leader

A Principal's Reflections

I pondered just sending out the title of this post as a tweet – short, sweet (well not so much), and to the point. Instead of just throwing out a sound bite into the social media abyss a detailed explanation is in order. Now here’s why.

Let’s be honest about annual testing

Dangerously Irrelevant

Let’s be honest: students and parents obtain no tangible benefit from large-scale annual testing. Kids and families give up numerous days of learning time – both for the tests themselves and for the test prep sessions whose sole purpose is to get ready for the tests – and for what?

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Leaning In, Leaning Down, Putting Yourself Out There

The CoolCatTeacher

The Struggle to "Go For It" with No Regrets on the Family Front I loved Sheryl Sandberg’s TED speech upon which a movement began. But I am sitting here reflecting upon it and how I feel about my decisions to put family first. I wrote this post in 2014 but didn’t publish it.

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Educators Can Ease Racial Trauma Experienced by Students

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

As educators, we can help students navigate racial trauma by providing safe spaces for honest conversations about their stressful experiences related to race. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org.

The U.S. has more memorizers

Dangerously Irrelevant

Jo Boaler said: data from the 13 million students who took PISA [math] tests showed that the lowest-achieving students worldwide were those who used a memorization strategy – those who thought of math as a set of methods to remember and who approached math by trying to memorize steps.

Ways for Teachers to Supplement Their Income

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The best thing a human being can do is to help another human being know more.” – Charlie Munger. I’ve been very blessed to be able to train teachers and teach students in over 20 countries. In 2009, I began my journey as a connected educator and learned how to use social media and web tools to share my knowledge and materials. In the process, I also discovered how to supplement my income. The clickable Thinglink image below provides resources and tips.

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8 ways technology is revolutionizing education (with examples)

Ditch That Textbook

With new technology, today’s classrooms have tools that can make learning happen that was impossible in recent years. Now, students can create impressive products as class projects that would have required lots of equipment or money in the past.

Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

Exhibiting Your Startup at an Expo: The Ultimate Packing List

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Are you preparing to present your ed-tech startup or your education project at an expo? Don't forget to bring these things. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email websupport@epe.org. Lessons Learned ProfessorWord aboutus lessonslearned professorword

The problem with ‘any time, any place, any path, any pace’

Dangerously Irrelevant

In most online courses and/or ‘adaptive learning systems’ … Students do low-level work at times that are convenient. Students do low-level work from places that are convenient. Students do low-level work on their own, unique path. Students do low-level work at their own, unique pace.

Last Day of School: Write a Letter to Your Future Self

Catlin Tucker

The end of the school year typically blows by in a blur of exams. I’m often left wishing I had done more to get my students reflecting on the year. Not this year! This year, I am going to have my students write themselves a letter to be delivered in the future.

7 Key Skills for Employability

Educational Technology Guy

Last month, I published a post entitled "Important Skills Students Need for the Future that we need to help them learn" in which I described what I, and other research, felt were the most important skills for students to learn to succeed in the future.

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Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

20 Tough Truths About Being a Teacher Mom

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Mother’s Day is approaching, and I’ll be spending part of it helping my daughter weed out her bedroom. She’s leaving for college in August and preparing this space for her younger sister, who has been looking forward to inheriting the bigger room since she started middle school.

Are they learning or just parroting? [SLIDE]

Dangerously Irrelevant

Are they learning or just parroting? Download this slide: png.jpg.key.pptx. Image credit: Parrot’s portrait , Patrick Bouquet. See also my other slides , my Pinterest collection , and the Great Quotes About Learning and Change Flickr pool. Related Posts.

Ways for Teachers to Supplement Their Income

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The best thing a human being can do is to help another human being know more.” – Charlie Munger. I’ve been very blessed to be able to train teachers and teach students in over 20 countries. In 2009, I began my journey as a connected educator and learned how to use social media and web tools to share my knowledge and materials. In the process, I also discovered how to supplement my income. The clickable Thinglink image below provides resources and tips.

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Real World Projects and Partnerships

Battelle for Kids

May 5, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 6, Number 3. Driving Question: How can projects and partnerships help all students discover the real work world? Understanding is not a precursor to application, analysis, evaluating, and creating but a result of it". -R. Richard and K. Morrison. "In In the real world."

Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

7 Social Media Strategies Every Teacher Needs to Learn Today and Teach Tomorrow

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. In a world ruled by content curation, every educator should be passing along social media strategies to students. The “That’s a parent’s job” mantra is not a sufficient excuse for ignoring your responsibility here. We’re in this together.

Whipping people into line

Dangerously Irrelevant

Sir Ken Robinson said: It’s not the need for standards. It’s the way they play out. testing is not some benign educational process. It is a multibillion-dollar industry that is absorbing massive time, resources and cash that could be used for other things. Its a massive profit-making machine.

An Organized Planning Solution for Teachers: The 2015 Teacher Anchor

Kleinspiration

An Organized Planning Solution for Teachers - click here to see Chandra's amazing products - Hi Kleinspiration readers! My name is Chandra and I own the shop and blog C. Jayne Teach !

Emaze - beautiful web based presentation app

Educational Technology Guy

Emaze is a free, online presentation tool that is easy to use and has some beautiful features. You sign in, select one of their amazing templates, create your presentation, and share it. The presentations are created in HTML5 so they are available on any web-enabled device.

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

Is Your Writing Pinteresting? 3 Uncommon Ways to Curate Literary Characters

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Pinterest has established itself as one of the most addictive content curation tools on the web. Users from all walks of life maintain boards on everything from appetizers to graphic design ideas to tattoos.

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When you teach science as recall rather than as thinking?

Dangerously Irrelevant

Dan Berrett said: Rates of scientific literacy among American adults hover below 30 percent. More than a third of them aren’t convinced that the planet is warming, and only half think human activity is causing climate change, despite consensus among scientists that it is.

Educators Teaching Learners; Educators Teaching Educators; Learners Teaching Learners; Learners Teaching Educators

User Generated Education

Google has an initiative entitled Googlers Teaching Googlers: Googler to Googler places employees from across departments into teaching roles. Classes taught Googler to Googler—everything from kickboxing to parenting— are initiated and designed by employees.

Google Classroom Mobile Apps get even more Great Features!

Educational Technology Guy

Google Classroom is Google's learning management system, allowing teachers and students to share assignments and communicate online. It is easy to use and works great, but there were some features teachers were asking for. Well, Google listened!

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

40% of Teachers Quitting After Just One Year in UK

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. 40% of Teachers Quitting after just One Year by Robert Davies The Department of Education in the UK recently released figures about the teaching industry which showed that nearly 40% of all newly qualified teachers leave the profession within their first year.

How many of our questions can Google and Siri answer? [SLIDE]

Dangerously Irrelevant

How many of our questions can Google and Siri answer? Download this slide: png.jpg.key.pptx. See also my other slides , my Pinterest collection , and the Great Quotes About Learning and Change Flickr pool. Related Posts. Are they learning or just parroting? SLIDE].

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4 Ways to Leverage Tablets Beyond the Classroom

Tom Murray

Routers on school buses to bring wifi to the poorest parts of the community. District wifi maps indicating free business hotspots throughout the community. Wifi kiosks in low income housing.