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Learning Targets and Student-Led Conferences More Pathways to Communication

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 2, Number 7. Driving Question: How does a 21st century classroom communicate student outcomes? Learning targets and student-led conferences are proving to be a powerful vehicle for informing our school community at Katherine Smith Elementary about what and how our students are learning. At the same time, they showed us another opportunity to develop our students' speaking and writing communication. In this two-part post, we will share our story. P21 Blogazine

New Podcast from MindShift: Stories Teachers Share

Catlin Tucker

In the last ten years, the narrative about teaching and education has struck me as extremely negative. I hear about schools failing students and bad teachers hiding behind tenure. As an educator pushing for innovative change in this space, I recognize that education must evolve to prepare students for an unknown future. However, the wonderful work teachers are doing every day is often lost in the conversation about education.

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A Conversation about Keyboarding, Methods, Pedagogy, and More

Ask a Tech Teacher

Bill Morgan and I have engaged in several months of spirited conversation about keyboarding, pre-keyboarding, and how it can best serve students. Bill is the brilliant creator of Keyboarding Arts and the giant floor keyboard for classrooms. His experience teaching keyboarding often informs me in my art as I adapt to the ever-changing needs of the students in my classes.

Chromebooks: Things we Love, Things We Love Not So Much

The Journal

Reportedly some 30,000 Chromebooks come online in K-12 each day. There are positive and negative aspects to that, though, as far as we can tell, the Chromebook invasion is mostly a good thing for education

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.

Communication With Parents: More Than A Grade

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 2, Number 9. Driving Question: What if I do more than share grades with parents? I recently met with two parents and their son. It was a conference to discuss how he was doing in class and what they could do at home to help. If that kind of interpersonal communication is the "Gold Standard" of analog communications, we have to concede it's not the only way we can communicate with families, nor is it the most sustainable.

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Four Ways Teachers Can Stay Connected With Their Student’s Parents Using Technology

Ask a Tech Teacher

I was chatting with Mary over at the Dial My Calls site (click to see my review of Dial My Calls ) and she had some great suggestions for how teachers can use technology to stay in touch with parents: A lot of emphasis has been given to getting parents involved in their child’s education, but with a teacher’s already full schedule and parents who are already stretched thin, this is not always easy to accomplish.

Future-Focused Leadership

A Principal's Reflections

The following is a guest post by Dr. Bill Daggett , Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) and Dr. Guy Sconzo , Superintendent of Humble ISD in Humble, TX. In my last guest post , I outlined the ways in which the Every Student Succeeds Act, recently signed into law, gives us a unique chance to create the indicators of achievement that will mean and matter to us—indicators catered to the unique DNA of our states, districts, and schools.

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Learner Empowerment

User Generated Education

A major theme during the Educon 2.8 conference in Philadelphia during the last week of January, 2016, was learner empowerment. Here is a Storify of tweets about empowerment from the conference: https://storify.com/jackiegerstein/what-conditions-are-necessary-for-empowerment-in-s. Highlighted Tweets include. The conference and Twitter discussions motivated me to write this post on learner empowerment.

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How Any Teacher Can Use Lee Sheldon’s Multiplayer Classroom Model

The CoolCatTeacher

Powerful Pedagogies for Every Teaching Professional From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Star Trek script writer and professional game author Lee Sheldon has designed his entire college course as a game. His book The Multiplayer Classroom: Designing Coursework as a Game is a favorite of many game based learning experts. Quizzes and tests are fighting evil. Students earn experience points for coming to class. Student study groups are called guilds.

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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).

7 Innovative Writing Methods for Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Knowledge is meant to be shared. That’s what writing is about–taking what you know and putting it out there for all to see. When students hear the word “writing”, most think paper-and-pencil, maybe word processing, but that’s the vehicle, not the goal.

Sticky note inspiration: What kids REALLY need

Ditch That Textbook

Think back to what got you into education in the first place. A specific content area or a bent toward a certain age level might have helped you find your place in the education world. But I’ll bet it didn’t get you into education all together. Was it a desire to help mold the citizens [.]. Teaching connections creative teaching encouragement inspiration love motivation

Two Students Take the Lead with Technology

Digital Promise

The Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) initiative gives students an opportunity to take ownership of their own learning. These schools are using technology to enhance learning in exciting new ways. Classroom lessons are changing and becoming more innovative and personalized. Teachers are empowering students to think about what they want to learn and what interests them. Beyond the classroom, students also have the opportunity to explore new possibilities and drive their own learning.

Make Every Monday #MatteringMonday and Help Kids Learn

The CoolCatTeacher

Start the School Week of With What Matters: Kids From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Mondays are hard for (almost) everyone. What if we started the week with reminding students how much they and their work matters? Let’s challenge every teacher we know to begin celebrating Mattering Mondays. We know that we need students to be more engaged.

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.

5 Tech Tools That Motivate Every Reader

Ask a Tech Teacher

I love having guest posts on Ask a Tech Teacher because I always learn a lot. In this case, efriend and fellow educator, Jessica Sanders from WhooosReading.org , shares her favorite tools for kick-starting readers. I think you’ll like her choices: Not every student is motivated to read—as you, as an educator, know better than anyone else.

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Learning Targets and Student-Led Conferences Part II

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 2, Number 8. Driving Question: How does a 21st century classroom communicate student outcomes? In yesterday's post, we shared about learning targets. Today it is student led conferences incorporating learning targets. Learning Targets were part of the solution for communicating with students, but what about our parents? It was then that we decided to do Student Led Conferences (SLCs).

Two Students Take the Lead with Technology

Digital Promise

The Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) initiative gives students an opportunity to take ownership of their own learning. These schools are using technology to enhance learning in exciting new ways. Classroom lessons are changing and becoming more innovative and personalized. Teachers are empowering students to think about what they want to learn and what interests them. Beyond the classroom, students also have the opportunity to explore new possibilities and drive their own learning.

Riveting Ways to Engage Girls in STEM, Achieve High Test Scores

The CoolCatTeacher

How to reach every learner every day from a teacher who is doing it From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Physics can be taught with a total project based learning approach and have high test scores. Teacher Ben Owens demonstrates this every day. High poverty and high needs students don’t stop him. He expects 100% engagement from every student every day (and gets it.) Listen Now. Even more exciting is how the girls in his class enjoy physics.

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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.

Dear Otto: Can We Eliminate Blogs–Teachers Hate Them!

Ask a Tech Teacher

Dear Otto is an occasional column where I answer questions I get from readers about teaching tech. If you have a question, please contact me at askatechteacher at gmail dot com and I’ll answer it here. For your privacy, I use only first names. Here’s a great question I got from Christy: HI! I love your site – holy buckets of information!

Personalizing the learning experience

Neo LMS

Each student has an individual way of learning and their own pace when it comes to addressing different subjects. Wouldn't it be wonderful if teachers could meet all individual learning needs for each student? It definitely would! A personalized learning approach would come with a shift of perspective, changing the focus from the educational system to the students, giving the latter more control over their learning experience and connecting learning with their interests, talents and passions.

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Celebrate Excellent Teaching and Learning, on DLDay and Every Day

Voyager Sopris Learning

At EdView360 , we’re big fans of digital learning. We’ve seen the transformative effect that excellent digital instruction can have on students, teachers, and entire classrooms, and we couldn’t be happier today to be celebrating Digital Learning Day (DLDay). Now in its fifth year, DLDay is an Alliance for Excellent Education event dedicated to celebrating the very best that digital learning has to offer.

How to Teach Students Discussion Forums

The CoolCatTeacher

An Essential 21st Century Literacy From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Discussion forums and threaded conversation are a basic digital literacy. I teach these using Reddit and the Wikispaces discussion forum. When students and teachers know how to communicate effectively in discussion forums , they make themselves able to join forums correctly.

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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!

Project-based learning in Northwest Iowa

Dangerously Irrelevant

Many schools in Iowa are trying to find small chunks of time that allow students to engage in some inquiry- or project-based learning. These might be class-level projects, teacher-led exploratories, or student-led ‘genius hours.’ Several districts in Northwest Iowa are going beyond these smaller experiments, however. They’re carving out a couple of weeks for a ‘J Term’ in January after winter break, or a May Term at the end of the year, or even a mid-semester ‘MidMester Academy.’

Personalizing the learning experience

Neo LMS

Each student has an individual way of learning and their own pace when it comes to addressing different subjects. Wouldn't it be wonderful if teachers could meet all individual learning needs for each student? It definitely would! A personalized learning approach would come with a shift of perspective, changing the focus from the educational system to the students, giving the latter more control over their learning experience and connecting learning with their interests, talents and passions.

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Relationships Key in Future of Education

Fidelis Education

By Tom Vander Ark on February 16, 2016 6:20 AM. Tom Vander Ark wrote an important piece in EdWeek this week on five megatrends we should expect to see in the future: “Tech : We’re living on an exponential curve but our brains make linear projections. When it comes to new technology, almost everything is closer than it appears.

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How to Schedule a Time to Meet with Other Classes

The CoolCatTeacher

The two types of calendars every collaborative project needs From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Want to see students excited? Want to see them run to class? I’ll never forget the time we skyped with Govinda and his students in Nepal. The fifth graders had an optional meeting at 7 am where they could come to school to meet the other kids half a world away. Every student came early! The room was bustling and full at 7 am!

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.

Digital Learning Day

Education Elements

My first year of teaching I was in a room with around 20 computers and 40 students. While this may give away my age, this was in 1999, when computers in classrooms weren’t as much of a “thing” as they are today. The computers, however, were pushed to the side and if I remember correctly of the 20 only half of them had fully functioning keyboards, only a few of them turned, on and none of them had any sort of digital content nor were any connected to the internet.

Learning Targets and Student-Led Conferences Part II

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 2, Number 8. Driving Question: How does a 21st century classroom communicate student outcomes? In yesterday's post , we shared about learning targets. Today it is student led conferences incorporating learning targets. Learning Targets were part of the solution for communicating with students, but what about our parents? It was then that we decided to do Student Led Conferences (SLCs).

Relationships key for Future of Learning

Fidelis Education

By Tom Vander Ark on February 16, 2016 6:20 AM. Tom Vander Ark wrote an important piece in EdWeek this week on five megatrends we should expect to see in the future: “Tech : We’re living on an exponential curve but our brains make linear projections. When it comes to new technology, almost everything is closer than it appears.