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?The Power of Choice: Why Online Classes Matter to Students


There is no lack of evidence to suggest that online classes have deeply transformed the teaching and learning landscape in higher education. In 2015, for example, nearly 30 percent of college students took at least one online class. But as more faculty are being encouraged to teach online, how often are they aware of why creating the option to take online classes supports their students’ ability to graduate?

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A Thumbs Up to Open Up for Delivering Free, Curriculum-Scale OER

The Journal

In 2016, OER (Open Education Resources) are undergoing a major transformation: rather than educators needing to struggle with searching OER repositories containing millions of OER objects and then trying to stitch together those OER objects into coherent lessons, organizations such as Open Up Resources are producing curriculum-scale, OER-based courses. Finally, OER is coming of age

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22 Ideas for Playful Learning Outdoors

Teacher Reboot Camp

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” ” – Oliver Wendell Holmes. Lately, I’ve been exploring the great outdoors with my newborn, Savannah. She is so fascinated with real-world learning, such as observing her shadow, feeling dirt, observing animals, or touching plants. I’ve been an educator for over 2 decades.

Big F vs. Little f

Catlin Tucker

This week I have the opportunity to spend time learning at IDEO in San Francisco as part of an externship for educators. IDEO is a global design company committed to creating a positive impact. They use design thinking to solve complex problems and design innovative solutions for a wide range of challenges in various industries. Within moments of walking through the door, I saw the company’s values posted on the wall. They included… Collaborate. Take ownership. Embrace ambiguity.

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.

Maker Education Camp: Circuit Crafts

User Generated Education

This is my third summer offering maker education summer camps as part of a bigger program at a local school. During mornings (9 to 12 with a half hour recess), campers, grades Kindergarten through 6th grade, can choose from one of four enrichment classes: art, drama, games, foreign languages, computers, and in my case, maker camps. During the afternoons, all campers get together for typical camp activities – fun and games, field trips, water sports, silly competitions.

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Omit College Ready, Focus On Career Ready

Battelle for Kids

Education may not be consistently good at many things. But, it does seem to be great at both acronyms (CTE, PBL, EDI, ELL, SPED, PLC and so on) and catch phrases (21st century learning, personalized learning, future ready). One of the more popular catchphrases is College & Career Ready. P21 Blog

How Learning a New Language Improves Tolerance

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. There are many benefits to knowing more than one language. For example, it has been shown that aging adults who speak more than one language have less likelihood of developing dementia. Additionally, the bilingual brain becomes better at filtering out distractions, and learning multiple languages improves creativity.

Why Do Students in Personalized Learning Programs Feel Less Positive About School?

Doug Levin

Students in schools implementing personalized learning - by virtue of a receiving a Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) grant - are less likely to reporting feeling safe in school, less likely to report that there is at least one adult in the school that knows them well, and less likely to say they feel like they are an important part of their school community. Blog Personalized Learning Research Insights personalized learning RAND Corporation

The role of the teacher in modern learning organizations


We’re almost 17 years into the 21st Century but the educational system is not. The 21st Century student and their learning needs are on everyone’s lips, yet clear ways to actually meet these needs are slow to pop up. Educators need to prepare students to reach success in their lives — in the 21st Century. These students need to develop skills like being great communicators, applying critical thinking, knowing how to collaborate with diverse people, and being creative ( the four Cs of education ).

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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).

10 Ways to Tackle Back to School Like a Pro

The CoolCatTeacher

Engage and Organize from Day 1 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Great teaching starts on the first day. Right now, a little information on trends and classroom organization will help you improve your school year. So here, you’ll learn about some hot back to school trends and get some tips on using them in your classroom. Let’s get ready! This blog post is sponsored by Staples. All content and opinions are my own. 1 – Emoji is Hot!

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Supporting Research-Based Personalization for Reading Success

Digital Promise

The third installment in Digital Promise Global’s Making Learning Personal For All series, “ Supporting Research-Based Personalization for Reading Success, ” provides an overview of the learning science research behind learning to read. To meet the growth in learner diversity in today’s classroom, a new paradigm for improving the precision and accuracy of “personalization” is critical to address the needs of students who are held back by traditional pathways designed for the mythical “average.”

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3 Startup Lessons From Married Co-Founders

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

What happens when startup co-founders are a couple? Some lessons all entrepreneurs can learn from. The post 3 Startup Lessons From Married Co-Founders appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Personalized / Adaptive Learning Startups

13 Websites That Provide Lots of Digital Books for Summer Reading

Ask a Tech Teacher

At the beginning of the 21st century, the definition of digital equity revolved around the provision of a digital device to every student. Usually, that meant desktop computers, iPads, and laptops, either in small groups or 1:1. As digital equity discussions matured and hyperbole became reality, educators found that those loudly-touted digital devices often became paperweights.

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.

Own What You See

A Principal's Reflections

As a former science teacher I was always a fan of the scientific method. It was a great process for students to actually do science in order to learn by designing an experiment to deeply explore observations and develop/answer questions. The process itself was guided by inquiry, problem solving, and reflection. I fondly remember developing and testing out numerous hypotheses in the many science courses I took in high school and college.

Addressing Challenges in Equity, Leadership, and Innovation

Digital Promise

Leaders from the League of Innovative Schools, a network of the country’s most forward-thinking educators, recently convened in Mentor, Ohio, for the League’s Spring 2017 meeting hosted by Mentor Public Schools. During the meeting, participants visited local schools and examined challenges in equity, leadership, and innovation as they learned each other’s district context, stakeholders, and obstacles.

4 Great Websites To Use In Reading Lessons


I have compiled a handy video, showing you my favourite websites for when I am teaching reading. The websites are all completely free and I often use them as home learning tasks. Do you know any more? Leave your ideas in the comments below Tagged: edtech , education , learning English , online resources , reading websites , teachers , teaching , teaching english , teaching resources.

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Will your students be workplace ready?


It is easy to forget, amid the near mania associated with college admissions and acceptance, that many students do not have the aptitude or indeed funding to attend college, and will need to work directly after 12th grade. This is obviously an important awareness to have as a teacher, because the workplace is currently very different from the classroom, yet we have an obligation to prepare our students not only for the academic rigors of college, but also for the realities of employment.

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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.

Why Do Students in Personalized Learning Programs Feel Less Positive About School?

Doug Levin

Rand Corporation just released the latest in its Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-sponsored research series on personalized learning. I’ve seem some good reporting on the study but also plenty of spinning of the findings by advocates (pro and con). In cases such as these, there is no substitute for actually doing the work and reading the study.

Powerful Edtech for Adult Learners: Three Product Demos

Digital Promise

Technology can be a powerful tool for improving access to learning for adult learners. A recent report from SRI found that not only do educators see great potential for edtech, but learners also really like using edtech tools. Watch the webinar below to learn about three edtech products designed specifically for the adult learner: Cell-Ed offers mobile skills training for language, literacy, and workforce development. CSMlearn offers adaptive math and literacy courses.

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An All-in-one Tool to Assist Student Learning from Every Angle


When searching for tools to enhance learner productivity, I stumbled upon Creativity 365. I wanted to find an all-in-one set of tools that suited every student and would enable them to develop their own strengths and interests. What is Creativity 365? Creativity 365 aims to streamline teamwork and boost efficiency by offering a range of useful mobile tools and real-time cloud services.

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Educators Negative Social Media Activity Hurts Students, Profession

Battelle for Kids

Earlier this year, a group of high school educators in Southern California were placed on administrative leave for their response, via social media, to their students participating in a ‘Day Without Immigrants’ on February 16, 2017. Their school’s students were part of thousands of individuals across the state and nation that stayed home that day in order to demonstrate the fiscal impact immigrants and immigrant families have on our local, regional and national economies. P21 Blog

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!

Are We On Track? Part 2

Doug Levin

In a previous post, Are We On Track? , I revisited the central prediction of the first edition of Disrupting Class (2008), which was that the growth in computer-based delivery of education will accelerate swiftly until, by 2019, half of all high school classes will be taught over the Internet. This argument is laid out on pp. 98-100 of the hard cover edition (in Chapter 4 “Disruptively Deploying Computers”). For those without access to the original text, the Summer 2008 edition (Vol.

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Part One: Going Beyond SAMR… 5 Ideas

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Every school I visit that is attempting to integrate technology into instruction are also having conversations on SAMR. As I have talks with these schools, I tell them that SAMR is a wonderful place to start. At the same time, if we are to look at technology integration that promotes rigor and deeper thinking we must integrate multiple concepts together. Please enjoy and share my five ideas I think all schools should think about as they go beyond SAMR.

Speaker at the Global EdTech Summit 2017


I am very happy to have been asked to present at the Global EdTech Summit 2017. I have no doubt that it will be an excellent event – topics include: Digital Transformation In Higher Education. Technology Training and Certification for Teachers: A look into Different Professional Development Programs for Teachers. Gamification: Discover Innovative Ways to Engage Students through Gaming. Tech for Kids: Blending Pedagogy and Technology. Instructional Design: Design your online course.

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AI in Education Will Grow Exponentially by 2021

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Teachers will get a boost in efficiency thanks to machine-learning tools. Artificial Intelligence Classroom Curriculum Machine Learning Software

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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.

Are We On Track? Part 2

Doug Levin

Published in 2008, “Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns” predicted that the growth in computer-based delivery of education will accelerate swiftly until, by 2019, half of all high school classes will be taught over the Internet. Blog blended learning Disrupting Class online learning virtual schools

4 Tech-free Ways to Personalize Learning in Your Classroom


We’re in the middle of a guided math lesson and my students are scattered around the room like two dozen Cheerios that just exploded out of their box. Some are in groups, backs arched over skill-specific games, giggling and rolling dice. Others are hidden, tucked away in cozy nooks within the room, exploring and discovering in pairs. A few are sitting around a bright, Macintosh-apple red table, bouncing on yoga balls as they work together with manipulatives, making math make sense.

What Effective Principals Do

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post What Effective Principals Do appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching admin Experienced Teacher General