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10 MORE digital bell-ringer activities to kickstart class (Part 2)

Ditch That Textbook

We have a golden window of time at the beginning of any class. For these first five or ten minutes of class (OK, probably more the five than the ten), we have our students’ most attention. It’s the most focused they’ll likely be for us all day. If we squander that time, the rest of […]. Ed Tech bell ringers edtech educational technology flipgrid formative padlet prior knowledge screencastify

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Suspended for a tweet?

Dangerously Irrelevant

In Michigan, a student was suspended for using ‘profanity’ in a tweet that encouraged his district superintendent to clear the snow in the school parking lot. In Maine, a high schooler was suspended for tweeting that poor student treatment by administrators meant that “they’re asking to be the next Columbine.” And in Florida, a student was suspended for ‘cyberbullying’ a coach with a single tweet that allegedly just reciprocated the same insult that the coach had called her earlier.

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Borrowing a Powerful Brainstorm Protocol from IDEO

Catlin Tucker

This summer I spent a week at IDEO in San Francisco learning about design thinking and their process for tackling challenges. While I was there, I observed a team brainstorm and was shocked by their results. Like most teachers, I want students to brainstorm and generate ideas to fuel their inquiries and drive projects. However, this seemingly simple task of generating ideas is really challenging for students for a few reasons. During a brainstorm, students: Self-censor limiting the flow of ideas.

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5 Easy Ways To Make Your Digital Content Accessible To Everyone

The Web20Classroom

Reaghan is my oldest daughter and about to start third grade. At 2 years of age I noticed she wasn’t talking much and when she did talk you couldn’t really understand what she was trying to say. After talking to her pediatrician it was decided to have her evaluated for her speech. She spent countless hours working with a speech-language pathologist for nearly 5 and half years. She now enters third grade with great speech and more confidence.

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.

This Is How It Feels To Meet Your Online Students In-Person

EdNews Daily

Have you ever wondered what it can feel like to meet some of your online students in-person? Educator Heather Pence, who teaches for 51Talk recently attended an event that brought her closer to the students who take classes with 51Talk. On August 15, 2017, 51Talk brought students from China to New York to compete in an English competition titled: The 51Talk Star Final.

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6 Ways to Add Video to Your Classroom with Animoto

EdTech4Beginners

Students relate to video — it’s a growing part of how they share and how they absorb information. And if you’re looking for a good way to tap into that natural enthusiasm and understanding, it helps if you can communicate with video, too. That’s where Animoto comes in handy. What is Animoto? Animoto is a website that lets you easily create videos and slideshows.

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5 technology trends for the new school year

eSchool News

It’s fair to say technology is ubiquitous in many classrooms, but because it changes constantly, educators are challenged to keep pace with what’s new and next in the classroom. Sometimes, it’s difficult for educators to filter through the hype and identify the most pertinent technology changes to track.

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51Talk Students From China Visit NYSE To Compete In English Competition

EdNews Daily

51Talk is the largest online English education platform in China. In June 2016, it became a publicly listed company on the New York Stock Exchange (COE). 51Talk’s mission is to make quality education accessible and affordable, and to enable students to talk to the world. 51Talk currently has over 10,000 teachers worldwide along with 100,000 quarterly active students. Young Chinese Students Visit New York for an English Competition.

Training the Next Generation of Reflective Educators through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

The Washington High School (WHS) Education Professions program is dedicated to preparing young people who can successfully navigate college life and enter the teaching profession. Part of the Educators Rising national network, this program is one of more than 2,000 similar high school teacher preparation programs across the country.

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).

English Tenses Poster

EdTech4Beginners

As part of my ‘end-of-year review’ lessons, I made my class a useful hand-out to support their understanding of the English tenses. Please feel free to use this resource. You could print and use it as a classroom poster, or stick it in the front of books as a handy reminder. High quality version: English Tenses Table. Black & white version: Black and White English Tenses Table. Please let me know if your class found this supportive?

Tech Ed Resources for Class–Common Core

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m taking a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, by tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do.

4 Reasons to Use Kids Discover Online for Inquiry-Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

A Product Review by Vicki Davis From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Nonfiction text is important for student reading. However, it can take so much time for teachers to find appropriate articles, reading levels, and content related to what is happening in the classroom. Using online materials can add another level of problems. Your text can be ad-free one day and full of advertising the next day. Even worse, the link might break or lead to spam content.

Five Elements for Differentiation of the 21st Century Learner

Battelle for Kids

In a high school English classroom in Arizona, students work in established teams to tackle assignments. The teacher, Mr. Maier, coaches them on how to support each other through a variety of communication and collaboration strategies, such as the Harkness Discussion. In a grade 1-2 class in Michigan, Mrs. Jessica builds perseverance and communication through her students using a digital language app on tablets. Each student studies Spanish at their personalized level of need.

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.

One Trick to Pitching a Blended Learning Plan

Education Elements

Imagine you find yourself in an elevator for three minutes with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, who together are giving up to $1 billion in each of the next three years to “advance human potential and promote equality.” You can’t believe your luck! You’ve been dreaming for years about a more personalized, blended model for your school, and now you actually have the chance to pitch the idea to the founders of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Subscriber Special: September

Ask a Tech Teacher

September 1st-3rd: Common Core Resources. 25% off! with coupon code: CCSSDISCOUNT. This includes ebooks, lesson plans, webinars, and articles–your choice. Just click this link. Pick any resource(s) you want. When you check out, you’ll get 25% off. Click to view slideshow. Subscriber special common core

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XPRIZE: The Real Winners? Underserved Adult Learners

Digital Promise

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 36 million adults in this country read at or below a third grade level — a staggering statistic. With low literacy, numeracy, and job skills, these adults are often relegated to low-skill, low-paying jobs.

LEAD Like a Pirate: Make Schools Amazing for Everyone (Even Teachers!) #LEADLap

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 136 with Shelley Burgess on the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Shelley Burgess @burgess_shelley helps us understand the leadership role we all play. And while we want to do what is best for students, how teachers and how they are treated is important too! Today’s Sponsor is TeacherVision.

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 Step Up?

A Principal's Reflections

" The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others." - Albert Schweitzer A major Category 4 Hurricane hit the Corpus Christie area in South Texas last Friday leaving a path of destruction. The worst rain event in United States history is currently impacting Southeast Texas and now other parts of the state as well as Louisiana. Flood waters continue to rise in many parts of Houston.

10 building blocks for the future of schools

Dangerously Irrelevant

As Dean Shareski and I worked together on our new book, Different Schools for a Different World , (released this week!), he encouraged me to update my list of building blocks for the future of schools. Here’s the new list (now 10 items instead of 8): Project- and inquiry-based learning environments that emphasize greater student agency and active application of more cognitively-complex thinking, communication, and collaboration skills.

Opening the definition dialog: Personalization, individualization and differentiation

eSchool News

A recent eSchool News contributed article, Differentiation, individualization and personalization: What they mean, and where they’re headed , which helped define personalized learning in relation to both differentiation and individualization, is a wonderful reminder that while there is broad agreement on many aspects of the definition of personalized learning, there remains an open dialog on other parts of this complex definition.

Edtech and Social Emotional Learning #sel

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 137 with Dr. Michelle Zimmerman on the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Dr. Michelle Zimmerman @mrzphd talks about social emotional learning and education technology. With insights on everything from Minecraft, to digital inking, to common mistakes made with technology and SEL, Michelle gives us an important overview of two things often not discussed together. Today’s Sponsor is TeacherVision.

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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!

Defining the Skills for Success: New Report Signals the Difference Between Executive Function and Other Regulation-Related Skills

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. We know that strong executive function (EF) is key to children’s success in school and in life, but that term has become a kitchen sink for all sorts of self-regulatory skills. Are attention shifting and cognitive flexibility the most important core skills, or mindfulness and self-control? What about working memory and goal-setting? Emotion regulation and creativity?

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Be the Example

A Principal's Reflections

“ The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion. ” – Paulo Coelho Change is hard. I have been writing about this fact for years now. It becomes even harder when we are not modeling the expectations that we set for others. This was the case for me early on during my days as a principal. When it came to technology and innovation, I was great at telling others what they should be doing. After getting on Twitter in 2009 I realized that we had to be better for our kids.

IGNITING GLOBAL EDUCATION

Battelle for Kids

Earlier in the summer at the ISTE conference , P21 and its partners from the Global Education Conference Network and Participate proudly announced the winners of the Global Project Challenge Grant. The awards celebrated the classroom work of talented global educators, who focused on the student outcomes from our Framework for 21st Century Learning , employed an inquiry-focused approach such as project-based learning, and aligned the project focus with the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN.

What’s Hot in 2nd-Grade with #2ndchat moderator Carol McLaughlin

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 138 on the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Carol McLaughlin @missmac100 second grade teacher from Alabama and #2ndchat moderator talks about the global trends in second grade. From Project based learning, global projects and steam to the biggest heartbreaks of second-grade teachers, Carol shares it all. She gives a pep talk for second-grade teachers that will get you excited to innovate!

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.

Using a school LMS to deliver PD for teachers

Neo LMS

Having a learning management system is almost a given in many schools today. From Kindergarten to high school, and also at university level, educators of all subjects use a school LMS to manage all aspects of student learning. They create courses, give access to all sorts of learning materials online, use gamification features, design learning paths, encourage online collaboration, monitor student progress, do grading, and so on.

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EdTech Strategies Joins 500+ Small Businesses in Support of Preserving Net Neutrality

Doug Levin

EdTech Strategies, LLC joined over 500 small businesses from across the country in an open letter filed yesterday with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) raising concerns over the agency’s proposed repeal of net neutrality rules that prevent Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from blocking, throttling, and charging extra fees.

Featured at Forbes

Dangerously Irrelevant

It was an honor to be featured on the Forbes web site last week. Robyn Shulman highlighted five ‘education entrepreneurs’ and included me on the list along with Vicki Davis , Will Richardson , Kristen Swanson , and Angela Maiers. I know Robyn has more names on her list and will be sharing those over the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more! No related posts. News and Events miscellaneous news