Sat.Sep 17, 2016 - Fri.Sep 23, 2016

Why we should leave behind the cookie-cutter education

Neo LMS

Whenever my mom made cookies when I was a little kid, I could barely wait for them to come out of the oven. My mom’s cookies were simply delicious. She had a magic ingredient she kept in a small recipient, and its location between two cookie-baking sessions was top secret.

Equity and Innovation in K–12: Horns of Real Dilemma

The Journal

Public education must keep equity front-and-center in all its policies; public education is all about equity. And, innovation must be nurtured; teachers who are willing to try to improve their classrooms must be supported. In this week’s blog post, we tell a story — one that T.H.E.

Visualize Learning with Photo Challenges and Projects

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”. – Marc Riboud. Learners of all ages love taking pictures, especially with their phones. Learners can use these photos in projects, digital stories, or other learning projects to provide an authentic voice and to show the learning that is taking place all around them. You can also have learners go on photo challenges and missions instead of assigning typical homework.

14 ways to create great classroom video with Screencastify

Ditch That Textbook

Not too long ago, video creation required bulky, awkward video cameras with big, plastic VCR tapes. Playback required a TV, a VCR and a hope that everything worked nicely together. And video editing … well, that just wasn’t readily available to the average person.

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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.

Student Agency: Moving From Talk to Action

A Principal's Reflections

When I reflect back on what we were able to accomplish at New Milford High School, I am overtaken by a great sense of pride. We were able to transform the learning culture of a traditional school and in the process got results while becoming an example that others emulated.

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The perfect app for role-play and character development.

EdTech4Beginners

MSQRD is a brilliant app. Download it onto your device, turn the front-facing camera on and choose a live filter. The app places different (often quite funny) features on your face! You can take a photo or even record a video. How does it work?

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Working Together to Expand Research Use in Education and Ed-Tech

Digital Promise

At the September 2016 Summit to Expand Research Use in Education , educators, technology developers, and researchers met to address an essential question: How can we work together to expand research use in the design, development, and improvement of education programs, products, and practices?

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Finding the Back-to-School Balance as a Parent and a Startup CEO

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

I think for most parents back-to-school season is the busiest time of the year. As a parent and ed-tech start-up CEO , it’s as if life goes into hyperspeed.

How to Teach the Human Body and 16 Sites to Help

Ask a Tech Teacher

For many, study of the human body starts in second grade with an introduction to what’s inside that stretchy, durable skin that coats our bodies. As students progress through school, they dig deeper into concepts of body systems, organs, cells, diseases, and the importance of good health.

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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.

Promoted Post: Try this innovative tech tool in your school today!

EdTech4Beginners

Zzish is a great new piece of technology for schools. In a nutshell, it is a class management tool which brings all of your classroom apps into one place and tracks the progress of your pupils. How does it work? What are the main features of Zzish?

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Innovation at the Secondary Level: 5 Misconceptions

Education Elements

Time and again we have seen that assumptions or misconceptions can get in the way of progress and success. Personalized learning is no exception; misconceptions about it often lead educators away from strategies and practices that could help students succeed. Sometimes, misconceptions represent more than small gaps in knowledge--they can be ingrained into industry-wide best practices, with disastrous results.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with These Resources!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The land flourished because it was fed from so many sources -because it was nourished by so many cultures and traditions and peoples.” – Lyndon B. Johnson. An important part of learning is introducing students to various cultures and traditions. September 15 to October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month and provides a great opportunity for your students to learn about Latino history, traditions, music, culture, authors, poets, and artists.

Image Copyright Do’s and Don’ts

Ask a Tech Teacher

When I teach professional development classes, by far the topic that surprises teachers the most is the legal use of online images. And they’re not alone.

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.

Study Shows Despite Access, Students Not Using Tech Much in Classroom

Waterford

A good number of teachers are using technology in their classroom to gather and evaluate information about their students, but are these teachers using tech in the classroom to collaborate and communicate effectively? Not really.

A National Call for Awareness: Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

Digital Promise

Approximately 36 million adults in the U.S. have low literacy skills. At the same time, research has shown that a mother’s reading ability is the biggest predictor of her children’s future academic success. Adult education and family literacy efforts are critical for helping some of our most vulnerable learners: low-skilled adults and their children.

Getting past the broken teachers vs. tech debate

The Christensen Institute

Last month, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson stated that America needed to fix the escalating costs of higher education by replacing lectures from professors with online learning and educational videos such as Ken Burns’ documentaries.

10 Tips About Using Images in the Classroom You Don’t Want to Miss

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are ten of the top image tips according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: Photos For Class–Robust, Student-safe with built in citations. Quick Search for Plagiarized Images. What Online Images are Free? Where Can I Find Kid-safe Images? 5 Image Apps for your Classroom.

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.

The Promise of Blended Learning

Education Elements

As one of today’s most promising models for learning, blended learning is growing rapidly across the country. But what is blended learning, and how can educators use it to improve student outcomes? In a blended learning environment, students learn through a combination of online instruction – with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace – and instruction in a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home. There are several different blended models.

Building Vocabulary to Improve Reading

Digital Promise

Embedding new words into classroom conversations and assignments pegged to topics teens care about. This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Virtual reality digs into brick-and-mortar schools

The Christensen Institute

As the hype around virtual reality in education swells , new developments show that the movement may have some staying power this time around. Although much of the buzz has centered on the Facebook-owned $600 Oculus Rift , which has yet to make a strong push into education, two other developments have caught my eye over the past few months. First, Washington Leadership Academy , a Washington, DC-based charter school, nabbed one of the $10 million XQ: The Super School Project prizes last week.

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Haiku Deck Classroom Intro Price Ends Soon

Ask a Tech Teacher

Just an update for you on Haiku Deck Deck Classroom. The special introductory price (with access for a teacher and up to 150 students) will soon end. This is different from the traditional Haiku Deck slideshow tool which has become a staple in many lesson plans.

EdTech at School

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

A Back-to-School Checklist: Choosing Classroom Technology that Fosters Engagement

EdNews Daily

Op-Ed, By: Dr. Charles Miller, Professor at University of Minnesota, Cofounder/ Chief Design Officer of Vidku and Cofounder of Flipgrid. A new school year has begun and educators will face the task of engaging a new set of students.

Favorite English Tools: New Features for the New School Year

Catlin Tucker

The new school year has ushered in some exciting new features in some of my favorite tools! Here are some of the fresh new features offered this year… StudySync . One of my favorite features in StudySync are the Blasts ! Blasts focus on real issues that matter to kids.

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The biggest problem with poverty alleviation programs is that they actually work

The Christensen Institute

At the Chhattisgarh Irrigation Development Project in India, poverty is alleviated with the help of improved irrigation services and agricultural resource management.

Classroom Cribs Reimagines Your Room

CUE

Environments impact life. The kind of environment an animal evolves in impacts what that animal becomes, what its strengths are, and how it approaches the world around it. Is the environment harsh and inhospitable, barely allowing its inhabitants to eek out an existence?

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.

Pirate Resources for Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.”- ”- Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean. September 19th is International Pirate Day, but you can engage your learners all year long with pirate activities. Students can learn science, math, geography, history, culture, citizenship, and more by studying famous pirates. They can also learn cartography, the study and science of map making.

Texas Charter Schools Employ Logitech Conference Cams to Increase Collaboration

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Video conferencing saves time, money and creates better learning opportunities for students and teachers. Collaboration Collaboration Management Telephony Video Conferencing

Reducing the cost burden on the insured

The Christensen Institute

Since the open enrollment in the health exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) began in late 2013, the percentage of American adults without health insurance has fallen from 18% to 9%, the lowest rate ever recorded.

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