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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.

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. Journal readers will surely recognize — of how equity and innovation can be, unfortunately, in mortal conflict


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Why we should leave behind the cookie-cutter education


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. She always added that magic ingredient, and the cookies were always delicious because of it.

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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. Whether schools classify these topics as ‘health’ or ‘science’, the importance of understanding the processes that allow us to survive can’t be overstated.

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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.

The perfect app for role-play and character development.


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? Watch my video tutorial on how to use the app: How can I use it in the classroom? In a recent drama lesson, which was about character development, for the warm-up activity, I asked my students to download MSQRD and choose a live filter.

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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. Cultivating an environment where students are consistently engaged with the curriculum brings a unique set of challenges with each new mix of students and level of study.

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. On my blog, in educator forums, and in the virtual meetings I moderate, there’s lots of confusion about what can be grabbed for free from online sites and what must be cited with a linkback, credit, author’s name, public domain reference, or even as little as an email from the creator giving you permission.

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.

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. They provide background on the topic, include research links, and allow students to engage in a Twitter-like (140 character) conversation with their peers about a wide range of topics.

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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).

High School and College Students Get Rare Opportunity to Help Change the World Of Education

EdNews Daily

Students Everywhere Are Encouraged to Contribute to the Open Ontology Project: Be a Part of the Beginning Stages of the Open Ontology Project and Help Shape Its Future. View The Open Ontology Project here: Calling all students everywhere! Pierre Schwob, an inventor and entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, is inviting high school and college students all over the world to transform the Information Age into the Knowledge Age by providing context with The Open Ontology Project.

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. My Picture’s a TIFF and the Program Needs a JPG. Wrap Text Around an Image. How to Move Pics Around in Documents. Easy Photo Editing in MS Word. Images (curated list by category).

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.

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. Research shows that many adolescents in the United States struggle with reading, and one key reason is their limited vocabularies.

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.

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. Over the summer teachers used our product less, so we were able to shift our focus to building out more lessons, adding content, and improving or adding new features. Our salespeople still reached out to administrators, but our emails frequently received out-of-office messages. The slow down gave us time to breathe.

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. Haiku Deck Classroom includes: All the features of Haiku Deck Pro for a teacher and his/her students : Unlimited presentation creation, advanced privacy settings, offline viewing and printing, YouTube video embedding, and more.

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.

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


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? The main features of Zzish are as follows: 1) Class management. Easily set tasks and make personalised learning a breeze. Have a look at this YouTube video, explaining how it works: 2) Gradebook. This tracks your student’s activities.

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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.

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.

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. This was achieved during a time of tumultuous change as the education reform movement was just gaining steam.

Classroom Cribs Reimagines Your Room


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? Or is it lush and vibrant, and those who dwell within are free to frolic and grow safely? Often the educational environment is divorced from the most hospitable learning environment.

Guest blog post: Youngzine Announces New Website Launch.


Youngzine is a fantastic website featuring ‘news and more’ for young people. They are pleased to announce the launch of a newly redesigned website. New features on the website include: Responsive design that provides an engaging experience on tablets and smartphones. Totally revamped interface that is inviting to young readers. Engagement in each article through quiz, critical thinking and comments.

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!

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


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. According to a new study by AdvancED that observed 140,000 classrooms, “in 92,190 classrooms (64.6 percent), observers did not see students engaging in this use of technology at all” ( eSchool News ).

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Fear of a Black Educator, Part 2

The Jose Vilson

[ Here’s part 1 of this series.] You’ve now watched the umpteenth version of a person receiving unwarranted capital punishment for their pigmentation. These videos autoplay on your TV screen and your social media timelines. You’re inundated with rage in the form of speeches and blogs. You’ve read up on the latest resource offered by Teaching for Change, Teaching Tolerance, and Facing History, even as America refuses to do any of these three.

10 Ways to Use Thinglink in the Inquiry-based Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

I follow a lot of tech ed forums (like Larry Ferlazzo , Richard Byrne , and Alice Keeler ) as a way of keeping up with tech ed trends and what teachers are using in their classrooms. The last few months, it’s been Thinglink. I’ve received more than a handful of questions about this multimedia webtool on my Ask a Tech Teacher Q&A column and it’s popped up in many education discussions about inquiry assessments and year-end summatives.

My article for the TES: A Day In The Life Of Neil Jarrett.


I recently wrote an article for the Times Educational Supplement (TES) about my daily life as a teacher at an international school in Bangkok. Click here for the full article. Tagged: Bangkok , education , international school , international teachers , international teaching , teacher life , teachers , teaching , teaching in Bangkok , teaching in Thailand , Thailand.

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.

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


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. According to a new study by AdvancED that observed 140,000 classrooms, “in 92,190 classrooms (64.6 percent), observers did not see students engaging in this use of technology at all” ( eSchool News ).

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Fear Of A Black Educator, Part 1

The Jose Vilson

Last night, in a fit of angst, I sent off a series of tweets: It’s hard telling kids to pledge allegiance to a flag when its representatives barely represent us. TerenceCrutcher. — Jose Vilson (@TheJLV) September 20, 2016. Without hesitation, someone decided to reply with “ Why not move to a country where there isn’t white oppressors then?” ” It was the usual fare for folks who tweet with a social justice framework.

How To Use Twitter For Exit-Slip Teaching

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post How To Use Twitter For Exit-Slip Teaching appeared first on TeachThought. Learning Experienced Teacher General Social Media In The Classroom technology