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The Fabulous Field Trip Guide: Planning

Teacher Reboot Camp

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller. In 1996, I joined an internship to design educational activities and exhibits to open the Witte Museum’s Science Treehouse. The internship taught me valuable lessons in organizing engaging field trips, summer camps, and camp-ins with student learning and safety at the forefront. Each field trip included hands-on learning with an expert.

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Every Day…She Ran to You

Tom Murray

At the end of last summer, my wife and I watched our little girl step on a school bus for the very first time. With tears in our eyes, we wrote the post, “ Written With Love On Your First Day of Kindergarten ”, as a piece of our collective heart forever took her first real steps without us by her side. Her smile radiated and her confidence sparkled, but for her mom and dad, letting her grow wings, we’ll admit, was hard. For us, it meant that it was time to start to let go, even just a little bit.

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Top 5 things to consider when designing an LMS

Neo LMS

In a previous post I talked about why should schools focus on visual elements and user experience instead of features when selecting an LMS. The reason for this is quite simple. Teachers want to achieve the best results from students even on subjects that are information heavy and not that appealing to them. How can they do this? By including as much visual and interactive elements as possible in the learning process.

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Developing a Flexible & Risk-Taking Mindset

User Generated Education

A flexible and risk-taking mindset rather than a fixed one will benefit all stakeholders in an educator’s realm: the educator’s learners, colleagues, her or his learners’ families, the community, the field of education-at-large, and of course, the educator him-or herself.

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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.

How school can look more like an episode of Phineas and Ferb

Ditch That Textbook

With three elementary-aged kids at home, I’ve seen my fair share of Disney Channel shows. It started with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse many years ago and has since evolved to Good Luck Charlie. (I’ll I’ll actually get the theme song for that one stuck in my head and sing it all day. Not by choice.) I’ll tolerate [.]. Teaching creating creative teaching creativity innovation inpsiration phineas and ferb student engagement

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Don’t just take notes, take ‘sketch notes’.

EdTech4Beginners

Usually when we ask our students to take notes, they use bullet points and text only. Sketch notes are different. They are unique because they combine writing with images and symbols. They are very visual and are often much easier to read and far more memorable. In a recent history lesson, I taught my students how to sketch note, first by showing them examples and then discussing their effectiveness.

5 Ideas for Friday: Ideas for Teachers In and Out of School to Try Today

The CoolCatTeacher

A sample Cool Cat Teacher newsletter From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Happy 5 idea Friday! Today is the day I send my newsletter subscribers the ideas to help them be better teachers. Right now, I’m actually sending 10 ideas — five for teachers in school and five for teachers out -of-school. I’ve been getting emails with people asking me where this information is online. Five idea Friday isn’t online in a blog post.

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9 Steps for Choosing a Device

Tom Murray

This post is sponsored by Samsung. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Having worked with almost 500 school districts and 3,000 school leaders over the past year, I’ve often been asked, “What type of devices should we buy?” The problem with this question, is that quite often this is the leading question – the initial area that the district is investigating.

The Fabulous Field Trip Guide: Mobile Learning and QR Codes

Teacher Reboot Camp

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”- ”- Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go! In 2012, I visited the British Library with Terry Freedman. I was astounded by how much interaction I was able to have with the exhibits. I got to experience the exhibits with 3D glasses, touch tabletop screens, and scan QR codes.

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).

An English Unit Of Work, Full Of EdTech, Based On The Book ‘Tuesday’ By David Wiesner

EdTech4Beginners

David Wiesner is a wonderful author and most of his stories are told solely through pictures. This makes them absolutely perfect for English lessons. Children can be imaginative and creative and in my experience they absolutely love his books. I wrote a unit of work (plans and resources) based around his story, ‘Tuesday’ It is about a group of frogs who, on one strange Tuesday, are given the ability to fly.

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Bring Experts to Your Class Easily with Nepris

Ask a Tech Teacher

Statistically, almost half of school dropouts do so because they don’t see the relevance. Teachers have long-known the positive effect industry experts have on students, but the complications of finding the speaker, arranging the event, and preparing the class have made this a daunting task. Nepris , a cloud-based platform that connects STEAM subject experts (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) with teachers and classes, wants to turn that around.

[Guest Post] Giving Up Control: A Teacher’s Perspective on the Personalized Learning Journey

Education Elements

When I gave up control of my classroom, true learning started taking place. Giving up control felt liberating and inspiring. I handed the baton of teaching to my students. I was no longer the focus of the lesson. Student’s voices traveled through our classroom with excitement and engagement. I happily took the role of facilitating and the words of my students amazed me. The more I put on the students the more they produced.

Using Technology to Rethink Summer Learning

Hapara

“Summer slide,” “Summer brain drain,” no matter what term you use for it, it’s well-known that students lose critical academic skills during the weeks that they are out of school. This is true in both reading and math, and especially true for low-income students. Edtech Teacher Dashboard Education Workspace Project Based Learning Edtech Update

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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.

How To Use Minecraft To Create A Digital Diorama.

EdTech4Beginners

Minecraft is a game in which the main aim is to construct objects. To do so, requires a lot of thought and creativity – this makes it perfect for use in school. Recently I asked my students if they could think of any ways that Minecraft could be used to support their learning. There were many ideas! The following Monday, a pupil came to show me what he had done over the weekend. He had created a digital diorama on Minecraft for our World War 2 topic.

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169 Real-World Ways to Put Tech into Your Class–NOW

Ask a Tech Teacher

In about a month, I’ll be starting a new series of tech tips. These will be from my upcoming ebook, 169 Real-World Ways to Put Tech Into Your Class Now (expected publication date: August 2016) where I provide 1) an overview of the tech topics most important to your teaching, and 2) practical strategies to address common classroom tech problems. Each tip is less than a page long–many only a third of a page. The goal: Give you the tech you need to know without a long learning curve.

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It's Not My Job? Well, Whose is it?

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 5, Number 3. Driving Question: How can we leverage real-world work to prepare students for the workforce? "We We are currently preparing students for jobs that don't yet exist, using technologies that haven't been invented, in order to solve problems we don't even know are problems yet" — Shift Happens. It's difficult to imagine life before mobile technology. It is also tough to recall how we accessed information prior to the introduction of the World Wide Web.

Ideas and Tools to Give Everyone a Voice

A Principal's Reflections

Whether during a class, meeting, presentation, or workshop it can be at times extremely difficult to give everyone a voice. I remember as a teacher many years ago asking my students to raise their hands to respond to a question and even during Jeopardy-style review games had groups collaborate on their response. Undoubtedly this left many students out of the formative process.

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.

5 Epic Endings to the School Year

The CoolCatTeacher

Unique Ideas to Make a Difference Any Time in the School Year From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Every school year needs an epic ending. It doesn’t have to be hard. Don’t just walk out of your classroom at the end of the year. Make memories! In today’s show we learn five ways to end the school year and make it memorable. Listen to this show on: BAM Radio Network | iTunes | Stitcher. Learn about Student Trips with Rustic Pathways.

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Get Your Summer Started with Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you’re new to Ask a Tech Teacher, here’s what you do: Sign up for a newsletter. They’re (kinda) weekly and always free. Weekly Tech Tips. Weekly Websites. New Tech ed Projects. Check out our columns. They are numerous and varied, including. Weekly tech tips. Weekly websites. How-to’s–how to use web tools, software, hardware, more. Dear Otto –questions from educators on tech questions. Pedagogy that impacts tech in ed.

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Work Readiness: Whose job is it?

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 5, Number 1. Driving Question: Who is responsible for what? In the 19th Century's agrarian culture, parents prepped their kids to take over the farm. In the one room schoolhouse, the older children or a school marm who rode in from the nearest town taught reading and writing. In the 20th century, urban manufacturing emerged. Factories needed workers who could master the 3Rs and work the assembly line.

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Striking a Balance Between GPA and Grit With Ed Tech Integration

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

In a recent New York Times article critiquing grit in education, David Brooks writes, “Creative people are good at asking new questions, but the GPA rewards those who can answer other people’s questions.”. From my experience owning a test-prep company, GPA is king and not just for students, whose sense of intellectual worth rises and falls with each letter grade. This applies to parents too.

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!

12 Productivity Tools for Tech-Savvy Teachers

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. We are living in an age when what we can achieve in one day is becoming more and more important. The rise of technology has helped spur productivity to heights never previously seen. In the not-too-distant future, people may even be using 3D printers in their homes to make household goods and clothing. Schools also […]. The post 12 Productivity Tools for Tech-Savvy Teachers appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Featured Social Media Technology edtech

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What You Might Have Missed in May

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of May: Thirteen Writing-with-Tech Tips You Don’t Want to Miss. Use the SAMR Model to Spearhead Technology in Your Classroom. 6 Summer School Tech Activities. 7 Must-have Tools for Ed Conferences. 10 Spreadsheet Tips. Ten Tech Problem-Solving Tips. 10 Things Students (and Teachers) Can Do With Buncee. And, just in time for summer, here are a few new technology-in-education products you may be interested in: updated K-8 Technology Curriculum (6th Ed.)

Five Best Practices of Educational Technology Leaders

FuelEd

Contributor: Carolynn Mortensen Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 12:00pm Many school leaders understand that integrating technology into the classroom is now a must-have to fully engage their students. These five best practices can help school leaders strengthen their educational leadership skills while building support for the need to include rich digital content in technology-enhanced classrooms

5 Ideas for Friday: Ideas for Teachers In and Out of School to Try Today

The CoolCatTeacher

A sample Cool Cat Teacher newsletter From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Happy 5 idea Friday! Today is the day I send my newsletter subscribers the ideas to help them be better teachers. Right now, I’m actually sending 10 ideas — five for teachers in school and five for teachers out -of-school. I’ve been getting emails with people asking me where this information is online. Five idea Friday isn’t online in a blog post.

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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.

How to Avoid the K-12 Startup Summer Slump

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

This time of year most students and teachers are eyeing the calendar with glee. School is almost out (or already out in some parts of the country). This is when administrators can catch up or do long range planning in the front office and teachers can take a moment to recharge. For an ed-tech company leader like myself, I’m eyeing the “summer slump” with dread. Like most other ed-tech products, Listen Current is used by teachers and students, so when school is out, usage dramatically drops.

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[Guest Post] The Future of Learning is Now

Education Elements

The Jaquelin Hume Foundation’s mission is to accelerate the implementation of high quality blended/personalized learning in America’s schools. Seventeen plus years ago when I joined the Foundation as its executive director, the mission was much different. It was geared to promoting school choice in all its forms mainly through grantees who advocated for it at the policy level.

Five Best Practices of Educational Technology Leaders

FuelEd

Contributor: Carolynn Mortensen Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 12:00pm Many school leaders understand that integrating technology into the classroom is now a must-have to fully engage their students. These five best practices can help school leaders strengthen their educational leadership skills while building support for the need to include rich digital content in technology-enhanced classrooms