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Creating Future Ready Schools and Classrooms

Tom Murray

What is it that today’s modern learners need to thrive? How can schools and districts systemically create a vision of teaching and learning that’s personal, authentic, relevant, and harnesses the power of technology? The Future Ready Frame work , a dynamic, research-based support for school leaders, created by Future Ready Schools? FRS) , is helping thousands of schools create these types of learning experiences for kids.

Themes, teams, and side quests: A superhero’s guide to gamification

Ditch That Textbook

Gamification in education is not new, and thanks to Michael Matera and his book, Explore Like A Pirate, a thriving community has been formed that helps educators all over as they start their own journey. If you are already a part of that amazing community, then high fives and woot woot! If you are on […]. Guest Blog Teaching creative teaching game-based learning games gamification

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Top 5 new EdTech tools that you might use in your university

Neo LMS

Most people don’t consider education technology to be such an important industry, but it’s actually gigantic. According to the report, the EdTech industry will reach a global value of $252 billion by 2020. The EdTech sphere is obviously developing quickly, so some things that seemed impossible only a few years ago have become a standard in the meantime. The change already delivers extraordinary results and 96% of teachers claim that EdTech increases student engagement in learning.

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16 Thanksgiving Sites, 2 Apps, and 2 Projects

Ask a Tech Teacher

Need a few websites and apps to fill in sponge time? Here are Thanksgiving websites that will keep students busy and still teach them: Canadian Thanksgiving. Online/Offline Thanksgiving activities. Plimoth Plantation. Starfall–Silly Turkey. Thanksgiving edu-websites–CybraryMan. Thanksgiving Games. Thanksgiving games and puzzles. Thanksgiving games–Quia. Thanksgiving information –history, more. Thanksgiving Jigsaw. Thanksgiving Jigsaw II. Thanksgiving Lesson Plans. Thanksgiving Tic-tac-toe.

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.

40 Ways to Celebrate Teachers and Impact Teacher Retention

Education Elements

Do you ever have trouble falling asleep because you can’t stop thinking about what you need to accomplish the next day? Maybe you’re one of those people that has your best ideas for solving a problem while washing your hair? Have you found yourself half-listening to a loved one while saying, “Let me just finish one more email…”? What do all of these experiences have in common?

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3 Shifts to Make Learning Personal

A Principal's Reflections

In education, a lesson makes or breaks a learner’s experience in a classroom. Planning takes time. I remember many nights and weekends that I spent countless hours developing a variety of activities that would keep my students engaged while also following the scope and sequence of the curriculum based on the standards that needed to be addressed. When it is all said and done, it is more about the experience than the lesson, but the latter is necessary to create the former.

Happy Thanksgiving Week to All!

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’m taking next week off. I’ll be preparing for my daughter’s holiday visit from her home in DC and my son who’s visiting virtually from Okinawa Japan. I am so excited to see both of them! I’ll be back November 26th. Any emergencies–drop me a line at askatechteacher@gmail.com. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years.

Project Pals: The Perfect PBL Software for Project Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

PBL Software Review From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Project Pals is a powerful new tool that lets students organize projects. Starting from a template that you’ve designed to guide your students through the project, they can collaborate or work together to explore, learn, brainstorm, and create. As I’ve been testing this app with my students, I’ve found some exciting features.

Using Google Slides live closed captions in the classroom

Ditch That Textbook

You can turn on closed captions at the bottom of videos you watch on TV and online. But providing closed captions in real time in the classroom has been harder to pull off — until now! Google Slides has a new feature — live closed captions. They transcribe your speech on the fly and display […]. Ed Tech Screencasts google classroom accessibility google slides google slides in the classroom live closed captions

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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).

Math Journals: Adaptive Software + A Metacognitive Practice

Catlin Tucker

An increasing number of school districts are investing in adaptive math software–online programs that adjust to the learner’s individual performance. The benefit of adaptive software is that it allows students to engage in personalized practice. As a blended learning coach, I often see students at the elementary level rotate through a station rotation lesson like the one pictured below.

A Thanksgiving Poll for Students–What does ‘Turkey’ mean?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Last year, I did a poll on the meaning of the word ‘turkey’ This was to demonstrate how powerful symbols are to your students and do so with an authentic use of technology to support discussion on math, language standards, and the holidays. As a summation to your discussion with students on symbols, idiomatic expressions, geography, farms, or another topic, post this on your Smartscreen.

Learning Analytics Can Be Deceiving

The Journal

"… Learning analytics … has the potential to transform American education …" A(nother) Holy Grail? Perhaps. In this week’s blog post we present a cautionary tale from a real classroom with real students and real learning analytics

Teaching responsibility and preparing students for the real world: 20 alternatives to homework

Ditch That Textbook

Homework is a hot button topic. It ignites strong emotions and there are people firmly planted on both sides of the fence. Many educators claim that homework teaches students responsibility and prepares them for the real world. But does it really? Are there more meaningful ways that we can teach these skills in school? In a […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Homework alternative homework assignments alternatives to homework ditching homework homework

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.

Startup Founder Finds New Focus in Mission of Social-Emotional Learning Company

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

After Move This World founder Sara LaHayne became bogged down in the administrative aspects of management, she took time to find a renewed emphasis on her company's message of self care for teachers and students. The post Startup Founder Finds New Focus in Mission of Social-Emotional Learning Company appeared first on Market Brief.

Young Children are Terrible at Hiding – Psychologists Have a New Theory Why

Digital Promise

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Young children across the globe enjoy playing games of hide and seek. There’s something highly exciting for children about escaping someone else’s glance and making oneself “invisible.”. However, developmental psychologists and parents alike continue to witness that before school age, children are remarkably bad at hiding.

Questioning the OER Orthodoxy: Is the Commons the Right Metaphor for our Work with OER?

Iterating Toward Openness

At OpenEd18 I gave a presentation titled “Questioning the OER Orthodoxy: Is the Commons the Right Metaphor for our Work?” ” I’ve been meaning to translate some of that thinking into writing, and a prompt in my inbox this morning finally has me moving. In the presentation I made the point that metaphors are extraordinarily powerful. The metaphors we choose to employ literally determine what we will see, consider, and understand – as well as what we will not.

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There’s A War Going On Inside We Ain’t Safe From [A Conversation with Lorena Germán]

The Jose Vilson

Jose Vilson: Recently, there’s been some conversation as to whether or not our schools should be compared to war. Lots of folks, for example, say that teachers are the “people in the trenches.” On the other hand, it’s hard for me to not make the comparison between our contemporary versions of war and our schools. What say you? Lorena Germán: Using language that makes our schools out to be war zones is a complicated matter.

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.

As Tech Companies Hire More Liberal Arts Majors, More Students Are Choosing STEM Degrees

Edsurge

The number of students choosing liberal arts majors is dipping. At the same time, more STEM employers are hiring workers with humanities backgrounds, according to a new report by researchers at Strada Education Network and Emsi, a labor market analytics firm. Bachelors of arts degrees in the humanities decreased from 36 percent in 1970 to 23 percent in 2016, according to data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

What Gartner’s Top Tech Trends for 2019 Mean for Education

EdTech Magazine

What Gartner’s Top Tech Trends for 2019 Mean for Education. eli.zimmerman_9856. Mon, 11/12/2018 - 13:21. Augmented data analysis, blended digital tools and connected networks will reign among technology innovations in the coming year, according to IT analyst group Gartner’s top 10 tech trends of 2019. . The top ten digital technology trends are all about building the intelligent digital mesh,” says David W. Cearley, distinguished vice president and analyst for Gartner. “It’s

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8 Needs For Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century

TeachThought - Learn better.

8 Needs For Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century by Terry Heick We recently offered a definition of project-based learning and looked at keys to designing Project-Based Learning. We also have looked at the difference between “doing projects” and project-based learning, various project-based learning resources, project-based learning apps, and offered ways for using an iPad in Project-Based […].

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TEACHER VOICE: Why that chatty student driving you nuts could become president of the United States

The Hechinger Report

. As a middle school teacher, I often see my colleagues taking pains to keep students quiet during class. After all, the rhythm of the traditional classroom doesn’t leave much room for chatting among students, and socializing in class is often viewed as a proxy for poor behavior or inattentiveness.

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!

3 Ways to Help Students Analyze Visual Texts

MiddleWeb

Kids love visual texts such as art and photographs, but as with written texts, they often don’t know where to begin when asked to look at the works critically. Author and NBCT Marilyn Pryle finds that if given specific doorways, her students have much richer discussions. Articles Visual Literacy art color focus marilyn pryle perspective photographs reading responses visual texts

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10 of the best websites for bringing history & social studies to life

eSchool News

History and social studies bad reputations for being boring. To many students, these subjects mean reading long-winded textbooks and memorizing incessant facts. They don’t necessarily see the importance of studying something that happened hundreds or thousands of years ago. Getting students to really care about what they’re learning involves bringing the subject to life for them. Thanks to the internet, there are so many ways for students to experience the past.

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‘Dear Mr. Zuckerberg’: Students Take Summit Learning Protests Directly to Facebook Chief

Edsurge

Earlier this month, a group of high school students in New York City took to the streets to protest their school’s online program, Summit Learning. On Thursday, hoping to send a stronger message, they took it all the way to the top, with a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Students at the Secondary School for Journalism in Brooklyn had become increasingly frustrated with Summit Learning.

Institutions for foster kids aren’t doing enough to educate them

The Hechinger Report

Residential campuses that serve foster youth are a mix of large for-profit and nonprofit providers, religiously affiliated organizations and smaller groups, like this one, run by Pathways Adolescent Center, in Oil City, Pennsylvania. Photo: Caroline Preston for The Hechinger Report/HuffPost.

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 Be Heard Worldwide from Your Classroom

MiddleWeb

Whatever you know, sharing it outside school walls can inform policymakers, journalists, the public, other teachers, researchers, and professors – who can use your classroom discoveries to better serve students. Educator and writer Jenny Grant Rankin shows how. Articles Teacher Voice book chapters book reviews Education Writers Association free directories interviews Jenny Grant Rankin PhD local news stations policymakers PowerPoint publications short books Twitter chats

5 Ways to Create a Doodling Culture in Your Classroom by @sylviaduckworth

Teacher Tech

Doodling as Visual Note-Taking A Guest Post by Sylvia Duckworth Sketchnoting, or visual note-taking, has so many benefits for students. Many studies have proven that images are considerably more effective than words when it comes to memory retention, comprehension and motivation. There are psychological benefits as well, because sketchnoting has a calming effect similar to […]. The post 5 Ways to Create a Doodling Culture in Your Classroom by @sylviaduckworth appeared first on Teacher Tech.

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Tech & Learning Announces Finalists for Awards of Excellence Contest

techlearning

Annual contest selects education technology products that are improving teaching and learning in the classroom