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5 Simple Ways to Improve Teacher Professional Development

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. A common cry from teachers across the world is for relevant professional development. A 2014 Gates Foundation study shows only 29% of teachers satisfied with current teacher PD.

Tapping Toward a Better Understanding of Slope

MIND Research Institute

Thoughts of a traditional math classroom may bring to mind images of students sitting silently at desks while a teacher works through a math problem on the board. There could be more to this scene though.

Equipping Students with the “4Cs” through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Educators know that for students to thrive in our constantly evolving world, what they learn must go beyond reading, writing, and arithmetic. We must not only be willing to deliver these content areas in new ways, but also teach our students the skills they need to succeed academically and in life.

My Essential Tools to Create #FlipClass Videos: @Wacom DTK-1651, @Camtasia @USAudioTechnica @NotabilityApp

techieMusings

One of the questions I most frequently get asked is what tools I use to make my flipped classroom videos. It took me a number of years to perfect my flow, to be honest. One of my major issues was that I use a Mac but in making my math videos, I absolutely needed a way to handwrite.

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.

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Seven Things That Happen When Kids Embrace a Maker Mindset

The Principal of Change

John Spencer is someone I have connected with and followed for years. I have become a huge fan of his work, and I am proud to have been a part of his book “ Empower ” with AJ Juliani. He now has a Makerspace Master Course available.

28 Critical Thinking Question Stems For Any Content Area

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Why writing doesn’t just prove learning, it improves all learning-including STEM

eSchool News

Writing is used to assess student learning more often than it is used to facilitate learning. We talk about writing as a product for assessment, a subject where paragraphs and commas are taught, or a skill that one either has developed or lacks.

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African-American boys who tell better stories as preschoolers may learn to read more quickly

The Hechinger Report

In this file photo, a Mississippi kindergarten student thinks about how to correct a sentence written on the white board during class Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report.

Some of the Worst Advice You Will Ever Get as an Educator

The Principal of Change

As Knowledge Demands Change, Curriculum Must Change, Too

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post As Knowledge Demands Change, Curriculum Must Change, Too appeared first on TeachThought. Terry Heick The Future Of Learning

Classroom Device Management Empowers Teachers to Integrate Tech

EdTech Magazine

By Joe McAllister Educators can keep students on task with tools from Google and GoGuardian. Classroom Digital Content Management Mobile Device Management Mobility Software

Schools collect more data, but how is it used?

The Hechinger Report

State leaders are collecting reams of data on students, but they must do more to put that information into the hands of parents and teachers, according to a new report. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

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When Black Hair Violates The Dress Code

NPR Learning and Tech

For wearing their hair in braids, two teenagers were threatened with suspension at their charter school. Similar incidents show that strict dress codes can punish students for their racial identity. Image credit: Mai Ly Degnan for NPR

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Moodle and the next LMS: reflections and more questions

Bryan Alexander

Last week Martin Dougiamas, the creator of Moodle, the world’s leading open source learning management system, joined our Future Trends Forum to discuss the future of that technology.

Authenticity in Leadership

A Principal's Reflections

Leading change in any organization is a difficult task. In many cultures the status quo is so entrenched that shifting mindsets and behaviors can be daunting. Clearly establishing the why is a natural starting point and can help to propel the change effort at hand.

Long Live the '90s: ‘Edtech’ Crazes Every Teacher (and Student) Secretly Wishes Were Still Around

Edsurge

If you’ve ever been tempted to click on one of those ‘90s-nostalgia posts, we really can’t blame you—I mean, who doesn’t want to skim through pictures of Dunkaroos and Capri Suns to find out if they really were a ‘90s kid? But here at EdSurge, we believe the teachers who taught those ‘90s kids deserve a walk down memory lane, too. So we rounded up the most beloved edtech tools of the ‘90s for your scrolling pleasure, from early internet sensations to the hottest hardware you just had to have.

Say Goodbye To X+Y: Should Community Colleges Abolish Algebra?

NPR Learning and Tech

Eloy Ortiz Oakley, the chancellor of the California Community Colleges system, wants to kick loose the requirement of algebra for non-STEM majors. Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR

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5 New Google Form Features in July!

EdTechnocation.com

July 2017 comes with 5 brand new features added to Google Forms! One of the most anticipated is the availability of File Upload for consumer accounts (previously restricted to G Suite Domains). Check out whats been added to Google Forms! #1: 1: Reorder Sections!

How to Find the Best iOS Apps for Your Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Find the Best iOS Apps for Your Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Gone App Fishing! Finding the Best iOS Apps for Your Classroom! The App Store is NOT the best place to find apps for your classroom.

The hidden cost of an achievement-oriented curriculum

Dangerously Irrelevant

Rainesford Stauffer said: As children, we’re trained to avoid failure, not learn from it. It’s presented as a sign of inadequacy, even worthlessness. I think this is the hidden cost of a K-12 curriculum that is achievement-oriented.

#BecauseofCUE

CUE

Letting my ‘geek flag fly’ Twenty years ago, I attended my first CUE conference – I had only attended two local affiliate events prior to that conference, so the scale and grandeur of the Palm Springs Conference was mind-blowing.

Buffalo shows turnaround of urban schools is possible, but it takes a lot more than just money

The Hechinger Report

Hutchinson Central Technical High School senior Karolina Espinosa will be attending Buffalo State in the fall on a Say Yes tuition scholarship. Photo: Amadou Diallo. BUFFALO, N.Y.

Teachers With Student Debt: The Struggle, The Causes And What Comes Next

NPR Learning and Tech

More than 2,000 teachers responded to our survey. Some called their student loan debt "an albatross around my neck," others simply said, "Help!" Image credit: Chelsea Beck/NPR

'Personalized Learning' and the Power of the Gates Foundation to Shape Education Policy

Hack Education

In early June, I gave a keynote at the OEB MidSummit on the history of "personalization.“ “ I only had 20 minutes, so it’s a partial history at best. But as ”personalized learning" has become one of the most prominent buzzwords in education technology, I think it’s worth investigating its origins and its trajectory at length.

Are Grades Diverting Focus From Real Learning?

MindShift

Grades sometimes feel like a necessary evil. They are a shorthand measure of how a student is performing in school, but too often the pressure to earn good grades becomes the sole focus for students and parents.

New study shows more degrees earned at colleges and universities that serve minorities

The Hechinger Report

The official federal graduation rates for colleges and universities that serve large numbers of black, Latino and Asian students significantly underestimate how many of their students are earning degrees, according to a new report. THE TOPIC. Graduation rates at minority-serving colleges.

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One University President's Candid Take On The Future Of Higher Ed

NPR Learning and Tech

"I do not want whoever sits here in 10 years to say, 'How could you be asleep at the switch?'" opines Mitch Daniels, the president of Purdue University. Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR

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The Education “Bat Signal”

The Principal of Change

When I first started teaching, I was blessed to have a grade level partner who shared everything with me. As an educator, I was extremely lucky to work beside someone who had a lot of experience in education and was willing to share their knowledge and wisdom with a brand new teacher.

Fixing the Failure Model

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. Are we looking for dyslexia too late? Ongoing research at Boston Children’s Hospital shows that brain imaging and a child’s family history of dyslexia, among a multifaceted array of other factors, can point to a predisposition for dyslexia well before that child ever steps foot in a kindergarten classroom.

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Amazon Alexa in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 108 with Bill Selak From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Bill Selak @ billselak shares how he’s using Amazon’s Alexa via the Echo and Dot in the classroom.

How to Build Momentum and Leadership at the Same Time

Education Elements

Yuma Elementary School District ONE began the journey of Personalized Learning over two years ago and we went all in --17 schools and 9000 students all at once. At the start of school, iPads were distributed to all students and 490 teachers -- many staff and students had never even held an iPad prior to the distribution. Not only were devices deployed, but digital programs were ready to go.

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Art Studio Helps Adults With Disabilities Turn Their Passion Into A Career

NPR Learning and Tech

This art studio works with adults who have a disability of some kind to make their art their employment. But all this takes money. And the new health care bill may impact the studio's funding. Image credit: Beck Harlan/NPR

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The Best Source Of Education Research Should Be Your Classroom

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