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Both Humans and Technology Are Noisy: How Do We Move Forward?

Digital Promise

Over the years, I’ve been involved in developing research programs and projects in education technology, games, and virtual reality. As I’ve developed my thinking around funding and conducting research in learning technologies, I always come back to an unpublished technical report written by one of my early mentors in the Navy. Norm Lane was a brilliant behavioral scientist who was commissioned as a Navy Aerospace Experimental Psychologist in 1963 and had retired when I first met him in 1994.

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. Perhaps one student is using her fingers to keep track of numbers while another quietly taps his pencil along to key points of the equation. These are both small examples of embodied cognition, the idea that features of thought are shaped by aspects of the body other than the brain.

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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. Rarely do we hear people, even teachers, discuss writing as a process for learning. Imagine if a teacher said, “Go write on it and see what you come up with,” after a student asked a question.

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QR Codes for Class Night Sign Ups?

Tech Helpful

One of the things I'm quickly learning as an instructional technologist is that teaching parents how to use technology you are using in the classroom eases their mind a bit and gives them a sense of understanding. In our elementary school we use QR codes quite a bit to help students easily access information, websites, and videos as part of their learning and sharing. As I started thinking on this, I decided why not introduce parents to QR codes on the first day of school?

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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.

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. Students must be problem solvers with deep critical thinking skills. They must be able to look creatively at any situation to generate new solutions.

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From Practice to Paper: How #IntentiontheBook was Born

EdTechTeam

We, (Dan and Amy), met serendipitously (as with most good things) at SXSWEdu Conference a few years ago when mutual friends brought us respectively in tow to an Austin Mexican food restaurant. We were instantly mesmerized and energized by each other’s ideas and anecdotes about our pedagogy and projects. Dan has long been a devotee of the design thinking approach to learning and Amy’s focus at the time was remix, multimedia storytelling, and connected learning.

Is Orton-Gillingham Right For Your Students?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Orton-Gillingham started over seventy years ago as an instructional approach intended for those with difficulty reading, spelling, and writing, like what children experience in dyslexia. Sometimes, teachers recognized the special needs of a reading-challenged student, but just as often, it was blamed on disinterest or lack of effort, leaving the child to conclude s/he “just wasn’t good at reading.”

Professional Development for teachers and ed-tech

Neo LMS

The first time I saw a floppy disk in action I was flabbergasted. You could save pictures of kittens on it, and then go to a different computer, insert it in, and it would display the same picture of kittens that you saved! Let that sink in a little. I was around five and flabbergasted was not part of my vocabulary yet, but that’s exactly how I felt. Then the CDs have taken over the data storage market, along with the DVDs, and then memory sticks with increasing storage capacity.

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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.

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).

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.

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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

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How online courses can nurture emotional intelligence

Neo LMS

The ability to recognize, identify and manage our own emotions and the emotions of others is called Emotional Intelligence (EQ). As a psychological concept EQ gained traction in the 1990s with a number of research papers describing the many facets of EQ, as well as proposing that EQ was an ability that could be developed rather than simply an innate talent.

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A great holiday activity for your class (a free, adaptable template included)

EdTech4Beginners

I recently created a really good activity which will motivate your pupils to read over the holiday. It’s called ‘Holiday Reading Bingo’ Basically, add 16 books into the boxes, and ask your students to read as many as they can over the break. Their parents must sign each box when complete. On the first day back, call out the books at random ( you could use this great tool ). Give prizes to the first person to get a full row or column. You could easily adapt this activity.

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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.

Ask A Silly Question, Get A Non-Standard Answer

EdNews Daily

Guest article by Simon Very. I have taught science at the post-compulsory level for ten years. A considerable portion of the courses that I delivered were internally assessed and coursework based. Assessment of these courses did not involve standardized testing, but they did involve standardized criteria to compare learners’ work against; the writing of coursework briefs also needed to comply with sets of standard criteria.

Help Your Communities Explore “The Secret Life of Public Schools”

Battelle for Kids

The back-to-school season is full of hope and excitement. It’s also an extremely busy time for everyone in education, and it’s a particularly important opportunity to communicate with parents and the community at large about all the good things that are taking place in public schools across the country. P21 Blog

Transform the Classroom With Tools That Focus on Agency

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

We can't expert teachers or students to change the educational experience for the better without equipping them with the right tools. The post Transform the Classroom With Tools That Focus on Agency appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog agency Competency-Based/Mastery-Based Learning Personalized / Adaptive Learning Social-Emotional Needs Startups

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A Better Way To Teach Programming?

EdTech4Beginners

It’s no secret that learning to code has massively increased in popularity over the past decade. A quick peek at Google Trends gives you an idea. Since 2011, interest in the subject has exploded. While I’m certain coding will never be as important as literacy was in the 19th and 20th century, it’s obviously going to matter a great deal nevertheless. That means parents who take coding seriously and kids who learn (at least) the basics, will thrive in tomorrow’s high tech world.

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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.

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. He shares the ideal grades (in his opinion) and how the Echo is an “assistant” of sorts for his teachers. He also talks about how his school made an app for the Echo and about the biggest mistake they made in implementation. Stream by clicking here.

Get Everyone on Board to Sustain School Change

Battelle for Kids

As a longtime advocate of project-based learning, I’ve noticed a familiar pattern. Teachers often launch into PBL planning with great enthusiasm. As their first project plans take shape, they imagine a range of benefits for their students, including a deep understanding of content and development of 21st century skills. P21 Blog

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. The how and finally the what should then follow this. Even when leaders tackle issues and problems using this recipe, other challenges and obstacles frequently rear their ugly head.

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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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!

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. Failure is never presented to us as a different kind of educational experience, a universal (and ceaseless) part of being human. via [link]. Related Posts. Crack student ‘engagement’ and you’ve cracked 21st century schooling.

Article for the online journal, Globally Informed

EdTech4Beginners

I recently wrote an article for a journal. It was entitled: BRINGING GLOBAL STUDENTS TOGETHER THROUGH VIDEO-CONFERENCING. In it, I talk about my use of ‘Mystery Skype’ in lessons, which allows my class to collaborate with other learners in different countries. Click here for the full article. Tagged: collaboration , connecting learners , edtech , education , mystery skype , teaching ideas , video-conferencing.

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#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. CUE’s growth since then has been astonishing, and I’ve been honored to be a part of the learning of thousands of fellow educators through our collaborative work. As difficult as it is to do, I’m stepping down as CUE’s CEO on August 31.

Student Makers Turn Vision to Reality in the Learning Studio

Digital Promise

As part of HP and Microsoft’s Reinvent the Classroom initiative, Digital Promise Global is directing a global network of Learning Studios designed for student-centered, experiential learning. Each Learning Studio is equipped with powerful technology for creation and collaboration. This is a story from the Learning Studio at Leadership Public Schools, Hayward in Hayward, California.

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.

Part Three: Beyond SAMR… Making Sure Technology Supports Content Standards

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to the third in this series of posts promting the idea of going to SAMR and beyond. In this post I would like to introduce you to way that you can ensure the standards are amplified, and not ignored, by the integration of educational technology. I have also included links to over 45 valuable resources (Towards the bottom of the article). Before reading, please take a moment to subscribe by email or RSS, and also give me a follow… on Twitter at mjgormans.

28 Critical Thinking Question Stems For Any Content Area

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 28 Critical Thinking Question Stems For Any Content Area appeared first on TeachThought. Critical Thinking

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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. Helping African-American boys improve their ability to tell stories in preschool could increase the speed at which they learn to read later on, according to new research from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.