Sat.Apr 16, 2016 - Fri.Apr 22, 2016

Building a Dynasty in Debate (or Any Competition)

The CoolCatTeacher

from a Montana teacher with 32 straight titles in a row! From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Matt Stergios has been coaching a debate team that has won their state championship in Montana since 1984. We why debate is important.

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Blended Learning: A Common Sense, Teacher-Friendly Definition

The Journal

The term “blended learning” accurately describes the pedagogical practices that are taking place in 1-to-1 classrooms. This week’s screed (aka blog post) describes the following unfortunate fact: the term “blended learning” is being used by some to mean “adaptive, personalized learning.”

7 Tips for Using Social Media for Professional Development

Ask a Tech Teacher

Tell me if this sounds familiar: With the 2016 New Year, you resolved to build your Professional Learning Network –finally, to stop living in the 20th century where your world revolved around a sticks-and-bricks building, a landline phone, and the mailbox.

The Blogging Hurdle

A Principal's Reflections

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.

10 Cool Ways Teachers Use Social Media to Enhance Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Doing work that matters. All students should be able to be part of that. No longer working for the teacher’s wastebasket, students across the world are connecting and sharing like never before.

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Science and Poetry Writing Prompts

Teacher Reboot Camp

Veins across the world. light from the kite in the storm. Earth’s nervous system. – Sci-ku by Emma Hartley, aged 17. Everyone should be a budding scientist. Our students should be curious, experiment, explore, and conduct research in their everyday lives.

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5 Tech Tools to Inspire Reading

Ask a Tech Teacher

Reading is defined as “ the action or skill of absorbing written or printed matter silently or aloud.” Sounds dry, maybe even boring, but once a child learns to read, they get much more than an understanding of words, sentences, paragraphs, grammar, syntax, and vocabulary.

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10 Music Albums For The Classroom.

EdTech4Beginners

I’m always looking for new music to play while my students are independently working. I find that if music is quietly played in the background, it creates a calm and ambient ‘working’ atmosphere. Below are 10 albums that I think are great: 1) Keith Kenniff – Branches.

Why Open Education Resources Matter #GoOpen

The Web20Classroom

This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Imagine you need to run to the store to get the ingredients to make a cake. You get the mix, eggs, oil, everything you need to make this most awesome cake.

Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

Goal: Give Peace a Chance

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” ~ T.S. Eliot. Goal: Give peace a chance.

Game show classroom: Comparing Kahoot!, Quizizz, Quizlet Live and Quizalize

Ditch That Textbook

As a child, I remember one specific thing I always looked forward to on days when I stayed home sick from school. The Price Is Right. I may have been aching, sick to my stomach or feverish, but as I laid on the couch, I made sure the TV was tuned to that game show [.]. Ed Tech assessment edtech educational technology formative assessment kahoot quizalize quizizz quizlet quizlet live

10 Music Albums For The Classroom.

EdTech4Beginners

I’m always looking for new music to play while my students are independently working. I find that if music is quietly played in the background, it creates a calm and ambient ‘working’ atmosphere. Below are 10 albums that I think are great: 1) Keith Kenniff – Branches.

17 Ways to Add Tech to your Lessons Without Adding Time to Your Day

Ask a Tech Teacher

Because I teach graduate classes for educators, I talk to lots of teachers all over the country. It’s become clear to me that for most of them, adding technology to their lessons means layering more work on top of their already overburdened lesson plans.

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

Station Rotation Model in Action (Video)

Catlin Tucker

In a previous blog post titled “ Create Small Learning Communities with the Station Rotation Model ,” I described many of the reasons I use the Station Rotation Model in my secondary classroom.

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End the school year with Epic Review Olympics (free templates!)

Ditch That Textbook

As the school year starts to come to a close, a couple of things are certain. Student motivation will be soaring high. Reviewing previous content get more and more important. There are lots of ways to make review engaging, but my students have always responded to review games. They get the competitive juices flowing, [.]. Teaching creative teaching edtech educational technology end of the year kahoot review review games

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How to use the App ‘Socrative’ As A Fantastic Assessment Tool

EdTech4Beginners

Socrative is an App (or you can use a Web browser) in which quizzes, tests and assessments can be easily created by educators and subsequently completed by students. What’s so great is that as a teacher, you get instant feedback and results. How Do I Create My First Assessment?

Summer Online Learning Questions We’ve Gotten

Ask a Tech Teacher

In response to extensive interest from readers, Ask a Tech Teacher will be offering four Summer Learning classes: 1 of 4 Certificate classes. 1 of 4 Certificate classes. 1 of 4 Certificate classes. 1 of 4 Certificate classes. June 20th through August 7th.

Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

Health Science Job Security and How to Get There with CTE

FuelEd

Contributor: Amanda Cunningham Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 3:15pm In this blog series, we will delve into four important Career Clusters ® that are in need of more educated and well-trained students to fill the higher-skill, higher-wage jobs open to them.

The paradox of quality measures in healthcare

The Christensen Institute

One of the hot, emerging debates among physicians and insurers over the next 12 months will be the implementation of new, physician quality measures.

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How to use the App ‘Socrative’ As A Fantastic Assessment Tool

EdTech4Beginners

Socrative is an App (or you can use a Web browser) in which quizzes, tests and assessments can be easily created by educators and subsequently completed by students. What’s so great is that as a teacher, you get instant feedback and results. How Do I Create My First Assessment?

What Students Are Actually Doing Online

Securly

Curious as to how children are spending their time online? So are we. We surveyed 400+ students to find out just how kids ages 9-18 are using their display devices. On average, students spend about 5-10 hours per day on their device(s) (smartphone, iPad, laptop, etc).

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

Field Research Alive in the Sonoran Desert

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 22. Driving question: How Do We Deepen Scientific Inquiry Through Authentic Experiences In The Natural World? "Ms. Fulgham, there's something dead over here!" What is it?" I replied. "I I don't know, it's got to be a rodent because its front teeth are orange – a rat.a mouse?". We were on a field trip, exploring a canyon in Southern Arizona. As the two students peered into the brush, they called me over. I reminded them of an earlier lesson in our Field Science class.

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The New National Education Technology Plan: What’s in it for Me?

Tom Murray

** This blog was originally posted at futureready.org/netp. In December of 2015, on the same day that President Obama signed the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA), the U.S. Department of Education released the 2016 National Education Technology Plan (NETP).

Develop ICT And Geographical Skills With This Interesting Lesson

EdTech4Beginners

I recently did an interesting lesson which combined my student’s ICT and geographical skills. Challenging the students, I posed the problem, Can you map out the WIFI coverage of the school? My pupils got into teams and then picked a floor to work on.

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Thinking about connected learning

K12 Open Ed

In a chat on Twitter, this weekend, Kevin said that our little postcard project was one of the “most connected/enjoyable” CLMOOC activities. That got me thinking back to the meaning of connected learning and whether this project qualifies.

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

How to make time for innovation

The Christensen Institute

Last month, I had the privilege of observing a gathering of Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE) districts in Concord, N.H.

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U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: Historical Notes on the Federal Role

Doug Levin

On November 22, 1996, U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W.

Reaching Beyond the Adult Education Classroom with Technology

Digital Promise

Growing up in Oaxaca, Mexico, Octaviano was forced to leave school before completing the first grade. For the next 20 years, his only “academic skill” was the ability to write his own name. A seasonal farm hand, Octaviano continued that work when he moved to the United States, until an accident left him unable to. It was then that he decided to learn English and work toward becoming a U.S. citizen.