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Teachers Creating and Curating OER-Based Curricula: An Example from Tullahoma City Schools

The Journal

Expanding the conversation around "Reinventing Curriculum": In this week’s blog post, Superintendent Dan Lawson explains how his district is creating OER curricula. Dan's post is a thought-provoking response to our earlier blog post about the challenges teachers face in creating OER materials

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Ed Tech Research is Clear: Owning a Device Does Not Improve Learning

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Scanning the media on education technology could easily lead one to believe we are wasting our money when putting devices into the hands of students.

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Google Apps “GAFE Smashing” activities — Part 2: Digital Differentiation

Ditch That Textbook

When students and educators start smashing Google Apps together, creative activities start to emerge that aren’t possible with a single app. We’re exploring “GAFE Smashing” in a series of posts. In our last post, we saw two creative examples of “dynamic docs” — ways to use Google Docs in conjunction with other apps. The result [.]. Ed Tech differentiation edtech educational technology gafe Google Apps youtube

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Study: One-to-One Laptop Programs Improve Student Learning

Doug Levin

Newly published, peer-reviewed research out of Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine suggests that one-to-one laptop programs improve student academic achievement in K-12 classrooms. The primary author of the study ( Binbin Zheng, Ph.D. Assistant Professor at the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education at Michigan State University) was kind enough to provide me a review copy and permission to blog about the findings.

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.

Lockheed Martin Gives $800,000 to Denver Public Schools to Expand STEM

The Journal

Lockheed Martin is investing $800,000 in Denver Public Schools (DPS) to expand STEM programming and education. Since 2007, Lockheed Martin has committed $6 million to expand Project Lead the Way programs in school districts nationally

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The Impact of Play: A College Researcher's Perspective

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 4, Number 2. Driving Question: Where Has All The Play Gone? It's springtime in the mountains. As I sit writing this, I'm wishing I were watching the kids on my street playing outside. But no. I am inside grading papers for my college students. As a higher educator, since 2001, I have witnessed quite a shift in our students. It has me asking "Why?" I honestly believe it all comes down to how we encourage and allow our kids to play well before they arrive in their college dorms.

How To Use Google Docs For Collaborative Work.

EdTech4Beginners

I use Google Docs a lot with my class. It is simply fantastic for collaborative work and develops writing skills well. This week I asked my students to work as a team to create an information page in Science for our topic, ‘Healthy Bodies’ First, log in to Google and go to Docs. Next click ‘Start A New Document’ and choose a blank one or a template. Following this, share it with the students you want to work in the group.

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NJEFP Helps New Jersey School Districts Connect with Donors

The Journal

The New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership has adopted an online platform designed to connect school districts with donors

Ed Tech Research is Clear: Owning a Device Does Not Improve Learning

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Scanning the media on education technology could easily lead one to believe we are wasting our money when putting devices into the hands of students.

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).

8 Google Earth Tips and Resources You Don’t Want to Miss

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are eight of the top Google Earth tips and resources according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: Monday Freebies #38: Introduction to Google Earth. Google Earth: User-Friendly in the Classroom. 5 Google Earth Lesson Plans. Tech Tip #65: Google Street View. Monday Freebies #39: Google Earth Board. Monday Freebies #40: Wonders of Google Earth. Lesson Plans: Where Did I Come From? Weekend Website #88: Drive a Ship.

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How To Use Google Docs For Collaborative Work.

EdTech4Beginners

I use Google Docs a lot with my class. It is simply fantastic for collaborative work and develops writing skills well. This week I asked my students to work as a team to create an information page in Science for our topic, ‘Healthy Bodies’ First, log in to Google and go to Docs. Next click ‘Start A New Document’ and choose a blank one or a template. Following this, share it with the students you want to work in the group.

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Lower Test Anxiety and Improve Retention with These Strategies

The CoolCatTeacher

Todd Finley shares research and best-practice from his classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Learn about the newest innovations in testing and assessment. You can improve retention and lower anxiety. Try these simple strategies from Todd Finley. See Fresh Grade’s Free Assessment Tools. 2 Power Assessment Tips: Learn about how Todd combines social-emotional learning with formative assessment.

Please Stop Calling It “Digital Content”!

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As they should, educators are searching for online courses, apps, programs and software that will help them teach their students. But educators and vendors alike too often refer to these as “digital curriculum” or “digital content.” ” But content or curriculum is the “what” of what you want students to learn. They are the learning targets. To me, digital content is a PDF of the Common Core, the Maine Learning Results, or your state’s standards.

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.

Subscriber Special: May

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to Ask a Tech Teacher get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. April 1st through May 15th: 10% Discount ( use code SUMMERPD ) on any of our Summer Learning online classes: The Tech-infused Teacher. The Tech-infused Class (must take Tech-infused Teacher first or get approval of instructor). Teach Writing with Tech. 20 Webtools in 20 Days (space limited–sign up early). Group discounts available. Want more information?

How to do a ‘Mystery Skype’

EdTech4Beginners

Mystery Skype is a global guessing game where 2 classes from anywhere in the world Skype each other, taking it in turns to ask yes/no questions to determine where the other school is located and what it’s name is. The first class to find out wins! How do you organise a Mystery Skype? First visit the Mystery Skype website. Next click ‘Find A Classroom to Play With’ Choose someone who teaches a similar age range and is in a suitable timezone.

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Alatec Acquires USi, Relaunches as Ignite

The Journal

Huntsville, AL-based Alatec has acquired education IT service provider USi as a wholly owned subsidiary. The new combined company has been rebranded as Ignite

The 7 Questions I ask myself EVERY day

The CoolCatTeacher

Living an Examined Life of Loveliness From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Tracy left me a comment on the 36 Edtech Tools blog post I posted this week. She asked about the seven questions I ask myself every day. So, I’ll share them with you. There are more than 7 questions below. The ones with the stars are my must-answers. If I’m too busy, then the others get deleted. These are my questions.

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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.

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2nd-May 6th

Ask a Tech Teacher

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2nd-May 8th. In honor of these tenacious, creative individuals, here are some of our favorite teacher appreciation articles: 10 Bits of Wisdom I Learned From a Computer. How to Talk to a Tech Teacher. 18 Things Teachers Do Before 8am. A Website That Cleans Your Computer for You. Definition of ‘Teacher’. How to be a Tech Teacher. You’re a Geek Now. You Know You’re a Geek When…. 10 Steps to Become a Better Geek. 15 Ways to Get Your Geek On.

How to do a ‘Mystery Skype’

EdTech4Beginners

Mystery Skype is a global guessing game where 2 classes from anywhere in the world Skype each other, taking it in turns to ask yes/no questions to determine where the other school is located and what it’s name is. The first class to find out wins! How do you organise a Mystery Skype? First visit the Mystery Skype website. Next click ‘Find A Classroom to Play With’ Choose someone who teaches a similar age range and is in a suitable timezone.

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4 Reasons Teachers Should Assign Seats

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. I can already hear groans coming from many educators, especially those, like me, who believe we need to move away from the factory model. But, here it is….we we should assign seats. Before I go any further, I am not advocating rows upon rows of seats. Instead, I prefer learning groups that enable flexibility. Often 504s […]. The post 4 Reasons Teachers Should Assign Seats appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Featured Strategy edchat

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Making progress in learning with gamification

Neo LMS

The digital revolution is all around us. Just think about how we communicate, how we travel, how we meet new people, and of course, how we learn. Schools and universities need to adapt to this digital reality and provide their students with all the tools they need in order to become successful. Traditional teaching methods will never go out of style, but they demand a lot of resources. Teachers will always see better results from small classes of 12 students than from 50-student ones.

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!

What You Might Have Missed in April

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of April: 31Websites for Poetry Month. 67 K-8 Hour of Code Suggestions–by Grade Level. 23 Great Websites and Apps for Earth Day. Do You Miss Kerpoof? Try These 31 Alternatives. 16 Great Research Websites for Kids. 17 Ways to Add Tech to your Lessons Without Adding Time to Your Day. 7 Authentic Assessment Tools. Chromebooks in the Classrooms–Friend or Foe? 13 Reasons For and 3 Against Technology in the Classroom.

Edtech Tutorial: How To Use Bubbl.Us To Create Amazing Mind-Maps

EdTech4Beginners

Bubbl.us is a fantastic website in which mind-maps can be created, shared and collaborated on. I have used it many times with my class and they have always found it easy to use and visually effective. Here is an example of a mind-map, a student in my class made, to start off our topic about World War 2: How Do You Create A Mind-Map?

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Learn to Play, Play to Learn!

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 4, Number 3. Driving Question: Why The Fuss Over Early Play? Play is the natural way to learn. It helps children learn to solve problems, promotes flexibility and motivation, teaches regulation of emotions and builds resilience and confidence. It is also essential to the development of the young child's brain, forming the basis of healthy cognitive function and mastery of the child's physical world. In short, when children play, they learn.

End of the Year THRIVE-al (Not Survival) Guide

Ditch That Textbook

As I write this, my kids have a little less than three weeks left of school yet. It’s the time of year when attention spans get shorter and countdowns start appearing on white boards in classrooms. There’s this saying in education that I love AND despise (depending on the day): Don’t count down the days. Make [.]. Teaching atmosphere creative teaching edtech educational technology end of the year final exams review

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.

Student voices: An invitation

K12 Open Ed

This year, I’m convening a strand on Student Voices for the K12 Online Conference , and I’d like to invite you and especially the youth you work with to get involved. There are several ways you can participate: Ask your students if they’d like to record a short video on what school should be. Submit it to us , and it might end up being a part of our keynote presentation for this strand. Tell us what tools, platforms, methods, etc. you use to exhibit and celebrate student work.

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Edtech Tutorial: How To Use Bubbl.Us To Create Amazing Mind-Maps

EdTech4Beginners

Bubbl.us is a fantastic website in which mind-maps can be created, shared and collaborated on. I have used it many times with my class and they have always found it easy to use and visually effective. Here is an example of a mind-map, a student in my class made, to start off our topic about World War 2: How Do You Create A Mind-Map?

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Making Space for a No-Frills Maker Space

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 4, Number 4. Driving Question: No Frills Maker Spaces: What? I have long been aware that students are often bored or frustrated with conventional classes taught from textbooks. Worse, they seldom understand the relationship between their subjects and real-world applications. My quest has been to find a way to use meaningful play and experimentation to heighten motivation while providing learning that is relevant to students' interests and identities. P21 Blogazine