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Helping Learners Move Beyond “I Can’t Do This”

User Generated Education

I work part-time with elementary learners – with gifted learners during the school year and teaching maker education camps during the summer. The one thing almost all of them have in common is yelling out, “I can’t do this” when the tasks aren’t completed upon first attempts or get a little too difficult for them. I partially blame this on the way most school curriculum is structured.

What is Microsoft Sway?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Lately, when I join technology education forums, one of the most talked-about webtools is Microsoft Sway. Though fairly new, Sway has taken over classroom production of visual presentations because the result is visually appealing while minimizing the amount of time students spend formatting a project, giving them lots more time to research and write. What is Sway. Sway is part of Office 365 Education and is the newest alternative to its popular PowerPoint slideshow program.

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Mindfulness and Screen Time

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. For parents, the family computer has become something of a minefield (and probably a Minecraft field). Between guilt-tinged uncertainty about screen time for kids ( “So, if you’re using it for good, does it count as screen time?” ) and worry about social media stress for teens, it’s easy to feel like a lost traveler without a GPS.

Coming to Your Child’s School, Very, Very Soon: A Christensen-Style Disruption!

The Journal

Teachers, materials, students — the big 3 of K–12. Materials (1-to-1, OER-based textbooks) are changing dramatically, but teachers and teaching is about to be disrupted in the Christensen-sense. Machine learning will drive personalized learning into America’s schools. On that you can rely

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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.

How This Educator Bridges Creativity And Teaching Through Project-Based Learning

EdNews Daily

This is our 9 th interview in our thought-leadership series with 51Talk. Our featured teacher today is Catherine Smith. Catherine is a creative and highly-passionate teacher. As you will see below, her love of teaching, personalized education and connecting to students to the real-world shines through. Catherine, please tell us about your education background. I started my career as a business major.

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Addressing the Digital Learning Gap with Effective Educator Coaching

Digital Promise

In 2014, I wrote – The problem with education in America is not the lack of excellence. It’s lack of equity. Although we’ve made progress, inequities with regard to education opportunities remain a pressing issue. Many times, the problem is due to lack of vision, professional development, resources, or adequate support.

7 Misconceptions about the flipped classroom

Neo LMS

The Flipped Classroom is becoming a serious alternative to the traditional approach to education and is spreading in more schools across the world. Instead of going to class to listen to the teacher’s lecture and then home to do their homework, students in a flipped classroom listen, watch or read by themselves before the class begins. While in class, they ask questions in order to clarify any difficult aspects of the lesson. “No

9 Steps to Buying the Right Digital Content for your District

Education Elements

Just like online dating or buying a new car , choosing a new digital content provider can often feel overwhelming , complicated, and like a shot in the dark. Thankfully, Education Elements created a 9 step process, and compiled tips and tricks from district leaders across the country in our new curriculum white paper: “Phase Three: Review, Demo, and Select Digital Content and Tools.” You can also get Phase 1 and Phase 2 if you want to catch up first.

10 Great Posts on How to Involve Parents

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are ten of the top posts on involving parents in your class: Four Ways Teachers Can Stay Connected With Their Student’s Parents Using Technology. Parent Questions About Edtech. How Parents Can Protect Their Children Online. 3 Digital Tools To Keep Parents Up to Date. What parents should ask teachers about technology. How to Run a Parent Class. 19 Ways Students Keep Learning Fresh Over the Summer. How Do Non-Techie Parents Handle the Increasing Focus of Technology in Education?

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).

Research-Influenced Learning Spaces

A Principal's Reflections

“ We need to move away from classroom design that is “Pinterest pretty” and use research/design thinking to guide the wor k.” – Eric Sheninger and Tom Murray When Tom Murray and I set out to write Learning Transformed our goal was to connect as much research as possible to our ideas and statements as well as the amazing work taking place in schools, known in the book as Innovative Practices in Action (IPA’s).

Inspiring Math Excellence in the Classroom with Po-Shen Loh

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 114 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Po-Shen Loh @ poshenloh , National Math Coach and Carnegie Mellon Professor gives us a refreshing take on teaching math. From giving kids problems with the right level of difficulty to solving problems with students, learn how to take any math student to the next level.

Edtech’s Hidden Shortage: Women Directors

Edsurge

In just over a decade, 20 independent education companies have raised more than $2.7 billion in funding and are shaping the way education is evolving for students from grade school to higher ed. Collectively, 116 directors serve on the boards of these privately-held companies. Only eight are women. Even fewer are women of color. The scarcity of female directors in edtech is a striking contrast to the diversity that exists in the sector's day-to-day leadership.

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This amazing app allows you to make an online science journal

EdTech4Beginners

Science Journal is a new app that I have been using a lot in science lessons. It is available on Google Play and is really easy-to-use. Watch the video below to see my walk-through of this fantastic tech tool: Have you discovered any excellent science-based apps? Please share in the comments below. Tagged: apps science , edtech , education , science , science lessons , teachers , teaching ideas. education apps science edtech science science lessons teachers teaching ideas

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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.

Educators Must Think Globally

Battelle for Kids

My family and I returned from a vacation in Tokyo last week. We were staying near Waseda University, but it was Waseda Junior High School that caught my eye each day as we walked to the subway. As a former middle school teacher, I am magnetically drawn to these campuses. P21 Blog

Creating a Nurturing Environment for Kids with Nancy Blair

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 113 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Nancy Blair @ blairteach , middle school principal, and #edchat leader gives us practical ideas to create a nurturing environment in our schools. As a result of these programs and ideas, Nancy has seen discipline problems reduced in the last three years she has served as the principal. Podcast Sponsor. Staples is my go-to back to school shopping source.

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4 ways to stimulate online learner engagement

Neo LMS

Online learning is a highly engaging format. Most students are immediately stimulated by an asynchronous format that places them at the centre of their learning journey. The range of multimedia resources, variety of interactive platforms, and the thrill of being able to manage their time and other resources boosts curiosity and motivation. For most students the online learning experience is a freeing leap into a new way of learning.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 28 & 29 Editions)

Doug Levin

Summer. Summer and transitioning to a new day-to-day computer (Linux laptop). Those are my excuses for combining the last two weeks of news clips into one ‘best of’ roundup. Not that I’ve been twiddling my thumbs exactly. Since the last edition of a ‘Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News”: I’ve joined efforts to support Net Neutrality protections ; Written further about the prediction made in the book, “Disrupting Class.”

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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.

It Takes a Village: Maximizing the Power of Industry & Community Partners in PBL

Battelle for Kids

Industry and community partners can add incredible value and authenticity to projects, but we sometimes miss opportunities to fully leverage our partners throughout a project. As you deepen your work in PBL, consider the following opportunities for working with external organizations, businesses, and experts: P21 Blog

Hunting for online English games websites

EdTech4Beginners

I have been recently looking for excellent English games websites. I stumbled upon 4 excellent ones and I will use them for home learning activities, revision and lesson starters. Have a look at my short video overview, to see how you could use them in your practise: Do you know anymore? Leave a comment below with your recommendations. Tagged: EAL , education , English , ESL , learning , online games , teaching , teaching ideas , websites.

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Is there room for creativity and sharing in a professional preparation program?

Dangerously Irrelevant

[I’m one of five Digital Pedagogy Faculty Fellows this year at the University of Colorado Denver. I’ll be sharing my thoughts all year on this experience, starting with my time at the Digital Pedagogy Lab in Vancouver, Canada.]. I help prepare principals and superintendents. Like other educational leadership programs across the country, my program is supposed to prepare teachers and administrators to take on new leadership roles.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 28 & 29 Editions)

Doug Levin

Here’s what caught my eye these past two weeks – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. No endorsements; no sponsored content; no apologies for my eclectic tastes. EdTech News News news

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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!

Using Social Media to Promote Student Voice

Class Tech Integrate

One of the most powerful things technology allows for our students, is the ability for student voice to be heard. Many educators who embrace the use of technology in the classroom, are still very leery of talking about social media in the classroom. The negatives of social media usage between students and teachers can be disastrous. However, if used carefully by teachers, social media can be a powerful tool to not only engage our students, but to promote their student voice as well.

Google Partners with ISTE and Others to Create Digital Citizenship Game

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Be Internet Awesome aims to educate digital civility in an interactive way. Classroom Digital Citizenship Game-based Learning Internet

10 Reasons Today’s Students NEED Technology in the Classroom

SecurEdge

Technology is everywhere--entwined in almost every part of our culture. It affects how we live, work, play, and most importantly learn. With mobile and other wireless devices like the IoT becoming an increasing requirement across every industry today, it only makes sense that our schools are also effectively deploying mobile technology in the classroom. However, for many schools, implementing the latest technology is a difficult strategy to navigate.

10 Strategies To Help Students Use Social Media For Critical Thinking

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 10 Strategies To Help Students Use Social Media For Critical Thinking appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching

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.

5 MistakesTeachers Make the First Week of School

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 115 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Linda Kardamis @ LindaKardamis shares five mistakes teachers make the first week of school. This episode is intended to be a helpful reminder that will help every teacher start the school year well. We can do this! This episode is sponsored by Staples. Staples is my go-to back to school shopping source.

Are Libraries the Key to Teaching Computer Science?

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez A new initiative looks to enhance school and public libraries with resources for STEM innovation. Classroom STEM

Ditch That Homework is OUT! Make homework obsolete

Teacher Tech

Ditch That Homework is OUT! Make homework obsolete Guest Blog Post by Matt Miller Research can’t prove it’s a best practice. It causes family conflict and stress. Plus, it widens the gap between the haves and the have nots. Homework is a habit we’ve kept in education for far too long, and it’s time for […]. The post Ditch That Homework is OUT! Make homework obsolete appeared first on Teacher Tech. Homework