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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.

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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.

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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?

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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).

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Reimagining Chickering & Gamson's Principles Post-Pandemic: Technology's Central Role in Modern Edu

This white paper examines and proposes revisions to the "Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education" introduced by Arthur Chickering and Zelda Gamson in 1987 for today's technology-driven world.

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Tech Ed Resources for your Class–K-8 Keyboard Curriculum

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, by tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do. All of them, I’ve found well-suited to the task of scaling and differentiating tech skills for age groups, scaffolding learning year-to-year, taking into account the perspectives and norms of

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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.

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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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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. But in our powered-by-technology world, we can harness technology to augment teacher capacity and ensure students acquire the skills needed for a productive and fulfilling

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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.

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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.

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Behind the Bell: The Underlying Impact of Tardiness in K-12 Schools

Managing a K-12 campus with constant pressure to meet performance metrics is challenging. And tardiness can significantly limit a school from reaching these goals. Learn more about why chronic lateness matters, and key strategies to address the following impacts: Data errors caused by manual processes Low attendance and graduation rates that affect a school’s reputation Classroom disruption, which leads to poor academic performance High staff attrition and “The Teacher Exodus” Unmet LCAP goals t

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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. 1. Catherine, please tell us about your education background.

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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.

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3 Ways Schools in Arizona Use Technology to Empower Future-Ready Students

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez A combination of innovative technology and powerful partnerships helps prepare K–12 students for what’s next.

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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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The Battle of the Authoring Tools: A 10-Point Comparison for Picking the Right One

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

There are plenty of great authoring tools for developing eLearning, but the one you select could directly impact your course's outcomes. Depending upon your learners’ needs and your organization’s performance goals, you could be overlooking considerations that impact the both effectiveness of your courses and how long it takes to finish them. From general capabilities to specific workflow structures, some aspects are critical when it comes to learning objectives and deadlines.

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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.

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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.

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University of Michigan Empowers Detroit Students via After-School Program

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez K–12 students get future career skills from engineering program.

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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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The Roses and Thorns of an LMS Strategy: How to Flourish with the Right LMS

Speaker: Amanda Davis, Chief Experience Officer and Liam O'Malley, VP of Association Solutions

The "new normal" is now a little less new, a little more normal. Does that mean your current LMS strategy is in need of a refresh? Is your organization or association leaning into the always-evolving eLearning environment to ensure you have the tools and content to remain relevant through all this change? There are many complex decision-making processes within your learning & development strategy and LMS lifecycle management, including: Selection.

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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.” that by 2019 half o

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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.

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HP Pledges to Invest in Tech to Enhance Education for 100 Million by 2025

EdTech Magazine

By Phil Goldstein Increasingly, tech companies, including Google and Microsoft, see improving internet access for the underserved as part of their corporate social responsibility.

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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.

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Enhancing HyFlex Education through the PowerTeaching Framework

This whitepaper explores integrating the PowerTeaching pedagogical approach within a HyFlex (Hybrid Flexible) educational model, focusing on employing cooperative learning strategies and efficient classroom management techniques.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What if MOOCs Revolutionize Education After All?

Edsurge

If you’ve ever zoned out during a lecture, or if your students are prone to distraction as you click through your PowerPoint deck, that’s partly because we’re hard-wired not to focus intently for longer than ten or fifteen minutes at a time. Our bodies, after all, were evolved to master survival in nature, rather than staring at glowing bullet points on a screen.

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Building the Foundation for a Modern K-12 Classroom

K-12 looks different these days. But one thing remains the same: you need a reliable learning platform that serves as the foundation for teaching and learning––for all students, in a variety of learning experiences. Discover how the Instructure Learning Platform supports today's K-12 classroom through: A central, consistent, connected hub of the digital learning environment.

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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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Transform Learning this School Year with Eric Sheninger

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 111 - The 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Eric Sheninger @ E_Sheninger motivates us to transform learning this school year. We’re starting Season 2 with a bang and a big book Giveaway, Learning Transformed by Eric Sheninger and Thomas C. Murray! Enjoy! Podcast Sponsor.

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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.

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Google and Digital Promise Reimagine Teacher Tech Training with New National Program

Edsurge

While the government might be pulling funding from teacher training programs, private organizations are stepping up to fill the gap. This week, Google, in concert with Digital Promise and EdTechTeam , announced the start of the Dynamic Learning Project (DLP), a national program to help educators in low-income communities build advanced classroom technology skills.

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LIVE DEMO: Using PowerPoint to Create Compelling Presentations for Virtual Training

Speaker: Richard Goring, Director at BrightCarbon

Have you ever caught an employee sleeping during training? Compelling content is paramount, but trying to do so with the same tools you've always used is complicated, right? Wrong! Powerpoint has excellent features that, with a bit of creativity, can help you improve your presentations and keep your people engaged without going over budget. By utilizing newer components that enable interactive sequences, navigable content to respond to your audience, and pop quizzes for informal knowledge checks