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Document Student Growth with Portfolios

Teacher Reboot Camp

“How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top.” – Yvon Chouinard. Digital portfolios are one of the most powerful ways my students take ownership of their learning and reflect on their learning journeys. Digital portfolios help students set, track, and achieve their academic learning goals. Check out several of my students’ reflective portfolios here.

Google Docs Scavenger Hunt

Catlin Tucker

With the new school year, comes new students and a steep technology learning curve. My goal is to make learning how to use technology fun and engaging. Given how many tools we use, that’s no small feat! Many of my incoming 9th-grade students have never used the Google Suite prior to my class. I could spend 10 minutes walking them through Google Docs and explaining the functionality, but I’d lose their interest immediately.

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10 Top Cooperative Learning Strategies (and some tech tools that could come in handy)

EdTech4Beginners

Dr Spencer Kagan is a renowned educator who changed the way the world viewed teaching. He is mainly known for his work on cooperative learning strategies (often referred to as Kagan learning structures). Instead of didactic teaching, in which a teacher stands at the front and tells information to whole class, Kagan thought that there were more effective methods.

This Is What It’s Like To Teach Online And Meet Your Students In-Person

EdNews Daily

This is our 10 th interview in our thought-leadership series with 51Talk. Our featured teacher today is Ian Reed. Ian is a passionate teacher who recently went to China and met a few of the students he works with online. In this interview, Ian shares his experience and describes what it was like to meet his students face to face. In our next article, Ian shares his tips for visiting China. Ian, please tell us about your education background.

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.

Wow Them with the Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21st!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Men should take their knowledge from the Sun, the Moon and the Stars.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. In my newest book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions in Your Classroom (out soon), I’ve dedicated one of the missions to citizen science projects. One of the most amazing citizen projects, the Eclipse Ballooning Project , will allow you and your students to watch the livestream of the historic total solar eclipse on Aug.

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Getting Rid of Cemetery Style Seating in the Classroom with Bill Selak

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 118 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Bill Selak @billselak talks about flexible seating and the research behind academic gains when using it. He also shares how flexible seating should go with more student voice and choice in their learning. Prepare to have your mind shift about how we sit in classrooms today! This episode is sponsored by Bloomz.com.

15 real classroom uses for Minecraft

eSchool News

These days, it seems like Minecraft is second-nature for many kids. The beauty of Minecraft lies in its sandbox structure–students can create anything, with limitless resources, and often their creations are astounding. Is it any wonder, then, that educators are incorporating the popular block-based game into their curriculum? With a little creativity, educators can use Minecraft with history, math, writing and language arts, foreign language, and more.

Teacher Zen! 10 #BacktoSchool Tips

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The best thing a human being can do is to help another human being know more.” ” – Charlie Munger. A new school year is here! You are about to meet many new faces. With so many minds to inspire you need to make sure you are prepared. Learning helps our students break generational cycles, lead better quality lives, and make a positive mark on the world. Below, find a slide presentation and 10 tips to equip you and your students for an amazing year!

Subscriber Special: August

Ask a Tech Teacher

Visit my store over at Teachers Pay Teachers and get huge savings on almost all of the Structured Learning education resources! Date: August 1st-2nd. Go on over quick–it isn’t a long sale! Business TPT

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).

Flip Grid: 6 Fun Ideas to Engage Learners in Conversation with Teryl Magee

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 117 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Teryl Magee @teryl_magee gives us five ways to use Flipgrid. She shares essential tips on how to use Flipgrid. This fun video tool is a great way to engage students at the beginning of school. She also uses this for professional development for teachers when she’s preparing to meet them on-site. This episode is sponsored by Bloomz.com.

How to navigate the new device-agnostic classroom

eSchool News

Technology in the classroom is nothing new; most of today’s educators have embraced the ability to draw upon an increasingly diverse array of digital tools and programs to enrich their lessons. With the advent of more device-agnostic digital classrooms, many tech-savvy teachers and schools are taking a step back and reevaluating how best to use technology to support their goals.

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Celebrating Youth-Produced 360° Films that Make an Impact

Digital Promise

This spring, students from 25 high schools across the country took on the challenge to use 360° video to make an impact. The 360 Filmmakers Challenge , a partnership between Oculus VR for Good and Digital Promise Global , invites students to share their communities, inspire action for change, or spur learning using immersive video and storytelling. Today, we are thrilled to recognize and share a few of the top films.

What You Might Have Missed in July

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of July: What is Microsoft Sway? 10 Great Posts on How to Involve Parents. 12 Projects for your STEAM program. Is Orton-Gillingham Right For Your Students? 13 Websites That Provide Lots of Digital Books for Summer Reading. Zap Zap Kindergarten Math–Clever, Engaging Early Math Lessons. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 20 years.

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.

Why Bloomz is the Best Parent-Teacher Communication System for Me (and Probably You)

The CoolCatTeacher

Build a better classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Bloomz is my parent-teacher communication system. Last year we implemented it school wide. It has been a great decision. We’ve gotten more compliments on Bloomz than any app we’ve ever used for parent-teacher communications. In this blog post, I’m going to share three things: Comparison with Other Apps – How does Bloomz compare to other tools?

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Guest post: The PYP Exhibition – A Narrative

EdTech4Beginners

​In PYP, just like in life, it’s the journey which counts much more than the destination. Reaching the destination is but a small event, amidst the ups and downs of the process of how it was attained. And of all the journeys of learning, the PYP Exhibition is, by far, the most important experience. At our school, year 5 is involved in the ‘PYPEx’ and starts the process at the end of Yr4, when they are taken through the six trans-disciplinary themes with their descriptors.

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P21 Exemplars go to Work Over Summer Vacation

Battelle for Kids

There is a pattern to life at P21. The work we do with the federal government is dictated by funding cycles and Congressional recesses. The work we do with business and non-profits is dictated by the beginning and end of fiscal years. And the work we do with our network of 79 Exemplar schools, districts and early learning centers is dictated by the school calendar. But not this year. Our Exemplars had quite the summer. P21 Blog

Tech Ed Resources for your Homeschool Class

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 taking 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.

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.

What Actually Works in EdTech? with Tom Murray

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 119 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Thomas C. Murray @thomascmurray is the 2017 US “Thought Leader of the Year” and shares what actually works in edtech. In this podcast, Tom shares the research and highlights, some of which are included in the book Learning Transformed that he co-authored with Eric Sheninger. Enter the book giveaway contest.). This episode is sponsored by Bloomz.com.

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Beyond Perception

A Principal's Reflections

"People only see what they are prepared to see." - Ralph Waldo Emerson Life is full of twists and turns as well as ups and downs. In my opinion, it is a never-ending test that determines the trajectory of our career paths. It is not about passing or failing, but rather taking what we have learned to improve our position in life, whether that be professional or personal. Never did I once think that my professional life would have evolved as it has.

Ethics in the Classroom

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. Ethical dilemmas abound in education. Should middle school teachers let a failing eighth-grade student graduate, knowing that if she’s held back, she’ll likely drop out? Should a private school principal condone inflated grades?

A further 4 ways to stimulate online learner engagement

Neo LMS

Online learning is a terrific way to create stimulating learning environments for students. The variety of resources that can be included and the self-directed mode of learning encourages curiosity and affords a sense of educational freedom that turns one-directional F2F learning into a multi-directional dialogue that enables more ambitious learning goals. However, for a number of reasons some students do not adapt easily to learning online.

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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!

5 Ways to Hack Homework and Get Better Results with Connie Hamilton

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 120 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Connie Hamilton @conniehamilton challenges us to re-think homework so we can get better results. After you listen to these five steps, you’ll have a process to determine what homework should be assigned, what shouldn’t, and how to better support parents at home. You can make homework work for learning and not just be busy work. Let’s hack homework!

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 30 Edition)

Doug Levin

I’m looking forward to stepping away from the office and spending time with family and friends one last time before the 2017-18 school year gets underway in earnest. As such, expect an abbreviated (TBD) publishing schedule for ‘A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News’ in August. Here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why.

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K-12 tech integration versus higher ed: Flipped?

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.]. Just a quick thought… In K-12, we struggle with access. Most schools are trying to get more technology into their classrooms. It’s not a given yet that students will have regular access to digital tools and adequate bandwidth in their learning spaces.

The key elements of project-based learning

Neo LMS

Most people today live in a world of projects. No matter what we do for a living, work projects are everywhere. We need to do research and planning, work in teams, constantly adapt to feedback, all while trying to find the best solutions and keep within budgets. And even life outside of work is full of projects.

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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.

To Reach the Unreachable Star #MondayMotivation with Kim Clayton

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 116 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Kim Clayton @ kaclayton tells her story of reaching students who have been “given up on” by many. You’ll be encouraged not only to reach the unreachable star but to teach them! Remember why you’re in the teaching profession and be the teacher and reacher! This episode is sponsored by Bloomz.com.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 30 Edition)

Doug Levin

Would you allow your employer to implant an RFID microchip the size of a grain of rice in your hand? One Wisconsin company is offering to do just that. Read about that story and others in the latest edition of 'A Thinking Person's Guide to EdTech News.'. EdTech News News news

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An article for TES: 3 exciting ways to use scannable technology in your school

EdTech4Beginners

I recently wrote for the Times Educational Supplement (TES). The article was about integrating scannable technology in schools. It is surprisingly easy to use and an excellent resource for a number of purposes. Click here for the full article Tagged: classroom technology , edtech , education , scannable technology , teaching ideas , teaching tools. education classroom technology edtech scannable technology teaching ideas teaching tools