Sat.Sep 19, 2015 - Fri.Sep 25, 2015

Why Technology in Classrooms Doesn’t Always Boost Education Results

The CoolCatTeacher

Technology Research and News A recent Wall Street Journal Article is attracting attention. It found (gasp) using computers doesn’t give you better test scores. Technology in classrooms means little.

Creating the Classroom Conditions for the Best Day Ever

User Generated Education

Lately, I have become a little obsessed with idea of the best day ever.

New OECD Report Slams Computers — and Actually Says Why They Can Hurt Learning

The Journal

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development just released a detailed study of the use of computers in the classrooms in 70 countries. It was no surprise that he study did not find improvement in student achievement due to computer use.

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33 Websites to Support Math Automaticity in K-5

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s along list of websites that focus on math automaticity for the K-5 classroom. I’ve broken it down by grade level, but you can decide if your second graders are precocious enough to try the websites for grades 3-5: K. K Math Skills. Math Videos (not practice, but fun to watch).

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.

Celebrate Awesome Girls with Kid President! #kpawesomegirls

The CoolCatTeacher

Trends to Help You Teach Kid President is cool. He is now looking for awesome girls to celebrate. His video is endearing (and funny) but rings true. Girls often don’t think they’re awesome.

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September Wrap-Up

iTeach with iPads

We must be deliberate in September-Debbie Miller. We are halfway through our first quarter of school, and at times, it feels like we haven’t accomplished much. But then I am reminded of the wise words of Debbie Miller about being deliberate in September.

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5 After School Tech Club Activities

Ask a Tech Teacher

With the growing interest in coding comes a call for after school tech camps that supersize student enthusiasm for learning technology. If you’ve been tasked (or volunteered) to run this activity, here are five activities that will tech-infuse participants: Write an Ebook.

If You Don’t Know these 22 Things About Computer Security, You’re Headed for Trouble

The CoolCatTeacher

Friendly Technology for Beginners We bank online. We buy things on our computers. But what do we know about computer security? Everything from our wills to our accounting software is on our home computers.

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Appreciating Terrific Teachers: 10 Things Parents Can Do to Show Their Support

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. October typically marks the end of the back-to-school honeymoon in our home, and this year, the transition has been easier than ever. My daughter Laura is a freshman in college this year, and my daughter Nina is a high school sophomore.

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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.

Google Drawings interactive posters (no glue sticks necessary!)

Ditch That Textbook

Students have created posters in so many classes for so many years. They’re visual, eye-catching and chock full of information. They can be a hassle, though.

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How TV Can Help In The Classroom And On The Field

Ask a Tech Teacher

Well-used, television has traditionally been important in the classroom. It informs students in emergencies, updates them on historic events, and now–with extensions like Apple TV–connects them on a granular level to what they learn in their textbooks.

OER: How to Find, Use and Share Free Teaching Tools and Resources

The CoolCatTeacher

An Every Classroom Matters Episode. Want to save time? Want free resources? Open education resources (OERs) can help busy teachers everywhere! Do you know how to find them? Use them? License them? Make your own?

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How to Cope With 11 Types of Students Who Sometimes Drive You Crazy

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. How to Cope With 11 Types of Students Who Sometimes Drive You Crazy By Lynn Usrey The fact that students in your class are all very different is splendid. But it can also be overwhelming learning how to cope with all these complicated kids.

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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.

Opening New Doors for New Futures: Part 2

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 10, Number 11. Driving Question: What if assessment showed the possibilities for change in students rather than measured their current level of functioning? Read Part 1. An Alternative Assessment for the 21st Century Developmental and clinical psychologist Reuven Feuerstein came to the conclusion that IQ tests are resulting in many children being improperly labeled as intellectually inferior and locked into special education.

Ahoy Matey! 10+ Pirate Resources for Learning

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.”- ”- Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean. September 19th is International Pirate Day, but you can engage your learners all year long with pirate activities. Students can learn science, math, geography, history, culture, citizenship, and more by studying famous pirates. Below is a slide presentation ( download the pdf ) and a list of resources to get you started. Enjoyed these resources?

Stop Struggling! Teach English Language Learners with Karaoke!

The CoolCatTeacher

An Every Classroom Matters Episode. Jon Schwartz is the California teacher who created Rockademix. He found that Karaoke is an incredible way to teach reading and English as a Second Language (ESL) students. You’ll find so many ideas that you can use to teach reading (and any subject).

Teen’s Silk-Powered Ebola Test Wins Google Science Fair

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith The global winner of this year's contest found a revolutionary new way to test for Ebola. Classroom Curriculum STEM

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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.

A Question Research Answers

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 10, Number 12. Driving Question: What Do Students with Special Needs Say They Want To Learn in Today's 21st Century Classrooms? Nearly 25 years ago, the U.S. Department of Labor (1991) generated the report, What Work Requires of Schools, which was revised and updated to create the framework we currently reference as the Partnership for 21st Century Skills' (P21) Framework for 21st Century Learning (n.d.).

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20+ Incredible Digital Research Apps

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Technology is enabling our need to be mobile. We want to ensure that learning matches our lifestyle.”- ”- Tony Bingham. Our learners live in a connected world and daily use their devices to learn about the world around them. Unfortunately, much of the news, data, and resources our students consume online is flawed or biased. We need our students to begin to use their devices for more than consuming information.

MATH FREEBIE ALERT: Awesome Foldables and Downloads from Sarah Hagan [Link]

The CoolCatTeacher

MATH FREEBIE ALERT: Awesome Foldables and Downloads from Sarah Hagan. Math = Love Blog. Sarah Hagan is one busy math teacher from Oklahoma. Her site has: Foldables. Templates. Bulletin Boards. Graphic Organizers. If you know any math teachers, this is one of those sites that is a MUST SHARE! Just scanning her site, I see Frayer models, integer operations work mat, downloadable mathematical research projects, college algebra real number line project, order of operations graphic organizer.

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The ‘Grand Experiment’ Behind NYC Schools’ New Computer Science Program

EdTech Magazine

Frank Smith New York City schools are embarking on a bold new computer science program, set to reach all of its public schools by 2025. Classroom Curriculum Digital Content STEM

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EdTech at School

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

The Porridge Problem: Getting to the Need in Special

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 10, Number 9. Driving Question: How do I improve learning experiences with children of special needs? "I I often ponder how to teach you, where and when and how does your learning start? " The answer to my "I wonder" came from the mind of an international giant in the field of special needs. According to Reuven Feuerstein, with all of us, learning starts with a known need.

LOL! Laugh Out Loud Learning! 10+ Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Enjoyed these resources? Get a copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or Learning to Go. The kind of humor I like is the thing that makes me laugh for five seconds and think for ten minutes.” – William Davis. Getting our students to laugh in our classes engages them. Humor is a powerful instructional tool that helps ease the classroom atmosphere and supports relationship building.

The liberal arts have a bright future in competency-based learning

The Christensen Institute

Although competency-based learning in higher education is arising based on the need for more affordable programs that prepare students for the workforce, by no means is competency-based learning inherently synonymous with the demise of the liberal arts. First, today’s emerging vocational programs are not like the career-focused programs of yesteryear.

Samsung's $2M STEM Contest is Underway

EdTech Magazine

By EdTech Staff Students are embarking on a STEM journey to create solutions to their communities problems. Classroom STEM

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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.