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How to Teach With Videos

Ask a Tech Teacher

A topic I get a lot of questions on lately is videos. I reviewed mysimpleshow , a new tool that is getting a lot of buzz, and then asked them to share how their digital tool addresses this burgeoning interest in video. Here are some ideas: Educators – as you know, we’re in a digital world, and using technology in the classroom such as video as a means of communicating messages is taking over.

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SABIER Makes OER Work in K–12 Classrooms: A Conversation with Dan McGuire

The Journal

In this week’s blogpost we explore the Minnesota Partnership for Collaborative Curriculum, a group of Minnesota educators dedicated to creating and disseminating quality, OER-based curriculum. And we have a Q&A with the founder of SABIER, a nonprofit that provides support services to schools who are adopting OER-based courseware, like that produced by the MPCC

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Write Shorter, Simpler Standards

The CoolCatTeacher

How Words often Kill the Best Intentions From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We have too many standards. Many of you will agree, they are too long. In fact, some teachers I know spend more time aligning standards than creating lesson plans. With this in mind, we must ask, are these well-intentioned standards keeping us from focusing on the main thing? Along these lines, a recent conversation on my podcast with Dr. Douglas Reeves has me thinking.

Cultivating Informed Citizens with Listenwise

Catlin Tucker

As concerns about fake news mount, it’s increasingly important that we expose students to high-quality news stories about current events and encourage them to think critically about those stories. The more informed our students are about the world around them, the less likely they’ll be duped by fake news stories. So, I was excited to stumble on Listenwise , which is bringing public radio into the classroom.

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.

End-of-Year Tips: 22 Steps To A Speedier Computer

Ask a Tech Teacher

This week, I’ll share three holiday activities that will get your computers, technology, and social media ready for the new year. Here’s what you’ll get: Update Your Online Presence. Backup and Image your computer. 22 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer. A note: The links won’t work until the articles publish! Today: 22 Steps to a Speedier Computer. There are two ‘speed’ problems that arise when using computers: the computer itself is slow, for lots of reasons.

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4 Ways to Cultivate Motivation in Your Students

The CoolCatTeacher

How to Become a Master at Student Motivation From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Student self-motivation is, perhaps, the Holy Grail of teaching. In fact, the hardest days of teaching are when your students don’t care. In those circumstances, we start to wonder if we should care either. For example, have you heard some teachers complaining when student motivation is missing: “My students never study.”

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6 Awesome AR apps for the classroom


Augmented Reality is awesome. Even though AR technology is not new, it seems it really started to spread lately. Its uses are as varied as the leaves in the Amazonian forest, and more and more people all over the world agree upon its huge potential to any field of activity. The limits to AR exploration are pushed farther every day. And the best of it? People don’t need extraordinary tech devices to access AR. Almost any smartphone or tablet can do the trick.

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End of Year Tips: Update Your Online Presence

Ask a Tech Teacher

This week, I’ll share three holiday activities that will get your computers, technology, and social media ready for the new year. Here’s what you’ll get: Update Your Online Presence. Backup and Image your computer. 22 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer. A note: The links won’t work until the articles publish! Today: Update Your Online Presence.

When It’s Time to Change It’s Time to Rearrange: A Principal’s Story with the Help of a Co-op

Digital Promise

We moved our entire school two years in a row. Relocating the staff, students, materials, furniture, and technology twice in two years forces some good conversations. Do we really need filing cabinets? Should I continue to store my curriculum from 1991? How much of what I use to decorate my room really facilitates learning? Should any person (including the teacher) “own” space in the classroom?

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).

What are hyperdocs and how can they be used in the classroom?


HyperDocs are the creation of Sarah Landis and Lisa Highfill – expert educators. Hyperdocs sound complicated but they really aren’t. HyperDocs are basically online documents but rich in hyperlinks to other documents, images, websites, text and video. They have been described as interactive worksheets. How are they different to document with hyperlinks? Look at this useful graphic: Image courtesy of Karla Moura. How can I use HyperDocs in the classroom?

Sneak peek: 9 ideas from the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit

Ditch That Textbook

As I’m writing this, it’s Monday, and the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit kicks off on Friday. I couldn’t be more excited. Wait, that’s probably not true. I’ll probably be even more excited on Thursday.) So … what is the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit? It’s a free online conference from Dec. 16-31, 2016. Did [.].

End-of-year Tips: Image and Back-up Digital Devices

Ask a Tech Teacher

This week, I’ll share three holiday activities that will get your computers, technology, and social media ready for the new year. Here’s what you’ll get: Update Your Online Presence. Backup and Image your computer. 22 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer. A note: The links won’t work until the articles publish! Today: Image and Backup Your Digital Devices. Two critical maintenance tasks that lots of people skip are: image your computer. back up your documents.

Celebrating ConnectED’s Achievements Toward Transforming Education

Digital Promise

Since President Obama’s ConnectED announcement in 2013 in Mooresville, NC , there has been more than $10 billion committed as part of the five-year program to transform American education. This includes more than $2 billion in private-sector commitments. These commitments are connecting 20 million more students to next-generation broadband and wireless.

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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.

3 Tech Tools To Create A Classroom ‘Cloud’.


The ‘cloud’ is the term meaning a collection of online data which is stored online. Creating a classroom cloud is extremely useful because it allows for all the children’s work to be stored in one place and shared easily. Here are 3 tech tools which make creating a cloud nice and straightforward: Google Drive. This is the tool I use in my class to create a cloud. I set up folders for each piece of work and ensure the pupils know where to save them.

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The importance of watching and naming

Dangerously Irrelevant

This past weekend our minister asked us to consider what it meant to be ‘present’ within a community. Among other actions, she articulated two concepts – watching and naming – that she thought were particularly important for members of a community who wish to be deeply involved and fully present. Watching includes the acts of staying informed and of being a participant observer. Naming includes the willingness to label things as they really are.

Happy Holiday!

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’ll be taking a week (or so) off–until after the New Year–to edit/format my website, work on writing projects with a deadline, prioritize life, and wish my two adult military children could come home to visit. I may drop in on you-all as you enjoy your holidays, but mostly I’ll be regenerating. I wish you a wonderful season, safe and filled with family. See you shortly! More Holiday Websites: 19 Holiday Websites For Your Students. Holidays. 16 Holiday Projects.

The Potential of Virtual Reality

A Principal's Reflections

Many educators, including myself, routinely talk about the need for innovation in education. If we continue to employ the same type of thinking then we will get the same or results. We also run the risk of taking a step backwards and experiencing worse results than anticipated. Change isn’t coming; it is already on our doorstep! Thus we must begin to embrace new ideas and methodologies.

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.

Christmas Video FX – A Great Activity For The Last Day Of Term!


This week is my school’s last before the Christmas holidays. Luckily, I stumbled upon a fantastic app which adds amazing special effects to videos you shoot. The app is called FX Guru and is very easy to use: 1) Download the app. 2) Choose an effect (there are plenty of free ones). 3) Position the effect. Start filming! Here’s a few my class created: Merry Christmas everyone. Tagged: Christmas , edtech , education , FX , FX GURU , learning , special effects , teaching , tech , video.

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It's Not About the Tech: PL and CRE

Education Elements

The Syracuse City School District is in the second year of our Personalized Learning (PL) initiative. Schools are at different points of learning about, designing, and implementing school-based models to tailor student experiences to their unique strengths, needs, and interests. The PL work in SCSD is anchored in Education Elements’ Core 4: Integrated Digital Content, Data-Driven Decisions, Targeted Instruction, and Student Ownership & Reflection.

Advocating for CC BY

Iterating Toward Openness

There is a growing consensus among those who work in open education – including organizations like BC Campus , Creative Commons , the Hewlett Foundation , Lumen Learning , OpenStax , the Open Textbook Network , Rebus , and others – that the Creative Commons Attribution (BY) License is our preferred license. We each use this license with the OER that we create and advocate for others to do the same.

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Keeping Actively Bilingual Makes Our Brains More Efficient at Relaying Information

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. There is increasing evidence that bilingualism can affect how the brain works. Older, lifelong bilinguals have demonstrated better cognitive skills in tasks that require increased cognitive control. These cognitive effects are most pronounced in bilingual people who speak two languages in their everyday life for many years, compared to those who speak a second language but don’t use it often.

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!

Guest Blog Post: A great app to teach early reading.


Based on our experiences as reading teachers and researchers, we designed Rhyme to Read as a program that would allow all students to be successful as beginning readers. Our experience taught us the importance of confidence to reading achievement. Students who are initially frustrated by or anxious about reading tasks lose their ability to focus on, to persevere with, and to draw generalizations about the complex task of reading.

Knowledge-Centered Service

Education Elements

How do teams capture knowledge about ideas and solutions in a way that is readily available throughout your organization? This is a question that challenges leaders everywhere, whether you direct a tech startup or a high school's English department. It is perhaps even more important when you are embarking on something new: rolling out a new initiative, starting to integrate new software and technology, trying out new devices. The last thing you want is for your lessons learned to get lost.

10 ideas from Google’s 2016 Education on Air Conference

Ditch That Textbook

Students and teachers are doing amazing things with Google tools in the classroom. They’re collaborating. They’re creating. They’re sharing. They’re doing things that would be pretty tough — or impossible — without those tools. Some people look at all that innovation and think, “That’s all well and good … but I can’t dream up all [.]. Uncategorized edtech education on air educational technology g suite gafe google apps for education

Schools ride the next edtech wave

District Administration

K12 sees effectiveness and efficiency increase with automatic grading, automated buildings Brian Nadel As in years past, this new year will bring all sorts of new technology to schools. The question for educators is: To what degree do these technologies enhance education

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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.

Education Startups Can Get a Boost on the Fringes of Big Conferences

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

While a startup can't compete with the showy conference displays created by large education companies, there's value to be had through a smaller presence too. The post Education Startups Can Get a Boost on the Fringes of Big Conferences appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog bootstrap conference edtech Educational Technology/Ed-Tech Lean Startups Listenwise startup

Are librarians the key to a Future Ready school?

eSchool News

According to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Education Technology, librarians are at the forefront of helping schools become future ready. However, too often librarians are left out of the planning process for infrastructure and devices, professional learning for teachers, and digital content strategies—areas where they often have expertise.

Microsoft ‘Hacks’ the Classroom to Help Teachers Innovate

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez With the help of some new programs, the tech leader is assisting educators with STEM. Classroom Management Professional Development STEM Training