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Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners

User Generated Education

Design thinking is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, conceiving original ideas, lots of experimentation, and sometimes building things by hand. The projects teach students how to make a stable product, use tools, think about the needs of another, solve challenges, overcome setbacks and stay motivated on a long-term problem.

New from Turnitin: iPad app for Feedback Studio

Ask a Tech Teacher

With all the time students and teachers are spending with iPads, Turnitin Feedback Studio ‘s new iPad app is a welcome addition to their toolkits. Students can submit papers, analyze similarity reports (to check for originality), and review instructor feedback on the go.

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A creative art lesson: Enter The Doodle 4 Google Contest!


Doodle 4 Google is a great idea. It is a contest where your pupils must come up with an inspirational idea or vision and turn it into a ‘Google Doodle’ The theme for this year is the future. Here are some examples Google have provided: I set my students the challenge in an art lesson. They had to come up with an idea, plan it, and then create the doodle. The class enjoyed the lesson and created some great pieces: The task certainly made the pupils think creatively and with purpose.

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One Nice Thing.

Tom Murray

I’m amazingly blessed. My daughter attends an incredible public school district with dynamic leaders, and is in a first grade classroom with an amazingly talented teacher who truly loves and cares about the kids she serves. As two educators, my wife and I couldn’t ask for more for our own child. Unlike so many underserved children in our nation, our daughter has access and opportunity to whatever she needs. But, with great privilege comes great responsibility.

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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.

Using WSQ forms to improve impact of Flipped Classroom tasks


Ian Simpson is Head of Computer Science and ICT at St Louis School of Milan, Italy. He is passionate about using educational technology to improve outcomes for both students and teachers in all subject areas and in collaborating with other international educators through social media. He blogs on a fairly regular basis about Computer Science and his creation of the Hackable Classroom at [link].

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Try Out Google Expeditions… WOW!


“Wow! Amazing! Ohhhhhh! Wooaahhh!” ” These were the sounds that could be heard in my classroom when we tried Google Expeditions this week! What is it? Google Expeditions is a virtual reality tech tool that lets you and your class go on excursions around the world from the comfort of your classroom… and it’s all because of virtual reality (VR). The teacher takes the role of the tour guide and the students are the followers.

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Peak Me!

Education Elements

How do I stay ahead of the game consistently and constantly? This question is probably the most frequently asked question by those that are operating at their peak in any profession. Though there are many books, a lot of advice and much research conducted about human development and personal growth, very little has been published or discussed on how or what we need to do to sustain peak performance levels. Leaders Inspiration

Top Tips, Tools and Techniques for Easy Formative Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

a Talk with Tony Vincent From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. A secret to great teaching is to understand what students know. I’ve had times when one or two students begged me to move on because what I was teaching was “so easy” or they were “bored. When I did, I would discover that the rest of the class did not master the material and I had moved on too quickly!

14 Websites That Will Excite Students About Tech

Ask a Tech Teacher

Most teachers I know accept that their classes must be technology-infused. Many think that means replacing traditional tools with the tech version (for example, instead of creating a big bulky poster, use a virtual poster like Glogster). Others think using iPads to read the book is homage enough to the 21st Century teaching police. A surprising number of students — and teachers — still consider technology to be the realm of a chosen few endowed with brilliance and math/science skills.

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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).

Student Data Privacy: What’s Your Obligation?

Tom Murray

This post is sponsored by Samsung. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. For over two centuries, student information and data was kept in paper form, often in filing cabinets in a school or district office. During this time, there was little concern over security breaches, improper data sharing, or student privacy issues. Similar to other industries (healthcare, financial, etc.),

How to Really Use Data With Students

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. Several years ago I co-taught a reading class for students, who were three or more grade levels below their peers, based on some data. Within the class, reading abilities ranged significantly. Our “lowest” students were not progressing at an acceptable rate. Reflecting on several years of co-teaching, we were satisfied with our planning and daily […]. The post How to Really Use Data With Students appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Assessment Featured TTOG

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If Some High-Poverty Schools Do Well, Can All?

The CoolCatTeacher

Anael Alston talks about what really turns schools around From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today we’re talking to Dr. Anael Alston about specific issues with high-poverty schools. In a refreshing take on dramatic school change, Anael does not recommend that we assign blame. Instead, he recommends an approach that focuses on teacher expectations and several other things.

Deep learning with Google tools: 20 ideas

Ditch That Textbook

It’s so easy (maybe too easy) to do shallow, superficial work with Google tools. One one day, we’ll do this activity. The next day, we’ll use a different tool to do a different one. What if we want to investigate a topic thoroughly instead of going “a mile wide and an inch deep”? Google’s got [.]. Ed Tech creative teaching edtech educational technology gafe Google Apps google classroom google docs google slides

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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 Technology Benefits for Homeschoolers

Ask a Tech Teacher

One of the wonderful Ask a Tech Teacher contributers, Jenny Wise, is a busy homeschooler who suggested I publish an article about the benefits of technology for the homeschooler. I asked Jenny if she would share how she came to homeschool her children, how technology contributes to her success, and then share resources.

Ten Tips: How to Write Your Common App Activities List, Meet Ethan Sawyer, College Essay Guy

EdNews Daily

We are so excited to introduce Ethan Sawyer, the College Essay Guy. On the College Essay Guy’s site, you will find all things related to college essay writing, (personal statement), tips, common app, free resources, classes and more. Stop by his site to see why you will love his site as much as I do (he’s personal, warm, empathetic and his classes are unparalleled. Also, he has a ton of FREE resources). Here is a great starting article about the common app activities list.

There’s No Comprehension without Picturing: Visual and Digital Comprehension Strategies for Adult Learners

Digital Promise

“Don’t just give them the tool and walk away,” says Shannon Sims, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Mockingbird Education. Teaching strategies that incorporate modeling and guided practice are particularly effective for helping adult learners master the visualizing skills critical for effective reading. To learn more about active strategies for teaching adult literacy skills, watch our recorded webinar with experts from Mockingbird Education.

Goal: Introduce Us to Your School

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! “Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.” ” – Scott Hayden. Goal: Create a video, digital flyer, or digital poster showcasing your school. Hayfa Majdoub, a teacher in Tunisia, suggested this goal. Check out the blog Hayfa Majdoub created for her school !

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 Does Learning Really Look Like?

Catlin Tucker

I’ve faced myriad challenges in the last 8 months getting a new program at my school off of the ground. I’ve stood in front of a school board that accused me of designing a program aimed at skimming the best and brightest students off of the top, despite the diversity of the students enrolled. I’ve heard the rumblings and rumors by those on my campus who are not thrilled by my desire to try something new.

The Debate is On: PBS Launches You Choose 2016 for Kids

EdNews Daily

PBS KIDS recently launched You Choose 2016 , a kid-friendly website for ages 6-8 providing kids with relevant, non-partisan democracy-related information through interactive exploration and video. This site aims to teach kids about the Presidential election process in an entertaining and fun way, reminding them that even though they are unable to vote, their voice still matters. . You Choose 2016 allows kids to: 1. Meet the candidates” and learn fun & important facts about them.

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Ed-Tech Product Implementation in Schools Critical to Success

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

One of the most important things I’ve learned after two years in the K-12 product space (and trust me, there have been many lessons): Implementation of an ed-tech tool is key. If you want schools to successfully adopt your product, you must have a well-crafted, thoughtful implementation strategy. The discussion at a recent EdSurge summit in Oakland, Calif., really drove this point home. I was attending the summit with other ed-tech startups and school district leaders.

Getting Ready to Tell the Story

Digital Promise

El Paso Independent School District is getting ready to share its story. Five middle schools in the district are part of the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools’ (VILS) third cohort. This year, these schools are embarking on an exciting and challenging journey. Educators from across the district have been planning and preparing for months. They’re not only focused on leveraging new technology to enhance learning in the classroom and at home, but also the storytelling process.

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!

Cognitive Science and a Personalized Learning Schema

Education Elements

It must be hard to be a cognitive scientist. You spend considerable time meticulously conducting research, designing experiments, summarizing findings, and publishing your work, all in the noble pursuit of furthering human understanding of how the mind works. But that's not enough. In fact, that’s the easy part. The hard part: getting millions of teachers (there are 3.4 million in the U.S. alone) to. Personalized Learning Cognition

An exciting lesson exploring GPS and geo-tagging.


As part of our ICT curriculum, we cover the global positioning system (GPS) and geo-tagging. In simple terms, these are markers of the coordinates (latitude and longitude) of where you are in the world. Image courtesy of How do you find out your current GPS coordinates? You can either download a specialized app e.g. Free GPS , GPS Status and Toolbox. Or take a photo on a mobile device and then go to view the picture’s details. The coordinates will be saved automatically.

AFT Announces with IBM Foundation New Tool for Teachers Using Watson

EdNews Daily

Teacher Advisor with Watson Is Starting with Third-Grade Math. Teachers will have access to Teacher Advisor with Watson , a first-of-its-kind, innovative professional development tool using IBM’s Watson cognitive technology to help strengthen instructional skills and customize lessons, the American Federation of Teachers announced today.

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Why Can’t We Be Friends? A Superintendent and a Vendor Talk It Out

Digital Promise

Educators and vendors often report friction in their interactions. We hope to dig deeper into those feelings, facilitating discussion and generating ideas for innovation. This piece kicks off a series of conversations among key players in K-12 purchasing. The moderator is Nicole Neal, CEO of Noodle Markets, the nation’s only national marketplace and purchasing platform exclusively focused on K-12 education.

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.

Headwinds or tailwinds?

Dangerously Irrelevant

David Brooks said over at the New York Times : The crucial social divide today is between those who feel the core trends of the global, information-age economy as tailwinds at their backs and those who feel them as headwinds in their face. And that’s really it, isn’t it? We have a majority of schools and leaders and educators and policymakers for whom the rapid changes around us feel like strong headwinds, negative forces that continually buffet them in the face.

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CommonLit-Free Informational And Literary Texts For Any Classroom

The Web20Classroom

Recently, I was talking with my friend and literacy expert Shaelynn Farnsworth about the shifting definition of literacy and how we are all teachers of literacy. We had a great discussion on how today literacy is more than just reading, that it’s this complex set of skills that all of us need to find the best information, decode it, determine its validity and usefulness along with understanding where that information comes from and how to apply that information to a new task or skill.

Popular vs Effective

A Principal's Reflections

“Effective leadership is not about speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.” – Peter Drucker There is always an innate desire to be popular. Chalk this up to human nature, right or wrong. Our culture idolizes movie stars, musicians, and professional athletes. We also gravitate to those who are the most popular in their respective profession, sometimes for reasons that I will never understand.