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In-Class Flip: The Flipped Classroom Meets the Station Rotation Model

Catlin Tucker

When I work with school districts shifting to blended learning, I often train teachers on the station rotation model and the flipped classroom. Both of these strategies for blending face-to-face and online learning work well for teachers in a traditional school setting. The station rotation model does exactly what its name suggests. Students rotate around the classroom to different learning stations.

8 interactive Google Slides activities for classroom excitement

Ditch That Textbook

So often, people think of presentation slides as just that: a visual aid for delivering a presentation in front of an audience. But these slide apps (like Google Slides and PowerPoint in Office 365) really are powerful tools for delivering interactive user experiences. They can also create visually stimulating products to deliver a message and valuable [.]. Ed Tech creative teaching edtech educational technology gafe google apps for education google slides

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What Makes a Great Education Tweet?

Tom Murray

Since getting its start less than a decade ago, more than a billion users have signed up for Twitter, with an estimated 320 million of them currently active. While Katy Perry ( @katyperry ) may top the charts with the most followers (80 million and counting), the average number of Twitter followers for those of us who aren’t pop sensations is a more modest 208. Regardless of who the user may be or the number of followers one may have, each tweet is restricted to a simple 140 characters.

20 Posts To Help You Integrate Technology the Right Way!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” ~ Bill Gates. In my book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers , I describe the many ways in which technology has impacted our traditions, rituals, communication, language, relationships, values, and learning.

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.

6 Pillars to Successfully Integrate Technology In Your 1:1 Classroom


Inspired By Gary Spracklen of Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (IPACA), United Kingdom. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) conducted a study on the correlation between test performance and technology usage in the classroom. In the last quarter of 2015, they released their findings in “ Students Computers and Learning: Making the Connection”.

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An Educator’s Gift to Their Learners: Seeing Each One of Them

User Generated Education

One of the greatest gifts an educator can give to their learners is to see each one; really seeing each and every one of them. seeing each student’s uniqueness and interacting with each one based on that uniqueness. Some strategies to do this include: Listen More Than Talk. If educators talk to their learners more than listen to them, then this is a problem. Traditional education models have focused on the teacher being the content area expert – disseminator of information.

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Groovy Grammar! Tools, Apps, & Ideas for Learning Grammar

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Who climbs the Grammar-Tree; distinctly knows Where Noun, and Verb, and Participle grows… “- Decimus Junius Juvenalis, Satire VI. With digital devices, learners are writing and speaking everyday. Often, our learners communicate with an international audience. The activities below get students to use their devices to learn grammar in engaging ways. One idea is to get our students to correct the grammar in celebrity tweets , online reviews, and their own status updates.

How Teacher Talk Affects Student Vocabulary Growth

Voyager Sopris Learning

Rather than focusing on text reading this month, let’s turn our attention to one of the critical components of language necessary for comprehension: vocabulary. Educators often point to the importance of expanding students’ vocabularies, but how is verbal learning acquired? A new line of research has confirmed, not surprisingly, that the way the teacher talks and how the teacher uses language directly affect student vocabulary growth.

10 Most Popular Tech Tips and Click-throughs in 2015

Ask a Tech Teacher

Because AATT is a resource blog, we share lots of tips our group comes across in their daily teaching as well as materials shared by others we think you’d like. Some you agree with; others, not so much. Here’s a run-down on what you thought were the most valuable in 2015: Top 10 Tech Tips. As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each week in 2015, I shared one of those with you.

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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).

Blended Learning: What’s In A Name?

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 1, Number 1. Driving Question: Blended Learning- A Name Is Not Always the Same. I have asked a very purposeful question this month. After spending a month researching the topic and talking with school leaders and teachers who have adopted the "blended" label, I came to the conclusion that blended "learning" means many different things.

Goal: Visualize Your 2016 Goals

Teacher Reboot Camp

Flickr photo by Luigi Mengato p/hgwjYu. Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! Goal: Visualize your goals. Accomplish this goal: Don’t just list the goals you want to achieve this year. Instead, create a visual of your goals that inspires you to achieve them. Try sketchnoting your goals or creating a vision board of your goals.

6 Easy ways to make e-learning fun


E-learning, for some, can be boring if they just stick to the “rules”. You know like, not expanding the already-existing e-learning concepts and techniques instructors and educators already know. It can be boring if educators just, for example, don't maximize the features of the LMS they’re using such as integration to cloud storage services, or use collaboration tools to increase engagement from students.

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Learn to Blend Tech into Your Class; Get College Credit

Ask a Tech Teacher

Starting January 18th, I’ll be teaching a class on blending technology into your classroom: the Tech-Infused Teacher — January 18th-February 21st. Click the link and scroll down to MTI 562 to sign up. Here are the basics: Course Description. The 21 st Century lesson blends technology with teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment.

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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.

Safe Image Search Resources for Students


The rise of edtech and 1:1 devices affords teachers to encourage online research. Recent Pew Research Center data suggests that the very nature of research has drastically changed: students quickly find just enough information to satisfy research assignments via big name search engines and stop there. Transfer a few sentences and an image onto a Prezi slide and voila!

Digital Magic in My Blended Learning Classroom

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 1, Number 1. Driving Question: How Do My Students Discover Digital Magic? I view technology as a means to achieve a larger, academic end. That said, my 5th grade students and I blend different digital tools on a daily basis into our PBL units of study. Depending on what we're studying, what they need to do, their interests, or where we are in a project based learning unit's cycle, I make our technology choices.

Are MOOCs really dead?


MOOCs have been considered for a very long time a great way of learning, because they are useful, diverse, surrounded by communities and mostly free. However, lately MOOCs have faced several challenges and criticisms such as its heavy reliance on user-generated content which creates a rather chaotic learning environment, and the mere fact that digital literacy is almost always a prerequisite if someone is going to take an open online course. But are they really dead?

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How to Qualify Online Tutoring Services

Ask a Tech Teacher

At some point in your child’s education journey, you’re going to feel the need for tutoring. Riley Patterson, one of our Ask a Tech Teacher team has experience with this. She’s a freelance writer who–in her free time–helps students with their homework. She lives in Illinois with her two-year-old Bridgette (who already knows how to count from one to ten) and a pet dog.

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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.

Five Predictions for Personalized Learning in 2016

Education Elements

My predictions over the last few years have come true. It has been demonstrated that any classroom can implement blended learning and, when done well, get superior results. Personalized learning is now part of an increasing number of district and school strategic plans. Organizations like XQ Super School Project and the newly formed Chan Zuckerberg Initiative are continuing to push everyone’s interest in personalized learning. Personalized Learning Personalized Classroom EdTech

Teaching Pitfalls: Signs That You Are Out of Balance & Burning Out

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 196 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Do you feel unbalanced in your classroom? Is something off and you don’t know what it is? How can you restore balance? You’re not losing your mind. This feeling is normal. It happens to pretty much every teacher I know. In this episode, Alicia Roberts and I discuss how it feels to be out of balance and what we do about it.

In the News…2016

Tom Murray

March. National School Boards Association (NSBA) Names “20 to Watch” Education Technology Leaders, NSBA , Link. Creating Cultures of Innovation in Future Ready Schools, EduTalkRadio , Link. Future of Education Technology Conference ( FETC ) Reveals 2017 Advisory Board, FETC , Link. ISTE Identifies 7 Traits of Digital Learners, Center for Digital Education, Link. Schools Should Shout Their Success Stories from the Rooftops, The Edvocate , Link. February.

10 Hits and 10 Misses for 2015

Ask a Tech Teacher

Since I started this blog five years ago, I’ve had over 4.8 million visitors to the 1,454 articles I’ve written on integrating technology into the classroom. They may be about how to use wikis or blogs in the classroom or what I’ve learned from my students as we got through another tech week. I have regular features like: Tech Tips. Dear Otto Help Column. Weekend Websites. Website/app Reviews.

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!

Feedback vs Criticism

A Principal's Reflections

" Feedback is the breakfast of champions. " - Ken Blanchard Throughout my professional career as a teacher, administrator, author, and presenter, feedback has been and always will be a powerful conduit for growth. There is nothing more vital to our professional roles than good feedback that paints a picture not only of what we are doing well, but areas where we can either become much better or outright improve.

Schools aren’t preparing freelancers and entrepreneurs

Dangerously Irrelevant

[I’m back. I took an actual winter break. It was awesome. I highly encourage it!]. Freelancing is on the rise, with perhaps as many as a third of American workers now engaged in some kind of freelancing work. Of course this has enormous implications for overall employment, health benefits, and workforce and job stability. Dennis Yang, CEO of Udemy, notes that.

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5 Immersive Ways to Make History Come Alive

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. 5 Immersive Ways to Make History Come Alive By Anna Warfield No one has clued me in on a working time machine yet, so there must be other ways to make history more enticing than names and dates. Historians of all sorts know that there is plenty of juicy stuff in the annals of history, […]. The post 5 Immersive Ways to Make History Come Alive appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Featured Inspiration Technology edtech history

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Top Ten Websites and Apps of 2015

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every week, I post a website(s) or app(s) that my classes found useful, instructive, helpful in integrating technology into classroom lesson plans. Some, you agreed with me about; others not so much. Here, I’ll share with you which sites you-all thought were the most helpful in efforts to weave tech into the classroom experience. Between these twenty, they had over 200,000 visitors during the year. See if you agree: Websites. Hour of Code Suggestions by Grade Level.

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.

Virtual School Chat Series Part 1 - Why Is Running A Virtual School So Hard?

Education Elements

Running a virtual school is hard. I like new beginnings. They bring hope and excitement for the future, the good things that are yet to come. Great beginnings start with a vision for what can better in the future, and by looking back at the past. So as I think about the future of virtual schools, I want to start with, and respond to, some of the negative comments about virtual schools that surfaced in 2015.

This online high school is not going to change education

Dangerously Irrelevant

The headline at eSchool News reads ‘ This online high school could change education ’ (a slight modification of the original headline at the Santa Cruz Sentinel ). Okay, I’m game. I’ll check it out… I read about the founders. I read that they’re trying to make the curriculum relevant for students (awesome!). I read the claims that Silicon Valley High School will provide a ‘five star education.’ Okay so far.

Education Shorts Show Real Practice


It seemed obvious to our new Chief Commercial Officer, Wayne Poncia, formerly of Junyo, that the accomplishments of our client base are the greatest asset we have as a company. To celebrate the accomplishments of some of these schools, I have managed three short film projects at Hapara client sites over the past three months. Edtech Edtech Update

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