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10 Myths about Teaching with Tech

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’ve been teaching technology for over fifteen years. While student familiarity with this tool has improved, one thing that never varies is the myths surrounding teaching with it. It’s a constant struggle with parents and colleagues who have far more enthusiasm regarding this subject than expertise. Just when I think I’ve got everyone coloring between the lines, things change and I have to get a different paintbrush.

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How Can We Make Edtech More Effective? Focused Content

Digital Promise

Oh, the dreaded question… “What other content do you cover?” asks the district curriculum director, or even worse, “Do you cover all of _ ?” Fill in the blank with a huge quantity of content, like all of K-5 math.). Coverage!?! As cofounder of Teachley , a small company developing research-based math software for K-6, this question demonstrates a problematic market preference for products that “ cover ” a lot of content, but do not support deeper thinking.

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5 Ways to Safeguard Student Information

EdTech Magazine

5 Ways to Safeguard Student Information. eli.zimmerman_9856. Wed, 04/10/2019 - 10:01. Schools handle a wide variety of sensitive information concerning students and their families. Laws, regulations and ethical obligations require administrators to take active measures to protect that information from unauthorized disclosure. . That warrants a combination of technical and process controls designed to facilitate legitimate use of student records while safeguarding them against intruders.

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TED-Ed as a Teaching Tool

Kajeet

Sometimes teachers need additional tools in the classroom. Something to elevate the conversation among students, to spark a new perspective on the world, or to enhance the real-world importance of a particular lesson plan. Digital Learning Tools and Tips MDM Chromebooks

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SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

Data-informed instruction can affect every lesson; here’s how

eSchool News

Teachers from previous decades may have focused on “What did I teach?,” but the new focus is “What did the students learn?” Whether classroom resources are digital or not, educators can collect data every day to inform their instruction.

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Why Esports in Schools is a Good Thing

ViewSonic Education

Esports are here to stay. As a spectator sport and as an industry. In colleges and in high schools. And in no small way. Competitive gaming has become a billion dollar business and is projected to grow exponentially. The prevalence of esports in schools is likewise rapidly expanding. The High School Esports League (HSEL) – just one of several such leagues – claims over 1500 schools as members.

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My Kids Hate Their Desks! (And What I Did About It!)

The CoolCatTeacher

Brooke Markle on episode 468 of the 10-Minute Teacher Brooke Markle, a veteran middle-level English educator, realized that her kids hated their desks. They wiggled. They moved. They struggled to pay attention. So, with a limited budget, she decided to change her classroom to give students a choice. The results are exciting. Listen to Brooke talk about Flexible Seating Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

Remembering Ned Kirsch

Digital Promise

We are devastated to share the news that our dear friend Ned Kirsch, superintendent of Franklin West Supervisory Union, has passed away suddenly. Since 2015, Ned has contributed to the League of Innovative Schools in powerful and tremendous ways—by asking tough questions, by doing hard work, and by creating joy in places that needed it. He was a remarkable collaborator, partner, and friend. We will miss him terribly.

A Deepish-Dive Into an NGSS-Aligned, Elementary School Lesson Roadmap

The Journal

What does Next-Generation Science Standards’ "three-dimensional science learning" look like in the classroom? In this week’s blog, we examine a specific NGSS lesson, implemented in the Collabrify Roadmap Platform, that has third-grade students using their “three-dimensional science learning” to actually build a small toy that moves

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.

Is Esports a Sport?

ViewSonic Education

Quick. When I say the word sports, what do you think of? If you’re a fan, it could be football, basketball or soccer. If you’re a player, perhaps it’s tennis or golf. For some, it might even be chess or bridge, both of which are recognized as sports by the largest international sports organization. What about competitive video gaming? Is esports a sport? What, you may ask, makes an activity a sport? As it turns out, there’s no one definitive answer.

5 Writing Strategies and Tools to Reach Every Learner

The CoolCatTeacher

Michele Haiken on Episode 470 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast Do your students hate to write? If you need quick ideas to help reach reluctant and struggling writers, Michele Haiken will help us learn more! Listen to Michele Haiken talk about engaging students in writing Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Michele Haiken – Bio as Submitted Michele Haiken, Ed.D. is an educator and ISTE author.

2 Children’s Books You’ll Love

Ask a Tech Teacher

As a teacher, I’m always looking for children’s books for my students. I’m excited to say I’ve found two I think you’ll like: Amazing Matilda — A coming of age of a monarch butterfly; delightful. Sir Chocolate and the Fondant Five story and cookbook. Amazing Matilda. by Bette Stevens.

Digital humanities in the K-12 classroom

Neo LMS

In my previous post we explored the origins and definitions of digital humanities and covered a few examples of how the techniques are being applied in higher education. Today, I’d like to look at ways the K-12 teacher can utilize some of the very exciting techniques and tools of digital humanities in their classrooms. The suggestion when it comes to dabbling in DH (Digital Humanities) in the classroom is to take an exploratory, curious and light approach.

7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

Flip the Script: Student-Designed Units

Catlin Tucker

In a Twitter chat this month, I mentioned student-designed units. Several curious teachers asked for details, so here goes! My favorite unit each year is the unit my students’ design. We spend the entire year building up to it. I strive to release responsibility of the learning to students gradually. It’s my job to help them develop the skills and confidence needed to design and drive their learning. I provide a list of texts students can choose from for the final unit.

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Columbine’s Frank DeAngelis – The Story of Columbine’s Heart, Resilience, and Recovery

The CoolCatTeacher

Frank DeAngelis in episode 466 of the 10-Minute Teacher Frank DeAngelis was principal of Columbine high school in 1999 and remained the principal until 2015 when all of the students who were in PreK at the time of the shooting graduated. His story of resilience and leadership is one that will inspire you to be there for your students even when times are tough. He tells his story in “ They Call Me ‘Mr. De'” The Story of Columbine’s Heart, Resilience, and Recovery.

169 Tech Tip #7 Transparent Backgrounds

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education. Today’s tip: #7–Transparent Backgrounds. Category: Images. Sub-category: Keyboarding. Q: When I insert a picture , the background isn’t transparent, so it covers everything behind it.

Teaching empathy for better learning outcomes

Neo LMS

In the previous installment of this series on empathy in schools, we had a look at how teachers can manage their classroom better by adopting a more empathic mindset. As I promised last time, I am now delving into the concept of empathy in the classroom as a way to improve the learning process. All of this and more can be achieved not only by modeling empathy as a teacher, but also by teaching students how to be more empathic.

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.

Teaching for Deeper Learning

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. When Professor Jal Mehta and then-doctoral candidate Sarah Fine embarked on their exploration of deeper learning in American high schools, they were initially disappointed. They’d traveled to California to visit a school known for its rich, engaging instruction — but many of the classrooms they visited were far from inspiring.

Unconventional Project Based Learning That Engages Students

The CoolCatTeacher

Noa Daniel in Episode 469 of the 10-Minute Teacher Noa Daniel talks about how unconventional project-based learning and how we can engage students with learning. If you’re struggling with student engagement, this is for you. Listen to Noa Daniel Talk about Unconventional PBL Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Noa Daniel’s Bio as Submitted Noa is a passionate educator and an enthusiastic learner. She is a classroom teacher, podcaster, blogger.

Kindergartners need Technology too!

Ask a Tech Teacher

Hi all! I’m off to visit good efriend Norah Colvin over at ReadiLearn to discuss how important technology is even for kindergartners. If you’ve ever wondered about that, come check out my short article on this subject. And leave comments so we can chat! Before getting into the article, I want to thank Norah Colvin for inviting me as a guest on her wonderful newly-redesigned education blog, ReadiLearn where Norah covers great topics for the first three years of education.,

Innovators Creating Prosperity: Inyenyeri

The Christensen Institute

Welcome to our Innovators Creating Prosperity series, spotlighting organizations across the globe that are positively impacting economic development. Globally, almost three billion people depend on traditional biomass for cooking, a number that is expected to remain unchanged by 2030. This method of cooking is not only expensive and inefficient, but it is also one of the biggest challenges to human health in low- and middle-income countries, killing approximately four million people annually.

Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.

35 creative Google Drawings activities for classes

Ditch That Textbook

If you are looking for a tool that can be integrated into any content area and at any grade level then you have hit paydirt. Google Drawings is like a big digital sheet of paper. You can add text, images, shapes, and lines. The simplicity of it makes Google Drawings easy to use for students of […].

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5 Ways to Create Relevant Cultures of Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Education can seem like a balancing act between what we as adults feel is essential and what interests our learners. The struggle is real as the former is sometimes emphasized as a result of a school or district’s focus. Make no mistake about it – capturing the attention of students has become harder and harder because of the access that many of them have to knowledge, games, and each other through technology. As difficult as it might be, schools must rise to the occasion.

Here’s How to Get Started with Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher

Hello! Ask a Tech Teacher is a group of tech ed professionals who work together to offer you tech tips, advice, pedagogic discussion, lesson plans, and anything else we can think of to help you integrate tech into your classroom. Our primary focus is to provide technology-in-education-related information for educators–teachers, administrators, homeschoolers, and parents. Here’s how to get started on our blog : Read our varied columns. They are numerous and varied, including.

On Your Feet Guide to The Station Rotation Model

Catlin Tucker

Teachers plan on the go! As much as I enjoy reading books that help me to push my practice forward, I appreciate having quick and easy resources I can reference in the classroom. I have distilled the most important information about designing and implementing a station rotation lesson into a 6-page laminated guide for teachers who want a quick and easy resource. My On Your Feet Classroom Guide to the Station Rotation Model f or teachers is now available through Corwin!

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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.