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How to Create a Tech-based Curriculum Using the SAMR Model

Ask a Tech Teacher

This is a question I get often from teachers: How do I teach my state/national/international curriculum using technology? When I first addressed this issue about fifteen years ago, there weren’t any tools to make this happen. In fact, I ended up writing my own project-based technology curriculum (now in its fifth edition).

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5 Ways Teachers Are Opening Up the World to Special Education Through Technology

The Journal

Teachers who work with special needs students are finding that technology can not only broaden their students' experiences but engage them in learning, help them retain information, improve their socialization and boost their self-esteem

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Conversations Instead of Grades

Catlin Tucker

At the start of this year, I wrote a blog titled “ Grading for Mastery and Redesigning My Gradebook ,” which detailed my desire to rethink assessment in my classroom. I was tired of students always asking me about points and grades, instead of asking me about how they could improve their skills. I wanted feedback and assessment to be an ongoing conversation. Too often students complete work at home in isolation.

6 Bad Reasons Teachers Assign Homework and Why Each One Sucks

Brilliant or Insane

Brilliant or Insane. I’ve ranted about the deleterious effects of traditional homework, in the past. Many education stakeholders, parents and educators alike, agree with me. Yet the crazy assignments continue to invade children’s homes daily. In this brief Hack Learning Podcast episode, I identify six typical reasons teachers assign homework, why they suck, and how to circumvent each one, inspiring […].

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.

Approaching Marginalized Populations from an Asset Rather Than a Deficit Model of Education

User Generated Education

Too often marginalized populations (e.g., some populations of people of color, students from lower economic communities) are approached with a deficit model. Attempts are made to instill in these groups of students the skills to make them successful at the Eurocentric education that dominates most schools in the United States. The deficit model of education sees kids as. lacking in some way. defective. deficient. needing to be fixed. not as good as.

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Goal: Let Students Know You Care in a Letter

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! “Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops.” ” – Henry Brooks Adams. Goal: Write a heartfelt letter addressed to your students letting them how much they impacted you this year or write a reference letter for students for their future teachers to read. Accomplish this goal in 2 ways: 1. Write an end of the year letter letting your students know how much they impacted you.

7 big Google changes and how they help educators

Ditch That Textbook

Tens of millions of students and teachers worldwide use Google tools in the classroom. Students are creating and collaborating, researching and sharing. Teachers are managing more efficient digital classes and offering more engaging, thought-provoking learning opportunities. When new features or changes happen with Google products that affect education, it’s a big deal. In recent days and [.].

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Purposeful Play in Full Day Kindergarten

Battelle for Kids

Volume 3, Issue 4, Number 7. Driving Question: How to design a kindergarten "explorations hour" to foster purposeful play? ORGANIZING AND MANAGING Upon visiting kindergarten classrooms during their "Making Healthy Choices" unit of study, you would see small groups of students engaged in imaginative play.

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CareerVillage Partners with Dell to Produce TechWeek

The Journal

CareerVillage, a nonprofit that aims to help low-income students better prepare for their future, is teaming up with Dell to produce TechWeek, an online networking campaign from May 16 to 20. Dell is giving CareerVillage $100,000 to aid in its mission

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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).

A Class Finale They Won’t Forget! 18+ Ideas & Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” ” – Carl W. Buehner. Many teachers will soon say bye to their learners. In the few days you have left with your learners take the opportunity to leave them with fond memories and knowing you believe in them. This may be difficult, especially when your students are restless.

7 Must-have Tools for Ed Conferences

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s summer, time for teachers to recharge their cerebral batteries. That could mean reading, going on field trips, spending time with online PLNs, or taking calls from family members who usually end up at voice mail. For many, it means attending conferences like ISTE and NEA to learn how the heck to integrate technology into their lesson plans. If you aren’t a veteran conference attendee, you may wonder what you should bring.

Using Facebook ‘Live’ In The Classroom Is A New, Exciting Learning Tool.

EdTech4Beginners

Facebook Live allows you to stream live video to a Facebook Page or Group. It has such great potential for use in schools to support education and share learning. How do you ‘Go Live?’ ’ It is very easy to do. You must use a mobile device (Android or Apple) and the Facebook App needs to be installed. First sign in to the App and go to your Page (you must be the administrator).

Blended Learning Program Helps English Language Learners Rise to Grade-Level Reading Proficiency

The Journal

A pilot program for second-grade classes at an elementary school with a predominantly ELL student population saw promising results using Lexia Reading Core5

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.

Goal: Seek Feedback from Your Learners

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful ! “It It seems that teachers and students can be blithely, blissfully unaware that they have different interpretations for the things being said in class. Sooner or later though, they experience a rude shock.” – Easley and Zwoyer (1975). Goal: Seek feedback from your learners about how you can improve a lesson, learning about a difficult topic, or an assessment.

10 Spreadsheet Tips You Don’t Want to Miss

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the top ten spreadsheet tips according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers. Many are for Excel–just adapt them to Google Sheets if that’s your school program. Most are free lesson plans: #79: Excel Turns Data Into Information. #74: 74: Mastering Excel (for Beginners). #73: 73: How to Graph in Excel. 71: Beginning Graphs in MS Excel. Tech Tip #62: Email from Word (Or PowerPoint or Excel). How to Use Excel to Teach Math Arrays. #12: 12: Create Simple Shapes in Excel. #75:

Using Facebook ‘Live’ In The Classroom Is A New, Exciting Learning Tool.

EdTech4Beginners

Facebook Live allows you to stream live video to a Facebook Page or Group. It has such great potential for use in schools to support education and share learning. How do you ‘Go Live?’ ’ It is very easy to do. You must use a mobile device (Android or Apple) and the Facebook App needs to be installed. First sign in to the App and go to your Page (you must be the administrator).

Interactive Whiteboards Facing Steep Decline Globally

The Journal

Global sales of interactive whiteboards are facing a steep decline in the next decade, according to a new market report published by Future Market Insights, a U.K.-based based research firm

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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.

Collaborative Group Sessions with Hangouts

Teacher Reboot Camp

“It is a fact that in the right formation, the lifting power of many wings can achieve twice the distance of any bird flying alone.” ” – Milton Olson. Google Hangouts is a great web tool and mobile app for learners to collaborate. Google Hangouts is for students 13 and older and allows up to 10 videos at once. Students can share their screens, a Google presentation, collaborate on documents in real time, and much more.

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7 Tips for Teachers Who Have No Interest in Coding

The CoolCatTeacher

21st Century Skills Made Simple From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Grant Smith helps teachers learn to code. Surprisingly, he says that teachers have less to learn about teaching coding than programmers do! Today’s episode will help you learn how you can teach coding too. Download a FREE Coding Kit from DK Randomhouse. From simple sites to the tips and tricks to get you started, now is the time to learn to code.

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Turnitin Launches Feedback Studio

Ask a Tech Teacher

One of my favorite classroom management tools is Turnitin, especially with the addition of Revision Assistant –one of the most comprehensive virtual writing assistants available to students (here’s my review of Revision Assistant ). Well, now Turnitin has launched Feedback Studio.

Ed Tech Implementation Leaves Room for Improvement

The Journal

Although schools have spent billions on computer hardware and software for the classroom, only 16 percent of teachers think their schools are using it effectively, according to a new report

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!

Don’t Just Put Amazing Work On The Classroom Wall, Share It Online.

EdTech4Beginners

Sway.com is a fantastic website / App by Microsoft, in which interactive presentations / videos can be created. It is the perfect tool to collate scans/photos of student’s work and display them on the World Wide Web! Take a look at my video tutorial for how to use Sway: Our topics this term are Pop Art and World War 2 so we combined them by re-creating famous Roy Lichtenstein pieces and changing the words to war quotes.

STEM can be fun, just do this.

The CoolCatTeacher

8 Ideas for Fun STEM Learning with Kids From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. STEM lessons can be fun. Whether it is origami jumping frogs or making a boat out of cement, Mandy Casto has eight high-energy ideas for making STEM fun. She also shares her favorite ways to find new ideas and about the success of school-wide “STEM Time” for the students each week. Learn about Wonder Workshop Robotics Clubs.

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5 Ways to Personalize Wallpaper on 3 Digital Devices

Ask a Tech Teacher

Personalizing a digital device with unique wallpaper is a great way to encourage students to take responsibility for their iPad, Chromebook, laptop, PC, or another digital device. Choose the one best-suited to your digital devices. Method One : Use your digital device’s organic method of changing wallpaper. Most devices have 1) a wallpaper collection that’s available to users, and 2) a method of using images from user Pictures folder (or camera roll).

Seal of Privacy: Building a 'Trusted Learning Environment'

The Journal

While the e-learning shift in education holds the promise to accelerate student success, school system leaders are faced with increased responsibility. Chief among those challenges: managing student data and security — and doing so with limited time and resources

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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.

Don’t Just Put Amazing Work On The Classroom Wall, Share It Online.

EdTech4Beginners

Sway.com is a fantastic website / App by Microsoft, in which interactive presentations / videos can be created. It is the perfect tool to collate scans/photos of student’s work and display them on the World Wide Web! Take a look at my video tutorial for how to use Sway: Our topics this term are Pop Art and World War 2 so we combined them by re-creating famous Roy Lichtenstein pieces and changing the words to war quotes.

A Paradigm Shift

A Principal's Reflections

The world continues to change as a result of technological advances. Just a few years ago it would have been near impossible to predict some of the paradigm shifts we have experienced. It all began around 2003 when the smartphone wars started with Blackberry, but was quickly taken over by the Apple iPhone in 2007. At this point change began to happen at a rapid pace.

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May–Military Appreciation Month–God Bless Our Soldiers

Ask a Tech Teacher

As many of you know, I have a daughter in the Navy and a son in the Army. I love them both and live every day worried. But through it all, I appreciate what they are doing to make America what so many need it to be. I love America. I love our military. I love my daughter and son. You don’t have to watch all of these. I got carried away on YouTube.