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Closing the Digital Learning Gap

Digital Promise

Most Americans agree that education is a national priority. Yet, despite efforts over the last 20 years to improve the performance of our schools, the U.S. public education system falls in the middle of international quality rankings. But let’s be clear: the problem with education in America is not lack of excellence. It’s lack of equity. There are pockets of excellence across the country that outshine the best of the best around the world.

Not So Typical Personalized Learning Predictions for 2019

Education Elements

Every 4-5 years, I try to pick up a new activity and focus on it until I get to a level of intermediate competency. It started with scuba diving in 2003, snowboarding in 2008, swimming in 2013, and this year was surfing. I took a 3-day boot camp with a private instructor where it turns out I had a different instructor each of the 3 days. While the instruction was 1:1 and technically couldn’t be more personalized for me, I was surprised by how much each instructor met or didn’t meet my needs.

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Best-in-Class Resources–You Decide

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every year, I review a large number of websites, apps, and resources that help educators blend technology into their classrooms. I get lots of feedback from readers sharing their experiences, asking questions, and clicking through to see if a particular tool will serve their needs. But, I often don’t hear how the product worked in the fullness of time. Starting last year, I sought out your opinions: how dependable is it. how versatile is it for time-strapped teachers.

40 innovative ideas for using Google Forms in your classroom

Ditch That Textbook

We know that Google Forms give us the ability to easily create quizzes or surveys. We can even create self-grading exams or include video or image in our forms. But that is just scratching the surface. Google Forms can do SO much more! How can we use this G Suite app in different and creative ways? […]. DitchBook Twitter chat edtech g suite Google Apps google forms ideas for using google forms in the classroom using google forms in the classroom

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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.

6 Lessons Startup Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Dance Class

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Dance class requires participants to be present, accept feedback, be supportive and give their all. There's a lot here that translates to the startup world. The post 6 Lessons Startup Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Dance Class appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Education Educational Technology/Ed-Tech Entrepreneurship Professional Development Social Emotional Learning (SEL) social innovation Startup Startups

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What You Might Have Missed in December

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of December: College Credit Classes onTechnology in Education. End-of-year Maintenance: Image and Back-up Digital Devices. End of Year Maintenance: Update Your Online Presence. End-of-Year Maintenance: 19 Steps To A Speedier Computer. 3 Free SEL Activities from SafeSchools. Why Should Students Learn Computer Science? A Teacher’s Perspective. Root Robotics–Great Way to Extend Hour of Code. Holiday Gifts for Teachers. 13 Holiday Websites and 13 Projects.

10 fantastic Google tips from the Google Teacher Tribe

Ditch That Textbook

Google is so deep and so broad and so wide. It’s constantly updating and adding — and sometimes removing — features and services. It’s almost impossible to keep up. And even if you do, there’s no way to know all the best ways to use G Suite and all of the Google tools. It helps […]. Ed Tech Google Teacher Tribe google classroom google drawings google education tips google forms google slides google teacher tribe google tips

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Internet Archive: Go Back in Time with the Wayback Machine

Catlin Tucker

Students rely on Google searches for a lot of their information. Much of the information they find online is from tertiary sources that have digested and distilled information from primary and secondary sources. This tertiary information is often bland. Instead of reading first-hand accounts, watching video clips of an event, or listening to impassioned speeches, students read a laundry list of information when they encounter tertiary sources. TypesofSources.

Virtual Reality Protocols for the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Virtual reality (VR) in the classroom isn’t just a headset you grab and start using. As many educators start using virtual reality, they are discovering the issues relating to classroom management, safety, and good health that should impact how we use these devices. ARVRinEDU chat founder, Jaime Donally talks with me (Vicki Davis) about Virtual Reality Protocols for 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).

Starting This Week: MTI 562

Ask a Tech Teacher

MTI 562: The Tech-infused Teacher. MTI 562 starts Monday, January 7, 2019! . Click to sign up. The 21st century lesson blends technology with teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. In this course, you will use a suite of digital tools to make that possible while addressing overarching concepts like digital citizenship, internet search and research, authentic assessment, digital publishing, and immersive keyboarding.

5 tips for live sketchnoting

Ditch That Textbook

Live sketchnoting (doodling while someone is talking) is the most challenging form of sketchnoting. It is stressful at first, but it gets easier over time with practice. Here are some tips for live sketchnoting: Before you begin, draw a banner, maybe a portrait of the speaker/teacher, the date and place. This will settle you down […]. Ed Tech Guest Blog live sketchnoting sketch sketches sketchnoting visual learning

Why Connect?

A Principal's Reflections

I was honored to have been interviewed for Educational Leadership, ASCD's flagship magazine, on the power of Twitter as part of a Personal Learning Network (PLN). You can read the article HERE. Since only snippets of my responses were embedded into the piece I wanted to share the specific questions that were asked and my thoughts on each. As you will see, the true power of connected learning is what you glean from the people you engage with. When and why did you decide to get involved on Twitter?

5 Questions We Ask While Using Rubrics

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Rubrics can be helpful. But when are they not helpful? What mistakes do we make when using rubrics? English teacher, Dr. Scott N. Forrest shares the five questions they ask at his school when working with rubrics. Listen to the Show Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Dr. Scott N. Forrest Scott N. Forrest has been an educator for 26 years and earned his Doctorate in Teacher Leadership.

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.

2019, I Resolve…

Ask a Tech Teacher

New Years–a time for rest, rejuvenation and repair. A time to assess life. Do we settle into our routine, enjoy where it’s headed, or is it time to grab our purse, iPhone, car keys, and get out of there? As a teacher-author, New Year’s Resolutions are more of a To Do list. I break it down into Edtech Coaching/Mentoring, Blogging , and Fiction Writing (my novel writing): Edtech Coaching/Mentoring.

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The blossoming partnership between classroom tech and the collaborative learning experience

Neo LMS

As technology continues to sprint forward, it’s up to educational institutions to keep pace or risk falling behind. While traditional teaching methods have served us well until now, the huge opportunities presented to us by technology cannot be ignored — whether in a college or pre-K environment. And as a new generation of digital natives enters the education system, it’s important that the tools they encounter reflect the outside world — and technology plays a key role in delivering this.

The Why Is Everything

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. Everyone loves a dark horse story: Albert Einstein struggled as a student. Rowling was on welfare before selling her Harry Potter manuscript. Oprah was fired from one of her first jobs before becoming a media mogul. But we usually consider such people, who followed unconventional, unexpected routes to success, to be aberrations, their paths unable to be replicated.

Breaking Lock Step Test Prep

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Jerry Blumengarten has been working with schools for years. But when his local schools in Florida where he has retired have turned away his free offer of help because they have no time, Jerry fights back by talking about how we need to break this “Lockstep Test Prep” mentality. This episode will make you think.

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.

10 Hits and 10 Misses for 2018

Ask a Tech Teacher

Since we at Ask a Tech Teacher started this blog eight years ago, we’ve had over 5.3 million visitors to the 2,112 articles on integrating technology into the classroom. This includes tech tips, website/app reviews, tech-in-ed pedagogy, how-tos, videos, and more. We have regular features like: Weekly Websites and Tech Tips ( sign up for the newsletter ). Dear Otto Help Column. Edtech Reviews. Lesson plans. If you’ve just arrived at Ask a Tech Teacher, start here.

Time-saving tips and tricks for teachers to use in the New Year

Neo LMS

As we start a new year it’s often helpful to sweep away the metaphorical cobwebs of the last year, set goals and priorities and plan ways to meet whichever resolutions we have made. Very often we decide to “get organised”, determined to create more time for ourselves, and find an optimal plan and schedule that helps us get more things done, more efficiently. For teachers this is particularly true.

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Touch-Based Education - The Benefits of Interactive Learning

ViewSonic Education

They say that there are three types of learning — Visual, kinetic, and auditory. Visual refers to sight-based learning, while kinetic and auditory refers to touch and hearing-centric learning, respectively. In classrooms around the world, teachers sometimes struggle to devise lessons that cater to all three learning styles. As such, as is the case in other facets of life, technological aid has come to the rescue.

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Podcast – Moving from digital substitution to deeper learning

Dangerously Irrelevant

Betsy Corcoran , CEO of EdSurge , asked me to do two podcast interviews with her while I was at the EdSurge Fusion conference in San Francisco in October. The second recording is now available. Betsy asked me to discuss the 4 Shifts Protocol; my new book, Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning ; and how we should be thinking about instructional redesign for deeper learning, greater student agency, more authentic work, and rich technology infusion.

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!

Esports Programs Start to Pop Up in K–12 Schools

EdTech Magazine

Esports Programs Start to Pop Up in K–12 Schools. eli.zimmerman_9856. Fri, 01/11/2019 - 11:44. Athletes at Mission Viejo High School in California huddle after their matches, pushing each other to improve. The kids will say, ‘We need to communicate better, let’s meet to talk about our ­strategy,’” says Tiffany Bui, the team’s faculty adviser. They’ll talk about what went well, what didn’t go well. It’s interesting to see the players guide each other. You see leaders emerge.”.

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FINALLY! Dragging Assignments in Google Classroom

Teacher Tech

Drag and Drop Assignments and Topics in Google Classroom An update to Google Classroom now allows you to more easily reorganize your assignments and topics in Google Classroom. Go to the Classwork page and simply DRAG assignments to the topic or position you want them. Move a Topic New material at the top! Every website […]. The post FINALLY! Dragging Assignments in Google Classroom appeared first on Teacher Tech. Classroom Google Intermediate classroom G Suite google

4 tech skills every middle-schooler needs

eSchool News

Saint Patrick’s is a small, pre-K–8 Catholic school in Yorktown Heights, New York. year, we received a grant to revamp our computer lab into what we call a STREAM lab, which stands for science, technology, religion, engineering, art, and math. The grant allowed us to invest in 30 new MacBook Airs to supplement our existing iPads and Chromebooks.

A Visual Summary: 32 Learning Theories Every Teacher Should Know

TeachThought - Learn better.

A Visual Summary: 32 Learning Theories Every Teacher Should Know by Terry Heick Learning theory–and the research that goes into it–is a topic seen frequently in universities and teaching programs, then less frquently after once teachers begin practicing in the classroom. Why this is true is complicated. (If If you’re teaching, you may have more pressing […]. The post A Visual Summary: 32 Learning Theories Every Teacher Should Know appeared first on TeachThought.

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.

In the Heat of Learning, Good Questioning Is Key

MiddleWeb

During classroom discussion, paired Think Times provide a break in the action that helps teachers use student responses to shape effective feedback to learners, says expert Jackie Walsh – provided we "explicitly instruct our students in the what, why, and how of these time-outs.". Articles Questioning class discussion formative assessment Jackie Walsh quality questioning student feedback student questioning

The problem with high-stakes testing and women in STEM

The Hechinger Report

In New York City, there’s a big debate over who should gain admittance to eight elite public high schools, including the well-known Stuyvesant High School and the Bronx High School of Science. Currently, Asian-American students score high enough on an entry exam to win a considerable majority of the seats. Mayor Bill de Blasio and a new school chancellor want to bring in more black and Latino students , who make up most of the city’s school population.

I gamified my classroom and students are soaring

eSchool News

An average child today will have played 10,000 hours of video games before the age of 21. If playing games is part of our culture, even part of our identities, then it stands to reason that students can be highly motivated by game-based learning opportunities. So what if we make classrooms the game? Gamification means using game-design principles such as cooperation, competition, character development, and point scoring in a non-gaming context.