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Our Approach to Strategic Planning in Education

Education Elements

The year 2020 is shaping up to be a record year - Summer Olympics, a World Cup, a presidential election, and in the education world, the year many strategic plans expire. As districts gear up to write their next strategic plan, we have mixed feelings about the process. At best, the process provides an opportunity for district leaders to coalesce around a shared vision. At worst, the process consumes valuable hours and produces a document that does little to change individual behavior.

Are Students Off-Task in Class on Phones? There's an App for That!

A Principal's Reflections

As teachers and administrators, grappling with off-task behaviors and distractions when it comes to student phones in the classroom has occurred at some point. Recently I recently learned about Pocket Points , an app that educators are using to promote better decision-making amongst students with the goal of keeping them off their phones when not being used to achieve learning outcomes associated with the class. More on this in a little bit.

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Ask Yourself, Why Am I Grading This?

Catlin Tucker

“If I don’t grade it, students won’t do it.” ” This reasoning leaves teachers with piles of work to grade, but I wonder how much of that time spent assigning points to student work results in improved student performance. I fell into this trap at the start of my teaching career. I gave points for completing annotations, bringing books to class, and completing homework. By the end of the semester, I had over a hundred assignments in my grade book.

How Wearable Technology is Changing Education and Easing Disabilities

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s an interesting piece from Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Jane Sandwood, on the explosion of wearable technology and its place in the education ecosystem: How Wearable Technology is Changing Education and Easing Disabilities. As of 2015, 94% of K-12 students had a computer in their home, with 61% of the same demographic having internet access as well.

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.

10 educational podcasts you’ll love to listen to

Ditch That Textbook

There are hundreds of educational podcasts available to teachers on almost every subject you can think of. We see new podcasts launching all the time and some we have been hearing about for years but haven’t had the chance to check out. What are the podcasts that other educators love to listen to? And how can […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Podcasts Teaching best podcasts for educators educational podcasts podcasts professional development

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Why teachers should consider differentiated instruction

Neo LMS

This post was originally published on September 26 2018 in The Teaching Factor. Students (like all people actually) have this paradoxical characteristic: they’re all the same; except when they’re not. They function the same from a physical point of view, they dress annoyingly the same (even when — or especially when — there’s no compulsory school uniform) they all have to learn almost the same things in school and they all use their brains to do that.

Purpose Driven Learning: Myths, Problems, and Education Applications

Ask a Tech Teacher

Purpose Driven Learning (or PDL) is a concept coined by Michael Matera and Adam Moreno to summarize the philosophy that each learner’s inner strengths can be unlocked by focusing with purpose and drive. By following the guidelines for Purpose Driven Learning, teachers avoid the biggest pitfall in many lesson plans — that they are theoretic without meaning in the real world.

One story, MANY endings: A fun, creative Google Slides activity

Ditch That Textbook

Reading a story as a class is great. It transports everyone to a different world, to a different time, with a different set of characters. Solo reading is great for the same reasons. We learn great life lessons we can take with us for years — sometimes forever — from a good story. But we […]. Ed Tech choose your own adventure stories google classroom google slides classroom google slides learning linking google slides

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Fantastic Apps I Use Every Day

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter I have picked five of my essential classroom tools. Pick one today to try with your students. I’ve also added some of my favorite new productivity tools for my smartphone, iPad, and a few new ones for my Mac. Today’s Sponsor Thank you to Advancement Courses for making today’s show possible.

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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).

Developing Edtech Products to Support Learner Variability

Digital Promise

Each learner presents a unique reservoir of skills and challenges that can change among subjects and situations, throughout the day and year. Our goal with the Learner Variability Project (LVP) is to help educators support each of these individual learners—a task that we know is enormous, if not impossible, for a teacher to do alone. So, we are working with edtech product partners to help create research-based supports for teachers to turn to as they tackle this formidable challenge.

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Engineers Week — A Must for High School

Ask a Tech Teacher

Next week, February 17-23, 2019, is DiscoverE’s Engineers Week. Their tagline: “A week-long event, a year-long commitment” Do you wonder why anyone would be passionate about engineering? Forbes published three good reasons: The U.S. has approximately 1.6 million engineering jobs that pay $42 per hour in median. Job growth from 2010 to 2014 was in the double digits in several engineering occupations. Since 2007, the number of engineering grads nationwide has shot up 33%.

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4 Ways to Support K-12 District Implementation of Your Ed-Tech Product

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

This CEO's ed-tech company is signing more district-wide contracts. Here are tips for making sure your product is implemented properly across schools. The post 4 Ways to Support K-12 District Implementation of Your Ed-Tech Product appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Educational Technology/Ed-Tech Listenwise Professional Development Startup The Startup Blog. Startups

5 Ways to Battle Burnout

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Tired teachers need strategies to stay refreshed and feel good. Today, we talk about battling burnout. For over 30 years, Advancement Courses has been a leader in professional development, providing expertly-crafted, classroom-applicable courses to thousands of teachers across the country.

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.

Educator Micro-credentials are Grounded in Research

Digital Promise

Micro-credentials offer an important opportunity for educators to strengthen their professional learning. Accessed and awarded online, micro-credentials leverage an online technology platform to provide educators competency-based, on-demand, personalized, and shareable opportunities to demonstrate and be recognized for their professional learning. Grounding micro-credentials in research is central to their gaining acceptance in the field.

15 President’s Day Activities

Ask a Tech Teacher

Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February–this year, February 19, 2018. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still unofficially called “Washington’s Birthday” by many. The holiday became known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers.

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The very best videos on the future of education

Neo LMS

YouTube may be a rabbit-hole of clickable memes and fun compilations, but it’s also home to some essential watching for teachers and parents looking to understand not only key EdTech trends, but also the nuances of current K12 and higher education debates. After hours of digging into the video platform, here are the very best videos on the future of education I could find: Designing a university for the new millennium.

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Valentine’s Gift: Confessions of the Pain, Joy, and Love of Teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today’s show is different. I share some stories of insults, struggles, mistakes, and joys of teaching. The hope is that you’ll be encouraged, not feel alone, and remember why we do this profession. These are my stories digging back many years in some cases of the things that have changed my view and made me a better teacher – even when they were hard. Teaching, your job is so important.

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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.

Empowering Educators of Refugees as Teachers and Learners

Digital Promise

For every lesson plan I toiled over while teaching English as a New Language for 16 years in New York City and Tucson high schools, there were at least 15–20 adjustments made as I enacted that lesson plan with real people in real time. The efforts I made in those moments—and in all the moments surrounding and contributing to those in-class moments—were largely unseen. When things were going well, my students didn’t know that I had pivoted or pirouetted or shifted activity or approach.

Your vibe attracts your tribe: 3 steps for building a Personal Learning Network

Ditch That Textbook

I can do this. I am at one of the biggest tech conferences in the United States, all by myself, and I have no one to eat lunch with, recap a great session, or explore the exhibition hall with. “I I GOT THIS!”, I think to myself. I am here to learn and I will just […]. Ed Tech Teaching personal learning network pln professional learning network social media teachers on twitter teaching twitter

Failure: A Part of Learning

Tom Murray

Adam Bellow joins Tom for this #LeadershipMinute. Blog #LeadershipMinute Adam Bellow BreakoutEDU Failure

This is What Happens When You Teach From Antarctica

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Developing an “explorer’s mindset” is the goal. To help nurture the explorer’s mindset in his students, Donnie Piercey traveled to Antarctica and connected with his students. For over 30 years, Advancement Courses has been a leader in professional development, providing expertly-crafted, classroom-applicable courses to thousands of teachers across the country.

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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!

Preventing Gender Bias

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. Despite gains in gender equality, ingrained biases about males and females still exist — and can have grave consequences.

You Don’t Have To Lie (Hire More Black Teachers, Maybe)

The Jose Vilson

On Friday, I had the honor and pleasure of speaking at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, NYC with student activists Xoya David and Joshua Brown and writer-friend-luminary Nikole Hannah-Jones. When I got the invite from Brian Jones, I was in the midst of finishing one of my more triumphant performances in service of the profession. I was also shaking off the uncertainties of having a teacher improvement plan the prior school year.

Free online PDF converter - EasyPDF - secure and free

Educational Technology Guy

EasyPDF.com is a new online PDF converter that finally addresses the needs of modern person - It is Secure, Anonymous and Free. EasyPDF.com is an all-in-one online tool that offers all types of PDF conversion to other formats and vice-versa. OCR conversion of scanned images is supported as well. Using this tool will make your PDF management easy.

There’s Only One Person Whose Opinion About NC Really Matters

Iterating Toward Openness

Over the last 24 hours there’s been a short Twitter thread about whether or not materials released under a CC license with the NC condition can be used in a college classroom safely. Hey #OER gurus, rec’d a question about #CreativeCommons BY-NC license & trepidation re using NC stuff specifically in publicly-funded colleges & universities. Safe to use, correct? Any info/links wd be loved! thatpsychprof @opencontent @actualham @BCOpenText @eCampusOntario ??

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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.

Playing Games Can Build 21st-Century Skills. Research Explains How.

Edsurge

As anyone who’s ever spent hours hunched over Candy Crush can attest, there’s something special about games. Sure they’re fun, but they can also be absorbing, frustrating, challenging and complex. Research has shown our brains are “ wired for pleasure ,” and that games are an effective way to learn because they simulate adventure and keep our brains engaged and happy. But what exactly do we learn from them?

Top 7 Innovations in K-12 Education

Kitaboo on EdTech

The education sector has undergone significant changes in the last decade. It has also evolved rapidly with the changes taking place in the digital world. Today, you would find most of the schools and universities using digital aids in classrooms.

Writing as Threat

The Jose Vilson

On the Saturday after I spoke on a panel at the Schomburg , I attended the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators conference here in NYC. I supported my friends Julia Torres and Cornelius Minor as they gave a framework for authors and artists to ingratiate themselves to PK – 12 educators. After the spot-on workshop, Elizabeth Acevedo graced the ballroom stage.