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How to Design Online Courses That Are Full of Surprises


The following is the latest installment of the Toward Better Teaching advice column. You can pose a question for a future column here. Dear Bonni, “Any suggestions for ‘mixing it up’ in asynchronous online courses?” —An An online educator It is a paradox. In our teaching, we want to be consistent enough so students can easily navigate our courses and not be confused about where to find things. On the other hand, we want to surprise students and ignite their curiosity.

Tech Solving the Intolerable Motionlessness of Reading

EdNews Daily

By LeiLani Cauthen. Written words are motionless and unremarkable when approached by human eyes. They lie on paper in black and white, unmoving. It’s terribly boring for children, honestly, and that’s why we have picture books. Still, we expect students to be able to read the boring stuff because some of it has concepts that must be learned in school or professional life. Even a lot of digital curriculum is “flat,” being text-only pages with small amounts of motion by scroll bar.

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How Effective for learning are the Ed Tech Apps we Use?


As the costs for devices and applications decrease, technology use is increasing In classrooms across the country. Growth is particularly high in web-based devices. A recent University of Phoenix College of Education survey showed that about 58% of teachers use educational apps and 41% use social media. As tablets, Chromebooks, and other handheld devices are employed in classrooms, instruction relies more and more on apps instead of on traditional computer-based programs

Creating Digital Notebooks with Google Slides

Catlin Tucker

In my role as a blended learning coach, I work with a lot of teachers who are intrigued by the idea of digital notebooks. They recognize the value of having student integrate text and media in an online notebook. They also like the idea of housing student work in a central location that is viewable to both the student and the teacher. Teachers working with younger kids or special needs groups may not want their students posting their work online for a global audience.

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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.

Understanding the Rising Phenomenon of Esports and Its Embrace by Schools

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Esports is generating huge revenue worldwide and being adopted as varsity sports by school districts. It's a trend to watch. The post Understanding the Rising Phenomenon of Esports and Its Embrace by Schools appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Entrepreneurship esports new markets Startups

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3 powerful lesson plan templates – and how to make your own

Ditch That Textbook

If you’ve ever bought a lesson plan book, you’ve probably flipped through it and looked at all the extra pages at the beginning and the end. Many times, I’ve thought, “Wow. All of these extra pages and I can’t use a single one of them!” Having some places for big-picture planning and tracking data can […]. Lesson planning Teaching Templates lesson plan templates lesson planning lesson plans teaching

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New Professional Learning Opportunities with Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

As part of our robust, on-demand micro-credential ecosystem, we are proud to partner with organizations and educators to develop rigorous, research-backed micro-credentials that support educator professional development and recognition of their skills. This summer we’ve launched 16 new micro-credentials from our partners, and the ecosystem is growing every day. New micro-credentials launched this summer.

Flexible Spaces Need to Lead to Flexible Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Do you remember the classrooms that you learned in as a child? I sure do and not for many positive reasons. Each room was a carbon copy of one another, where you would have as many uncomfortable desks lined up in cute little neat rows. The exception was science classrooms flush with lab tables. However, there still was the issue of sitting in chairs for long periods of time that killed our backs.

11 Leadership Principles for an Amazing School Year

The CoolCatTeacher

Sanée Bell on episode 531 of the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Back to school is here! We’re starting up the year with principal Dr. Sanée Bell, author of the new book, Be Excellent On Purpose, Intentional Strategies for Impactful Leadership. Today, Sanée shares her eleven principles from the book and gets us motivated for an epic school year. (We’ve We’ve also included the transcript.)

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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).

11+ Back-to-School Night Tips

Ask a Tech Teacher

Come Join me on BYU Radio, Sirius XM 143. Thursday, August 1 st at 5:00 and 7:00 a.m. as we discuss Back to School Tips! Here’s the link: BYUradio is available locally in Utah on 107.9 FM 89.1 HD2 FM and on. A general transcript: What would you say the purpose of Back-to-School Night is? . BTS Night is traditionally a chance for all stakeholders in the child’s education journey to get to know each other. It’s the first step to establishing the parent-teacher partnership.

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How to Engage More Girls in Coding

EdNews Daily

By Dennis Pierce. When Sheena Vaidyanathan teaches computer science to middle school students, she draws upon her experience as an art teacher. Vaidyanathan has her students learn the basics of coding by creating clever art and animations—works that would be nearly impossible to create with a pencil and paper but can be done with just a few lines of code. These are simple things that have universal appeal,” she says.

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Failing our students

Dangerously Irrelevant

If our students get a good grade in government class but leave class as apathetic, uninvolved future citizens… we have failed. If our students pass the state reading test but never voluntarily read a book … we have failed. If our students survive math class but end up hating math … we have failed. And so on… Chris Lehmann and Zac Chase said in their amazing book, Building School 2.0 : With almost everything we teach, we are always faced with two very different challenges.

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Math Class PBL: Create Memorable Learning with Projects

The CoolCatTeacher

Lauren Harris on episode 533 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Math teacher Lauren Harris had a problem. Students weren’t remembering important concepts from the previous year that she knew she had taught. How could she help students remember? Her answer is that she includes meaningful projects in her curriculum.

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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.

Looking for a Class Robot? Try Robo Wunderkind

Ask a Tech Teacher

There are a lot of options if you want to bring programmable robots to your classroom. One I discovered this summer and have fallen in love with is Sunburst’s Robo Wunderkind. It is a build-a-robot kit designed to introduce children ages six and up to coding and robotics as well as the fun of problem-solving and creative thinking. The robot starts in about thirty pieces (there are so many, I didn’t really count them).

How teachers can use smart boards in the classroom


The interactive smart board is substituting the hanging projector in many schools across the United States. Bringing smart board technology into the classroom can enhance school curriculum by taking a typical lesson and turning it into a fun activity. Learning how to use a smart board in the classroom to make it an effective learning tool doesn’t have to be challenging, as long as you realize the fact that good teaching is still the most significant thing in any classroom.

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4 frameworks to level up your lesson planning

Ditch That Textbook

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s so easy to let our lesson plans move down our priority list. And when that happens, our classes can lack the impact they might have otherwise. Thankfully, there’s hope. I’ve found several strategies, tips and tricks to make lesson planning more meaningful and effective. If we […]. Lesson planning Teaching dok ISTE standards lesson planning lesson plans revised blooms taxonomy udl

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What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Teen Dating Abuse

The CoolCatTeacher

Ashley Bendiksen on episode 534 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter One in four teens will experience teen dating abuse. Teen dating abuse is on the rise and is being compounded by the pressure on teens to portray a “perfect relationship” on social media. So, when a teen admits what is happening, sometimes people don’t believe her or him.

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.

Here’s a Preview of August

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in July: Back-to-School Tips: A radio show. Subscriber Special. Online Class Starting–the Tech-infused Teacher. Tech Tips. Behaviorism–How it can Turn Your Classroom Around. Tech Ed Resources. 7 Apps that Inspire Students. Why Kindergartners Must Learn Technology. How to Assess Digital Literacy. Videos: Why, How, and Options. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years.

Closing the Achievement Gap by Closing the Cognitive Gap

EdNews Daily

By Betsy Hill. The most recent release of the Nation’s Report Card had everyone from the U.S. Secretary of Education to classroom teachers wringing their hands over the fact that student performance is essentially unchanged from previous years, with only 35 percent of fourth-graders reading proficiently, and just 40 percent performing proficiently in math.

10 Leadership Development Books to Read Before School's in Session

Education Elements

We are big readers here at Education Elements, with book clubs and recommendations flying back and forth across our team. You can catch us reading on the plane, in the office, listening to books on our walks or runs, and – when we're lucky – by the pool! We like to share our favorites with you when we can, in the hopes that you'll find something inspiring and useful just like we did.

The Human Side of Change in Education

The CoolCatTeacher

Julie Wilson on episode 535 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Change has a human component. In fact, without helping people change – there isn’t any change. Today, Julie Wilson, author of The Human Side of Changing Education shares how we can supercharge change by helping people become part of it.

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!

Growing the Culture of Learning with Verizon Innovative Learning schools

Digital Promise

Since 2014, the Verizon Innovative Learning schools initiative has reached more than 86,000 students and nearly 6,000 teachers in 100 middle schools across the country. The program equips every student and teacher in these select middle schools with a device and up to a four-year data plan, as well as extensive professional development and support towards powerful teaching and learning that leverages technology in and out of the classroom.

Podcast – Harnessing technology for deeper learning

Dangerously Irrelevant

Last week my interview with Tom Vander Ark went live on the Getting Smart podcast. Tom grilled me about my law degree(!) and then we got to the core of the interview. Podcast: Dr. Scott McLeod on harnessing technology for deeper learning. Tom and I talked about school transformation and instructional redesign, during which I uttered this immortal line : Hope you enjoy the discussion. Happy listening! Related Posts. Podcast – How to take our leadership and teaching to new levels.

1 quick protocol to get your lesson plans organized

Ditch That Textbook

Lesson planning. It’s a basic part of many educators’ day. But in our hectic lives, it’s so easy to rush through our lesson planning. It can leave our classes less meaningful and fun than we’d like them to be. What if you could create even more powerful lesson plans that were stimulating AND fun? Plus, […]. Lesson planning Teaching lesson planning lesson plans organization writing lesson plans

My Student Leadership Takeaways

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Student leadership is an essential part of the successful classroom. Recently, I sat down with and was interviewed for an article Building Student Leadership. We dove into what works, some simple techniques I use to engage all students, and how project-based learning is part of leadership in my classroom. Read the full article to dive deep. I’ve included a few concepts on student leadership below.

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.

3 Fields of Study With Great Post-Graduate Prospects

EdNews Daily

Many jobs that have been the bread-and-butter for generations continue to disappear. More people are wondering what steps to take to keep from being phased out as fast as any other modern hardware. The best way to protect your future is to get into an industry where computers and robots won’t come to fruition. What are some of the fields that need humans and are projected to grow? Click to tweet. Electrical Engineering.

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They May Not “Know” Math, But They Can Tell They’re Divided

The Jose Vilson

In 2012, I had the pleasure of reading a poem dedicated to NYC public schools at a Save Our Schools rally in City Park Hall. In the midst of the rally, a handful of Black elders approached me and said, “Hey, before people came here, we had a rally about Black education and we’d hope you can join us.” ” I simply nodded and understood the gravity of what he’d been asking.

Transitioning back to the classroom

Ditch That Textbook

For many, the end of summer is upon us and we are getting ready to head back to the classroom for another eventful year. Each year brings with it a new and exciting adventure but that adventure takes time and energy to prepare for. How do you decide when to get back into classroom mode […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Teaching back to school creative teaching education teaching