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5 Benefits of including VR in classroom activities


Virtual Reality (VR) is at the forefront of development and the next step in the evolution of computerized instruction. Its ability to deliver perspective changing content, virtual collaboration and creation are redefining education. The time to get VR into schools is now, so that teachers and students become drivers of innovation. Virtual Reality is best known for transforming lessons into immersive experiences that give learners perspective and drive deeper understanding.

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10 ways to help students become “future ready”

Ditch That Textbook

Our students' future is an uncertain one. Their workforce will look much different than ours. Here are ways we can help them to be "future ready".Educators Educators have a daunting task. It's our job to help students prepare for a workforce that we can't describe. Today, people have jobs that we couldn't dream of several years ago. […]. The post 10 ways to help students become “future ready” appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.


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The Surprising Impact of Student Led Learning

EdNews Daily

By Amy Howell. TechEd is a hot topic in education right now, but what we really need to be discussing is student led learning. Students leading other students in learning is one of the most amazing things you can see.

Happy Thanksgiving Week to All!

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’m taking next week off. I’ll be preparing for my daughter’s holiday visit from her home in Maryland and my son who’s visiting from Okinawa Japan (by way of Georgia). I am so excited to see both of them! I’ll be back December 2nd.

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.

Immersive Storytelling for Global Understanding

Digital Promise

In celebration of International Education Week (IEW) , we are highlighting the work of educator Eckardt Kreye who uses MY World 360? to facilitate collaborative international exchanges between his students in Germany and students in Kenya. Sustainable development is how we can survive on this planet. In Germany, the youth are ready for it. In fact, they are much further than we are as adults. They can show us what to do and what to change.” – Eckardt Kreye, Educator, Bremen, Germany.

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Great Leaders Embrace Multiple Styles

A Principal's Reflections

We have all heard the saying don’t put all your eggs in one basket. It represents a sound piece of advice for any leader, especially in the field of education. The reason being is that a person in a position of power or influence should not concentrate all efforts in one area since initiating and sustaining change requires a dynamic mashup of strategies.

The NEO Blog is now 4!


It’s that magical time of the year again! No, I’m not referring to Thanksgiving Day, nor to Black Friday, not even to Christmas; even though you can’t really ignore all the hustle and bustle that has already started. I’m talking about that magical time when the NEO Blog first saw the light of the Internet! That happened waaaay back in 2015 (which in online time seems like a few decades ago). The NEO Blog is now 4!

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College Credit Class in Digital Citizenship

Ask a Tech Teacher

Through the Midwest Teachers Institute , I offer four college-credit classes that teach how to blend technology with traditional lesson plans. They include all the ebooks, videos, and other resources required so you don’t spend any more than what is required to register for the class. Once you’re signed up, you prepare weekly material, chat with classmates, respond to class Discussion Boards and quizzes, and participate in a weekly video meeting. Everything is online. Questions?

A Maker Education PD Workshop

User Generated Education

I had the privilege of presenting a day long maker education workshop at Edutech Asia on November 7, 2019. I was excited about having teachers and other professionals from Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, India, Malaysia, and New Zealand attend. What follows are some details and highlights. As they arrived in the morning, I asked them to access the workshop slides and create a name card lit up with an LED. They then used these name cards to introduce themselves.

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).

Designing Balanced Lessons

Catlin Tucker

The theme of balance has been top of mind for me lately. I have a book Balance with Blended Learning coming out in January. I started a podcast called The Balance focused on exploring issues related to balance in education. I also spend a significant amount of time helping teachers to design balanced lessons in my role as a blended learning coach. When I design a lesson with a teacher, I stress the importance of balancing the various elements within the lesson.

Research-backed Success with Social-Emotional Learning

Digital Promise

How do you measure success in the classroom? Is it through grades and test scores, or something more like social-emotional learning? At El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD) in southern California, we view our district as highly successful in many ways. And we also recognize a need to look beyond traditional measures of academic success to consider the whole child.

Subscriber Special: December

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to our newsletter get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. December: Discounts on Select Print Books. Any of these books: $25.99. Kindergarten Technology Curriculum. 1st Grade Technology Curriculum. 3rd Grade Technology Curriculum. High School Technology Curriculum–Book 1. Ultimate Guide to Keyboarding: Middle School. All of these book are ordered and delivered through Amazon. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years.

5 Elements of a Pitch Deck That Will Lead Your Company to New VC Investment

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Swing Education has raised $23 million in venture capital funding to-date. The ed-tech company's co-founder shares the secrets of his pitch. The post 5 Elements of a Pitch Deck That Will Lead Your Company to New VC Investment appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog

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.

Enhancing Cybersecurity in Our Education Systems


Education has drastically changed with the emergence of technology. Approximately 80% of children now have access to a computer at home and start using the Internet at an early age. While this has its benefits in developing future skills that will be vital to them later on, it also has its dangers. Lauren Naylor of Grapevine, Texas warns that it could be a gateway to cyberbullying––an epidemic that affects close to 43% of children, with repeated attacks in one in four cases.

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Sharing Tools for Measuring Impactful Technology Use

Digital Promise

As access to technology becomes increasingly commonplace in schools, discrepancies continue to emerge concerning not whether technology is being used, but how it is being used. The U.S. Department of Education’s National Education Technology Plan (2017) calls for “thoughtful intervention and attention” to close this digital use divide, namely by enabling educators to “design highly engaging and relevant learning experiences through technology.”

Thanksgiving Activities That Keep the Learning Going

Ask a Tech Teacher

Teaching the days before big holidays is challenging. Students and teachers alike are ready for a break. Both struggle to pay attention regardless of how innovative and engaging are the lesson plans. I’ve been there often. As a result, I’ve come up with fun ways to support learning while students power through the last few days of school. Here are seven I use during the pre-Thanksgiving season: ASCII Art. Time required: Less than one class.

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Using Data-Driven Instruction and SEL to Make the Most of Assessments

EdNews Daily

By Jenny Angelo. Beaumont, Texas, is in my DNA. My family has been here since the 1800s, when the area was mainly devoted to cattle ranching and rice milling, through the great Spindletop oil discovery, which was the first major oil field and the largest in American history.

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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.

Guest post: How to Encourage Your Child’s Interest in a STEM Subject


Hopefully, your kids are getting a great, well-rounded education in a range of subjects like science, technology, engineering, and math at school: but for most kids, school classes alone aren’t enough to instil a lifelong interest in these subjects. If your child is showing an interest in a STEM subject, then the good news for parents is that there are a lot of easy ways to encourage your child and help to foster a greater love of learning and exploration for it.

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What Your School Needs to Know About Trauma-Informed Practices


Did you know that over one-half of all students will experience a traumatic event by the time they reach adulthood?[8] 8] Each year, educators teach several students who have dealt with trauma in some way. You may not know which children in a classroom have experienced trauma, but the way your school reacts to and supports these students can have lasting consequences.

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PleIQ: the interactive smart toy that fosters multiple intelligences through Augmented Reality

Ask a Tech Teacher

Augmented Reality takes students into bold new worlds where they become part of the learning, not passive viewers. They follow their passion by exploring with their senses. Ask a Tech Teacher sponsor, PleIQ is launching its Kickstarter campaign , offering a revolutionary tool that blends the physical and digital world into one that is irresistible for kids. Curious?

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Tips For Working While Attending School

EdNews Daily

Managing your time and money while you’re in school takes focus and planning. However, by laying the groundwork with proper study and spending habits, as well as finding programs that can help cover tuition, you can reduce your student loan debt before you leave school.

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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!

Critical Thinking: Facilitating and Assessing the 21st Century Skills in Education

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a series of posts dedicated to 21st skills and assessment. In this post, I wish to elaborate on Critical Thinking. The idea of critical thinking is very important. In fact , I believe that when critical thinking begins… real learning has been sparked! Now that is exciting. I want to provide you some great reasons, ways, and resources to make this happen in your classroom, school, or district.

Some Thoughts on the UNESCO OER Recommendation

Iterating Toward Openness

There’s great news out of the recent UNESCO meeting in Paris, where member states unanimously adopted the draft Recommendation on Open Educational Resources (OER). I want to highlight some of the parts of the Recommendation that caught my eye, reading both from a personal perspective as well as my Lumen perspective. First, and it will surprise no one that this is the first item on my list, is the definition.

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Why These School Districts Serve Children Beginning at Birth


BELLEVUE, Neb.—The The family engagement room at Belleaire Elementary School in the suburbs of Omaha is bustling on a late October morning. Kindergarten teacher Kelsea Heesacker comes in to chat with the school counselor and to grab a winter coat for a little girl who came to school without one.

Why Should I Go To School? 20 Reasons To Learn In A Changing World

TeachThought - Learn better.

"Why should I go to school?" This is a question rarely given serious attention, much less a credible answer that makes sense to children. The post Why Should I Go To School? 20 Reasons To Learn In A Changing World appeared first on TeachThought. The Future Of Learning Terry Heick

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.

K–12 Education’s Top Tech Hurdles to Innovation

EdTech Magazine

K–12 Education’s Top Tech Hurdles to Innovation. shailaja.neela…. Fri, 11/22/2019 - 12:10.

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Why You Should Incorporate SEL and DEI through Student Reflection & Ownership

Education Elements

During the Education Elements Personalized Learning Summit 2019 , one of our keynote speakers, Principal Baruti Kafele, discussed the achievement gap, the attitude gap, and the role all educators play in addressing both. I was familiar with the achievement gap, but I was unfamiliar with the attitude gap. Principal Kafele defines it as, “the gap between those students who have the will to strive for excellence, and those who don’t.”

Ed tech can transform physical education classes, too

The Hechinger Report

Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Choose as many newsletters as you like. Weekly Update. Future of Learning. Higher Education. Mississippi Learning. Leave this field empty if you're human: Physical education with Jon Szychlinksi is not your traditional gym class.