2019

How to Build a Modern School – 6 Key Elements to Embed in Your Groundwork

ViewSonic Education

Quick Take: Covering the 6 key elements in creating the right foundation for modern education with the arrival of the 4 th industrial revolution and the changing educational environment. A Modern School can be defined as a school developed for students who are living through the 4 th industrial revolution and the current changing educational environment. Designing a modern school will be an ongoing process for those in educational leadership.

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Edtech, Equity, and Innovation: A Critical Look in the Mirror

Digital Promise

We are often reluctant to label anything facilitated through technology as a failure. Instead, we tend to excuse inadequate or unsavory outcomes as necessary growing pains in the pursuit of “innovation.” Technology has become so pervasive in our lives that we have grown reticent to question its value when its use may not support evidence-based practices. In light of the present and future challenges students face, our complacency does them a great disservice. It’s a matter of equity.

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4 Steps towards digital wellness for students

Neo LMS

The media loves sensational tech stories. Remember that one where young people were growing “horns” on their skulls because of their phones? That seems plausible, right? Except that it was based on a faulty study , which essentially renders it as fake. This is just one example of the many articles that warn us of the latest shocking discoveries about the dangers of technology.

Where is Your Learning Culture?

A Principal's Reflections

There are many factors that inhibit change. In some cases, comfort is the enemy of growth. We teach the way we were taught or lead the way we were led. Now I am not saying that this is bad per se, but the bottom line is whether or not the practice is effective. The same could be said for the status quo. Doing what we have always done might seem like a sound path forward if the results you are judged on are good or increasing.

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

5 Myths About Video Learning

ViewSonic Education

Quick Take: Explore some of the myths surrounding the use of video learning in school and the truth behind the benefits of educational videos. Myth #1: Video is passive learning. Myth #2: Video is time-consuming. Myth #3: Video require steep learning curves. Myth #4: Video vs intellectual property. Myth #5: Video will replace teachers. The topic of video learning is slowly creeping into the minds of many educators.

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How edtech boosts parent engagement in schools

Neo LMS

Being a parent* is hard work. Being a teacher is also hard work. Parents are primarily responsible for their children’s well being and education. Teachers are also responsible for their students’ well being and education. See the similarities? Teachers and parents want students to be happy and successful. They have the same goals and desire to help students learn better. From this perspective, a low level of parent engagement in school simply does not make sense.

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Using Computers in the Classroom: Shifting from Consumption to Creation

Catlin Tucker

In the last few months, I have read several articles about increasing pushback against the use of technology in schools. The Atlantic published a piece called “The Backlash Against Screen Time at School,” The Guardian published an article titled “Children are Tech Addicts – and Schools are the Pushers,” and The New York Times published “Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good.”

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.

22 Top Tips for Better Classroom Management

The CoolCatTeacher

Classroom management can be a challenge. In this post, I’ll share twenty-two of my top tips and ideas that have helped me have an awesome classroom. While I won’t claim to ever be perfect, I have learned so much over the last seventeen years. If this post helps some of you avoid the mistakes I learned early on, then it will accomplish its purpose! Classroom Management Tip #1: Build a Partnership With Your Students It’s true that you must relate before you can educate.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Comic Creation Tools to Engage Learners

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Students of all ages enjoy learning with comics and creating comics. When students create comics they use props, scenery, dialogue, text, and characters to visualize and contextualize vocabulary and knowledge.

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Why Kindergartners Must Learn Technology

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you missed this article over at ReadiLearn , here are my thoughts about teaching technology in kindergarten: Why Kindergartners Must Learn Technology. When I started teaching technology almost twenty years ago, I taught K-8, three classes in each grade every week. I was buried under lesson plans, grades, and parent meetings. I remember suggesting to my principal that he ease my schedule by eliminating tech for kindergartners.

Why Computer Science Should Be A High School Graduation Requirement

Wisewire

Computing is an integral part of every aspect of our lives, from how we connect with each other to the way we do our jobs and get around. Computing is the number one source of all new wages in the U.S. economy and there are currently 500,000 open computing jobs across the country. Yet, according to a Code.org report, only 15 states require all high schools to offer computer science.

AI + 5G = New Internet in 2020

The Journal

The marriage of two emerging technologies – AI and 5G – are about to remake the Internet. In this week’s blogpost we speculate on the changes these technologies and this New Internet will engender

7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

Authentic Learning Experiences

User Generated Education

Providing authentic learning experiences to all learners should be the highest prior for all administrators, curriculum developers, and teachers. Authentic learning is learning designed to connect what students are taught in school to real-world issues, problems, and applications; learning experiences should mirror the complexities and ambiguities of real life.

Digital Transformation in the Education Sector - A Guide to Education Technology

ViewSonic Education

Can you think of an aspect of life that has not yet been influenced by modern technology? Chances are high that the answer is no! This is especially true in the education sector, which finds varying degrees of digital transformation happening all time. In that regard, from interactive whiteboards to front-facing projectors, the digital transformation in the education sector has yielded its own technological industry - EdTech.

Moving a District Towards More Verbs

More Verbs

New journeys are both exciting and full of detours, breakdowns, and bumps in the road! Bethel is wonderful small town nestled in a beautiful section of Western Maine. The White Mountains raise all around us here. There is a beautiful downtown with a well stocked, but relatively small, grocery, and an old fashioned hardware store across the street (Ironically named Brooks Brothers!).

Learning and growing as educators

Neo LMS

Finding time to engage in professional learning can present a challenge for educators.

Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.

How Internet Access Can Help Your ESL Students

Kajeet

According to Education Week , there are an estimated five million English-language learners in America’s public school system. And when it comes to the K-12 student population, these English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) learners are the fastest growing segment, comprising 10 percent of enrollment in public schools. Homework Gap SmartSpot 1 to 1 Chromebooks

How Belonging and Productive Struggle Can Motivate Students in Math

Digital Promise

While parts of the education system have incorporated tailored methods to keep students engaged, mathematics is often still taught in traditional, non-differentiated ways. For example, many math lessons focus on teaching the one correct path to reach the one right answer to a problem.

Why Teaching Languages Is Actually Very Important

The CoolCatTeacher

Diego Ojeda on episode 453 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast Diego Ojeda talks about why languages are still so important in today’s world. He also advocates for why we all need to learn multiple languages. Listen to the Show Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Diego Ojeda: Bio as Submitted World Language activist, Spanish teacher, BER presenter: Best Practices Teaching Spanish.

Tools for Designing Awesome Graphics

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! I started this blog 10 years ago, which was shortly after using Twitter and other social media tools to connect with educators.

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How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

Discover the top five reasons your school’s admissions should be online.

11 Projects to Teach Digital Citizenship

Ask a Tech Teacher

Education has changed. No longer is it contained within four classroom walls or the physical site of a school building. Students aren’t confined by the eight hours between school bells or the struggling budget of an underfunded program. Now, education can be found anywhere — teaming up with students in Kenya, Skyping with an author in Sweden, or chatting with an astrophysicist on the International Space Station.

Why The High Achievers Have Moved to Shop Class

Wisewire

A new breed of students has flooded into career-technical education, and they’re transforming a slice of the K-12 world that’s long suffered from stigma and disrespect. These students are focusing on professions like engineering and health care instead of traditional trades like manufacturing and agriculture. They have higher grades and test scores, and more positive attitudes toward school.

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Student Agency: What Do Students Want to Create to Demonstrate Their Learning?

Catlin Tucker

In my blog post titled “ 3 Ways to Build Student Agency into Your Lessons ,” I encouraged teachers to design lessons that allow students to make key decisions about their learning. Student agency is one of the easiest ways that teachers can begin to personalize learning.

Scratch and Makey Makey Across the Curriculum

User Generated Education

I love bringing physical computing into my classrooms: Physical computing means building interactive physical systems by the use of software and hardware that can sense and respond to the analog world. Physical computing is a creative framework for understanding human beings’ relationship to the digital world.

K-12 Private School Student Information System Buying Guide

Too many private schools are still using clunky, outdated systems, causing unnecessary stress and wasted time. That’s why it’s vital for them to invest in modern products and services purposefully designed for private K-12 education.