2015

Hour of Code Suggestions by Grade Level

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are ideas of apps and websites that teachers in my PLN used successfully in the past during Hour of Code: Kindergarten. Start kindergartners with problem solving. If they love Legos, they’ll love coding. BotLogic –great for Kindergarten and youngers. Code –learn to code, for students.

Top Education Tweets of the Week: November 14, 2015

The CoolCatTeacher

Trends and Topics on Twitter A subtle shift is happening in language as seen in the top education tweets this week.

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Improving Instruction in a Digital World

A Principal's Reflections

The Rigor and Relevance Framework —an action ­oriented continuum that describes putting knowledge to use—gives teachers and administrators a way to develop both instruction and assessment while providing students with a way a way to project learning goals.

Maker Education Card Game

User Generated Education

I like and have always used games in my classrooms. One of my current educational interests is maker education. As such, I have begun creating games for maker education – see my first one, a board game, at Reflecting on the Making Process.

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.

Announcing the 2015 Cohort of the League of Innovative Schools

Digital Promise

In 2015, it’s no longer a new story that technology is being used in the classroom. It’s a part of everyone’s daily lives and it’s no surprise that it’s becoming a part of students’ lives as well.

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Back to School: Tips for Implementing New Technology

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Many teachers find themselves in a bittersweet situation at the start of the new school year. Often, their school has used the summer break to launch new technology initiatives. What can teachers do to make this transition go smoothly? Click the headline to read the full post. Questions?

Beyond Badges: Why Personalized Learning Advocates Need to Care about Blockchain

Doug Levin

Tom Vander Ark of Getting Smart has argued that “ parent-managed learner profiles ” will by key to both enabling and scaling personalization in education.

Phonics Strategies for Young Learners Using the iPad

iTeach with iPads

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.-Kate Kate DiCamillo. I am sorry for my low profile lately…for the last 10 weeks, I have been taking statistics for my doctoral program and it has owned me!

Every Child In: Children with Special Needs Learning the 21st Century Way

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 10, Number 4. This post begins a four part series from Katherine Smith Elementary School, a P21 Exemplar. In this series, you will read about how a school's policy and practice are connected so that all students with special needs are included as 21st century learners.

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

Inspire with Poetry! 10+ Ideas & Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” – Robert Frost. April is National Poetry month and the perfect excuse to inspire your students with poetry no matter what subject you teach.

10 Tips for Teachers who Struggle with Technology

Ask a Tech Teacher

8 Great Ways to Level Up Game Based Learning in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Play Good Games, Get Great Results Game based learning in the classroom should not be worksheets with points. It should be engaging and exciting. Here are eight ways to level up game based learning. Because, face it, many educational “games” fall short. Chocolate on broccoli.

The Need For Digital Literacy

A Principal's Reflections

The following post is cross-posted at edu@scholastic. With 1:1 technology initiatives and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programs increasingly being implemented in schools across the globe, the need for digital literacy education has become more important than ever.

Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

Reflecting on the Making Process

User Generated Education

My background is in experiential education. One of the strategies used in experiential education is debriefing or reflecting on the experience. In other words, learning from direct experience is not left to chance.

Let’s Change the Conversation About Education (Technology)

Digital Promise

Sara Schapiro is the director of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. Jason Tomassini is the communications director at Digital Promise. You can view the full-size version of the image above here.

Avoid the One-Size-Fits-All Classroom

Catlin Tucker

When I volunteer in my children’s elementary classrooms (1st and 3rd grade), I am struck by how frequently the teacher finds time to work directly with small groups of students to offer additional support, review concepts, assess understanding, and practice skills.

Vocabulary Strategies for Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic Learners

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

When it comes to vocabulary instruction, most of the commonly-used instructional techniques, particularly at the middle school and high school levels, tend to favor visual learners. But what about all the auditory and kinesthetic learners? Click the headline to read the full post. Questions?

Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

Does Ownership of Instructional Materials Matter?

Doug Levin

If technology doesn’t disrupt the very notion of the textbook first, its future is surely digital.

Using iPads to Plan in Kindergarten

iTeach with iPads

Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort. Paul J. Meyer. Happy New Year! After 2 weeks and 3 weekends, we are back in school. It was evident we had a little “brain drain” over the holidays.

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Full PBL Inclusion: Ensuring Deeper Learning for My Special Education Students (Part 2 of 4)

Battelle for Kids

Volume 2, Issue 10, Number 5. Driving Question: How can children with special needs in a Special Day Class (SCD) fit in a Project Based Learning (PBL) school? Three years ago, I joined the reinvention team at Katherine Smith Elementary School. My transition was huge.

Goal: Be Someone’s Champion

Teacher Reboot Camp

Welcome to Cycle 6 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Inspire Forward ! “Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” ” – Rita F. Pierson.

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.

What is the 21st Century Lesson Plan?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Technology and the connected world put a fork in the old model of teaching–instructor in front of the class, sage on the stage, students madly taking notes, textbooks opened to the chapter being reviewed, homework as worksheets based on the text, tests regurgitating important facts.

10 Ways to Flip a Kid and Turn Their Day Around

The CoolCatTeacher

Teaching and Reaching Every Child In A Story of a Young Life Turned Around by Great Teachers , Kevin Honeycutt shared, “I believe you can flip a kid on any given day in one hour.” ” I’ve been thinking. Can you?

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How Digital Tools Improve Teaching and Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Adapted from an article I co-authored, Real-World Ready: Leveraging Digital Tools Digital tools are transforming essential elements of the education space.

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Is “Have a Growth Mindset” the New “Just Say No”

User Generated Education

I’ve been interested in the ideas surrounding the growth mindset prior to it being coined as such by Carol Dweck. As part of my studying Education Psychology as part of my Doctoral studies, I delved into studying attribution theory.

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.