2014

Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do

User Generated Education

This morning I was thinking about the things that all young people should know how to do regardless of income, geographical location, life goals, etc. I started a list – see below. Some have “always” been true – some are unique to this century of learning.

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Encouraging Authenticity In Learning

The Web20Classroom

In the last several years, a major shift in instruction began to happen. Instead of students having access to handheld technology (tablet, laptop, etc) only part of the school day, more and more students began to have access when they need it.

Reading Fluency with Explain Everything

iTeach with iPads

There’s so much more to a book than just the reading. Maurice Sendak. We are 35 days into this school year and several of my students are reading. They are excited when they find words and phrases they know in books and in environmental print.

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Check out the NEW site: ClassroomCribs AND see How-To Set Up Brain-Friendly, Beautiful Learning Spaces!

Kleinspiration

Free Classroom Design Webinar: I would love for you to join me on Tuesday, July 29th at 3pm ET for a free webinar all on setting up your classroom learning space. Prior to going into teaching, I studied Interior Design. Paying close attention to how we set up our spaces is very important.

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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.

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Digital Learning Day Ignites the Blended Flame

Tom Murray

As part of the 3rd annual Digital Learning Day, educational leaders from all over country descended upon the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. on February 5th.

Demand, district adoption, and silver bullets

K12 Open Ed

A few us have been pondering the question “ How can we best advance the adoption of OER in K-12? ” both online in this document and f2f at the Open Ed 14 conference.

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Transform Your Classroom into a Makerspace

Catlin Tucker

As finals approached this year, I had a desire to do something different. In the past I’ve had students write a timed five-paragraph argument essay about whether Montag, from Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, is a conformist or nonconformist.

Certificate Program Helps Educators Grow a “Maker Mindset”

Educator Innovator

Earlier this month, first-graders at the Park Day School in Oakland, California, showed off the models they built in response to the challenge, “Design something that will carry something somewhere.”. One student designed a tooth fairy with a carrying device, complete with a whole backstory.

Today’s Curriculum for the Higher Ed HR Leader

Speaker: Joseph Clay, Business Transformation Strategist at Oracle, and Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Today’s universities and colleges face many challenges ranging from reconciling financial pressures, to ensuring student success, to managing complicated workforce dynamics. One thing they all have in common: Their head of HR must align the HR function to best support the institution as it navigates this current landscape.

Experiences in Self-Determined Learning: Moving from Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0

User Generated Education

Lisa Marie Blaschke, Mr. Chris Kenyon, and Dr. Stewart Hase contacted a group of us due to our interest in heutagogy for the purpose of writing a chapter in an edited book. This past week, because of their hard work, this book has been published through Amazon.

Learning Beyond The Classroom Walls

The Web20Classroom

When I decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology, I started out like many students do. I sat down at my laptop, went to Google and started searching. Eventually I landed on a program at an in-state university that was one of the first of its kind. Everything was virtual.

iPads and Science in Kindergarten

iTeach with iPads

“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” Chad Sugg. Fall is my favorite season, but living on the coast of South Carolina, we see very little evidence of the season. We experience fall for about a week and a half in late November or early December.

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Teacher Lesson Planner + Personal Organizer + Data and Assessment Binder = Teacher Anchor (All in One Awesomeness!)

Kleinspiration

Stay Organized All Year Long - click here to see samples from the T e a c h e r A n c h o r - * scroll all the way down for a give-away * I''ve been following Chandra Jayne on Instagram for a while, so I was quite familiar with her teaching products.

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Google announces Google Educator Groups - great resource for educators

Educational Technology Guy

Yesterday Google announced the launch of Google Educators Groups. This is a program made up of communities of educators who can connect with each other to learn, share, and help each other. While it is mainly online, there are real-world meetups and events as well.

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Anatomy 4D Update Allows Users to Explore the Human Body Like Never Before

Two Guys and Some iPads

Today DAQRI launched a major update to their popular medical education app Anatomy 4D. Version 2.0.1 comes with an all new user interface, updated models, and an added heart experience. This version also features new target images (seen below) with specific facts for the human body and the heart.

Words Matter: Let’s Talk About Learning, Not Technology

Digital Promise

I still remember the first time I held a voluntary workshop on Google Docs for a staff of 100 teachers. I called it “10 Ways to Use Google Docs in Your Classroom.” ” Five people showed up.

One Last Day

Tom Murray

Fourteen years ago I closed the door to a classroom that I could call my own for the first time. I was 21 years old, fresh out of college, and thought I had a clue as to what teaching would be like. Looking at 24 little ones staring back at me, I was nervous and in retrospect, pretty clueless. I remember that feeling like it was yesterday. My first year teaching was one of the most difficult years of my life, but a year that changed my course and provided me with incredible clarity. The day

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A Special Letter From Santa… 10 Reasons Why Teachers Must Be Magic!

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a very magical entry… one that has been a traditional post each holiday season. It is a time of year that I wish to express my gratitude to those wonderful educators that have welcomed me at their schools and conferences and join me at this blog through out the year.

Five Tips for New Teachers to Become Connected Educators

Teaching With Soul

. (Originally posted in August 2012, updated for October 2014.). This month, the U.S. Department of Education kicked off Connected Educator Month , with engaging keynotes, panel discussions, book chats, and more. During this month, educators in the U.S.

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Using Comments in Google Docs to Make Thinking Visible

Inquire and Inspire

Last year, right around the time my students began working in Google Docs, I was learning about the value of making thinking " visible ". "We

Experiential Learning: Is there really a question about this?

User Generated Education

The things we have to learn before we do them, we learn by doing them. Aristotle. Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results. John Dewey.

Connecting Students To The World

The Web20Classroom

I can remember it like it was yesterday. I was in sixth grade and sitting at a desk in my language arts classroom. We had been doing an integrated unit in all our classes about cultures around the world. We’d been looking at all sorts of places that, at the time, seemed exotic to me.

App Smashing in Math

iTeach with iPads

Math is like going to the gym for your brain. It sharpens your mind.-Danica Danica McKellar. After a full day of teaching kindergarten, my mind could use a little sharpening. It often feels like mush and I have to work hard to have adult conversation when I get home.

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Feed Your Student's Brains with @brainfeedapp: The Pandora For Knowledge

Kleinspiration

Product Review : Brainfeed - click here to visit their site - A recent study by Common Sense Media found that the percent of children with access to a smart mobile device has jumped from half (52%) to three-quarters (75%).

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Wolfram releases Problem Generator to create practice problems

Educational Technology Guy

Wolfram, creators of Wolfram|Alpha , have launched Wolfram Problem Generator. This tool allows students and teachers to create unlimited, random practice problems and answers in subjects such as elementary math, algebra, statistics and even college calculus.

PBS Kids makes Geometry and Problem Solving FUN with Augmented Reality

Two Guys and Some iPads

This past week while I have been stuck inside thanks to massive amounts of snow and subzero temperatures, I''ve been searching to discover as many new augmented reality apps as I could.

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How to Lead: Meet Our Five DILA Administrator Winners

Digital Promise

This blog post was originally published by EdSurge. Guest co-author Mary Jo Madda is an Associate Editor at EdSurge. Being an administrator is a tough job, but administrators make all the difference when it comes to leading schools and districts towards innovation and change.

This One's for You, Grandpa!

Tom Murray

I can remember bouncing on your lap when I was about three. I remember the silly gifts you’d give, your incredible sense of humor, your amazing model of how to be a father and grandfather, and how to this day, I consider you the most brilliant man I’ve ever known. I remember your hugs and kisses; your tickles every time we were together. I remember your “I love you, Tommy. I’m so proud of you”, stated well over a million times. As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned to greatly respect your service

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The Power of Public Thinking: An Interview with Author Clive Thompson

Educator Innovator

This post originally appeared on dmlcentral. Clive Thompson is a longtime contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired.

This Year be an EduHero!

Teacher Reboot Camp

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. – Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Our world is full of hero potential waiting to be motivated, supported, and skilled.

The Paperless Way to Collect Parent Contact Information!

EdTechnocation.com

Collect Parent Contact Information w/ a Google Form! Use a Google Form to gather Parent Contact Information this school year! It''s not just about saving trees and going paperless, although those are good reasons!

Best Education-Related Videos of 2014

User Generated Education

I love end of year “best of” lists. My own list is what I found to be the most powerful education related videos of 2014. They all, in some way, address the mind, heart, and spirit of education. Each touched me in some way to help illuminate the purpose and core of education.

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Why Formative Assessments Matter

The Web20Classroom

Back in my first year, I was teaching a unit on the parts of the Periodic Table. The students needed to know where they could identify elements that were typically metals, non-metals, gases and be able to identify elements based on their Atomic number among other tasks.