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.

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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Great list of app based on task you want students to accomplish

Educational Technology Guy

I found this great list of apps and tech tools that are organized based on the task you want students to accomplish. It was out on Twitter and I can''t find the original tweet. What do you want to do.?There''s There''s a tech tool for that. pic.twitter.com/kWFciWylLP.

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.

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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You Are Not Just a Teacher

Two Guys and Some iPads

A gift from one of my students last year. Far too often we hear the phrase, "I''m just a teacher." I am here to tell you that I am Not Just a Teacher, and neither are you! Yes, “Teacher” may be our job title, but we are so much more than that.

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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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Top 100 Sites/Apps of 2014

Technology Tidbits

Well, it''s that time of year again for my favorite and most robust list on the top 100 Sites/Apps of the year. As w/ the previous year''s list, more and more mobile apps are making the list as mobile learning continues to be the rising trend in education.

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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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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.

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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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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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.

Closing the Global Education Gap

Digital Promise

High-quality educational content is for everyone. Professional tools to create music, video and art are for everyone. Access to expertise is for everyone. And, everyone needs the opportunity to collaborate and communicate as part of the educational experience.

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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10 Ways to Show Your iPad on a Projector Screen

Learning in Hand

Projecting your iPad on a large screen is great for demonstrations, simulations, explanations, and showing examples. There are several ways this can be done in the classroom.

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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.

Pump Students Up with Digital Icebreakers

Teacher Reboot Camp

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” by Plato. Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Throughout my teaching years, I’ve struggled with getting my students or trainees to readily participate.

Growth Mindset: GoBrain and Making a Splash

User Generated Education

A recent interest of mine has been the Growth Mindset. I have blogged and presented on this topic: The Educator and the Growth Mindset. The Educator with a Growth Mindset: A Staff Workshop. Growth Mindset: Personal Accountability and Reflection.

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.

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.

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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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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What 2015 Holds for the Future of Education

Digital Promise

As we all take time to reflect on 2014, now is also a good time to look forward to 2015.

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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1112 Great GOOGLE CLASSROOM Tutorials by Early Access Testers

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

FINALLY got my invitation to Google Classroom today. Thank you, Google! I''ll be checking out these tutorials for guidance and inspiration: 1. Google Classroom - Teacher and Student View video by +Roger Nixon , June 15 2.

The Ultimate Word Wall with ThingLink & Padlet

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

I am fortunate to be working with an amazing group of educators this summer for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge. This week''s challenge to design an activity to help students Dig Deeper Into Vocabulary , a topic I am very passionate about.

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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.

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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Overcoming The Barriers To Creativity And Innovation

The Web20Classroom

It''s been a few weeks since I returned from Doha, Qatar and the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). If you aren''t familiar, this conference centers around scalable, actionable ideas for the future of education worldwide.

3 Ways to Rock Your Classroom Library!

Kleinspiration

Classroom Library Tools If you are a Scholastic.com user, most likely you know about Book Wizard and what an amazing tool it is for finding and leveling books. Recently, Scholastic developed a mobile version for the iPhone and is currently working towards a version for the iPad.