Infographics in Education with Eileen Lennon

The CoolCatTeacher

Today, infographic pro, Eileen Lennon, shares how she uses infographics, creates them, and why they’re such a powerful tool. To join the celebration, tune into the Twitter chat with me, fellow teachers, and the CME Group’s chief economist on April 26th at noon Eastern Time, using #PowerofEcon.

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How To Get Started Teaching Online

EdNews Daily

Welcome back to our “Teacher Feature Series,” where we chat with educators who work online across borders. My name is Shaundra Schlapia, and I teach students in various elementary grades and middle grades one-on-one lessons with HAWO American Academy. Click to tweet.

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How to Get Students Moving for Academic Advantages

EdNews Daily

Sit tight: Science suggests the secret to boosting brain power might be to keep kids moving. A fascinating study published in the Journal of School Health indicates that when elementary-age children’s lessons incorporated physical activity, their focus improved more than 70 percent.

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What to Buy for Your Maker Space #makered

The CoolCatTeacher

Librarian Chad Lehman helps us learn about the technologies we need to set up an awesome maker space. Additionally, Chad talks about how he orients students to the maker space and the biggest problems he’s had with it (and how he’s solving them.)

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The 5-Second Rule And Other Myths: How to Protect Kids’ Health At School

EdNews Daily

Five seconds might fly by to us, but to microbes, it’s plenty of time to hitch a ride on fallen food. Of course, try telling that to a hungry kindergartener whose ham sandwich hit the cafeteria floor. Taking off for deep cleaning isn’t isolated to that one case.

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3 Teacher Money Making Opportunities Using Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Jessica Gordon @1337teach shares three ways teachers can use technology to make money this summer (or anytime.) Download the transcript of this show or scroll down to read it on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show.

The Social Media Game Elementary School Students Should Be Playing

The Innovative Educator

Fortunately, my employer supports this and as such, we have been incorporating the voice of students in the guidelines around social media (You can see the teen guidelines at schools.nyc.gov/socialmedia ). Most recently I had the opportunity to speak with hundreds of elementary students about social media and which platforms they are using. Admittedly, I''m not much of a user of social media platforms for the under 13 set, so I knew I had a lot to learn.

Wanda Terral: 5 Ways to Help Kids Understand Digital Safety Without Scaring Them To Death

The CoolCatTeacher

In today’s show, Wanda Terral talks about how to help kids understand digital safety. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. 5 Ways to Help Kids Understand Digital Safety Without Scaring Them To Death. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e305.

Top 10 Social Networking Guidelines for Educators Who Wish to Keep Their Career Intact

EdTechSandyK

I put this together about two months ago at the request of some educational technology professionals I know who were curious about boundaries when it comes to what to post and do on social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook. I tweaked it just this week to present to a group of elementary (K-5) teachers. Would you want to discuss those things in person with your boss, students, students’ parents, or co-workers?

1st Grade digital PBL: Does it work?

Neo LMS

Project-based learning , as we have often examined in this blog, is a powerful way to not only impart information, by exploration, but has the added advantage of stimulating and developing a range of other skills and habits such as communication, creativity, curiosity, confidence and collaboration.

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Design Thinking Process and UDL Planning Tool for STEM, STEAM, Maker Education

User Generated Education

If there is someone other than the teacher managing the makerspace or there is a schedule for the school, your kids may only be able to use it once a week or month. The educator can assist learners in the interview process including how to develop interview questions.

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A Back-to-School, Personalized Learning Toolkit

Edsurge

Growing up, I received what was largely a one-size-fits-all education; as a result, I struggled to connect academically to this model. Today, I’m amazed at the impact technology can have on the learning process—especially when it enables teachers to personalize learning.

Qualities of Effective Educator Professional Development

User Generated Education

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said in a statement, “Even high quality professional development must be directly relevant to the needs of teachers and genuinely improve teaching and learning.” Time to Tinker and Play. Ability to Tailor to Own Needs.

Educators as Purveyors of Hope

User Generated Education

I sought this degree due to my affinity towards at-risk and adjudicated youth. I have since become a teacher educator (with some teaching of elementary gifted students at a few Title 1 schools thrown in). The goal, though, is for you to develop your own sense of hope.”

3 steps to implementing an ecosystem of phonics-based learning

eSchool News

When Florida State Assessment scores revealed that our third-graders were under-performing in reading, my colleagues and I analyzed the data to determine the root cause of performance. The data showed a need for an explicit, phonics-based approach to literacy for our young students.

Teaching teachers to relinquish control

The Christensen Institute

The new report How to create higher performing, happier classrooms in seven moves: A playbook for teachers ” tells stories of teachers who improved student engagement and academic results by introducing seven specific, practical moves into their classrooms that replicate the successes of top managers in cutting-edge workplaces. To do this, a teacher must free students from teacher-delivered instruction and give them content and lessons that they can learn independently.

Multiple Choice

Digital Promise

One of the key elements of the curriculum-design approach known as Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is student engagement — creating opportunities for students to become engaged and stay motivated, to believe that what they’re learning is important, and to feel capable in their learning. Fostering engagement — knowing your students, knowing how to make the material sing to them — is where the art of teaching is on full display, says author Katie Novak in UDL Now! ,

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What The Screen Time Experts Do With Their Own Kids

MindShift

Parents today struggle to set screen time guidelines. So when I was interviewing dozens of them for my book The Art of Screen Time , I asked them how they made screen time rules at home. If something is an emergency that’s how I can be found.”

Website Review: Prodigy Game

Ask a Tech Teacher

There are a lot of online math systems to help students through one of school’s toughest subjects (if not science). Each one proclaim s they have the way to teach students while having fun, in ways that are aligned with state and national standards. Free (fee upgrade to Premium).

Merritt Public Schools: How a Rural Oklahoma District Developed its Digital Learning Program

Education Superhighway

Walking into a Merritt Elementary School classroom today, you’ll find students using iPads to figure out math problems and submit their answers, while teachers grade those answers and provide feedback and follow-up support in real-time. The Path to a Successful Upgrade.

How teachers are helping students affected by deportations

The Hechinger Report

While teaching in the bilingual program at Armijo Elementary School in Albuquerque several years ago, Juan Ortega provided support to one of his fourth graders whose father was deported. So what happens to them, happens to you in a way.”.

Here’s what schools need to know about ESSA right now

eSchool News

Recently, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told the Council of Chief State Schools Officers (CCSSO) that states should continue to move forward with their ESSA plans. To start, Rowley addressed any confusion regarding the Common Core State Standards.

5 Ways to Build Real Teacher-Student Connections for the Year Ahead

Edsurge

Summer is the time for many educators to reboot, relax, and re-energize for the upcoming school year. Some attend conferences, participate in webinars, or read up on educational trends to learn and grow before putting their newly-acquired knowledge into practice in September. I also spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about how my son will adjust as he enters his first year of high school. Perhaps they too are using the summer to think about the same thing.

?A Playbook to Go Open: 5 Steps to Adopting OER

Edsurge

Public schools now provide at least one computer for every five students and spend more than $3 billion per year on digital content, according to Education Week. As momentum for digital learning builds, some districts—80 percent according to the 2017 Consortium for School Networking’s (CoSN) K12 IT Leadership Survey Report —are using open educational resources (OER), which the U.S. Each iteration should be evaluated to make improvements in the next iteration.

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How a growing number of states are hoping to improve kids’ brains: exercise

The Hechinger Report

On top of that, there’s a daily lunch break that comes with time for kids to get outside and move around. Teacher Travis Olsen has an exercise bike in the back of his seventh-grade science classroom that kids are welcome to use whenever they feel the need. APPLETON, Wisc.

Can testing save arts education?

The Hechinger Report

to compare artwork created by their students for tests and to try to find common ground in scoring it. One girl begged to be allowed to use Bob Ross as her inspiration; another searched determinedly for paintings of bowling to use.

Student Learners become Leaders of Learning – a LeRoy Finkel Fellowship Follow-up

CUE

Jefferson Elementary #TigerTechTeam, 2016. TigerTechTeam is a student led technology club, affecting positive change beyond the doors of Jefferson Elementary, a rural school in California’s Central Valley, with 100% socio-economically disadvantaged students.

Get Started with Digital Citizenship in Your District

edWeb.net

How should an entire district begin teaching digital citizenship? Life Schools Charter School’s digital citizenship initiative began when they started to notice that many students were posting on social media about their location and other personal details.

What’s the bottom line on online preschool?

The Hechinger Report

Preschool students at Kruse Elementary School in the Poudre School District in Colorado play at the water table during choice time. But that fact alone doesn’t provide states with the funding needed to foot the bill. Here’s how to help them.

Makerspaces: New Prospects for Hands-On Learning in Schools

Leadership Lounge

But I also bemoaned the lack of opportunities available to non-CTE students who wish to work with their hands. Many are being assembled and supported by industrious librarians looking for new ways to offer their students hands-on learning opportunities.

Report Recommends Teacher Training Literacy Instruction

K-12 Schools - Education News

A report by the International Literacy Association has found that only 18 states require prospective elementary school teachers to complete specific courses related to literacy education. The hope is to determine how the guidelines from the initial report are being implemented.

Is the effort to curb strict discipline going too far, too fast?

The Hechinger Report

McMicken Heights Elementary School principal Alexandria Haas sits with second-graders during a morning activity developed by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Students take 20 minutes each day to work on social interactions and understanding their emotions. percent to 75.1

‘Rocket Fuel’: How Schools Can Create a Positive, SEL-friendly School Culture

Edsurge

Tamara Alston expects her students to hold her accountable if she’s not being respectful and “solving problems in a way that works” for the community. Whole body listening” is just one part of the school’s approach to and emphasis on social and emotional learning. Photo Credit: Tamara Alston Alston says Hazel Wolf takes a top-down approach to SEL. The school has a Wolf Pack Pact, a set of five guidelines for the school community: We focus on learning.

What if personalized learning was less about me and more about us?

The Hechinger Report

Why did he come to America? The writing and photos would be bound into a book and sold to parents and others, with proceeds donated to a local nonprofit helping new immigrants. And how to listen to each other.”. How am I doing?

Want Your Students to Remember You in 20 Years? Start Holding Weekly Data Conferences

Edsurge

Yet I can easily tell you the name of every one of my teachers dating back to elementary school. I may not recall who taught me which specific reading or math concept, but I vividly remember how these educators made me feel. For our nearly 200 kindergarten to fourth-graders, we believe developing a positive school culture is equally—if not more—important to the impact we have on our students’ academic, social, and emotional growth.

An Update on What You Need to Know about ESSA

edWeb.net

Due to the rapid transition from NCLB to ESSA, it is important for educators and vendors to be aware of the key differences between the two. States will now be responsible for accountability, and each state will have to submit their own accountability plan to be peer reviewed. “I

Communication for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

When teachers facilitate the building block of Communication, not only are they nurturing a learning environment that supports personalized learning, they are also helping students to develop skills that are essential for personal and professional success.