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A State-Wide Model for Online Professional Learning

edWeb.net

The GaDOE Social Studies Department and three of their virtual specialists presented an edWebinar on their three-year journey in creating and maintaining virtual learning communities for social studies for every grade level and course from K through 12. How they did it.

Virtual Mentorship for Emerging Leaders

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn about this program, how you can join in, and how you can become a better mentor. Jennifer gives you a description in simple language, a screenshot of the tool in action and then a play button that takes you to a video about how the tool works.

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5 Ways to Reach Even Resistant Writers with Writer’s Workshop

The CoolCatTeacher

The author of Make Writing , Angela is passionate about creating writing workshop experiences that are relevant to today’s learners and accessible to even the most resistant writers. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. I’d like them to “make” that character.

Why being in a Professional Learning Network (PLN) is essential for the growth of a 21st century teacher.

Linways Technologies

If you are really interested in teaching, maintaining a relationship with your community of teachers is elementary for your growth in terms of both private life and career-wise. A community, in this sense, would be a Professional Learning Network (PLN) for teachers.

How to Help Kids Innovate From an Early Age

Digital Promise

As community makerspaces begin to take root in Ontario’s elementary schools , students are behaving better. They’re creative spaces where students can gather to explore, tinker, discover and create, and they’re making students more enthusiastic about school.

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Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn how she uses this tool. FlexPath – only at Capella University – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down.

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Investing in leadership capacity: The amazing, wonderful District 59

Dangerously Irrelevant

Two years ago I had the incredible opportunity to work with the entire leadership team of District 59 in Arlington Heights, Illinois for SEVEN days. We met approximately once per month from September to May. How could we make them better? How could we make them better?

@Quizizz : Say Goodbye to Worksheets and Crosswords

The CoolCatTeacher

He shares how you can use this tool to teach vocabulary and save time for other things! Download the transcript by clicking here or scroll down to read the transcript on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. to 3.

Jackson Charitable Foundation and Discovery Education Announce Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! Elementary School Contest Winner, Set to Empower the Next Generation of Fiscally Fit Leaders

techlearning

Mary’s Elementary School in Bellevue, Nebraska as the $10,000 grand prize winner of the Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! The contest invited elementary school teachers and families to take a pledge to teach kids how to “earn, save, spend and donate.”

Getting Rid of Cemetery Style Seating in the Classroom with Bill Selak

The CoolCatTeacher

He also shares how flexible seating should go with more student voice and choice in their learning. Prepare to have your mind shift about how we sit in classrooms today! I’ve included a comparison matrix with features to help you figure out what system is best for you.

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.

Why we love our PD tools

eSchool News

Ask most teachers what they think of their district’s professional development (PD) and you’ll most likely get a grimace or an outright groan. But PD tools don’t have to be unproductive. Northwood Elementary School, Napa, Calif.

Amazon Alexa in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Bill Selak @ billselak shares how he’s using Amazon’s Alexa via the Echo and Dot in the classroom. He shares the ideal grades (in his opinion) and how the Echo is an “assistant” of sorts for his teachers. You can go to patreon.com/coolcatteacher.

5 Ways to Transform Your Classroom into a Voyage of Discovery with Sarah Reed

The CoolCatTeacher

From dressing like a bumblebee to class entry routines, this Kentucky State Teacher of the year, Sarah Reed, has ideas for us. Learn about the Unified Classroom. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. 125 5 Ways to Transform Your Classroom into a Voyage of Discovery.

Learning In The Heart Of Texas With #TCEA15

The Web20Classroom

This was my first time attending and my first time in Austin and I had a wonderful time learning, sharing and reflecting at this first-rate, mega-sized conference. I love learning. And these events are prime opportunities for me to learn from amazing educators.

Moving Forward

Reading By Example

The following is a letter to Howe Elementary School families regarding my decision to take a new position in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. . On Monday, May 23, I was hired as elementary principal in the Mineral Point Area School District. This position will allow for some curriculum duties as well as more opportunities to write, consult, and facilitate professional learning for other educators.

How K–12 Schools Should Define and Act on Digital Learning

EdTech Magazine

How K–12 Schools Should Define and Act on Digital Learning. To be honest, I hate the term blended learning. Let me explain why: In today’s world of education, blended learning gets thrown around for any type of new education involving technology. .

5 Ways Curriculum and Technology Leads Can Better Work Together to Support Students

techlearning

However, in today’s educational world, we have so many new tools and resources to make learning engaging and fun for students that building curriculum CAN actually be fun and rewarding. However, for this to occur, curriculum and technology leaders need to collaborate as never before.

We Created Subscription Boxes for Learning—and Teachers Love Them!

Edsurge

As I sat at a giant table with 15 colleagues pondering how to make professional learning more personal for our teachers, my eyes drifted to my screen. I saw people excited to receive their StitchFix, FabFitFun or Blue Apron boxes. What if we could apply the subscription box model to professional learning? What if we could apply the subscription box model to professional learning?”

Celebrating ConnectED’s Achievements Toward Transforming Education

Digital Promise

Since President Obama’s ConnectED announcement in 2013 in Mooresville, NC , there has been more than $10 billion committed as part of the five-year program to transform American education. These commitments are connecting 20 million more students to next-generation broadband and wireless.

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Video Journals to Help Build Powerful Ideas and Reflective Thinking

EdTechTeam

We often hear phrases such as, “student-centered learning” and, “student-directed learning.” Educators often manifest these phrases through the creation of small groups, allowing students to work together, or giving student-choice in projects. How did you know you were on-track?

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Principal Survey: Voices from the Field

edWeb.net

In preparation for the launch of a new Principal Leadership Community , edWeb conducted a survey of principals in May of 2019 to probe the topics of most interest to principals in current times. The principalship is a difficult position in which to excel.

This Is How It Feels To Meet Your Online Students In-Person

EdNews Daily

Have you ever wondered what it can feel like to meet some of your online students in-person? Educator Heather Pence, who teaches for 51Talk recently attended an event that brought her closer to the students who take classes with 51Talk. Want to learn more about teaching for 51Talk?

Math Teachers Need Better Professional Development. Here’s a Personalized Approach.

Edsurge

One of the most difficult challenges I faced was supporting our 400 K-8 math teachers with substantive professional learning. Just as teachers struggle to find time and resources that support differentiation and personalization for every student in math class, administrators nationwide struggle to differentiate for these students’ teachers with relevant, timely professional learning. To ensure equitable learning outcomes for all.

Jackson Charitable Foundation and Discovery Education Launch Second Annual “Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids” Contest to Encourage Fiscally Fit Habits Among Youth

techlearning

– Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids Launches Second Annual Pledge Contest Awarding $10,000 to a Winning School, Plus $1,000 for a Charity of their Choice – – Standards-Aligned Resources for Educators and Families to Help K-6 Grade Students Become Financially Empowered Adults – Silver Spring, Md.

Transforming Struggling Readers into Engaged, Enthusiastic Students

edWeb.net

With 10 million students in grades K-12 struggling to read, taking those struggling readers from disengaged to enthused may seem like a huge feat. However, doing just one thing to take action can cause a wave of reaction throughout the entire school.

Emphasize Flexibility and Adaptability When Grouping Students

edWeb.net

While not calling for a return to those rigid structures, in the edWebinar “ Flexible Grouping and Collaborative Learning: Making It Work,” Dina Brulles, Ph.D., both education consultants, advocated for using groups to assist student learning. The gifted group.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

Capstone is pleased to announce its most popular PebbleGo databases are now available in Spanish. Three new modules PebbleGo Biografías (Biographies), Ciencia (Science), and Estudios Sociales (Social Studies) have been added to the database.

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Data-driven learning, not instruction, is the future of education

edWeb.net

Data-driven instruction may be the popular catchphrase in education, but in a recent edWebinar, the speakers advocated for data-driven learning. The student, they said, should be at the center of all educational efforts, especially when the goal is to improve outcomes.

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5 Reasons Teachers Using Tech are Super Heroes with Kecia Ray

The CoolCatTeacher

If you don’t “get” why technology is important, or know people who don’t, take a listen to understand and learn about transformative practices that work in education. They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning. So how hard is it?

Beyond "Ditching the Desks," 9 Creative Ways to Avoid "The Cemetery Effect"

Kleinspiration

My heart sunk when I thought about how this space - a cemetery - resembled the first classroom learning environment that I had created for my first class of fourth graders. Simply Hop on Over to Tom's Blog to Download My Free 18 Page eBook with Printables, Classroom Photos, and More!

Watch Out for These Red Flags to Help Identify Dyslexia

edWeb.net

It is critical to keep an eye out for all possible red flags at every grade level to understand when intervention is needed. Elementary-level red flags. Tracy noted, “Accommodations do not replace remediation—we need to still do remediation.

The Teacher Prep Program That Starts in High School

Edsurge

It helped me through a lot of things, and I kind of want to be able to help kids through art.” Like Dylin, senior Jada Harper hopes to be a teacher too someday, focusing on early childhood special education. We've all asked, ‘Why do I have to learn this,’ right?”

Personalized Learning, Teachers Unleashed, and a Learning Analytics Partnership: The Story of Fresno Unified

Edsurge

How does a fifth grader feel getting ready to do a live edtech demo at their local school board meeting? At last February’s Board meeting, 10-year old Ryan inspired the adults in the room to see how tech can be leveraged for learning in a whole new light. Ryan had this chance to shine because of Fresno’s Personalized Learning Initiative (PLI), which has been fostering student voice, choice and collaboration over the last two years.

How Early Intervention with Dyslexia Benefits Your Students and Your School

edWeb.net

Early intervention: it’s a common mantra for any student with learning difficulties, including dyslexia. Schools need to develop a 3-5 year plan for students with dyslexia, advises Noland. This broadcast was hosted by edWeb.net and sponsored by Learning Ally.

Itron and Discovery Education Launch National Effort to Advance Conservation, Applied-Learning, Technology and STEM Education

techlearning

--‘Conservation Station: Creating a More Resourceful World’ to Inspire Middle School Students Across the Country to Explore Energy Needs, Resource Utilization and Pathways Toward a More Sustainable Future -- Liberty Lake, Wash. Itron is dedicated to creating a more resourceful world.

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Preparing Students for Online Assessments with Digital Literacy Skills

edWeb.net

Students who lack these skills may not be able to effectively demonstrate mastery of key concepts in math, reading or writing on online assessments. Still, the application of the skills to demonstrate knowledge was a clear need with the use of online assessments.

What teachers want in a data dashboard

eSchool News

When Amber Teamann was a teacher in Garland, Texas, seven years ago, her use of data to help guide her instruction was fairly limited. Based on the programs I was using, I could evaluate how to differentiate instruction for my students,” she said.

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Using Single Sign-On to Streamline Edtech Access

edWeb.net

Digital educational materials have provided many benefits for K-12 educators and students from computer adaptive assessments to tools that allow students to collaborate and communicate 24/7. Or, in order to avoid writing them down, they create basic passwords that are easily hacked.

Media Literacy Strategies for Tackling Fake News

edWeb.net

Twenty years ago it was easier to identify fake news. Now, between the number of online information sites and the proliferation of social media apps, plus near constant mobile phone use, determining a story’s credibility seems to call for advanced detective skills.