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How to Teach Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom. Learn some thinking routines and how to apply these valuable techniques in your classroom. They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning. Resources to Learn More.

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How to Host a Student Media Festival

The CoolCatTeacher

Mike Lawrence, a current organizer of the longest running student media festival in the country, shares how to set up and run your own media festival. Legends of Learning has awesome free science games and activities to celebrate earth day on April 22. It’s up to them.

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The Best PD for Math Teachers (and How to Use It) #mtbos #iteachmath

The CoolCatTeacher

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. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. The Best PD for Math Teachers (and How to Use It).

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How to make your year more awesome

iLearn Technology

This week at Anastasis, we watched Kid President’s rules for being more awesome in this new year: “What if all made it our resolution to make this year awesome for somebody else?” I’m taking this resolution to heart and want to help make your year awesome!

Isn’t it time to stop Wikipedia shaming?

NeverEndingSearch

Researching Students’ Information Choices (RSIC), our IMLS-funded study, uses simulated Google result lists to examine what happens when student researchers make real-time search engine result page decisions. Wikipedia appears to be an exception. Elementary think alouds.

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Be Internet Awesome: Tools to teach online safety

iLearn Technology

What it is: Be Internet Awesome is a fantastic new way to help your students make the most of the Internet by being prepared to make wise decisions as they navigate and interact online. Don’t Fall for Fake- teaching students how to discern real from fake online.

Check123: Video Encyclopedia

iLearn Technology

How to integrate Check 123 into your classroom: Check123 is a great place for students to begin their research. These videos are between 1 and 3 minutes each, keeping students engaged in a topic and giving them bite-size information.

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8 of the Best Research Tools for Inquiry

iLearn Technology

Kiddle editors hand choose sites that deliver content that is age-appropriate and written in easy to understand language. Best of all, Kiddle’s image and video searches brings about the results you would expect it to for kids. This is a powerful addition to inquiry.

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Aurasma: Create Augmented Reality Experiences in Under 2 Min.

iLearn Technology

What it is: Aurasma is an app (also a website) that allows learners to quickly create augmented reality experiences for others. Aurasma makes it simple to quickly create these types of experiences for others.

How to Connect Data to Effect Meaningful Change

Edsurge

Its roots can be traced back to the 1990s when Congress reauthorized Johnson’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Improving America’s Schools Act (IASA) required the development or adoption of state assessments and tied them to Title I funds. These assessments, as well as the later assessments under NCLB, were originally envisioned as an effective means to measure student learning and hold educators accountable, but the results haven’t lived up to the promise.

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How to help principals do a better job? Train their bosses

The Hechinger Report

Ron Smith (left), a middle school network superintendent in Oakland, speaks to Jaime Aquino of New Leaders during a “learning walk” at a local middle school. But they didn’t really have the technical language to express it.”. That doesn’t equate to results.

5 reasons why blended learning programs fail-and how to save them

eSchool News

Whether it’s botched rollouts, network snafus, or general apathy that kills an initiative, many telling signs can be traced back to the planning and initial support stages. Creating a successful blended learning program isn’t a race, and ours has taken nearly a decade to achieve.

Technology: the savior of education?

iLearn Technology

I loved the freedom of writing my own curriculum every day, and getting to know my students. I had a great time helping other teachers learn how to use technology, and coming up with ideas for how they could integrate it into their classrooms. Fast forward again to 2009.

How We Got to Now: a student created mini museum

iLearn Technology

In November, I wrote a post about the book/PBS documentary series “How We Got to Now” by Steven Johnson. It reminds us just how interconnected the world is and that innovation doesn’t happen in isolation, but as a result of connection.

StackUp: track self-directed learning online

iLearn Technology

Nick Garvin , the founder of StackUp , was fresh out of school and wanted to apply for a job at Tesla Motors. His traditional resume failed to document the thousands of hours that he spent online in self-taught learning about the automotive industry.

MobyMax: Tablet + help differentiating instruction

iLearn Technology

It’s always nice when new toys show up in the mail to review. Especially when they promise to help make your program more tailored to the individual, that I really like! Really helpful when you are working to meet the needs of a lot of different students!

Station Rotation Model: Grouping Strategies

Catlin Tucker

This model is an easier shift for elementary teachers who are already use learning stations with students. Unfortunately, most secondary teachers do not learn how to design lessons using stations in credential school. Shift the focus from them to their students.

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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.

Wainhouse Research Presents New Findings on LRM

Fidelis Education

Ending the Expectation of Average while Getting Back to Basics. Many educational technological tools have been designed to solve a specific functional requirement, whether meant to support institution, educator / learner, or classroom needs. Want to dive into the data?

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Wainhouse Research Presents New Findings on LRM

Fidelis Education

Ending the Expectation of Average while Getting Back to Basics. Many educational technological tools have been designed to solve a specific functional requirement, whether meant to support institution, educator / learner, or classroom needs. Want to dive into the data?

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Using PBL to transform learning and teaching – Erliza Matacot, the Philippines

Daily Edventures

I started innovating with technology in my classroom as part of a training I had attended on how to design project-based learning (PBL), which is a great way of developing the 21 st century skills of the students,” says Matacot. What inspired you to become an educator?

Pioneering project-based learning in Tennessee – Brent Thrasher, USA

Daily Edventures

Brent Thrasher first started to consider a career in education during high-school. A frequent volunteer to help his peers with homework, Thrasher was often complimented on his ability to reteach content. He found it very rewarding to help others and to share in their success.

Introducing MIND’s Thought Leaders & Speakers

MIND Research Institute

Over the years, we’ve worked to share these ideas broadly. Our research, approach to STEM and other thought leadership can be found through our website , social media and blog. In order to continue sharing our thoughts and ideas, we’ve launched a Thought Leaders & Speakers page.

We need to change the teacher vs. technology narrative

The Christensen Institute

A recent chart from Bloomberg on the future of artificial intelligence and employment lends evidence to a point I have been making for years : teachers will not be replaced by machines. Sure enough, elementary and secondary teachers are among the most educated yet least paid professionals; and their likelihood of automation: practically zero. We need to start talking more about the best ways to integrate technology and teaching in order to amplify teachers’ impact.

The Sound of Inclusion: Why Teachers’ Words Matter

Digital Promise

There isn’t just one way to sound like a scientist, or to sound like a scholar. No student (or teacher) leaves their language patterns at the door when they enter a classroom – even classes like math and science, where language is often seen as secondary. For the past decade, as professors who study the role of language and culture in education, we’ve been working to help educators understand these dynamics across all subject areas.

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This Toolkit Helps Take the Stress Out of State Testing

Edsurge

If you’re an educator, the weeks leading up to state testing are likely some of the most stressful and demanding days in your year. At Edmentum , it’s our goal to put educators first in everything we do. One of the ways we do this is by working hard to make teachers' lives easier during the busiest times of the academic year. We believe that when test day rolls around, students’ scores should reflect their content knowledge—not their ability to decode the test itself.

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.

‘It’s OK to not be OK:’ How One High School Saved Lives with a 34-Question Survey

MindShift

In classrooms around the building, the school’s ninth-graders whizzed through an online mental health survey that would soon deliver real-time data to the group in the conference room. To hear that they weren’t fazed by that … was really refreshing.”. Our job is to help these kids.”.

If You Build It, They Will Make

EdTechTeam

Our elementary computer lab could qualify for an entry on the show Hoarders. To this we’ve added donations of cardboard tubes of all sizes, from the mundane toilet paper tube to an enormous fabric bolt tube. Add to this purchased legos, Dash robots, and BeeBots.

What the Fidget is going on? Tales from a Traveling Substitute Teacher

EdNews Daily

What’s all the hype nowadays in elementary and secondary school classrooms? Action-based learning is a brain-based learning theory, which focuses on the structure and workings of the brain in regards to learning. Why think if you don’t have to?

Kids struggle to read when schools leave phonics out

The Hechinger Report

“It was really looking yourself in the mirror and saying, ‘Which four in 10 students don’t deserve to learn to read?'” People who struggle with reading are more likely to drop out of high school, to end up in the criminal justice system, and to live in poverty.

Notes from the 2015 Iowa STEM Summit

Dangerously Irrelevant

Used to live in Kigoma, Tanzania. to move to the U.S. Learned enough English to transition into regular classes in 8th grade, finished all high school coursework by 11th grade, now taking 5 AP classes as a senior. What would we like to see more of in the NW region?

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Debate on new education law overlooks future of testing

The Christensen Institute

As the House of Representatives prepares to vote tomorrow on reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—also known since 2001 as No Child Left Behind (NCLB)—a fierce fight has continued over the proper role of testing. Seeing the rapid growth of testing in recent decades, many educators and parents are tired of tests taking time away from learning and want the federal government to push back on its prominence in schools.

OPINION: Despite opposition, homeschooling is thriving

The Hechinger Report

Homeschooling mom Andrea Forte, right, pauses in her reading to answer a question from her daughter, Elena Forte, left, during Elena and her brother Devon’s language arts and history class time upstairs in the Forte family home on Aug. Here’s how to help them.

Part 2 Starting PBL: 30 Amazing Resources To Help Plant A New PBL Idea

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to Part Two of starting a PBL project. In this series I wish to help educators find ways to get ideas for a PBL they may wish to do with their class. Also, please take a moment to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email and join me on twitter at mjgormans .

3 Tips on Teaching Media Literacy Using the Miss Representation Curriculum

Graphite Blog

Recently, I spoke to a group of parents after they viewed Miss Representation, the Representation Project's documentary film about how mainstream media contributes to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence in America. I reassured him, and other parents in the room, that it's important for us to have tools and resources for talking to our children about body image and the ways in which media informs their everyday lives. .

10 More Digital Citizenship Resources: The Web in the Classroom…Part 4

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to the fourth article in a series devoted to facilitating proper student internet interaction in the classroom. This classroom might be 1 to 1 or might be using technology to leverage student centered learning. January is a great time to travel to Orlando and FETC.