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Palm Trees and Professional Learning

Buncee

This past weekend, I had the honor and privilege to travel with Buncee to Teach Your Heart Out in Miami, Florida. I was so excited about sharing my love for Buncee and to meet and learn from so many educators that inspire me daily.

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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3 tips for connecting students to internet resources during summer

eSchool News

Access to online resources including digital content, interactive education apps and websites, videos, experts and peers is no longer a “nice to have” but rather a necessity. She holds firm to the belief that student access to technology is the great equalizer.

Transform Learning by Creating a Makerspace

edWeb.net

In a recent edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, and Donna Burns, Technology Integrator, both from New Canaan High School in Connecticut, showcased the transformation of the NCHS library from a collection of used reference and biography books into a living, breathing makerspace.

Barrow Oral History Project: An Update

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Back in 2009, the 5th grade classes, teachers, and I worked on an oral history project to try to capture some of the stories of Barrow’s history. That year, the teachers and I participated in virtual professional learning with the Library of Congress.

This Teacher Started a Hands-On PD Lab That’s Sparking Change Across the District

Edsurge

In 2013, I was hired to teach computer science (CS) and video game design to students in grades K-5 at Monte Sano Elementary School in Huntsville, Ala. A year earlier, I had graduated with a teaching degree in elementary education.

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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.

Teacher Development Research Review: Keys to Educator Success

Digital Promise

Teaching quality has been defined as “instruction that enables a wide range of students to learn” ( Darling-Hammond, 2012 ), and it is the strongest school-related factor that can improve student learning and achievement ( Hanushek, 2011 ; Nye, Konstantopoulos, and Hedges, 2004 ; Rivkin, Hanushek, and Kain, 2005 ). Knowing this, what is the best way to foster and provide ongoing support for good teaching practices? Job Embedded Professional Development.

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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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Organizing the Edtech Toolbox

edWeb.net

During the edWebinar, “ Transform Learning: Track Results for Chromebooks, Google Suite, and Every Application,” presenters Kyle Berger, Chief Technology Officer at Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, TX, and Matthew X. edWeb Blog district leadership edtech school leaders Technology transform learnin

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.

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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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!

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?

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.

Essential Elements for Moving to a 1:1 Environment

edWeb.net

During an edWebinar for the Empowered Superintendent series, “Leadership for Mobile Learning: Creating a Shared Vision,” the presenters said school leaders, though, often miss key parts of the planning process and end up with useless “hunks of plastic.” We also need to support our principals.

Update from readingbyexample.com: An article, a post, an opportunity, and a reading celebration

Reading By Example

Check out an article I wrote for EdTech K-12 , on how to use this social media tool for better professional learning: How Twitter Can Power Your Professional Learning. The Magic of Easy-Bake Oven Brownies (Or, How I Accidentally Became an Educator).

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

techlearning

www.getalma.com ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system. All audience members need to do is talk into the box.

Notes from Leadership for the Digital Age with Alan November - Day 2

EdTechSandyK

Notes from the Discussion We no longer have to go to school if we want to learn. Click here to see all of them.) Swivl - Apparatus that lets you use an iPad to video record a lecture or presentation. Moves the camera to follow presenter around the room.

Discovery Education Adds Engaging New Content Supporting Social Studies, the Earth Sciences and More to Award-Winning Digital Services

techlearning

–Immersive New Content Empowers Educators to Create Dynamic Digital Learning Environments for All Students – Silver Spring, Md. Content Exploring the Science of Happiness: Studies show that two out of three American teens are stressed and many don't know how to handle it.

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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

Lessons from a Decade of 1:1: a Crowd-Sourced Interview

techlearning

At the Tech & Learning Leadership Summit in October 2017, several districts that have been involved in 1:1 initiatives for many years came together to discuss their experiences. Here’s how they responded to ten questions about their challenges and successes.

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Teacher Recommended: 50 Favorite Classroom Apps

MindShift

Educators and students are quickly becoming more comfortable with classroom technology, allowing them to shift from thinking about the technical side of integrating a new tool to focusing on how it improves learning. That’s where we want to be.”.

Learning Revolution Free PD - Angela Maiers Tonight - LOTS of 2014 Global Education Conference Updates - Proposal Deadline, Keynotes, and Volunteering

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update October 21st, 2014 In a gentle way, you can shake the world. Mahatma Gandhi The Learning Revolution Project holds online and physical learning events, and highlights professional development opportunities from a network of 200 partners in the learning professions. The great majority of these events are free to attend. To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at the Learning Revolution.

9 New Teacher Survival Tips

The Daring Librarian

But, I always try to answer and help. Recently, I spent so much time answering, linking to past posts, and giving paragraphs and paragraphs of advice I thought - This would be a good blog post! So, though it's taken me a better part of a week to write this, and I warn you -- it's LONG.

STEMxCon - Today Is the Final Deadline for Proposals; Great Keynotes + Sessions; Need Volunteers!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The end of the day today is the final deadline to get in a proposal to speak at next week''s free and online 2013 Global STEMx Education Conference (STEMxCon.com) , September 19 - 21. This is a great opportunity to share your work or ideas!

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The Principal’s Bookshelf: What I’ve Read, What I’m Reading, and What I Plan on Reading

Reading By Example

The upcoming break offers school leaders time to read and learn something new, or simply to enjoy the written word. The Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing — But You Don’t Have to Be by Anya Kamanetz. Summer has arrived, or is soon coming.

The Principal’s Bookshelf: What I’ve Read, What I’m Reading, and What I Plan on Reading

Reading By Example

The upcoming break offers school leaders time to read and learn something new, or simply to enjoy the written word. The Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing — But You Don’t Have to Be by Anya Kamanetz. Summer has arrived, or is soon coming.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

If you’re going to decry “ fake news ,” then you best not be sharing it. If you’re going to talk about the importance of digital literacy or information literacy or media literacy or what have you, then you best practice it. Or did you just want a story to confirm your gut feelings that she should hit the road? Anyway, as Matt Barnum writes , “ No, there’s no reason to think DeVos is planning to resign, contrary to viral news stories.”