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Class Pad: Free digital scratch paper for the math classroom

iLearn Technology

What it is: ClassPad is free online software that lets you digitize your math scratch paper. With ClassPad, you can quickly add mathematical formulas, graphs, spreadsheets, and geometry sheets to share with your students (and other teachers).

Inkscape: Draw Freely

iLearn Technology

Beyond being free (cost) it’s also free because it’s free to distribute, and you’re free to check out its open code. Inkscape is cross-platform so it’s easy to run on Windows, Mac, or Linux.

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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!

How to use Genius Hour to transform student motivation and ignite creativity

The Cornerstone Blog

Genius hour is a movement in schools that allows students to explore their own passions. This is Google’s work structure for its employees, who are allowed to spend 20% of their time on projects they design and are interested in. So, I’ve invited AJ Juliani to share his observations.

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How to use Genius Hour to transform student motivation and ignite creativity

The Cornerstone Blog

Genius hour is a movement in schools that allows students to explore their own passions. This is Google’s work structure for its employees, who are allowed to spend 20% of their time on projects they design and are interested in. The idea is that when people are allowed to work on things they care about, their motivation for the job as a whole will increase. So, I’ve invited AJ Juliani to share his observations. How often to hold Genius Hour.

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.

Common Core-Based Tests Causing Scramble for Computer Literacy

K-12 Schools - Education News

This spring, elementary and high school students nationwide will be taking Common Core-related tests, which frequently are taken on computers and require accurate and quick typing skills. Now, starting in second grade, students begin to learn how to type.

Why we need to change the teacher vs. tech narrative

eSchool News

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. Fortunately, technology offers a new alternative to the traditional model.

Digital Design Principles for English Language Learners

Fractus Learning

There is a growing population of students using digital tools to support their specific learning needs. Opportunities for technology are used to meet the needs of personalization and help build a student’s agency. Encourage teachers to model growth mindset and grit—show, not tell.

School counselors keep kids on track. Why are they first to be cut?

The Hechinger Report

“Since my parents didn’t get much education, it’s hard to talk to them about my schoolwork and applying to college, or how to plan my time and get everything done,” says Mariano Almanza, 18, pictured speaking with his Coronado High School guidance counselor, Colleen McElvogue.

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.

The Makings (and Misgivings) of a Statewide Effort to Personalize Learning in Massachusetts

Edsurge

Public and private sectors both shape how students are prepared for future jobs and career opportunities. In Massachusetts, an emerging partnership between private funders and the state department of education aims to help teachers across the Commonwealth learn, share and spread best practices when it comes to leveraging new instructional models and technologies. Formed in December 2016 by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MESE) and the.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition)

Doug Levin

Also, this week, thanks to my invited participation in the National Governors Association regional summit, Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge , I published a new post “ How Should We Address the Cybersecurity Threats Facing K-12 Schools? ” And, I also (unfortunately) needed to update my post on the W-2 phishing scam victimizing school districts across the country. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition).

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Chromebooks, Chrome Web Store, and Add-Ons

wwwatanabe

There''s a lot more to Chromebooks and Google than meets the eye! How are Chromebooks different? What do we need to know about the Chromebook hardware? Therefore, it''s important that we model and expect everyone to pick them up by the base.

Different Definitions of Personalized Learning Conflict, Cause Confusion

MindShift

One teacher, many students: It’s basically the definition of school as we know it, going back to the earliest days of the Republic. It’s called personalized learning: What if each student had something like a private tutor, and more power over what and how they learned?

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

From the Department of Education’s Press Office : “Fact Sheet: Education Department Releases Proposed Regulations to Encourage Better and Fairer Tests , Reduce Burden of Testing.” Via Eweek : “ Home Computers Connected to the Internet Aren’t Private, Court Rules.” “ ‘Top universities to offer full degrees online in five years’ ” says the BBC, citing a prediction made by Coursera ’s Daphne Koller.

3 LMS adoptions that go way beyond the basics

eSchool News

Learning management systems originally got their start in higher education, serving as central hub for college students to drop in assignments, check grades, and contact their professors. Needless to say it caught on with universities—and eventually school districts.

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Fitbit for education: Turning school into a data-tracking game

The Hechinger Report

Danna Rodriguez somewhat sullenly said she didn’t want to care about Strides, which tracks points students can earn for attendance, grade-point average and engagement with the app itself, among other things. Neill Gregory, Fresno Unified School District software engineer. “We’re

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The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

If nothing else, I’ve wanted as many days in December to pass as possible so that my calculations for the total amount of venture funding invested during the year were as accurate as I could get them to be when I hit ”publish.“ I think it’s safe to say, for example, that venture capital investment has fallen off rather precipitously this year. ” “ Crossing the chasm to profitability.” ” “ A path to profitability.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via The New York Times : “ Trump Orders Review of Education Policies to Strengthen Local Control.” ” In other Department of Education bureaucratic nightmares, “Dozens of Colleges’ Upward Bound Applications Are Denied for Failing to Dot Every I,” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. ” Via Education Week : “ FCC Chairman Announces Plan to Roll Back Key Net Neutrality Rules.” Perhaps that is how you “scale.”

Ed Tech News, a New Podcast, and the Hack Education Roundup!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This new weekly blog post / email is replacing the regular email I have sent out for the last couple of years for the now-defunct Host-Your-Own-Webinar program (I still have hopes of resurrecting that near-to-my-heart program, and when that happens we''ll wrap it into this weekly missive). Huge thanks to the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science , the founding sponsor of the conference. Send your best wishes to Peggy , Lorna , and Kim !