June, 2018

9 reasons why HyperDocs can transform your class

Ditch That Textbook

I have been enjoying creating, sharing, and using HyperDocs in my classroom for the past three years now after learning about them during the very first night of the inaugural #DitchBook book study Twitter chat. Ever since then, I have been a diehard shouting “HYPERDOCS!”

5 Ways to Overcome Cognitive Overload

The CoolCatTeacher

Todd Finley on episode 325 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Cognitive overload happens to students and teachers.

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Visme - online visual communication tool - create stunning visuals

Educational Technology Guy

Visme is a relatively new service that just came out of Beta. It is visual communication tool that is easy to use and creates a great finished product. It has been described as a "PowerPoint disruptor".

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Fulfilling the Maker Promise: Year Two

Digital Promise

In 2016, Digital Promise and Maker Ed launched the Maker Promise , a campaign to bring quality making experiences to students across the country.

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5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

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Consuming vs creating: Is there room for both?

Ditch That Textbook

Consuming vs creating, sounds like it’s one or the other. But don’t our students need to do both? Sometimes our students are consuming information and sometimes they are applying what they have learned by creating something. Its all about balance and knowing the why behind your lesson.

IT Coaches Leading Change in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Deb Ramm on episode 329 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Instructional Technology Coaches can be helpful advisors for teachers if they learn strategies of encouragement and empowerment.

Guest Post - How Artificial Intelligence will Empower Future Classrooms

Educational Technology Guy

While formal education in several parts of the world is still associated with the widely-accepted traditional brick and mortar schools, the global education fraternity has opened up to e-learning.

Learning to Self Manage

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. Never give up!” “Be Be determined.” “If If you dream it, you can achieve it.”

“Tell me about an invention that you don’t like”

EdTech4Beginners

I read in the news about a teacher who asked her class: “Tell me about an invention you don’t like.” ” Here is one of her pupil’s answers: Out of interest, I decided to ask my class the same thing. Below are some of their responses: What do you think? Are you surprised?

The Importance Of Teaching ESL In A Holistic Approach

EdNews Daily

Welcome back to our “Teacher Feature Series,” where we chat with educators who work online across borders. Today, please read about Julia Parco’s journey with 51Talk American Academy, or now known as HAWO American Academy.

15 tech tools to try next year

Ditch That Textbook

There are lots of new tech tools out there just waiting to make it into your classroom. You may have even tried to squeeze one in during those last few days of school but ran out of time. Lucky for us, there is always next year. After the craziness of the end of the year […].

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5 Awesome Things for Teachers to Do This Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

Listen or read this post From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Summer is an important time for educators. While some people debate what educators should or shouldn’t do over the summer, ultimately it is YOUR summer and YOUR plans.

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The other gap that schools aren’t talking about—relationships

The Christensen Institute

T he NAEP scores released in April set off a flurry of headlines about the sobering state of achievement gaps across the nation. The general consensus? Despite pockets of promise , and slight declines in gaps by race, achievement data reveal that gaps by income have remained relatively flat, or uneven at best. The news for young people on the wrong side of these gaps, however, may be worse.

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Can Creativity Be Taught?

Digital Promise

According to the Future of Jobs Report by the World Economic Forum, creativity is one of the top three most important skills for future workers, along with complex problem solving and critical thinking.

Mindful Literacy Assessment

Reading By Example

A teacher came up to me in the hallway, holding printed reports. Her grimace conveyed her frustration before she even spoke. “How can my students have such nice growth from fall to winter, only to see them slide back in the spring?”

Five Things Parents Should Know About End-Of-Year Testing

EdNews Daily

Guest article by: Hilary Scharton, Vice President of K-12 Product Strategy for Canvas by Instructure. Every spring, schools across the nation give students millions of standardized tests. Students sit for hours, filling in answer bubbles with their number two pencils for an exam that may span days.

20+ Hyperdocs tips, ideas and templates to use right away

Ditch That Textbook

HyperDocs are are NOT just a doc with links. They are purposefully designed digital lessons and can transform your class. The creators of HyperDocs — Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton and Sarah Landis — describe them as a transformative, interactive Google Doc replacing the worksheet method of delivering instruction, the ultimate change agent in the blended learning […].

5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons (#3 Episode of Season 3)

The CoolCatTeacher

Richard Byrne from Free Technology for Teachers From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Richard Byrne, author of Free Technology for Teachers, was a history teacher. It shows.

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Show me the evidence: Do new staffing arrangements actually work?

The Christensen Institute

As future-thinking schools experiment with ways to personalize learning—such as blended, project-based, exploratory, and mastery-based learning—it seems only logical that they also reconsider how they organize their instructional teams. This hypothesis guided our research with Public Impact over the last year, and culminated in a white paper released last month.

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Living with Neighborhood Violence May Shape Teens’ Brains

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Flinching as a gunshot whizzes past your window. Covering your ears when a police car races down your street, sirens blaring. Walking past a drug deal on your block or a beating at your school. For kids living in picket-fence suburbia, these experiences might be rare. But for their peers in urban poverty, they are all too commonplace.

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OPINION: We can’t become a nation of equal learners until we become a nation of readers

The Hechinger Report

A teacher works on reading with a small group of students in Mississippi. Photo: Jackie Mader. Despite the claims of those who propose to “disrupt” education with video lessons and a well-intentioned emphasis on STEM, reading remains the backbone of a real education.

The Pedagogy of Digital Discussion

A Principal's Reflections

I wasn’t an overly confident student when it came to engaging in open conversations during class. If one of my teachers posed a question, I only raised my hand if I was 99.9% sure that I knew the correct answer.

6 Summer Reads to Make You a More Responsive Leader

Education Elements

We published The NEW School Rules: 6 Vital Practices for Thriving and Responsive School s this winter to help leaders make a shift toward being more effective, responsive leaders. Since the book’s release in February we have had dozens of requests for webinars and presentations about The NEW School Rules. Demand has been so great that we’ve developed a leadership course based on the rules. This summer we kick off leadership courses across five districts and four states.

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Inside the Mind of a Teacher Who Reads Body Language

The CoolCatTeacher

Microexpressions and Relationships Matter From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. No one ever said I was omnipotent. I can’t see into the minds of the children I teach nor can I understand them sometimes.

Assessing exports through the lens of innovation

The Christensen Institute

Exports are often seen as a solution to the problem of sustained economic development, and indeed they can be. The East Asian Tigers—Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea—are perhaps the most commonly cited nations that have risen from poverty to prosperity primarily through exports. Yet at the Christensen Institute, we think about exports and how these nations developed slightly differently.

One Question We Should Always Ask When Implementing Technology into Classrooms

The Principal of Change

Oklahoma externship pays teachers for hands-on experience in engineering and science

The Hechinger Report

Schools are always trying to get their kids interested in pursuing careers in science, engineering and technology. But that’s hard to do when the students don’t have a solid idea of what having a STEM-related job really means. A model of molecules. Photo: Jackie Mader for The Hechinger Report. “I

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Reflective Learning as the New Normal

A Principal's Reflections

The quest to improve pedagogy, and in turn learner outcomes, is a focus of many schools. We toil away at chasing the next big innovative idea, trend, or tool as a path to improvement yet little changes. Maybe success lies in taking a more detailed look at daily practice.

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Have students make videos to show their thinking, learning, feelings, thoughts, or ideas!

Teacher Tech

Guest Blog Post by Marcia Carrillo The “Video Secret” to student learning can be achieved by providing the opportunity of “selfie-videos.” When students are proud of something they do, they post a video and share it, snap it, tweet it to let others know!

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WHY KIDS CAN’T STOP MOVING: THE NEUROSCIENCE BEHIND A STUDENT’S NEED TO MOVE

The CoolCatTeacher

Suzanne Cresswell in the Top 10-Minute Teacher Show of 2018 (so far) From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Students have reasons for how they behave, particularly if they have learning differences and learn in unique ways.

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Understanding this about Taiwan will help more foreign aid projects succeed

The Christensen Institute

Taiwan’s relationship with foreign aid provides an excellent example of how aid can lead to sustainable development outcomes. In 1949 Taiwan was very poor. It had gained its independence from Japan after World War II, but simultaneously lost its largest trading partner—Japan. As such, the tiny island of roughly eight million people found itself in a politically liberating, but economically precarious, situation.

Free Tech Curriculum for All Subjects with Google's Applied Digital Skills

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What skills do our students need to be successful in their future? What skills do adults need to be competitive in the job market?