July, 2017

5 Simple Ways to Improve Teacher Professional Development

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. A common cry from teachers across the world is for relevant professional development. A 2014 Gates Foundation study shows only 29% of teachers satisfied with current teacher PD.

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Why personalized learning is hard to study

The Christensen Institute

This week saw the release of the third in a series of personalized learning studies conducted by the RAND Foundation. The research analyzed implementation, survey, and efficacy data in a sample of schools that are part of the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) portfolio, and compared that data to a national sample of schools. The findings? NGLC schools yielded some positive academic results, but educators and administrators reported numerous challenges.

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From Practice to Paper: How #IntentiontheBook was Born

EdTechTeam

We, (Dan and Amy), met serendipitously (as with most good things) at SXSWEdu Conference a few years ago when mutual friends brought us respectively in tow to an Austin Mexican food restaurant.

QR Codes for Class Night Sign Ups?

Tech Helpful

One of the things I'm quickly learning as an instructional technologist is that teaching parents how to use technology you are using in the classroom eases their mind a bit and gives them a sense of understanding.

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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7 Questions Principals Should Ask When Hiring Future-Ready Teachers

MindShift

Every year thousands of educators gather for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference eager to learn about the newest features in favorite apps and to glean ideas from one another about how to effectively teach in new ways.

8 Needs For Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 8 Needs For Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century appeared first on TeachThought. Project-Based Learning Terry Heick The Future Of Learning Middle & High School Veteran Teacher

My Essential Tools to Create #FlipClass Videos: @Wacom DTK-1651, @Camtasia @USAudioTechnica @NotabilityApp

techieMusings

One of the questions I most frequently get asked is what tools I use to make my flipped classroom videos. It took me a number of years to perfect my flow, to be honest. One of my major issues was that I use a Mac but in making my math videos, I absolutely needed a way to handwrite.

How This Educator Bridges Creativity And Teaching Through Project-Based Learning

EdNews Daily

This is our 9 th interview in our thought-leadership series with 51Talk. Our featured teacher today is Catherine Smith. Catherine is a creative and highly-passionate teacher.

Join SETDA: Affiliate Memberships Now Accepted

SETDA's Affiliate program connects non-profit education membership organizations with state leaders. SETDA's mission is to build the capacity of education leaders to improve learning through technology policy & practice. Benefits include: SETDA conferences, webinars and news feeds.

The Classroom or Library as a Maker Space

User Generated Education

Makerspaces, Maker Education, STEM, and STEAM are gaining lots of traction in Kindergarten though college level education. Articles, resources on social media, and conference presentations on these topics are proliferating at a rate that most educators are now familiar with maker education.

Transform Learning this School Year with Eric Sheninger

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 111 - The 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Eric Sheninger @ E_Sheninger motivates us to transform learning this school year.

How Learning a New Language Improves Tolerance

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. There are many benefits to knowing more than one language. For example, it has been shown that aging adults who speak more than one language have less likelihood of developing dementia. Additionally, the bilingual brain becomes better at filtering out distractions, and learning multiple languages improves creativity.

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?The Power of Choice: Why Online Classes Matter to Students

Edsurge

There is no lack of evidence to suggest that online classes have deeply transformed the teaching and learning landscape in higher education. In 2015, for example, nearly 30 percent of college students took at least one online class. But as more faculty are being encouraged to teach online, how often are they aware of why creating the option to take online classes supports their students’ ability to graduate?

28 Critical Thinking Question Stems For Any Content Area

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 28 Critical Thinking Question Stems For Any Content Area appeared first on TeachThought. Critical Thinking

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Innovators Worth Watching: MissionU

The Christensen Institute

Welcome to our “Innovators Worth Watching” series, spotlighting interesting and potentially disruptive players in higher education. Earlier this year, MissionU revealed its much anticipated plan to provide postsecondary education and a debtless future. The announcement sent the higher education space into a frenzy. How could it not? This no-frills program, designed to teach job skills that are in high demand among tech employers, embodies every major buzzword in higher education innovation.

OPINION: Six ways prioritizing social and emotional learning can increase graduation rates for students of color, lower suspensions

The Hechinger Report

Antwan Wilson. A few weeks into my new position as Chancellor of D.C. Public Schools, I visited a school where I asked a principal, “What’s the secret sauce of your school?” It didn’t take him long to answer: “We know every child and they know we care about them.”

5 Ways to Maximize Your Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Angela Watson on episode 100 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Angela Watson teaches us how to maximize our summer.

Why Are Coding Bootcamps Going Out of Business?

Hack Education

Within the past week, two well-known and well-established coding bootcamps have announced they’ll be closing their doors: Dev Bootcamp, owned by Kaplan Inc., and The Iron Yard, owned by the Apollo Education Group (parent company of the University of Phoenix). Two closures might not make a trend … yet. But some industry observers have suggested we might see more “consolidation” in the coming months.

Research-Influenced Learning Spaces

A Principal's Reflections

When Black Hair Violates The Dress Code

NPR Learning and Tech

For wearing their hair in braids, two teenagers were threatened with suspension at their charter school. Similar incidents show that strict dress codes can punish students for their racial identity. Image credit: Mai Ly Degnan for NPR

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5 Questions to Ask Your Students To Start the School Year

The Principal of Change

Schools are about more than learning; they are about experience(s). They help shape us in our present and future and those experiences stick with us long past our time as students. Unfortunately, this can be either shape us in a positive or negative manner.

Schools collect more data, but how is it used?

The Hechinger Report

State leaders are collecting reams of data on students, but they must do more to put that information into the hands of parents and teachers, according to a new report. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

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8 Tips For Teachers Frustrated With Technology

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 8 Tips For Teachers Frustrated With Technology appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching Technology

The History of Ed-Tech: What Went Wrong?

Hack Education

Beth Holland, a doctoral student at JHU and “EdTech Researcher” at Education Week , sent an email asking some questions about the history of ed-tech. The gist of these: how did ed-tech get from the early, inquiry-based pioneers like Seymour Papert to the crap we see today.

Authenticity in Leadership

A Principal's Reflections

Leading change in any organization is a difficult task. In many cultures the status quo is so entrenched that shifting mindsets and behaviors can be daunting. Clearly establishing the why is a natural starting point and can help to propel the change effort at hand.

A Plan For Raising Brilliant Kids, According to Science

NPR Learning and Tech

A developmental framework for building 21st century skills--no technology or money required. Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR

Our obsession with building “good institutions” might be doing more harm than good

The Christensen Institute

In their groundbreaking bestseller, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty , MIT’s Daron Acemoglu and Harvard’s James Robinson make the case for “inclusive institutions” as the driver of economic prosperity. Inclusive institutions guarantee secure property rights, effective education, open markets, democratic pluralism, and so on. Alternatively, “extractive institutions” are the causes of the demise of many nations.

There are 2.4 million fewer college students than there were five years ago

The Hechinger Report

What growth is ahead will come from places where students are most likely to need more financial aid and support. Here’s how enrollment will change, by state, through 2031. SOURCE: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. The post There are 2.4

As Knowledge Demands Change, Curriculum Must Change, Too

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post As Knowledge Demands Change, Curriculum Must Change, Too appeared first on TeachThought. Terry Heick The Future Of Learning

A Thumbs Up to Open Up for Delivering Free, Curriculum-Scale OER

The Journal

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The Business of Ed-Tech: 2017 So Far

Hack Education

There have been several articles in the industry and investor press recently that describe the ed-tech market as “ on the rebound ,” with venture capitalists getting their “ second wind ” and finding ed-tech once again to be something worth throwing money at.

To Test Your Fake News Judgment, Play This Game

NPR Learning and Tech

The journalist who thought up this game says she saw the need before "fake news" was even in the vernacular. Image credit: Chelsea Beck/NPR

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Men behaving badly

Dangerously Irrelevant

Lindy West reports : . the anti-free-speech charge, applied broadly to cultural criticism and especially to feminist discourse, has proliferated.