Wed.Jul 26, 2017

Add-on: Email Parents

Teacher Tech

As a high school teacher with 150+ students, it can be challenging to give personal attention to each student. I remember one time a parent calling me with a concern about her kid and I thought “he’s doing fine” but upon digging into the evidence the mom was right to call me with concern. I […]. The post Add-on: Email Parents appeared first on Teacher Tech. Advanced Apps Script Gmail Google Sheets Add-on gmail google sheets spreadsheets


Edtech’s Hidden Shortage: Women Directors


In just over a decade, 20 independent education companies have raised more than $2.7 billion in funding and are shaping the way education is evolving for students from grade school to higher ed. Collectively, 116 directors serve on the boards of these privately-held companies. Only eight are women. Even fewer are women of color. The scarcity of female directors in edtech is a striking contrast to the diversity that exists in the sector's day-to-day leadership.


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Creating a Nurturing Environment for Kids with Nancy Blair

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 113 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Nancy Blair @ blairteach , middle school principal, and #edchat leader gives us practical ideas to create a nurturing environment in our schools.

Classroom Management in the Digital Age


I have embraced a BYOD classroom environment for the last two years, working with Grade 7 and 8 students. The first year was incredible. The students understood the rules and were able to follow them without much instruction. Last year, on the other hand, was a disaster that seemed to get worse.


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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#BLC17: My Presentation Slides & Resources #EdTech @PearDeck @Flipgrid @EDpuzzle @SlackHQ


I am excited to be at Alan November’s Building Learning Communities Conference again! This conference is certainly one of my favorites and I credit it with inspiring me to change my classroom forever (see: memories of how my adventures in #flipclass began ). I’ll definitely be sharing a lot this week on this blog and through Twitter , so stay tuned for that.


9 Steps to Buying the Right Digital Content for your District

Education Elements

Just like online dating or buying a new car , choosing a new digital content provider can often feel overwhelming , complicated, and like a shot in the dark. Thankfully, Education Elements created a 9 step process, and compiled tips and tricks from district leaders across the country in our new curriculum white paper: “Phase Three: Review, Demo, and Select Digital Content and Tools.” You can also get Phase 1 and Phase 2 if you want to catch up first.


Using @Flipgrid to Share #BLC17 Conference Highlights @NLearning @globalearner


Since I am at the Building Learning Communities Conference this week, I thought it would be fun to try and use Flipgrid to gather some conference reflections and highlights. BLC17 Highlights Flipgrid. The main purpose of setting this up is: for conference participants to capture their own thoughts based on sessions attended, as a reminder of things to revisit later.


Are Libraries the Key to Teaching Computer Science?

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez A new initiative looks to enhance school and public libraries with resources for STEM innovation. Classroom STEM


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.

10 Strategies To Help Students Use Social Media For Critical Thinking

TeachThought - Learn better.

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How Do Physical Math Manipulatives Compare to Their Digital Counterparts?

MIND Research Institute

Math manipulatives are objects that allow learners to interact with mathematical concepts. These include everything from cusinaire rods, legos, blocks, magnets.anything that gets students touching, moving, and experiencing math concepts. The drawbacks of using these physical math manipulatives in the classroom? The teacher needs to be available to give informative feedback. It can take a long time to set up and solve a problem with large numbers or exponential concepts.


How Making Mistakes Primes Kids To Learn Better


Once a month, this column will examine the insights that science offers about the way people learn, and how such findings could influence schools. Most of us can remember a moment like this from our school years: the teacher poses a question – maybe it’s math, maybe history.

Google continues its classroom climb

eSchool News

Google’s Chrome OS is spreading throughout U.S. classrooms and is becoming an increasingly popular choice for computers, while Apple’s iOS platform holds the lead on mobile devices, according to a new survey from game-based learning provider Kahoot!

New Guidance on Conducting Research Unveiled for Ed-Tech Companies

Marketplace K-12

A set of 16 guidelines describes how companies should conduct and report ed-tech research to meet ESSA requirements and educators' expectations. The post New Guidance on Conducting Research Unveiled for Ed-Tech Companies appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Academic Research Conferences Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Market Research Product Research


100K and Counting: A Celebration of the EdSurge Twitter Community


News has followed audiences onto social media, so much so that a few years ago Poynter reported journalists and news organizations were some of the most active users on Twitter. EdSurge is no different, with more than 35,000 tweets and (as of this week) 100,000 followers. Thanks for helping us hit this milestone in the new-media landscape. Here is some evergreen advice from folks in the EdSurge community who shared their thoughts during our twitter chats.


Ep. 80 A Deep Dive Into Equity Through Assessment And PBL

TeachThought - Learn better.

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Applying Technology in Physical Education Class: Oh, the Possibilities


Image Source For some time now, using technology to facilitate learning in K-12 classrooms has been a growing focus in many schools. From art classes to science projects, the technology tools have. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

THINK! A Simple Acronym For Encouraging Digital Citizenship

TeachThought - Learn better.

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StudySync New Podcast Series + Unit Creator Tool for Teachers

Class Tech Tips

The folks at StudySync have just released two new tools worth exploring. The new Unit Creator tool lets teachers create their own unique, specialized units from scratch. They've also launched a new podcast feature designed to explore students’ views on 21st century learning and help. The post StudySync New Podcast Series + Unit Creator Tool for Teachers appeared first on Class Tech Tips. Assessment & LMS


What has PD done for you lately?

Reading By Example

As I come to the end of my third year as an Instructional Coach, I realize each and every day that there is so much to learn not only about the content of professional development but how to “hook” teachers into attending professional development.


5 Key Takeaways from Hacking Google for Education

Gaggle Speaks

Posted on July 26, 2017 by Dr. Monica Burns. Earlier this year, I had the chance to see the authors of Hacking Google for Education: 99 Ways to Leverage Google Tools in Classrooms, Schools, and Districts in action.


4 fresh approaches to coding in the classroom

eSchool News

I’ll admit I’ve been feeling a bit burnt out on coding tools. Coding is one of the most crowded categories in edtech. And while there are a ton of great tools for students of any ability level , many of these tools have hit on the same winning formula. So does that mean coding is over?

The Chromebook Crusades: How to Win the War Against Technology


I always knew there was a place for technology in my classroom—and not just for typing papers. Yet when my school district began to push for integrating more technology into lessons, I initially refused; I dug my heels in and said no. Because no one could understand my need to have my questions answered: What will that look like? And how, in my English classroom, did I move away from using technology for substitution and use it to transform student learning? Crickets. No answers.


9 Snow Cone Machine Picks for the Perfect Summer Treat

Fractus Learning

A snow cone machine is the ultimate way to get creative and cool down on a hot summer day. These treats are fun and easy to make — especially for kids! All you need to get […]. Parents Seasonal Toys and Play


Here Is A Helpful Collection of Tech-rich Lesson Plans to Use in Your Instruction

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

July 26, 2017 Common Sense (formerly Graphite) has this wonderful section packed full of pre-made lesson plans that teachers and educators can appropriate to their own teaching more. Repost