2019

How to Build a Modern School – 6 Key Elements to Embed in Your Groundwork

ViewSonic Education

Quick Take: Covering the 6 key elements in creating the right foundation for modern education with the arrival of the 4 th industrial revolution and the changing educational environment. A Modern School can be defined as a school developed for students who are living through the 4 th industrial revolution and the current changing educational environment. Designing a modern school will be an ongoing process for those in educational leadership.

Edtech, Equity, and Innovation: A Critical Look in the Mirror

Digital Promise

We are often reluctant to label anything facilitated through technology as a failure. Instead, we tend to excuse inadequate or unsavory outcomes as necessary growing pains in the pursuit of “innovation.” Technology has become so pervasive in our lives that we have grown reticent to question its value when its use may not support evidence-based practices. In light of the present and future challenges students face, our complacency does them a great disservice. It’s a matter of equity.

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4 Steps towards digital wellness for students

Neo LMS

The media loves sensational tech stories. Remember that one where young people were growing “horns” on their skulls because of their phones? That seems plausible, right? Except that it was based on a faulty study , which essentially renders it as fake. This is just one example of the many articles that warn us of the latest shocking discoveries about the dangers of technology.

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Where is Your Learning Culture?

A Principal's Reflections

There are many factors that inhibit change. In some cases, comfort is the enemy of growth. We teach the way we were taught or lead the way we were led. Now I am not saying that this is bad per se, but the bottom line is whether or not the practice is effective. The same could be said for the status quo. Doing what we have always done might seem like a sound path forward if the results you are judged on are good or increasing.

5 Myths About Video Learning

ViewSonic Education

Quick Take: Explore some of the myths surrounding the use of video learning in school and the truth behind the benefits of educational videos. Myth #1: Video is passive learning. Myth #2: Video is time-consuming. Myth #3: Video require steep learning curves. Myth #4: Video vs intellectual property. Myth #5: Video will replace teachers. The topic of video learning is slowly creeping into the minds of many educators.

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Check Your Tech Before You Select Your Tech

Digital Promise

It’s the way of today’s world and a constant in education. Just when I wrap my tired teacher brain around a technology tool or web-based program to pair with my pedagogy, one of three things happens: The tech shuts down; The vendor starts asking for money; or. A newer, shinier tool or program is introduced. It’s brutal, but it’s real. This endless cycle makes the vetting process of new edtech tools tedious for coaches and educators everywhere.

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How edtech boosts parent engagement in schools

Neo LMS

Being a parent* is hard work. Being a teacher is also hard work. Parents are primarily responsible for their children’s well being and education. Teachers are also responsible for their students’ well being and education. See the similarities? Teachers and parents want students to be happy and successful. They have the same goals and desire to help students learn better. From this perspective, a low level of parent engagement in school simply does not make sense.

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Comic Creation Tools to Engage Learners

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Students of all ages enjoy learning with comics and creating comics. When students create comics they use props, scenery, dialogue, text, and characters to visualize and contextualize vocabulary and knowledge.

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How to Celebrate World Read Aloud Day

Ask a Tech Teacher

On Feb. 1, 2019, World Read Aloud Day celebrates the pure joy of oral reading with kids of all ages. Created by LitWorld , past years have found over 1 million people in 100 countries joining together to enjoy the power and wonder of reading aloud in groups or individually, at school or home, and discovering what it means to listen to a story told through the voice of another.

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AI + 5G = New Internet in 2020

The Journal

The marriage of two emerging technologies – AI and 5G – are about to remake the Internet. In this week’s blogpost we speculate on the changes these technologies and this New Internet will engender

Authentic Learning Experiences

User Generated Education

Providing authentic learning experiences to all learners should be the highest prior for all administrators, curriculum developers, and teachers. Authentic learning is learning designed to connect what students are taught in school to real-world issues, problems, and applications; learning experiences should mirror the complexities and ambiguities of real life.

Moving a District Towards More Verbs

More Verbs

New journeys are both exciting and full of detours, breakdowns, and bumps in the road! Bethel is wonderful small town nestled in a beautiful section of Western Maine. The White Mountains raise all around us here. There is a beautiful downtown with a well stocked, but relatively small, grocery, and an old fashioned hardware store across the street (Ironically named Brooks Brothers!).

Student-Designed Review Games with Quizizz

Catlin Tucker

As the fall semester comes to a close, many teachers are thinking about final exams or end of the semester summative assessments. Often those semester exams cover a lot of information. The prospect of preparing students for those exams can be daunting.

The Problem With Zeros

A Principal's Reflections

The dreaded zero. For many students, this number elicits a certain amount of fear and anxiety that all assignments are turned in on time. I, for one, felt this way and made sure that everything was turned in when it was due. Compliance and following rules, even if I didn’t agree with them, were just natural parts of my view of school. Unfortunately, the effect does not transcend to every kid. Sometimes they forget. Other times they just don’t care.

Why Esports in Schools is a Good Thing

ViewSonic Education

Esports are here to stay. As a spectator sport and as an industry. In colleges and in high schools. And in no small way. Competitive gaming has become a billion dollar business and is projected to grow exponentially. The prevalence of esports in schools is likewise rapidly expanding. The High School Esports League (HSEL) – just one of several such leagues – claims over 1500 schools as members.

Educational Games Company CEO Shares Career Advice for Women in Computer Science

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The founder of Galvanize Labs shares her path through the word of computer science, where she was often one of few women in the room. The post Educational Games Company CEO Shares Career Advice for Women in Computer Science appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog career advice career in technology Coding Computer Science Educational Technology/Ed-Tech entrepreneur game-based learning games gamification Startup women in tech

4 Tips for using accessibility features to promote inclusion

Neo LMS

Inclusion is an important topic of discussion within special education. Within inclusion settings, all students are placed in the same room to learn alongside each other, as opposed to removing students with disabilities to a separate space. Read more: How AI is changing special education.

The Power of Listening: Remake Learning Days Across America

Digital Promise

There is true power in listening—listening not just to hear, but to understand. This kind of listening has been a pivotal part of how Digital Promise, our partners, and educators across the country have been working to accelerate innovation in education, working with and not just for communities.

Tools for Designing Awesome Graphics

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! I started this blog 10 years ago, which was shortly after using Twitter and other social media tools to connect with educators.

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What is Actively Learn and Why Should I Try it?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Actively Learn is a freemium online education platform that allows students to read a book (or some other document), make comments, answer questions posed by the teacher, and even collaborate with others. Quickly, it is becoming the close reading tool of choice for teachers because of its ease of use, differentiation of needs, depth of tools, and variety of resources. What is Actively Learn. Actively Learn is a high-functioning ereader for ELA, social studies, and science students in grades 2-12.

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EduSummIT 2019: How Will Changes in Human Computer Interfaces Impact Educational Technology?

The Journal

How will changes in human computer interfaces, e.g., incorporation of augmented reality/virtual reality, impact educational technology and the learning experience? Good question! In this week’s blogpost we provide an answer to that good question produced by the 10 members of "Technological Working Group 1" at the EduSummIT 2019 Conference held in Quebec City, October, 2019

Scratch and Makey Makey Across the Curriculum

User Generated Education

I love bringing physical computing into my classrooms: Physical computing means building interactive physical systems by the use of software and hardware that can sense and respond to the analog world. Physical computing is a creative framework for understanding human beings’ relationship to the digital world.

Catch the Flipgrid fever! 30+ ways to use Flipgrid in your class

Ditch That Textbook

Bring the back row in class to the FRONT row! Flipgrid, a FREE video discussion platform, gives all students a voice. Here are more than 30 ideas on how to use it in class. This post is by Karly Moura, a teacher on special assignment (TOSA) in Mount Diablo USD in Concord, California. You can follow […]. The post Catch the Flipgrid fever! 30+ ways to use Flipgrid in your class appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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Student Agency: What Do Students Want to Create to Demonstrate Their Learning?

Catlin Tucker

In my blog post titled “ 3 Ways to Build Student Agency into Your Lessons ,” I encouraged teachers to design lessons that allow students to make key decisions about their learning. Student agency is one of the easiest ways that teachers can begin to personalize learning.

The Future of Work

A Principal's Reflections

The future of work should be on the top of everyone’s mind as it is smacking us right now in the face. As I have previously written, we are in the midst of the 4th Industrial Revolution, where rampant innovation and exponential advances in technology are changing the societal landscape. We are seeing professions being redefined or outright eradicated. Here is a fact. Millions of jobs are and will continue to be, lost as a result of artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, and automation.

The Hidden Stories of Those Around Us

Tom Murray

Each one of us has a story. How much of your story do those around you know? Earlier this week, I boarded the 7:15a train to Washington, D.C. from 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. As I do regularly, I found a seat, opened my laptop, turned up the volume in my headphones, and got connected so that I could do some work. Like I do many times each day, I took a moment and scanned my Twitter feed. While scrolling through, I came across The Hidden Story, a video shared by FranklinCovey Company.

4 Ways to Talk to Parents About Students’ Social-Emotional Learning

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Parents may not always recognize the term social-emotional learning, but educators can connect with them to help students develop important life skills around relationships, decision-making, and self-awareness. The post 4 Ways to Talk to Parents About Students’ Social-Emotional Learning appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog edtech Educational Technology/Ed-Tech Entrepreneurship Professional Development Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Startup Startups

6 Novel ways in which educators can teach creativity in the classroom

Neo LMS

Read any article about the future of the workplace. Not even that, any article about the future in general. It seems that everyone agrees that innovation is the most important asset that we have to deal with present and future challenges.

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How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

When used effectively, technology can greatly contribute to creating equity in schools. It removes barriers to learning materials, supports students where they are across varied learning contexts and needs, and gives educators more insight into the learning environments they’re creating. However, we can only realize these equity-centered benefits when we use technology in innovative and powerful ways.

Engage Them in the First 5 Minutes! Bell-Ringers, Warm Ups, and Prompts!

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! As soon as students enter the classroom they can be engaged in learning. At my school we call these “to dos.” ” I have often heard these called bell ringers, warm ups, starters, and entrance tickets.

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Best-in-Class Resources–You Decide

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every year, I review a large number of websites, apps, and resources that help educators blend technology into their classrooms. I get lots of feedback from readers sharing their experiences, asking questions, and clicking through to see if a particular tool will serve their needs. But, I often don’t hear how the product worked in the fullness of time. Starting last year, I sought out your opinions: how dependable is it. how versatile is it for time-strapped teachers.

A Deepish-Dive Into an NGSS-Aligned, Elementary School Lesson Roadmap

The Journal

What does Next-Generation Science Standards’ "three-dimensional science learning" look like in the classroom? In this week’s blog, we examine a specific NGSS lesson, implemented in the Collabrify Roadmap Platform, that has third-grade students using their “three-dimensional science learning” to actually build a small toy that moves

Maker-Enhanced Writing Workshop: Character Development

User Generated Education

Readers of my blog know my thoughts and feelings about effective student learning. I have written blogs on: All Lesson Should Be Interdisciplinary Learning – [link]. The Imperative of Experiential and Hands-On Learning – [link]. Authentic Learning Experiences – [link]. Intentional Creativity – [link]. The Magic of Making: The Human Need to Create – [link]. This month I started a maker-enhanced writing workshop with a group of gifted 3rd through 6th grade students.

How to use Chromebooks offline for elearning day activities, homework

Ditch That Textbook

No internet at home? No problem. Set up Chromebooks and laptops with offline access to G Suite. Your elearning day activities just got a lot more interesting!Having Having Chromebooks and G Suite can supercharge learning in class. Information is at students' fingertips. They can create digitally with what they learn. They can share, collaborate and make […]. The post How to use Chromebooks offline for elearning day activities, homework appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

Post-Lesson Reflection: What Do Students Think They Learned?

Catlin Tucker

In the last two blogs, I have focused on strategies teachers can use to 1) assess prior knowledge before a lesson and 2) check for understanding during a lesson. I’ve suggested that teachers build mechanisms into their lessons to collect formative assessment data. That way, they can use that data to design learning experiences that better meet the needs of their students. The third piece to this puzzle is a post-lesson reflection.

Kid-Centric Schools: When There's a Will There's a Way

A Principal's Reflections

When I wrote Uncommon Learning back in 2015, the premise was to set the stage as to how we could create schools that work for kids. A good deal of the strategies presented came from what we successfully implemented at New Milford High School where I was the former principal. To get a better gist of the main focus areas check out my TEDx talk.

Stop Celebrating Low-Level Learning

Tom Murray

In the spring of 2002, I was teaching 4th grade in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. As a teacher in my second year, my classroom had a 1:1 student-to-device ratio. That’s right, in 2002, 17 years ago, we were 1:1. Palm Pilots. Yes, Palm Pilots. Remember those things? Image Credit: The Morning Call, 2002 “I’d love to see these units become standard equipment for all students in five to ten years.” ” – Thomas C. Murray, 2002 (HAHA!!)