2016

Ten Tech Problem-Solving Tips You Don’t Want to Miss

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the top ten problem-solving tips according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: Tech Tip #108: Got a Tech Problem? Google It! What to do when your Computers Don’t Work. 25 Techie Problems Every Student Can Fix–Update. How to Teach Students to Solve Problems. I Can Solve That Problem…. Let Students Learn From Failure. Let’s Talk About Habits of Mind. Computer Shortkeys That Streamline Your Day. #81: 81: Problem Solving Board. 5 Ways to Cure Technophobia in the Classroom.

8 E-Learning Trends Changing The Learning Landscape

TeacherCast

As technology advances and the disadvantages are dealt with, elearning is becoming ever more competitive. The post 8 E-Learning Trends Changing The Learning Landscape appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network. Editorial

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5 Ways Teachers Are Opening Up the World to Special Education Through Technology

The Journal

Teachers who work with special needs students are finding that technology can not only broaden their students' experiences but engage them in learning, help them retain information, improve their socialization and boost their self-esteem

How Do You Mend a Broken Teacher?

The CoolCatTeacher

Life Lessons from Hall of Fame Teacher Kim Bearden From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Broken. It happens. It hurts deeply. I have had days when I didn’t know how I would get out of bed and make it to school. Most teachers I respect have had periods of deep brokenness too. So has Hall of Fame Teacher Kim Bearden, co-founder of Ron Clark Academy. Today she tells all. We need to lift one another up and encourage each other.

7 Ways To Remove The Gamification In Your Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 7 Ways To Remove The Gamification In Your Classroom appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching Experienced Teacher General Terry Heick

5 tips for creating a makerspace for less than the cost of an iPad

eSchool News

You don’t need power tools and 3D printers to start a makerspace. Instead, get creative. Where others see trash, I see treasure. Reusing, repurposing, and recycling items that can be found in the kitchen garbage can, on the curb, or collected by friends and families helps educators to save money while protecting the environment.

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Visualize Learning with Photo Challenges and Projects

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”. – Marc Riboud. Learners of all ages love taking pictures, especially with their phones. Learners can use these photos in projects, digital stories, or other learning projects to provide an authentic voice and to show the learning that is taking place all around them. You can also have learners go on photo challenges and missions instead of assigning typical homework.

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How Librarians Hold the Key to Future Ready Schools

Digital Promise

Do you see librarians as part of the future? Courtesy Mark Ray Mark Ray is the Chief Digital Officer for Vancouver Public Schools. I posed that question in my recent TEDx talk during the 2016 Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools meeting in San Diego. In my district , across the League, and across the U.S., the answer is coming back: “Heck Yeah!”. In June, I began working formally with the Alliance for Excellent Education as Lead for Future Ready Librarians.

Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners

User Generated Education

Design thinking is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, conceiving original ideas, lots of experimentation, and sometimes building things by hand. The projects teach students how to make a stable product, use tools, think about the needs of another, solve challenges, overcome setbacks and stay motivated on a long-term problem.

MyShakespeare

Catlin Tucker

I’ve been in love with Shakespeare since college. However, the very thing I love about Shakespeare’s plays–the language–is the exact thing that alienates so many students. The language is foreign and the humor goes over their heads. I’ve tried a variety of techniques to hook my students from having them complete soundtrack projects for the plays to performing the scenes in class.

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Use the SAMR Model to Spearhead Technology in Your Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

This is a question I get often from teachers: Technology is always an extra layer of work in my classroom. How can I blend it into what I already do without taking time I don’t have? When I first addressed this issue fifteen years ago, it was all about replacing traditional classroom tools with one on a computer. For example, book reports were typed on the computer instead of handwritten, or math facts were practiced with a math game instead of flash cards.

Why we should leave behind the cookie-cutter education

Neo LMS

Whenever my mom made cookies when I was a little kid, I could barely wait for them to come out of the oven. My mom’s cookies were simply delicious. She had a magic ingredient she kept in a small recipient, and its location between two cookie-baking sessions was top secret. She always added that magic ingredient, and the cookies were always delicious because of it.

'Personalized Learning': From Marketing Hype to Good Pedagogy

The Journal

We (CN &ES) took a deep dive into a popular "personalized learning" programs for K–8 mathematics instruction. While we have not been particularly supportive of personalized learning in the past, to put it mildly, in this week’s blog we describe what impressed us about this particular math program that used concept-based practice and differentiated instruction

140 Twitter Tips for Educators

The CoolCatTeacher

Help for teachers curious or skeptical about Twitter From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The curious teacher opened up Twitter. In the teacher’s lounge this morning, an excited teacher was talking about a new tool she’d found on Twitter that had her students raving. Rather than ask anyone, the curious teacher opened up Twitter (there was less pressure that way.) Oh, my! She thought Twitter made no sense.

Stop the Homework Insanity and Let Kids Be Kids

A Principal's Reflections

I have so many fond memories of my childhood. Growing up in a relatively rural area of Northwestern New Jersey sure had its benefits. As we returned home from school each day, my brothers and I would jump off the bus and diligently make our way about a half-mile back to our house. Once home we would peel off the backpacks, get changed, and play outside for the remainder of the day until dinner was ready.

What is the SAMR model?

EdTech4Beginners

A new acronym floating around at the moment is SAMR. But what does it mean and what implications does it have for classroom practise? SAMR stands for: substitution, augmentation, modification and redefinition. It basically details all the ways technology can impact or not on learning. Substitution. This is when teachers or pupils are using tech tools but in no different way to old ones. For instance, using Google Slides instead of Microsoft PowerPoint. The end product is the same. Augmentation.

Thanksgiving Ideas and Resources to Gobble Up!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.” – W.J. Cameron. Thanksgiving is an important event that teaches us about collaboration and acceptance between two vastly different cultures and this is definitely an important history our students can benefit from. Thanksgiving provides us the opportunity to teach students about what it means to be a good citizen and humanitarian. The Thanksgiving story helps students learn about the importance of celebrating and accepting our differences.

MLTI is a Massive Failure: What We Can Do

More Verbs

On Friday, October 14, 2016, Maine’s Governor Paul LePage announced that he believes the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) has been a massive failure. Now, we could get mad, or argue, or blame, or call someone and complain… But in truth, MLTI has become better known for the technology than the learning, and we have become stuck at word processing, presenting and online research.

Celebrating Five Years of Leadership with the League of Innovative Schools

Digital Promise

This week, as we celebrate Digital Promise’s fifth anniversary , we also welcome the districts who are part of the 2016-2017 cohort of the League of Innovative Schools. Members of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools are changing the model of traditional public education and building policies, programs, and practices that demonstrate how forward-thinking leadership, combined with driven, empowered educators and smart technology use, can transform learning.

A Fuller Framework for Making in Maker Education

User Generated Education

Background Information. I recently learned, for the first time, about Aristotle’s belief that there were three basic activities of humans: theoria (thinking), poiesis (making), and praxis (doing). Corresponding to these activities were three types of knowledge: theoretical, the end goal being truth; poietical, the end goal being production; and practical, the end goal being action ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praxis_(process) ).

Ditching Traditional Grades & My Online Gradebook

Catlin Tucker

Last year, I began experimenting with standards-based grading and wrote a blog titled “ Grading for Mastery and Redesigning My Gradebook. ” My goal was to shift the conversation away from the accumulation of points and, instead, focus on the development of skills. Although I appreciated the immediate change that took place when I began grading based on my students’ ability to master specific skills, I knew I wanted to go even further this year as I began N.E.W. School.

How to Create a Tech-based Curriculum Using the SAMR Model

Ask a Tech Teacher

This is a question I get often from teachers: How do I teach my state/national/international curriculum using technology? When I first addressed this issue about fifteen years ago, there weren’t any tools to make this happen. In fact, I ended up writing my own project-based technology curriculum (now in its fifth edition).

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10 Google Classroom time savers for teachers

Ditch That Textbook

If you and your students are using Google Apps in the classroom, Google Classroom can save you tons of time and effort. It helps you assign, collect, grade and return work seamlessly. But, like anything else, there are tricks that can help you do the same work in less time. They make you more efficient [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology efficiency gafe Google Apps google classroom time management

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Robotic Telepresence Device Allows Student to Attend School Virtually While Receiving Treatment

The Journal

Naya Salah, a seventh grader at Stratford School's Santa Clara Middle School, uses a videoconferencing system called Beam to attend school as she recovers from leukemia and gets chemotherapy

The Secret to Effective Technology Integration in Schools

The CoolCatTeacher

Powerful Learning First, Technology Second From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Powerful learning first technology second. What does this mean in the classroom? Well, have you heard the school that bragged that “we have all new, shiny.” ” And in the blank insert Chromebook, iPads, BYOD, or laptops. It doesn’t really matter what shiny new thing they purchased. These schools just had “things.”

Top 10 BYOD concerns — and how to overcome them [Part 1]

Neo LMS

BYOD at school is more than the latest buzz phrase you hear at every corner of the teacher’s rooms or along school hallways. It’s really happening. More and more schools adopt BYOD policies and allow students to bring their own mobile phones, tablets, eBooks, and other devices in the classroom, and use them as tools to enhance learning.

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Guest Post: Top Websites To Use When Teaching Writing.

EdTech4Beginners

It’s that time of the year again when I go through my bookmarks and Diigo lists and try to choose websites I like when teaching writing: this prepares me well for the upcoming school year. Most of the time, I end up adding even more sites to the existing lists! The sites listed below are brilliant and children love it when I use them. Image courtesy of Grays Harbor College. My Top 5! Readwritethink.org : An absolute must whatever type of writing you work on!

Motivate Learners This Holiday Season with a Digital Calendar

Teacher Reboot Camp

“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.” ” – Mary Anne Radmacher. December is right around the corner and one way to celebrate the holidays with your students is by creating a digital calendar of activities.

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Maine Announces Learning Technology Framework

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The true value of laptops and tablets in schools is not learning to use the technology, but rather using the technology to learn. The Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI ) have been in place since 2002 and has certainly helped close the Digital Access Divide in Maine.

Retrieval Practice: A Strategy to Promote Successful Learning

Digital Promise

How can we foster and encourage successful learning, where students apply knowledge, build connections, think critically — and retain important knowledge over time? In this second Digital Promise Research@Work video , we share a learning strategy called retrieval practice , which is based on more than 100 years of cognitive science research.

Peak Me!

Education Elements

How do I stay ahead of the game consistently and constantly? This question is probably the most frequently asked question by those that are operating at their peak in any profession. Though there are many books, a lot of advice and much research conducted about human development and personal growth, very little has been published or discussed on how or what we need to do to sustain peak performance levels. Leaders Inspiration

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21st Century Version of Ask 3 Before You Ask Me

Catlin Tucker

The first month of school is exhausting! New students, new routines, and, for many of us, new curriculum. Getting kids acclimated to all the newness spurs a lot (and I mean a lot) of questions. In an effort to save my own sanity and teach students how to be independent and resourceful, I put a technology spin on the old adage, “Ask 3 before you ask me.” ” It’s not just that I am wild about technology. I also want to model what I do when I have a question.

The Importance of 3D Printing in Education

Ask a Tech Teacher

A topic I don’t cover enough is 3D printing. It’s relatively new on the education landscape and I have yet to reach a comfort level with it. Thankfully, Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Lisa Michaels, has lots of knowledge and experience on this topic. Here are her thoughts on the importance of 3D printing in education: The range of possibilities which 3D printing provides is almost limitless.

20 books by teachers, for teachers to inspire your teaching

Ditch That Textbook

I wrote my book, Ditch That Textbook, in 2014 and it was published in spring 2015. When that book was published, I didn’t realize that I would be part of a huge movement to equip and empower teachers. My book was published by Dave Burgess Consulting, led by Dave and Shelley Burgess. Dave wrote Teach [.]. Teaching books creative teaching edtech educational technology inspiration motivation

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Researchers: Forget Internet Abstinence; Teens Need some Online Risk

The Journal

If adults want to help teenagers learn how to handle the big risks of Internet usage, the best thing we can do is let them get used to handling smaller risky online situations. That's the conclusion from a Pennsylvania State University research project that examined adolescent online safety

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Why Do We Ask Kids to Sit Down and Learn When the Research Says…

The CoolCatTeacher

How Sedentary Education Hurts Kids From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Many kids may not have ADD or ADHD but have those symptoms because their school is requiring them to sit for such long periods of time, according to Dr. Brad Johnson. Today’s guest shares the latest research about physical activity and school performance.

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Using WSQ forms to improve impact of Flipped Classroom tasks

Neo LMS

Ian Simpson is Head of Computer Science and ICT at St Louis School of Milan, Italy. He is passionate about using educational technology to improve outcomes for both students and teachers in all subject areas and in collaborating with other international educators through social media. He blogs on a fairly regular basis about Computer Science and his creation of the Hackable Classroom at [link].