Escaping from Distracting Co-Workers

Mar 26 9:43am TechNotes Blog – TCEA
In the grand scheme of the world, getting away from co-workers who are bent on distracting you is a very tiny thing. But if you’re in the middle of a daunting deadline or trying to solve a complex problem, it can grow into a very big deal very quickly. Luckily, one of my colleagues here […] The post Escaping from Distracting Co-Workers appeared first on TechNotes Blog - TCEA.
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Distance learning technology offers a bright future for higher ed capacity

Mar 25 8:39pm Educational Technology
by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive Duke University and San Jose State University are two institutions which have broadened research and teaching capacity through distance communication technology. Video conferencing has allowed both schools to expose students to professional development opportunities and outreach to domestic and international partner institutions. Michigan State University takes the distance learning model to [...]...
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This laptop-bricking USB stick just got even more dangerous

Mar 25 8:36pm Educational Technology
by Zack Whittaker, ZD Net Remember that USB stick that would destroy almost anything in its path, from laptops, photo booths, kiosks, to even cars? Now there’s a new version, and it’s even more dangerous than before. The makers of the USB Kill stick have created a more powerful version with a higher voltage and amp [...]...
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Province investing in new, innovative ways to teach and learn with technology

Mar 25 8:35pm Educational Technology
by Ontario Ontario is supporting colleges and universities across the province in developing new and innovative approaches to online and technology-enabled learning that best meets the needs of Ontario students. This year, 45 recipients from universities and colleges across Ontario will receive a broad range of research and innovation grants through eCampusOntario to explore technology-enabled learning [...]...
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Mar 25 8:09pm Online Learning Update
by Laura Hollis, World Net Daily What threatens to disrupt the traditional business model of a four-year college education? Online education. I’ve watched for more than two decades as online education has morphed from being an option of last resort to entire programs offered online at respected research institutions. Stanford was among the first to offer [...]...
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For Online Class Discussions, Instructors Move From Text to Video

Mar 25 8:04pm Online Learning Update
By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge Many instructors see discussion boards as drudgery as well. “The threaded discussion felt always like the wrong medium for learning,” says Joyce Valenza, an assistant teaching professor at Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information, who has been teaching online since 2001. “When you think about the larger world, people are [...]...
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U Northern Colorado Nursing professors research civility in online learning

Mar 25 8:03pm Online Learning Update
by Trevor Reid, Greeley Tribune Participants reported agreement with a set of behaviors as to how disruptive they were, and how often they occurred in the last year. Faculty and students report incivility as a generally mild problem at UNC, but that uncivil behaviors were committed by both faculty and students. There was widespread agreement on definitions [...]...
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Running Android Apps on Your Chromebook

Mar 25 9:39am TechNotes Blog – TCEA
Last May, Google announced that you would soon be able to run Android apps on your Chromebook. Well, okay, maybe not your Chromebook, but on newer ones. If your Chromebook is like mine, it is several years old and will most likely not know what it is like to run Android apps. But if you […] The post Running Android Apps on Your Chromebook appeared first on TechNotes Blog - TCEA.
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Universal basic income: Bruce Sterling imagines the rest of the 21st century

Mar 25 8:46am Bryan Alexander
How might universal basic income play out, if we choose to adopt it as a way to restructure our economy and society?  Cyberpunk writer, journalist, and killer speech-giver Bruce Sterling dove into some possibilities at the close of this year’s … Continue reading →...
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How to Add Interactive End Screens to YouTube Videos

Mar 25 7:30am Free Technology for Teachers
Last week YouTube announced that the popular annotations option in the YouTube editor is going to be removed at the end of April. While annotations will be missed by many, it was a great tool for creating a choose your own adventure series, there is still a similar option available. End screens in the YouTube editor will let you link the end of one of your videos to the beginning of another video or playlist. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to create interactive end screens in your YouTube videos. Applications for Education If you're making a bunch of tutorial videos for your students, using end screens can help you direct them to watch your series of videos in the proper sequence. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesFree Webinar - Storyboard That in Your ClassroomYouTube Is Removing Annotations Option - Try This InsteadStudents Evaluating Student Work ...
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Study: Half or more of community college students struggle to afford food, housing

Mar 24 8:40pm Educational Technology
by JON MARCUS, Hechinger Report Two-thirds of students at American community colleges struggle to pay for food and half to find a stable place to live, according to a new survey billed as the biggest ever on the subject. About 14 percent of community college students are homeless, the survey shows. The figures reinforce earlier findings [...]...
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Training Students to Outpace Automation

Mar 24 8:35pm Educational Technology
by EMILY DERUY, ​The Atlantic As more jobs become automated, companies are looking for employees who can essentially manage the machines doing the work. Where an employee used to be responsible for, say, feeding a panel onto a conveyor belt, now that employee is increasingly expected to work with coworkers to solve any problems that arise [...]...
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16 issues driving higher educations approach to teaching and learning

Mar 24 8:31pm Educational Technology
by Wyatt Kash, EdScoop A new survey released by the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative provides a framework for addressing the role of technology in improving postsecondary teaching and learning.Rising costs, aging computer systems and the changing demands of a more diverse, tech-savvy population are challenging long-standing approaches to teaching and learning at U.S. colleges and universities. For [...]...
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Students should learn to code because it is the language of the future

Mar 24 8:10pm Online Learning Update
BY MATTHEW LYNCH, Tech Advocate Programming is now required in many jobs, and most students have free access to PCs, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Many of the projected STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) jobs involve computers, and there is an increasingly high demand for employees who can write computer programs. This means that students should [...]...
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What will edtech look like in 100 years?

Mar 24 8:06pm Online Learning Update
BY MATTHEW LYNCH, Tech Edvocate We can predict that instead of using pens and pencils to write on paper or keyboards to write on computers and tablets, one day, children will use Google glasses (or its successor) to transfer their thoughts and notes on a computer. Other futuristic thoughts include new tools to protect devices from [...]...
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7 Things You Should Know About the 2017 Key Issues in Teaching and Learning

Mar 24 8:02pm Online Learning Update
by EDUCAUSE ELI Each year since 2011, ELI has surveyed those involved with teaching and learning in higher education to take the pulse of the group about what’s most exciting, pressing, consequential, and relevant. Looking at the ELI Key Issues over time shows which areas hold our attention and time year after year, and it shines [...]...
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Muhammad: Learning New Skills Anytime, Anywhere to Explore New Subjects and Expand his Horizons

Mar 24 2:49pm edX Blog
Muhammad, 40, a learner from Islamabad, Pakistan, explains how edX is helping him learn new skills to advance his career and make the world a better place. The first course I ever completed on edX was IELTS Academic Test Preparation from UQx. I was interested in improving my English listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, and the course really helped me to accomplish that goal.... Read More about Muhammad: Learning New Skills Anytime, Anywhere to Explore New Subjects and Expand his Horizons The post Muhammad: Learning New Skills Anytime, Anywhere to Explore New Subjects and Expand his Horizons appeared first on edX Blog.
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Kupiter - Asteroids Meets Review Game

Mar 24 12:51pm Free Technology for Teachers
Readers of a certain age may be reminded of the Atari game called Asteroids when they look at a new review game called Kupiter. Kupiter is a game in which students answer questions by moving and shooting a laser at letters in order to spell the correct answers to quiz questions. Points are awarded for speed and accuracy. Watch the short video below for a demonstration of how the game is played. You can create your own game on Kupiter by writing questions from scratch or by importing them from Quizlet or an Excel spreadsheet. Game links can be shared via social media and Google Classroom. Applications for EducationPlaying Kupiter will appeal to some, but not all students. It's another option to add to your list of fun review activities for students. You could have students create their own Kupiter games to share with classmates. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesCreate and Track ACT & SAT Prep Activities in PrepFactory3 Online Alternatives to AudacityStudents Evaluating Student Work ...
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Create and Track ACT & SAT Prep Activities in PrepFactory

Mar 24 12:35pm Free Technology for Teachers
PrepFactory offers students a great selection of free SAT and ACT preparation activities. PrepFactory focuses on helping students develop good test-taking strategies while also not boring them with dozens of continuous rote exercises. For example, the Pattern Matcher game in PrepFactory has students look at questions and choose the best answering strategy rather than just answering the question before them.Recently, PrepFactory introduced some new features for teachers. Now when you register as a teacher and create your classroom you can also create specific assignments for your students on an individual or class-wide basis. Then once your students have started on their assignments you can track their progress, see where they need to improve, and suggest more appropriate review activities.Learn more about PrepFactory in the following video. Disclosure: PrepFactory is an advertiser on This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesPrepFactory Offers a New Option for Helping Students Prepare for the SATA Short Overview of PrepFactory for Middle SchoolPrepFactory - Free SAT & ACT Prep Activities ...
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3 Online Alternatives to Audacity

Mar 24 12:01pm Free Technology for Teachers
Earlier today I received this question on Twitter:@rmbyrne hi!! is there a free sound editor similar to audacity but online? To add music, effects still seems to require software. THANKS:)!!— Sonia Guilana (@sguilana) March 24, 2017 My suggestions were to try SoundTrap, BandLab, or Soundation. Soundtrap is a fantastic tool for creating music online. The cool thing about Soundtrap is that students can use virtual instruments to create music or they can record themselves playing music on an instrument and then use that recording in conjunction with the virtual instruments in the Soundtrap environment. What makes Soundtrap stand-out from the crowd is its collaboration options. Click the collaborate tab in the Soundtrap editor to invite others to create music with you. Soundtrap will work in the Chrome web browser on a laptop, iPad, Chromebook, and Android tablet. In my workshops I often describe Soundtrap as Google Docs for music.BandLab is a free service that enables you to create music in your web browser or through free Android and iOS apps. In BandLab's you can create soundtracks using any of the virtual instruments that are provided. You can also speak or sing to record a track. Within the BandLab editor you can mix your tracks together to create a song. If you have existing audio files on your computer, you can upload those to incorporate into your BandLab creations.Soundation is a service that allows anyone to create and remix sound tracks online. If you have used Apple's Garage Band, Soundation will look familiar to you. Soundation provides tracks on which you can place music clips and sound effects to mix together. To create your original work you can select from Soundation's gallery of 400 free sounds, upload your own sounds, or record new sounds using the instruments and keyboard built into Soundation. When you've created a product you like, you can download it or share it in Soundation's gallery. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesStudents Evaluating Student WorkWhat Makes a Poem?Three Audio Slideshow Projects for Teaching Basic Video Production ...
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Use Socrative to Create Quiz Games That Accept Short Answers

Mar 24 10:25am Free Technology for Teachers
This morning I received an email from a reader who was looking for an alternative to Kahoot. He wrote, I would love to have the same set up / timer / point distribution as Kahoot, but I'm now looking for something more challenging than clicking on an answer... Socrative was the first option that came to mind when I read the email. Socrative, one of the earliest companies to make a mobile-friendly quiz game platform for classroom use, offers teachers the option to create timed quiz game activities that accept typed responses as well as the classic true/false and multiple choice formats. When you create your quiz game activity you can set an answer key for typed responses as well as the multiple choice and true/false questions. This is a great option for a teacher who wants to create a quiz game in which students need to spell words or phrases correctly in order to get credit for being correct. Socrative allows you to create quiz games to be played by students individually at their own pace, as a group at a pace that you set, or in teams at a pace that you set. One of my favorite things about Socrative is that every activity you create and activate in Socrative happens through the same room code. In other words, my students always use the same pin code to join one of my Socrative activities no matter how many activities I have stored in my account. From a classroom management perspective, this makes it easy to get all of my students into an activity quickly. So if you're tired of Kahoot and looking for something a little more challenging than just clicking answer choices, take a look at Socrative. And if you haven't looked at Socrative in a while, look again, there's a slew of new features that have been added in the last couple of years.I be covering Socrative, Kahoot, and other neat formative assessment tools in next Tuesday's webinar, Fun With Formative Assessments.  This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesFree Webinar - Storyboard That in Your ClassroomJumble Mode Is a New Way to Play Kahoot GamesTry Quizalize to Run a Quiz Night for Students & Parents ...
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Accelerate Your Learning: Adobe Academy

Mar 24 9:29am TechNotes Blog – TCEA
It's time to register to attend the two-day Adobe Academy and ensure that your skills, and those of your students, will meet the demands of employers today. The post Accelerate Your Learning: Adobe Academy appeared first on TechNotes Blog - TCEA.
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Why EdTech Initiatives Fail (and a support to help!)

Mar 24 9:20am Blog – Tom Murray
Over the past decade, as school district budgets have remained relatively stagnant, spending on educational technology has continued to accelerate. In working with district leaders across the nation, I can point to countless bright spots, where technology is supporting the acceleration of student learning, and empowering teachers to create authentic learning experiences for all students. However, the stories that district leaders don’t like to tell, are when edtech initiatives fail. In our research for our upcoming book Learning Transformed (ASCD, co-authored by Eric Sheninger, May 2017 release), we look closely at best practices in implementing new technologies, and create a dynamic, systemic cycle to plan, pilot, purchase, and launch. Simply put, current purchasing and deployment procedures are all over the map – some districts have well thought out protocols, while for others it’s reminiscent of the wild, wild west. From what I’ve seen, when a school/district adopts the wrong technology for the learning experiences that they are looking for, two arguments will often be heard: Teachers will complain that the way they did it before was more effective and this technology is just getting in the way, or; The technology won’t get used and the school will have wasted both time and money. Deciding what’s the “right” type of technology and avoiding the “wrong” type of technology for your district or school isn’t simply dependent on the specs of the devices themselves, the apps that are possible, the cost, etc. Deciding what is right and what is wrong for your purchasing has everything to do with aligning the types of learning experiences desired, with what the technology is capable of doing. Selecting the wrong type of technology is not uncommon. In fact, I truly believe this is a nationwide issue with which many school leaders are struggling. Why? It’s easy for information paralysis to occur and previous methods of selection rarely scale. Choices of products and vendors seem infinite, with a vast array of solutions claiming to be customizable to the needs of your schools. District leaders no longer need to suffer through poor technology that isn’t a dynamic match, yet finding the right fit in a reasonable time period takes intentionality, planning, and often some guidance. In years past, some districts have asked those in their regio...
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Kids Who Suffer Hunger In First Years Lag Behind Their Peers In School

Mar 24 2:24am MindShift
When infants and young kids grow up in homes without enough to eat, they're more likely to perform poorly in kindergarten, a study shows. The younger they experienced hunger, the stronger the effect.
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Free Through the Weekend - Teach Your Monster to Read Mobile Apps

Mar 23 9:01pm Free Technology for Teachers
Teach Your Monster to Read is one of my favorite online programs for helping children learn to recognize letters and sounds. The browser-based version of Teach Your Monster to Read is free and always has been free. The mobile apps for the program are usually not free. Through this coming Sunday (March 26th) the iPad and Android apps for Teach Your Monster to Read are completely free to download. The free download includes access to all aspects of Teach Your Monster to Read.The Teach Your Monster to Read environment contains eight levels (or islands as they’re called in the game) each containing four activities. Students play the game as a friendly monster avatar. On each island students can earn prizes for their monsters and customize the look of their monsters This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesListen and Read - Nonfiction Read-along Activities30Hands Has Removed Free App - Try These AlternativesTwo Good Sources of Online Grammar Games ...
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How technology is reshaping the university IT positions

Mar 23 8:40pm Educational Technology
by Stephen Noonoo, Education Dive The role of university IT leadership is being reshaped by analytics and the need to work across departments. Some schools are adding C-suite data management positions, or expanding the roles of existing IT leaders, according to EdTech Magazine. Brown University is now offering a masters of cybersecurity degree that will train [...]...
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Students Evaluating Student Work

Mar 23 8:40pm Free Technology for Teachers
This is a guest post from my friend Rushton Hurley. Rushton is the founder of Next Vista for Learning and the author of Making Your School Something Special. At the recent #CUE17 conference, I ran a workshop on getting a digital video project going. While a good chunk of the session was devoted to exploring several easy-to-learn tools, such as SpeakPipe Voice Recorder and Adobe Spark Video, we also took time to look at a variety of student videos. Getting students to create videos explaining what they've learned can yield pretty disappointing results when students decide to record what they normally think of as teaching. One student might stand at a whiteboard to explain something, while another holds a phone (hopefully horizontally) and records it. Giving students a variety of videos (narrated images or art, stop-motion, puppets, etc.) to consider can help them come up with much more interesting pieces. For the workshop, I created a doc (\_fE/edit?usp=sharing) with sets of student-created videos that others could watch in order to identify strengths and weaknesses, and also brainstorm completely different approaches to exploring the video's topic. The doc contains instructions on ways to use the many linked videos and sets, but I think it can be better, and would love your feedback. How can I improve it so that it better fits what you ask students to create? Please let me know at, and if I can create something good for you, I'm happy to do so! This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesWhat Makes a Poem?A Couple of Short Lessons About Changing SeasonsThree Audio Slideshow Projects for Teaching Basic Video Production ...
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Technical training prepares graduates for the automation era

Mar 23 8:35pm Educational Technology
by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive A recent study from the Society for College and University Planning suggests that the global workforce will lose more than 7 million jobs over the next five years, thanks to expansion in automation. A profile of Henry Ford College in The Atlantic showcases the ways the institution is reimagining its technical [...]...
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Credentialing remains a slow-growing process for higher ed

Mar 23 8:30pm Educational Technology
by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive Credentialing and competency-based education models remain a relatively-small part of the matriculation process at most colleges and universities, but a new study suggests new ways institutions can more efficiently gauge prior learning and capacity in high-level subject matters. MOOCs and coding bootcamps can offer specific levels of learning and training, and [...]...
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Choice Eliminator Lite - Remove Choices from Google Forms as They're Used

Mar 23 8:25pm Free Technology for Teachers
Early last month I shared my most frequently recommended Google Forms Add-ons. Choice Eliminator was one of the Add-ons on that list. Unfortunately, official support for Choice Eliminator was eliminated at the end of February. Many people have since asked me for an alternative. The best alternative that I've found so far is Choice Eliminator Lite.Choice Eliminator Lite will remove choices from a Google Form as they are used up. For example, if you were to create a Google Form for reserving computer lab space, the time slots would disappear from the form as they were selected.The difference between Choice Eliminator and Choice Eliminator Lite is that the lite version is not intended to be used by large groups simultaneously. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesHow to Add Music to Google SlidesYes, You Can Restrict Messages in G SuiteHow to Quickly Total a Spreadsheet Column ...
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EdX brings students together to brainstorm online improvements

Mar 23 8:10pm Online Learning Update
by Maya Goldman, Michigan Daily The Office of Academic Innovation partnered with edX, a massive online open course provider, on Tuesday evening to hold a Design Jam for University of Michigan students. The event was held so edX could hear from students about its program and get a new perspective on the issues within their platform [...]...
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The Future of EDUCAUSE: Expanded Partnerships and Collaboration

Mar 23 8:05pm Online Learning Update
by John O’Brien, EDUCAUSE Review Over the five-year period covered in our strategic plan, EDUCAUSE will work to promote stronger, more collaborative relationships between IT leaders and other senior campus leaders. As technology solutions extend across campus and IT risks intensify, it’s crucial to make connections and elevate the strategic role of information technology and also [...]...
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Understanding the Faculty Role in Digital Accessibility

Mar 23 8:02pm Online Learning Update
By Doug Lederman, Inside Digital Learning The decision last week by the University of California, Berkeley, to take years’ worth of video and audio lectures out of the public realm because of federal requirements on accessibility for people with disabilities was decried by many accessibility advocates. In the context of Berkeley’s decision, Inside Digital Learning asked [...]...
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Karen Hough #ATDCore4 Keynote Mindmap

Mar 23 2:21pm Learnlets
Karen Hough kicked off ATD’s Core 4 event with a lively keynote talking about how improvisation reflects many core factors involved in successful organizational agility.  Going through her trademarked elements, she had the audience up and participating and reflecting on interpersonal interactions. She covered important components of a learning organization like openness to new ideas, diversity, […] The post Karen Hough #ATDCore4 Keynote Mindmap appeared first on Learnlets.
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Read, Talk, Write: 35 Text Analysis Lessons

Mar 23 11:35am MiddleWeb
In Read Talk Write Laura Robb provides strategies that can grow students' ability to have rich, accountable conversations, leading to productive, engaging writing. Reviewer Linda Biondi especially appreciates the mentor texts, detailed lessons, and reproducibles.
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The Patreon project, two months in

Mar 23 10:57am Bryan Alexander
Two months ago I launched a Patreon campaign to support my future of education work.  I’d like to share some thoughts on how it’s gone so far, since readers know I’ve been committed since 2013 to making my professional work … Continue reading →...
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Discover 6 Keys to Teacher Engagement

Mar 23 10:06am MiddleWeb
Cathie E. West packs her book with key concepts and skills, charts to help explain these, engagement strategies and step-by-step activities, all to help achieve teacher – and subsequently student – engagement. Literacy coach Janice Rustico finds it a keeper.
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Fake News to the Future of Obamacare: MOOCs Address Todays Pressing Issues

Mar 23 9:54am edX Blog
Today’s social and political climate is provoking strong conversations about American democracy, fact-checking, women’s rights and healthcare access – just to name a few. These moments are opportunities to not only engage, but also to educate and ensure that people everywhere can learn about pertinent current events so that they, too, can form their own points of view and become informed global citizens. In response, the... Read More about Fake News to the Future of Obamacare: MOOCs Address Today’s Pressing Issues The post Fake News to the Future of Obamacare: MOOCs Address Today’s Pressing Issues appeared first on edX Blog.
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ABC Magnetic Alphabet Lite for Kids

Mar 23 9:00am TechNotes Blog – TCEA
Looking for a great app for ELA? Check out this great educational, free iPad app, ABC-Magnet Lite for Kids and three activities I do with it. The post ABC – Magnetic Alphabet Lite for Kids appeared first on TechNotes Blog - TCEA.
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10 Performance-Based Projects for ELA Class

Mar 23 8:41am MiddleWeb
Todd Stanley's units of study address the need of today's students both to problem solve and present findings to an audience. Jennifer Wirtz implemented a well resourced Oral Presentation unit and will use more of the easily adapted projects with her 7th graders.
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Oculus Intros Facebook Livestreaming to Samsung Gear VR, Adds 360-Degree Videos to Rooms

Mar 22 8:40pm Educational Technology
By Sri Ravipati, THE Journal Oculus last week released some updates to its mobile virtual reality (VR) platform, including more ways to virtually connect with friends on Facebook, as well as few functionality and features for the Samsung Gear VR headset. First, the company has introduced more content in Rooms, a virtual space where friends can [...]...
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After the Planning Phase: 7 Tips for Implementing a Makerspace

Mar 22 8:35pm Educational Technology
By Leila Meyer, THE Journal Once a school district has completed the initial planning phase of their makerspace initiative — as described in a previous THE Journal article — it’s time to let teachers and students start tinkering, creating and designing. Here, our expert educators offer seven tips for successful makerspace implementation. nting-a-makerspace.aspx Share on Facebook var button = [...]...
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GPA Versus Exam Scores: Whats Better in Predicting College Success?

Mar 22 8:32pm Educational Technology
By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal High school grade point average serves as a better predictor of college success than standardized exam scores among students heading directly into higher ed from high school. But among those who delay their college entry, the same isn’t necessarily the case; it depends on the type of test and the subject [...]...
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Universities scramble as political climate threatens international enrollment

Mar 22 8:07pm Online Learning Update
by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive Approximately 40\% of domestic colleges and universities participating in a recent higher education survey are reporting a decrease in applications from international students, a trend that some observers attribute to the changing political climate in the United States, travel restrictions, and growing perceived animus against international student presence on some campuses, [...]...
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4 trends poised to transform the future of higher education

Mar 22 8:05pm Online Learning Update
by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive Association of Governing Boards associate managing principal for institutional strategies Jim Hundrieser speaking during the 99th annual American Council on Education meeting in Washington, DC said,“Students are no longer buying that whole college” experience, said Hundrieser, using the example of having to buy an entire album for one or two [...]...
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Smartphones Outpacing Humans in Literacy

Mar 22 8:03pm Online Learning Update
By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology “Illiterate people are more likely to be poor, lack education, miss out on opportunities to participate fully in society and the workforce,” Project Literacy stated on its website. “Sadly, their choices in life are far too limited.” Currently, 758 million adults around the world and 32 million Americans are illiterate, according [...]...
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Protecting Online Accounts With Strong Passwords - Video

Mar 22 4:49pm Free Technology for Teachers
Creating a strong password is a good first step to protecting your email and social media accounts from being hacked. But that's just the first step. To really protect your account there are some additional steps you should take like using two-factor authentication. In the following video Common Craft explains how to protect your online accounts. Click here to watch the video or you can view it embedded below. Applications for Education The tips in the video may be a old news to some of us, but to a lot of students and teachers those tips are new. It also never hurts to remind people of these tips. For help in creating a strong password consider using a tool like Wolfram Alpha's password generator. Common Craft videos can be reviewed online for evaluation purposes. To use embed them into a blog as I've done requires a membership (which are very reasonably priced). Disclosure: I have an in-kind relationship with Common Craft. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesPiracy Online Explained by Common CraftIdentity Theft and How to Prevent It - A New Common Craft VideoA Clear Explanation of Gamification ...
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Reviews |Allovue: Empowering Education Leaders to Make Resource Allocation Decisions

Mar 22 12:14pm
Allovue is company that helps education leaders manage their finances and make budgeting decisions. Balance is their financial software platform designed to help K-12 school district leadership budget, manage, and evaluate their financial data.  An enormous part of how a child’s education turns out is based on how money is spent and allocated in schools during that child’s education, and Allovue strives to make sure education leaders have all the information they could pos [...]...
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Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp - Super Early Discounts End Soon

Mar 22 12:09pm Free Technology for Teachers
Every year for the last four years the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camps have sold out. Compared to this time last year, there are more people registering early than ever before. The super-early discount on registration ends this Friday night. The super-early discount price is $100 less than the full price and $50 less than the early registration discount. Please see the Chromebook Camp and BYOD Camp pages for more details or just send an email to richardbyrne (at) freetech4teachers.comChromebook Camp - July 20th & 21stPowered by EventbriteBYOD Camp - July 27th & 28thPowered by Eventbrite This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesThe Week in Review - The Most Popular PostsMore Than 13,000 People Get Their Ed Tech Tips This WayWinning Blog Strategies - Webinar This Thursday ...
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Mapping the geography of academic attainment

Mar 22 12:00pm Bryan Alexander
Which populations have what level of educational attainment?  Put another way, how does academic achievement spread out across a population? Kyle Walker (TCU) has mapped out the entire continental United States by degree level.  The results are fascinating, offering keen … Continue reading →...
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Three Audio Slideshow Projects for Teaching Basic Video Production

Mar 22 11:58am Free Technology for Teachers
Tools like Stupeflix, Animoto, and Shadow Puppet Edu make it easy for students to quickly create videos. I often use these tools when introducing video production projects to teachers or students who have never attempted make videos in their classrooms. Here are three types of assignments that you can build around audio slideshow video tools.Biographical/ Autobiographical StoriesHave students arrange a short audio slideshow about historical figures they're learning about in your classroom. Shadow Puppet Edu offers a built-in image search tool that makes it easy for students to find public domain pictures of historical figures.Or have students tell short stories about themselves to introduce themselves to their classmates. Students can pull pictures from their personal cell phones or social media accounts to complete this project. (If social media is blocked in your school, ask students to download pictures at home and place them in a Google Drive or Dropbox folder to use in school).Book Trailer VideosIn place of or in addition to a traditional book report have students create an audio slideshow video about books they've recently read. Students can use images they made or grab images from sites like Photos for Class to use in their videos. Check out Book Trailers for Readers for more ideas about book trailer projects.Video TimelineWhether they're studying current events or historical events students can create video timelines by arranging images into a sequence that demonstrates the development of a significant event. Ask students to layer text onto their images to include dates and descriptions.The knock against tools like Stupeflix and Animoto is that they make it too easy for students to make a video and that they don't learn anything by making videos through these tools. As with most things in the world of ed tech it's not so much the complexity of the tool that matters, it's the assignment that you give to students that matters. At the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camps we'll have time to work together to create powerful video projects. Join me!Disclosure: Photos for Class is owned by a company that advertise on this blog.  This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.           ...
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What Makes a Poem?

Mar 22 11:46am Free Technology for Teachers
April is Poetry Month. As you start to plan poetry lessons, consider that many students will first wonder, what makes a poem? A new TED-Ed lesson addresses that question.In watching What Makes a Poem? students can learn the origins of poetry, the characteristics traditionally associated with poems, and the format of a haiku. The video can be seen as embedded below. Take a look at these 7 great tools for creating your own flipped lesson with this video. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesA Couple of Short Lessons About Changing SeasonsThe Week in Review - The Most Popular PostsThree Audio Slideshow Projects for Teaching Basic Video Production ...
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MIT Course Helps Business Leaders & Technology Professionals Capitalize on the IoT

Mar 22 11:13am edX Blog
The Internet of Things is making big waves in the business world, and for good reason. Over the next few years, we’ll likely see billions of new devices and objects networked together – from vehicles and home appliances, to heating systems and light switches. Soon, the IoT will pervade all aspects of life and business, giving birth to innovation and transforming industries wherever it is... Read More about MIT Course Helps Business Leaders & Technology Professionals Capitalize on the IoT The post MIT Course Helps Business Leaders & Technology Professionals Capitalize on the IoT appeared first on edX Blog.
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Where is Clark?

Mar 22 11:07am Learnlets
So, where am I this spring?  I was at ATD’s Techknowledge in January, and as this is published I’m on my way to Long Beach for their Core 4 event (sold out; if you’re one of the lucky ones there, say hi!). I’m taking the train (and a bus); look forward to watching the terrain roll by and […] The post Where is Clark? appeared first on Learnlets.
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Free Webinar - Storyboard That in Your Classroom

Mar 22 11:03am Free Technology for Teachers
On April 4th Storyboard That is hosting two free webinars. Both webinars will cover what you need to know to create storyboards and have your students create storyboards in your classroom. Some of the many ways that you can use storyboards in your classroom include illustrating short stories, summarizing books, and illustrating procedures. Click here to register for the free Storyboard That webinars on April 4th.Disclosure: Storyboard That is an advertiser on This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesYes, You Can Restrict Messages in G SuitePut a Planetarium In Your Web BrowserMadmagz - Collaboratively Create Online Magazines ...
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TCEA Convention & Exposition Call for Proposals Is Now Open!

Mar 22 9:35am TechNotes Blog – TCEA
At the TCEA Convention & Exposition, thousands of educators gather each year to discover the latest tools, tips, best practices, and resources for integrating technology in the classroom and engaging students. They consider our convention a must-attend event year after year because they get to hear from a diverse range of experts on all topics of […] The post TCEA Convention & Exposition Call for Proposals Is Now Open! appeared first on TechNotes Blog - TCEA.
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Students See A New World With More Accurate Maps

Mar 22 9:29am MindShift
In a bid to decolonize the curriculum, Boston Public Schools has swapped into some classrooms the Peters projection — a map meant to more accurately portray continent sizes.
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Shmoop Releases Side-by-Side Translations of Shakespeare Online

Mar 21 8:40pm Educational Technology
By Richard Chang, THE Journal One website aims to make sense of the Bard’s poetic yet perplexing lines in modern English for contemporary young readers. Shmoop’s site, Shakespeare in Modern English, is designed to give students the best of both worlds: Reading the original text online right alongside a modern English translation and summary. Shmoop is [...]...
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The Past, Present and Future of Big Data in Higher Ed

Mar 21 8:35pm Educational Technology
by Steve Burrell, Evolllution Beyond these student success examples, there lies another world of opportunities to leverage Big Data to improve the operational efficiencies and effectiveness of our institutions. Rapid technological advancement in computational power, prescriptive analytics, image processing, sensors and beacons, data storage, systems integration tools, and advanced search capabilities among other key advances provide [...]...
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Principal: New online school meets Arkansas students, parents needs

Mar 21 8:30pm Educational Technology
By Scott Smith, Times Record Arkansas students no longer have to show up to a brick-and-mortar school to gain a high-quality education, according to one official. The Arkansas Connections Academy is a new online public charter school that is being offered to students from across the state, said Darla Gardner, principal for the school. Students in [...]...
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