Story Cubes - Templates to Help Students Plan Stories

Apr 24 10:42am Free Technology for Teachers
Read Write Think's Cube Creators provide templates designed to break the writing process into six distinct parts. There are templates for writing biographies, mysteries, short stories, and a blank template that you can customize. Students enter the required information into the online template. When the template is completed, it can be printed with lines for cutting and folding to create an actual cube.Applications for EducationCube Creator templates could help students get started on a writing assignment when they're confronted with writer's block. The templates also provide guidance for outlining and formatting a story. These templates are suitable for elementary school use. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesThree Tools That Help Students Analyze What They WriteCreate Sesame Street Fan Fiction on WriteReaderThree Simple Platforms for Publishing Writing ...
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Getting Going With G Suite - An Online Course

Apr 24 10:38am Free Technology for Teachers
Next Tuesday at 7pm Eastern Time I am starting a new section of my popular online course Getting Going With G Suite. Once again this course will offer a graduate credit option.This course offers everything you need to know to take advantage of the great things that G Suite offers to teachers and students. Getting Going With G Suite is a webinar series designed for teachers and administrators who are new to using Google Apps for Education. Getting Going With G Suite is a five week course covering everything you need to know to integrate Google Drive, Google Classroom, Google Calendar, and Google Sites into your practice. Getting Going With G Suite costs $147. (Subscribers to the Practical Ed Tech newsletter receive a discount code). Three graduate credits are available for the course through my partnership Midwest Teachers Institute and Calumet College of St. Joseph. Graduate credits require an additional fee and completion of weekly assignments. Click here to register. The course will meet on May 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 7pm Eastern Time. The live meetings are recorded for folks who register but cannot attend every live meeting. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesSeeSaw Now Directly Accepts Google Drive FilesHow to Create Your Own Placemarks in the New Google EarthViewedIt - Quick and Easy Screencasting ...
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ViewedIt - Quick and Easy Screencasting

Apr 24 9:57am Free Technology for Teachers
ViewedIt is a free Chrome extension that makes it quick and easy to create and share screencast videos. With the extension installed you can record your entire screen or just one window tab. ViewedIt will let you record yourself with your webcam too. The best part of ViewedIt is that you can track who watches your video.To record on ViewedIt you simply have to click the extension icon then choose what you want to record. When you're done recording your video is automatically stored on ViewedIt. From ViewedIt you can share your video via email and social media. If you choose to share via email, you will be able to track who watched your video.The shortcomings of ViewedIt are that it doesn't let you download your videos and it doesn't let you upload your videos to YouTube.Applications for EducationViewedIt could be a good screencasting tool for teachers who use Chromebooks and want to share tutorial videos with their students. Being able to track when your students watch your videos could prove to be handy. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesHow to Create Your Own Placemarks in the New Google EarthThe Week in Review - The Most Popular PostsThree Tools That Help Students Analyze What They Write ...
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Choosing an Online Payment System

Apr 24 9:24am TechNotes Blog – TCEA
Selecting an online payment system can be a headache at first. But once it's in place, your staff will thank you. Here are some tips and tricks. The post Choosing an Online Payment System appeared first on TechNotes Blog - TCEA.
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A Mindset Shift to Continue Supporting the Most Frustrating Kids

Apr 24 8:42am MindShift
Some students can feel so difficult to work with that the challenge begins to strain a teacher's empathy. Alex Shevrin offers some tips for how she shifts her mindset when this happens and proactively practices self-care.
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10 Math Tutorial YouTube Channels Not Name Khan Academy

Apr 23 9:59pm Free Technology for Teachers
One of the most popular posts of all time on this blog featured math tutorial YouTube channels for high school and college students. That post was originally created as a response to an email from a reader who was seeking suggestions for math videos that were not on Khan Academy. This evening I took some time to update my list of math tutorial channels on YouTube that are not Khan Academy. Here's the new list.Yay Math! features an excited teacher teaching mathematics lessons to his students. The videos capture just the teacher and his whiteboard with some feedback from students. The videos cover topics in Algebra and Geometry. You can check out the Yay Math! companion website to learn more about Robert Ahdoot, the teacher featured in the is developed by high school mathematics teacher Bradley Robb. His YouTube channel has more than six hundred videos covering topics in Algebra and Calculus. You can access the videos on a mobile version of WowMath too.Patrick JMT offers of hundreds of videos covering topics in Algebra, Trigonometry, and Calculus. The channel also includes tips for answering math questions on the SAT and on the GED.Numberphile is a neat YouTube channel about fun number facts. There are currently thirty-three videos in the Numberphile collection. The videos cover things like 998,001 and its Mysterious Recurring Decimals, Pi and Bouncing Balls, and 1 and Prime Numbers.Bright Storm is an online tutoring service. On their YouTube channel Bright Storm provides hundreds of videos for Algebra I, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Precalculus, and Calculus. Bright Storm also offers some SAT and ACT prep videos.Ten Marks is another online tutoring service that offers mathematics tutorial videos on their site as well as on their YouTube channel. Some of the lessons in their playlists include lessons on units of measurement, decimals, fractions, probability, area and perimeter, and factoring.Math Class With Mr. V features seven playlists made by a mathematics teacher teaching lessons on basic mathematics, geometry, and algebra. In all there are more than 300 video lessons. Like most mathematics tutorials on YouTube, Math Class With Mr. V uses a whiteboard to demonstrate how to solve problems.The Open University is one of my go-to YouTube channel for a...
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Seventeen jobs, five careers: learning in the age of automation

Apr 23 8:40pm Educational Technology
by Max Opray, the Guardian Welcome to the fourth industrial revolution: the economy of always learning. Staying still is more likely than ever to result in obsolescence, as indicated by a report released last month by consultancy firm PwC, which estimated 30\% of British jobs could be automated by 2030. As professionals need to update their [...]...
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USU-Online to offer accelerated course options

Apr 23 8:35pm Educational Technology
by Mitch Henline, Cache Valley Daily For students already competent in their field of study, Utah State University-Online is making it possible to get through courses faster – or just test out of them altogether. Starting this summer, USU-Online will be offering a limited number of its courses with accelerated options. At the professor’s discretion, three [...]...
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5 EdTech Tools

Apr 23 8:30pm Educational Technology
by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate With thousands of edtech products on the market, consumers are met with the daunting task of picking out products that address the needs of their students, better teaching practices or make the schooling experience better. With over $537 million spent on K12 education in 2015, there is no doubt that this [...]...
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The Democratization of Machine Learning: What It Means for Tech Innovation

Apr 23 8:12pm Online Learning Update
by Kartik Hosanagar and Apoorv Saxena, Wharton Now we are on the cusp of a new grand leap thanks to the democratization of machine learning, a form of artificial intelligence that enables computers to learn without being explicitly programmed. As recently as 2015, only large companies like Google, Amazon and Apple had access to the [...]...
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Chinas Artificial-Intelligence Boom

Apr 23 8:06pm Online Learning Update
by SARAH ZHANG, the Atlantic The country’s universities and tech giants are starting to surpass American ones when it comes to researching and implementing AI. China’s rapid rise up the ranks of AI research has people taking notice. In October, the Obama White House released a “strategic plan” for AI research, which noted that the U.S. [...]...
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6 improvement trends spreading like fire across all colleges and universities

Apr 23 8:03pm Online Learning Update
BY MERIS STANSBURY, eCampus News Academic program creation and evaluation is top-of-mind with institutions. This year colleges and universities are looking to diversify their program portfolios, either through offering online or blended learning offerings, through offering micro-credentials, or by placing their bets on emerging programs. What’s also noteworthy this year is that Hanover has gone a [...]...
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My next Devils Dictionary: a call for nominations

Apr 23 2:27pm Bryan Alexander
In 2016 we satirized educational technology keywords through a Devil’s Dictionary (part 1, part 2).  Now I’d like to tackle the words of education beyond ed tech.  Which vocabulary would you like to see skewered? I have assembled a first list, … Continue reading →...
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Showcase Your Schools Success

Apr 23 10:16am TechNotes Blog – TCEA
Learn how to showcase your students' successes and save time in this second blog in our series on productivity tools for leaders and do-ers. The post Showcase Your School’s Success appeared first on TechNotes Blog - TCEA.
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BFTP: Reading incognito and revisiting childhood reads

Apr 23 10:01am Blue Skunk Blog
Reading incognito Women can now download electronic erotica on their Kindles, Nooks and iPads anywhere they want, with no bodice-ripping Fabio cover to give them away. Maureen Dowd, March 31, 2012 When I started reading on my Kindle six years ago, my wife must have asked me three times a day what I was reading. My standard response was always, Porn. I don't know why she stopped asking. I have a love/hate relationship with book covers. They've sucked me into buying a title many times. They are great icebreakers with your seatmate on a long flight ( So how do you like that Dan Brown? ) They look pretty on the coffee table. But at the same time, I am just as happy reading incognito. I think it stems from when as a kid I finished reading all the Hardy Boy mysteries and moved on to Nancy Drew, definitely a girl's book I didn't want to be seen reading. And as an adult it was embarrassing to have to go the romance section of B&N to get the latest in the Gabaldon Outlander series. It is historical fiction, not romance, I'd advise the store clerk. As sad and troubling as these trials may have been for me, I think we all know kids in our schools and libraries who might read more, read more broadly, and certainly read more at an appropriate reading level, if other students couldn't see what they are reading.  Who want to be seen reading a baby book? A book written for the other gender? (The old rule of thumb is that girls will read boys' books but boys won't read girls' books.) A book that may identify a personal problem being experienced. (A book on divorce written for teens, for example.) Even books that are controversial or have strong political or religious messages, can subject the young reader to teasing or questioning. We need to figure out how to get our materials into digital format as soon as possible. Reading on a digital reader will remove stigmas that may well discourage reading. Oh, Ms Dowd, I'm guessing it's not just women who are downloading erotica to their Nooks. I a little suprised B&N didn't call it the Nook-E. Original post April 2, 2012 ------------------------------- Revisiting Childhood Reads On the evening before our departure I saw them approaching along one of the great avenues which lead into the plaza from the east.  I advanced to meet them, and telling Sola that I would take the responsibility for Deja...
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Why Spirit Week Matters to Middle Schoolers

Apr 23 6:32am MiddleWeb
Fresh from her middle school's Falcon Pride Day, Amber Chandler celebrates the joy of a pre-Spring Break event that's one part competition, one part team building, and one part controlled chaos, noting that kids' SEL needs are at least as important as curriculum.
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Teaching Students to Set a Purpose for Reading

Apr 23 6:30am MiddleWeb
Many students over-annotate text to the point where they are noticing everything but not determining what's MOST important. Literacy expert Sarah Tantillo shares tested strategies to help students detect the purpose of reading, including her What's Important Organizer.
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Non-profit organization works to end country-wide teacher shortage

Apr 22 8:40pm Educational Technology
by WMBF The education nonprofit American Board for the Certification of Teacher Excellence hosted a meeting in Socastee Saturday to inform the public of their online program that certifies users to become teachers in one year. To qualify for the program, you must have any bachelor’s degree from any accredited university. Once registered for the program, [...]...
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Online lessons helping Forbes Road student come back from kidney transplant

Apr 22 8:35pm Educational Technology
by JAMIE MARTINES, Trib Live On a snowy Friday morning in April, 16-year-old Jarrod Danka settled in at a desk in the cozy den of his family’s home in Natrona Heights. The 10th-grader had a 9 a.m. conference call, and he was running a few minutes late. Within moments, his teacher’s face popped up on a [...]...
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Lacking a teacher, Atlantic City High School offers chemistry on computers

Apr 22 8:30pm Educational Technology
by DIANE D’AMICO, Press of Atlantic City he school district advertised three times for a certified chemistry teacher last summer and fall, and three times they failed to get a candidate to accept the job. So they turned to Edmentum, a provider of online courses, to fill the gap. This year, four classes at the high [...]...
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Training Program Automation & Online Courses Nine Step Cheat Sheet Launched

Apr 22 8:05pm Online Learning Update
by Military Technologies A new nine step cheat sheet has been launched by Training Automation Secrets. The cheat sheet is aimed at trainer, coaches and consultants who wish to learn how to automate their training programs. Training Automation Secrets are offering an exclusive, free cheat sheet filled with the nine most valuable secrets to training business [...]...
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U of Phoenix-HBCU Partnership Expands

Apr 22 8:03pm Online Learning Update
By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed Another historically black institution — South Carolina State — teams up with the University of Phoenix to offer online courses to a greater number of students. S.C. State will waive a $35 readmission fee and offer students a 50 percent discount on tuition rates, dropping the cost of a three-credit-hour [...]...
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eLearning turns a boon for students who skip classes

Apr 22 8:02pm Online Learning Update
by THE HANS INDIA After a year-long practice and competitions in tournaments, Snehit an international table tennis player who barely attends schools, takes a break from his sports activity to appear for his 11th standard final exams. Snehit is always on the move, either for a practice session in Chennai or elsewhere in the world. Yet [...]...
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Kitchen Science - Let's Make Butter

Apr 22 10:37am Free Technology for Teachers
SciShow Kids recently released a new video titled Let's Make Butter. The video provides directions for making butter in your kitchen then goes on to explain the science of what happens in the process of making butter. Applications for EducationRainy days like the one we're having here in Maine are perfect for kitchen science lessons. My daughter is a little too young for this activity, but if you have kids of elementary school age, this could be a nice rainy day science lesson. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesUnderstanding the Science of BaseballHow to Make a TerrariumFind Inspiration for Video Projects While Judging a Video Contest ...
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Practical Ed Tech Webinar FAQs

Apr 22 9:31am Free Technology for Teachers
Starting in May and running through the end of August I will be hosting five different professional development webinars for teachers and school administrators. I recorded the video embedded below to answer some of the questions that are most frequently asked about my Practical Ed Tech webinars. Watch the video and you'll get the discount code for the webinars as well as a chance to see a guest appearance from one of my dogs. Getting Going With G Suite is a five week course that offers a graduate credit option. Teaching History With Technology is a three week course for middle school and high school social studies teachers. Blogs & Social Media for Teachers and School Leaders is a three week course that walks you through how to create blogs and use social media to engage your community. Practical Ed Tech Jumpstart is the course for anyone who has looked at the educational technology landscape and wondered, where do I start?  Finally, by request, I am offering from Blog to Job - A Teacherpreneur Jumpstart.Of course, you can always email me at richardbyrne (at) if you have questions that aren't answered in the video or on the webinar registration pages. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesHow to Use Incognito Mode In Google Chrome - And Why You Might Use ItPractical Ed Tech Live - This Thursday at 4pm EDTThe Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts ...
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Three Things to Remember When Building Capacity in Staff

Apr 22 8:33am TechNotes Blog – TCEA
Whether you are working with a small number of staff that report to you or a larger group that you supervise, building capacity is an important skill. You may need to work on building capacity in a particular staff member due to a changing job environment. Or, building capacity may need to be done because your […] The post Three Things to Remember When Building Capacity in Staff appeared first on TechNotes Blog - TCEA.
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Exploring the Benefits and Downsides of Online Courses

Apr 21 8:39pm Educational Technology
by Christina Laderoute, UMass Lowell Connector According to Mary Barrett, the associate director of Student Services, some benefits of online courses include their extensive flexibility. If a student has access to a computer, they can take classes from anywhere. Online courses provide higher education access to a wider range of students. Julian Zamudio, a senior computer [...]...
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Using Google Cardboard to Simulate Virtual Learning Experiences

Apr 21 8:32pm Educational Technology
By Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate The reason that many teachers strive for a more virtual experience instead of the traditional talking points is that the interaction makes the lesson more memorable to the students. Google Cardboard is an interesting and very low-cost solution to creating a virtual experience. You can compare it to the Oculus Rift, [...]...
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Companies turn to online platforms to upskill staff

Apr 21 8:10pm Online Learning Update
By Varuni Khosla, Prachi Verma, Brinda Dasgupta; Economic Times Ericsson is among tens of companies pushing their employees to join massive open online courses (MOOCs) offered by the top universities to upskill themselves even as online education upends established teaching norms, getting rid of the classroom and giving learners the ability to study from just about [...]...
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Where Non-Techies Can Get with the Programming

Apr 21 8:05pm Online Learning Update
By STEVE LOHR, NY Times When the Georgetown University Law Center offered computer programming last year, it was an experiment, a single class for about 20 students. It was filled almost instantly, and the waitlist swelled to 130. This semester, the law school has five programming classes, and the waitlist still overflowed. “They aren’t going to [...]...
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Instructional Design and Technology Teams: Work Experiences and Professional Development

Apr 21 8:02pm Online Learning Update
by the UPCEA eDesign Collaborative The University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) conducted a research study in the spring of 2017 to learn more about the professional development needs and work experiences of instructional designers, instructional technologists, multimedia designers, and their team leaders.  The goal was to determine how similar the team leaders and team [...]...
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Three Simple Platforms for Publishing Writing

Apr 21 2:38pm Free Technology for Teachers
I recently finished making a couple of videos that teach people how to create self-hosted WordPress blogs. Using a self-hosted WordPress blog is the way to go if your goal is to create a robust platform to showcase your professional work. But creating a blog like that could be overkill for those who just want to find a quick and easy to way to publish their thoughts online. The following three platforms reside somewhere between Creed Thoughts and full-fledged blogging gives you a simple place to publish your writing and pictures without the need to create an account on the site. To publish you simply go to and start writing. You can include pictures in your writing, but you cannot include videos. Your writing will be given its own URL that you can share with those you want to read your work. The whole process of publishing on Telegraph is quick and easy. Here's my first Telegraph entry.Draft is a free, collaborative writing platform that provides a distraction-free environment. When you write in Draft you won't see anything but the text in front of you. Draft is stripped of options for messing about with font colors or inserting pictures. Anyone who has an email address can participate in editing a document in Draft. Draft is a nice option for people who don't have access to Google Docs and or those who just want to focus on the text and not worry about playing around with font styling.Page O Rama is a free service for quickly creating stand alone webpages. Creating a webpage with Page O Rama is very simple. Just visit the Page O Rama homepage, select a web address, title your page, and start typing. Page O Rama offers a good selection of text editing tools including page breaks. If you want to, you can add images to your Page O Rama pages too. If you think your page is something that you're going to want to edit and update occasionally, you can enter your email address to create an administrative log-in. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesThree Tools That Help Students Analyze What They WriteCreate Sesame Street Fan Fiction on WriteReader5 Good Ways for Students to Create Digital Showcases of Their Work ...
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5 Good Ways for Students to Create Digital Showcases of Their Work

Apr 21 2:10pm Free Technology for Teachers
As I look at dreary weather outside my window it doesn't feel like the end of the school year is near, but it is getting near for many people. The end of the school year is when many of us start to think about summative activities for our students to do to show what they have learned over the course of the year. Having students create a showcase of their best work is a good way to have them reflect on the school year while also showing you and their parents what they've learned. Creating a digital showcase makes it easy for parents to see what their children think are their best works. Here are five ways that your students can create a digital showcase of their best work.Adobe Spark's webpage creator offers a fantastic way to create simple webpages in which your students can include images, text, and videos. Consider having your students arrange their pages chronologically so that the top of the page shows their work at the beginning of the year and then as viewers scroll down they see your students' latest work. Click here for a video tutorial on how to use Adobe Spark. Adobe Spark works in your web browser and is also available as an iOS app.Tackk is a free service on which your students can create a page to announce an important event, to advertise an event, or to show off their best digital works. To create a Tackk page you do not need to register for an account, but unregistered Tackk pages expire after seven days. If you register for the service your Tackk pages stay up indefinitely. Tackk offers an edu version which lets students integrate their G Suite accounts, Edmodo accounts, or Office 365 accounts. Creating a Tackk is a simple matter of uploading an image then adding text in the customizable fields above and below an image. In addition to images Tackk pages can accommodate videos, audio files, and maps. Learn more about Tackk in my video here. Tackk can be used in your web browser. It is also available as an Android app and as an iOS app.SeeSaw offers a fantastic way for students to organize a digital portfolio that they can share publicly or privately. The most outstanding feature of SeeSaw is the option for students to record videos in which they talk about the artifacts in their digital portfolios. And as was explained in a post earlier today, SeeSaw now makes it easy for students to import items from the G Suite for Education accounts.Google...
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Three Tools That Help Students Analyze What They Write

Apr 21 2:00pm Free Technology for Teachers
Probably every high school teacher since the dawn of time has asked his or her students to have someone else proofread their essays before turning them in for a grade. Unfortunately, students don't always comply with that request. And even when they do get someone to proofread, some items might go undetected. That's why an online writing analysis tool can be helpful to students. Here are three free services that help students analyze their writing.Slick Write is a free tool that helps you analyze your writing or that of others. To use Slick Write you can write new text in the provided text editor or copy and paste chunks of existing text into Slick Write's text editor. Either way Slick Write will provide you with an analysis of your writing. That analysis will include typical things like a word count, a readability score, and an estimated reading time for your document. Slick Write will also analyze your use of adverbs and prepositional phrases throughout your document.The Hemingway App, found at, provides students with lots of helpful information about their text. To use the service students just paste some text into the Hemingway editor and it will provide you with a bunch of information about that text. Hemingway highlights the parts of your writing that use passive voice, adverbs, and overly complex sentences. All of those factors are accounted for in generating a general readability score for your passage. The short video embedded below shows how easy it is to use to analyze your writing. Paste your text into Analyze My Writing and it will generate a ton of information about your writing. Analyze My Writing will give you a break-down of the readability of your writing on five indices. The analysis will include listings of the most common words and most common word pairs in your writing. A listing of how frequently you use punctuation and punctuation types is included in the analysis provided by Analyze My Writing. Finally, a word cloud is included at the end of the analysis of your writing. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesThree Simple Platforms for Publishing WritingCreate Sesame Street Fan Fiction on WriteReader5 Go...
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Learning Transformed: Want a Free Copy?

Apr 21 1:48pm Blog – Tom Murray
Hello, friends! Eric Sheninger and I are excited to share that our upcoming book, Learning Transformed, is now available for pre-sale through ASCD! You can find more information about that here: Here’s what a few educational leaders have shared about the book: “…Learning Transformed is both a compelling manifesto for the schools our children need now and an inspirational blueprint for how to bring them about.” – Sir Ken Robinson “In Learning Transformed, Sheninger and Murray provide an ambitious, yet achievable, research-based blueprint for school leaders to lead the needed change in today’s schools…” – Arne Duncan, Former U.S. Secretary of Education “…Read this book to be enlightened — and to put fun, excitement, and real learning back into your school or classroom.” – Daniel H. Pink, Author of Drive and To Sell is Human “Sheninger and Murray move well beyond the buzzwords and latest hype by providing a well-grounded, scholarly book that links theory, research, practical strategies, and evidence to move schools forward…” – Robert J. Marzano, Cofounder and CAO, Marzano Research   Interested in a free copy? On June 12th, at 5pm EST, Eric and I will be doing a free webinar with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) on the Eight Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today, as highlighted in Learning Transformed. NAESP is giving away 25 copies of Learning Transformed, signed by both Eric and me, to the first 25 people that register and attend the webinar on June 12th. Interested? Sign up for our free webinar, here and attend live to be eligible for the giveaway. Eric and I have designed Learning Transformed to be a foundational, research-based blueprint to transforming today’s schools into ones that better prepare tomorrow’s leaders. Therefore, the book will be an excellent one for school leadership team book studies over the summer in preparation for next year. As such, ASCD will be offering a free study guide, written by Eric and me, with questions specifically designed to guide your school or district’s transformation. The study guide will be available on the ASCD website once the book begins to ship in just over four weeks. We hope to see you on our live webinar on June 12th!...
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Celebrate Earth Day: Learn to Save Our Planet

Apr 21 1:37pm edX Blog
Happy Earth Day! For nearly 50 years, people around the world have celebrated Earth Day to support environmental movements and build awareness around issues such as climate change. The Earth Day campaign this year is environmental and climate literacy. In order to change the way we treat our planet, we need to be knowledgeable about the environmental issues we face today and the actions we can take... Read More about Celebrate Earth Day: Learn to Save Our Planet The post Celebrate Earth Day: Learn to Save Our Planet appeared first on edX Blog.
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Loopy Makes It Easy to Create Animated Simulations

Apr 21 10:05am Free Technology for Teachers
Loopy is a free tool for creating your own animated simulations or illustrations of a concept. This free animation tool is designed to showing relationships between two or more parts of a system. It's perfect for showing cause and effect or for showing a workflow system.To create an animation on Loopy you simply have to click on the blank canvas to place a circle that represents the start of a system. Then click on the canvas again to add another element to your system animation. To connect the two (or more) pieces you use a drawing tool to connect them. Once you've drawn the connections you can add cause and effect commands by selecting them from the Loopy editor.Applications for EducationIt took me a few minutes of playing around and remixing existing simulations to get the hang of how Loopy worked. Once I had it figured out, I quickly saw the potential for Loopy animations to help students understand how systems work. Give your students some time to use Loopy and they could create animations to illustrate their understanding of cause and effect relationships in science and engineering.H/T to Lifehacker.  This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesMore Than 400 Science AnimationsSeeSaw Now Directly Accepts Google Drive FilesCreate Sesame Street Fan Fiction on WriteReader ...
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SeeSaw Now Directly Accepts Google Drive Files

Apr 21 9:39am Free Technology for Teachers
SeeSaw is a great tool for creating digital portfolios with your students. SeeSaw lets students create digital portfolios that include pictures, documents, presentations, and videos. Your students can even use SeeSaw to record a video of themselves talking about an artifact in their portfolios.This week SeeSaw made it easy for Google Drive users to add files to their SeeSaw portfolios. Whether you use Google Drive on your iPad, your Android phone, or on your laptop, you can quickly move slides, documents, drawings, and spreadsheets from Google Drive to a SeeSaw portfolio. The following videos show you how SeeSaw's Google Drive integration works. Applications for Education If your school is using G Suite for Education, SeeSaw's new Google Drive integration is for you and your students. This integration will let your students quickly find the best examples of their work and share them in a concise portfolio format. And with SeeSaw's video recording option you can have your students record themselves explaining why they chose the items they placed into their portfolios. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesHow to Create Your Own Placemarks in the New Google EarthDotstorming Adds Helpful New FeaturesCreate Sesame Street Fan Fiction on WriteReader ...
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Talking about a new higher education startup

Apr 21 9:23am Bryan Alexander
Last week I was on a podcast discussion about a new higher ed startup.  MissionU offers an interesting mix of apprenticeship, funding, timeline, and ethos.  Jeff Young wrote it up earlier this month, interviewing both myself and my friend Gardner … Continue reading →...
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4 Digital Tools That Help Students Practice Integrity

Apr 21 9:10am MindShift
Digital tools can help give students a platform to demonstrate their honesty, courage, and integrity in the classroom on a regular basis.
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Create Your Makerspace with TCEA at ISTE 2017

Apr 21 9:00am TechNotes Blog – TCEA
A maker space provides students an outlet for open creativity. Join TCEA at ISTE 2017 to learn how to create or improve your maker space. The post Create Your Makerspace with TCEA at ISTE 2017 appeared first on TechNotes Blog - TCEA.
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Saturday March for Science in Washington and around the World

Apr 21 6:57am Online Learning Update
By Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed The national march in D.C. this Saturday, along with satellite events across the country (and around the world) likely won’t match the turnout of the Women’s March on Jan. 21 — a protest some observers speculated was among the largest in U.S. history. But the March for Science has received [...]...
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State Progress on K-12 Computer Science Ed Policies: We Have a Long Way to Go

Apr 20 8:40pm Educational Technology
By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal If understanding of computer science is essential to being an informed citizen, then it makes sense that every child needs an education in the use of computing devices and software, digital literacy and computational processing. That’s the premise of a new report developed by half a dozen organizations that undertook a [...]...
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Why Gen Z needs librarians now more than ever

Apr 20 8:35pm Educational Technology
By GINNY BOUGHTER, eSchool News Whether guiding research or introducing new technology, today’s librarian gives Gen Z the skills and tools they need to move from ‘getting it right now’ to ‘getting it right.’Librarians and media specialists are in a unique position within schools, since they are very often the person responsible for introducing students to [...]...
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Indiana U Students Save $3.5 Million Through Digital Textbook Program

Apr 20 8:29pm Educational Technology
by Campus Technology Indiana University (IU) is out with a numbers update for its eText initiative that delivers digital course materials to students: In the 2016-17 academic year, IU students saved an estimated $3.5 million more than what they would have otherwise spent on traditional programs, according to a campus official. The program uses an inclusive-access [...]...
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Study: Adjuncts bring real-world experience, yet desire closer connection to the academic community

Apr 20 8:10pm Online Learning Update
By eCampus News Cengage survey presents adjunct faculty feedback on collaboration, digital technology and professional development. A new study from Cengage finds that although adjunct faculty are very student-focused and believe they offer unique value, including real-world expertise and industry contacts, they feel disconnected and less valued than full-time faculty. And, while more than half of [...]...
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6 ways to engage alumni using Facebook Live

Apr 20 8:06pm Online Learning Update
BY MICHAEL ELLISON, eCampus News Launched in April 2016, Facebook Live allows the most-used social network’s users to share up to eight hours of live video with their followers and friends. According to a Facebook spokesperson, the vast majority of these recordings come from people instead of public figures and publishers, and the number of people [...]...
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California State University System Streamlines OER Adoption for Faculty and Students

Apr 20 8:02pm Online Learning Update
By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology The California State University (CSU) system — in a move to deliver affordable course materials to more than 50,800 faculty and 497,000 students across its 23 campuses — has partnered with a company that provides access to millions of digital textbooks and digital-authoring tools for open educational resources (OER). CSU announced [...]...
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Deepen Math Thinking with Percussive Dance

Apr 20 4:33pm MiddleWeb
Malke Rosenfeld's Math on the Move is about changing student mindsets about mathematics through whole body movement. Linda Biondi finds it packed with K-8 classroom tested activities, coaching tips, video clips and more to have students “dancing in the aisles”!...
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Exploring His Passion for Electronics on edX: Meet, Aritra

Apr 20 1:34pm edX Blog
Aritra, 18, a high school student from India, shares how edX has given him the opportunity to learn about his interests and develop new skills. Since childhood, I have been fascinated by electronics. I’ve always wondered about the mysteries behind how they work, and why I can’t make my own devices. Due to circumstances, I never had the chance to learn more about electronics in... Read More about Exploring His Passion for Electronics on edX: Meet, Aritra The post Exploring His Passion for Electronics on edX: Meet, Aritra appeared first on edX Blog.
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Using Teacher Portfolios for Evaluation and PD

Apr 20 12:40pm MiddleWeb
In Handbook on Teacher Portfolios, longtime education researchers Tucker, Stronge, and Gareis present a comprehensive case for using teacher portfolios for teacher evaluation and professional learning. Highly recommended by writing project director Diana Grady.
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Create Sesame Street Fan Fiction on WriteReader

Apr 20 11:13am Free Technology for Teachers
WriteReader recently announced a partnership with Sesame Street that essentially lets students use Sesame Street artwork in their own multimedia stories. As I wrote on Monday, it's essentially fan fiction for elementary school students. Take a look at the following video to see how your students can create their own multimedia Sesame Street stories by using WriteReader. If you've never tried WriteReader, watch my short video embedded below to learn more about how it works. Disclosure: WriteReader is currently an advertiser on This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.             Related StoriesWriteReader and Sesame Street Partner to Help Kids Create Multimedia StoriesWords of the World - Learn the Origin of WordsWriteReader Offers Suggestions for Post-break Writing Activities ...
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The 50 States Digital Breakout

Apr 20 9:55am TechNotes Blog – TCEA
Try a digital breakout on Texas or one of the other states to challenge your students and ramp up their learning and engagement. The post The 50 States Digital Breakout appeared first on TechNotes Blog - TCEA.
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80% drop in per student support for higher ed in Illlinois skews national figures

Apr 20 7:03am Online Learning Update
by Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed Support for public higher education rose in 33 states and declined in 17 in 2016 — including a massive drop in Illinois. It’s impossible to examine state higher education finances in 2016 without separating the collapse in Illinois from a more nuanced picture across the rest of the country. State [...]...
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Be The Change You Want to See By Shifting Traditional High School

Apr 20 2:48am MindShift
At this big traditional high school teachers are taking the lead in the push for interdisciplinary, future-focused teaching practices.
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ELC 040: How To Improve Your Skills And Products With Design Critiques

Apr 19 9:36pm The eLearning Coach
Design critiques, whether formal or informal, can be a valuable tool in your toolbox. When they focus on the goal of meeting your objectives (rather than personal likes and dislikes), they may provide some of the most valuable feedback you can get.
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Teaching and Learning Get Personal With Change to Proficiency-Based Grading

Apr 19 8:35pm Educational Technology
by Nora Doyle-Burr, Valley News Instead of receiving traditional letter grades, students in seventh and eighth grades, and in ninth grade in the core courses of science, social studies and English, were evaluated in certain skills by their mastery — beginning, approaching, proficient and distinguished. Woodstock’s change in its grading system is linked to an imminent [...]...
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How to Implement Blended Learning in the K-12 Classroom

Apr 19 8:30pm Educational Technology
by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate First and foremost, educators need to know their students. Teachers at the K-12 level must be aware of the level of access to technology their students have at home. Blended learning will look very different in a school where the majority of students don’t have access to high-speed internet at home [...]...
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WV Legislature passes home-school, virtual education bills

Apr 19 8:29pm Educational Technology
by Ryan Quinn, Gazette-Mail Lawmakers Saturday completed legislation giving home-schoolers access to public vocational education centers, giving them access to public school sports and allowing county public school systems to offer home-schoolers and others full-time K-12 virtual education — while getting state funding for it. Saturday was the last day of the regular legislative session. Gov. [...]...
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