More on demographics: American white peoples declining lifespan and what it means for education

Mar 27 12:42pm Bryan Alexander
Human lifespans have tended to rise over the past century.  That’s been a signal achievement of modernity, a combination of improved knowledge, health care, sanitation, and education.  But one American population has seen its lifespan decline since around 2000. Anne Case … Continue reading →...
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What I Learned By Recording My Classes

Mar 27 12:11pm MiddleWeb
When Michelle Russell reviewed video of the classes she had recorded, reality turned out to be much different than what she had imagined was happening. In her usual transparent style, Russell describes what she's learning and what she'll do to improve her practice.
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Seven Things to Know about Tots and Technology

Mar 27 9:11am TechNotes Blog – TCEA
Calling all elementary educators. Plan now to attend the 7th annual TCEA Tots and Technology Summer Conference and rediscover the joy of teaching. The post Seven Things to Know about Tots and Technology appeared first on TechNotes Blog - TCEA.
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How Kids Benefit From Learning To Explain Their Math Thinking

Mar 27 8:24am MindShift
Students are never too young to explain their thinking. When teachers encourage them to back up their claims with evidence from a young age, they will be more accustomed to doing so when problems get more challenging.
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E-learning day a breeze for tech-savvy students

Mar 26 8:40pm Educational Technology
By ALLEN LAMAN, the Herald Wrapped in blankets and propped up on pillows, Jasper High School and Middle School students had the opportunity to attend virtual classes from home on Thursday. Teachers assembled lessons, each designed to take students 45 minutes to complete, prior to the special day of instruction, and kids could start working on [...]...
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OSU offers German Online Language courses to high school students across the country

Mar 26 8:36pm Educational Technology
by Oklahoma State University For more than 30 years, Oklahoma State University has been meeting a need in high schools across the country. As language programs have become increasingly rare in physical classrooms, OSU has provided a German language distance learning class to help students meet their language requirements. The OSU German language course for high [...]...
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10 Tips for EdTech Entrepreneurs

Mar 26 8:31pm Educational Technology
by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate Edtech entrepreneurs all set out with good intentions; to better education. While noble, these intentions are met with many obstacles and failure is easy. Only 14\% of teachers use digital curricula weekly. So while the doors of opportunity seem open, the market is saturated with products that never make their [...]...
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The man behind Moodle: A leader of online learning

Mar 26 8:08pm Online Learning Update
by David Wilson, Canberra Times Online education pioneer Dr Martin Dougiamas is best known for a noble act: his rejection of a $20-million offer for his open-source education platform which he wanted to keep freely available. Dougiamas, 47, who runs the learning management system Moodle, which is used by the UN and Google, downplays his sacrifice. [...]...
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Online Courses Attract Residential Students

Mar 26 8:05pm Online Learning Update
by Alyssa Rogan, Houghton Star Residential students of Houghton can now take up to two online classes per semester (not including summer courses), according to Marlene Collins-Blair, Associate Dean of Distance Education. She explained that “up to 49\% of a main campus degree can be earned online—a maximum of around 60 credits,” due to [...]...
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Online Learning Offers Some a Second Chance at College

Mar 26 8:02pm Online Learning Update
By John LaMar, US News With online education, those who once left college can return to school while also working. Since starting at Oregon State University Ecampus, I have been much more successful this time around at completing a degree. Here are three lessons I learned after returning to school through online education. 1. Not everyone is [...]...
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How to Create Short Answer Activities in Socrative

Mar 26 7:10pm Free Technology for Teachers
Socrative is one of the original and best platforms for creating quiz games to be played in your classroom on Chromebooks, laptops, and mobile devices. One of the best aspects of Socrative is that unlike Kahoot, Socrative lets you create games in which students have to type answers instead of just picking a multiple choice response option. In the following video I demonstrate how to create short answer activities in Socrative. The video also shows a student's perspective of a short answer activity. 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 StoriesHow Formatically Helps Students Format Essays in MLA StyleThe Week in Review - The Most Popular PostsKupiter - Asteroids Meets Review Game ...
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How Formatically Helps Students Format Essays in MLA Style

Mar 26 6:59pm Free Technology for Teachers
A couple of weeks ago I shared a new tool designed by college students to help other students properly format essays in MLA format. That tool is called Formatically. I've had a few people send me questions about how it works. It essentially gives students a template in Word format that they can then use to write their essays in. In the following short video I demonstrate how to use Formatically. 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 PostsKupiter - Asteroids Meets Review GameCreate and Track ACT & SAT Prep Activities in PrepFactory ...
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PD Webinar - Fun With Formative Assessments

Mar 26 6:37pm Free Technology for Teachers
As good teachers know, gauging your students' understanding of the topics you teach is a process that involves discussion, a bit of intuition, and some formative assessment activities. In this webinar you will learn how to use free tech tools to create and conduct fun, engaging, and informative formative assessments. Whether you teach elementary school, middle school, or high school, you will come away from this webinar with fun formative assessment activities that you can do tomorrow. Fun Formative Assessments addresses the needs of teachers who don't have computers or tablets for every student. And teachers who do have laptops, Chromebooks, or tablets for every student will learn some new ways to have students use those too. Fun Formative Assessments will be held live at 4pm Eastern Time on March 28th. Register today! A recording will be available if you cannot attend the live session. The cost for this webinar is $20 which includes the live webinar, a copy of the recording, and a PD certificate. Five Things You Can Learn In This Webinar:1. What makes a formative assessment valuable to you while also fun for students.2. How to create fun formative assessments for classrooms that aren't 1:1.3. Why you should leverage students' picture-taking habits for formative assessment.4. Development of engaging formative assessment activities that use a variety of question formats.5. How to include students in the creation of formative assessments.Register Today!This webinar will be held live on March 28th at 4pm EST.Please check here other live webinars.Richard, why isn't this webinar free? I explained the answer in this video.  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 PostsHow to Add Interactive End Screens to YouTube VideosPractical Ed Tech Summer Camp - Super Early Discounts End Soon ...
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Media Studies: Science, Technology & the Movies

Mar 26 5:58pm MiddleWeb
As moviemaking transitions from analog to ever advancing computer-driven technologies that meet the expectations of today's audiences, the blended learning options involving media literacy, art, science and tech grow apace. Frank Baker explores the possibilities.
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Americas demographic currents flowed on schedule in 2016

Mar 26 4:36pm Bryan Alexander
During 2016 America’s population continue to move in many of the ways we’ve come to expect.  538 analyzes the latest census data.  There isn’t anything mind-blowingly new in this report, beyond confirmation of trends I and others have been discussing. … Continue reading →...
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The Wisdom We Gain by Writing with Students

Mar 26 4:02pm MiddleWeb
As she receives the Educators' Choice Award for her blog post Teaching By Doing Something Meaningful at her first national conference, Mary Tarashuk remembers Madeline Hunter's simple wisdom and considers the teaching power that comes from writing with students.
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BFTP: Being techno-frugal

Mar 26 10:21am Blue Skunk Blog
So now I know - it has been about 5 years that I have somehow survived without a landline telephone or cable television. One advantage of keeping a blog - it helps you remember when things happened! Post below was published January 29, 2012. Most people can't be easily lumped into either the spendthrift or cheapskate categories. We seek a cost/benefit ratio that makes some degree of sense - at least to us. And most of us are so tight we squeak about some expenditures and pour money down rat holes when it comes to others. While I don't mind spending money on travel, grandchildren, personal technologies, or college tuition, I will not pay more than $10 for a bottle of wine or more than $100 for a pair of shoes. I buy generic cans of green beans and tomato soup or none at all, and my car is, well, not a Lexus. I'd rather go to an Olive Garden or Dennys than a fancy restaurant any day. Lights left on in unoccupied rooms drive me nuts. But what I really hate paying for are services that I don't use. Yesterday morning in a fit of frugality, I cancelled our home telephone landline and cable television. In 2008 this bundled package of telephone, cable, and Internet cost $90 a month, but MediaCom's most recent loyalty package for the same services is $130 a month, going up to $150 a month the next year, with the two-year contract mandatory. Internet by itself costs about $45 a month.  The thing is everyone in my family has a cell phones that works just fine. We watch less than two hours a television a week and what we do watch (The Daily Show) can be viewed online. I was spending about $1200 (120 bottles of wine!) a year on services I just didn't use. Maybe it is the winter doldrums, but I seemed to encounter non-sensical values all week. I've already blogged about Apple's inexpensive e-textbooks. I took a poor Barnes & Noble education representative to task on Friday about how their Nooks (like Amazon's Kindles) won't read each other's e-book formats (Would I buy a DVD player at Target that only plays movies I buy from Target?) and how the cost of e-books has been steadily rising instead of falling. I denied another request to add text messaging to the school's cellphone accounts. I'm a little surprised that three spirits didn't interrupt my sleep last night.  Maybe it's that I'm working both on my book's budget chapter and on our d...
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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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IS ONLINE COLLEGE ABOUT TO SKYROCKET?

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 FreeTech4Teachers.com 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 (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PEGpGrH2t-bJegz53FCrwul63iMa5DfkYsuL5U6c\_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 videos@nextvista.org, 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. https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/03/09/7-tips-for-impleme nting-a-makerspace.aspx Share on Facebook var button = [...]...
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