Helping Students Pursue Dreams of Success

Jan 8 1:18pm MiddleWeb
Helping students believe in themselves is a critical part of teaching. Consultant Barbara Blackburn shares strategies to help encourage students to reach beyond the limitations they sometimes feel and pursue their dreams. One idea: Write a personal theme song. ...
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The shy person's guide to lobbying - yes, it's that time again

Jan 8 9:29am Blue Skunk Blog
I wrote this as legislative chair for our state's school iibrary organization (then MEMO, now ITEM) about 10 years ago. Feel free to adapt to your own  organization if you'd like. Getting meaningful political change has become both more difficult and more important over the past 10 years. Good luck to all who care about kids and libraries. Please suggest changes/additions. The Shy Person’s Guide to LobbyingDoug Johnson, MEMO Legislative Chair, 2007dougj@doug-johnson.com How can you tell a Minnesota extrovert? He looks at your shoes when he talks to you. If you believe the...
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If US wont pay its teachers, Chinas tiger moms will

Jan 7 7:35pm Educational Technology
by China Daily Cindy Mi is 33 and founder of a startup that aims to give Chinese kids the kind of education American children receive in top US schools. Called VIPKid, the company matches Chinese students aged five to 12 with predominantly North American instructors to study English, math, science and other subjects. Classes take place [...]...
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Mapping Higher Eds Future: Introducing the Innovation Initiative

Jan 7 7:30pm Educational Technology
by Dave King, Oregon State; Evolllution Oregon State University is in the first phase of a year-long initiative to identify innovative ideas that will have a positive impact on learner success and future revenue generation for the institution. In the world of innovation, there are a couple of fundamental ways to look at the process of [...]...
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Harvard and MIT Turn MOOC Data into Knowledge

Jan 7 7:25pm Educational Technology
by Daniel Seaton, Glenn Lopez, Dustin Tingley and Isaac Chuang, EDUCAUSE Review The breadth and detail of educational data — particularly from MOOCs — poses challenges and opportunities for higher education institutions. Chief among these challenges is finding ways to separate the sea of data into meaningful categories and present them in usable forms. The Harvard/MIT [...]...
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The Digitization of Higher Education: Charting the Course

Jan 7 7:09pm Online Learning Update
by Susan Grajek, EDUCAUSE Review EDUCAUSE has defined an initial eight digital capabilities for higher education and developed corresponding maturity and technology deployment assessments. This article describes those capabilities and provides advice for attaining them. Technology’s value to organizations and individuals increasingly extends beyond productivity to the enhancement of learning, collaborating, and decision making. Organizations thus [...]...
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Can Gamification Save Struggling Students?

Jan 7 7:05pm Online Learning Update
BY MATTHEW LYNCH, Tech Edvocate If you aren’t familiar with the idea of gamification, be prepared to thank the Millennials for its inclusion in almost everything. Gamification involves bringing in traits traditionally associated with video games and using them to engage people in other activities. The principle has been used in everything from employee engagement efforts [...]...
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A top futurist predicts the largest internet company of 2030 will be an online school

Jan 7 7:03pm Online Learning Update
by Chris Weller, Business Insider Thirty years ago, it was a big deal when schools got their first computers. Today, it’s a big deal when students get their own laptops. According to futurist Thomas Frey, in 14 years it’ll be a big deal when students learn from robot teachers over the internet. It’s not just because [...]...
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Best Articles From 2016 On The eLearning Coach

Jan 7 11:54am The eLearning Coach
Learning transfer, free illustrations, best books, examples and non-examples and story ideas. Best articles. It's all here!...
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The Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Jan 7 8:30am Free Technology for Teachers
Good morning from Maine where the air is cold, the snow feels crisp, and the sun is shining. In other words, it's a perfect winter day to go outside and play.I hope that everyone had good first week of 2017. Some of you even started 2017 with a professional development session on Wednesday afternoon. Next week I'm offering two more online professional development opportunities. On Monday night Teaching History With Technology begins. On Wednesday afternoon we'll have Fun With Formative Assessments.Here are this week's most popular posts:1. Practical Ed Tech Handbook - Best of 2016 2. Quick Rub...
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Education Research Highlights From 2016

Jan 6 7:40pm Educational Technology
By Youki Terada, Edutopia A look at the research that made an impact in 2016, from growth mindset in science class to effective stress-reduction strategies for teachers and students. In 2016, we learned more about how teachers feel about their profession, from the reasons why they started teaching in the first place (#1) to why they [...]...
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Why Virtual Reality Has the Potential to Transform Education as We Know It

Jan 6 7:35pm Educational Technology
BY MATTHEW LYNCH, Edvocate Virtual reality has been on the radar since Morton Heilig’s Sensorama in the 1950s, and head mounted versions of the technology were even around in the 1960s. But it wasn’t until recently that its use has become less of a novelty and more of a commonality. Console games and smartphone adapters have [...]...
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2016: The Year That Deep Learning Took Over the Internet

Jan 6 7:31pm Educational Technology
by Cade Metz, Wired Neural networks are the machine learning models that identify faces in the photos posted to your Facebook news feed. They also recognize the questions you ask your Android phone, and they help run the Google search engine. Modeled loosely on the network of neurons in the human brain, these sweeping mathematical models [...]...
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Could online tutors and artificial intelligence be the future of teaching?

Jan 6 7:11pm Online Learning Update
by Hannah Devlin, the Guardian As the technology evolves, the interventions could become more sophisticated and the software might play a more active role in teaching, raising questions about the extent to which intelligent software could replace human teachers. Rose Luckin, a professor of learner centred design at University College London, who is collaborating with Third [...]...
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More college students taking courses online

Jan 6 7:07pm Online Learning Update
BY MARK PORCARO AND RICK MUMA, Wichita Eagle More and more traditional-age students are taking online courses and enrolling in 100 percent online programs. The latest figures reported by U.S. colleges and universities show that 70 percent of students are doing so at public institutions. Many of today’s students may have already taken online courses in [...]...
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Two Tools That Help Students Analyze Writing

Jan 6 1:01pm Free Technology for Teachers
On Twitter Clint asked me for a recommendation for a tool that his students can use to analyze writing. Two tools immediately came to mind. Those tools are Hemingway App and Analyze My Writing.To use Hemingway, found at Hemingwayapp.com, 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...
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Text to Speech in Chrome

Jan 6 12:46pm Free Technology for Teachers
Earlier today Charles on Twitter asked me for a recommendation for a Chrome extension that offer text to speech capabilities. The first thing that came to my mind was Announcify. With Announcify installed in your browser any time you're viewing a webpage you can simply click on the Announcify icon in your browser and have the text of the page read to you. A bonus aspect of using Announcify is that in order to make a webpage easier to read it enlarges the text of the webpage and removes all sidebar content. In the video embedded below I provide a short demonstration of Announcify in action. Ap...
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Use Google Keep to Help You Reach Your Goals

Jan 6 12:31pm Free Technology for Teachers
How are you doing on your New Year's resolutions? How about your students? If one of your resolutions is a daily habit like reading more often or exercising regularly, Google Keep can help you reach your goal.Within Google Keep there is an option to set daily reminders for yourself. I have three of them in my personal account. At 7am, 9am, and 11am every day those reminders pop-up on my desktop and on my phone. They're also present in my Google Calendar. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to create reminders on Google Keep. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Tea...
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Teaching History With Technology Begins on Monday Night

Jan 6 12:00pm Free Technology for Teachers
Last summer twenty-five middle school and high school teachers joined me to learn about tools and tactics for teaching history with technology. So far another 15 are registered for the next offering of the course which begins on Monday night. Registration is still open. The three week course begins on January 9th at 7pm Eastern Time.Teaching History With Technology is a three week course in which you will learn how to develop engaging and challenging history activities. You will learn how to use tools like Google Earth and Maps, multimedia timelines, and video production tools. You will d...
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What should the online book club read next?

Jan 6 8:40am Bryan Alexander
As 2017 dawns, our thoughts naturally turn to… our book club, and reading together! During the end of 2016 we read We Make the Road by Walking, a major and inspiring work on education.  Readers commented in response to blog posts … Continue reading →...
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When problems are a blessing

Jan 6 7:27am Blue Skunk Blog
Last Wednesday the district leadership team met to discuss the findings of a leadership style survey we all took. I added the results of this HUMANeX analysis to my pile of similar activities - StrengthFinder (1 and 2), Myers-Briggs, etc. While I find such tools interesting, I am not sure exactly if they have had a lot of impact on my leadership style. Leadership, like happiness, is not something about which I spend a great deal of time contemplating. What the session did make reflect upon problems and one's perception of them.  My second highest ranked talent was as problem-solver.
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Books Teachers Share: Lillie Marshall and A Long Walk to Water

Jan 6 3:49am MindShift
Teacher Lillie Marshall found a deeper understanding into students' perspectives by reading and teaching the book A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park.
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Music training speeds up brain development in children

Jan 5 7:36pm Educational Technology
by Assal Habibi, University of Southern California Over the past two decades, several investigators have reported differences in the brain and behavior of musicians compared to nonmusicians. Music training has been found to be related to better language and mathematical skills, higher IQ and overall greater academic achievement. Also, differences between musicians and nonmusicians have been [...]...
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How to Solve 6 of the Biggest Classroom Problems with EdTech

Jan 5 7:30pm Educational Technology
By Matthew Lynch, The Tech Edvocate Some of the biggest problems in education occur in the classroom and consequently, are issues that need to be sorted out by teachers. These issues broadly fall into two categories: student problems and parental problems. Did you know that EdTech can help to resolve many common in-classroom problems? No matter [...]...
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Adaptive Learning Systems: Surviving the Storm

Jan 5 7:06pm Online Learning Update
by Lou Pugliese, EDUCAUSE Review The effective implementation and use of adaptive learning systems requires a broad, more inclusive conversation among institutions, vendors, and other stakeholders to realize the benefits of next-generation personalized learning. Adaptive systems have the potential to shift education in the service of students by providing a student-centric design. The student-centered capabilities these [...]...
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The Cost of College: What happens when college costs spin out of control?

Jan 5 7:03pm Online Learning Update
by Matthew Lynch, the Edvocate Currently, there is a call for a more affordable college education, which makes sense. It comes on the heels of a recession that undercut the value of a college education. Even those with a college degree were not immune to the financial hit that the economy took and those still paying [...]...
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9 Ways to Create Videos on Chromebooks

Jan 5 6:35pm Free Technology for Teachers
A few weeks ago I wrote a post in which I shared eight good tools for creating videos on Chromebooks. The danger with making lists like that one is that I'm bound to forget something. In this case, I forgot to mention My Simpleshow which I started using last summer. (Disclosure: My Simpleshow started advertising on this blog a couple of months ago).My Simpleshow is a free tool for creating Common Craft style explanatory videos. The best aspect of My Simpleshow is the emphasis that the developers have placed on storyline planing and development. As is demonstrated in my tuto...
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Two Ways to Create Book Trailers on Chromebooks - Video Demonstration

Jan 5 5:53pm Free Technology for Teachers
A book trailer is a short video designed to entice someone else to read a book that you enjoyed. Having your students create book trailer videos is a nice alternative to the typical book report assignment.I've previously shared an outline of the elements needed to create a book trailer video. Earlier this week someone asked me for recommendations for tools for creating book trailers on the Chromebooks in her classroom. The two video creation tools that I currently recommend are Adobe Spark and Stupeflix. The places that go for images, when I don't have any of my own to use, are Photos for Clas...
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Reading Horton and Freire into 2017

Jan 5 5:50pm Bryan Alexander
Our reading of We Make the Road By Walking continues in the new year.  Different people have been posting about their progress at their own pace, sharing reflections for the general conversation. (You can read previous blog posts and comments discussing … Continue reading →...
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Classroom Deliberations - Lesson Plans on Current Issues in U.S. Politics

Jan 5 5:35pm Free Technology for Teachers
C-SPAN Classroom Deliberations is a good resource for teachers of U.S. history or civics. On the site you will find 34 lesson plans centered around issues currently debated in Congress and in U.S. political discourse in general. A few of the latest lesson plans deal with Electoral College reform, third party candidate participation in Presidential debates, and granting asylum to refugees from countries that sponsor terrorism. Teachers visiting C-SPAN Classroom Deliberations can select any of the 34 lessons. Each lesson includes videos and background information sheets to share with students. T...
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The Future is Artificial Intelligence

Jan 5 11:05am edX Blog
In 2016, major companies such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft signaled loud and clear where the tech world is headed: Artificial Intelligence. Referred to as AI, tech companies are scrambling to translate it into consumer products and services such as virtual reality and smart home systems, but other industries such as health care, manufacturing, and transportation are also poised for transformation. One of the... Read More about The Future is Artificial Intelligence The post The Future is Artificial Intelligence appeared first on edX Blog.
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Mobile Lesson

Jan 5 11:04am Learnlets
I’m preparing my keynote for a mobile conference, and it’s caused an interesting reflection.  My mlearning books came out in 2011, and subsequently I’ve written on the revolution.  And I’ve been speaking on both of late, but in some ways the persistent interest in mobile intrigues me. While my services are pushing the better design of […] The post Mobile Lesson appeared first on Learnlets.
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Writers Workshop with Latino Mentor Texts

Jan 5 10:17am MiddleWeb
Equal parts how-to and shopping list, teacher Any Estersohn says Ruth Culham's Dream Wakers will help any middle grades ELA or social studies teacher add more Latino voices and mentor texts – especially in classrooms with a writer's workshop teaching approach.
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How to Reach & Teach Students with Autism

Jan 5 10:09am MiddleWeb
Barbara Boroson offers a useful, comprehensive, summative guide providing positive and proactive strategies to educators who are not familiar with or may not be comfortable yet working with students on the autism spectrum, says SpEd veteran Carrielynnn O Reilly.
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A Powerful Tool to Support Math Intervention

Jan 5 10:01am MiddleWeb
Weber, Crane and Hierck provide many charts, examples and resources that can be instantly adopted, adapted, or enhanced for a school or district RTI process in middle school math. Instructional coach and interventionist Kim Schneider offers her highest praise.
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10 Ways to Save Time Grading With Google

Jan 5 10:00am Whooo's Reading Blog
By Lynn Erickson We all know that time is of the essence in the teaching world. In many instances, we spend quite a bit of our time grading student work. With many online tools at our fingertips, grading student work doesn’t have to be as time consuming as it was in the past. Below are some […]...
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Fun Things to Do In and Around Austin While at TCEA 2017

Jan 5 8:32am TechNotes Blog – TCEA
While attending TCEA 2017, be sure to make time for all of the fun that Austin offers its visitors. Discover dining, entertainment, history, and more! The post Fun Things to Do In and Around Austin While at TCEA 2017 appeared first on TechNotes Blog - TCEA.
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Why Design Thinking In Schools Loses Power When Its Reduced To A Checklist

Jan 5 4:37am MindShift
Design thinking, which is more of a process than a lesson plan, is in danger of the same misinterpretation and poor implementation as grit and growth mindset before it.
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Quick Rubric Offers an Easy Way to Create Rubrics Online

Jan 4 9:41pm Free Technology for Teachers
Quick Rubric is a free tool for writing, editing, and printing rubrics. On Quick Rubric you can create a rubric that is tailored to your points/ scoring system, the quantity of descriptors that you need, and utilizes the exact language that you specify. You can save as many rubrics as you like in your free Quick Rubric account. You can copy and modify rubrics your account so that you don't always have to start from scratch when creating a new assignment rubric. Applications for EducationQuick Rubric won't make choosing the language that goes into your rubrics any easier, but it will make...
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How to Manage Google Chrome Extensions

Jan 4 9:34pm Free Technology for Teachers
Have you ever looked at your Chrome browser and noticed an extension that you haven't used in months? If so, it might be time to disable and or remove that extension. Not only will doing that slightly improve the performance of your browser, it can lower your security risks.The fewer unused third-party extensions that you have, the fewer chances you have to be vulnerable if one of those extensions has a problem. In the following video I demonstrate how to manage your Chrome extensions. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used wi...
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Ten Things Flubaroo Can Do for You

Jan 4 9:16pm Free Technology for Teachers
In this afternoon's webinar about Google Forms and Sheets for Beginners I shared a few of the features of Flubaroo for grading quizzes created in Google Forms. But there is more to Flubaroo than meets the eye. You might already know that Flubaroo can grade multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank questions, but did you know that it can score range-based responses? Or did you know that you can give partial credit for check-box questions? Those features and more are explained in Dave Abouav's video Ten Things You Didn't Know Flubaroo Can Do. Dave is the developer of Flubaroo. This post origina...
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Discovery Ed Adds Virtual Reality to Civil War Lessons

Jan 4 7:40pm Educational Technology
By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal Although Discovery Education is known for hosting virtual field trips, the company has now begun to build virtual reality (VR) experiences into its digital content. Recently, the company announced the addition of three new VR components to its social studies products. Both Discovery Education Streaming Plus and Techbook will use content [...]...
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What does a flipped classroom look like at each grade level?

Jan 4 7:35pm Educational Technology
by AARON SAMS AND JUSTIN AGLIO, eSchool News Although the term “flipped learning” is almost universally recognized, teachers apply it in many forms, in all grades levels, and in various school environments. If you are a teacher using flipped learning, the chances are that you share some similarities with other teachers who flip—as well as some [...]...
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New partnerships are helping support women as they pursue STEM careers

Jan 4 7:30pm Educational Technology
BY LAURA ASCIONE DEVANEY,eCampus News Women are sorely lacking in the IT industry, and universities are taking notice and taking action with an influx of trending partnership-based programs designed to help get women in STEM–and help them stay there. When it comes to STEM, many women report experiencing negative stereotypes in class, and many say they [...]...
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Building an App Store for Learning Tools

Jan 4 7:10pm Online Learning Update
By David Raths, Campus Technology Rather than rely on a single LMS to manage all aspects of teaching and learning on its 17 campuses, the University of North Carolina system created an app store that gives faculty a chance to experiment with cutting-edge tech. Matthew Rascoff has a name for the enterprise learning management system: a [...]...
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Why MOOCs Can Add More Value To A Students Profile Than You Think

Jan 4 7:06pm Online Learning Update
by Forbes Many students want to know how to utilize MOOCs to improve their profile and this brings us to the question of how value is being defined. Are you looking for a breadth of knowledge, a deeper understanding of a particular subject, or perhaps your focus is career advancement? If you have barriers in your [...]...
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MIT Intros MOOC Program in Development Economics with Blended Path to Masters

Jan 4 7:03pm Online Learning Update
By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology It starts by attending and passing five massive, open, online courses (MOOCs) presented through MIT’s edX platform, MITx. Those online classes may be audited for free, like any other MITx course. Or for students interested in pursuing the master’s degree, they may pay course fees and pass proctored exams to be [...]...
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They Still Need You: How Adults Help Young Kids Learn With Technology

Jan 4 2:48pm MindShift
New research reinforces the role of a human -- such as a parent or older child -- when young kids learn from technology.
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My very geeky Atlantic Monthly article

Jan 4 1:59pm Bryan Alexander
My post about the technology and history in the new Star Wars movie got syndicated by the Atlantic Monthly.  This is the first time I’ve appeared in that journal. At the same time a good article about the role of … Continue reading →...
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Six Ed Tech and Learning Predictions for 2017

Jan 4 10:44am TechNotes Blog – TCEA
A new year means a time to make predictions about upcoming trends and happenings across the world of educational technology. The post Six Ed Tech and Learning Predictions for 2017 appeared first on TechNotes Blog - TCEA.
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15 Educational Technology Definitions You Should Know

Jan 4 10:16am Whooo's Reading Blog
By Jessica Sanders It seems like every day there’s a new educational buzzword floating around between your fellow teachers. With so much on your plate at all times, it’s hard to keep up with what they all mean. Use this list as your personal edtech buzzwords guide so you’ll know what to say next time […]...
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Using the Power of Social Media to Find Your Next Job

Jan 4 9:20am edX Blog
Why edX Certificates Can Help Your Job Search and How to Add Them to Your LinkedIn Profile. On the hunt for a new job? Looking to switch careers? If you’re actively searching and applying to jobs, adding an edX certificate to your LinkedIn profile can help highlight to future employers your latest skills and achievements. With an increasingly competitive job market, it’s important to set... Read More about Using the Power of Social Media to Find Your Next Job The post Using the Power of Social Media to Find Your Next Job appeared first on edX Blog.
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Use Multimedia Writing to Change the Game

Jan 4 8:53am MiddleWeb
When students blend multimedia elements into their writing projects, interest and engagement can zoom up, writes teacher-author Sean Ruday. Ruday highlights a five-step process he uses in PD workshops to help teachers make the tech meaningful and not maddening.
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The Real Value of Google Forms, Sheets, and Add-ons

Jan 3 10:03pm Free Technology for Teachers
The first time that I figured out how to make a quiz in Google Forms, I was hooked. Then Kern Kelley showed me how to use a spreadsheet to automatically grade those quizzes (this was long before Flubaroo or even the idea of Add-ons) and I was in love. Those tools made it much quicker to score formative assessments, but more importantly it gave me more time to talk with my students and more time to spend on developing creative lesson ideas. In the years since I first used Google Forms and Sheets the tools have been refined and more options have been added. Along the way it has become easie...
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4 Ways to Carve Out Study Time for Online Courses

Jan 3 7:39pm Educational Technology
By Allie Mitchell, Uloop Online classes have their downsides of course. When it comes to online classes you need to be able to have a way to remember your assignments. That is quite possibly the number one downfall of students who take online courses — they simply forget that things are due or that the window [...]...
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Survey: Student success tops institutional priorities for 2017

Jan 3 7:34pm Educational Technology
by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive A new survey from University Business shows that an overwhelming number of college leaders have worked to strengthen student success capacity in the last year, and that it will remain among their top institutional priorities in 2017. The survey reveals student success among participants’ top four priorities for the upcoming year, [...]...
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What Does a Modern Classroom Look Likeand What Should Educators Leave Behind?

Jan 3 7:30pm Educational Technology
By Mary Jo Madda, EdSurge Erin Bown-Anderson: As far as a modern classroom goes, I would say that the biggest factor… has to do with mindset. It has to do with who is controlling the information in the classroom. Truly embracing student agency. Amplifying under-represented voices is incredibly important, and technology helps us to do that. [...]...
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Coursera Reveals Most Popular Online Courses of 2016

Jan 3 7:10pm Online Learning Update
by Business Wire Programming, data science, machine learning, English, and learning fundamentals are among most sought after skills. Coursera, the global leader in online education, today announced the Most Popular Courses and Most Popular Specializations of 2016 based on enrollments from its 23 million registered learners. The annual lists reveal a distinct interest in building specific [...]...
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The 5 Biggest Higher Education Tech Trends in 2016

Jan 3 7:04pm Online Learning Update
by Megan Bogardez Cortez, EdTech Here’s the lowdown on what was interesting and innovative at universities this year. 1. Understanding the Power of Data; 2. Protecting Colleges from Growing Cybersecurity Threats; 3. Seeing the Valuable Potential for Virtual Reality; 4. Creating Robust Networks for Even More Devices; 5. Increasing Utilization of Cloud Services. http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2016/12/5-biggest-higher-education-tech-trends-2016 Share on Facebook var button [...]...
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