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Get Rid of Grade Levels: A Personalized Learning Recipe for Public School Districts. Public schools play a huge role in developing learners to be successful when they leave school.

Get Rid of Grade Levels: A Personalized Learning Recipe for Public School Districts

So why are charters and private schools considered the best places for “personalized learning”? The problem with the current public education model is that it was created for the industrial revolution. In fact, U.S. Top tweets today in the EdTech world - top stories by @WickedDecent, @korytellers. What is Gamification? Gamification is the concept of applying game mechanics and game design techniques to engage and motivate people to achieve their goals.[1] Gamification taps into the basic desires and needs of the users impulses which revolve around the idea of Status and Achievement.

What is Gamification?

The research company Gartner predicts that by 2015, a gamified service for consumer goods marketing and customer retention will become as important as Facebook, eBay, or Amazon, and more than 70% of Global 2000 organizations will have at least one gamified application. [2] History The oldest example of gamification are Frequent Flyer Programs that airline companies offer as a part of their customer loyalty programs. Teachers, Ideas and Mark Cuban: Adapting 'Shark Tanks' In Your School. Shark Tanks are making their way from the television screen to conferences and….schools?

Teachers, Ideas and Mark Cuban: Adapting 'Shark Tanks' In Your School

At the CUE National Conference in Palm Springs, Calif. on March 17-19, six teachers pitched their big lesson ideas as part of “LeRoy’s Big Idea Challenge.” Up for grabs: a $2,500 grant. One of the key criteria used by judges to evaluate each idea was whether it was innovative, relevant and replicable. But you don’t have to wait for big education conferences to watch—or participate. Why Social and Emotional Skills Are Vital to Keep At-Risk Students on Track. Academic learning is usually in the spotlight at school, but teaching elementary-age students “soft” skills like self-control and social skills might help in keeping at-risk kids out of criminal trouble in the future, a study finds.

Why Social and Emotional Skills Are Vital to Keep At-Risk Students on Track

Duke University researchers looked at a program called Fast Track, which was started in the early 1990s for children who were identified by their teachers and parents to be at high risk for developing aggressive behavioral problems. The students were randomized into two groups; half took part in the intervention, which included a teacher-led curriculum, parent training groups, academic tutoring and lessons in self-control and social skills. The program, which lasted from first grade through 10th grade, reduced delinquency, arrests and use of health and mental health services as the students aged through adolescence and young adulthood, as researchers explained in a separate study published earlier this year. 20 Tips to Help De-escalate Interactions With Anxious or Defiant Students. Students’ behavior is a form of communication and when it’s negative it almost always stems from an underlying cause.

20 Tips to Help De-escalate Interactions With Anxious or Defiant Students

There are many reasons kids might be acting out, which makes it difficult for a teacher in a crowded classroom to figure out the root cause. But even if there was time and space to do so, most teachers receive very little training in behavior during their credentialing programs. On average, teacher training programs mandate zero to one classes on behavior and zero to one courses on mental health. Teacher training programs mostly assume that kids in public schools will be “typical,” but that assumption can handicap teachers when they get into real classrooms. A National Institute of Health study found that 25.1 percent of kids 13-18 in the US have been diagnosed with anxiety disorders.

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How Teachers Can Provide Equal Learning in a World of Unequal Access. The Top Five Legal Issues for Edtech Startups and Schools. Trusted Learning Environment Seal. 3 Very Good Resources of Historical Maps for Teachers. April 12, 2016 Yesterday we reviewed an excellent tool teachers can use to create animated multimedia scenarios on a map.

3 Very Good Resources of Historical Maps for Teachers

Through this tool we discovered some very good resources where history teachers or anyone else interested in past cartography can access a plethora of historical maps. Some of these maps are copyright friendly and you can download and use them with your students in class. We invite you to check them out and share with us if you have other suggestions to add to this list.

Enjoy 1- New York Public Library Map Warper. Google for Education. To Round. Product Reviews. The Ugly Truth About Teachers Who Don’t Use Tech. How a School Library Increased Student Use by 1,000 Percent. Listen to the full interview: Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 51:45 — 71.4MB) Read Transcript.

How a School Library Increased Student Use by 1,000 Percent

Homework is wrecking our kids: The research is clear, let’s ban elementary homework. “There is no evidence that any amount of homework improves the academic performance of elementary students.”

Homework is wrecking our kids: The research is clear, let’s ban elementary homework

This statement, by homework research guru Harris Cooper, of Duke University, is startling to hear, no matter which side of the homework debate you’re on. Can it be true that the hours of lost playtime, power struggles and tears are all for naught? 10 Essential iPad Apps for Elementary Teachers. March 4, 2016 iPad provides great learning opportunities for students and when it comes to young learners possibilities are endless. iTunes app store is teeming with all kinds of apps with great educational potential for kids and young learners.

10 Essential iPad Apps for Elementary Teachers

However, sifting through the piles there can be time consuming. This is where collections such as the one below come in handy. This is basically a selection of some essential iPad apps you can use with you elementary students to enhance their learning and keep them engaged. We included apps covering different themes from doodling and drawing to creating animated videos and clips. We invite you to check them out and share with us your feedback. KQED Public Media for Northern CA. Analog Twitter Wall to Build Relationships and Digital Citizenship.

How to Move from First Person to Learner Centered Teaching. 5 Ways Digital Tools Are Transforming the Education Space. Digital tools are transforming essential elements of the education space. Understanding how they are affecting teaching and learning will help you figure out which tools are useful and how best to implement them. Online tools: Increase collaboration: Just as social media has given rise to new definitions of community, digital tools are transforming community and the give-and-take between students and teachers. Platforms for Web-based discussion threads and creation of course or class wikis change how students can involve themselves in project-based writing assignments. A piece of student writing can become a diverse and substantive document when it is the basis for a step-by-step exchange of ideas and questions among teacher(s), peers, author(s) and mentors. Take PD to the Next Level with Badges - Gamify Professional Learning.

Digital Learning Day / Homepage. "Youth develops fine motor skills, seniors practice cognitive exercise, both make enjoyable & enriching connections" A Letter-Writing Project To Connect Students With Senior Citizens From a press release Montreal, Feb. 8, 2016 – As more researchers and doctors recommend the benefits of handwriting for both children and senior citizens, Domtar Corporation (NYSE:UFS) (TSX: UFS) unveiled a new program today called PaperPal. The effort will connect generations through letter-writing. It will help youths develop fine motor skills, spur seniors to practice a useful cognitive exercise and give both groups a way to develop enjoyable and enriching connections.

Domtar tested the program in 2015 with a school and retirement community in Van Nuys, Calif. Where was this when I taught physics? Great read: 11 class activities with sensors you didn't know your phone had. Mobile devices can do more than we imagine! Rebecca and Chrystian Vieyra developed apps for classrooms to tap into their sensors. (Google Hangout screenshot) Smartphones and tablets are powerful devices that people use every day to make their lives easier. The Big Picture Of Education Technology: The Padagogy Wheel. ​Flip This House: Tips for Bridging the Tech Gap Between School and Home. I grew up in a household with two system engineers. When I began teaching, my childhood comfort with technology followed me into the classroom; I was always thrilled to introduce new hardware or software to my students.

Yet for all my tech advocacy and usage, my sons are interacting with technology in ways I couldn’t have imagined even a few short years ago and—on some occasions—in ways I simply can’t understand. Here’s a typical conversation with my 12-year-old: Son: I don’t understand this homework. Pixar and Khan Academy Release Free Online Course for Aspiring Animators. Up there with being an astronaut, comic book artist, or the President, there’s one job that your average kid would probably love to snag: Working at Pixar. Animation and Pixar enthusiasts of all ages, take note! Pixar in A Box (or PIAB) is a collaboration between Khan Academy and Pixar Animation Studios that focuses on real-Pixar-world applications of concepts you might usually encounter in the classroom. #PaperSlide videos are the perfect K-12 tool for all ages and all subjects! How-to video. "6 #EdTech Tools to Try in 2016" from Cult of Pedagogy.

iTeach Third: Digital Restroom Passes. Some Very Good iPad Apps Activities and Lesson Ideas to Use in Class with Your Students. Mystery Science: Lessons for elementary teachers. If you didn't see this already, the best Apple/Google apps of 2015. Enjoying this: StoryBoard That with writing prompts and suggested activities featured daily for student creation! Home - Augmenting Your Science Curriculum - Research Guides at UNC Charlotte.