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3 Ideas To Help Others Embrace Change. 10 Signs You Have a Together School That Supports Teachers. By Maia Heyck-Merlin I’m usually dabbling in the world of Together teachers, principals, leaders, and the occasional Together toddler. But lately I’ve been thinking a lot about schools and what makes the work best from a teacher’s perspective. After each workshop I lead, I ask, “What do you need from your school to support your Togetherness?” Here are the types of requests I’ve heard from teachers—and what I’ve observed in great schools over time and across the country.

If you have most or all of these things in place, it’s likely you are a Together School. (1) Clearly published roles and responsibilities of the administrative team. . (2) An annual calendar of school deadlines and events. . (3) Written expectations for communication and technology norms. . (4) High functioning hardware and technology.

. (5) A detailed weekly memo from the principal. . (6) Respect for non-teaching teacher time. . (7) Well-stocked supply stations in each classroom. 11 Sites and Apps Kids Are Heading to After Facebook. Remember MySpace? Not so long ago, practically every teen in the world was on it –- and then many left for Facebook. Now, as Facebook's popularity among teens is starting to wane, you might be wondering what the new "it" social network is. But the days of a one-stop shop for all social networking needs are over. Instead, teens are dividing their attention between an array of apps and tools that let them write, share, video chat, and even shop for the latest trends. You don't need to know the ins and outs of every app and site that's "hot" right now (and frankly, if you did, they wouldn't be trendy anymore).

But knowing the basics -- what they are, why they're popular, and the problems that can crop up when they're not used responsibly -- can make the difference between a positive and negative experience for your kid. 11 Social Media Tools Parents Need to Know About Now TwitterInstagramSnapchatTumblrGoogle+VineWaneloKik 1. What parents need to know (Back to top) 2. Sample Exit Tickets | The Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning. Larry Wakeford (Education) “Ticket to leave” (or “exit ticket”) is an ideal way to end a class.

It can serve a number of purposes: provide feedback to the teacher about the class; require the student to do some synthesis of the day’s content; challenge the student with a question requiring some application of what was learned in the lesson. The prompt or question should require only a brief time to respond to, certainly no more than five minutes, but perhaps only 1-2 minutes. The “ticket to leave’ is not intended as a major task, rather, a quick summarizer having one of the purposes listed above. The responses should not be part of formal assessment, but it can provide valuable feedback to the teacher. Some possible prompts or questions to use for the “ticket to leave”: Name one important thing you learned in class today. Usually “tickets to leave” are handed to the teacher as the students leave. Learn more about entrance and exit tickets. Back-Channeling with Socrative. What’s a Back Channel? Through a virtual room such as those available in Socrative, students may pose questions or comments regarding the material at hand in real-time, which the teacher may use to drive teaching and discussion.

Classroom collaboration thus extends beyond segments of teaching followed by discussion, seamlessly melding the two, fostering participation and engagement. Often done silently, it helps maintain class control while igniting and furthering collaboration. Socrative short answer as a Back Channel! Mr Vernon, a 6th grade Earth Science teacher wants to engage students during his overview lecture on plate tectonics. He asks students to “Surface questions or comments about this material” In the last fifteen minutes of class, Mr.

Say What? 5 Ways to Get Students to Listen. Ah, listening, the neglected literacy skill. I know when I was a high school English teacher this was not necessarily a primary focus; I was too busy honing the more measurable literacy skills -- reading, writing, and speaking. But when we think about career and college readiness, listening skills are just as important. This is evidenced by the listening standards found in the Common Core and also the integral role listening plays in collaboration and communication, two of the four Cs of 21st century learning. So how do we help kids become better listeners? Check out these tactics for encouraging a deeper level of listening that also include student accountability: Strategy #1: Say it Once Repeating ourselves in the classroom will produce lazy listening in our students.

Of course you don't want to leave distracted students in the dust so for those few who forgot to listen, you can advise them to, "ask three, then ask me. " Strategy #2: Turn and Talk Strategy #3: Student Hand Signals.


Blogging. PLN and tools. Technology PD. Frames 5. The Old Schoolhouse Magazine - December 2012 - Page 32-33. Key Elements. Cooperative Learning is one of the best researched of all teaching strategies. The results show that students who have opportunities to work collaboratively, learn faster and more efficiently, have greater retention, and feel more positive about the learning experience.

Needless to say, this is not to say that students can just be put into a group and assigned a project to complete. There are very specific methods to assure the success of group work, and it is essential that both teachers and students are aware of them. Five Basic Elements of Cooperative Learning Positive InterdependenceFace-To-Face InteractionIndividual AccountabilitySocial SkillsGroup Processing Cooperative Learning Strategies and Children..ERIC Bulletin on cooperative learning includes an overview of benefits and a brief bibliography .

Cooperative Learning….What is it, Why use it, and What makes it work. Cool Cat Teacher Blog: Developing a mindset to go from good to GREAT. PTSA Communication Channels :: Classen SAS News. 5 killer ways to open up your next presentation. The Truth About Snapchat: A Digital Literacy Lesson for Us All. The idea of Snapchat is simple, delightfully so. Take an image or a video, send it to a friend or paramour. Ten seconds after the receiver opens the file, it self-destructs, and the sender can rest assured that no trace of the message remains. Signed, sealed, delivered, deleted. But that’s not quite true. Gary Price, author of the information industry blog INFOdocket , says Snapchat illustrates an important lesson in digital literacy: the Internet never forgets.

“If you make something available on the Web, you can never be sure it will ever be 100 percent be gone, even if you work to remove it,” Price says. The problem, he says, is two-pronged. Second, providers of such services often shirk their responsibility for full and visible disclosure. Citing the motto of now-defunct clothing store Syms: “An educated consumer is our best customer,” Price says, “If you think about that in the Web age, I’m not sure that that’s really true.” 5 Tools to Create a Collaborative Classroom. 1 in Share Teachers often focus on tools such as blogs that allow their students to connect to the outside world. This is fantastic because it allows students to see how their learning connects to their ‘real’ lives and helps to bridge the gap between their school and home lives.

In order to create a collaborative classroom environment, however, students need to know how to work with each other as well as with people from around the world. There are a number of ways that students can use technology to connect to one another, both while at school and at home, to help create a collaborative environment. 1. Edmodo Edmodo is the go-to tool for many educators. It is fantastic at teaching students to use social media effectively, and to connect students as a whole, and for any small group activities. 2. Celly is a fantastic tool for quick comments, questions and thoughts. 3. Wikis are quite an old tool now, and are rarely discussed in EdTech forums anymore. 4. 5. Get our free updates! The packet-driven classroom.

Jeff Bliss got our attention when he shared his frustration with his teacher, classmates, and the world about his learning environment. The now viral video captures a room of students, some with their heads down, some with a facepalm, some staring into space, all silently sitting at their empty desks seemingly disconnected not only from each other, but also from their behind-a-desk-fortress teacher. That is until Jeff Bliss got up and spoke: Jeff Bliss: [I’m tired of] hearing this freakin’ lady go off on kids because they don’t get this crap.

If you can just get up and teach them instead of handing them a freakin’ packet , yo. There are kids in here who don’t learn like that, they need to learn face-to-face. You’re just getting mad because I’m pointing out the obvious. According to classmate Colleen Hunt, “Everyone at our school is proud of him for speaking his mind and not being rude about it.” I experienced this first hand. We then realize that Ms. Storytelling Is Not Lecturing; Lecturing is Not Storytelling. I sit in the lecture hall with 10,000 others waiting for my new teacher to speak. I look at my cell phone and silently groan that this in going to be a long hour; as long an hour as an hour can be as is typically the case when I listen to a lecture. She begins, “Let me tell you about Uncle Willie.” I take a deep breath of relief and settle in to hear her story.

I came at the age of three to Grandma and my Uncle Willie in this little town in Arkansas. . . . I am a strong advocate against the use of lecturing for teaching which I discuss in detail in Who Would Choose a Lecture as Their Primary Mode of Learning? So what is it that makes stories such powerful teaching? Stories are different. Brain Activity: Lecture versus Storytelling It’s in fact quite simple. What follows is a graph of a student’s brain activity during a given week. So what happens to the brain when being told a story?

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Customer Service: Pour Some Sugar On Me - Hillsborough, NC. School staff focus on curriculum alignment, differentiated instruction, professional development, college and career readiness, standards, and academic interventions. Is it possible that schools can lose their focus on customer service? Customers include families, community members, and all guests who visit the school website or schoolhouse. Customer service involves the front office staff, classroom teachers, teacher assistants, custodians, counselors, and all staff members.

How are customers treated when they enter your school? Ask your school staff, “What does it mean to go the extra mile for the customer?” Do families feel like the front office staff answers the phone in a professional manner? Six Ways To Pour Some Sugar On The Customer: Website The school website is the new front door. Customer Service Customer service involves phone skills, email etiquette, communication skills, and the way the customer is treated when they spend time at your school. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. StickyTeachingPoster - StickyTeachingPoster.pdf. 2013 Horizon Report. Center for Applied Research. IMS. An Infographic Guideline For Making Good Infographics. MOOC Mania: Debunking the hype around massive open online courses. Illustration by Jacob Thomas In the fall of 2011, Stanford University offered three of its engineering courses—Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Introduction to Databases—for free online.

Anyone with Internet access could sign up for them. As Sebastian Thrun, the director of Stanford’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, tells the story, he assumed just a handful of people would enroll in his graduate-level AI class. Instead, more than 160,000 students registered. That’s when the enormous hype began about massive open online courses, better known as “MOOCs.” Although it’s clear that there’s a flurry of interest in MOOCs among universities, higher-ed students, the tech industry, and pundits, these free online courses are also likely to have a significant impact on K–12 librarians and other educators.

The price of popularity Still, the allure of a cost-free education is only part of MOOCs’ appeal. Is this rhetoric or reality? Take edX’s Circuits and Electronics class. The Principalship:The Changing Role of the Technology Director. Like many educators in my current position—school technology directors, chief technology officers, or others who have responsibility for all things that plug in, use batteries, beep, or depend on a digital network—I never imagined this as a job when I was growing up. My high school guidance counselor in 1970 did not suggest this as a career choice because such a job did not exist then. Even when I was hired by my current school district in 1991, my title was "audiovisual director," and I replaced a fellow whose primary tasks were silk-screening school logos on record players, developing black-and-white film, stocking overhead projector lamps, and supervising the guy who fixed 16mm film projectors.

Although my previous experience in education was as an English teacher and librarian, my same-age peers have come to technology leadership positions through a number of pathways, with math and science teaching being the most common. Evolving Challenges Forget about IT as you know it today. Essential Questions. MOOCs. What’s the Difference Between “Using Technology” and “Technology Integration”?

Teams_FNL_for_PDF.020919 - Teams.pdf. Classroom 2.0 LIVE - Video - Download free content from Arizona's IDEAL eLearning Platform. Yes, You Can Teach and Assess Creativity! A recent blog by Grant Wiggins affirmed what I have long believed about creativity: it is a 21st-century skill we can teach and assess. Creativity fosters deeper learning, builds confidence and creates a student ready for college and career. However, many teachers don't know how to implement the teaching and assessment of creativity in their classrooms. While we may have the tools to teach and assess content, creativity is another matter, especially if we want to be intentional about teaching it as a 21st-century skill. In a PBL project, some teachers focus on just one skill, while others focus on many.

Quality Indicators If you and your students don't unpack and understand what creativity looks like, then teaching and assessing it will be very difficult. Synthesize ideas in original and surprising ways.Ask new questions to build upon an idea.Brainstorm multiple ideas and solutions to problems.Communicate ideas in new and innovative ways. Activities Targeted to Quality Indicators. Teacher Evaluation. The Three New Pillars of 21st Century Learning. The textbook, The lecturer and the classroom are three pillars of modern-day schooling that date back hundreds of years.

Each was invented to solve a problem. The textbook was invented because information was scarce, the lecturer because teachers were few and the classroom because learning was local. These enduring icons persist into the Internet age, shaping our view of learning and driving the popularity of their digital grandchildren, things like iPad “textbooks” and the Kahn Academy “lectures.” There’s just one catch – these problems don’t exist anymore.

In the 21st Century, the Internet has ushered in an online learning environment where information is abundant, teachers are plentiful and learning is global. To put it simply – we need new pillars for learning. Pillar #1: “I’m only one of my students’ teachers, but I’m the most important because I teach them to connect to all the others.” Pillar #2: “My students should learn from me how to learn without me.”

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Twitter. TED Talks. Ten Tips About 23 Things. 100 Helpful Blogs For School Librarians (And Teachers) SIG Content Library. Ideas about information. Evernote for Educators. The Top 10 Educational Livebinders for 2012. Leadership Lessons: Ten Ideas to Take into 2012. TL Virtual Cafe - home. Tim Fredrick's ELA Teaching Wiki / FrontPage. What to Look for in a Classroom. The Learning Network - The Learning Network Blog - ISS Expedition Webcasts presented by NASA Endeavor. What Teachers Should Know about 21st Century Students. Online Reproducibles. Lanyrd | the social conference directory. App of the Week: Snapguide.

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17 Free eBooks for Teachers and Parents. Free back-to-school resources for you. Gathering Feedback With Socrative Classroom Activities. Program | Search Results Details. TICAL - Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership. Guerrilla Learning. Program | Search Results Details. Iamliterate - OABYOD Session Notes. Education with Innovation.