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Teachers use meditation apps to rewire kids' brains, improve focus. Brooke Waterman shuts the lights off in her classroom and the students settle in. Some sit with their legs crisscrossed. Others lie down on the rug. They close their eyes, and she turns on a guided meditation through the Calm app. It's so quiet you can hear a pin drop. "It's amazing to see these kids really tune into themselves and ignore the outside world for a minute," said Waterman, a teacher at Springbrook Elementary School in Westerly Rhode Island.

Between homework, tests, problems at home and in their social lives, kids are under intense pressure. Teachers around the country like Waterman are using popular apps Calm and Headspace to introduce meditation to their lesson plans to help curb anxiety and improve performance in the classroom. The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents and teachers to teach kids meditation, saying it helps them function more effectively and clearly. Competitor Headspace takes a slightly different approach. 50 Educational Podcasts You Should Check Out - Getting Smart by Guest Author - “50 Educational Podcasts You Should Check Out” by Julie DeNeen first appeared on the informED blog. Maybe you don’t have time to sit down and sift through the latest education blogs for ideas and inspiration.

If the thought of trying to carve out more hours in your day leaves you feeling overwhelmed, this list is for you. Podcasts are a great way to get information when you’re driving in your car, making dinner at home, or waiting at the DMV to renew your license. Podcasts don’t force you to find more time in your day; they give you the opportunity to capitalize on all the dead time that already exists in your day by simply downloading the .mp3 or syncing a podcast to your iTunes account on your smartphone. Even though podcasts have been around awhile, a lot of people still don’t utilize the hundreds of free podcasts available on the Internet. Now is a great time to start. Below are 50 educational podcasts you should look consider. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17.

The Pivotal Role Movement Plays in Learning. Education Technology: Top 23 EdTech Bloggers To Follow In 2018. Top 23 EdTech Bloggers To Follow In 2018 For educators, teaching is not the only job. Staying up to date with technology changes in the classroom is almost a full-time job on its own! There are EdTech bloggers who constantly talk about the latest happenings in EdTech. That’s why following them is a time-saving way to remain knowledgeable about this constantly evolving landscape in education. There are a number of Edtech blogs that exist serving multiple purposes. There are blogs which talk about math, science and virtually every other discipline that you can think of. There are blogs about EdTech tools, flipped classroom, and education conferences, helping learners from kindergarten all the way up through high school. But how do you know which ones to follow? We decided to help you. Here is our top list of 23 EdTech bloggers to follow in 2018. 1.

Erin Klein is an award-winning educator, national keynote speaker, author, and mother who has been selected twice to serve on the Scholastic, Inc. Edutopia. Four-day weeks bring smiles in rural schools. But will they work in big cities? Techlearning. 35 of the Best Apps for Kids in the Seventh Grade. At last count, there were over 80,000 educational apps available to teachers. There are apps for everything: literacy, STEM, productivity, audiovisual, etc. There are apps which improve accessibility for students with different learning challenges, i.e. text to voice, voice to text, etc. While many of these may be a dream come true for educators, the dizzying array of choices is also a nightmare. Teachers just don’t have time to filter through thousands of apps to find the one that works best for the needs of their students.

To help, we started to create curated lists of the best apps in a variety of education related categories. In this installment, we will present the best apps for kids in the seventh grade. Twiddla Twiddla calls itself a “meeting platform” where students can collaboratively mark-up graphics, photos, webpages, and uploaded documents. TodaysMeet This very easy-to-use backchannel tool allows teachers to create a chatroom for the class.

Learn to Code with El Chavo Codesters. How Google is Taking Over the Classroom. Have you noticed how prevalent Google is in today’s academics? Students from elementary school all the way through high school have taken a part in a monumental shift away from most sought-after products to the variety of apps and devices made by Google. In many ways, Google has made a lasting effort to take over the modern classroom with its variety and cost efficiency. Day by day, students are becoming more entrenched in what Google has to offer them. If you aren’t sure what your students could be doing in Google on a daily basis, you’ve missed the transformation most often found in the contemporary classroom.

Take a look at some of these important ways that Google is taking over. Google devices are much cheaper than other manufacturers. Most school districts willingly admit that their budget shrinks with each passing year. Google presents a cheaper way for students to create and share information. Educators can be more involved with Google. Ban Homework? Researchers Say the Practice Isn't Inherently Good. After a Montreal school announced it would ban homework, the question feared by parents across the world reared its head once again: Why should anyone do their homework? The role of homework in classrooms is not a new debate, and studies differ on where the focus should lie. A well-known 2006 meta analysis of research between 1987 and 2003 suggested some correlation between the amount of homework done by a student and future academic achievement for middle and high schoolers—but not so much for younger kids.

In Malta, age-based differences are being put into public policy, with the government announcing guidelines for slowly increasing amounts of homework for public-school children. Kids in grades one and two start at a maximum of 20 minutes of homework a day before climbing to a maximum of eight hours a week for the eldest students. A Stanford study from 2014 suggested that the same was true for students in California’s affluent communities. Rural versus urban access. Are 4 Day Weeks the Answer to Problems Facing America's School Districts? As funding questions persist and states face the possibility of West Virginia-style teacher strikes, more school districts across the country are asking whether changing to a four-day week could answer a number of their problems - or even prove beneficial to students. A practice traditionally isolated to rural communities, more urban districts are considering the change. For Dr. Chris Fiedler, the superintendent of the 27J district in the north eastern suburbs of Denver, Colorado, the reason for the change was simple: “it’s an underfunding issue.”

From the next academic year, schools in the district will no longer have classes on Monday - instead, Fiedler told Newsweek students of all ages will have four, slightly longer, days of school on Tuesday to Friday. Elementary school kids will start 40 minutes earlier, at 7:50am, then leave school at 3:30pm, while high school students have classes from 8:30am to 4:32pm.

Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now. Techlearning. SWOCA's Lunch & Learn with Nearpod. Thursday, March 15, 2018 (11:45am -12:45pm) Learning Specialist, Matt Young Introduces Nearpod This Lunch & Learn session introduces Nearpod, a platform that creates interactive mobile presentations to help you engage with your students. You may easily upload PowerPoint, Google Slides, or pdf documents into Nearpod and embellish the presentation with interactive activities such as polls or quizzes. Presenters choose whether they control the presentation or allow students to view it at their own pace. Come to this session to learn how to incorporate Nearpod as a new and stimulating teaching method. In this session, we are excited to have higher education Nearpod specialist Matt Young with us! Lunch will be provided. Click here to register: SouthWest Ohio Computer Association SouthWest Ohio Computer Association (SWOCA)

Nintendo Labo Lets You Build DIY Cardboard Creations. 3 Misconceptions About Innovation in Education. “Innovation” is one of the most used words in education right now. It is something that I am obviously passionate about, hence the reason I wrote the book, “The Innovator’s Mindset”. I am scared that we use the word “innovation” in the wrong way when there is power to this type of thinking. Words do not become “buzzwords” because they are used too frequently; they become “buzzwords” when they are used frequently in an incorrect manner. Here are some misconceptions about the word that we need to dispell to protect “innovation” in education from becoming a buzzword.

Innovation is about how you use technology. Nope4…this is incorrect. My belief is that this happens because a lot of technologies that are advertised are deemed innovative, which can be true. Are there only a few educators in your organization that should look at the process of teaching and learning this way, or everyone? The Next Big Idea Club. Edutopia. Adler presents a few new tools that seem pretty innocuous and even cool at first look. But when you think about how they might be used to spread misinformation, the ethical implications are concerning.

Voco, an Adobe application still in development, promises to become “the Photoshop for speech.” After inputting a 40-minute recording of a person’s speech, the user can use a simple text editor to “write” an original and very convincing new recording in that person’s voice. In addition, new tech companies focused on facial re-enactment are getting closer to a tool that allows for realistic manipulation of a video of a person. In other words, you can take a video of someone giving a speech and change their expression and facial movements. That’s huge, right? Essential Questions It’s time to double down on news and media literacy. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Here are some other teacher-tested news and media literacy resources for your lessons: U.S. ranks No. 13 in new collaborative problem-solving test. The United States may be known for its rugged individualism. But it turns out American teens are, surprisingly, much better at group collaboration than at individual academic work.

That’s according to a new, unusual version of the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, which tested collaborative problem-solving skills among 15-year-olds in more than 50 countries and regions around the world in 2015. Those results were released last week. The PISA is known for its testing of high school students around the world, especially in math and reading. In general, nations with high math and reading scores also tended to do well on this new collaboration test. Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea topped the new social skills ranking (see chart below), and they’re also among the top 10 for individual student achievement. But for some countries, there was a big deviation. Worldwide, girls were much better at collaboration than boys. Measuring collaboration is tricky. U.S. ranks No. 13 in new collaborative problem-solving test. Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, Oh My! 4 Tools for Picting in the Classroom.

We’ve all heard it before: “A picture is worth a thousand words.” That famous idiom (or is it a cliche?) First appeared in a 1911 newspaper and has been widely used since. In today’s society, however, the phrase has taken on a whole new meaning. Using images instead of text to convey ideas—known as “picting”—is becoming the norm among today’s digital-first students. Picting by the Numbers Snapchat, a mobile app that allows users to capture video and pictures that disappear after a few seconds, has over 173 million daily users and the average number of Snaps per day hovers around 2.5 billion. Is Picting a New Literacy?

Technology is changing the way we see literacy. A new type of literacy is emerging, but rather than embracing it, most schools are shying away. As Kayla Delzer says in a recent EdSurge article, “social media is happening—with or without you.” How to Use These 4 Social Media Tools Instagram A fun way to put Instagram to work in the classroom is to feature a Student of the Week. At Maryland high schools, teaching empathy in a time of controversy. As anger and intolerance dominated the national public discourse over the past year, Arundel High School principal Gina Davenport thought about how her students might respond. Davenport wanted to help the young people communicate in ways that rose above what they were witnessing daily on the news and on social media about the deadly rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., in August and debates about removing monuments to the Confederacy from public squares.

By the time the students returned to school last month, she’d come up with an answer: A required course focused on building community and fostering citizenship. The goal of the one-semester course required of all ninth-graders was simple: “To teach empathy in the midst of a society where that doesn’t seem to exist.” Ethicist Paula McAvoy is the program director for the Center for Ethics and Education at the University of Wisconsin.

She wrote “The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education” in 2015. Strategies for Talking and Listening . Talking With Kids . PBS Parents. Home » Talking about the news with kids happens in everyday moments. Children ask questions in the car on the way to school, in between pushes on the swings, and just when you're trying to rush out the door. In one breath, they'll ask about a range of topics — from the weather to the president to the latest war. And when difficult questions come up, parents wonder how to respond. To help the conversation along, this article offers flexible suggestions for answering kids' questions about the news. There is no script to follow but these strategies can help you tune in to what your child is thinking and feeling and talk it through together.

Start by finding out what your child knows. Ask a follow up question. Explain simply. Listen and acknowledge. Offer reassurance. Tailor your answer to your child's age. NEXT: Communication Strategies. 7 tech innovations that are drastically changing the way people learn. Untitled. Private schools seek to dump A-to-F grading. Imagine high school without grades, transcripts without A’s, B’s or F’s, and college applications without grade-point averages. It’s not a wild dream: It’s a goal more than 120 of the nation’s elite high schools have come together to achieve. “The grading system is imploding on itself. When you get to the point where 75 percent of kids have a 4.0 grade-point average, that’s meaningless,” said Than Healy, head of Menlo School, a private college prep high school in Atherton. “All that tells the kids is that nothing but an A is acceptable.” Students end up focusing more on the grade than on education, he said.

In a region brimming with high-achieving students and mindful of the tragic toll of adolescent stress, several elite schools have signed on. “The Bay Area is ground zero in stress and anxiety and self-harm” among students, Healy said. Each transcript’s “home page” would be linked to examples of the student’s actual work and achievements. What is Team Based Learning? The 2017 Honor Roll: EdTech’s Must-Read K–12 IT Blogs | EdTech Magazine. Education Week. More schools considering later start times for older students. Obtaining Permission to Blog With Students – The Edublogger. Education Week. Video gamers are now varsity athletes with scholarships at some Ohio colleges embracing eSports.

The Tech Edvocate’s List of 50 Must-Read K-12 EdTech Blogs – The Tech Edvocate. The 2017 Dean’s List: EdTech’s 50 Must-Read Higher Ed Blogs | EdTech Magazine. Ditch That Homework is OUT! Make homework obsolete - Teacher Tech. Control Alt Achieve: 8 Ambient Sound Websites to Help Students Focus. Two state tests eliminated for Ohio school students. 3 Ways Schools in Arizona Use Technology to Empower Future-Ready Students | EdTech Magazine. College Board, Khan Academy to Offer Free AP Test Prep - High School & Beyond. The end of the valedictorian? Schools rethink class rankings. Numbers Don’t Lie: Why Bite-Sized Learning is Better for Your Learners (and You too)

Fake News. The Essential Underpinnings Of Shifting to ‘Modern Learning’ | MindShift | KQED News. Effective leaders connect first with students. How Schools Can Help Students Develop A Greater Sense Of Purpose | MindShift | KQED News. Blueberries | Jamie Vollmer. I taught my 5th-graders how to spot fake news. Now they won’t stop fact-checking me. The 2017 Honor Roll: EdTech’s Must-Read K–12 IT Blogs. Dropbox vs. Google Drive vs. OneDrive: Which Cloud Storage Is Best for You?

What happened when one school banned homework — and asked kids to read and play instead. ACHS students share solutions for local and global problems | Education. 21 Things That Will Be Obsolete by 2020 | MindShift | KQED News. Apple to Join Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Google in Artificial Intelligence Research Alliance -- THE Journal. Bill would allow coding to take place of foreign language. Ohio unveils new plan to boost student achievement - News - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH.

Augmented reality sandbox gives Bay Middle School students a unique perspective of Earth. Hill uses Rubik's Cubes to teach math | Local News. How Design Thinking Became a Buzzword at School - The Atlantic. 5 charts that explain the future of education. Outlook Web App. Schools ride the next edtech wave | District Administration Magazine. Here’s Why You Should Step into the Future with Facing History.

How American Parents Prepare Their Toddlers for School - The Atlantic. An Open Letter To Betsy DeVos From America's Public School Teachers | The Huffington Post. How to Combat Fake News Online? Bring Reddit (and Other Online Forums) Into the Classroom. Taking Small Steps Towards Change At A Big, Traditional High School | MindShift | KQED News. Amazon launches $3/month 'Rapids' reading app for kids, telling stories in the style of chat sessions. Educational Leadership:Disrupting Inequity:Code Red: The Danger of Data-Driven Instruction. State may soften graduation requirements. Why A School’s Master Schedule Is A Powerful Enabler of Change | MindShift | KQED News. 8% of teachers leave the profession each year – why? Log In. These Are The 10 Best States For Teachers - Zippia. How do regular kids outdo class genius? Grit. Programs Address Need for Youth Mental-Health Resources. The problem with the growing effort to ‘disrupt’ teacher preparation in the United States.

After 25 Years, This Teacher Says It's All The Paperwork That Made Him Quit : NPR Ed. Breaking up the summer break: Is year-round education good or bad? It’s Time to Stop Averaging Grades: Considering Alternatives to Traditional Assessments and Grading. Education Experts Describe the Perfect School Calendar. Americans Are Concerned About Direction Of Public Education, Two New Polls Show : NPR Ed. 5 ways to improve your school website design right now. Measuring the impact: Schools struggle with incarceration from multiple angles. Money Won’t Keep Teachers in Schools. Neosho students 'take ownership' of their education | Local News. In Finland, Learning Matters More Than Education. ESSA spurs shift to new state accountability models. What Does Amazon Inspire Mean for Education? Forbes Welcome. Beyond the Genius Bar: Cultivating Leadership With a Student Led Tech Team. How Teacher-Created Free Online Resources Are Changing the Classroom.

Pokémon GO: What Do Librarians Need To Know? Unity Technologies, Maker of Pokémon Go Engine, Swells in Value. The Case for Starting Schools Later. Since 1980, spending on prisons has grown three times as much as spending on public education. What Obama's $4B Computer Science Initiative Means for K–12 Schools. Lawmaker: School shootings have made teachers 1st responders. State board adopts computer science standards for Florida schools. Ohio bill: Parents could pay if their child threatens school. Are we asking too much of US teachers? Poll reveals widespread frustration.